Speakers

Andrew Russell

Founder FANFIT Challenge

Andrew is an Olympian, entrepreneur, community builder, and the founder of the FANFIT Challenge community fitness challenge. He is a MBA graduate from Saint Mary's University. Andrew has been recognized as a top CEO futures fund recipient, Fusion Health and Wellness person of the year, and has developed and negotiated large partnerships at the national and international level.

Ann Max

Productivity Specialist & President of Productive to the Max

Ann Max is an effective coach, skillful facilitator, inspirational trainer, empowering mentor and motivational speaker. Ann addresses current challenges with a strong commitment and deep understanding of her subject. Personal and professional lives have benefited from Ann's wise counsel, ability to instill confidence and realistic approach.

Ben Picard

CMO at Yulair, Consultant at Picard

Having been attracted by business, Ben holds a Bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA in e-business. Benjamin is a regular lecturer. He founded the consulting firm Picard Consultants, a company specializing in digital marketing and is also co-founder of Yulair, a popular platform for finding discounted airline tickets. This experience has meant a strong focus in balance and managing teams to bring projects together in an effective manner.

Bram Warshafsky

Co-Founder of 5Crowd

Named as one of the 2014 "top 30 under 30" by Marketing magazine, Bram Warshafsky is the co-founder of 5Crowd, a Canadaian startup that connects marketing departments with top freelance professionals in over 150 cities. 5Crowd is trusted by a growing list of industry leadding companies like Labatt, Microsoft, Twitter and McDonald's. Before 5Crowd, Bram held various roles within brand management and digital marketing at Johnson & Johnson.

Brendan Sera-Shriar

Brendan Sera-Shriar is a designer, blogger, social addict, professional speaker and event organizer, father, published author, and founder of DayChamp from Montréal, Canada.



Bryce North

Co-Founder at Advolve Media & TrapTap Inc.

Bryce graduated from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with a B.Comm. (Hons.) degree with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He launched his first business in 2010 when he was still in school, and his second business, Advolve Media, in the year he graduated. Bryce brings a wealth of knowledge on maintaining and gaining productivity in a very efficient and quick timeframe allowing for more life productivity, critical for any entrepreneur's success.

Chad Fryling

Seminar Speaker, Writer

As Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Futurpreneur Canada, Chad has an excellent track-record helping young entrepreneurs across the country get their businesses off the ground. He has helped over 200 businesses from almost every industry and brings a wealth of experience across multiple industries, from construction to education to technology startups.

Chris Fougere

Head Coach at Freedom Marketing Coach

Chris Fougere has 15 years of direct response marketing experience to help local businesses to grow their sales and profits by making their business marketing dollars accountable from print, radio, web and social media. This is more than a job; Chris is on a mission to help local business owners create the business they want to live the life they desire!

Chris Taylor

Founder of Actionable.co & Actionable Books

Chris has been helping individuals and businesses save time and maximize smart strategies for more 10 years through Actional Books, a series of popular books that deliver clear, actionable steps for individuals to improve their businesses. In his work, Chris is focused on helping his team of consultants and clients to maximize productivity and business efficiency through planning and communication as well as strong execution.

Corey Herscu

President of Herscu & Goldsilver

As the co-founder of Herscu & Goldsilver Inc., one of North Americas's fastest-growing PR agencies, Corey is an out-of-the-box thinker who is consistently creating ideas and conversations to challenge the public's perception of productivity.


Darian Kovacs

Director, Professor, Entrepreneur

Darian brings over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations. Throughout his career, he has also been a founder and board member of various foundations and charitable organizations. Through his award winning company, Jelly Marketing, Darian has worked with various local, national and global brands building and executing on their digital & PR strategy. He's been featured in BC Business magazine, Business in Vancouver and on the Canada Post training circuit. He is currently a marketing professor at Trinity Western University, a contributor with Small Business BC and Shaw's recent Business Resource Centre on topics of Social Media and PR.

Dawn O'Connor

Director & Productivity Ninja

Dawn O'Connor is passionate about productivity in the workplace. As the Director and Master Productivity Ninja with Think Productive Canada, Dawn delivers fun workshops with personalized at-desk coaching to help employees beat stress and develop playful, productive momentum. In her 23 year career Dawn has trained and coached over 3500 people locally and internationally, to help them get organized, save time and reduce stress.

