Meet our Fio-preneurs.

We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, with expertise from a wide variety of industries such as media, events, oil & gas, telecommunications, environment, safety, and technology. 

Oh, and we like to have fun.

 
 
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KAREN HOUNJET

Founder & CEO

"If it's not fun, we're not doing it." 

Karen has over 25 years of experience in sales, using her gift of thinking creatively to produce revenue. Her expertise in managing sales teams, combined with natural leadership instincts, results in an ability to understand how to motivate both buyers and sellers in a way that invokes loyalty and gains market share.


Karen is a consummate team player with an acknowledged ability for big-picture vision and achievable goals. All in the name of fun. 

Doug Penner

President 

Doug is a well-connected senior executive with more than 25 years of experience building, growing, directing, and selling public energy companies. 

Skilled with an entrepreneurial drive for developing strategies, evaluating and presenting alternatives, providing direction, managing balanced levels of detail, and acting as a strong liaison at all levels to empower a team approach, he utilizes his extensive public and capital markets experience based to deliver financial acumen, adaptive creativity, communication, reporting and problem solving skills.

Connie Meckelborg

Director, Operations

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." 

After studying Administration and Finance and running her own firm, Connie spent the next 25 years as a mumpreneur while leading a host of diverse projects. Her attention to detail and in-depth understanding of numbers and processes keeps Fio running like a well-oiled machine.

Now, as Fio's Queen B, Connie manages the Business and the Bookkeeping (and hopefully soon from a Beach).

 
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Stacy Haakonson

Director, Systems & People

"Imagine without limits."

Stacy does an impressive job helping us keep Fio's many ducks in a row. Her ability to create order out of chaos, her 15 years of creative leadership skills, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications are only part of what she brings to the table. 

Stacy is also a closet foodie who actually reads cookbooks because she can, and an 80’s/90’s country music buff who may know all the words to every Garth Brooks song written.

Robyn Hounjet

Director, Marketing 

"Do what lights you up."

Robyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University, and has sales experience in industries such as telecommunications and luxury brands. Her strengths lie in her ability to build lasting relationships, bring excitement and enthusiasm to the room, her creativity, and her thirst for knowledge. You can find Robyn going from the yoga mat to the board room, brainstorming new ideas for Fio and our clients.

A budding entrepreneur with a passion for mind, body, spirit, and finding "new ways to work," she is on a constant quest to bring more inspiration, connection, and beauty into the world. 

 

Matthew Wilson

Director, Business Development 

"Skills can be taught. Success comes down to character, confidence and work ethic."

For 15+ years, Matthew has helped dozens of organizations maximize revenue and drive customer engagement. His academic background includes law, business, finance and psychology, while his professional experience includes sales, business development and marketing. His entrepreneurial know-how has led him to work with numerous Fortune 500 organizations as well as countless startups.

When he's not exploring the Rockies, he can be spotted enjoying a frosty pint as "research" for his craft-beer promoting business, BeerGuysYYC.

 
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PAMELA PENNER

Director, Business Process & Strategy

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time.”

Highly creative professionals often just need a little help to bring their ideas to fruition.  Enter the business strategist.  For over 20 years now, Pamela has been using her leadership, knowledge, and experience as a project manager to take those professionals to the next level.  She facilitates the business processes, adds logic and structure, and brings those ideas to the finish line.  

Her motto is that even the most ambiguous environments can achieve outstanding results!
 

Patrick Meckelborg

Advisor

Brian Cleator

Advisor, UK and European Markets

Brian is based in the UK with ties to Canada. His expertise is in Health, Safety & Environment management. With 30 years experience in risk management, health and safety systems, and environmental planning in the energy and infrastructure development sectors, Brian’s network stretches over ten countries.

Brian uses his extensive practical experience to seek technically robust, commercially effective and sustainable solutions to project management challenges.

Claire Auroi

Legal Counsel

Claire is an experienced leader with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, with a special focus on international transactions and business development projects in various industries.

Claire is a strong team leader and influencer, with a proven record of delivering complex projects in tight timelines.

She is a passionate communicator and connector of people and projects.

Claire is also an outdoor enthusiast, a world traveler, and an advanced yogini. She's passionate about contributing to the cultural and economic growth of her community.