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Twenty-five years ago, Holly Carinci founded a personal publicity firm specializing in advising actors. She worked alongside Seth MacFarlane, William Shatner, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others during that time. Ms. Carinci’s strength has always been getting behind a client’s vision and bringing in brilliant people to help them succeed. When the pa…
 
In an industry not known for change, identical twins Marnie and Rena Schwartz have remained laser-focused on creating an inclusive and performance-based dance school and community that teaches more about life than dance. Since 2002, the inspirational dancing sisters are the business owners of a large, non-competitive, and accessibility-focused recr…
 
Marc Henein joined ScotiaMcLeod in 2004. He has been working with entrepreneurs and professionals since 2001. His expertise includes the management of significant liquidity events for clients. Working in partnership with clients’ tax and legal professionals, Marc manages portfolios focused on capital preservation and tax-efficient income generation…
 
Mauro Porcini is PepsiCo’s first ever Chief Design Officer. He joined the food & beverage corporation in 2012 and in said role, he is infusing design thinking into PepsiCo’s culture and is leading a new approach to innovation by design that impacts the company’s product platforms and brands, which include Pepsi, Lay’s, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sodas…
 
Martin Hunter is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and into the guts of a business. Martin has the exceptional ability to translate vision into frontline operations. He is an energetic, authentic, and engaging leader who lives to inspire people of all ages and walks of life. His strengths in leadership were learned through 10 years of active milita…
 
Greta Sanchez is the Director of Administration at URGEO and a professional photographer. Greta is originally from Mexico and immigrated to Canada in 2017. With over 20 years of experience in finance, business administration, customer service, and management consulting, she is thoughtful, kind, and enjoys helping others and learning new things ever…
 
Tammy Heermann is an award-winning leadership expert sought out by some of the world’s top companies for her programs that accelerate women’s advancement. In 2021, she published 'Reframe Your Story: Real Talk for Women Who Want to Let Go, Do Less and Be More-Together', urging women to challenge the current narratives reinforced by society, systems,…
 
As the president & CEO of Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc, Lindsay Recknell closes the skill gap for professionals, up-leveling their careers by teaching them the mental health skills they need to know to feel knowledgeable and confident about mental health at work. A CMHA-Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with Leaders …
 
Professional bartender Sother Teague is the partner and Beverage Director of Overthrow Hospitality group which includes renowned bitters bar Amor y Amargo and in addition to several other venues, the newly opened Tequila and Mezcal bar Eterea in New York City. He’s also the charismatic co-host of the award-winning show ‘The Speakeasy’ on Heritage R…
 
Anthony Mongiello, CEO and Co-Founder of the Bulls and Apes Project (B.A.P.), is an Operations and Technology Leader with almost 20 years of experience driving broad culture change, sharp business intelligence, strategic transformation programs, and technology road mapping. Today, Anthony is transforming the NFT industry with a generative 3D NFT pr…
 
Michael Bach is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and the CEO of CCDI Consulting Inc. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, bringing a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his wor…
 
Dr. Bill Howatt, founder, and CEO of Howatt HR refers to himself as a behavioral scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is …
 
After a decades-long career advising leaders in some of the largest companies in America and beyond, Dr. Gena Cox concluded that the pace of workplace inclusion change was unacceptably slow. She harnessed her organizational psychology and executive coach insights, her understanding of c-suite dynamics, and her personal workplace experiences to writ…
 
Mike hit the ground running from a young age, steadily working jobs from the first chance he got at 14 years old and making his way through high school with a focus on business and fine art. He then made the move to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, spending those years freelancing and developing the knowledge and skills that would lead…
 
Abhishek Garg has more than 17 years of professional experience. More than 12 of those years were with Deloitte in multiple roles across various business and strategy functions that focused on the key business geographies of the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Abhishek has been famously known as someone who “Gets work (s**t) done”, builds long-lasti…
 
Born and raised in Arizona, Dave Dickert sharpened his operational skills in the restaurant industry for 15 years in Southern California prior to co-founding Branded Bills in 2016. He is driven by a passion for building companies that leave a memorable experience with the customer, and by the unique opportunity to build a brand that is disrupting t…
 
One of Ken’s clients gave him the title “Facilitator of Thinking Differently”, and he’s proudly hung onto it ever since. Ken helps companies achieve exceptional performance by leveraging their organizational culture. Thinking Differently began in Ken’s first career as one of Canada’s most successful playwrights, directors, and festival programmers.…
 
