The Entrepreneur Centres at Bow Valley College are designed for dreamers and business owners to connect, learn and thrive.

Whether you’re a seasoned proprietor or thinking about launching a new venture, we’re here with open doors and open minds to help you get to where you want to go.

Bow Valley College has expanded beyond the classroom and into the business environment and surrounding Southern Alberta community at large. Founded in 2018, the Strathmore Entrepreneur Centre is the only flexible office space with access to business training and skills development in Strathmore and Wheatland & Rocky View Counties. 

By working together as a local business community to build the Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre we can foster success and satisfaction, connect our community and grow support for shopping local through programming, events and initiatives. We want to hear from YOU about what you need to help your business thrive.

Meet Our Team


Leah Wack

Dean Of Regional Stewardship

Leah has more than 20 years of experience in the post-secondary sector in various areas including program administration and development, government relations, student services, community and stakeholder relations, and partnership development. She also has a broad range of post-secondary programming, leadership and regional stewardship experience from Lethbridge College, Selkirk College, The University of Alberta, and the University of Lethbridge. 

Leah completed her undergraduate studies in Secondary Education, Business and Technology from the University of Alberta, and continued there to achieve her Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership.


Cara Doré

Manager of Regional Stewardship


Cara has led business development and entrepreneurship initiatives in Airdrie and Strathmore since January 2017.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and after a successful career in health promotion and education, she transitioned into the sales and marketing profession, working in broadcasting, community economic development, and stakeholder relations. Cara brings a wealth of industry and community building experience to the Regional Stewardship team.


Jennifer Neufeld

Project Officer, Strathmore Entrepreneur Centre

Jennifer has a passion to engage, educate and collaborate with individuals, businesses and organizations to support the development of sustainable practices. Her holistic vision includes social, economic and environmental aspects of community development.

She holds an interdisciplinary BSc. in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Royal Roads University. Her experience ranges from agricultural research and toxicology testing to financial guiding and operating nonprofit organizations.


Jessica Williamson

Project Officer, Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre

Jessica Williamson Bow Valley College

Jessica is an award-winning entrepreneur and strategic marketing manager with a passion for building people, processes and ventures. In her role, Jessica builds relationships and develops programming to support Airdrie and area entrepreneurs in their business goals.

She holds a Bachelor of Management degree in Marketing from University of Lethbridge which has allowed her to apply her relationship management, project management and marketing/communications skillsets to a variety of industries including transportation, retail, education, B2B and construction. 



Craig Elias

Entrepreneur in Residence, Bow Valley College

Craig works with learners and business owners through the Entrepreneur Centres at Bow Valley College. He co-developed and runs the college's business idea competition, VentureQuest; created an experiential learning program for aspiring entrepreneurs, WannaB Wednesdays; and created and runs three community-based entrepreneurship capacity-building programs.

His first company won a $1,000,000 prize in the Global Billion Dollar Idea competition and was twice named by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising companies in North America. He is the creator of Trigger Event Selling™, the author of the award-winning sales book "SHiFT! Harness the Trigger Events that Turn Prospects into Customers," and a contributing author to the number one selling book on both Amazon and The Wall Street Journal, "Masters of Sales." Craig has also been a national growth advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program in the United States.

He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Calgary specializing in New Venture Creation and Technology Commercialization and a cross-disciplinary BA from Western University.


Contact Us

Strathmore Entrepreneur Centre

#1 320-2nd Street
Strathmore, AB T1P 1K3

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 587-393-3139


Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre

#121, 104 – 1st Avenue NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 0R2

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 403-355-1912

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