John Ruffolo is the Founder of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS. John is also the Co-Founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. John sits on the board of a number of leading innovation based organizations including Hootsuite, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Ether Capital.
Perksy is a progressive new marketing technology startup with a fresh, contemporary take on understanding motivations, interests, preferences, and behaviors of Gen Y & Z consumers. By contextually hypertargeting consumers through a rewarding, user-first mobile app, Perksy delivers deeper insights in real-time through innovative technology that evolves at the speed of culture.
Nadia is passionate about marketing, consumer behavior, and human psychology – especially as applied to the fields of emerging platforms and new technology.
Koviem was born out of a simple idea: custom suiting needs a feminine experience. Once reserved for wealthy businessmen, the power suit is now the uniform for the female of the future. Our philosophy is simple…create beautiful pieces for the modern woman! Founded in 2016, Koviem has come a long way from its early stages when we were simply trying to fill a void based on personal needs. We noticed a gap in the market. Although the number of empowered women was increasing, access to the custom suiting market was relatively closed off. We decided to fix that.
Michel helps entrepreneurs and professionals build strategies to improve the experience they deliver to their customers and employees.
His businesses earn over $15 million/year in sales and have 150 employees in the ultra competitive hospitality industry.
His book, "People-First Culture: Build a Lasting Company By Shifting Your Focus From Profits to People" is available on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/y8ng9xdm.
For Michel's full-length bio, please visit http://michelfalcon.com/about/.
Intuitive social data powering unforgettable fan experiences. Trufan help brands activate their engaged fans and target new audiences primed for conversion. Create amazing fan moments or let our team conceptualize, produce and distribute them for you.
Trufan’s advisory board includes industry rockstars like Sam Sheffer (YouTuber), Michael Hyatt (Executive Chairman, BlueCat Networks), Ryan Holmes (CEO, Hootsuite), Mark Zablow (CEO, Cogent Marketing), Tim Hyde (CEO & Founder, TWH Media), Eliot Robinson (CEO, Dunk Media), Buster Scher (CEO, Hoopsnation), Diana Day (Founder, Icona Agency), Chuck Figueroa (NBA Comercial Agent), Anthony Ford (CEO & Founder, Ignite Lifestyle), Jeff Rubin (CEO, SportsME), Deepak Anand (CEO, Materia Ventures), Ryan Howes (Creative Director, Lower Level Entertainment).
A serial entrepreneur, at 18 years old Aaron co founded Revitasize, an organic cold pressed juice kitchen serving high quality juices, smoothies, acai bowls and a variety of vegan options. In 3.5 years Revitasize has expanded to 7 locations throughout Toronto and the GTA. Aaron also co founded a recently launched Anxiety blanket company called Hush. Hush blankets are designed to help with sleep anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and more.
Ron has been an award-winning advertising writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.
His advertising work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.
He is Founder and CEO of Church+State (originally The Tite Group), a Toronto-based content marketing agency and publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That.
His past work includes being Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show Monkey Toast, in addition to writing for a number of television series, penning a children’s book, and writing, performing, and producing the play The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and content marketing, Ron continues to speak to leading organizations all over the world about “The Expression Economy” – his take on modern business.
Ron’s own book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.
TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, and he's run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he's run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve.
His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat.
Rachel David is one of Canada’s most sought out marketers. She built the influencer marketing company Hashtag Communications in 2016 and has since helped market companies like BestBuy, RBC and Google. The company is comprised of 90% women and they recently hit their million dollar milestone. Rachel recently gave a keynote at this year's TEDxVancouver where she discussed "How Influencers Have Transformed Modern Day Marketing"
Shawn Finder has always been an entrepreneur at heart. At age 24, Shawn entered the entrepreneurial world after competing as one of Canada's top-ranked tennis players. He started out importing packaging from the Orient and selling to top retailers in North America. However, knowing he always loved selling and list building, he founded ExchangeLeads in 2013 which helps his company build quality lists for outreaching new prospects. This was followed by his new venture Autoklose in 2017 that combines both sales engagement and list building all-in-one platform.
