Monthly Guest Speakers

April 3, 2023 Speaker: Bernie Florido, Founder and CEO, Cocoflo Innovations


Accrediting all his accomplishments to the life lessons he had learned growing up in adverse third world conditions, Bernie recognized the value of optimism early in life.

This led him to a calling as a Police Officer where he earned various specialty experiences and served for more than a decade before his interest in land development and home building eventually led him to embark on another successful career path of entrepreneurship as the founder of Ember Development Group, and award winning BMF Homes. The combination of these professional experiences, his commitment to the community, and the predominant use of digital services in everyday life, culminated in his new founding role as CEO of Cocoflo (Collective Communication Flow) Innovations.

Bernie is a firm believer in Smart City strategies where there is a focus on simplifying user engagement and interactions between citizens and city administrators to offer agile and effective smart city solutions to everyday civic processes. Empowering and assisting people is a deep-rooted conviction that Bernie holds close to his heart. That is why at Cocoflo, we are bringing world-class digital capabilities to the places, spaces, and everything in between that is smart for citizens and cities.

Future Speakers

Suzanne Jay, Asian Women for Equality


Previous Speakers

Evan Kelly, Developmental Disabilities Association

Haida STAR Elder Lois Rullin

Zina Chernowas, manager of The Salvation Army Illuminate, working to end human trafficking.

Dr. David Kuhl, MD, PhD, Co-Founder, Mohammad H. Mohseni Chair in Men’s Health, Integrity and Well-being at Vancouver General Hospital

Joan Stewart – Co-Chair Management for the Westside Anglican Neighbourhood Outreach Ministry

Carolyn Orazietti – Part time Star Elder with the Ministry of Children and Families at risk youth

Allison Briggs – Development Officer, Community Giving, Covenant House Vancouver

Alexandra Ford – Survivor of Trafficking -works on prevention and post traumatic stress of victims

Amy Fitzgerald – Interim Executive Director & Director of Training and Programs BC Society of Transition Houses

Jen Graham – Manager of Development and Communication for PLEA, advocating for children and youth