SFU board member Jill Earthy named one of B.C.’s most influential women
Simon Fraser University board member Jill Earthy has been named one of B.C.’s 35 most influential women by B.C. Business magazine.
This annual list recognizes “women who are shaking things up in B.C. business and beyond” with their power to disrupt.
A panellist explains: “A disrupter is someone who is in a position to wield influence over popular opinion, a person who is doing things differently than their predecessor or contrary to convention, or a person who is working on the ground to make meaningful societal and institutional change to solve problems.”
Earthy, who has been serving on SFU’s Board of Governors since 2014, is the chief growth officer of FrontFundr, a national financial technology company connecting entrepreneurs and investors through equity crowd funding.
Passionate about innovation, Earthy has spent the past eight years in the non-profit sector helping entrepreneurs, and is an advisor with SFU’s MBA mentorship program.
She was the chief executive officer of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a non-profit that educates, mentors and inspires female entrepreneurs. Most recently, Earthy served as the regional director of Futurpreneur Canada (B.C. and Yukon), which provides loans and mentorship to start-up entrepreneurs.
Earthy also founded two companies, Frontline Staff Inc. and momcafé Network Inc., which she grew nationally and sold.
SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini, Chancellor Emerita Carole Taylor and alumna Meeru Dhalwala (LLD ’15) were among those with SFU connections named to B.C. Business’s 2015 list.