Director X (formerly known as Little X) was born on October 31st, 1975 in Toronto, Canada, and is of Trinidadian and Swiss descent. Moving to New York City, he became the protégé of pioneering director Hype Williams. X has been noted for directing high-budget, visually distinctive videos for popular artists, including: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Fifth Harmony, Wiz Khalifa, Usher, John Mayer, Korn, Iggy Azalea, Sean Paul and many more. His work has been nominated and awarded by the MTV Music Video Awards and Much Music Video Awards. X has directed commercials for Apple Music, Ebay, Virginia Black and Gap’s noteworthy ‘Meet Me In The Gap’ campaign. As a film director, X made his directorial debut in 2014 with an edgy drama titled ACROSS THE LINE which won Best Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival 2015.
Carol Leaman (BA, MAcc, FCPA) is an award-winning thought leader with an impressive track record of successfully leading tech companies. Not only is she a disruptor in the corporate learning space, but she’s also the brains behind the Axonify Microlearning Platform. Prior to Axonify, Carol was the CEO of PostRank Inc., a social engagement analytics platform she sold to Google. She was also the CEO at several other technology firms, including RSS Solutions and Fakespace Systems. Carol is a celebrated entrepreneur and trailblazer (Sarah Kirke Award 2010, Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Intrepid Award 2011 and the Profit500 Award for Canada's Leading Female Entrepreneur 2017) whose articles appear in leading learning, business and technology publications. She also sits on the boards of many organizations and advises a variety of Canadian high-tech firms.
Bailey is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is a TEDx speaker with over 1 million views, an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Her work and expertise have been featured in Forbes, CBC, FOX News, Flare Magazine, and more.
Ross founded Maropost in 2011 as a customer-centric ESP, but it quickly grew beyond his original vision. As the capabilities expanded, so did customers, and in a few short years, Maropost became one of the fastest-growing companies in North America, without ever raising funding.
Ross has one goal: to build a better platform by responding to customer needs. With that aim in mind, Maropost has evolved into a fully unified customer engagement platform, designed to provide a single solution for all areas of business—across marketing, commerce, service, clienteling, referral, and more.
Ross is also working to make philanthropy more efficient, by using Maropost's technology to power not-for-profits. This includes MaropostCares, a nonprofit focused on giving endangered species a second chance, restoring ecosystems through conservation initiatives, and giving a voice to the earth and its inhabitants.
Francisco is a software architect with over 15 years of experience and was nominated to Forbes 30 under 30. He is currently the Co-Founder and Head of Product at Bowhead Health - a health technology startup focused on removing the pain points and inefficiencies of preventive health management.
Bowhead is launching a connected device that will enable at-home biometric testing of critical nutrients and hormones, real-time recommendations from health care professionals and the dispensing of personalized supplements and vitamins. Bowhead is leveraging blockchain technology to ensure the anonymity and security of medical and health data.
Chris is the Founder of Coffee Booster - a flavourless liquid health supplement you stir into your favourite coffee. Whether you need a pre-workout boost or a solution for aching joints, Coffee Booster delivers a nutritional pick-me-up; sip after sip
Chris is currently building one of Canada's fastest growing CPG companies and is always looking for new opportunities to connect with entrepreneurs alike.
Saad is the CEO & Co-Founder of Shop Bonsai - one of Canada’s fastest growing startups. The team is on a mission to build the media app of the future, an app that will forever change the way people shop.
Powered by machine learning, Bonsai brings together leading brands and digital publishers to create the world’s first shoppable-content app. For publishers of digital content, Bonsai represents an incredible opportunity to earn new revenues without playing the pay-per-click, affiliate game. Merchants are using Bonsai's intent-generating platform to drive incremental sales through an engaging and new way to shop on mobile.
Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.
Brian is a serial entrepreneur, known for pioneering the professional junk hauling industry with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Since conquering that market, he’s gone on to apply the O2E (ordinary to exceptional) formula to the painting, moving, and home-detailing industry with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.
Currently, he’s at the helm of a burgeoning home-service empire; each brand has franchise locations in every major metro in North America and Australia. He’s a respected industry leader and speaker, well-known in the business community for his belief in people and passion for innovation.
His companies have made celebrated appearances on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, CNN, The Today Show, Oprah, and CNBC. Brian’s story has been featured in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and he contributes regularly to other noteworthy publications.
Brian is a strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development, and has attended programs offered by MIT for several years. If he’s not launching a new brand or coming up with a new, big idea, he’s biking or hanging out with his family in Vancouver, BC.
David Segal is the founder of Mad Radish, retail thought-leader and speaker. He is best known for bringing radical innovation to a 5,000 year product category with the launch of DAVIDsTEA, the company he co-founded in 2008.
