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Kimiko Foster-West

Founder
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Kimiko is an optimistic dreamer. Her favourite piece of being part of Miiko Skin Co is the unlimited potential to create, collaborate, envision and bring ideas to life. She excels in good company and truly believes in the potential of collective community action and teamwork. She has been living on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people since 2017. She grew up in a very small town known as 100 Mile House, traditionally part of the Stk'emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation. 

Kimiko does not have formal training in business, nor did she know what the term entrepreneur meant until after she had created her first business. Her passion is sustainability and systems theory.

“I started this business after studying Environmental Studies at UVic and learning about the ingredients in commercial skincare and cosmetic products and how they were contributing to unwellness in the world. Initially, I taught workshops on how to make your own products, but the venture wasn't sustainable for me (financially or energetically), so the product line represents the simplicity of Do-It-Yourself products with ingredients you can recognize, supporting local artisan suppliers and delightful ingredients, and working towards a circular economy that curates the care for beautiful packaging that can be reused and refilled for years.
 
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Avery Knechtel

Production
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Avery is the Director of Manufacturing and Product Development at Miiko, and has been with the company since its inception. Her background in herbal medicine, health and nutrition give her the skills to formulate thoughtful skin care and health products. 

Avery is passionate about the human experience and how the body reacts to it’s external world. She is constantly on the move, diving deeper into her studies of medicine from eastern and western modalities, and learning as much as she can to lend a hand to those around her. Avery is currently continuing her education in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Victoria, BC.

Outside of the work environment, you’ll find Avery planning her next big adventure, whether it be camping with her husband, traveling to new destinations or dancing the night away with friends.
 
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Sarah Higgins

Operations 
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Sarah is the Director of Operations at Miiko and was the company’s first official employee! A lifelong skincare fanatic, Sarah became interested in the non-toxic beauty world after moving to British Columbia to attend UVic. Sarah has been living on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lkwungen and WSANEC people since 2016. She grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, traditionally part of the Anishinabewaki Nation.

Sarah is always keen to learn more about skincare innovations, whether that’s through constant blog readings and research or by talking to customers about what products they want to see next. Her favourite part of Miiko Skin Co is creating long lasting relationships with customers, and helping them along their skincare journeys. Sarah loves that this company is truly built on collaborative efforts - both within Team Miiko, and with the customers and larger Miiko Community!

Outside of Miiko, you’ll find Sarah getting her sweat on; whether that’s at the gym or on one of BC’s many beautiful hiking trails! She’d also a dedicated cat mom who loves a good furry cuddle at the end of the day.