Whether you are looking to start your own business or grow your business, the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) can provide you with the roadmap, guidance, tools and resources to make it happen. Our team of certified business advisors are entrepreneurs themselves and passionate about supporting economic growth in Durham Region.

The Business Advisory Centre Durham is a Not-for-profit started in 1999 and funded in partnership by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Regional Municipality of Durham.

We are one of 54 SBEC’s (Small Business Enterprise Centres – SBC Ontario) in Ontario and we strive to inspire entrepreneurs to build successful businesses in Durham Region!

Our services to support you:

  • Business Advisory Services (free for Durham Region)
  • Business Training (Mentoring & Workshops)
  • Entrepreneurship Funding Programs
  • Networking Opportunities

Contact Us to start and grow your business!

VISION

Every entrepreneur we serve achieves business success

MISSION

To inspire people to build successful businesses

VALUES

Fostering a continuous learning culture Serving with integrity and professionalism Strength through partnerships and collaboration Inspiring innovation and driving change Success through empowerment

Meet our BACD Staff Team

Teresa Shaver Headshot

Teresa Shaver CEO

905-668-4949 x222 tshaver@bacd.ca

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Patrice Esper Headshot

Patrice Esper Business Advisor & Starter Company Program Coordinator

905-668-4949 x227 pesper@bacd.ca

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Marlon Shaw Headshot

Marlon Shaw Business Advisor

905-668-4949 x230 bizadvisor@bacd.ca

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Ashley McBride Headshot

Ashley McBride Program Administrator, Summer Company & Starter Company

905-668-4949 x226 amcbride@bacd.ca

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Lindy Schulze Headshot

Lindy Schulze Bookkeeper & Admin Coordinator

905-668-4949 accounting@bacd.ca

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Joanne Ferns My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Whitby North

(289) 200-1842 jferns@bacd.ca

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Fari Nooristani Headshot

Fari Nooristani My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Whitby South

(416)833-8323 faridss@bacd.ca

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Andrea Rowland Headshot

Andrea Rowland My Main Street Ambassador, City of Oshawa

(905)449-4674 arowland@bacd.ca

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JD Thomas My Main Street Ambassador, Town of Whitby, Brooklin

(647)201-0152 jthomas@bacd.ca

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Meet our Board Members

Mohamed Bachani Chair

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Isaac Musial Vice Chair

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Afshan Ahmad Secretary

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Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse Board Member

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Yvonne Brady Board Member

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Sali Fitzpatrick Board Member

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Jay Fisher Headshot

Jay Fisher Board Member

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Michael Hunter Headshot

Michael Hunter Board Member

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Sterling Lee Board Member

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Simon Gill Ex- Officio Member

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