During his time at DAVIDsTEA, Segal grew the company from a single store on Toronto’s Queen Street West to a $200 million retail giant. In June 2015, DAVIDsTEA became a publically-traded company on the NASDAQ, and since launch, the brand has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, The Globe and Mail, and Fast Company.
DAVIDsTEA was an innovative vision - in fact, Forbes named DAVIDsTEA one of the 25 most innovative consumer and retail brands in the world - but Segal attributes the success of the brand to his passion for building a team of dedicated, smart and passionate people.
Today, Segal is carrying that passion forward to his latest venture, Mad Radish, a new quick service restaurant offering mind blowing salads. Mad Radish was founded because Segal was tired of boring salads. From fad diets to “healthy” new ingredients, people seemed to be focusing on everything but flavour. At Mad Radish, he’s proving that good-for-you can taste amazing, too.
Claude Silver is an optimist, coach, manager, and mentor. She's the first ever Chief Heart Officer of VaynerMedia working for 800 humans.
The CHO was created to scale Gary, and to make sure that VaynerMedia’s 800+ employees—and one day it will be 1,000+—have a place they can find a home. Claude's hope is that in her 15-30 minute meetings, people will feel a lot clearer and leave with a newfound path to a solution. That in turn, creates success for them and VaynerMedia.
Best selling author of FREE PR and one of the world's top experts in earned media and PR. He is a serial entrepreneur and former co-founder of CanvasPop. In his spare time he advises hundreds of companies through San Francisco based 500 Startups and Clarity.fm.
David Priemer is widely recognized as a thought leader in the area of sales and sales leadership and has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Barrons, and Inc. magazines.
Previously David held several executive leadership positions at leading technology companies including Salesforce, where he was the Vice President of Commercial Sales and creator of the Sales Leadership Academy program. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University.
David holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Atmospheric Science from York University and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. When he's not thinking about Sales, David loves to cook, write, and spend some quality family time with his wife and three girls.
Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who inspires better living through better nutrition and better fitness. As a coach, scientist and physiologist Dr. Wells has amassed more than 20 years of world-class experience with the extremes of human health and performance. As a result, he understands how it is possible for anyone to have better health, energy and fitness.
He has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympics. He makes regular appearances on national television and radio as a health and performance expert, contributes articles for numerous magazines, research papers for scientific journals and is a high-demand speaker for better health, fitness and performance around the world.
Dr. Paul Ekman is the co-discoverer of micro expressions, the originator of training tools such as Micro Facial Expressions Training Tool (METT), Subtle Facial Expressions Training Tool (SETT), PEG Interactive (Responding to Micro Facial Expressions), CAP (Capturing your Anger Profile), and is the author, co-author, or editor of 15 books.
Dr. Ekman is recognized as the pioneer in facial expression, deception, and emotion. He was the scientific consultant for the TV series, “Lie to Me,” and appeared in the 2009 TIME 100-- Time magazine's annual list of the "100 most influential people in the world".
Chris Gimmer is the co-founder of Snappa - a SaaS app that helps non-designers create online graphics in a snap. Snappa makes it super easy to create graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more.
Since launching on November 23, 2015 - the startup is now doing over $55K USD in monthly recurring revenue.
Dennis Mortensen is the CEO and co-founder of x.ai. Dennis is an expert in leveraging data to solve enterprise use cases and a serial entrepreneur who’s successfully exited several companies on that theme. His long-term vision of killing the inbox led to the formation of x.ai and the creation of Amy + Andrew, artificially intelligent assistants who schedule meetings.
He speaks frequently to anyone who’ll listen, from the crowds of Web Summit to his building’s doorman, about an optimistic future for AI, productivity, and the future of work. Dennis was also an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia and the author of Data Driven Insights, on collecting and analyzing digital data.
Originally from Denmark (and keeping his accent), Dennis is now a New Yorker for life.
Manny is the founder of New Avenue Capital (NAC), an investment firm that brings together financial, human and impact capital for high-growth companies. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, he’s “long on people,” with a knack for recognizing talent, cultivating relationships and connecting change makers.
Prior to founding NAC, Manny was a self-made entrepreneur, building his first multi-million dollar company, PM Search Partners, by age 26. Leveraging his powerful network, he made the leap from executive search to investment and currently manages a portfolio of 40+ companies in tech, mining, real estate and more. Manny is also the co-founder of Risetech Capital, a capital pool company established with some of Canada’s top business leaders that gives tech companies an alternative way to raise capital and go public.