Andrea Spiegel is an operations and management consultant based in Vancouver, BC, with 15 years of experience in leadership management spanning multiple industries, including entertainment, wellness, service, trades, and manufacturing. She enjoys working with visionary founders, helping them define long-term goals, identify gaps in current systems,…
 
Igor Gasanov was born in Belarus and traveled to America at the age of 3 in search of a better life. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit for as long as he can remember. With a passion for helping brands grow, Igor has successfully invested in and led companies in the consumer and financial services industry, such as Canon Cigars and Life Ca…
 
Clarke Murphy is a leadership expert who advises the world's top companies on leadership strategies that fuel profitable growth and value for all stakeholders. Known for his authenticity and integrity, he is a trusted advisor on issues of diversity, sustainability, board formation, and succession. He has particular expertise in helping boards inclu…
 
Nicholas Longano is a leading entrepreneur, and video game and Fintech expert with over 28 years of experience launching successful consumer brands, Fintech products, ground-breaking games, and startups. Starting his career in the beauty and beverage arena, Nicholas has launched highly successful brand campaigns, including Pepsi, L’Oreal, Evian, Su…
 
Kevin Lang is the Director of Operations and a partner at URGEO. Kevin is a 25+ year entrepreneurial veteran. Kevin has developed and sold multiple businesses holding deep experience in industrial manufacturing and processing and strong team development. As a 14-year member of EO, including sitting on the Regional Canadian Board, he is a seasoned a…
 
Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press, a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling press, where she creates books for entrepreneurs from scratch and launches them into best-seller with a 100% success rate. She runs a hybrid publishing house with traditional distribution (via Simon & Schuster) through which more than 500 entrepreneurs ha…
 
Cassandra Hui, founder, and CEO of Heal Mary, has a background in data science and 10+ years in marketing and community building, Cassandra was also part of the Scotiabank financial hackathon winning team in 2016. Heal Mary, a digital health platform using AI to close the gap in clinical trial participation was started after Cassandra began looking…
 
Dylan Jones is the Head of Growth at URGEO. He is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, and outdoorsman who loves launching new products and businesses. He is an advocate for a more efficient and more effective transition to the green economy. He is an entrepreneur-in-residence with the Canadian cleantech accelerator program, Foresight. Dylan’s philosophy…
 
Ryan Weiss is a global executive with decades of experience spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has successfully founded three companies and worked as a global executive leading hundreds of people, managing a $500 million product portfolio, and developing a passion for organizational change. As an author, speaker, founder, CEO, and consulta…
 
Kevin Tighe is the Founder & CEO of San Diego-based Beachly Brands, which builds subscription and digitally native brands rooted in beach, outdoor and active lifestyles. Under Kevin’s leadership, Beachly has been selected twice to the INC 500 – INC Magazine’s annual list of the fastest growing private companies in America. Kevin is a passionate ent…
 
Chris McPhee is a Professional EOS Implementer®. He implements the Entrepreneurial Operating System® to help entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. EOS® is a management operating system that harnesses human energy — delivering better results for businesses and more fulfilling lives for the people who run them. Chris’ passion is hel…
 
AJ Harper is an editor and publishing strategist who helps authors write foundational books that enable them to build readership, grow their brand and make a significant impact on the world. AJ is a writing partner to business author, Mike Michalowicz. Together they’ve written six books, including Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, Clockwork, and thei…
 
Josephine Kwan is the Founder and CEO of Flow 2 Freedom Apparel. Josephine’s passion is to empower people to explore every opportunity by pushing through all uncertainties to unleash their potential. It's the reason she created Flow 2 Freedom Apparel and why she loves working with entrepreneurs at Spring Activator. Whether to ensure fair opportunit…
 
Jayesh Parmar was born in Saskatoon, Canada and now calls Vancouver, British Columbia home. He was the former CEO/Co-Founder of Picatic.com, which was acquired by Eventbrite in 2018. Jayesh is an active investor, a lifelong student, and has jumped back into being a Co-CEO/Co-founder of Gunkii, the world's sexiest tongue scraper. Gunkii incorporates…
 
Founder and Principal of Better Your Best Business Performance Specialists for over 12 years, Carolyn de Voest works with leaders to achieve and exceed their best. Through coaching, consulting, training, and speaking, Carolyn and her team of associates equip organizations to enhance their leadership, optimize their teams, and get results. She belie…
 
Kasey Jones is founder of A Better Jones and a growth consultant, executive coach, and leadership trainer to entrepreneurs and their teams. She has consulted, coached, mentored, or trained 100s of Founders to help them grow their revenue and themselves. She has a knack for doing big things with limited resources and helping people find their purpos…
 
