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  • Title: Startup Canada | Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone
    Descriptive info: .. Newsletter.. Follow @StartUp_Canada.. Canadians Engaged.. Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone.. TM.. About.. Why It Matters.. Magnitude.. How It Works.. Who Is Involved.. Governing Board.. National Advisory Council.. Provincial Ambassadors Committees.. Patrons.. Team.. Contributors.. Sponsors.. Community Partners.. Tour.. Goals.. Activities Dates.. Join Live Now.. Town Halls.. National Tour Spotlight..  ...   Tour.. Idea Loop.. Speakers Corner.. Spread the Word.. Flash Mob.. Newsroom.. Coverage.. Press Kit.. Media Inquiries.. Daily Wire.. Weekly Update.. Support.. Become a Community Partner.. Become A Sponsor.. Donate.. Join Tour.. Contact.. General Terms Privacy.. Sitemap.. Copyright 2012 Startup Canada.. Powered by.. Simplificare.. Subscribe to our mailing list..

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  • Title: Metrics | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Metrics..

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  • Title: About | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Startup Canada is Canada s first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement to enhance the nation s competitiveness and prosperity by supporting and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship.. Startup Canada is harnessing the collective energies of Canadian entrepreneurs and enterprise support communities from Coast to Coast with the goals of providing the entrepreneurship community with a strong voice, promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture and creating a unified brand that Canadians can rally around.. Startup Canada is launching this effort with the country s first national entrepreneurship tour and  ...   country.. Entrepreneurs will participate in more than 30 Town Halls and 100 Fringe Events and connect through a social media groundswell campaign.. Through the Tour and Campaign, Startup Canada is crowd sourcing its mandate, mission and programming.. This unique effort will not only identify key challenges facing Canadian entrepreneurs, but will bring them together in a way they never have been before.. It s the beginning of a critical conversation and the first step in a new way of thinking.. Join the movement..

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  • Title: Why It Matters | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Entrepreneurship Driving Prosperity.. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy.. There are more than 1 million small businesses that employ 48 per cent of Canada’s total workforce, account for 25 per cent of total exports, and provide 30 per cent of our total GDP.. Of those small businesses, 4.. 7 per cent are classified as high-growth enterprises and are responsible for 45 per cent of new job creation in Canada.. Entrepreneurship is a powerful force for driving job creation, innovation, economic growth, and fueling healthy and sustainable communities.. Governments around the world are responding to shifts in global markets by strengthening the domestic climate for entrepreneurs as a way to ensure economic growth and prosperity.. The launch of Startup America, Startup Britain and similar private-public-civil society initiatives in 2011 has contributed to entrepreneurial growth in more than a dozen countries worldwide.. In Canada, the local movement has only just begun:.. The government of Canada declared 2011 as the ‘Year of the Entrepreneur’, recognizing the critical role of entrepreneurship in securing Canada’s ongoing economic recovery and prosperity;.. The ‘Review of Federal Support to Research and Development’ Expert Panel Report, spearheaded by Tom  ...   put forth proposals and recommendations for action to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada.. The Canadian Challenge.. While Canadians like to think of themselves as great collaborators, the Canadian entrepreneurship community hasn’t come together yet around a shared vision or purpose.. Canadian entrepreneurs are struggling to navigate a complex and highly fragmented enterprise ecosystem, which creates challenges for entrepreneurs to identify and access support, build and leverage national and global networks, and limits the capacity to share knowledge and best practices.. An absence of adequate risk capital, combined with a shortage of management and business skills normally fostered through startup failures and second- or third-attempts, contributes to Canada’s overall deficiency in “entrepreneurial culture”.. What is needed most urgently, as recommended by Action Canada, is a national strategy to bring together the collaborative efforts of the entire entrepreneurship community to create more favorable conditions for entrepreneurs to flourish.. Without a strategy, Canada will continue to trail international competition and risk economic recovery and long-term prosperity.. The Solution.. The solution begins with a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together Canada s national entrepreneurship community to create a clear vision and strategy that leads to real change and action..

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  • Title: Magnitude | Startup Canada
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  • Title: How It Works | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: The diagram below represents Startup Canada s roadmap to work together with the Canadian entrepreneurial community in developing a clear, collective vision for the future.. Through this highly collaborative and creative process, the communities from coast to coast will work together to identify the top challenges facing Canadian entrepreneurs; develop innovative solutions to overcome those challenges; share, build and prioritize ideas, approaches and recommendations for future growth; and ultimately, arrive at a collective vision and strategy that leads to real change and action..

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  • Title: Who Is Involved | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Provincial Ambassadors & Committees.. Startup Canada is working together with organizations, individuals, and communities across the country to drive forward entrepreneurship in Canada.. With entrepreneurs at the helm of both its Governing Board and National Advisory Council, Startup Canada is fuelled by industry and media partners; supported  ...   and, mobilized by Provincial Ambassadors, Steering Committees, volunteers, contributors and more than 200 community partners from across Canada.. Startup Canada is well-positioned to provide the Canadian entrepreneurship community with a voice and a platform to come together to develop a clear, collective vision and strategy for the future..

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  • Title: Governing Board | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Startup Canada s Founding Governing Board is composed of a team of seasoned serial entrepreneurs and investors of diverse skills and experience from across Canada.. The Board s Sub-Committees are supported by external expert advisors.. Dr.. Adam Chowaniec.. Founding Chairman.. In January 2012, Dr.. Adam Chowaniec joined the Startup Canada Governing Board.. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of BelAir Networks Corporation, and a Director of Solantro Semiconductor.. He is the Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada Board of Directors.. He chaired the Ontario Research and Innovation Council from 2006 to 2009.. In 2005 he was appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada and currently is a member of the Public Sector Advisory Board.. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Export Development Corporation of Canada by the Privy Council of Canada in 2009, and currently serves as the Chair of the Risk Committee.. Adam began his career in 1975 as an Assistant Professor at Acadia University and in 1976 became a member of the scientific staff of Bell Northern Research in Ottawa.. From there, he moved into engineering management at Nortel Networks.. In 1983 he joined Commodore International, based in Westchester, PA, where he became Vice-President of Technology and was responsible for the development of the Amiga personal computer.. In 2010, he was recognized by the California Computer Museum as one of the founding fathers of the personal computer.. In 1986, Adam returned to Ottawa to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the semiconductor firm Calmos Systems.. Calmos Systems was acquired by Newbridge Networks Corporation in 1989.. Calmos was renamed Newbridge Microsystems.. Under this new structure, he served as both its President and as a Vice-President of Newbridge Networks.. In December 1995, he was the founding CEO of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, which was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange until its acquisition by IDT in 2009.. He has served on numerous boards of directors in the United States and Canada, including Amiga and GEAC Computer Corporations, Futurecom, and OSI Technologies.. He has served as Chair of the boards of Zarlink Corporation, Liquid Computing, Sibercore and Microbridge Corporations.. Adam is also involved in a number of local business and community initiatives and his commitment and participation has positioned him as a key spokesperson for the high tech community.. He is frequently quoted in local and national press and is often a guest on national business TV programs.. He was the chair of the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation and member of the Ottawa Partnership from 1999 to 2001.. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and is the vice-chair of the Ottawa Health Research Institute.. He is the vice-chair of the Museum of Nature’s national fund raising campaign.. Adam has been recognized for his leadership, business excellence and innovation.. In 1998, the Ottawa-Carleton Research Institute honoured him with its prestigious Chairman's Award.. Also in 1999, he received the Gold Business Person of the Year Award from the Greater Chamber of Commerce.. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University in Canada, as well as both a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD from the University of Sheffield in England.. His affiliations include the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.. Read More ».. Paul Cataford.. Audit Committee Chair.. Paul Cataford joins the Startup Canada Governing Board with a broad set of skills and experience gained over 20 years on the Canadian high-technology scene.. Paul started with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and then moved into a high-technology sales and marketing position at NCR Canada.. After two years at NCR, he left and completed a Masters in Business Administration (Schulich School of Business – York University) in 15 months, specializing in finance.. Afterwards, he began a tour of duty at the CIBC/Wood Gundy Group of Companies, finishing with a two-year placement in their private equity group.. From there, he went into venture capital, first at Working Ventures and then to BCE Capital where he became Managing Director and President with offices in Ottawa, ON, Toronto, ON, and Palo Alto, CA.. He was then recruited to the NB Equity Partners as Executive Managing Director to co-manage a new fund, which unfortunately never closed.. After a brief stint with another asset management company (HorozonOne), he moved west to Calgary, AB where he became the CEO of University Technologies International Inc.. at the University of Calgary.. During the next five years, Paul was successful in creating IGNITE, a company creation incubator where six new companies were spun out of the university.. Thus far, he has been responsible for more than 30 investments, the creation of six companies, numerous syndications as lead investor, four IPOs and a number of strategic acquisitions.. Most recently, he took the helm of Zephyr Sleep Technologies, where he is currently a Founding Investor and the CEO.. In addition to operating a start-up, Paul also currently sits on the boards of Hemisphere GPS Inc.. (TSX), Sierra Wireless Inc.. (NASDAQ and TSX) and Defense Construction Canada (Government of Canada Appointment).. He completed his ICD.. D qualification (Rotman) and is also an Associate Partner at EspressoCapital – an SR ED finance group.. Paul has served on the boards of SemBioSys Genetics Inc.. (TSX), Daleen Technologies Inc.. (NASDAQ), the Canadian Venture Capital Association, the TELUS World of Science and Creative Kids Museum Foundation, as well as a number of other private company boards.. Paul lives in Calgary, AB with his wife, Anne, their two daughters and English Springer Spaniel named Lily.. He enjoys cycling, skiing, golfing, hiking, back-country camping, gourmet cooking, and collecting wine.. Andrea Mandel-Campbell.. External Relations Committee Chair.. Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a journalist, author and public policy commentator who is passionate about celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship and encouraging public policies that support Canada’s innovative potential.. A former anchor at CTV’s Business News Network, Andrea is also the author of the celebrated book,.. Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson.. Nominated for the Writer’s Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize,.. Why Mexicans.. takes a penetrating and unapologetic look at why Canadian companies fail to go global and why they must.. As a public speaker, Andrea regularly travels the country to speak with government, companies and industry associations about the challenges and opportunities globalization offers and what Canadians need to do to be more competitive both from a private and public policy perspective.. Her desire to strengthen Canada’s innovative and competitive edge through good public policy prompted her to run as a candidate in the 2011 Ontario provincial election.. A foreign correspondent in Latin America for close to a decade, Andrea was the Mexico bureau chief for London’s Financial Times as well as a correspondent in Argentina for Business Week magazine.. In Canada, she worked as a feature writer for the National Post, specializing in global competitiveness issues and has contributed to Maclean’s and The Walrus magazines.. In 2006, Andrea won a media fellowship from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to travel to China and write about Canada-China business ties for Maclean’s magazine.. In 2008, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) awarded her an Honorary Certified International Trade Professional designation (CITP).. She is the co-founder of Forgirlsake, a charity which funds grassroots projects in support of girls’ education around the world.. Andrea was also a board member with the  ...   Presently he is Co-Chair of the Fredericton Cancer Society Relay for Life and is a Governing Board Member for Startup Canada.. Rivers presently lives in Fredericton, NB with his wife Monique and his three children Ashley, and twins Jamie and Hailey.. Victoria Lennox.. Ex-Officio - Co-Founder.. Victoria is a passionate and pioneering social entrepreneur, community builder and entrepreneurship evangelist.. Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister.. Victoria won the award for having pioneered a grassroots youth entrepreneurship movement in the UK and globally that has taken on a momentum of its own with a membership of more than 45,000 enterprising students across more than 80 universities within 12 months.. As the Founder and Chair of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Co-founder and Chair of ICUE, Co-founder of Enterprise Alliance UK, Entrepreneur in Residence at London Metropolitan Business School, and former President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, Victoria has built enterprise networks, stimulated public discourse, and developed meaningful political and policy inroads to further the entrepreneurship agenda.. On the global stage, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organizations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organizations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities.. In 2009, Victoria was awarded the SFEDI ‘Enterprise Support Network Builder Award’ and ‘Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award’, was recognized as a ‘Champion of Entrepreneurial Britain’ and ‘Top 30 Under 30’ by Real Business Magazine, and was noted as ‘One to Watch’ by Spectator Business.. Victoria moved back to Ottawa, ON in January 2010 where, after having spent a year with Industry Canada’s Small Business Policy Group, she is now working on fostering a more entrepreneurial and prosperous Canada through Startup Canada.. Advisors.. Rick Spence.. External Relations Advisor.. Rick Spence is a writer, speaker and consultant on business growth, entrepreneurship and opportunity.. Rick's column appears weekly in the National Post and his speaking topics include innovation, best practices, social media, and the future of business success.. Emanuel Montenegrino.. Government Relations Advisor.. Emanuel Montenegrino was born in Italy and became a Canadian citizen at a young age, spending almost his entire life in Ottawa; lawyer and community builder.. Since 1981, lawyer and partner at McMillan law firm and its predecessor firms, including as its Ottawa Managing partner from 1990 to 2006.. Provided outstanding legal services to public sector clients including the Province of Ontario for property assessment appeals and the City of Ottawa on many important issues.. Was a community volunteer leader in successfully helping the City of Ottawa to save the Ottawa Senators hockey team.. Served on the Board of the Children's Starlight Foundation.. Also served as President of the Canadian Italian Business Association-Ottawa.. Was Honoured to receive Community Builder Award from the United Way of Ottawa.. He has committed thousands of volunteer hours in support of the democratic process in Canada.. Sorin Cohn.. Advisor to the Board.. Sorin Cohn is President of BD.. Cohn.. sulting and Chief Program Officer of.. i-.. Canada, driving.. Innovation Nation.. programs to help Canadian communities enhance their competitiveness and leading CATA activities towards innovation in commercialization.. He has 35 years international business technology experience having been involved in most facets of “.. innovation development.. ”: from idea to lab prototype, from product to market success on the global stage.. Mid 2000’s, he was in Paris, France, as the Managing Director EMEA for Terawave – a California optical access company.. As co-founder and President Global Portfolio of OrbitIQ – a global business accelerator, Sorin has been working with technology companies in North America, Israel and Europe to build their market strengths.. In 2000 he founded Wireless Multimedia Solutions in North Carolina.. Prior to 2000, Sorin held executive positions with Nortel Networks in Wireless, Enterprise Networks and Carrier Networks, and was Director for Exploratory Programs at BNR.. He has developed new technologies, created R D laboratories, started new product lines and initiated/managed new business units.. Sorin has several essential patents in web services, wireless and digital signal processing, as well as over 70 publications and presentations.. In parallel, during the 80’s, Dr.. Cohn has been Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.. A Killam Scholar, he received a Ph.. D.. in Electrical Engineering, an M.. Sc in Physics and an M.. Eng in Engineering Physics.. Laura O'Blenis.. Internal Operations Advisor.. A seasoned executive with more than 15 years experience in leading change, generating results and marketing products and services, Laura O'Blenis specializes in the transition and growth of knowledge-based businesses, and associations.. An MBA candidate with the University of New Brunswick, Laura is the Chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) CanWIT Atlantic Chapter, is a Past President of the Fredricton Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Fredricton Executive Association, Founding Director of the Association of University Research Parks Canada, and most recently the General Manager of Knowledge Park in Fredricton, NB.. With experience in industries from media to real estate to science and technology and not-for-profit, Laura has the knowledge and skills required to adapt to changing environments and to deliver on business projects that range in scale from regional to provincial to national.. Driven by a passion for an economy that supports emerging enterprises, Laura established Stiletto Consulting to help new and existing businesses.. A project management consulting services firm, Stiletto Consulting works with local, regional and national clients to develop business solutions and strategies that result in viable and sustainable business models.. Laura works with the Association of University Research Parks Canada to advance the national science and technology movement.. Francis Moran.. With more than 30 years experience in marketing, public relations and journalism, Francis Moran is an insightful strategist, an expert writer and a seasoned veteran of the specific challenges of helping B2B technology companies engage with their marketplace and those who influence it.. Francis specializes in working with new and established technology ventures that want to accelerate revenues, improve their market presence, establish leadership and succeed in a fast-moving and competitive environment in a global context.. Jim de Wilde.. Campaign Advisor.. Jim de Wilde is a venture capitalist and management educator who divides his time between Montreal, QC and Toronto, ON.. Throughout his career as an educator and venture capitalist, Jim has focused on the issues of global competitiveness and the commercialization of knowledge through activities in both the private sector and the public sector.. Since the early 1990s, Jim has been involved in venture capital activities as President of JdW Strategic Ventures.. In his venture capital activities, Jim was a member of RBC Capital Markets Technology Fund Advisory Board and currently serves on the Investment Committee of iNovia Capital in Montreal, QC and the Advisory Boards of Enertech Capital and the Walsingham Fund in Toronto, ON.. In his teaching activities, Jim has been on the faculty of the University Of Western Ontario School Of Business (now Ivey) and the Faculty of Management at McGill University.. He has also taught venture capital strategies at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.. His B-School activities have included applying the Rotman venture capital strategies course to the Finnish context at the Helsinki School of Economics, and lecturing at the London Business School.. He has a PhD in political science from McGill, with a dissertation focusing on the Canadian public policy process and competitiveness in technology sectors..

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  • Title: National Advisory Council | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: The National Advisory Council is made up of some of Canada s leading entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship evangelists.. The Council provides ongoing advice and input into the positioning, programming and strategic direction of Startup Canada to help to create a plan of action that leads to real change – improving the odds that once 25,000 entrepreneurs and 250 partner organizations read the vision for the future, they will do their part to make it happen.. Members To Be Announced..

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  • Title: Provincial Ambassadors & Committees | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Provincial Ambassadors.. Within each province, Startup Canada is spearheaded by a.. Provincial Ambassador.. - an enterprise support organization that serves as the provincial ‘home’ of Startup Canada, and who will lead local efforts to develop, launch and roll-out programs and priorities.. NATI Industries.. Newfoundland & Labrador.. The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) is a not-for-profit industry association representing the province's advanced technology sector.. NATI is focused on delivering essential services to its members and fueling the growth of the technology industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.. A leader in Atlantic Canada, NATI thinks and behaves like a business in pursuing opportunities that offer the most growth potential.. Member-focused and driven, the Association delivers a wide range of personal services to our members depending on their needs, assisting each of them with a common goal; that member's success.. PEI BioAlliance.. Prince Edward Island.. The Prince Edward Island BioAlliance was incorporated in 2005 and launched a.. five-year strategy.. to accelerate the growth of PEI's bioscience sector by building the economy setting the pace for the next generation.. Since that time, the BioAlliance has coordinated the work of leaders in bioscience business, research and government organizations in PEI, providing strategy, focus, and alignment among the partners.. This collaboration has been the driver of bioscience growth to date, and has given the PEI Cluster a reputation nationally and internationally.. In 2008, the Province of Prince Edward Island released the.. Island Prosperity Strategy.. , a $200 million, five-year investment strategy focused on investments in three key areas: PEOPLE, INNOVATION and economic INFRASTRUCTURE.. One of the goals was to boost annual bioscience sales to $300 million, increase full-time equivalent employment to 2000 positions, and ensure the province is recognized as a national centre of excellence for bioactive-based health and nutrition product development.. Black Business Initiative.. Nova Scotia.. BBI supports the development of business and job opportunities for Black Nova Scotians through four primary activities:.. Training, mentoring and counseling.. - the BBI has a dedicated training department where various business courses are offered.. The training department also facilitates a mentorship program and counseling activities.. Communication activities.. - the BBI is proactive in its communication strategy.. The BBI produces a quarterly magazine entitled Black to Business, as well as an annual business community resource directory and annual report along with several brochures.. The BBI also maintains a rich versatile website that is updated regularly.. The magazines, directory and annual reports are available in the.. Publications section.. Loan and equity lending.. - the BBI has a repayable loan program accessible to all BBI clients that meet the lending criteria.. The BBI also manages a.. community investment fund.. Strategic Initiatives.. - some of the strategic initiatives conducted by the BBI include trade missions, roundtables, bi-annual business summits, and a very successful youth program called.. Business is Jammin'.. (BIJ).. RJCCQ.. Quebéc.. Regroupement des Jeunes Chambres de Commerce (RJCCQ) du Québec défendre et promouvoir les intérêts sociaux et économiques des jeunes gens d’affaires du Québec.. 3 objectifs prioritaires:.. Représenter les jeunes gens d’affaires auprès d’intervenants publics et privés aux niveaux provincial et fédéral.. Favoriser l’échange et la synergie entre les jeunes chambres de commerce membres et tendre vers une plus grande synergie de leurs membres respectifs.. Favoriser le développement des jeunes chambres de commerce et de leurs membres respectifs.. MaRS Discovery District.. Ontario.. MaRS drives social and economic prosperity by leading Canada’s innovation mission.. We at MaRS envision Canadian communities that are prospering through enhanced employment prospects, the creation and retention of local wealth and an enriched cultural and social environment.. To realize this vision, we foster and promote Canadian innovation.. MaRS helps create successful global businesses from Canada’s science, technology and social innovation.. MaRS provides resources — people, programs, physical facilities, funding and networks — to ensure that critical innovation happens.. We stimulate, identify and harness great ideas, nurture their development and guide the transformation of those ideas into reality.. We measure our success through the companies that emerge after receiving help from MaRS.. Manitoba Innovation Council.. Manitoba.. The Manitoba government is building on its knowledge-based economy with the creation of.. The Manitoba Innovation Council.. The Council is tasked with developing and implementing an action plan to commercialize innovation and technology projects in the province.. It will also create a capital markets strategy that supports innovative companies at all stages of development.. Appointed members to the council include Dr.. Albert Friesen (Co-chair), Dr.. Joanne Keselman (Co-chair), Jan Lederman (Executive Chair), Doneta Brotchie, Stephanie Forsyth, Sandy Riley, Wadood Ibrahim, Dr.. Sandra Kirby, Steve Kroft, Dr.. John Langstaff, Lisa Meeches, Dr.. Ian C.. P.. Smith, Paul Soubry Jr.. , and Curt Vossen (bios below).. Community Futures Saskatchewan.. Saskatchewan.. Community Futures Saskatchewan and its 13 CF Development Corporations (CFDCs) are non-profit corporations developed to help communities grow at the local level.. Community Futures strives to build social, community economic and entrepreneurial capacity, placing emphasis on long-range planning and results.. We are a grassroots economic renewal initiative with over 1000 volunteers in western Canada actively involved with the CF movement and the local direction of the CFDCs.. The Community Futures initiative is spread across the 11 provinces of Canada and continues to help entrepreneurs with funding, guidance, support, encouragement, and business tools.. The Community Futures Program is a federal initiative, established in 1985 in order to build economic, community, and entrepreneurial capacity in rural Canada through Employment and Immigration Canada (now Service Canada) as a portion of the Canadian Jobs Strategy.. Each organization operates independently to help entrepreneurs build and support their business.. In 1995, Western Economic Diversification Canada took over the responsibility for Community Futures, and they continue to provide core funding and assistance to the 90 CF organizations in rural Western Canada.. Our main services include business loans, business skills training, local entrepreneur development, and community and social economic development.. We provide services for people in rural and northern Saskatchewan (with the exception of the cities of Regina and Saskatoon) who are interested in setting up, expanding, or considering a small business.. By offering support, guidance, encouragement, funding, and business tools, the CFDCs have made their mark on the lives of many across Saskatchewan.. Entrepreneurs in rural areas who are unable to receive financing from traditional lending institutions are provided the opportunity to access capital on friendly, flexible terms from their local CFDC.. As well, they are provided with a wide range of support services for their business.. Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.. Alberta.. Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit company owned by the City of Edmonton.. EEDC is strategically focused on Edmonton’s economic future.. EEDC’s purpose is to increase prosperity and the quality of life for people of the Edmonton region by promoting economic development, marketing Edmonton as a tourist destination, and by managing the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park.. EEDC is also part of a joint venture with the University of Alberta called TEC Edmonton, which opens doors for local entrepreneurs, investors and the U of A research community.. See.. About EEDC.. for more information on EEDC Corporate and the programs and services offered.. EEDC's strategic objectives are to:.. Provide leadership by being a catalyst for change and adaptation in key economic environments.. Encourage the innovation crucial for growth and sustained prosperity of the Edmonton region.. Build the city’s global recognition in support of its growth to become one of the world’s great mid-sized cities by 2030.. BC Innovation Council.. British Columbia.. BCIC (British Columbia Innovation Council) develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology.. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today's global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.. In today's economic climate, it is increasingly important for British Columbia to be competitively positioned in the global knowledge economy.. BCIC is developing an ecosystem that increases the number and success rate of technology startups in the province to promote economic development and strengthen BC's contribution to the Canadian high tech sector.. BCIC does this by developing programs and providing support for initiatives that develop entrepreneurs and promote the commercialization of technology.. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.. New Brunswick Business Council.. New Brunswick.. The New Brunswick Business Council is a non-partisan group of leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to New Brunswick's economic growth and community development.. Our members have a deep, personal stake in this Province and its future.. Through a combination of economic and social initiatives, the Council strives to positively impact New Brunswick's prosperity.. Provincial Steering Committees.. Startup Canada s Provincial Ambassadors convene Provincial Steering Committees made up of leaders of enterprise support organizations and entrepreneurs from across each province, ensuring that committees are reflective of the entrepreneurial landscape within the Province.. Provincial Steering Committees work to ensure that Startup Canada remains relevant, reflective and responsive to what is already happening within the province and lend their collective resources and networks to support the growth of the community.. Atlantic.. Newfoundland Labrador.. Quebec.. Ashley Green.. Analyst, AVAC Ltd.. AVAC Ltd.. is an Alberta-based investment company that invests in promising early-stage commercial ventures in value-added agri-business, information and communications technologies, life sciences, and other industrial technology sectors.. It also manages an active early-stage venture capital fund-of-funds investment pool.. AVAC’s mandate is to help bridge Alberta’s investment gap that exists between technology creation and commercial business success.. As a hands-on investor the support AVAC offers through early stage investment and lasting partnerships helps turn innovative ideas into successful businesses.. As Alberta’s most active early-stage investment company, AVAC has invested $97 million directly into more than 120 promising early-stage technology companies and 50 commercially-relevant agricultural research projects and programs.. A further $700 million of outside investment has been attracted to these early-stage companies.. To date, AVAC has assisted 56 of its early-stage portfolio companies to reach commercial revenue.. These companies have since generated sales of over $758 million.. AVAC has also committed $32 million to four national venture capital funds who are actively investing in Alberta companies.. Ashley Green has been working with AVAC since 2008.. Prior to working with AVAC, Ashley worked with National Wealth Management firm.. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2007 with a BA in General Studies and is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce as well.. Ashley currently looks at the new investments presented to AVAC.. Noreen Hoskins.. Manager, TEC Edmonton.. TEC Edmonton is a unique non-for-profit enterprise that became a ratified joint venture in 2006 between Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the University of Alberta.. A business accelerator, TEC Edmonton offers expertise, resources, and connections.. TEC Edmonton helps navigate the commercialization process - transitioning science solutions into business opportunities.. Our team has the knowledge and experience to evaluate and protect a tech invention, as well as to advise and grow a viable business.. Located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, our TEC Centre is a business incubator, offering early-stage businesses a base for operations.. TEC Edmonton’s Entrepreneur Skills Development (ESD) Program is a new initiative at TEC Edmonton.. ESD leverages and links existing expertise at TEC Edmonton offering just-in-time applied education and training.. During each learning session participants ‘learn by doing’ so they can identify, set agendas for, and make decisions on their businesses’ priorities.. Seasoned business professionals are present during sessions to coach and mentor attendees.. All programs encourage the adoption of the entrepreneurial mindset and business acumen necessary to succeed in Alberta's research and innovation system.. As Manager of ESD, Noreen builds programs that optimize the learning experience for innovative SMEs, entrepreneur-minded students and researchers alike.. Noreen has over fifteen years of entrepreneurial experience as a consultant, university instructor and business owner.. Before arriving at TEC Edmonton, Noreen helped launch a number of start-up businesses (including two of her own) in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.. Bruce Rutley.. Agrologist, Grand Prairie Regional College.. Bruce Rutley is a Professional Agrologist with 35 years experience in applied research, innovation and post secondary education administration.. He obtained his PhD in Renewable Resources from the University of Alberta studying the bioenergetics of plains bison (.. Bison bison.. ).. This completed his exploration of animal production systems building on previous degrees in the genetics and reproduction (MSc – Animal Genetics) and animal nutrition (BSc.. Agr.. ) of dairy cattle.. Rutley is currently Director, Centre for Research Innovation (CRI) at GPRC.. The CRI is a Grande Prairie Regional College – Peace Region Economic Development Alliance (PREDA) partnership created through a merger of the College’s Integrated Research Unit and PREDA’s The Innovation Network.. The purpose of the CRI is to develop the applied research capacity of GPRC and to provide ‘one-stop-shop’ services to the region’s innovators and entrepreneurs.. Previously he developed The Innovation Network for PREDA providing business innovation services to regional inventors.. Rutley is the (co)author of 4 peer reviewed publications (bison production systems); 12 conference proceedings; over 40 unpublished studies and reports; 30 funding applications; and has presented extensively in Canada related to the production of plains bison and rural innovation.. In addition, he has served as program coordinator (Olds College, Northern Lights College) and Dean (Fairview College) within the College system.. Cheryl Dick.. CEO, Economic Development Lethbridge.. Prior to joining Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) in June 2005, Cheryl spent more than 15 years working with executive teams in publicly-traded corporations and public institutions.. From marketing and fundraising in post-secondary education to employee, media and investor relations in international airline and energy companies, her work has always focused on promoting and enhancing the achievement of the goals of shareholders and partners.. Cheryl completed her MBA in Executive Management through Royal Roads University in 2003.. She has a double major in Print Journalism and Public Relations/Advertising through Lethbridge College and she holds an APR ‘Accredited Public Relations’ designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society.. Cheryl is also active on the boards and committees of a number of area organizations and in 2011, was awarded a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Commitment.. Born in Calgary, raised in Brooks and spending many years working and living in Lethbridge and Calgary has given Cheryl a strong understanding of southern Alberta’s strengths as well as the opportunities that lie ahead.. She is proud to be working with a great team of people at EDL to facilitate the success of others through proactive and market driven initiatives, responsive service, enthusiastic support and quality information.. Economic Development Lethbridge is an independent, not-for-profit organization with a 25-member Board of Directors representing the many industries and sectors in the region.. The mission is to strengthen and develop the Lethbridge economy by initiating and facilitating proactive economic development strategies and promoting Lethbridge as an excellent place to live, learn, invest, visit and do business.. Lethbridge and the surrounding economic region are important economic contributors to the provincial and national marketplaces.. EDL is committed to balanced growth that increases the prosperity of our community and is focused on initiatives related to the following core business services:.. Investment Attraction.. Business Retention Expansion.. Convention Event Development.. Respect Reputation.. Most recently, EDL was able to work with a number of partners to build a technology commercialization centre with a focus on diversifying the region’s knowledge economy through entrepreneurial support and capacity-building.. tec.. connect - An Alberta Centre for New Commerce.. is designed to attract, incubate and develop new and established technology companies to achieve commercialization of products and services.. The centre has an Information Communication Technologies (ICT) focus with a specific emphasis in geospatial imaging.. Leveraging the knowledge assets of Lethbridge’s two post-secondary institutions, quality research capacity and highly-skilled and trained graduates as well as the strength of the established companies in the area will help expand the local and provincial business base in the tech sector.. Marek Drywa.. Manager, Global Business, Calgary Economic Development.. Marek Drywa joined Calgary Economic Development (CED) in 2010 as the Manager of Inter-American Development Bank Programs and in April 2011 was appointed to head the Global Business Centre within the Trade and Investment department of CED.. Marek brings over ten years of international experience through work with high profile organizations and clients in business development, marketing and government relations for private, public and non-profit sectors.. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at CED, he was in charge of international relations and economic development for the former Mayor of Calgary, Dave Bronconnier.. Before relocating to Canada in 2005, Marek was the Managing Director of the British Consulting Company in Poland and Central Europe where he worked primary with small and medium sized companies as well as local municipalities on market expansion and investment attraction.. In his role at the Global Business Centre, Marek is focused on advancing trade development programming through the provision of export training and consulting for SMEs, servicing incoming trade delegations, supporting the launch of outgoing trade missions and acquiring new business development opportunities for the Centre.. He also takes responsibility for the overall operations of the facility including rentals and temporary office space for companies locating in Calgary.. Marek holds a Master’s degree of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA and a second Master’s degree in Economics (Marketing and International Trade) from the University of Gdansk, Poland.. In addition to being fluent in both English and Polish, Marek has a working knowledge German, and basic level of Russian.. Jeff Matthews (Chair).. Alliance Guru, EEDC.. Jeff has been with EEDC since Jan.. 2010.. Prior to that Jeff had spent almost 10 years out of country, living and working in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the US.. After completing an MBA at Yonsei University in Korea in 2008 he moved to the New Jersey/New York area to sell franchises for a Korean multinational.. At EEDC Jeff has a focus on supporting emerging industries and entrepreneur development.. To that end Jeff chairs a Nanotechnology Industry Alliance in AB, is Co-chair of Bio Alberta’s Partnering Committee and directs the EEDC Parachute Program which connects students and first nation’s people with the business community.. Jeff is learning that parenting thing and enjoys life with his wife, Sam, 2 year old daughter, Charlie, and dog, Tess.. Jeff is a CrossFit, Yoga and coffee enthusiast.. Jon Sookocheff.. Entrepreneur Development Centre, Medicine Hat College.. Since 2006, Jeff has immersed himself in the world of entrepreneurship and economic development.. He currently manages the Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College, a new project to help students and alumni start, manage and grow successful businesses.. Previously, he was key partner in two major projects in Eastern Ontario, the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Bio-Alliance, an agriculture biotechnology incubator, and SD G Farm Fresh, a local food marketing program.. The Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College helps students start, manage and grow successful businesses.. The EDC offers business coaching, mentorship, and assistance with business planning and implementation.. The EDC also organizes seminars and events throughout the year to encourage youth entrepreneurship.. The EDC’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence provides student entrepreneurs with real-world advice that enables successful business implementation.. Through the JMH Co.. Summer Company Program, the EDC provides student entrepreneurs with grants of up to $10,000 to kickstart their business idea.. Scholarships are also available to aspiring entrepreneurs.. Ken Bautista.. CEO, Startup Edmonton.. Ken Bautista is Co-Founder/CEO of Startup Edmonton, a social enterprise working to amplify creative innovation and activate startups in Edmonton through events, mentorship, workspace, and accelerators.. He’s been an entrepreneur in the tech space for over 10 years, founding and growing two successful interactive companies, Hotrocket Studios and Rocketfuel Games.. His companies have won industry awards