As a philanthropist, Manny is passionate about mentorship and education. He currently sits on multiple advisory boards in the not-for-profit sectors, including Room to Read, Science World and League of Innovators. His personal mission is to educate 1 million people worldwide through his initiatives and donations.
Manny’s work in investment, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship has garnered awards including StartUp Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, EO Global Citizen of the Year, and the 2017 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Private Equity & Venture Capital Program, He holds an MBA from Queen's University.
Drew Green is an award winning entrepreneur and expert in managing fast-paced, high-growth companies. A visionary leader, Green has created one of the world's fastest growing apparel brands. Since 2015, he has established up to $100M in strategic capital commitments for INDOCHINO. Previously recognized as top 40 under 40, as well as having been nominated for CEO of the year, Green has been recognized for his accomplishments throughout his career. In 2017 Green was awarded the Innovation in Retail award by the University of Alberta. In 2018 he was awarded Breakout Retailer of the Year by Chain Store Age, and in 2018 Green was selected as The Entrepreneur of the Year, by Ernst and Young.
Prior to INDOCHINO, Green founded and was Chief Executive Officer of SHOP.CA, Canada's first multi-merchant marketplace, which is now owned by EMERGE COMMERCE, which he leads as Chairman and major shareholder. In 2018, EMERGE is growing at 250% YOY, and is profitable. Throughout his career, Drew has played key roles at companies that have created billions in shareholder value through leadership roles at DoubleClick (acquired by Google), SHOP.COM (acquired by Market America) and Flonetwork (acquired by DoubleClick).
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Jay Rosenzweig is the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company - an expert in designing, building and attracting world class teams. He consults to public and private companies including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional services firms; and private equity and venture capital firms. Prior to joining the search industry, Jay was in the field of law. Jay earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy, Civil Law , and Common Law.
Jay is a champion of the cause of gender equality. He has been actively advocating on behalf of women for several decades, most prominently through his highly regarded Rosenzweig Report on the status of women. Jay advises several leading edge businesses, most of them based in California, New York, or Ontario. Jay is active in many social causes, holding board seats on Irwin Cotler's Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights; the Breast Cancer Cabinet of Mount Sinai Hospital; CJPAC; and Genesis Centre For Innovation.
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Case is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of PRSUIT - a top daily email similar to The Skimm but focused exclusively on self development content. Named a top email newsletter by Entrepreneur Mag and features in Inc, Forbes, Chicago Tribune and more. 125K daily email subscribers and growing.
Case is the host of the New Mindset, Who Dis podcast, an iTunes top 50 podcast focused on real and no BS self development content.
Case is the co-host of The Hustle Sold Separately, named a Forbes “Top 7 Podcasts You Should be Listening to Right Now.”
On E28 of Let's Grab Coffee, I sit down with Cassy Aite - CEO & Co-Founder of Desk Nibbles, the easiest way for offices to order snacks, beverages and more.
Desk Nibbles is based in Ottawa and in a span of 2 years grew to 20+ employees and $1M in sales! Desk Nibbles was always incubated in Ryerson's DMZ and has been mostly bootstrapped - raising $362,500 (debt financing & angel capital) to expand into the U.S.
Cassy talks about his experience growing Desk Nibbles with his brother Emil Aite and the ups & downs that come with running an startup. An episode for all early-stage founders, and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Connect with Cassy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassyaite/
Michael Hyatt is the co-founder of BlueCat, which was sold to Madison Dearborn Partners, of Chicago, IL. He serves as a director of BlueCat, ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and is a known as a technology visionary. Michael is also a weekly business commentator on CBC and was a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online Dragons’ Den. He is an investor on the hit podcast “The Pitch” and a Founding Partner and Fellow at the Rotman School of Management’s prestigious Creative Destruction Lab. Michael sits on the CEO Board of Advisors of Georgian Partners, one of Canada’s leading venture capital firms and was recently named an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Blakes, one of the most successful law firms in the country. Michael also co-founded Dyadem, a highly successful software company which was acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS). He was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Michael is an active investor and philanthropist who chairs the Hyatt Family Foundation.
Michael works with speakers.ca (http://www.speakers.ca/speakers/micha...) and the NSB - National Speakers Bureau (http://nsb.com/speakers/michael-hyatt/)
Marc is the Co-Founder and Creative Lead of Kyo - an app that fuel people's daily reflection through questions from some of the most inspiring figures in the world.
