Who We Are

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge we are on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Seíwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  We thank them for having cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial , and look forward to working with them in partnership as we continue to build this great city together.

This acknowledgment is a reminder of the discriminatory, racist, and colonial practices that have had a lasting legacy, and continue to create barriers for Indigenous peoples and communities in our city. 

We at BEBC Society are honoured to live, work and play on these lands, as we continue to build important relationships of meaning and solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of these lands because their sovereignty and Black liberation are bound together.

Leadership Team


Jackee Kasandy | Founder | CEO

Jackee is a leader in large-scale transformation with deep expertise in helping retailers and leading brands adapt to today’s complex environment.


  • Entrepreneurship | Retail Branding,
  • Marketing & Digital Media Strategist
  • Research, Data & Transformation
  • Advocacy and Community Engagement
  • Supplier Diversity & Procurement



  • A Successful entrepreneur with a 7 figure lifestyle brand | Kasandy Inc
  • 15 year corporate plus 8 years entrepreneurship experience
  • Deep expertise in omni-channel and mass market retail strategy
  • Founder and CEO | Black Entrepreneurs & Businesses of Canada Society [BEBC Society]
  • Board Chair at BEBC Society Board of Director & on Governance Committee at Union Gospel Mission [UGM]
  • Recently appointed by Minister Ravi Kahlon to the BC Housing Board of Directors as a commissioner


Jackee Kasandy is an expert in Retail, Marketing and Strategy practices with 15 years corporate experience and 8 years as an entrepreneur. Since founding her own successful lifestyle brand Kasandy Inc, Jackee worked on advertising, marketing, growth and transformational strategy across a variety of industry segments including retail, food, consumer products, corporate and hospitality. She has extensive experience in large-scale multi-year marketing, advertising and digital strategy, with a focus on product launches, mass market retail strategy, customer journey redesign, store operations, digital transformation, sustainability and innovation.

Jackee has appeared in numerous news articles nationally and internationally, stories and interviews clips. She appeared in Montecristo Magazine and was recognized by the Vancouver Economic Commission | 23 Black Leaders in Vancouver telling her own entrepreneurship story, educating and advocating for women, business owners and the Black community.

She currently serves as the global president board chair of the BEBC Society having founded it in 2020, as well as the CEO of Kasandy Inc which she founded in 2014 and established in 2016 with a brick & mortar store located at the historic Granville Island in Vancouver BC. She is also a board of director for Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver, BC

Prior to founding Kasandy Inc and later BEBC, she was a marketer at WorksafeBC, BCFerries, BCLC and before that at advertising agencies in Toronto.


Judy Bosire | Founding Director of Operations

Judy is an economist at Deloitte with over 10 years of experience delivering research, analysis and strategic advice to governments and agencies, associations, private sector, Aboriginal communities, and a host of organizations on issues at the intersection of policy, social and economic development, and strategy.

With demonstrated experience in managing regional and national engagements that centre on the state of the Canadian economy, Judy brings expertise in economic data analysis providing an economic lens to issues impacting Canadian Black businesses at both the regional and national levels. She will also benefit the Society through her leadership and experience as a co-founder of a technology platform company and Board of Directorship appointments. 


Candace Lauren | Founding Director of Communications and Mentorship

Candace Lauren serves humanity as a multi-faceted creative. She is an accomplished brand strategist, award winning speaker, and best selling author. She is currently developing an enterprise for black female entrepreneurs.

With over 10 years of experience as a marketing professional, Candace has designed for six-figure to multi-million dollar, award-winning brands and clients. Having worked with the Think and Grow Rich Institute and CBS syndicated show, “The Talk,” her team creates avenues of possibility for clients to achieve their goals of creating global impact. Her mission is to give 1000 black female entrepreneurs an opportunity to be seen, heard, and make an authentic impact. Candace Lauren will be launching her upcoming podcast and online Marketing academy in the summer of 2021.

Candace’s creative eye and communication skills will serve as a powerful asset to the BEBC team as she leads the media and mentorship departments of the organization.


Peter Mwariga | Founding Director of Networking, Partnership Management and Technology

As a small business owner and independent sales consultant at Teleconnect Solutions Group, Peter has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry primarily focused on Telecom and Data Centers solutions for Small and Medium businesses.

Through direct engagement and partnerships, Peter has worked with businesses on their digital transformation to help them compete in this fast-changing business environment.

Peter has a passion for helping small and medium businesses understand the global digital transformation currently taking place and working with them to close the large gap between them and the aggressive and disruptive larger competitors.

Eric Pilgrim | Founding Director of Professional Services and Technology

With over 20 years in the IT industry, working in a variety of sectors such as Beverage, Telecom, Manage Service Provider, Construction, Property Management, and Health Care. Excelling in a diversity of roles for companies within these sectors

Eric has lead I.T teams of various sizes to implement and support several critical infrastructure projects in the Province of B.C,  Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement  Project (600 Million) required for the 2010 Winter Games. Port Mann Hwy 1 Improvement (2.5 Billion) and the Pitt River Bridge &Mary Hill Interchange (200 Million) are a few examples. He is now focused on the Health Care sector using his past knowledge to manage various aspects of the Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project, a three-phase project estimated at 1.3 Billion.

 Eric has a unique perspective that has allowed him to meet the challenges of working on very large infrastructure projects. He will bring those viewpoints and skills to the BEBC.

Advisory Board

We are a black-led organization, representing Black businesses in Canada.

We are providing a unified platform for advocating and supporting Black entrepreneurs and businesses in Canada to create opportunities for advancement and self-determination for the Black community. In addition to advocacy, we help facilitate access to financing (Federal, Provincial, and Local), access to social procurement  and certification, as well as provide advisory and mentorship services to our members.

Our mission is to help Black businesses grow, scale up and become sustainable.

Legal Representation | Norton Rose Fulbright

CRA 702374471RT0001 | BC Registration 702374471BC0001

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