including VenturePrize and Most Promising Company at the Canadian New Media Awards.. He also co-founded artsScene Edmonton and TEDxEdmonton, and currently sits on the board of The Citadel Theatre and the President's Think Tank at the University of Alberta.. Ken has been recognized in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People” by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.. Kevin Dahl.. Manager, Innovate Calgary.. Kevin holds a BComm from the University of Saskatchewan and in addition to his role at Innovate Calgary he is a volunteer board member with Digital Alberta and CCAT.. (Calgary Council for Advanced Technology) Coming from a diverse background which includes experience in telecommunications, human resources and tech start-ups, Kevin’s key activities are to provide support and connections for technology companies in Calgary and to help build Calgary’s technology community.. In 2010, Calgary Technologies Inc.. and University Technologies International executed a Joint Operating Agreement and is working together under the brand and banner of Innovate Calgary.. Innovate Calgary is a full service organization offering technology transfer and business incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses within the advanced technology sector.. We have more than 50 years combined experience supporting the technology community, and are dedicated to the growth of southern Alberta’s technology commercialization ecosystem.. Lorena Forster.. Since 2008, Lorena Forster has worked with TEC Edmonton as the Manager, Strategic Partnerships.. She works with provincial and federal partners and collaborators to enhance TEC’s service offerings to new start up and early stage companies, inventors and entrepreneurs (our clients) in Alberta.. TEC Edmonton helps our clients to create and accelerate the growth of advanced technology businesses.. Lorena’s prior experience includes nine years with the Alberta Research Council (now Alberta Innovates Technology Futures).. Through her positions as account manager with the Technology Commercialization Office and Technology Transfer Team Lead with the Heavy Oil Oil Sands Business Unit, she assisted researchers to develop intellectual property protection strategies and technology development pilot programs for specific oil gas technologies.. Lorena is a graduate of the University of Alberta, with a BA Honors degree in French translation and a MBA specializing in technology transfer.. She is currently a board member of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Association has been the past co-chair of the Edmonton Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society.. Victoria Maclean.. Executive Director, Startup Calgary.. Victoria MacLean currently serves as President and Executive Director of.. Startup Calgary.. , a non-profit dedicated to bringing together and growing the startup community in Calgary by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.. She is also Co-founder and Community Manager of.. AcceleratorYYC.. , an entrepreneur led co-work space tailored to the unique needs and challenges of pre-launch and pre-product startups.. During her 12 years experience in IT recruitment, she developed her understanding, network, and passion for the technology industry and subsequently co-founded both.. As.. so.. ci.. ation.. and her current new venture BeauCoo.. You can find her.. @torimaclean.. or via.. linkedin.. Devesh Dwivedi.. Business Coach.. Devesh is a serial entrepreneur who loves to help aspiring entrepreneurs.. He started his first business, a comic books rental company, when he was 14, and since then he has founded and co-founded several businesses.. He has an MBA and worked for multiple Fortune 100s in Corporate America but being a square peg he never fit in that round hole.. Devesh has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.. He helps the cubicle imprisoned aspiring entrepreneurs get out of the 9-5 rat race and start a business based on their purpose, passion, and priorities.. Devesh is frequently spotted in National major media channels including Forbes, Inc.. Magazine, AMEX Open, Mashable, Business Insider etc.. Devesh is very friendly and an easy to reach person – email him at.. Devesh@deveshdwivedi.. com.. or connect with him on Linkedin -.. http://www.. linkedin.. com/in/.. dwivedidevesh.. Brittany Brinston.. Marketing & Events , NATI.. Brittany is a recent graduate of Memorial University Newfoundland’s Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program.. Through completion of work terms Brittany has gained work experience in private and public sector, and has worked in both the marketing and human resources fields.. Currently residing in Witless Bay, NL, Brittany is an active volunteer in her community.. A long-time member of Girl Guides Canada, she currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for Witless Bay District, Area Camping Adviser, a Brownie unit leader, and Chair of the Girl Empowerment Day Committee.. Her experiences as a student and volunteer have allowed her to develop a skill set that lead her to a position with the Newfoundland Association of Technology Industries.. A young professional, Brittany is thrilled to be facing all the exciting opportunities a career in the technology sector has to offer.. Denise Bulger.. HR Specialist, PEI BioAlliance.. Denise has over 12 years of HR experience across the technology and financial services industries.. Since returning to PEI, Denise has worked at CGI, Deltaware, and most recently, Cogsdale.. She is passionate about the field of HR, and able to build relationships and understand business requirements.. Gregory Adolphe-Nazaire.. Manager - Southern Region, Black Business Initiative.. Greg Nazaire is currently working as a regional business development manager for the Black Business Initiative, a Province-wide business oriented committed to promoting the growth of black businesses.. In this capacity, he assists in the creation of businesses and in the expansion of existing ones.. Prior to joining the BBI, Greg had worked for several large financial institutions across North America as a banker and investments manager where he advised businesses and high net worth individuals on investments, financial planning and risk management.. Since 2005, Mr.. Nazaire has also brought his passion for business into the classroom as a senior lecturer in finance at Dalhousie University (both on-campus and online) where he teaches topics such as: investment planning, corporate and managerial finance.. He also developed the first online corporate finance class for the Commerce program.. He is actively involved in the community where he volunteers at many community based events and as an advisor to many grassroots organizations all across Nova Scotia.. He also serves on several boards and committees.. He holds two Master’s degrees and a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting.. Kathleen Rayworth (Chair).. ED, Entrepreneurs’ Forum.. Entrepreneurs’ Forum (EF) provides innovative and knowledge-based businesses with free and strategic business advice from those who have “been there and done that”, which in turn accelerates the development and commercialization of ideas that impact Atlantic Canada's economy and also helps to foster a culture of innovation within that economy.. EF is dedicated to offering its services to innovative and knowledge-based business, and with further assistance from the our leaders in business across Atlantic Canada, to building wealth in New Brunswick and across Atlantic Canada – one entrepreneur at a time.. Nicole LeBlanc.. Investment Analyst, First Angel Network.. Nicole is an accountant that looks beyond the numbers.. A highly organized and creative leader, she is a results driven senior financial consultant with a passion for entrepreneurship, and has worked with many small businesses, non-profit organizations and start-up companies.. Dedicated to assisting companies achieve success, she is focused on providing companies with the financial support they need to be effective and efficient, including corporate financial management, internal policy/procedure review, financial budgeting/forecasting, governance and financing strategies.. Previously, Nicole worked as an Investment Analyst at the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.. There she performed the initial assessment, financial analysis, due diligence and structuring of investment opportunities.. Liaising with the Foundation’s portfolio companies she provided financial and corporate support to start-up companies in a variety of industries.. Prior to joining NBIF, Nicole worked as the Admin Controller at Ganong Bros Ltd, participating in all aspects of the company’s financial and management accounting functions.. This included financial statement preparation, forecasts, budgets, office management and liaising with both the marketing and manufacturing departments.. Nicole's community involvement has helped her develop into an accomplished administrator, a proven leader and effective motivator.. Nicole has been a soccer coach and club volunteer since the early 1990’s when she founded a club in her hometown.. Since then she has continued to shape policy initiatives and promote the development of the sport through her work on the Board of Directors of the Fredericton District Soccer Club (FDSA) and Soccer New Brunswick.. Nicole has also been the Fredericton Chapter President for CGA New Brunswick, which provides a platform for accountants to network with colleagues, build professional development skills and become involved in assisting non-profit organizations within the community.. In addition, she has also been the Treasurer for the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, which is focused on increasing literary and awareness.. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Certified General Accounting (CGA) designation.. Ron Taylor.. CEO, NATI.. Ron Taylor, CEO of NATI is an executive with over 20 years of international business experience working in The United States, South America, Europe and Asia.. In his career he has operated at a Senior Executive level in the Construction, Medical, Energy and Information Technology sectors.. Originally from Toronto, Ontario he has been living in St John's, NL since 2002 and has been working at NATI since 2003, the last two years as CEO.. Well seasoned in international business affairs he has an extensive network of business contacts, partners and distributors including relationships with numerous Canadian Embassies and Consulates around the world.. Representing the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries he is focused on global business and investment opportunities for the Newfoundland Labrador Information, Ocean and Bio Technology sectors.. Rory Francis.. ED, PEI BioAlliance.. Rory Francis has 25 years experience in professional, management and leadership roles in the public and private sectors.. As an experienced senior executive, Mr.. Francis has led transformative change in several public sector organizations encompassing economic and social policy, programs and services.. Mr.. Francis is a native of Prince Edward Island.. Rustum Southwell.. CEO, Black Business Initiative.. Rustum Southwell is a passionate leader and tireless advocate for economic diversity and capacity building.. Originally from the Island of St.. Kitts in the British West Indies, Rustum Southwell has called Nova Scotia home for over 30 years.. As one of the first Black franchise operators in Nova Scotia Rustum understands and appreciates the entrepreneurial landscape in this province.. Rustum is a recognized and respected leader in the business community with strong connections in the public and private sectors.. As BBI's CEO, he is accountable to the Board of Directors and responsible for the management and leadership, strategic planning, and implementation of a loan program, development fund, consulting arm, business summit, and training department.. Susan Holt.. President & CEO, New Brunswick Business Council.. Susan Holt brings a diverse background and unique perspective to the New Brunswick Business Council.. Raised in Fredericton, Susan's first jobs were scooping ice cream and ringing in groceries for local entrepreneur Richard Tingley and conducting environmental impact assessments on the Maritimes Northeast pipeline project with the home-grown firm Washburn Gillis.. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a BAH in Economics at Queen's University, Susan went on to sales, human resources and management roles with some of the world's most successful firms: Xerox, Manpower, HP, Cognos/IBM and Chalk/Research In Motion.. Having spent nearly a decade working around the world, from Toronto and Ottawa to Australia and India, Susan returned to New Brunswick in 2007 and has been committed to the province’s growth ever since.. Recently serving as CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Susan has proven to be a savvy spokesperson, a strong relationship builder and a tireless champion for entrepreneurs in our province.. Today, she leads 24 of New Brunswick’s foremost business leaders on the NB Business Council, working to make New Brunswick the best province to start and grow a company.. Wayd McNally.. President and CEO, Sensor Wireless.. McNally is a lifetime entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and development of disruptive technologies.. He specializes in early stage sales and marketing systems, small business development, innovation and management.. McNally grew up on a small cash crop farm in Scotchfort, Prince Edward Island and from an early age was involved in operations, finance and management of the family farm.. After graduation in 1992, Mr.. McNally purchased the family farm and started a professional agricultural consulting firm called Top Line Crop Services.. Throughout the mid to late 90’s McNally consulted some 10000 acres for clients across PEI, Canada and did crop management services in the US and Mexico on contract.. It was during this period that he began to pursue interests in technology and in 1997 conceptualized the Impact Detection Device for Delicate and Fragile Articles, now patented in the US and internationally through 3 patents and under multiple trademarks and copyrights.. McNally closed down the farming operations in 1998 to pursue this interest and develop a new global standard for potato and vegetable bruise monitoring.. He formed PEI Innovations in 1998, served as President and COO and began to commercialize impact detection systems in both agricultural produce and glass.. He left PEI Innovations in 2001 and started Sensor Wireless.. As President and CEO of Sensor Wireless he continued the commercialization of the technology and in 2002 launched CrackLess Egg technology which generated almost $600,000 in sales revenue in the first year.. Reinvesting in development led McNally to develop new products in the glass packaging sector and in 2005 signed a $2MM dollar VC investment.. Sensor Wireless grew to almost 20 employees, developed clients such as McCain Foods, Miller, and AB Inbev in 44 countries with new distribution partnerships in 18 countries achieving revenues upwards of $1MM.. In 2010 Sensor Wireless was acquired by Masitek Instruments, New Brunswick, Canada.. McNally’s passion for entrepreneurship has led to involvement in many start-ups as a mentor, Director and advisor.. He is an active participant for Entrepreneurs Form and a strategic advisor for EF in Atlantic Canada.. He became Chairman