Get the most out of every day: www.kyoapp.com
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Mark is the host of iTunes Top Charts podcast, Humans 2.0. Mark’s show features an innovative and talented guest in every episode available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher Radio, and iHeart Radio. On the show, Mark converses with CEO’s, entrepreneur’s, authors, and many other inspiring individuals like Jay Samit, Neil Patel, and David Meltzer to educate others to change their own lives and upgrade to the Human version 2.0 that is inside all of us.
Learn More: https://www.markmetry.com/humans-2-0-...
Prior to creating the Humans 2.0 Podcast, Mark was the founder and creative director of PPMC, started in 2013, the #1 Pixelmon Minecraft server in the world. As creative director, Mark grew the company’s website to reach over 10 million users and 10,000 registered premium members. Mark managed a remote staff team of over 40 talented individuals and directed company growth programs. Founded and operating VU Dream currently (started in Dec. 2016), a growing and innovative virtual and augmented reality marketing & advertising agency based in Boston. VU Dream has worked with dozens of startups, studios, arcades, and other VR/AR businesses to help customers imagine new future realities.
Learn More: http://vudream.com/
Lily is the Founder and CEO of Think Dirty® is a mobile-first, social commerce platform that connects ingredient-conscious beauty shoppers to natural beauty brands. Think Dirty's mission is to make reading cosmetic and personal care product labels simple, easy and fun. Think Dirty is the winner of Mastercard Women Entrepreneurship Competition, a DMZ alumni company, it's also named as one of the Top 25 SheEO Ventures, MaRS JOLT and CFC Ideaboost. Think Dirty was named the best beauty apps by Refinery29 and Brit+ Co. It was also featured on O Magazine, Fast Company, NPR, Huffington Post, TED Blog, Allure Magazine, The Atlantic, PSFK, New York Magazine, Today's Show and Consumer's Report.
Prior to founding Think Dirty, Lily has been an award-winning Art Director in advertising and design for 13 years. She began her career in marketing in the e-commerce department of MoMA, New York. And worked at agencies such as Sid Lee, TAXI, Wunderman and TBWA\Chiat\Day for major international brands in consumer packaged goods, retail, financial, auto, telecommunications and non-profit, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, American Express, Tim Hortons, Joe Fresh and Mercedes-Benz. While not keeping her right brain busy, Lily is befriending dogs, volunteering to causes she believes in and checking off her list of 1000 places to go one continent at a time.
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Instagram: thinkdirty Website: https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
Allen is the Founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform that enables creativity. Marketers user TrackMaven to measure and improve performance across every channel - so they can tie the details to the big picture. The platform is used by the NBA, Microsoft, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more modern marketers.
Allen is also the Author of The Creative Curve - a book that combines findings from the latest science on creativity with findings from interviews with two dozen of the world's modern creative giants ranging from the Broadway team to the founder of Reddit, and many more.
To order Allen's book, visit: https://www.thecreativecurve.com/
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Raphael is an adventurer at heart; loves discussing new product/business concepts; and is on a mission to unlock human potential through data, process and technology.
Currently, Raphael is working at ThoughtWire, a Toronto-based technology company looking to disrupt the relationship between humans, devices and information with the goal of making a healthier, safer and cleaner world. Prior to his new role, Raphael was a Senior Associate in PwC's Private Company / SMB Consulting practice where he worked closely with C-suite teams on strategic mandates focused on unlocking levers for growth and operational improvement.
Raphael is also the Host of his own podcast called Canvas Series that looks to provide people with tools to build momentum and design their life the way they want - with a deeper focus on psychology, business, and personal development.
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Victoria is a dynamic, passionate and disciplined Senior Executive with two decades of progressive experience as a strategic and effective leader with extensive North American and International experience within Professional Corporate Sales and Services Organizations, including the following industries: HR Technology and Human Capital Services & Solutions, Financial Services, Corporate Travel, BPO. Victoria received her degree in Psychology, Law from the University of Calgary and is now a speaker, passionate networker, as well as a fitness enthusiast.
Victoria is currently the Vice President and Lead Account Partner of Global Business Services at IBM.
Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriapelletier/
Shawn Kanungo is a strategist and keynote speaker who operates at the intersection of creativity, business and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years working at Deloitte. Shawn’s mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.
