Guests on Financial Fun

Malcolm Saunders’ mission is to deeply connect people to their food. He has been immersed in the field of food and nutrition for close to 20 years and is the owner & creative visionary of The Light Cellar. Malcolm is a public speaker and intuitive chef who specializes in sharing the alchemy of superfoods and superherbs.

Through his videos, workshops and seminars he has helped thousands of individuals recreate their relationship to food. He has an expertise and passion for creating and teaching others how to make energizing and healing foods, including chocolate, elixirs and ferments.

Malcolm’s desire is to inspire others to live and eat from a space that honours the sacredness of all Life, illuminating the power of influence our food choices have on ourselves, other beings, and the planet we live on.

KIDS: Girl- 12

Fran Watson is a licensed Art of Feminine Presence Teacher with over 20 years’ experience as a communications professional in the entertainment business and five years of sales in the fashion industry.  Fran loves the joys and challenges of being a successful entrepreneur and working with hundreds of women from many walks of life. As a mother of a young son, she is also experiencing the pleasures of parenting with all its heart-opening opportunities. Added to many years of personal and spiritual development, the simple and profound Art of Feminine Presence practices have brought her a deep appreciation for her own feminine gifts and those of every woman she meets.  It is her greatest wish to support others in discovering and delighting their own radiance through this work.
KIDS: Boy- 9

Max’s Interests:

Football, Minecraft, trading cards, watching Shark Tank, Billion Dollar Buyer and The Profit.

He’s very interested in any sport cars and the price of them.

He’s into anything to make money, whether it’s selling candy, making trading cards or art to sell or trying to start companies with kids in the neighborhood.

Max Wells is also the son of one of our previous guests, Carrie Chitsey-Wells.


Shannon Ward has been an successful entrepreneur for over 13 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Since then, Shannon has transformed her deep knowledge of marketing and exceptional sales skills into a thriving sales training and coaching business where she helps entrepreneurs and their teams overcome their dysfunctional relationships with sales so that they can break through revenue barriers in record time. Her transformational approach to sales stems from a core belief that sales is an act of love.

Shannon also is a Professor of Sales & Sales Management at UBC Sauder School of Business. Shannon has been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards 2016 and 2017.

Shannon divides her time between her mountain home in the resort town of Whistler, Canada and traveling the world with her husband and son. She can often be found in the ocean surfing or in the forest snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking.   Shannon also believes in giving back. She actively mentors rising women entrepreneurs through organizations like the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and donates tens of thousands of dollars each year in mentoring to entrepreneurs in need of sales training and support to achieve their next level of business success.
KIDS: Boy- 9

Yvonne was born and raised in the Netherlands. After completing her High School and two years of certification in the Travel Industry, she married and soon started traveling with her then-husband around the globe. She volunteered for orphanages, ran all kinds of committees while raising their two sons during their years overseas. She lived with her family in Paris, France; Lagos, Nigeria; Stavanger, Norway and Singapore. Now Yvonne resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she has been a business owner since 2003.

In 2012, Yvonne stepped into the role of running the Calgary chapter of eWomenNetwork (, where she guides, supports and uplifts women entrepreneurs to greater levels of success. Throughout Yvonne’s life she has had women come to her for advice, support, love and understanding. She even told her mom at one point, “I should have become a social worker!” No matter where she has lived, women count on her, trust her opinion and feel grateful for her listening ear.

She is passionate about supporting women through their life journeys, sharing her caring, knowledge and wisdom, and showing them that they are seen and heard. When all else fails, Yvonne has their back. She loves working with entrepreneurial women especially because she truly enjoys being a guide on their personal journeys while nurturing business growth.

Yvonne is a master at listening deeply when times are tough. She is the voice of reason in your darkest moments and at the same time, you will laugh … a lot! Is it your time to experience the transformative power of Yvonne’s deep listening skills?

KIDS: 2 Boys- 26 & 28

Described as a ‘dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humourous speaker, Tina is often rated as ‘the best speaker of the conference’. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask the questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask.

For fifteen years Tina Varughese, B.A., B.Comm., worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s immigration office as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm. She is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, Home to Home magazine and nationally syndicated Mompreneur Magazine.

Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.

