Ron Spreeuwenberg

Ron Spreeuwenberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of HiMama, a startup that helps connect working parents with their children in daycare. He is passionate about social enterprises that make a positive impact in people’s lives, but are also able to scale to make a real difference in the world. Before HiMama, Ron worked with companies to improve their operations through technology and operational improvements. Ron holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing, values happiness in the workplace as a key success factor for any business, but particularly one in the hospitality industry.  Before co-founding Steam Whistle Brewing, Greg studied Economics at the University of Toronto, then held sales positions in the media and technology industries. He then worked at The Upper Canada Brewing Company for eight years where he held successive positions as Sales Manager, Director of Sales and finally Vice President, Sales. He left there in 1998 and established Nelson Cash Systems, an Automated Banking Machine (ABM) company taking advantage of the newly relaxed Bank Act providing ‘white label’ ABM machines to his contacts in the hospitality industry. In 1999 with Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell, he developed the Steam Whistle Business plan. Taylor, with Heaps, leads the creative collaboration Steam Whistle is known for, resulting in the brewery’s many original marketing propositions. Greg’s touch at human relations has helped to form the company’s unique culture and to lead their winning sales team. In 2008, Greg Taylor and his partner were joint winners of “Entrepreneurs of the Year Award” by Ernst and Young. In the last few years Steam Whistle has won a Gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards, has been named among Canada’s Greenest Employers, among Canada’s Clean 50 Corporations, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and an eight-time winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Dr. Jill Becker

Dr. Becker is a scientist and an entrepreneurial leader specializing in product commercialization and new market initiatives. Dr. Becker is CEO and Founder of 02139 Inc., a consulting company with a heavy focus on accelerating growth, maximizing value and the creation of jobs in a variety of industries, and translating innovations into tangible commercial success. Dr. Becker’s focus at BUnano is building linkages between researchers and internal and external technology commercialization resources, helping translate nanotechnology innovations that meet key challenges in medicine, energy, and materials science.

Iyiope Jibodu

Mind the Gap:
Would you dare challenge the Apple Smartphone?
The presence of strong, formidable competition often serves as a strong deterrent for most people. Well, most people aren’t entrepreneurs!
This talk would focus on harnessing the power of critical observation when exploring new opportunities in old businesses. With examples taken from his personal experience in disrupting the traditional printing industry, Iyiope will lead a discussion on winning with innovation.

Sep Seyedi

Fusing his passion for engineering, innovation, and technology, Sep established Plastic Mobile in 2007 as a vehicle set out out to pioneer the mobile industry as we know it and raise the bar for technological excellence. Employing the years of experience he cultivated through leading tech initiatives for such industry heavyweights as NASA, GM, Pfizer, and Bank of America, has allowed him to shape and mold Plastic into a digital landscape trailblazer. But Sep has no time to sit back and rest on his laurels, his obsession with innovation perpetually keeps him searching for the next great breakthrough to fuel first-of-its-kind initiatives for North America’s biggest and boldest brands.
This transformative mindset helped him dream up Plastic’s technological playground, also known as the Innovation Lab, which has helped develop proprietary technologies for leading brands such as Pizza Pizza, AIR MILES, Rogers, RBC, and OLG. Sep continues to tenaciously lead all things related to technology and innovation at Plastic Mobile, and will not stop until he has changed the way the world experiences mobile everyday…but then again, he probably won’t stop after that either.

Richard Moran

Richard A. Moran is the President of Menlo College in Atherton, California, a private college in the heart of the Silicon Valley. He is a dynamic speaker, author, CEO and owner of a prestigious vineyard. He is a noted California business leader, venture capitalist, author and evangelist for organization effectiveness. He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality that started the genre of “Business Bullet Books.” He has authored seven books and his newest book, “Everything Matters, Leadership Lessons from a Rookie College President,” will be published in 2016. Moran previously served as CEO and Vice Chairman at Accretive Solutions. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Venrock, Chairman of the Board at Portal Software and a Partner at Accenture. Corporate governance is a professional focus. He serves on the Board of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Higher education guest lecture assignments include Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU Stern School, Santa Clara University, University of California and others. He earned an A.B. at Rutgers College; M.S. at Indiana University; and Ph.D. at Miami University, Oxford Ohio.

Moran writes a column on education for the Huffington Post and has been quoted and profiled in media including the San Francisco Chronicle, KPIX television, KCBS Radio and many others.

Chakameh Shafii

Chakameh is the Co-founder and CEO of TranQool, an online platform designed for people living with mental distress. She’s an engineering graduate from University of Toronto who founded the Women In Science & Engineering (WISE) national conference in 2013. It was Chakameh’s personal struggles with anxiety that triggered the idea for TranQool. She was inspired to build a solution after hearing from others and experiencing first-hand the challenges of access to mental health resources. Before launching TranQool Chakameh worked at a fortune 500 company in a leadership program.

Michael Katchen

Michael Katchen is the founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, Canada’s fastest growing online investment manager. His vision is to make smart, simple investing accessible to every Canadian, regardless of age or net worth. He was recently listed as an “Industry Mover” by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine and one of the 500 people that will define the next 12 months by Askmen.

Mark Michael

Mark is a Co-founder and the VP of Engineering at Kepler Communications, a venture backed Toronto-based satellite communications company. Kepler’s nano-satellite network connects shipping containers, pipelines, and other sensors or assets to their owners, operators, and users in real-time.

Mark holds a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, a MASc in Operations Research and quit his PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering to focus on Kepler. Mark has worked for major software firms including IBM and Oracle as well as a software developer on RBC’s Electronic trading platform. He’s a winner of IBMs Smarter Planet award for his work on a traffic optimization algorithm, and enjoys applying his math skills to problems in space, medicine and sports.

Evgeny Tchebotarev

In early 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, share photos and trade stories and information. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and then co-founded 500px as a company.

As co-founder and Chief Photography Officer (CPO), Evgeny is responsible for bringing the 500px vision to life through community engagement and maintaining a strong link between photographers and 500px team. He takes cues from the industry and provides the team with the ideas of where the photo industry is headed in the years ahead, ensuring that 500px is on the technological and innovational path to success.

Originally from Moscow, Ev has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, graduating with honours in 2007. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became a fascinated with it when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film. Since then he has spent the entirety of his professional career dedicated to the betterment of visual creativity, focusing on photography and design.

Ev remains an active photographer and community member, and has been honoured to judge many world class photo contests, including Red Bull Illume, Photo Life, and Sony World Photography Awards.

Shums Kassam

Shums Kassam is the co-founder and CTO of Blynkstyle – a fashion mobile app that provides outfit recommendations to users based on their preferences. He started this company in 2014 through the Next 36 program and it was recently acquired by Kik Interactive. Shums currently acts as the technology lead for the fashion and retail partnerships at Kik.

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the Co-Founder and CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE.

Catherine has played a variety of roles prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku. Before joining the promotional products industry, she started her business career in banking, pursued an MBA then joined eBay Canada as employee #4 where she launched two categories into the Canadian marketplace. After leaving eBay, Catherine worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, working with Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of areas including merger integration, marketing strategy and operational efficiencies.

Catherine has made a big impact in the promotional products industry over the last 7 years. She has presented at PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference, built RIGHTSLEEVE into one of the “Best Places to Work (ASI)” and was honored as one of PPAI’s Best Bosses in 2010.

Norman Hardie