Now as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, he is focused on applying exponential technologies and new business models to mature businesses. Shawn is a practitioner who has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, drones and film to help create world class client experiences.
His work and interviews have been featured in Forbes, The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40. He has spoken at TEDx in 2017, and named to Inc's 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers in 2018. His podcast, The Remix with Shawn & Wang, can be currently found on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.
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As the Co-Founder of non-profit, Rabble Mill, Mike is working to end generational poverty one young person at a time by empowering kids to discover their passions and build life and professional skills through skateboarding, music and art. One of Rabble Mill's programs, The Bay, is one of the few non-profit skateparks in the country. Through The Bay, Mike works with young people from all walks of life, encouraging them to cultivate their passions and live out their dreams. Since its first inception in 2011, The Bay has grown into more than just a skatepark — it's a 30,000+ square-foot youth outreach center that focuses on skate, art, music, coffee, and community. Another program under Rabble Mill is Skate for Change (SFC), a global youth movement that empowers skateboarders to give back to the homeless in their communities. SFC chapters have now spread to 80+ major cities worldwide.
Mike is also the Co-Founder of Find Your Grind (FYG), a career education platform for schools that connects students to the jobs and lifestyles of the 21st century. FYG's mission is simple: to expose, enlighten, and educate students and teachers to the possibilities of tomorrow. Mike's reality-based video series, The Harbor by Jostens, brings relevant and engaging content to over 10 million students and educators across the globe every week of the school year. Mike’s passion and momentum hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s been featured by multinational companies and organizations like YPO, Special Olympics, Red Bull, State Farm, TD Ameritrade, and Jostens. He’s partnered up with brands that he believes in to catalyze change in schools and businesses across the country. Even professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler has taken notice of Mike’s drive and shown his support both personally and philanthropically through his Sheckler Foundation.
Check out Mike's website: http://mikesmithlive.com/
Buy Mike's first book here: https://goo.gl/MVh1qB
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A man of many titles who advises men on how to add new chapters to their lives, Connor Beaton is a wellness advocate who turned that advocacy into a business. A CEO, international host, public speaker and podcast host, Connor has used various platforms to spread his message of sustenance and fulfilment.
Connor is the founder of ManTalks; an international organization focused on promoting fitness and success for men. Its mission is to give men a greater, renewed purpose that will help them become more confident, self-aware and impactful both in and outside the business landscape. In trying to enact this mission, ManTalks produces a podcast and video series with outreach in over 150 countries. A series featuring fellow entrepreneurs, athletes, navy seals, sex and relationships experts, and more, who tell their mind-blowing stories of struggle and success. These stories will not only modify your approach to life; it might just inspire you do want to do something to change your life for the better.
Connect with Connor on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/connorbea...
Check out ManTalks: https://mantalks.com/
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Shauna is the Producer and Lead Planner at Haste & Hustle - a 2 day sales and marketing throw-down (or conference) in the heart of Toronto, which features speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk. Shauna creates unforgettable experiences for corporate clients to help connect teams to each other and teams to their clients.
Shauna is a professionally trained corporate event planner with over five years of experience planning everything from music festivals to sales meetings. She also has a travel agent license so she is able to book the travel and accommodations for large events worldwide. This edge allows Shauna to travel the world and provide the most unique opportunities.
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Check out Haste & Hustle: http://hasteandhustle.com/
Subscribe to the Haste & Hustle YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8W...
Sayem is a Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for Enactus Canada and a Professional Photographer based out of Toronto, Canada.
Sayem also runs his own photography business where his photoshoots have spanned from automotive and travel to portrait and wedding clients. Sayem is proficient in the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite with an emphasis on Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. Sayem has experience with several platforms to manage campaigns, track analytics, and track media hits.
He’s had the pleasure of capturing photos all across Canada and the UK, USA, South Africa, Germany, China, Iceland, and Morocco. See a few of his photos below.
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Check out Sayem's website: sayemreza.com
Darrell oversees all data related to Canadian private capital investments, exit and fundraising activities for the CVCA. Darrell has held senior positions at several global organizations including the Toronto Stock Exchange, Institutional Limited Partners Association, Thomson Reuters, Glaxosmithkline and the Interac Association. In between these, he also started his own successful management consulting company. He has worked in New York, London and Shanghai, but Toronto remains his favorite working city.
