The BACD Team

Achieve Business Success with Us!

Teresa Shaver, Executive Director

Teresa joined The Business Advisory Centre Inc in 2012; - a non profit organization supporting businesses to achieve business success through offering advisory services, workshops and resources to entrepreneurs and business owners.  BACD works with over 5000 entrepreneurs a year.  Teresa is responsible for implementing the strategic plan, managing operations, over 120 events and a team of 5.

Since joining BACD, the organizations' outcomes have increased by over 200% and built over 50 partnerships in the Durham Region community to support business.

Teresa has always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has worked in over 5 start up organizations across 3 countries. Teresa moved to Canada in August 1999 to be part of a small start up in Toronto that specialized in Call Centre Staffing. After working in this industry for 7 years, she went to work for the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and spent 5 years there managing Member Services, Sponsorship and over 75 Events per year.

Teresa has also run a number of her own businesses and has been a business coach for over 10 years. In 2014, Teresa received her Registered Business Coach designation from the World Association of Business Coaches and in 2017 her Economic Development Certificate.

She is an avid life long learner,  loves to read, listen to podcasts, teach yoga, sew clothing and volunteer in her community.
Areas of Specialty: Business structure; operations; employment; market strategy; not-for-profits; retail and lifestyle businesses; eCommerce; importing and exporting; social media; networking; sales process, grants.

importing and exporting; social media; networking; sales process, grants.

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Patrice Esper, Business Advisor & Starter Company Program Coordinator

Patrice Esper HeadshotPatrice became part of the BACD Team in 2014. She is an experienced professional with a strong and diverse background in management and entrepreneurship having opened and operated businesses ranging from retail to real estate services in three countries. A Penn Foster honours graduate of an Associate of Science degree with a major in Hospitality management, Patrice coordinates the Starter Company Program and helps provide client services support. Patrice is an active member of the Ajax-Pickering Toastmasters Club and enjoys representing the Durham Region as a place to work and play, wherever possible.

Areas of Specialty: Business process; success planning; real estate; property management; trades; consultants; buying a business; contracts.

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Andrea Rowland, Business Advisor | Marketing Specialist

Andrea joined BACD officially in October 2017, although has worked with the BACD for over 3 years providing workshops and mentorship. She has over 20 years international experience in marketing, branding and communications having graduated with a B.A. Honours Degree in Graphic Design. Andrea's true entrepreneurial spirit expressed itself when she started a craft brewery in Australia which has given her hands-on knowledge of the challenges of starting and growing a business which she now shares with clients at BACD.

She has been running her own branding and marketing business in Oshawa and is now a certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor.

Area of Speciality: Marketing plans; value proposition; target market; branding; digital marketing; websites; social media; product portfolio.

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Ashley McBride, Program Administrator, Summer Company & Starter Company

Ashley McBride joined BACD in January 2016 as the Program Administrator for the Summer Company and Starter Company program. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management and a professional development certificate in Digital Marketing. Ashley keeps busy with reviewing and evaluating business plans, cashflow forecasts and ensuring all guidelines are being met! Her thoroughness and attention to detail helps make sure that nothing slips through the cracks.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading, running and traveling.

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Lindy Schultz, Bookkeeper & Admin Coordinator

Lindy joined the BACD team as the part-time bookkeeper in October 2016. She is an experienced professional with a background in Bookkeeping, Payroll and Office Administration having worked in South Africa until moving to Canada in 2015. Lindy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Economics.
In her spare time Lindy likes to get out into nature, craft and spend time with her family.

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BACD Client Testimonials

BACD provided an amazing source of support, guidance, training and constructive critiquing, both on a business level as well as personal. The experienced in-house business leaders and staff, combined with their appointed mentors and specialized trainers gave me a much clearer understanding of my strengths and weaknesses. Then BACD gave me the much needed tools and confidence, to help set me off on the right paths to success.

Steve B.

BACD is a fantastic resource for entrepreneurs and businesses. The team of advisors and program facilitators are passionate about small business and are very helpful in providing the resources needed to grow and succeed. I have experienced great success working with BACD over the past 3 years. I would recommend all entrepreneurs to network with the team of advisors and find out how they can achieve business success!

Adam J.

Just an amazing resource with amazing people. So much knowledge and they have a genuine interest and desire to help entrepreneurs and business owners. Amazing!!

Angie H.

The Business Advisory Centre Durham is a not for profit organization that helps people start or grow their businesses and we do that through one-on-one consultations, training workshops and business seminars to be able to give you the skills, tools, and knowledge you need to run your business successfully. The types of clients we’ve looked after here historically are retail businesses, service-based businesses, marketing consultants, or a web design company, and home lawn maintenance .

We look after clients that have their target market in the Region of Durham, and we work on their business plans or business model and teaching them how to write a business model canvas. We also work with marketing and sales strategies, as well as strategic plans, and what their vision and their mission is for their company.

All of our consultations and most of our seminars and workshops are free of charge so that we can help get you up and running in your business and making a success of it quickly. We like to work with you right through the whole process and be at your grand opening.