Martin Hunter is the managing partner of URGEO and host of What CEOs Talk About. He is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and get into the guts of a business. Martin has the exceptional ability of translating vision into frontline operations. He is an energetic, authentic, and engaging leader who lives to inspire people of all ages and walks of life…
 
Greg Moser is an E-Commerce professional with over 20 years of experience in Online Marketing, Operations, Software & Fulfillment for E-Commerce businesses along with more traditional brands & retailers in aiding their transition online. In his role as President & CTO of ShipCalm, an E-Commerce Fulfillment company, and 3PL, he oversees all activiti…
 
Brenda Chamulak joined Tekni-Plex to lead the company's newly created Packaging Products division. She has nearly 30 years of packaging industry experience and brings a strong reputation for leveraging both growth-oriented and talent strategies to deliver double-digit returns for businesses. She is well versed in the broader packaging market. She h…
 
Arun Vijayaraghavan is a software leader in Broadcom Software, leading a central engineering group responsible for the DevOps infrastructure and Machine learning services. Over the past decade, Arun has led engineering, and product management teams focused on modernizing traditionally legacy products used in mission-critical areas such as supply ch…
 
Sam Chang is a serial entrepreneur who started his journey as a door-to-door meat salesman in college. After making nearly $2000 on his fourth day on the job, Sam decided to drop out of school and work with a door-to-door sales company. While he was there, he helped grow that team from 25 agents to 300 agents selling for one of Canada’s largest tel…
 
Liz’s workshops and book are for people wrestling with the big questions of life. They may be on a healing journey already, or maybe they’re feeling lost and yearning for something more. They might have anxiety or depression - or perhaps they’re just thinking, “There’s GOTTA be more to life.” Her core message is that our childhood coping mechanisms…
 
Hailing from London, UK, and having lived across Slovakia, Russia, Italy, Spain, Brazil, the UAE, and now living in Vancouver, Canada, Katarina Polonsky has a Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Oxford. An experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional, her specialism is bringing DE&I to corporations to foster better working …
 
In 1996, Jay and his team launched a website design division which eventually landed the Backstreet Boys band as a client. They knew from that point on, they'd always "Want it That Way"​ and in 2001, spun-off the division as a separate company. Today, Firespring has thousands of clients in all 50 states and all over the world. It became Nebraska's …
 
Matthew Newman is a driven, results orientated individual that embodies, passion, determination and pride in every aspect of life. He excels at creating/capitalizing on networks, liaisons and business connections, while negotiating/managing joint ventures and strategic partnerships with customers. He is an expert at partnering with all core busines…
 
Styron Powers’ favorite earned title is Dad. He is the proud father of a beautiful, intelligent black woman! Styron Powers, a former Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Global executive (BP, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, etc),has led teams in ~30 countries. He took his parent's mentoring on the power of education to hea…
 
Known as the CISO Whisperer, Yael Nagler is trusted by CISOs because of her ability to ‘read the room’ and to navigate corporate culture. She leads Yass Partners which delivers tools used by Security Leaders to amplify their impact. Over the course of her 20+ year career, Yael architected a framework for understanding the management operating syste…
 
José Azpiri was born in the city of Puebla, Mexico and immigrated to Canada in 2002. During his very successful career with Canada’s top luxury tour operator, José noticed an opportunity to offer first class tours coupled with outstanding service in the Vancouver area. Evergreen Adventures was born! José established his own private sightseeing tour…
 
Danielle Putnam, recognized by The News as The Top 40 Under 40, and Service World Expo as the 2021 Woman of the Year, is President of The New Flat Rate, Advisory Board Member and Past President of Women in HVACR, and is the Executive Director of her non-profit, Family Frameworks. Danielle has a personal connection with the home service industry. He…
 
Melanie Pump is an accomplished CFO, Director and business leader. She is also the author of ‘Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace’. In the book, she shares her learnings and experiences on the impacts of toxic work environments. Melanie has appeared on CTV, FOX, ABC and Sirius XM. Her website, melaniepump.com, includes more helpful insight …
 
Shamil Hargovan is an entrepreneur, CEO, and brand leader who has built award-winning products and services, consumer devices, B2B platforms, and applications generating over $4B in direct revenues. As STS Managing Director, Shamil leads sell-side M&A deals, supporting business owners and founders on their journey to a strategic exit. Shamil also c…
 
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