The Team

Jennifer Almeida


Jennifer Almeida, founder of the Victoria Multicultural Business Connector, has been living in Victoria for the past 12 years. Originally from Malaysia, her work experience spans over several countries: Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Jennifer consults in the marketing and event management industries, and manages telecommunication and energy businesses. Newcomers have gravitated towards her for answers, directions and solutions to their businesses. These interactions culminated into the catalyst for starting the Victoria Multicultural Business Connector (VMBC).

Evgenia Pavlenko


Evgenia is passionate about stories, media, and art. She is the creative mind that manages VMBC’s social events and social media.

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.

Evgenia earned her Bachelor of Professional Communications at Royal Roads University. She currently manages administration and social media for the Homeward Bound Real Estate Team in Victoria. Her experience enables her to continue to provide effective social and online support to the VMBC Team.

Yossi Boeno


Yossi Boeno is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in various sectors including, but not limited to, bubble gum manufacturing, document digitizing and management, residential and commercial international real estate, and e-commerce.

Yossi has managed many operations, most noteworthy having increased the value of Frutsi Bubble Gum Factory by 200% within two years. As CEO of DataSafe, a pioneering Document Management company in Turkey, Yossi established and completed its successful acquisition, and then moved on to another e-commerce startup with successful results.

Yossi currently lives in Victoria with his family and is building up a precision agriculture company among many other potential ventures.

Victoria Tkachenko


Victoria, an accomplished Marketing Specialist, is the driving force behind VMBC’s Facebook marketing. Originally from Ukraine, Victoria spent over 5 years studying International Business & Economics in Ukraine and Canada.

Victoria gained tangible experience effectively assisting small and medium businesses in improving service & marketing, promoting brands, and developing business strategies and administrative processes.

Her rich experiences, diverse background in both organizational and people culture, and passion to learn and understand ethnic groups add value to the VMBC Team by leading online marketing and promotion streams.

Geny Yam


Geny, born in Nova Scotia, adds valuable Canadian experience to VMBC. After leaving school, she travelled to the U.S. to learn and study different cultures, such as Asian and, Italian.

After many years of study to obtain a Bachelor’s of 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.

Geny 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!

Stefanie Burkert

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Stefanie is an experienced traveller. She left her home in Berlin, Germany to travel the Pacific Northwest in September 2017 and decided to stay on Vancouver Island, as it is one of the most unique spots she has ever been to.

Being a multilingual translator with many years of experience in managing office life, she started working as an Operations Manager at theDock – Centre for Social Impact in December 2017. In the name of theDock she joined the VMBC, as both share the same values: connect.create.collaborate.

Stefanie has a Diploma in technical translation and a Master of Science in Scientific Communication and enjoys creating a positive (working) environment for her community.