Erin Blaskie

Digital Strategist

Erin Blaskie is a digital strategist who has been supporting companies around the world since 2004. She primarily focuses on systems, operations and marketing. She's a Certified Google Speaker, has presented at a TEDx event and has worked with clients such as Disney, Kraft, Post, Microsoft, Ford and more. She is based out of Ottawa, Ontario.

Francis Gosselin

President of FG8

Francis has been working to help create effective individuals and teams for his entire career. Trained as an economist, his doctoral thesis dealt with bureaucratic creativity within international organizations. For 3 years, he was co-founder of a strategic consulting firm based in Montreal. Francis produces workshops on innovation, creativity, collaboration, business failure, teamwork and much more. Since October 2015, Francis is back in business with the creation of FG8, a management consulting organization.

Gail McInnes

Communications Director, Stylist Box

Glasgow-born, Toronto-based Gail McInnes has been involved in the fashion industry for over eighteen years. She brings her inherent Scottish charm, expertise and insider knowledge to her role as the fashion host for TDot TV and is the owner of fashion publicity and branding agency Magnet Creative Management.

Hilary Kilgour

Business Growth Strategist

I love working directly with people, and I come alive as a facilitator guiding strategic level discussions on the topics of sustainable innovation, future-proof strategies and cross-generational teams. I was recently honoured to be named among the Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders by Corporate Knights. With an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School, I focused my graduate studies on organizational leadership and the sustainable built environment.

Jeff Goldenberg

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Abacus

Jeff is trusted business advisor and mentor to many start ups and growing businesses throughout North America. Jeff’s career has centred around growth thru digital marketing. In his book, A Growth Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jeff offers actionable steps to growing your business thru smart tools and tactics that help you be more productive and your business run more efficiently.

Jill Mallet

Productivity Ninja

A Master Productivity Ninja with Think Productive Canada. She delivers fun workshops with personalized at-desk coaching to help employees beat stress and become Productivity Ninjas themselves. Jill loves the brain science behind what makes us productive. She is particularly brilliant at converting the theory of productivity into practical tips and inspirational wisdom so that her audiences can immediately enjoy being more effective at work and in life

Jo-Ann Pawliw

Jo-Ann Pawliw, has trained specifically over the last decade, to help her clients (and herself) build more resilience, stay calm under pressure and lead themselves with integrity and accountability. Trained in leading edge strategies, and evidence based models from Harvard and HeartMath in California, Jo-Ann coaches CEO's, Leaders, moms, students managers and athletes to perform at their best in the difficult moments.

Jonathan Naccache

Jonathan Naccache is the Co-Founder and Senior Conversion Strategist at Webistry. People know him as a strong communicator and "ideas translator". His mission is to demystify the Internet and end the stigma around marketing. The Internet is not a magical place where ROI is an endless meaningless black hole. Jonathan's version of selling online focuses on ROI, transparency, and accountability.


Julia Dexter

Co-Founder of CMO Squiggle Park

Julia Rivard Dexter is an innovative tech entrepreneur. Julia, also a former Olympian, competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the Canadian Canoe Kayak team. She began her business career in graphic design, and has gone on to lead several successful technology ventures, including SheepDogInc.ca, Google's first premier Apps partner, and Code and Mortar, an innovative technology firm.

Katie Pearse

Digital Marketing Specialist

Winner of two Edmonton Journal Reader's Choice Awards and a finalist for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, among other honours, Katie built her own multimillion-dollar cleaning business using online marketing. Katie Pearse is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, specializing in social media marketing, web design, SEO and web analytics. After attending the University of Alberta for three years, she went to MacEwan and got a diploma in Public Relations, then a certificate in Web Analytics from UBC.

Kim Barr

Business Developer & Online Marketing Strategist

In 2012 Kim Barr started, Set The Barr - Online Marketing. Kim saw an opportunity to help small businesses gain visibility through a niche that was barely being tapped into for businesses - social media. Her journey began with studying and training with some of the top social media experts in the industry. The Set the Barr team has invested a lot of time, education and training into our skill set. Kim's goals are to strategically create and manage an online presence for your businesses.

Kim Parnell

Co-Founder/ Director of Strategy and Execution

Kim is a charismatic, often overly hyperactive people magnet with a history of starting, growing and selling companies. By starting a commercial cleaning company without any prior business background, she learned the in's and out's of running a profitable business firsthand. After a successful exit, she has gone on to tackle the much more technical industry of app development. Kim runs her current company, Back I/O, along with her 2 co-founders out of Toronto and Waterloo, Ontario

Mark Greenspan

Founder of The Digital Growth Lab

Mark Greenspan has the hustle of an entrepreneur with the insight of an educator. For the past 17 years he has leveraged digital trends and technologies to help businesses grow. Currently Mark is the founder of The Digital Growth Lab where he accelerates the growth of small businesses through a unique strategic selling program.

