Everyday Superheroes


The UBC Sauder School of Business and the Peter A. Allard School of Law invite you to celebrate the unique contributions UBC’s commerce and law grads have made to the world around them. Please join us on November 15, 2016 for Pecha Kucha-style presentations by UBC Sauder and Allard alumni. They will share how they have become everyday superheroes through passionately making a positive impact (big or small) on the world and the people around them.

Pecha Kucha, loosely translated from Japanese as "chit-chat", is the name of a fast-paced and visually-focused presentation style in which presenters use exactly 20 slides timed for 20 seconds each.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Jessica Chan, Alumni Engagement Manager, at

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.- Doors open
7:00 p.m.- Program begins
8:30 p.m.- Reception begins


VanCity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
Vancouver, BC - map


$15 ticket includes two drinks & appetizers.


Allison Suter (LLB ‘08)
Helping make the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians a little bit easier, one tax return at a time.

Allison Suter is an entrepreneur and a non-practicing tax lawyer. She's currently one of three founders at SimpleTax, a user-friendly, pay-what-you-want tax software that helps make the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians a little bit easier (and a lot more fun) at tax time. In addition to her work, Allison loves photography, travel, her husband, and their two young children.

Amber Price (LLB ‘05)
Working to end violence against women by providing accessible legal advocacy.

Amber obtained her law degree from UBC in 2005 and Masters in Law from UVic in 2007. She is a lawyer with Atira Women’s Resource Society, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women. At Atira, Amber and a volunteer team, provide pro bono legal advocacy to women in the Downtown Eastside. Common issues that women in the DTES face are poverty, housing security, health challenges, and the impacts of abuse. Amber is a Board member of West Coast LEAF and member of the Jane Doe Legal Network. These two groups provide opportunities to work on systemic issues women face, such as barriers to accessing legal aid. Amber is of Cree and mixed European heritage, and a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta.

Frankie Cena (Bcom ‘13)
Sharing the spotlight and teaching others how to enjoy it.

As a singer, speaker, host and television presenter, Frankie Cena has loved the spotlight from a very young age. But more importantly Frankie has loved sharing that spotlight and teaching others how to enjoy it. As a singer, Frankie's first official performances were with the British Columbia Boys Choir at the age of nine. As a solo artist, Frankie began performing at a variety of festivals, events, and singing competitions throughout his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the years, Frankie has been able to combine his talents of acting, singing, and performing in lead theater roles in "The King Who Wouldn't Sing", "How I Became Queen", "Aladdin", Danny in "Grease" and as Gabe in “Next to Normal.” In 2012, Frankie became Mr. World Canada. Beating out several hopefuls, he would go on to represent his nation at the world’s largest competition of its kind. Just one year later, in 2013, Frankie recorded his first single, “On Top of the World”, a touching song paying tribute to his struggles and resolution as an artist. In 2014, Frankie began his professional television-presenting career as the competition’s co-host. He was privileged to work along side Miss World, Megan Young and was also able to perform his original song. Frankie then went on to help present Miss World 2014 in London, England and Mr. World 2016 in Southport, England. In 2015, Frankie was invited to the Philippines to work with a charity organization and present the commencement speech at Brentwood College of Asia. Here Frankie was able to combine his talents and utilize them for social change. Frankie is excited to share some his stories, passions, and pursuit with Sauder and Allard Alumni.

Kevin MacDonald (LLB ‘87)
Raising nearly $1.2 million for local charities since co-founding HOOPLAW Charity Basketball Tournament.

Kevin MacDonald is a partner of Clark Wilson and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Lending Group. He is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate and Insolvency & Restructuring Groups, and Chair of the Students Committee. Kevin is the co-founder of the annual HOOPLAW Charity Basketball Tournament, an event that has helped raise nearly $1.2M for local charities. Kevin is an avid volunteer who gives back to his community at every opportunity and was the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Community Service Award

Michael Blatchford (LLB ‘08)
Co-founder of the impactful Charity and Non-Profit Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch.

Michael Blatchford is a partner with the Vancouver law firm of Bull Housser. Michael’s clients are “not-for-profit” entities from every area of the voluntary sector, including registered charities, non-profit organizations, associations, churches, clubs and social enterprises. Michael advises these clients with regard to governance, corporate structuring, regulatory compliance & tax matters, among other things. In addition, Michael works with organizations as a parliamentarian and meeting advisor, using tools such as Robert’s Rules of Order to facilitate complicated or contentious meetings. Michael is the co-founder of the Charity and Non-Profit Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch.

Neil Thomson (MBA ‘10)
Making healthy snacks that will rock your taste buds more accessible to the masses.

Neil is the Founder and CEO of Naked Snacks, a natural food brand and online snacking service based in Vancouver. The company's mission is to make healthy food more accessible, through convenient delivery and exceptional taste. They do this by offering easy snack selection and online ordering, with an eye to making sure the snacks aren’t just healthy, but also taste fantastic. Neil launched Naked Snacks in 2014 and the company now ships to individuals, offices, and high-end hotel customers in all provinces across Canada. Neil’s love for food and healthy living comes from his early years growing up in the countryside of South Africa. He also has a real weakness for bags of chips and the self-loathing that follows, which is why he’s so determined to make healthy food that still rocks the taste buds!

Penelope Comette (MBA ‘00)
Advocating for a clean energy future in Canada.

Penelope spent the first decade of her career working as a management consultant in San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver providing strategic advice to Fortune 100 companies such as Bechtel Corporation, Dell Incorporated, and Toyota Motor Company, amongst others.One pivotal night Penelope started a quest to change the direction of her career. A quest to find more meaning in her work and have a larger social impact.
Today Penelope works as an advocate in both her professional and personal life. She advocates an energy system not based on traditional fossil fuels but one centered on clean energy. Having authored several reports on the clean economy, Penelope has a keen understanding of the market conditions that affect clean technology companies and the policies needed to accelerate the growth of the sector.When not working to help lead Canada's transition to a clean energy future, Penelope can be found with her husband and two daughters exploring B.C.'s North Shore mountains.

Sophie Manfredi (Bcom ‘12)
A sweat junkie with a mission to empower women through health and fitness.

Born and raised Vancouverite, life enthusiast, provincial level weightlifter and overall sweat Junkie, Sophie is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach and co-owner of True Conditioning, a boutique TRX Suspension Training studio located in the heart of Steveston BC. In addition to running the studio, Sophie teaches stand up paddling in the summer with SUP Steveston.When she is not working or on the water, or paddling in her spare time with her bulldog Winston, Sophie can be found upside down practicing her handstands, training for the 2017 Crossfit Open, hiking the Grouse Grind or trying her best not to fall asleep in shavasana.With a mission to empower women through health and fitness, Sophie believes everyone should feel comfortable and confident in their body, and hopes to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone, so they may uncover their true fitness potential.