Business Coaches

ACE is committed to providing on going coaching for our entrepreneurs; helping them transform their business ideas into viable, vetted business plans that attracts start-up funding. Coaches will continue to coach them after start up so that they become financially sustainable and achieve the holistic impact they desire. We have both in-house coaches and consultants that partner with us on a regular basis and are also forming partnerships with organizations that have expertise in International Business Coaching. Coaches meet regularly with the entrepreneurs, working through obstacles, setting action points at each call, offering encouragement and input as needed and taking them forward towards reaching their business goals.

Meet Our Coaches

Annie Li

Annie Li

Business Coach

In Canada, she worked for RBI a Sustainability Firm and for a Consulting Engineering Firm as a Senior Project Manager delivering Renewable Energy Projects and leading bids for Infrastructure projects in the Oil and Gas and Mining sectors. Annie has also been involved with nonprofit sectors conducting research on Homeless, Accessibility, and currently is the Competition Director for the First Nations Housing Foundation, a non-for-profit advocating for Innovative Design and Development of Affordable Housing for First Nations Communities.

She has led multi-disciplinary consultants teams on a portfolio of Public, Private Partnership (P3 or PPP) infrastructure and development projects. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Sovereign Order of St. John, Vancouver Commandery, a 900-year-old ecumenical, international, Christian organization seeking to benefit the poor in Christ, both in a material and spiritual sense.
Annie is also a former member of the City of Vancouver, Public Art Committee, which provides advice and guidance to City Council, staff, civic agencies, developers and citizens on public art matters, including the Public Art Program.

Annie helped plan the BWAMNW event in Seattle 2017, is actively part of launching ACE in Canada serving on the steering group and planning the conference in Vancouver 2018. Annie serves as a business coach helping our entrepreneurs develop viable investment ready, business plans.

Samuel Parayil

Samuel Parayil

Business Coach

Samuel is a construction engineer, living in Alberta, Canada. Born in Kuwait, then growing up in India he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Samuel has built a career in construction projects in India, Oman, Dubai and Canada in the energy and chemical, commercial and agro-based industries. He brings 20 years of hands-on experience in project and construction management. He has also worked with diverse cross-cultural workforces to build cohesive teams which successfully and efficiently delivered project goals.

Reaching out and developing communities, physically and spiritually, has always been Samuel’s passion. His first volunteer community building project was low-cost roofing in rural India. In Cuba, he was part of a volunteer Church team building a house. In Montana, he worked with
local leaders to renovate the exterior of a house and build picnic tables for the community. He believes the solution to poverty and illiteracy is to empower families in developing nations to shift to a holistic perspective in the area of income generation and sustainability. Samuel currently volunteers as a business coach with ACE to fulfil his and ACE’s vision for development
and sustainability. When not working, Samuel loves to cook and entertain. He and his wife believe that community outreach and development starts with hospitality in the home.