Principal & Director, Consulting Services
Derrick Bartel is an accomplished senior business leader with over 20 years of professional experience, having worked in several leading global organizations that include Merck & Co., Fresenius Kabi, and Weber Shandwick in the core areas of business development, strategic marketing and business intelligence, and corporate communications.
Derrick’s consulting expertise includes work as a Partner at BDC Advisory Services, where he consulted with over 250 B.C.-based SME enterprises and their management teams spanning a full spectrum of industry verticals. He draws on a deep understanding of the business challenges and complexities facing small and mid-market companies and excels at helping clients achieve enhanced top-line revenue growth and improved organizational performance. Derrick holds an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Co-Founder of SMBA, Professional Coach
Timothy Tiryaki is a leadership facilitator and executive coach with extensive international experience. His research and professional expertise is centered around humanizing leadership in organizations. He specializes in the areas of executive alignment, executive facilitation, and executive coaching.
Timothy previously worked at several large multinational corporations including Procter & Gamble, Intel Corporation and Index Group in roles of increasing responsibility within sales, marketing and human resources. His consulting experience is comprised of roles as Managing Partner at Bob Proctor Consulting, Partner at BDC Advisory Services, and Regional Director/Senior Consultant at Great Place to Work Institute (organizational culture research and consulting services).
He previously lectured and taught at the Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Centre and is currently teaching leadership and business skills at Global Knowledge, in addition to teaching Curriculum Theory and Instruction in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Timothy holds a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction from SFU and is currently pursuing his PhD in Executive Coaching at SFU.
Chloe Cigdem Tiryaki
Co-Founder of SMBA, Professional Coach
Chloe Cigdem Tiryaki is a certified Erickson Professional Coach (EPC) and is the Co-Founder of SMBA.
Chloe previously worked as a Revenue Manager at several large tour operators where she led the operations of the business that included managing partnerships with over 400 hotels, multiple charter airplanes, as well as leading teams of 10+ employees that serviced more than 400,000 visitors per year. After mastering the functional area of operations management, she discovered her true passion in the disciplines of creativity and creative expression. Her current coaching practice is focused on optimizing the creativity and innovation of leaders and teams through 1:1 coaching and team-building activities. Chloe also organizes the corporate retreats and leads our events management initiatives.
Serkan Polat has 20 years of professional experience in Strategy and Finance and possesses particular expertise in the areas of strategic planning, financial planning & analysis, and mergers & acquisitions. He has been involved in over 50 large-scale business projects in his diverse multinational career, with these projects representing a total market size exceeding $25 billion. He also currently manages his own Vancouver-based company, Deltago Consulting, which provides a range of professional services such as business planning, financial modeling, M&A advisory, and business brokerage. Serkan holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering as well as the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and PMP (Project Management Professional) designations.
Agnes Nkundabagenzi is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 20 years of professional experience in finance and accounting roles. Her previous positions include work as a Consultant, Director, and Chief Financial Officer in organizations across multiple industries in British Columbia. Agnes has specific expertise in working closely with small businesses and entrepreneurs to sharpen and improve their financial management practices and reporting. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to drive progress, build internal capabilities and enhance overall financial performance. Agnes holds a BA degree from the Université de Québec à Montréal.