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Our Team

Jack Hirose, M.A., President and Owner


Portrait-JackHirose-150x200Jack is a registered clinical counsellor and holds a masters degree in counselling and education. He has over thirty years experience in the mental health and education field. Throughout over twenty years spent as a devoted counselor and educator, Jack offered support, guidance and instruction to adolescents, adults and families. In 1998, Jack started planning workshops out of his home in North Vancouver. He now plans up to 60 events per year and has provided quality training to over 55,000 mental health and education professionals throughout Canada and the United States.

As President of Jack Hirose and Associates Inc., Jack is actively involved in all facets of the development and delivery of workshops, conferences and community services.  In his leisure time, he enjoys boating, hiking, mountain biking, crab fishing, golfing and travelling with his wife and two daughters. Jack is an avid football fan and is a BC Lions season ticket holder.

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Laura Hirose, BA., Director of Marketing and Product Development


Laura holds a B.A. in Psychology from The University of British Columbia. Her main areas of expertise include planning and coordinating live events, strategic marketing and product development. She is currently working on creating a series of  online courses to enable participants greater ease of accessibility to quality continuing education services.

In her free time, Laura enjoys skiing, paddle boarding, yoga, and painting.


Chantelle Ko, Administrative, Client, & Marketing Coordinator


Chantelle is currently a part-time student, and a full-time member of the JHA team. She enjoys being able to bring her joy for organization to the office and applying it to all the successful events that she has helped coordinate and plan. Her interpersonal skills offer great customer service to our participants, and an excellent experience for our speakers. Her goal is to offer well-organized events every time!

In her spare time, Chantelle thrives for a healthy balance of school, exercise, and fun!


Darlene Newman, On-Site Event Coordinator

Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I am always delighted when I meet someone from previous Conference or Workshops and they express how much a certain speaker has helped them and how excited they are to be back.”
Darlene Newman has worked part-time as an On-Site Event Coordinator for Jack Hirose and Associates since 2003. During this time she has traveled across Canada, utilizing her problem solving, patience, organization and interpersonal skills to ensure a quality experience for our presenters and participants. Darlene recently retired from her career as Senior Project Coordinator, for a PR and Marketing Agency. Her other work experience includes Executive Director for non-profit, Village Administrator Coordinator for the Pan American Games, and over 20 years spent in the medical field.

Darlene has fond memories of growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, sailing and enjoying cottage life. She currently resides in Winnipeg with her 12-pound Poodle/Terrier and joy of her life, Bentley. When she’s not traveling across Canada to coordinate workshops, Darlene enjoys hooking her trailer up to her electric scooter and taking Bentley for a ride to the park. Her hobbies include cake decorating, gardening, riding her peddle bike and giving back to her community.

Carol Oczkowska, On-site Event Coordinator

Edmonton, Alberta

Carol has just joined Jack Hirose and Associates and will be coordinating events in Edmonton. She holds degrees in English, journalism and ancient history, and is a freelance editor and writer. With years of experience in public relations and teaching at the post-secondary level, Carol is never happier than when with groups of people pursuing a common interest. She has also worked in television and newspapers.

A “news junkie” with eclectic interests, Carol is an avid reader of non-fiction, especially of socio-political or esoteric studies. She also enjoys organizing special events and has happily tried her hand at catering. An animal lover who enjoys gardening (yes, it is possible to garden in Edmonton, occasionally), in good weather she can be found strolling the grounds at the zoo. In bad weather, she is usually in front of the fire with a good book.

Verona Leslie, On-site Event Coordinator


Verona joins our team in Atlantic Canada.  A Halifax native, Verona brings to Jack Hirose and Associates her strong organizational skills, knowledge of the local area and an enthusiastic personality.  For over 30 years, Verona worked as an information specialist in several teaching hospital libraries.  Verona has a strong interest in sports and held the position of registrar for a soccer club for over 10 years.

Verona has a Bachelor’s Degree in Office Administration and currently lives in Fletchers Lake, NS. She spends her winter months engaged in DYI projects, blogging, quilting and knitting. In the warmer months, with her camera over her shoulder, along with her partner, Capt. Mike, and their small dog, Whiskey, spend their time sailing along the southern coastline of Nova Scotia on their Vancouver 25.


Anne Stacey, On-site Event Coordinator


Anne has just joined Jack Hirose and Associates and will be coordinating events in Ottawa. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and completed the Festivals and Community Events program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. With years of experience in association and event management, she has recently ventured into independent contracting. She is a registered meeting and certified event planner with extensive organizational, marketing, and corporate development acumen. She has travelled across Canada and the US planning national conferences, board meetings, and providing guidance on governance for several national associations. Her favourite part of any contract is being on site at events meeting the delegates and ensuring a productive, educational and pleasing experience for all.

In her free time, Anne enjoys outdoor recreation – usually anything on or near water! And she usually has her kayak and border collie (Molly) in tow. Travel is a passion of hers and she has enjoyed several amazing trips, including a safari experience camping around Namibia and Botswana. She looks forward to many more travel adventures in her future!


Cindy Johnston, On-site Event Coordinator

Saskatoon, sasktchewan

Cindy Johnston has been a coordinator with Jack Hirose and Associates since 2014, focusing on organizing workshops in Saskatoon and Regina.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Since retiring from the family restaurant/lounge business, Cindy enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters, two standard poodles and enjoys summers at the lake.


Megan Seely, in-house Web Developer/Graphic Designer

Vancouver, British Columbia

Megan graduated from the IDEA (Illustration and Graphic Design) program at Capilano University (2007) and has since worked for clients around the Lower Mainland and for advertising agencies and design studios. She is an experienced web programmer. In 2009, Megan started up a small design studio named Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry with business partner Kelly Chen. When she is not in front of a computer screen, she can be found reading, exploring nature, experimenting in the kitchen, and attending to her two black Siamese-cross felines. Megan has worked part-time with Jack Hirose and Associates since 2005.


Daniel Yu, Graphic Designer


Daniel earned his Bachelor of Graphic Design at OCAD University in downtown Toronto. From the urban jungle, his career path has taken him across the country to the scenic west coast. He discovered that the most rewarding work is when he’s contributing toward positive change. At Jack Hirose and Associates Inc., Daniel directs the visual brand by creating the marketing materials and web elements. Outside of the office, he is travelling the world with his wife, enjoying a cup of coffee, healing from snowboard lessons and enjoying a movie.

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