The Peppermint Technologies Inc. Team

Koreen Mak, Founder and CEO, Peppermint Technologies Inc.

Koreen Mak, M.A., B.Ed., HRAC, CPHR

Founder & CEO, Peppermint Technologies Inc.

Koreen has a formal university education with a B.A. and a B.Ed. and has been a life-long learner. After spending time at home with her children when they were small, she went back to school and received an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources from SIAST. She spent almost 10 of the last 13 years managing a learning and development department in a complex organization. During this time, she returned to school and received a Masters in Leadership Degree, where she completed her thesis on creating leadership development programming and examining the best conditions to enable learning.

In her capacity as a Learning and Development Manager, Koreen managed the all the training and organizational development activities for a credit union that grew from 200 to 900 employees through a series of mergers. The type of training needed at any given time varied considerably: technical training for an organization with many different types of positions, merger related training (she managed through 3 large mergers and several smaller ones), and soft skill/leadership development training. She grew her department from 2 employees to 8 by the time she left the organization and lead the development of in-person training as well as developing a complex e-learning environment. Through her career, Koreen has developed organizational learning strategies, created training material through a variety of channels, and has trained subject matter experts to become instructional designers. She’s also implemented and converted many different learning management software systems. Because of this vast experience, Koreen has a strong theoretical knowledge of learning balanced with a practical experience of managing training in an organization that had complex learning needs with a highly geographically dispersed workforce. This background has expertly prepared her to understand the pain points and organizational needs for a better method of training. More important, she understands the issues from the perspective of an administrator, an author, an expert in learning practices, a user, and a manager. All these stakeholders have shared but also differing views and needs in regard to training.

In total, Koreen spent 14 years working for the credit union. During that time, she not only gained skill in her positions, but she gained an appreciation for the credit union’s role as an economic engine for the communities they served. Working for an organization that had a greater purpose than just making a profit for shareholders was a source of pride. Being able to volunteer during work time, donating funds to causes she cared about, and feeling like she was contributing to making her community a better place were things she wanted to continue once she left the credit union system. Creating Peppermint Technologies as a social purpose organization was very important. She has also continued her volunteerism and is an in-school mentor with Big Brothers and Sisters, currently in her 5th year mentoring and developing a strong relationship with an elementary school-aged girl.

Over the past 3 years, Koreen has been working as a training consultant with her own business, Conscious Choice Personal & Professional Development, which is a finalist for a 2020 SABEX award. She’s been able to share her passion for leadership development (both formal and informal leadership) with employees in many organizations. Time and again in her facilitation both as an internal consultant and an external one, employees relate how well the learnings helped them at work but also in their life beyond work. Understanding that many organizations didn’t have easy access to this type of training also influenced her desire to bring a platform that was both affordable and offered quality education. In addition, through her work with clients, she’s discovered her own frustrations with the retention and application of learning were part of a much larger problem, leading her to develop MYNTIX™, her micro-learning platform.

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Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Shareholder, Peppermint Technologies Inc.

The FBV Team

Roger Grona CEO Firebird Business Ventures

Roger Grona

CEO, Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Director, Peppermint Technologies Inc.

Roger is very proud of his Metis heritage. His ancestry is traced back to the 1700’s in the Red River Settlement. He is an Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Investor and CEO. Roger is the Founder and CEO of Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. Founder, Business Partner and CEO of Firebird Business Ventures Ltd., Investor and Business Partner(ed) in Rethink and Diversify Securities Inc. Venture Market (online exempt market portal),  Aslan Capital Saskatchewan Inc. and a very minor investor in Holmes Approved Homes. Roger is also a Chair for TEC Canada (The Executive Committee)

Starting off in media (on-air), working his way into management in construction in his early twenties and shortly after that he partnered with his brother Keith in Buffalo Bill’s Food Products Ltd. Roger was the CEO and was in charge of sales and business development. He grew Buffalo Bill’s Food Products substantially and in a short period of time, the product went from making a few pounds of formed buffalo jerky to making hundreds of pounds in a week and being carried in 180 stores.