of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Ernest C.. Manning Awards Foundation in 2010.. He continues to be active in several advisory roles for small innovation oriented companies and was a recent adjudicator for the Ministry of Ontario’s innovation Awards program.. Currently, SVP Development and Sales for Masitek Instruments, he is active in state of the art technology development and maintenance of a global portfolio of Fortune 1000 companies.. He is Founder and President of Eleven Eleven Solutions, his management consulting firm.. Eleven Eleven Solutions facilitates new business relationships with McNally’s established global network to open unique niche market opportunities for entrepreneurs.. McNally has received numerous awards and honors.. Most notably: Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Canadian Business Magazine, 2005 Award of Distinction, Ernest C.. Manning Award Foundation, Connecting Canadians Award 1998 Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee, Profit Magazine Innovation Award 2009, National Research Council New Technology of the Year Award 2010, President Award Nominee Chamber of Commerce Charlottetown.. McNally has been featured in; Time Magazine, Discovery Channel, Readers Digest, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, ROB TV, G4 Tech TV, Global News, CTV, CBC, NBC, and Gartner.. McNally is married with one child.. Brad Lowe.. Wireless Accelerator Architect, Wavefront.. Brad Lowe has been active in the Vancouver technology community for more than 20 years, working in management positions at Nokia, Redback Networks, Abatis, and MacDonald Dettwiler.. At Wavefront, Brad is responsible for accelerating the growth of companies in the Wavefront Accelerator by providing mentorship and business and technical advice.. Brad also leads Wavefront’s outreach to the academic sector to unlock the commercialization capacity of university research and personnel.. Prior to Wavefront, Brad was Director of Research and Development and Head of Nokia's Program Centre in Vancouver, BC.. He also served as the chair of Nokia's Canadian Management team.. While at Nokia, Brad drove the integration of Nokia into the greater Canadian wireless community, working with academia and industry associations to build up the ecosystem of developers and researchers.. Brad developed the Nokia University Relations program which provided research topics, equipment, course material, funding and an opportunity for collaboration between Canadian universities and the wireless industry.. Brad also served on the board of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and WinBC.. Dan Gunn.. Executive Director, VIATeC.. Dan initially joined VIATeC in 2000.. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director he managed VIATeC's marketing, communications, event management, policy and member relations.. Since that time, he has been a part of creating many of VIATeC's most successful events and services including the VIATeC Awards, the VIATeC 25, Island Tech, Peer Round Tables and this online platform for VIATeC members.. Dan's.. diverse background includes a mix of communications, computers and politics.. He has owned and operated a publishing company, a computer consulting company, worked as a newspaper editor and served as an on-air radio correspondent for the CBC.. He also serves as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Regional Science Technology Network, a society whose members work within their regions to enhance the application of science and technology to aid the growth and development of innovative businesses in regional BC.. Dean Prelazzi (Chair).. Vice President , BCIC.. At the B.. C.. Innovation Council, Dean is spearheading the development of programs to support tech entrepreneurs and startups in B.. An operator with senior roles in four tech startups and one mid-sized software company over the past 15 years in Ottawa, Washington D.. , Silicon Valley and Vancouver, Dean has a deep background in sales, business development, marketing, product management and business strategy.. He is also a technology marketing instructor at BCIT, a mentor with BCIC New Ventures Competition and serves on the board of the Kids Up Front Foundation Vancouver.. Dean earned an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa in 1997.. George Hunter.. CEO, Small Business BC.. George Hunter is a long-time community advocate and leader in the BC business and technology communities.. Most recently, as CEO of Small Business BC, Hunter leads the organizational transformation of a key provider of information-based products and services to BC’s small business community.. A key figure in the province’s technology industry, Mr.. Hunter was also the founding president of Leading Edge BC, founding executive director of the BC Biotechnology Alliance (now Life Sciences BC) and the first president of the BC Technology Industries Association, the latter two being the largest technology associations in BC.. He has played a major role in the development of linkages to the broader business community and the development of philanthropic and charitable activities within the technology community.. Jill Earthy.. CEO, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.. Jill Earthy is the CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit organization educating, mentoring and energizing female entrepreneurs with growing businesses.. An entrepreneur with an MBA, Jill has successfully built 2 companies, grown them nationally and then sold them.. She is active in the community as Co-Founder of the Women’s Business Network Coalition, a Mentor as a Judge for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.. Jill is a BIV Top 40 under 40 (2010) and was recently recognized globally by The International Alliance of Women for supporting the economic empowerment of women.. Jill’s passion is identifying opportunities and connecting people.. Michael Tippett.. CEO / Co-Founder, Ayoudo.. A two-time Emmy nominee and successful entrepreneur for almost two decades, Michael is recognized as an international expert on early stage business innovation and emerging media models.. In 1995, Michael founded The WebPool Syndicate, one of Canada’s first Internet companies, which was sold and subsequently became part of Telus.. After the success of the WebPool venture, Michael worked in New York when he was recruited by Theglobe.. com to advise on acquisitions and marketing strategy prior to the company going public.. Theglobe became one of the most trafficked websites in the world (#20 according to Comscore).. Michael then joined Afternic.. com as one of the first employees to run the company’s marketing.. Within 18 months, the company was sold to Register.. com where Michael became General Manager.. In 2005, he co-founded NowPublic, which was named as one of the top five most useful new sites on the web by The Guardian while Time Magazine dubbed it one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007.. Jeff Keen.. CEO, Accelerate Okanagan.. Jeff Keen is the Acting CEO of the Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association (A0).. He has more than 20  ...   Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE), nGen has the mandate to support and help develop companies and entrepreneurs active in Niagara's emerging industry clusters: Interactive Digital Media; Health Wellness and Life Sciences; Bio-Products; Advanced Manufacturing; and Green Energy Technology.. nGen is the point of contact in Niagara for the programs and services delivered through ONE.. These programs are designed to help strengthen and accelerate the growth of Ontario’s entrepreneurial talent and globally competitive innovative companies.. In addition, nGen is a hub for interactive digital media projects and business development in Niagara.. nGen works to create an innovative business incubation and generation model to help jump-start and grow new enterprise.. This initiative is helping to build an interactive digital media cluster in the Niagara region.. Adam Doucette.. Self-Employment Counselor, PEI Newcomers Association.. Adam Doucette is the Self-Employment Counselor working with Employment Assistance Services at the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC).. The PEIANC is Prince Edward Island’s only immigrant settlement agency assisting new immigrants and refugees with settling and integrating into Canadian society by providing programs, services, resources, and community connections.. Adam works directly with newcomers to Canada who are interested in purchasing or opening their own business.. The Self-Employment Service at PEIANC includes assistance for newcomers with: researching different industries within the PEI market, business plan development, connecting to other business professionals in the community, introducing various support groups, providing social networking education, identifying funding options, and sourcing any information to help them succeed in the opening and success, or purchasing, of their business.. An active member of the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, Adam is respected in the Island business community as a past volunteer with Junior Achievement and past member of the PEI Trade Essentials Steering Committee.. A strong believer in continuing education, he is completing his MBA with a focus on Innovation Management at UPEI.. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2005.. Prior to becoming the Self-Employment Counselor, Adam worked for over three years as an Employment Counselor for the PEIANC.. In that role he assisted newcomer clients in reaching their professional goals by maximizing their capabilities here in Canada, whether through assistance with finding a job or providing guidance on strengthening their education to obtain Canadian credentials.. In previous employment, Adam worked in marketing and management roles both in the private and public sector.. This helped him in developing the knowledge and experience-base necessary to deliver the services he now offers.. Adam Doucette brings his passionate work ethic to the ANC Self-Employment Service, along with a creative and problem-solving attitude.. These qualities ensure his clients get the best possible service and assistance as they embrace the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship in their new country.. Alan Duncan.. Dean, School of Business, UPEI.. Alan Duncan is currently Dean at the School of Business at UPEI.. Alan entered academia after an extensive career as senior executive over 25 years in the international financial services and pensions industries.. As a Board member and executive, he has focussed on establishing new businesses in new and expanding markets.. Alan has leveraged his financial and multi-faceted operational background to design and implement operational and financial controls, procedures and management reporting structures to provide a solid base for organisations to succeed and grow.. Alan commenced his academic career at Mount Allison University in 2007 where he specialized in the Finance and Accounting areas for their Commerce faculty.. He then moved in 2008 to UPEI where he has taught numerous course at both under graduate and graduate level in accounting, finance and, especially in his area of expertise, Personal Finance.. Alan became the Dean on July 1st 2011.. At both UPEI and Mount Allison Universities he spearheaded their drives for obtaining certification for the programs from the CMA, successfully resulting in accreditation being received in each circumstance.. Prior to his academic career he was an Executive Director and Board member of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, Alan was responsible for establishing strategic direction of this new organisation.. Dealing with the UK Pensions Minister, senior civil servants, pension industry leaders, Alan was able to coordinate and gain industry acceptance of the protection requirements.. Responsible for the pension debt, Alan led multi-million pound negotiations with banks, private equity companies, lawyers and other creditors ensuring maximum recoveries of the pension debts.. Alan was also the operational face of the organisation presenting to numerous industry conferences and seminars including the UK Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Actuaries, and the Trade Union Congress.. From 2003 to 2005 Alan was the director of a fully bundled DC pensions administration service provided by a major international fund manager, INVESCO in the U.. K.. During his tenure, business doubled to over 70 clients with in excess of £300m in assets under administration.. To enhance the service delivery to his clients, Alan instigated the transition of the operational responsibilities in-house.. As well as hiring and training the staff necessary to achieve this objective, he was also responsible for negotiating the delivery of systems requirements and driving the transfer of data from the outsourced provider.. Alan was able to deliver a solution that improved the service delivery to clients, meet all regulatory standards and exceeded the industry key performance indicators.. Prior to moving to INVESCO Alan had 18 years with Fidelity Investments International, the world’s largest mutual fund company, He was responsible for the implementation of financial business plans, budgets, compliance and management reporting of new start up businesses in Canada, Luxembourg and Australia.. This included international and multi currency financial reporting, new business and product propositions, five year business plans, contractual negotiations, identification of organisational structure and staffing requirements, hiring and training of staff from multiple countries and backgrounds, preparation and obtaining approval for fund prospectus, Government filings, and lobbying on tax.. Alan graduated with B.. Comm degree from Otago University, NZ, with a double major in accounting and management.. