BComm – Executive Partner, Business Development

Vanessa is our Executive Partner, Business Development with over 17+ years of small business operational and management experience. Over the years Vanessa has had vast hands-on experience with start-ups, small-medium size business and franchises. She has proudly started, owned, and operated several businesses, including Canada franchises and an award-winning Restaurant and Food Truck in Calgary Alberta. She is an advocate for entrepreneurs and small business owners and understands the unique needs and circumstance of businesses in various industries.  Vanessa is also proud to sit on the Board of Director for AARCS, and understands the importance of aligning Board strategy with daily operations of the organization.  Vanessa is a CPHR candidate with a Business degree from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. She combines years of industry experience with a strong broad and practical skillset that helps organizations look at their people strategy as a full entity of their business to help them grow and develop.

Professional Certifications:

  • Associate Member CPHR


  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Analysis and Research
  • Public Relations and Events
  • Process Development
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Social Media
  • SEO / Website Design
  • Creative Design


  • Bachelor of Commerce: Marketing, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business


In addition to the work Vanessa does with Salopek & Associates, she is also the owner of MARKET, an award-winning restaurant and Food Truck in Calgary. Vanessa sits on the Board for AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Centre Society) as an active Board Member and has a strong passion for animal welfare. She loves walking her German Shepard/Husky pup, in Fish Creek park. In her free time Vanessa enjoys socializing with friends and loves to golf and ski.