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

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 2 brick and mortar storefronts, 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.

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.

Suzanne Laverdière

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.

Cathi Westrop
Education and Training

An award winning cosmetic trainer, Cathi Westrop has worked in the cosmetic industry for 30 years from cosmetician to National Training Manager of a global prestige brand.
She brings her understanding of product knowledge, sales and merchandising to the Guild and hopes that she can share her passion for knowledge with the members. Currently she is the CEOC (Chief Essential Oil Chooser) & owner of The Whitby Soap Company & loves to create family friendly & kid safe products focussing around FUN.
Her pet peeve? The “all natural, no chemicals” client and says with a smile “Don’t ask me for chemical free products without being prepared to take a seat & be open to learning!”