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers Lybrand, where he worked in their New Zealand, London and Bermuda offices specialising in computer and financial services audits.. He has been a member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants since 1979.. He is married with one daughter.. As a New Zealander he is a keen rugby and cricket supporter, but also enjoys all major sporting events.. Mike Gillis.. Innovation Director, ITAP.. Mike is the Innovation Director of ITAP (Innovation Technology Association of PEI).. Prior to this position he was the Executive Director of the IT Sector Council of PEI since July 2006.. Mike oversaw the merger of the 2 organizations into a single association creating a unified voice of the IT industry of PEI on April 1, 2011.. Mike has worked closely with IT stakeholders, in the many sub-sectors of the industry over the past 6 years.. Mike sits on the IBDA ICT Committee, the Holland College CIS Advisory Committee, and the PEI Employers Council.. Mike is a member of CIPS, the Innovation and Communications Technology Council, and the PEI Career Development Association.. Some of the significant accomplishments of the IT sector during Mike’s tenure have been the hosting of….. three (3) IT Human Resources Forums highlighting current labour market information and HR best practices for the IT industry,.. six (6) IT Job Fairs hosting over 100 IT employers and 2000 job seekers,.. twelve (12) video gaming / new media career promotions events for 1500+ Island high school students.. and the development and release of….. the PEI IT Labour Force - Supply and Demand Study in October 2008.. the PEI IT Compensation Study in September 2010.. Prior to his role in the IT sector, Mike was a Career Practitioner with over 15 years experience in both the non-profit and educational sectors.. Brian Keefe.. Director of Business Development, Innovation PEI.. Brian Keefe is a Business Administration graduate from the University of Prince Edward Island.. He worked for 12 years in the private sector as the general Manager for a large national retailer before returning to Prince Edward Island.. Brian has a wide variety of experience in rural development as the Provincial Coordinator for Community Development in Western PEI.. Later while working with Enterprise PEI, he worked on maximizing the industrial benefits to PEI during the construction of the Confederation Bridge and later was the General Manager for the Borden Area Redevelopment Corporation.. Brian currently is the Director for Business Development at Innovation PEI.. This division is responsible for the coordination and delivery of information and assistance to new and existing local businesses in Prince Edward Island.. The group provides counseling, financial assistance, business guidance; entrepreneur education and management development to assist businesses with start up, expansion and diversification of business that supports the long term viability of Island companies.. Brian is also responsible for Trade,Marketing and Export Development for the Province of Prince Edward Island.. Denise Bulger is an accomplished Human Resources professional with over 12 years of HR experience across the technology and financial services industries.. With experience across all areas of HR, Denise is considered a strategic business partner with the ability to deliver results.. Denise is passionate about the field of HR, and has the ability to build relationships and understand business requirments.. She is comfortable dealing with all level of employees, and has provided guidance to the most senior levels in organizations.. Over the years, Denise has presented to employers on various topics including ‘Demographics in the Workplace’, ‘Performance Management’, ‘Setting SMART Goals’, and ‘Understanding Your Benefits’.. Denise received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph, and her Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College.. She received her designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in 2005, and has been a member of the PEI Chapter of the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia since that time.. Denise lived in the Toronto area for eight years, where she worked in progressive HR roles at Nortel Networks, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and American Express.. Since returning to PEI, Denise has continued to build her career and reputation as a capable Human Resources professional at CGI, DeltaWare Systems Inc.. , and Cogsdale Corporation.. She is currently the HR Specialist for the PEI BioAlliance.. Denise enjoys being actively involved in the community.. She has been involved at the executive level of the West Royalty Elementary Home and School Association, and the Professional Development committee of the PEI chapter of HRANS.. She has also been a member of the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce PD Committee, as well as a volunteer with Project LOVE at West Royalty Elementary School.. David Gamble.. Small Business Officer, Resources West.. David Gamble has over 16 years of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, business trainer and business counselor.. He holds a certificate in Business Counseling from Confederation College and a diploma in Business management from Holland College supplemented by various training and short courses in various business disciplines including: International Trade Research, Marketing Real-estate Education, Customer Service, Financial Management etc.. David currently provides support for new and existing businesses within Western PEI.. He has worked closely with over two hundred entrepreneurs supporting them through to their achievement of successful business launches.. His work is focused on business counseling, facilitating a 10 session Small Business Program and coaching individuals participating in the Self Employ PEI program on behalf of Resources West as their Small Business Officer.. David has been actively involved in spreading entrepreneurship education and awareness within the community as a past board member of the PEI Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement PEI.. He enthusiastically support educational development as a member of the Education Task Force and through overseeing the delivery of the Young Millionaires program in Western PEI.. David strives to generate new ideas, identify successful business opportunities, share management best practices through social media and identify resources to support Island Entrepreneurs during the startup, operation and expansion of their small businesses.. Joan Fleming.. Executive Director, PEI Business Women's Association.. Joan is the executive director of the PEI Business Women’s Association, a member driven association striving to empower and inspire women to succeed in their business endeavors by providing business counselling, business skill development and networking opportunities.. Prior to this, Joan mentored and met many future leaders as she coordinated several programs involving students at the UPEI School of Business.. Upon graduation from UPEI with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Joan joined the Royal Bank of Canada where her management career within the Maritime Provinces allowed her to experience a range of positions including commercial account management, human resources, financial planning and manager of four branches.. Joan is an active member of Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty.. She enjoys creating art mainly in acrylics, and also likes to preserve family pictures and stories in either movie or book format.. Judy Clark.. Communication Associate, Mi'kmaq Confederacy.. Judy Clark is a Communication Associate for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.. She has held other positions within MCPEI such as: Community Researcher, Land Use Researcher and Abegweit Community Liaison as well as a Contributing Editor to the Abegweit Epekwitk and KWIMU.. She held a position as Mi’kmaq Interpreter for a joint project with MCPEI and Parks Canada in 2011.. She has a Certificate in Community Diversity and Inclusion Issues and in Aboriginal Finance, Aboriginal Business Law and Taxation.. Judy received a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from UPEI and is a Circle Keeper for the MCPEI Aboriginal Justice Program.. Judy is a Band member of the Abegweit First Nation and follows the traditional way of life.. She has been a volunteer with: Girls Guides of Canada for over 27 years and sits on the Commissioner’s National Aboriginal Advisory Committee with the RCMP and is President of the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI.. She is married to John and has two daughters Shannon and Cheryl as well as two son-laws Keith and Derek, and is now a proud grandmother of Irelyn, Avery and Declan.. Kathy Hambly.. ED, Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce.. Kathy Hambly joined the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director in January of 2005.. A member of the Charlottetown Chamber since 1978, Kathy served on the Board from 1996-2003, and was President in 2002.. Before assuming her current position with the Chamber, Kathy served as the Director of Marketing and Development for the Confederation Centre of the Arts for eight years.. Kathy has served as the Co-coordinator of the Small Business Centre at Holland College and as a Learning Manager in the College’s Business Administration Program as well as a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.. Keenly interested in small business and entrepreneurship, Kathy operated her own retail clothing business in Charlottetown, Katherine's, from 1978-1995.. She has mentored countless women is business over the years and was involved in the first Women in Business Association on PEI.. Kathy is an active volunteer in the community.. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for Holland College and is past-Chair.. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for her work on the Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of PEI; a former board member of Junior Achievement of PEI; a long-time board member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce; and has volunteered with countless other community groups and industry associations.. Kathy received an MBA and a BSC from Dalhousie University.. Rory Francis (Chair).. Executive Director, PEI BioAlliance.. He earned a BSc in geology and chemistry from Mount Allison University in 1975 and worked for three years as a consultant petroleum geologist in Alberta and British Columbia before returning to PEI as a groundwater geologist in 1978.. He completed an MSc in Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo and subsequently worked as Provincial Hydrogeologist and Director of Water Resources with the Province Of Prince Edward Island.. Within his role in provincial government, he has served as Deputy Minister of the Department of the Environment and in 1993 he was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.. In 2000, Mr.. Francis was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Social Services, with responsibility for a health system of 4000 employees and an annual budget of $420 million.. In 2003, Rory was seconded to the Department of Development and Technology to develop a strategic plan for PEI’s aerospace industry cluster.. In 2004 he became Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, a not-for-profit network of bioscience businesses and research organizations.. The role of the BioAlliance is to empower the growth and development of the province’s emerging bioscience cluster, working with industry, researchers, academia and governments to lead in the next generation of the Prince Edward Island economy.. Most recently, Rory was appointed Co-Chair of a Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Agri-food for PEI.. The purpose of the commission is to devise a long-term vision for agriculture and agri-food and recommend an implementation strategy.. Francis is a member of the Canadian BioAccord, the Atlantic Canada Bio-industries Alliance, and serves as a Board member with the PEI Institute for Human Health Research.. Rose Fitzpatrick.. Manager, Communications and Marketing, PEI BioAlliance.. Rose FitzPatrick has a strong background in project and events management, with more than fifteen years experience in research, communications, marketing, and business, community and government relations.. Rose received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Sociology from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Broadcast Journalism Diploma from Loyalist College, Ontario.. She’s held various positions with private sector, government and not-for-profit organizations working in the ITC, new media, film and television and tourism industries.. In 2005, she joined the PEI BioAlliance as Manager of Marketing and Communications.. Through her work in these sectors, Rose has been involved in and has led many pan-Atlantic business building, marketing and communications initiatives throughout the US and Europe.. She has worked on local, regional and national committees for a number of organizations including the International New Media Festival, Atlantic Canada Film Partnership, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, the Innovation Technology Association of PEI, and the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.. Since 2007, she has coordinated the biennial VetHealth Global Conference - an International Veterinary Business event held in Prince Edward Island.. And since 2008, she has coordinated the annual Atlantic Canada Mission to the BIO International Convention and trade show in the U.. S.. Currently she is a member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Communications Committee, Chair of the PEI Bioscience Communications Committee, BIOTECanada’s National BioTechnology Week Committee, VetHealth Global Steering Committee, and the Atlantic Canada Bioscience Sector Committee.. Shane MacDougall.. General Manager, Central Development Corporation.. Shane has been the General Manager of one of Prince Edward Islands key rural economic development agency, Central Development Corporation (CDC), since 1999.. In this role Shane, has contributed to many of the key strategic economic initiatives that support new business start up, growth and expansion.. He has also been associated with many entrepreneurial support programs ranging from youth entrepreneurship, trade and export readiness and business training.. Shane has close ties to the business community of PEI, and is committed to the growth of the Islands economy.. Sherri MacInnis.. Provincial Company Program Manager, Junior Achievement.. Sheri MacInnis works with Prince Edward Island’s future entrepreneurs in her role as the Provincial Company Program Manager with Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island.. Prior to joining Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island Sheri was the National Association Sales Manager for Meetings and Conventions Prince Edward Island.. Sheri is a graduate of St.. Thomas University and is an active member in her community of Stratford.. Juanita Diamond.. Economic Development Officer, ACOA.. A native of Prince Edward Island, Juanita grew up with a passion for life sciences.. Her education coupled with her extensive experience has enabled her to help others better understand and also thrive within these vast science fields.. