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Michael "Pinball" Clemons
Michael "Pinball" Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character
and integrity. The Economics graduate is the pro-football world record holder in all purpose yards which
earned him induction into the CFL Hall of Fame. He was also the first black head coach to win the Grey
Cup in its 98 years, but is probably better known for his off the field exploits. Pinball is the founder of his
own foundation whose most noteworthy project to date is building over 200 schools in third world
countries over five years. The author, philanthropist and entrepreneur is currently the vice-chair of the
Toronto Argonauts. Also a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario, Mike’s proudest
accomplishment is to be the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.
CEO & Co-Founder
As CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, Allen Lau leads the company's efforts to transform the reading and writing experience of millions of people around the world. Prior to Wattpad, Allen was the co-founder of FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was acquired in 2008. In 2001, he co-founded Tira Wireless where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery.
Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.@allenlau
President & CEO
VIA Rail Canada
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since 2010. An experienced lawyer and seasoned executive, he is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.
With proven experience, he has held several positions in the past in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.
Co-founder | Second Cup
Boot Wearer | Author
CEO | Rebel.com
With a lifetime of experience in domains, development, and client-based solutions, Rob Villeneuve is a leader with both technical insight and strategic vision. Rob is also a regular participant in national and international domain policy development.
Business Speaker | Connector
Director, Strategic Development | UPS Canada
Rowena Tsang assists UPS in its strategic and business planning. Rowena utilizes her skills by working directly with customers in mapping and optimizing their supply chains, including reviewing their market and distribution strategies.
Head of Market Development & Mobile | PayPal Canada
As Head of Market Development & Mobile for PayPal Canada, Alexander Peh is responsible for working with Canadian businesses of all sizes, partners and start-ups to drive their sales growth by enable compelling online and mobile-optimized payment experiences.
Director General of the Service for Business Branch
Christian Laverdure spent a number of years at PWGSC as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister. He also spent seven years in the private sector as a management consultant and another seven years in the para-public sector for not-for-profit organizations.
Director, Small Business
Paul Gaspar is responsible for the strategy and growth of small business with UPS. Paul possesses more than 20 years of experience in logistics - 15 were spent working directly with small businesses. Currently Gaspar focuses on developing a voice as a thought leader to educate small businesses on the importance of a reliable supply chain for growth and success in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Anastasia Valentine is an award winning product strategist and brings a wealth of experience to the Versature team. Anastasia has a solid track record of over 20 years experience bringing products to market fro idea through to commercialization globally. Anastasia has held leadership, technical, and marketing roles in various organizations. She leads her team with a customer centric and data driven approach.
CEO of ViaTeC
Dan Gunn knows how tough starting a business can be and he takes great satisfaction from playing any role he can in helping other achieve their goals. Dan is a lover of creativity and innovation, and takes pride in ViaTeC's unique approach to serving its members. Dan has a degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University.
Co-Founder & CEO
Nudge Software Inc.
Paul Teshima is a successful technology executive who has run services, customer success, account management, support and product management. Paul is a firm believer that culture eats stategy for breakfast, and business culture can be built through storytelling. He has always been a leader with a strong focus on sales and customer engagement.
Lyndon Johnson wants to make PR, marketing & publicity affordable, accessible, transparent and effective for startups & small businesses. He has spent most of the last 20 years helping entrepreneurs build & maintain relationships with the people that matter most to the success of their organizations. Lyndon is the founder of COMMS.BAR.
Hon. Bardish Chagger, MP
Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Senior Account Manager
Hon. Brad Duguid, MPP
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
General Counsel & Director, Global Business Services
As General Counsel, Philip Turi is responsible for all legal and regulatory compliance issues affecting CME and its members. As Director of Global Business Services, Philip is building CME’s Export and Trade Services division, designed to increase member access to global market opportunities and information and facilitate international partnerships. Philip also manages the Enterprise Canada Network – a conduit to thousands of international business, technology and research opportunities and CME’s involvement in the federal government’s Global Markets Action Plan. Philip also serves as Ontario’s Private Sector Liaison to the World Bank.
Supply Chain Manager
Ryan Wicklum is a determined and ambitious business professional. His work experience and courteous, respectful manner make him a valued contributor to the successes of his employers and fellow employees alike.
He strives to achieve continuous improvement, and he is someone who realizes that the true strength of an organization is held within its employees. He believes genuine engagement with internal and external customers allows for a work environment full of symbiosis and depth. His specialties include: fortifying customer-supplier relationships, budgeting, financial management, employee relations.
Bryan has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years, successfully merging many partnerships and fostering
many long standing friendships from these initiatives. His first venture, a promotional company called
Plain and Simple, started in 1991 from the back seat of his car with one simple goal in mind: to create a
company with integrity, quality and superior service. Today, Bryan is part owner of Starchild Design,
offering a variety of private label products across Canada in retailers such as Walmart and PetSmart.
Bryan’s passion’s include playing in his band “EZ Street” and offering his and his band’s support and
services to many fundraising and charity events every year.
Partnerships & Marketing
Lucas Chang is co-founder of EIR (Entrepreneurs In Residence, a speaker series where entrepreneurs share their journeys), he's also co-founder of the Y2 startup bootcamp for teens, and in his spare time, he works with companies to help them scale up their operations.
Owner & Curator
After over 10 years in marketing roles for retailers like Holt Renfrew and HBC, Michelle opened Shopgirls
in 2007, with a focus on connecting with customers on an emotional level through the Shop Your Shape
Acquisition and Marketing Lead
Global Operations Director
Co-Founder & CEO