Helen Siwak, CEO & EIC
A passionate storyteller and an obsessive digital content creator with a knack for repurposing, Helen arrived in Vancouver in 1989 and quickly launched the seminal underground magazine ‘In Hell’s Belly.’ The city’s first hybrid arts, culture, and activism magazine. Two years later, she was firmly entrenched in underground publishing, artist management in music, tv/film, and contracting in entertainment law.
In 1998, having written, produced, cast, directed, edited, and music supervised for tv/film with Canadian icons, she toured NA as a band manager and walked red carpets at VIFF, TIFF, Cannes, and SXSW.
Over the years, she has sought out and interviewed icons (Giorgio Armani, Pamela Anderson, Martin Sheen, Bryan Adams, Andrew Gn, Stefano Ricci, Thierry Manfred Mugler), and the infamous (Larry Flynt, Raif Adelberg, Ron Jeremy, Marilyn Manson), and more.
A renewed interest in publishing came in 2015 when she acquired BLUSHVancouver digital magazine and re-built it into a lucrative asset with 1M visitors in its first year. Creating a women’s mid-market lifestyle brand funded with sponsored content was new and exciting. After a year of events, travel, personality spotlights, sales and web development, she was ready to move on and sold the company.
Doors opened at VancityBuzz (now Daily Hive) and multiple Toronto-based digital lifestyle magazines. Through her network, Helen extended her reach into the print world as Editor-in-Chief of the now-defunct HLM Luxury Lifestyle Magazine and a senior contributor to Boulevard Magazine (English & Chinese) before returning to digital as West Coast Correspondent of Retail-Insider, a contributor to Montecristo Magazine, and numerous others.
In December 2019, seeking to fill a void in the local market for effective, eco-friendly and distraction-free content, she launched EcoLuxLifestyle.co and Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle (flippable and digital versions) as marketing vehicles for her latest venture – EcoLuxLuv Communications and Marketing. ELL Comms specializes in guiding small BC-based businesses with ethical and eco-friendly mandates to success through digital solid foundation development and comprehensive marketing strategies.
For over a decade, Helen has worked with brands to tell their stories through content creation, publishing, and digital marketing. She has never been one to shy away from a challenge; she is an expert-level problem-solver, an unorthodox troubleshooter with an extensive network of international connections honed from decades of entrepreneurism.
Giovanna Lazzarini, Jr Lifestyle Editor
Giovanna is the founder and lead stylist at GIIO, content creator, and writer currently based in Vancouver.
As the Jr. Lifestyle Editor for EcoLuxLifestyle Magazine, she works with Canadian brands and women-led businesses that promote sustainable lifestyles through innovative products and offerings.
Giovanna seeks to foster relationships with brands such as these as she continues to grow and expand her own styling business and professional endeavours.
Born in Brazil, Giovanna has a deep appreciation for the holistic and nature-centred approach within her culture. She enjoys experiencing different cultures as well and strives to promote diversity, ethics, and personal responsibility in her work.
In addition to her position at EcoLuxLifestyle, Giovanna has gained experience in technical fashion apparel and athleisure through her position at Lululemon. Her years working in fashion retail have also enabled her to learn how to provide high-quality customer service and understand the needs of the Vancouver fashion consumer.
Olivia Stiller, @LivStillerStyle – Contributor, Research & Drafting
Olivia is passionate about fashion, writing and supporting brands that go above and beyond to support environmental and ethical issues. She believes in living an eco-friendly lifestyle and shopping sustainably and locally. As she learns more, Olivia strives to find brands to showcase that create high-quality products worthy of support.
Susan Pratt, #SusanCooksVegan – Contributor
Susan is an entrepreneur, vegan chef, food photographer and author who enjoys life with her family in beautiful North Vancouver. Susan shares her love of cooking vegan for her family through her SusanCooksVegan brand that eating healthy doesn’t need to be daunting or inaccessible. Susan creates approachable, delicious and visually appealing plant-based dishes and shares recipes and video demos on her website. Watch for the exciting upcoming launch of The Susan Cooks Vegan Cooking Show series on UnchainedTV: Vegan News Network.
Jordyn Broom, Lifestyle & Brand Awareness
A few ways to describe Jordyn are a globally recognized marketing strategist and audacious storyteller. Raised in Europe, Jordyn first discovered her passion for fashion, fine wine, and luxury cars. At the same time, her lifelong love affair with any animal she laid eyes on made inevitable her journey into conscious and compassionate living at 24-years old.
Jordyn is always mindful of the impact and influence of her choices. Living vegan, she embraces conscious living and seeks to develop and share the stories of west-coast brands and the incredible women who lead them.
Brianna Schuss, Social Events
If there is something happening worth paying attention to, it is likely you will find Brianna there! Keen on trends and experiencing what is happening now, she is our fresh boots on the ground for events, launches, and parties.
Erica Ish, Photographer, Culinary Events
Esmeralda Díaz, Marketing Intern, JCI
Rene Horvath, Marketing Intern, JCI