Well, let’s just say they learned a hard lesson in product consistency. Their clients supported them throughout and even when they stopped operating. Roger and his brother went around to all the stores and offered a full refund. They wanted to know that they closed down on the best of terms. Roger closed down Buffalo Bill’s Food Products Ltd., not because he had to but because he needed to. He said he was burnt out. He learned a hard lesson in business, you can do all the right things in growing your sales but focusing on your top line isn’t good enough. In hind sight that was a good move as knowing what Roger knows now he would not have shut down. He didn’t have the fight in him. Now he has learned those are just obstacles, not deal breakers. After they closed down Buffalo Bill’s – Roger became infatuated with sustainability and growing businesses. He is proud of what they did and accomplished with Buffalo Bill’s and gave him the determination to become focused on operating good business models.

Roger went on and worked in Saskatchewan and Alberta oilfields (while living in Saskatchewan) working on Service Rigs, Drilling Rigs and as an Oilfield Battery Operator. As much as he enjoyed the many years on the oilfield, it was time to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a business consultant and entrepreneur.

Roger then spent 8 years Senior Media Marketing/Sales in Saskatchewan radio industry (CJWW, 92-9 the Bull, Rock 102, 104.9 the Wolf). For each station he developed a small list into a Senior Account list in a short period of time. In advertising he had the chance to work with almost every kind of business and industry, consulting on advertising, brand development, recruiting, and business growth.

After leaving radio Roger was recruited on many occasions to grow businesses for a few companies. 7 years Senior Sales Management (executive) experience that involved setting/planning profit based sales targets (writing and executing), set and met large sales quotas. He developed excellent media marketing plans that positioned different brands as the industry leaders. His other Senior Sales Management experience: recruited, mentored, and motivated sales teams and other departments. He prepared reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing relevant market information. He has experience when companies go through growth and knows what to do to go the next stage of the business.

Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. was created as result of Roger consulting for businesses part time, finally his case load was demanding him to consult full time. He left his job and stepped into full time consulting and never looked back. Firebird Business Consulting Ltd.’s consulting expertise involves consulting on marketing, sales and business sustainability. Today, Firebird has successfully completed well over 100 projects ranging from Business Plans to Business Consulting resulting in happy clients reaching and achieving their desired goals (check out their reviews on Facebook and Google).

The team has grown to 6 business consultants. Services ranging from Business Plans, RFP’s, Grant Writing, Business Growth (Revenue and Sales Consulting), Marketing, Branding, Social Media Management, Social Media Training and Social Media Consulting, Process Improvement and Development, Online Strategies and SEO. The mission statement for Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. is to “commit and provide business owners a strategy to dominate and lead their industry for profitable growth”. Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. has an excellent track record business consulting (coaching) with business of all sizes from start-ups to 100+ million plus annual revenue.

Firebird Business Ventures Ltd. was created by 6 successful business owners that partnered together due to entrepreneurs requesting for their involvement in business opportunities. FBV (Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.) works with businesses to accelerate their growth and implement sound sustainability. They have a vast network that ranges from investors, business experts and other entrepreneurs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and beyond. For FBV it’s about partnering with the right people that desire growth for their business. FBV brings a vast knowledge of marketing, sales, business structuring, driving profits, raising capital, business strategies, business processes and all other aspects of business.

On a community level, Roger believes in giving back. He volunteers and has volunteered for quite a few organizations. In the past he has been on Warman Chamber of Commerce as a Director, Mentor for InBusiness (National Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Youth), Community and Referral Partner for Futurpreneur Canada, Guest Adviser for Square One and is currently President for the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan as well as volunteering for other organizations. He believes in giving back as much as possible to these three areas of community involvement 1) Business 2) Youth 3) Aboriginal, First Nations and Metis.

Roger is always looking for opportunities that he can help with at a consulting level, investment or even a sweat equity stake. It’s really about partnering and investing with people and seeing if there’s a fit. Please contact Roger at 306-241-6215 or email roger@firebirdbusinessconsulting.ca for further information or to set up an appointment.

Specialties: Taking new, junior ,senior salespeople to the next level, branding and imaging, new and existing business development, team building, business consulting, negotiating, marketing, coaching, leadership, expert in rapport building and communications.

Roger says “nothing is better than having a good laugh, joking around and still getting things done.” 

