The Team

Jennifer Almeida


Jennifer Almeida is the founder of Victoria Multicultural Business Connector.  She is originally from Malaysia and has been living in Victoria for the last 12 years.  Her work experience spans over several countries: Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.  She is a contractor in marketing and event management, and runs her telecommunication and energy business.  Newcomers have gravitated to her for answers, directions and solutions to their business. This was a catalyst in starting the Victoria Multicultural Business Connector.

Evgenia Pavlenko


Evgenia is a creative mind and supports VMBC’s social events and social media.

Evgenia is passionate about stories, media, and art. She wants to create stories and build worlds. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Professional Communications at Royal Roads University, Victoria.

Originating from Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far Eastern Capital, Evgenia developed a unique perspective of the world in-between both eastern and western cultures. From a combination of her experiences in both Russia and Canada and her academic studies, Evgenia aspires to create impactful stories and reach out to marginalized groups.

Yossi Boeno 


Yossi Boeno is an entrepreneur with extensive experience of different sectors including, but not limited to, bubble gum manufacturing, document digitizing & management, and e-commerce.

Among his other operations, partnering with Frutsi Bubble Gum Factory and increasing value by 200 % within two years was noteworthy. His other venture was establishing and acting as a CEO in DataSafe which was the pioneer company in Document Management sector in Turkey. After the acquisition of this company, he was involved in another startup in e-commerce sector with successful results. He is also involved in residential and commercial international real estate operations. Yossi is currently living in Victoria, BC with his family, and building up a precision agriculture company among many other potential ventures.

Victoria Tkachenko


Victoria is an accomplished Marketing Specialist and is the driving force behind VMBC marketing.

Originally from Ukraine, Victoria spent over 5 years studying International Business & Economics both in Ukraine and Canada.  Over the years, she has gained tangible experience working with small and medium business by effectively assisting in market their products and services, promoting brands, working on business development strategies and sorting out administrative processes. Victoria’s rich experience and diverse background in both organizational and people culture enables her add value to the VMBC Team, by leading online marketing and promotions stream.

Her business experience coupled with her passion to learn and understand ethnic groups is a true asset to our team.

Geny Yam


Geny was born in Nova Scotia.  After leaving school, she travelled to the US to learn and study different cultures,  such as Asian and, Italian.

After many years of study to obtain a BEd in Education, with a focus on Geopolitical Issues and, Multicultural Studies, Geny came to the beautiful city of Victoria.   There she opened a Holistic Health Clinic. She has a great interest in Optimal Nutrition and Fitness.
She strives to support and encourage efforts to bring diverse cultures together.  This will build relationships based on understanding and respect!

Robert Volkwyn

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At his core Robert is a skunkworks specialist and thrives on solving complex problems. His love for geography and  software innovation has been the driving force behind two internationally successful geo-spatial software products. With over 25 years business experience, he intimately understands how to translate a strategic value proposition into superior decision support, effective operational processes and aligned change initiatives for increased revenue generation.

Robert has an MBA, is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and holds a Chartered IT Professional grade with the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT. He also holds a PMP qualification from the Project Management Institute.

He is the author of a book entitled ‘The Strategic Value of Data’, which examines the strategic role of information in the organisation and how data warehousing and spatially enabled systems add value.

Harry Tamacas Perla


Harry is a driven and energetic bilingual (Spanish/English) sales professional with over 10 years of experience in leadership, start-up and territory expansion situations. With an emphasis on acquisitions and a wealth of sales knowledge Harry brings his proven consultative approach to his work to develop effective, results driven solutions.  Originally from El Salvador, Harry understands the value that the Victoria Multicultural Business Connector can give and he is looking forward to meeting like-minded people in Victoria.

Harry enjoys traveling whenever possible and is a lifelong martial artist who has competed provincially and nationally and now enjoy teaching kids and adults. One of his favorite quotes that when translated blends into martial arts, life and the business world is: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee. In translation, to get to the next level you must be willing to put in the time and be persistent and know you don’t have to be good at everything however be GREAT at something.