Spectrum Distributing Inc.
...where we do big things from a little Island!
A number of years ago, Spectrum Distributing Inc. co-founders Carol Sellar and Liz Dobbin worked together at the Cancer Treatment Center in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It was there that their plan to start a business together first took hold and was further strengthened when they worked together on a federally funded radiation therapy wait time project. While attending a number of national conferences for this project, Carol and Liz quickly learned that they loved working together to deliver innovative solutions to challenges, and that they shared the same work ethic – work hard, extremely hard, but have fun and build relationships while doing so. This has resulted in working relationships from one end of the country to the other, and although the project has ended, the relationships have not.
It was also during this time that Carol developed an idea for changeable eyeglass temples (sides). The idea stuck with her and while writing a business plan for the product, she discovered that a patent was already in existence, but not in Canada. After successfully negotiating with the European patent-holder for the rights as sole Canadian distributor of ChangeMe temples, Carol brought Liz onboard. With the goal of launching their product nationwide from Prince Edward Island, Carol and Liz built a relationship with Island-based optical giant Vogue Optical, and the rest as they say, is history.
Liz and Carol look forward to changing the way Canadians look at eyewear, and to once again traveling the country, making many new working relationships/friends while shopping and enjoying a good meal and a glass of wine in whatever city they happen to find themselves!
Liz Dobbin, Co-Founder
Liz's active and successful career in the medical, management, and helping professions is a distinct benefit to her in her role as co-founder of Spectrum Distributing Inc.
Having worked with PEI's Department of Health since 1987, she has been the Manager of the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre since 1997. Prior to this, Liz was the Supervisor of the Hematology Lab at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and her management career has also included a brief foray into Veterinary Medicine as the interim Manager of Diagnostic Services at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
Beginning her post-secondary education in the Bachelor of Science program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Liz subsequently switched to the Medical Laboratory Technology program at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and was awarded a full bursary sponsorship from the Province of Prince Edward Island. A firm believer in continuing professional development, Liz has taken several courses largely focused on management and facilitation. In 2011, Liz's efforts culminated with a degree in Masters of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Liz's additional and ongoing involvement in health care is reflected in her role as: member of the Senior Advisory System Performance Group for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), the Steering Group for patient reported outcomes for CPAC, CPAC'S Colorectal Cancer Network and Health PEI's Colorectal Cancer Screening Steering Committee, and the Provincial Cerner Sub-Committee for Standards and Policy; PEI Director on the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies' Board of Directors; Chair of the Cancer Care Quality Team for Health PEI; and as the employee representative for the Public Service Commission's excluded classification appeal board.
Carol Sellar, Co-Founder
Carol also maintains an active and successful career in the medical, management, and helping professions, which has created a solid and complimentary working relationship with her partner in Spectrum Distributing Inc.
Working with Health PEI since 1996, Carol is currently a supervisor although she has worked in varied roles as an employee, supervisor/manager, and business owner. She has also participated in Labour Relations Training through Health PEI and Fundamentals of People Management through Ceridian.
Creative at heart and with Certification in Business, Carol's entrepreneurial spirit led her to further her education by returning to the University of PEI to work towards a Bachelor of Integrated Studies with a concentration in Business. Her drive, inventiveness, and experience are key elements behind the success of Spectrum Distributing Inc.