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Production, and a Masters in Plant Science, Juanita would begin her lifelong journey of information sharing.. Juanita has worked at both the Federal and Provincial levels.. She has been involved in: data collection and statistical analysis; formulating annual publications; co-authoring numerous factsheets; writing project proposals and scientific research papers; assisting with budget management; participating in provincial strategic planning; and developing major industry development initiatives.. After almost fifteen years working within the provincial government, Juanita was presented with the opportunity to join the federal government (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - ACOA).. And here her passion has been thriving.. Every day she has the opportunity to share knowledge with others and guide them to pursue their innovation goals.. Juanita provides advice on economic development to entrepreneurs and businesses, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.. Both ACOA and Juanita recognize that entrepreneurs have the power to strengthen the Canadian economy by accelerating the development of a knowledge-based industry.. With her vast range of experience, Juanita would say that the key to success for entrepreneurs is not a secret.. It’s Innovation.. And, everyday she works tirelessly to ensure all of her clients have the best tools and resources available to succeed.. Charles Desjardins.. Vice-president, Absolunet.. Charles Desjardins is a partner at Absolunet inc.. , an interactive agency that specialises in Web strategy, interactive projects (Web, intranet, extranet, mobile), ecommerce and Web marketing (SEO, SEM, social medias).. With offices in Boisbriand and Montreal since 1999, Absolunet employs more than 55 professionals.. Charles Desjardins is a board member at the Quebec.. Fondation de l'entrepreneurship.. and the.. Regroupement des producteurs multimédias.. He also acts as an advisor on the.. Federal Advisory Committe on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.. and the Provincial.. Comité de lutte contre la pauvreté et l'exclusion sociale.. Charles Desjardins has a Master degree (MSc) and a BBA from HEC Montreal, with a completed semester at Copenhagen Business School.. Charles Desjardins est associé et vice-président d'Absolunet, une agence interactive intégrée qui se spécialise dans la stratégie internet, la réalisation de projets numériques (site Web, intranet, extranet et mobile), le commerce électronique (ecommerce) et le marketing Web (SEO, SEM, médias sociaux).. Implantée à Boisbriand et à Montréal depuis 1999, Absolunet emploie une équipe multidisciplinaire de plus de 55 professionnels.. Charles Desjardins siège sur le Comité consultatif sur la petite entreprise et l'entrepreneurship du Gouvernement du Canada, sur le Comité de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale du Gouvernement du Québec et sur les conseils d’administration de la Fondation de l’entrepreneurship et du Regroupement des producteurs multimédia.. Charles Desjardins est titulaire d’une Maîtrise ès Sciences et d’un B.. en Gestion Internationale des HEC Montréal, incluant un séjour à la réputée Copenhagen Business School du Danemark.. Christian Belair.. Directeur général, RJCCQ - Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec.. Ian Jeffrey.. GM, FounderFuel & Venture.. Ian is GM of FounderFuel and Venture Partner at Real Ventures.. Originally from Montreal, he spent many years in Silicon Valley, and it was there in 2006 that he launched Radar (the first mobile photo sharing social network) when he was VP of Marketing and Communications at Tiny Pictures.. Among many other awards, Radar was recognized as “Best Mobile Social Networking Service” by the Webby Awards.. After the acquisition of Tiny Pictures by Shutterfly, Ian joined the team as Director of Marketing of its mobile and social team.. There he launched Wink, a mobile service that lets users create photobooth-style prints directly from their iPhone using photos from Shutterly, Flickr and Facebook.. Ian started his career in 2002 as half of the two-man team behind Nomad, the now defunct Street Intelligence Agency of Cossette Communications.. Specialized in word-of-mouth marketing and insight generation, Nomad clients included the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.. Philippe Telio.. Principal, Embrase.. As President of Embrase, Philippe leads a team of seasoned professionals focused on commercialization.. Recognized by his customers and peers as a consummate marketing professional, Philippe has over 20 years of executive experience driving strategic business development in Canadian and US firms.. He has held various positions including, General Manager of Airvex Media, Director Speech Technologies at InfoSpace USA, Vice President Marketing Communications at Locus Dialogue, and Director Sales and Marketing at PTM.. Philippe sits on the boards of RushPR, Arkalumen, DokDok, and Xaracom, and is the producer of "Startup Camp" events in Montreal, and Miami.. He studied Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.. Gabriel Sundaram.. Product Manager / Analyst, Notman House.. Product management and data analysis specialist with significant experience in the design, development, and management of complex financial software applications, dynamic websites, and online products.. Alexandre Abecassis.. Patent Agent and Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.. Alexandre Abecassis est un agent de brevets et associé principal du cabinet Fasken Martineau.. Il exerce sa pratique dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle et plus particulièrement dans le domaine des brevets.. Comme agent de brevets enregistré au Canada et aux États-Unis, il fournit des solutions créatives et proactives pour valoriser au mieux les innovations de ses clients.. Alexandre a developpé une pratique principalement centrée sur les innovations dans les hautes technologies incluant le domaine du logiciel, de l'imagerie et des télécommunications.. Il a aussi developpé une expertise dans la protection des méthodes d'affaires et des innovations dans le domaine aérospatial.. Il dessert un large éventail de clients variant des entreprises en démarage aux entreprises multinationales.. Alexandre Abecassis is a patent agent and senior partner of the firm Fasken Martineau.. He practices in intellectual property and more specifically in the area of patents.. As a registered Canadian and United States Patent Agent, he finds creative and proactive solutions that maximize the value of his clients' innovations.. Alexandre has developed a practice mainly focused on the high-tech sector with innovations in electronics, software, imaging and telecommunication.. He has also developed a solid expertise for protecting business methods as well as innovations in the aerospace industry.. He serves a broad range of clients from startups to global companies.. Noah Redler.. Noah Redler is an independent project developer specializing in working with companies and organizations implement strategic planning related to communications, political relations, promotional event planning and execution, web and social media presence and public relations.. Having worked in a variety of fields, Noah has a diverse range of experience that has grown through his work as Head of Logisitics and Hospitality for the Just For Laughs Festival, Political Attaché for the Borough of Ville-Marie, Campaign manager for Karim Boulos for city councillor, Communications coordinator for Canada World Youth, VP Policy and Communications for Communoloft and currently owner of NR Conseils.. Noah believes strongly that working collaboratively to promote a culture entrepreneurship is the key to ensuring a long term growth and a strong economy within Quebec and Canada as a whole.. Cliff Pavlovic.. VP & Co-Founder, BioTech Annecto.. Cliff Pavlovic is one of the founders, as well as Vice-President, of BioTech Annecto (previously known as BioTech Montréal).. Launched in Montréal in 2009, it is a social networking organization whose aim is to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, attorneys, journalists and other professionals in the biotechnology sector (including pharmaceutical, healthcare and biomedical, cosmetics, and environmental).. This is done by inviting people, one Tuesday every month, from the local biotechnology community to meet at trendy locations around town.. This allows regular communication and exchanges between industry, the public sector and academia.. The events have expanded to Toronto and Ottawa, with further growth on the horizon.. The author of a comparative study between tech transfer in Québec and in Flanders, he has also been involved in the knowledge and innovation economy: Lastly as an Intellectual Property Rights Officer at KU Leuven Research Development, the technology transfer unit of KU Leuven University (Leuven, Belgium), and as a Technology Transfer Project Leader at Gestion Univalor, the technology transfer firm responsible for commercializing innovations from Université de Montréal and affiliated institutions.. He holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine and an MSc in Microbiology Immunology from McGill University, as well as a BSc in Microbiology from Université Laval.. Davender Gupta.. Venture Capitalist & Business Coach.. As a Venture Catalyst, Davender guides passion-driven entrepreneurs to develop the clarity, the confidence and the discipline to successfully execute on their ideas.. He has an extensive technology background, initially as a military aerospace research and development engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1980 to 1995, followed by a consulting business and participating as part of a fast-growth startup team in the late 1990s.. He obtained his professional coaching credentials in 2000 and has been working with entrepreneurs of all types across Canada and overseas ever since.. Among his many activities, Davender serves as Secretary of the Board at the Centre local de développement (CLD) de Québec, an organization supporting over 1000 entrepreneurial projects a year in the Québec City area.. Davender is also the facilitator and head coach of FastTrac TechVenture Québec, a program to identify and prepare the next generation of Québec City technology startups.. Davender holds a B.. Eng.. (Engineering Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada and a M.. Sc.. (Imaging Science) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.. Sébastien Tanguay.. Director - Entrepreneuriat Technologique, Québec International.. D'une idée griffonnée sur un napperon de restaurant à la commercialisation d'un produit technologique, le chemin est rempli de défis pour les entrepreneurs en TI.. L'objectif chez Québec International est d'accompagner ceux-ci tout au long de ce processus.. Que ce soit pour des formations de haut niveau, la recherche de financement, le réseautage et le coaching, l'équipe de l'entrepreneuriat technologique offre temps et énergie afin de maximiser le taux de réussite des entreprises.. À titre de Directeur Entrepreneuriat technologique, Sébastien Tanguay pilote l'ensemble des activités dans ce créneau.. Que ce soit les compétitions d'entrepreneurs comme Devtech 50, les rencontres de coaching individuelles, les initiatives en financement d'entreprise, Sébastien met son expertise et son expérience au service des entreprises.. Parcours.. Sébastien évolue dans le milieu de l'entrepreunariat technologique depuis près de 15 ans.. Il à cofondé MyFoodPhone Inc, entreprise spécialisée dans le suivi nutritionnel à distance en utilisant les technologies mobiles.. Il a aussi fait partie de l'équipe de direction de Myca Santé Inc, entreprise qui commercialise des applications web et mobiles facilitant l'interaction patient - docteur.. Il a aussi été responsable du marketing des produits pour Copernic.. Sébastien détient une formation en Administration des Affaires - Marketing de l'Université Laval et est aussi coauteur du livre.. Mobile Persuasion,.. publié aux éditions de l'Université Standford en Californie.. Diane Harms.. Director, Lakeland College.. Diane Harms joined Lakeland College in July 2010 as their inaugural Director of Applied Research and Innovation.. Prior to joining Lakeland, Diane ran her own company working with various organizations and early stage technology companies to support strategic partnerships and business planning to raise seed stage capital in Canada and the United States.. Her experience working in various roles in research administration, science communication, technology commercialization, and business development have sown a passionate interest in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, melding her background in biochemistry with business.. A home-grown Saskatchewan girl, Diane has lived and worked in both large and small urban centres, and currently lives on the farm learning first-hand about the joys of running a family farming business and rural teleworking.. Elaine Unrau.. Manager, Business Infosource.. Elaine Unrau was born in Saskatoon and raised in rural Saskatchewan, and has a strong appreciation for ‘small town’ living.. She has volunteered with various groups (ie.. Kidney Foundation, Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Society) and donates blood regularly to the Red Cross.. Elaine has been with the same department/Ministry (many name changes thorough out the years, however, all with an Economic Development focus) since 1984.. Prior to Elaine's 25 year career with the Government of Saskatchewan, she also worked for the private sector in the housing industry, as well as a mining company.. Elaine has taken her education through the University of Saskatchewan.. Elaine currently is the Manager of business infosource, which is part of the national network called ‘Canada Business Network’.. The Mandate of business infosource is to support economic development and the entrepreneurial process in Saskatchewan through the provision of a single-window concept for accurate, fast and effective information required for sound business decisions, including information on government programs and services.. In the last 28 years, Elaine feels extremely fortunate to have been working in such an interesting and exciting environment such as small business, and also she is honoured to have developed such long-lasting friendships along the way.. Jeremy Karwandy.. Policy Analyst, Enterprise Saskatchewan.. Jeremy Karwandy works with industry advisory councils to advance policy and program recommendations that strengthen the provincial environment for entrepreneurship.. Jeremy has contributed on topics as a varied as mentorship programming, youth awareness of entrepreneurship, angel investment, and entrepreneurial education.. Prior to joining the provincial government, Jeremy facilitated industry development in the forest products sector by analyzing emerging trends in the marketplace as well as promoting cutting edge products and technologies.. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s undergraduate (B.. Comm.. ) and graduate (M.. ) programs.. Kelsay Reimer.. Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Enterprise Region Inc.. Kelsay holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the University of Alberta, with post studies in Communications and Culture from the University of Calgary.. She has also earned her Economic Development Certification from the University of Waterloo as well as received her Business Retention and Expansion Certification.. Kelsay believes there is tremendous opportunity in rural Saskatchewan, for business, for young people, for innovation and is pleased to be part of Start Up Canada to promote and celebrate entrepreneurship.. Laura Small.. CEO, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.. Laura graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in human resources and financial management, prior to which she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Geography: Urban Planning and Tourism Development) from the University of Victoria.. Her continuing education has focused on leadership development.. Laura is the CEO of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc.. , a position she has held since January 1, 1997.. Past positions have included the Saskatchewan Government, Attorney General’s office, and Western Economic Diversification Canada as a business development officer, strategic initiatives officer, and a policy development officer.. Laura is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Past Chair of the Board for Tourism Saskatoon.. She is also Past President of Business and Professional Women, Saskatoon.. She has served for several years as a Chair of the Celebrate Success organizing committee, a Chamber of Commerce/Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan initiative that recognizes business achievement in the community.. In 2001 and 2004, she was a finalist for the ATHENA Award presented by the Chamber, and in 2002 she was a nominee in the Professions category of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.. In May 2006, she was recognized as one of the province’s most influential women in SaskBusiness Magazine.. That same year, she was also named one of Saskatoon’s 100 People, 100 Reasons; a centennial initiative recognizing the people whose efforts make Saskatoon a great place to live.. Laura is currently completing her first term as a CCSBE Director for the Prairie region.. Laurel Reich.. Executive Director, Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association.. Lewis Oteruelo.. Executive Director, Community Futures Saskatchewan.. Lewis Oteruelo began as the Executive Director for Community Futures Saskatchewan in 2009.. Prior to that he was with the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan where he spent two years as the Marketing Director.. Lewis has a background in the Financial Industry, most recently as a Relationship Manager for Western Canada for one of the largest independent investment dealers in the country.. He brings over 7 years management experience, largely in IT and Project Management.. He has also worked on contract with the University of Saskatchewan as lead Project Manager on a $15 million network infrastructure upgrade, the same University where Lewis graduated from with a Commerce degree.. When he is not in the office, you’ll find him either on the soccer pitch or away at sea.. Lewis finds challenging the status quo a great way to bring new perspectives to the economic development community.. Lorna Shaw-Lennox.. Start-Up Specialist, ILO, University of Saskatchewan.. As the Start-Up Company Specialist, Lorna works with the ILO Team on potential early stage start-up companies based on University innovation.. She is presently working with a number of entrepreneurial inventors and colleges pursuing commercialization opportunities.. To ensure these very early stage companies have a strong foundation in which to grow, Lorna also works within the University and with non-University organizations to strengthen the infrastructure of support within the province for commercializing technology emerging from academic research.. Stephanie Yong.. Wilson Centre of Entrepreneurship, University of Saskatchewan.. Stephanie is currently the Director of the W.. