Speakers

Ann Max

Productivity Specialist & President of Productive to the Max

An effective coach, skillful facilitator, inspirational trainer, empowering mentor and motivational speaker, she addresses current challenges with a strong commitment and deep understanding of her subject. Personal and professional lives benefit from her wise counsel, ability to instill confidence and realistic approach.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The company was formed as a result of her success in her graduating year at Ryerson where she became the first Fashion student to deliver both a capstone and a collection; the latter of which was chosen as one of the top collections in the Mass Exodus curated show. 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. 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. Named as one of Flare's top 60 under 30 in 2016, Mary's vision is to positively influence the Canadian-made fashion industry and offer women an alternative in clothing choices; complementing their lifestyle and identities without conforming them into what media determines a woman should be.

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.


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 have garnered him such accolades as Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 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.