He brings to the CVCA a passion for telling compelling stories with data. Darrell is currently on the board of a nonprofit social housing in Peel, a member of Volunteer Toronto as well as an active volunteer with Woodgreen Community Services. He holds a BA in Philosophy/History from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Check out the CVCA website: https://www.cvca.ca/
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Manu (Swish) Goswami, 20, has built a multi-hyphenate career. He is a serial tech entrepreneur (COO & Co-Founder of Dunk), LinkedIn Youth Editor, TEDx speaker (signed with the National Speakers Bureau & The AAT Project), Fortune 500 consultant (for Google and American Express), venture capitalist (at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital founded by Brooklyn Nets PF Trevor Booker), and UN Youth Ambassador. He has been recognized with the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award, and Plan Canada’s Top 20 under 20.
Manu has been quoted and published in over fifty national and international media outlets including Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, and Mashable for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic advocacy. He has also been recognized as “one of the world’s most accomplished teenagers” by Future Sharks, “one of ten Gen Z experts to follow” by Forbes and the “Face and Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship” by UPS Canada.
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One of the world’s top branding and messaging experts, Brian Rashid has built his career by storytelling and communication.
Brian is the CEO and founder of “A Life in Shorts,” a modern day marketing, digital media, and communications company that tells your story like it’s never been told before. He services clients that range from the biggest brands in the world to the new solo entrepreneur trying to get started.
Brian is asked to speak about branding, brand strategy, and how to monetize your message in front of audiences around the world. Fluent in Spanish, Brian lives between New York City and Medellin, Colombia, but represents clients globally. Prior to launching his company 5 years ago, Brian was a speechwriter in Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Administration. He also holds a JD from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.
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Virtual & Augmented Reality Expert, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Investor, Inventor. Alan is a lot of things, but the one he is most proud of is Dad. Alan and his wife Julie have two daughters, Holly & Abi. Abi invented sandals that leave a heart shaped tan line called Love Sandal. She won Top 20 under 20… when she was 10!
Alan invented the world’s first multitouch DJ & Music Production Tool, Emulator and was featured in WIRED Discovery Channel, G4TV and Dragon’s Den. Alan recently invented the world’s first Virtual Reality Photo Booth™. Alan is a thought leader in Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR) having given talks and lead panels at all the major industry conference in North America (nominated for VR Startup of the Year).
Alan is also Co-Founder of the VR/AR Enterprise Fund (launching Q4 2017), an Investment fund solely focused on investing in products, services, tools and platforms serving enterprise clients. Alan is also board advisor to Shipz.com, a stealth-stage startup aiming to disrupt the global shipping industry.
Chuck Garcia is an author, executive coach, keynote speaker, and CEO of Climb Leadership International. He coaches executives on public speaking and leadership communication. A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, he spent several of those in leadership positions at Bloomberg, BlackRock, and Citadel. He is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University where he teaches leadership communication in The Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science.
In his book A Climb to the Top, Garcia draws on years of coaching and consulting experience to explain how you can become a powerful and persuasive communicator. His book provides a step-by-step guide for practicing the techniques needed to take an individual’s communication skills and career to new heights. A Climb to the Top is an Amazon best seller in multiple categories and has been translated into Mandarin Chinese.
Chuck is a graduate of Syracuse University and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Check out Chuck's website: https://chuckgarcia.com/
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Kimberly Biggs loves helping small and medium businesses succeed online. Her tagline is: "change the world one local shop at a time!".
Kim is currently the Co-Founder at Agence Pop Inc. France Nadeau and Kimberly Biggs, dynamic founders of Agence POP Inc., aim to become the marketing agency of excellence for Quebec local companies. Their strategy is simple, accompany entrepreneurs in their growth, building a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship.
Fun fact: Kim loves to eat veggies and meditate.
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James is a Senior Capital Markets Executive with over 25 years of experience in the domestic & international capital markets, in both Investment Banking and Capital Markets Trading roles. His industry experience includes Equity Market Structure, Entrepreneurial Growth Capital focused on Technology (Mobile Messaging), & Non-Bank Financial Services.
James previously held Senior Executive positions on Independent IIROC Broker Dealer Platforms as well as at CIBC WM Inc, RBC CM and BMO Asset Management (formerly BMO Investment Counsel). James is known for driving top results by building motivated, high performance teams on a foundation of operations infrastructure excellence.
James is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Odette School of Management (University of Windsor) and the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto), as well as a CFA charter holder and a FCSI.
