The Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild Board of Directors is all volunteer and all happy to be of service to the membership and industry. You can contact any of them on this page, or by using the Contact Us page.

Louise Vargas Vargas
President

Louise has been making soap since the early '90s and Soga Artisan Soap - vegan and cruelty free - was born in 2010. Soga has grown from a hobby, to a Winnipeg storefront, online sales, and wholesale, in just a few short years. Louise is passionate and optimistic about life and makes a wonderful addition to the Board of Directors.

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Marg Peebles
Vice President & Treasurer

Marg has been making soap for 16 years and lotion for 5 years. She comes to the HBBG with 30 years in financial services, from general bookkeeping to preparation of financial statements and annual reports plus 6 years legal & regulatory affairs with Scotiabank. Marg lives in Ontario and loves gardening, music, and animals, especially dogs, horses and wolves.

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Suzanne Laverdière
Secretary

Suzanne has been making soap since 2013. At the beginning of 2015, she left her full-time job to found Faveur Savons Bio, which wholesales organic soaps and natural personal care products to zero-waste stores. She brings with her a 20-year experience as a financial and legal translator that she wants to share with all Guild members from coast to coast. Mother of a large blended family, Suzanne lives in Montreal with her spouse and is a compulsive knitter.

Suzanne fabrique du savon depuis 2013. Au début de 2015, elle a quitté un emploi à plein temps pour fonder Faveur savons bio, qui distribue ses savons biologiques et produits de soins personnels naturels dans les commerces zéro déchet. Elle apporte un bagage de 20 ans d’expérience en traduction financière et juridique, dont elle veut faire profiter les membres de la Guilde d’un océan à l’autre. Mère d'une famille recomposée nombreuse, Suzanne habite à Montréal avec son conjoint et tricote de manière compulsive.

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Chris Erskine
Director

Chris is the soapmaker behind Soapy Bathman - funny name, but seriously well renown shaving soap. He's been on various Boards since 2014 and bring a fresh perspective into a woman-dominated industry. His sense of humor and down to earth attitude combined with an unending amount of great advice and ideas, makes him a valuable part of the team. Chris lives in BC with his son.