Jason Park, COO Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Jason Park

COO, Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

There are a lot of great business ideas and what may seem like a great idea to one person… the next person simply will not understand.  We’re all different and unique.  This is what makes life so great.  This is what makes us great.  

Opportunity knocks and you either let it in or you choose to wait for the next.

While we all have our differences… I truly believe that we also all have something in common.  I think that we are ALL entrepreneurs at heart.  

And following that analogy, I think that at the heart of every “Big Business”, there was (and still is) a “Small Business” Entrepreneur who had the courage to try.  And then somewhere along the way, they simply succeeded.

Jason Park is the CEO and Founder of Rethink And Diversify Securities Inc. (R&D) which is an Exempt Market Dealer registered to conduct business in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontairio.

www.venturemarket.ca is where entrepreneurial investors can view and actually invest in private capital opportunities approved by R&D – just like the dragons and sharks do. 

Venture Market by R&D offers exempt market securities with a focus on proper portfolio diversification through private capital opportunities.

Craig Hinz, CFO Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Craig Hinz

CFO, Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Craig Hinz is an Entrepreneur and is partner at HVB Chartered Professional Accountants Prof Corp in Saskatoon, SK since 2004. Specializing in small business taxation and accounting matters, personal taxation matters, audit of small non-profit organizations and consultation services in the areas of finance, taxation and accounting.

Partner at HVB Chartered Professional Accountants Prof Corp in Saskatoon, SK since 2004. Specializing in small business taxation and accounting matters, personal taxation matters, audit of small non-profit organizations and consultation services in the areas of finance, taxation and accounting.

  • Awarded a Fellowship designation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan in June 2013
  • Admitted into membership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan in April 1999
  • Successfully completed the Uniform Final Examination administered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in September 1997
  • Graduated with B.Comm degree from the University of Saskatchewan in April 1996
  • Current member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan inaugural Discipline Committee
  • Served as the Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan between 2009 and 2013
  • Served as a member of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan between 2003 and 2009 and again between 2013 and 2014
  • Instructor for Modules 1 and 2 required to obtain a Personal Financial Planner designation in 2000 and 2001
  • Prepared and presented several taxation and accounting courses to clientele and group settings since 1999
  • Youth soccer coach for fifteen different soccer teams over a period of nine years, coaching youth ranging in ages from five to fifteen.
  • Vice-President, Treasurer and Board Member positions with the Aurora Soccer Club in Saskatoon, SK between 2005 and 2011
  • Committee member and Discipline Chair for the annual Harder Avalon Classic Soccer Tournament between 2006 and 2012
  • Treasurer for the Sutherland-Forest Grove Community Association between 2002 and 2005
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Humboldt Bronco Junior A Hockey Club between 1999 and 2001
  • Member of the Finance Committee for the 2002 Saskatchewan Winter Games
  • Advisor with Junior Achievement between 1997 and 199
Travis Parker, CCO Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Travis Parker

CCO, Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Travis Parker is the President and sole proprietor of TP Contracting Ltd. located east of Lanigan SK on Highway 16 since 2000. He prides himself on operating a diversified business, working in many different fields including commercial, industrial or residential; in settings such as agricultural, mining, piping, structural steel, concrete and demolition.  His expertise in the both construction and project management allows him to generate impressive outcomes that consistently meet or exceed customer expectations. 

He recognizes that the success of each project depends on each person’s contribution as an individual and as part of the team. This allows him to provide a quality project, within budget and on schedule that the whole company can be proud of. He strongly believes that your work reflects your reputation.

Travis holds a Journeyman in Industrial Mechanic – Millwright. He also has acquired an extensive list of safety and equipment certifications that allow him to provide his customers with the highest quality standards in all aspects of his business and ensures that his company makes safety its top priority.

Growing up in rural Saskatchewan has inspired Travis to become a strong community supporter. He is an active member of the local Lions Club and is readily available to help out by volunteering in the community in whatever capacity is required. His generous nature is displayed by the donations he makes back into the community.  His love of sports can be seen as he coaches a local hockey team and volunteers his time for minor baseball.

Bob Harder, Owner, Principal Management Consultants Inc.

