Business

Filomena May

Filomena May has her own branch of Raymond James Ltd. in Calgary and her company is named Filo Financial Solutions.

Jeff Lydell

Jeff Lydell is the founder of Gasket Games, a native of Vancouver, and has a 14 year production and biz-dev background at Blackbird Interactive, Bigpoint, and Relic Entertainment. His shipped titles include Company of Heroes, Dawn of War II and expansions, and Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

Rob Hunter

Rob Hunter has been an entrepreneur ever since he was a kid. He had an eBay account by the time he was 12 years old, and sold Japanese professional wrestling VHS tapes and DVD’s (yep!) to pay his way through university at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

He did so well, he was able to establish a mini student real estate empire. After graduation, he sold my properties and got into the ice cream business, opening 7 Marble Slab ice cream stores by the time he was 25. Rob has had lots of tremendous high’s and low’s as a multi-unit franchisee, and learned a lot of lessons along the way.

In 2012, he got offered a great scholarship to do his MBA at the #1 school in the world for entrepreneurship, Babson College. In Boston he met a co-founder, a wife, and immersed himself in the technology startup culture of the city.

Right now he’s back in Toronto and focused on growing HigherMe – a way for retail and hourly employers to find, screen, and hire better employees faster.

Jim Button

Jim Button is co-founder of Village Brewery, a strategist with Evans Hunt and a member of the board of directors of Beer Canada. Jim has been on a sabbatical for a year while he deals with terminal cancer.

Isabelle Mercier-Turcotte

Introducing Isabelle Mercier-Turcotte, brand performance catalyst (a.k.a jet fuel) at LeapZone Strategies. As a brand builder, business performance catalyst, TEDx speaker with more than 2 Million views, and one of the best selling authors of the business and marketing book titled, The Next Big Thing: Top Trends From Today’s Leading Experts to Help You Dominate the New Economy; Isabelle’s sole purpose is to empower change and growth. “Momentum Generator” is her middle name and she has a relentless passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners raise the bar and expand their comfort zone to create outstanding brand experiences.

Isabelle’s biggest strength is her no BS approach and ability to tell it like it is. She has the “Simon Cowell” edge and is not afraid to tell people what to do and how to do it. She is an inspirational speaker, a captivating storyteller, and has an unquenchable enthusiasm for life. She is consistently leading-edge in facilitating change, and her undeniable track record and authentic connection with people, has gained her worldwide influence and recognition.

Jennifer Carlson

Jennifer Carlson is founder and president of Thirsty Naturals. She’s also co-founder of Baby Gourmet and Chair of Innovation and New Ventures at SAIT.

Sandra Nomoto

Sandra Nomoto is a writer and aspiring world traveller. After earning her University degree and working in public relations, at the age of 25 she launched Conscious Public Relations Inc., a virtual communications firm. Over the 10 years in business, Nomoto was awarded the 2009 Volunteer of the Year by Women In Film & Television Vancouver, earned B Corporation® certification, and contributed to eWomenNetwork Vancouver earning the Best Social Media and Community Engagement Award in 2016. She also founded and grew the Vancouver Short Film Festival from 2005 to 2015. Nomoto is also the author of newly-published book, The Only Public Relations Guide You’ll Ever Need, blogs at SandraNomoto.com and for Cold Tea Collective, and serves on the board of the Vancouver Mural Festival. She practices Transcendental Meditation daily, sells a line of bold journals, and has been eating vegan since 2018.

Robin H. Smith

Robin Smith Co-Owner and Co-Founder of VL OMNI – which he has built over the past twenty-five years. He is also founder of genealogyman.com. VL OMNI provides a platform for agile and scalable iPaaS ecommerce integration. It is used by global multichannel to move data seamlessly through their infrastructure as they grow, expand, and accelerate their business. VL OMNI is headquartered in Oakville and has offices in the UK as well.

PJ L’Heureux

PJ L’Heureux is a well-known Calgary businessman who owns and operates several bars and restaurants in the city including CRAFT Beer MarketTrolley 5St. James CornerHome & Away and Rodney’s Oyster House.

Greg Hadubiak

Greg Hadubiak is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker and author who believes that the impossible is possible if human potential is unleashed. He brings extensive, broad-ranging, senior level experience and insight to leaders, especially those involved in significant change management initiatives. Greg’s client list is extensive and encompasses both public sector and private sector organizations and leaders. Greg’s company, Breakpoint Solutions, is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.