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.. The vision of the Wilson Centre is to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs and the Centre has implemented various programs to help in this goal.. Stephanie has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and an MBA, both from the University of Saskatchewan.. Stephanie is a superb communicator and also possesses considerable organizational and strategic skills.. Besides being an entrepreneur herself and taking part in starting up her own company, Stephanie enjoys being involved in the entrepreneurship movement, with aspirations to support innovation and growth in her community that will have an impact on the economy.. Terri Parent.. Manager, Business Development Canada.. Terri has been involved with entrepreneurship and small business management since 1992 as a business counselor, investment and loans manager and entrepreneur.. Terri has a Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, and is an APEC International Certified Small Business Counselor.. Terri also operates her own small business where she facilitates training in the areas of small business counseling and board leadership development.. Terri is a strong proponent of volunteering in her community and Province.. She has participated on various boards and committees for non-profit organizations including the Community Futures Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities committee, Canadian Youth Business Foundation Review Committee, Women’s Mid-Life Health Centre of Saskatchewan as Past Chair and Board member, Provincial Past-president of Business and Professional Women North Saskatoon Business Association Business Builder Awards Nominations Committee.. "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.. " – Peter Drucker.. Ryan Lejback.. CEO, zu.. Ryan Lejbak can’t separate personal from professional.. And that’s a good thing, because it means his work is his passion and his passion is his work.. That’s a major reason why zu excels at creating things for emerging media platforms — as co-founder and CEO, Ryan inserted his passion for interactive communications into the company’s DNA, cultivating an environment where people embrace the new, redefine the old and challenge the status quo.. These ideals are evident in zu’s work with Tim Hortons, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders, Rogers and Saskatchewan Blue Cross.. He also takes his passion for digital home, volunteering his free time as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance, Saskatchewan Interactive, TEDx Saskatoon, BarCamp Saskatoon, moso conference and other organizations focused on new ideas and innovation in today’s world.. Dale Lemke.. President , DSI.. Dale Lemke, President of DSI, is active in many business organizations.. Lemke is the immediate Past-President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and is the past co-chair of the Chamber’s Investment and Growth Committee.. Lemke is Past-President of SATA, the Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association and is still an active board member.. Dale is a founding member of SAINT (the Saskatchewan Angel Investor Network).. Dale is also on the board of STEP (Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership) and is the Chair of Enterprise Saskatchewan’s Information Technology and Electronics Sector Team.. He is also on the board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.. Dale is on TR Labs advisory council and participates on the NSBA Economic Development Committee.. He is also a member of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation Loan Review Committee and is a member of the W.. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence Advisory Board..

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  • Title: Patrons | Startup Canada
    Descriptive info: Startup Canada is honoured to have the support of some of Canada s leading and pioneering entrepreneurs as Patrons.. The role of Startup Canada s Patrons is to continue to publicly support and promote entrepreneurship in the community through their companies, community engagement and involvement with Startup Canada.. Dani Reiss.. President & CEO, Canada Goose.. Dani Reiss has Canada Goose in his DNA.. For three generations, Dani’s family has owned and operated Canada Goose, a Canadian manufacturer of the world’s best and warmest parkas and extreme outerwear.. Under Dani’s guidance, Canada Goose has developed into one of Canada’s fastest growing companies.. A vocal advocate of “made in Canada”, Dani has earned a reputation for his ongoing commitment to authenticity by refusing to move the company’s production outside of Canada’s borders.. Dani not only understands the needs and challenges of outerwear manufacturing, he excels at strong brand management.. His passion and commitment to developing superior quality, and authentic and functional products has truly made Canada Goose an iconic brand.. His strategic approach to marketing has earned Canada Goose a strong-hold in the North American, European and Asian marketplaces, beyond scientists, explorers and outdoor enthusiasts.. In fact, Canada Goose has become a staple in contemporary fashion, as fashion and lifestyle retailers answer the call of consumers who seek strong, authentic, heritage brands that refuse to compromise.. Besides serving as President and CEO of Canada Goose, where he has worked in every department of the Toronto-based factory — including the down-filling, linings and assembly departments — Dani is Chairman of Polar Bears International; a Director of the Down Association of Canada; Canada’s 2011 Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year; a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization); recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2008; and is on the Advisory Board of Queen’s School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership.. In his spare time, Dani is an avid reader and enjoys travel, politics, and sports such as tennis, hockey and basketball.. Dean MacDonald.. President & CEO, Tuckamore Capital.. Dean MacDonald is President Chief Executive Officer of Tuckamore Capital, a publicly traded diversified company that invests in successful Canadian private businesses.. He is also CEO of Deacon Investments Ltd.. , a privately held company which invests in commercial real estate.. He has had a successful career as an operating executive and an entrepreneur, having served as Chief Operating Officer of Rogers Cable and Chief Executive Officer of Persona Communications.. Dean is currently a Director on the boards of Unitek, CommerceTel, Clearstream Energy Services, Quantum Murray Environmental Services and Airborne Mobile.. He has also served as Chairman of Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Corporation, Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation, Canadian Cable Television Association and has previously served as a director on various other boards.. Dean’s accomplishments have been recognized through awards such as; Frederick T.. Metcalf award for innovation in marketing, 1996 Alumnus of the year award for Gonzaga, 1997 Financial Post as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award, 1998 Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries Leadership Award, 1998 Memorial University Faculty of Business Alumnus of the year, and in 2007 was selected by Birch Hill Capital Partners as CEO of the year.. Heather Reismann.. Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.. Heather Reisman is the founder and CEO of Indigo Books Music Inc.. , Canada's largest book retailer.. Heather was born in Montreal, QC and educated at McGill University.. For the first 16 years of her career, she was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979.. Paradigm was the world's first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today.. In 1992, Heather left Paradigm to become President of Cott Corporation.. During her tenure as President, Cott grew from a Canadian-based regional bottler to the world's largest retailer-branded beverage supplier.. Harvard wrote two case studies focusing on the company's growth and development under her leadership.. In 1996, she launched Indigo Books Music Inc.. Conceived as the booklovers' cultural department store, bringing Indigo to life was the culmination and integration of a life-long passion for books and music, and an entire career focused on understanding and building advanced organizations.. Heather is a former Governor of McGill University and of the Toronto Stock Exchange.. She has served on many North American  ...   progressive middle and senior management positions in Canada and the United States over a period of 15 years.. He is also an active community volunteer, serving as chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum from 2002 to 2009.. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 and has been the recipient of many honours.. In the most recent of such recognitions, James was named Canada’s Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year.. W.. Brett Wilson, C.. Host of RiskyBusinessTV, Dragon, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.. Brett Wilson is an entrepreneur who has been particularly successful in the oil and gas industry.. He co-founded one of the industry’s leading investment banks, now one of Canada’s most respected companies.. FirstEnergy Capital Corp.. is a leader in institutional sales, trading, research, financings, and a pioneer in innovative corporate philanthropy.. In addition to his energy interests, Brett has acquired holdings in real estate, agriculture, sport and entertainment.. He is also Chairman of Canoe Financial, one of one of the top 20 mutual fund companies in Canada.. For the past three years, Brett has been a popular panelist on the reality show Dragons’ Den – one of Canada’s most watched television programs.. He has used this platform to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to audiences throughout Canada.. He is also host of.. Risky Business TV.. , which profiles unique opportunities for investment and entrepreneurship.. He founded the W.. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, promoting entrepreneurship among all disciplines, with a vision for becoming one of Canada’s pre-eminent centres for entrepreneurship.. A noted philanthropist, Brett has sought to inspire, engage, and lead the business community into seeing corporate social responsibility not as an obligation, but an opportunity.. To help them realize their potential for giving back, he has organized dozens of highly popular – and successful – fundraising events that have not only raised awareness but also tens of millions for Canadian charities.. Respected for his principles and passion, Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership.. He has been singled out as Alberta’s Business Person of the Year, named Calgary’s Person of the Year, and recognized as a Nation Builder for his role in encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly among youth.. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University.. He became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.. Michael Legary.. Founder, Seccuris.. As a leading Canadian entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led several information technology, security and defense research organizations over the past eighteen years.. As the Chief Strategy Officer of Seccuris Inc.. , Michael is responsible for establishing strategic goals for Seccuris, facilitating consistency of corporate strategy and incubation of new security technologies and research initiatives.. Michael, who recently received the Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Prairies region in the Technology category, started Seccuris over 11 years ago.. Through passion and innovation, Michael developed a reputation as one as one Canada’s brightest minds on the subjects of enterprise security.. In addition to building Seccuris into a national concern - servicing the information assurance and security needs of major organizations, Michael’s expertise and advise is sought after by leading defense and police agencies across the globe.. In his spare time, Michael focuses his efforts on the development of industry growth strategies including specialized industry incubators, community development programs and education / industry partnerships, in an effort to ensure continued competitive growth for innovation driven industries.. Duncan Shaw.. President , Mullache Corporation.. Duncan founded a Charlottetown, PEI based software company named Cogsdale in 1997 and led the company from a basement start-up to 140 staff at the time it was acquired by Constellation Software in 2010.. Cogsdale’s growth was fueled by product innovation, aggressive sales efforts and effective acquisitions.. The company’s success landed Cogsdale on several fastest growing company lists but more importantly the company was named one of Canada’s Top Employers in 2011.. Today Duncan is President of Mullache Corporation, a holding company with investments in several private companies involved in manufacturing, real estate and professional basketball.. Duncan is a proud graduate of UPEI’s Bachelor of Business Administration program along with holding an MBA from St.. Mary’s and a CMA designation.. He was the recipient of the 2010 Ernst and Young Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year award..

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