Principal Management Consultants, Inc., Bob Harder, CEO

Shareholder, Director, Peppermint Technologies Inc.

CDO, Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.

Bob’s career path began in automotive. He worked in numerous areas of a car dealership eventually moving into a management role. After a number of years in automotive he hungered for more and began the process of becoming a Stock Broker. He completed the Canadian Securities Course in late 1981 and became a licensed Stockbroker, working in that industry in Alberta from 1981-1986 but ultimately making the decision to go back to his roots in the automotive business. His next move was to the company Bob would call home for the next 30+ years. He worked in a variety of management roles and ultimately assumed the General Manager position overseeing the entire company and it’s nine divisions. “I’ve always loved a challenge” says Bob “and being able to implement processes and oversee the growth of a company was a great source of satisfaction”. Between 2013 -2016 he was responsible for the construction management of two new buildings totaling 84,000 square feet and a complete renovation of a third building of 29,000 square feet in addition to his regular duties as General Manager. Thankfully, multi-tasking is his strength. During those years Bob also did media buys, ad copy writing and strategic advertising planning. Over the years, he and his employees amassed an impressive array of awards in nearly every department from sales to service to customer satisfaction and overall operations. That is a testament to the assembly of a great team.

As Bob says, “I was privileged to work in an environment that constantly challenged me and through that I learned much about process allowing me to bring value to any industry”.

More recently, Bob oversaw the development and production of an electric vehicle for use in underground mining. This was a massive project using innovative technology converting an existing diesel truck to all-electric allowing the company he managed to compete on the world stage.

Charitable works are a big part of one’s life and Bob initiated the first automotive partnership with Care & Share Saskatoon, Lows in Motion, (a partnership for Parkinson’s Disease), a major sponsorship with the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan and a continuing sponsorship of Swinging with the Stars (a fundraiser benefitting a number of local charities).

That’s the before but what about now? To quote Bob, “I find that after all these years I still have the hunger and desire for success. There are goals left to be attained and that is what drives me. I bring many years of experience to the table and my greatest satisfaction will be in helping businesses to become more successful and knowing that I played a significant part in that success”.

Bob is a solutions-focused Senior Executive with more than 35 years of success across the automotive and investments industry. Leveraging extensive experience in change management, he is a valuable advisor for an organization going through a restructuring to increase productivity, efficiency and profit. His broad areas of expertise include business analysis, problem-solving, high-level view, growth, process development and implementation. 

Steve Cameron, Cameron Web Services

Steve Cameron

Developer

My name is Steven Cameron. I have been developing software for most of my life. I graduated with honours from a two year course at NBCC in Moncton. I now hold a diploma in internet application programming. This is over and above my BCS from Acadia University in 1985.

During my career I have worked on several software projects for both large and small companies. I have built billing systems for a telecommunications company, developed graphic programs for a CAD/CAM engineering firm. I have spent years managing software development projects throughout Canada.

Since I was very young I have enjoyed solving logic and mathematical problems. I would work for hours developing solutions to problems where others would give up. I seam to have endless patience at discovering the answer to a challenge put to me. This skill has transferred with me as I develop web sites, web applications and recently with the management of my web site development business.

Over the past couple of years I have professionally managed Cameron Web services. I have developed and improved several websites in several different industries. Since 2009; I have built an outstanding reputation for designing professional web sites, providing exceptional customer and web consulting services, and for meeting the growing needs of my clients while offering affordable prices. Because of my dedication Cameron Web Services continues to grow and thrive as a competitive and successful web design company in Nova Scotia.

With my background in several different types of software development projects and years of experience interacting with customers I am able to bring skills and best practices to our projects. I have lived in the Maritimes for years. I understand Maritimers and what they expect from their suppliers. At the same time I can add a local quality to my web sites that other companies may not be able to provide. My clients will benefit substantially from working with such a knowledgeable and experienced professional.

I am always striving to become more than a full service web designer as well as continuing to be a professional resource for my clients. To meet and exceed these goals, I continue to dedicate myself to my clients and to further expand my knowledge and experience.

Get In touch

(306) 914.1111

available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saskatoon, SK. Canada

Email contact@pepperminttechnologies.com

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