Tina Varughese Calgary Herald Article

KIDS: Girl- 15, Boy- 13

Kindi Gill is one of the worlds’ foremost Transformation Coaches. She is a Wholesome Leadership Consultant for Associations and Corporations and a sought after Professional Speaker. A former CEO of a private company, responsible for 3000 people nationally in the UK, she has 30 plus years of experience in leadership. Kindi is also trained as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers – the 2017 Programming Director for the Vancouver Chapter, and upcoming President for 2018.

Kindi has been called a visionary “life changer” by her many clients worldwide. She facilitates ground-breaking work with the Self Empowering Dalian Method created by a scientist of the human condition, Mada Eliza Dalian. She calls this the most complete multidimensional process ever created which offers lasting transformation at every level for human wholeness, from psychological emotional issues to abundance and spiritual blockages to physical pain and health complaints.

When not helping her many clients, Kindi enjoys keeping an eye on her constantly transforming family, comprised of her three children and husband. When she chooses to refresh and have fun, she loves to dance and take photographs. In her quiet reflective moments Kindi enjoys writing poetry too.  Even though Kindi’s parents are at a distance in the UK, she stays close to them, whether it is through visiting or simply eating her childhood favourite snacks of crisps. Kindi now lives in Vancouver with her husband and kids and travels worldwide helping people to evolve into greater consciousness and self-awareness expansion.

KIDS: 2 Girls- 24 & 16, Boy- 20

Carrie Chitsey-Wells has been recognized as the Top 100 Female Founders in the US, Top 50 Mobile Leaders in the US and Top 40 Marketing Executives Under 40, she is an avid blogger, podcast host and been featured in top magazines like Forbes, Entrepreneur and Inc. She started her first company at the age of 26 and has founded 5 more since.

She is currently the Co-Founder and COO of One Touch Video Chat & One Touch Law, that are innovating the Customer Experience and Sales processes through mobile video chat technology. In addition, the CEO of a business consulting company focused on growth, marketing and technology.

KIDS:  Boy age 9

Born in 1987, John Crestani has accomplished a lot in his twenty-nine years. Crestani had his first taste of financial & mobility independence in 2006; as he and his first car sped off to college. Fast forward to 2009 and Crestani, 21, traveled to Thailand to figure out his direction in life and “find” himself. During this time, he read a number of spiritual works, such as The Alchemist, that would later influence his life.

But his saving grace turned out to be a business book: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, the now-classic manual for breaking free of the nine-to-five desk job by building an online business. John Crestani was sitting on a beach in Thailand, poor and lost in his life when he opened a book that helped transform him to becoming a motivated and successful internet entrepreneur.

After a number of years of trial-and-error of building his internet business, Crestani finally managed to create a multi-million dollar business, met his wife, and travel the world. In 2016, he had his first child while growing the company. He went from deep in debt, to having a successful, cashflow-positive business, that supports his life.

As of late he’s gone on to build an empire in the education. And now he’s taken it upon himself to teach a handful of aspiring entrepreneurs how they too can transition to the new entrepreneurial economy, and be the boss of themselves. Currently Crestani is preparing for the release of his new platform; a dramatic new business model focused on helping others gain control of their time.

Crestani hopes to share his unparalleled insight and experience and wants others to become part of a community of people who share similar aspirations. “Now is the only time to start living life on your own terms,” exclaims Crestani, adding “I hope to help people in any way I can.”

KIDS:  Girl age 6 months

Tanya Eklund was the top female Agent in the City of Calgary in 2016 based on closed transactions!

She is the leader of The Tanya Eklund Group, the #1 Team at the #1 Re/Max office in the world!

Her 16.5 year journey as a dedicated, full-time licensed Real Estate Agent specializing in the purchase and sale of inner city properties in the Calgary area has given her a wealth of experience.

Tanya has the necessary training to fully understand the process and procedures of completing a successful real estate transaction, she is committed to quality service and promises that her personal approach will always demonstrate true trust & care.

She prides herself in the marketing strategies she provides her clients that make the difference in the sale.

Tanya has also started a lending company which offers short term lending to the real estate industry and small businesses.

She plays an active role in her city with various non-profits.

As a member of the international Entrepreneur’s Organization (E.O) one of the best business retreats she ever attended was an exclusive week with Richard Branson on his private “Nekker Island” where she was able to work and play with Mr. Branson himself as well as a handful of other select entrepreneurs.

Tanya believes in a work/life balance and shares her personal life with husband of ten years, Chad, and their two daughters 3.5 years and 7 months old.

KIDS: 2 Girls ages 7 months and 3.5 years