Mary Young

CEO & Designer - MARY YOUNG

As a young entrepreneur, Mary currently performs all business, design and operational aspects of her self-titled clothing line launched in 2014, MARY YOUNG. Since its inception, the brand has enjoyed consistent sales growth and has earned significant exposure in notable publications such as Refinery29, Chatelaine, Elle Canada and with well-known fashion bloggers in both Canada and the U.S. Named as one of Flare's top 60 under 30 in 2016, Mary herself has earned a reputation for business and brand development, social marketing, community development and website design and is a frequent speaker at functions in and around the Toronto area.

Melanie Sodtka

Business Coach, Certified Facilitator

Melanie is known for her interactive and adaptable nature during programs and courses which incorporate designs that meet the specific business and learning objectives of her clients, while catering to the various learning styles of participant groups.

Natalie Riviere

Lead at Commetta

Natalie Riviere is the lead at Commetta, a social web agency empowering entrepreneurs and conscious businesses to #ShineOnline and #BtheChange with digital marketing tools.


Pat Dubreuil

Serial Entrepreneur and President at Let's Roll 'Ideation' Consulting

As an entrepreneur, businessman and consultant with expertise in mining, forestry and tourism, Pat Dubreuil brings his energy, enthusiasm and a unique Northern Ontario perspective for productivity and improving business NPV. He is the 2016 Northern Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year. His consultancy specializes in professional Business Development for the regional and international markets. Pat holds an MBA and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Business Administration.

Philippe Richard Bertrand

Partner and Chief Growth Officer, Amplio Strategies inc.

Philippe R. Bertrand is a recognized leader within the Quebec SMEs ecosystem. He is a serial entrepreneur who has created 10 companies in 20 years. As a partner and Chief Growth Officer at Amplio Strategies, Philippe is curious and highly analytical. He uses his talents to distill complex issues into simple terms and to educate people thoroughly by regularly offering public and private lectures. On a daily basis, he embodies his message that aims to deconstruct paradigms both in his field of expertise and on subjects that challenge him as a citizen of the world. He is regularly on air at CKOI radio and on TVA Nouvelles. He is the proud father of 2 boys.

Randy Saunders

President of HDTV and Electronics

Born in Walkerton, Randy lived in Paisley Ontario until he was 12 when he moved to St. Thomas. After working at an electronic store in London Ontario, he moved back to the Walkerton area. Randy worked at an electronic store in Hanover for a few years before being offered a job at Sony of Canada. Randy worked at Sony for 10 years before he left to start up his own store. The store has been extremely successful and is going into its 10th year of business.

Ross Simmonds

Entrepreneur, Digital Strategist and Author

Founder of Hustle & Grind, Crate, Ross offers content marketing services to brands and startups around the world. Passionate about technology, the future, good people, good coffee and storytelling. Ross writes about many interesting topics and teaches people how to use content, social media and storytelling to achieve their business goals.

Roxanna Pullan

Founder, Stand Tall Coaching

Roxanna is a Certified Executive Coach from Royal Roads University. Much of her work focuses on organizational and productivity techniques. Time and task management are only half the battle. Roxanna teaches how to effectively get things done and overcome obstacles. Learn what causes you to delay in getting things done and what your procrastination triggers are.

Scott Friesen

Founder of Simpletivity

As a "busyness killer'," Scott helps people from all over the world improve their productivity. His time management techniques have benefited thousands of individuals and organizations alike. Managing email overload, never ending to-do lists, and technology distractions are among Scott’s specialties.

Swarochish Goswami

Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish is an award winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, Huffington Post contributor, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, vlogger, social media personality and TEDx speaker. Swish is one of the world's youngest venture capitalist as a Business Development Associate at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital. In his role he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies on promoting investments in the digital media space. Swish will share with you his productivity secrets that garnered him accolades such as Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Strategy Magazine's Social Innovator of the Year, the United Nation's Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, and Plan Canada's Top 20 under 20 award.

Valeri Hall Little

Business Efficiency Designer

I'm known as the small business productivity expert. My business is intandem productivity solutions and I help overwhelmed and overstretched entrepreneurs create organized, streamlined and efficient businesses. Putting you in control of your business is my focus.