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Honest Conversations

Only an entrepreneur who has started, struggled, thrived and sold a business knows the depth and breadth of what that word means. A group of carefully curated entrepreneurs has assembled for a noble, not-for-profit purpose — to pay those honest conversations forward. We’re here to listen, connect, offer honest advice and guide you, via our vast network, to the resources and funds you need to build a successful business.


Jade Alberts
Peer Guidance - Founder
Jade Alberts Consulting - Founder
Telling It Like It is Facebook Live -  Founder
Founders Coffee YYC - Founder


Jade is a Business Strategist / Entrepreneur that Tells It Like It Is. Jade has started businesses from scratch, grew them, and sold them. He now guides other start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs through that same process.

Jade really enjoys building trusting relationships with "Handshake Honesty." He has a genuine passion for both people and businesses. Honesty, Authenticity, Networking, Connecting, and Sharing are the pillars of his belief system. Jade's Facebook Live “Telling It Like it Is” Interviews are every Wednesday at 9:30am MST. It's a 20-minute discussion that shares Small Business Owners' stories and knowledge.

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Koleya Karringten
Canadian Blockchain Consortium - Executive Director
Absolute Combustion - Co-Founder/CEO
Canadian Blockchain Assoc. for Women - Co-Founder
BitQuest - Co-Founder/CEO


A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building and fostering inclusion in the technology industry.

As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Alberta’s blockchain technology industry as the CEO of Bitquest Corp., the Executive Director of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium (ABC), co-founder and board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW), and CEO of Civitas Events Corp.

In her leadership role at the ABC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and government to build the province’s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous Alberta.

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Peter Lafontaine
Win Helix - Founder
Social Good Doer

Peter is a dynamic business leader with more than two decades of experience leading and building top performing sales and marketing teams, growing company revenues and bringing technology and business solutions to the market. He has strong people and relationship skills and a strong executive level business and political network. He has solid understanding of new technology enablers and how they can be used to accelerate competitiveness, lower operating costs, and align organizations. He is an Entrepreneur and has worked in leadership for several international fortune 100 technology companies.

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Dafne Canales Lees
Spartan Spark - Founder/CEO
Trustini - Executive Director


Founder and CEO of the innovative digital marketing software company Spartan Spark, Dafne Canales Lees has earned her reputation as the business development “whisperer.” With an MBA from the University of Calgary, she went on to forge an impressive career, significantly boosting the sales revenue of countless clients worldwide by using her unique, out-of-the-box approach to complex marketing problem resolution.

A member of the Neuromarketing Business and Science Association and the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, Dafne travels monthly to San Francisco to attend meetings with her advisory board and consult on others. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, this creative innovator never stops giving her time and talent, even teaching corporate in-house marketing teams the latest digital marketing strategies.

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Mo Aladin
Big Sky HR - Founder/CEO


He is the largest franchisee of Recipe Unlimited. Mo was born in Africa and now lives in the greatest country in the world-Canada. He employs over 400 people in his restaurants in Alberta.

After earning a degree at University of Waterloo, he spent time in the pharmacy industry and technology until the hospitality industry came a calling. He has been the head of training teams, HR Departments, and Senior Operations.

Mo states ‘In this competitive market, place and time, fighting for every customer and every nickel becomes paramount and can only be achieved by having the right people, and the right culture aligned with organizational goals.”

Mo is committed to assisting and teaching organizations that seek another perspective during times of change. He has enjoyed working restaurateurs, new ventures and businesses who have a strong sense of purpose and want to turn their enterprise into a franchisee model. He helps connect their system and their vision to make them profitable.

Mo says “No one knows your organization like you do. But running an organization is different than changing one”. His passion is to collaborate with other leaders and help move their organizations from "A to B" - whatever they define as "B". “I'd rather trace than draw”, is what Mo believes. 

Mo can bring the best ideas forward and show you how you can change yourself first, then others in an ever uncertain environment.

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Our Pledge

Peer Guidance is a not for profit group that guides startups through the challenges they face as they go from inception to expansion. This can be challenging, and asking for guidance is not a sign of weakness.
We are a group of successful current Entrepreneurs that have started, struggled, thrived, and sold businesses throughout their careers. We can be that helping hand that listens, connects, offers honest feedback, and can introduce the entrepreneur to VC’s or other financial options that are available to accelerate growth.
A solid operation starts with the right culture and people the fit that culture. This group helps solidify the culture, assist in finding the right person from the vast network of connections.
Monetizing a business in the current environment can be challenging, and Peer Guidance can help take your vision to profitability.


Peer Guidance will listen and give advise on how to invest your money. Decisions on managing your money can be the difference between success and failure. In many cases, there will be tough choices. An experienced guide can help ensure the right choice is made for you and your interests.
Having access to money is also essential. Banks, Partnerships, Private Lending, Private Equity, Angel or Venture Capital are options Peer Guidance can introduce you to.  With peers guiding the way, your selection can be made with confidence.