Check out James on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrbeattie/
Jeff Dennis is a lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is a “trusted advisor” who works with high growth companies providing strategic advice and financing in their quest to get to the next level. Jeff co-founded the Toronto Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now called the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).
Through his association with EO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, he created a series of "Lessons from the Edge" seminars, which have been the highest rated sessions at the EO conventions each year. At these seminars, entrepreneurs share their worst mistakes in business and the lessons that they learned. Jeff’s book, Lessons from the Edge, was inspired by the success of these seminars.
As a relationship manager and team lead, Tyson is responsible for providing investment management and wealth planning services to high-net worth/ultra-net worth families and Institutions at Private Investment Counsel.
Tyson was one of the few candidates selected, competing against individuals from across Canada, to participate in Scotia Wealth Management’s intensive wealth management training program to be one of the most well rounded wealth professionals in today’s financial services industry.
Tyson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Finance from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management where he was awarded the Educator’s Honor Roll and listed on the Deans’ Honor Roll for his contributions and academic achievements. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Investment Manager Designation.
Connect with Tyson on LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tysonrigg
It was a blast having Evan Carmichael on my podcast, where we discussed how to get ahead as an entrepreneur. We covered topics like; taking risks, modelling great leaders, overcoming challenges, staying motivated, following your passion, and much more.
Evan #Believes in entrepreneurs. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22, he was a VC helping raise $500k to $15mil. Evan now runs EvanCarmichael.com, a popular website for entrepreneurs. His YouTube channel alone has 500,000 subscribers!
Evan was named one of the Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers for your Next Conference by Inc Magazine. He is considered one of the Top 40 Social Marketing Talents by Forbes.
Check out Evan's website: http://www.evancarmichael.com/
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Had the great pleasure to sit down with Randy Thomas and chat over a nice cup of coffee #khalifestyle.
Randy Thomas moved from Moncton, New Brunswick to Montreal, Quebec in 1996 to pursue a career in acting. After his arrival in Montreal, Randy has studied regularly with acting schools such as the MSOPA, the Actor's Studio, the Ivana Chubbuck Workshops, the Warren Robertson workshops and most recently, the Professional Actors Lab in Toronto. Randy had the opportunity to work Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry on the set of Gothika (2003) which was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Due to conflicting schedules, he was honored to have been asked by Kassovitz to step in and work with Berry on several occasions. It was a truly invaluable experience. Randy was fortunate to portray memorable characters in several award winning productions, most notably, in Armistead Maupin 's _"Further Tales of the City" (2001)(mini)_ and Monk (2002) with Tony Shalhoub. In April of 2006, the theatrical release of The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005) opened across Canada. This film features Randy in the role of Toe Blake, alongside Roy Dupuis (Maurice Richard) and Stephen McHattie (Dick Irvin, Sr.).
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Mark was voted #1 in the world’s top 30 Body Language Professionals for both 2014 and 2015 by Global Gurus for his world class communication techniques, in which he trains leading business people, teams, presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and Prime Ministers of G8 powers. Mark is honoured to be a member of the TED community, with a highly viewed TEDx Toronto talk, and his YouTube Channel has over 1 million views.
Visit Mark's company website at http://truthplane.com/
Check out his books at http://truthplane.com/home/books/
Daryo Cummins is an Account Executive at Amazon. He is passionate about helping small to large businesses scale and build their brands on and off of Amazon.
On this episode, Daryo and I chat about all sorts of different things including; travelling, technology, social media, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, how to succeed in university, and much much more.
We're back with the second episode of Let's Grab Coffee with Chief Etiquette Officer, Julie Blais Comeau where we discuss professionalism in today's world, digital branding on social media, and maintaining an ethical protocol in every day life.
Check out Julie's website: http://www.etiquettejulie.com/ where you can also purchase her book; Etiquette - Confidence & Credibility.
A decorated former police detective and Hostage Negotiator with more than 31 years of law enforcement experience, Paul has amassed considerable specialized expertise in hostage and crisis negotiations, international peacekeeping, homicide, and sexual assault/child abuse investigations. He has received several noteworthy awards, including recognition by the United Nation’s International Peacekeeping Branch. In 2005, he successfully negotiated the peaceful arrest of a suspected terrorist who had made threats aboard an Air France 747.
Today, Paul is an admired international instructor, major news consultant, lecturer and motivational speaker. He was a featured TEDx Toronto keynote speaker in 2015 and received a standing ovation for his talk on ‘Finding Humanity in Terrorism’.
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