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Guiellermo Salazar’s frustration with a garage door results in on-demand customer service for major utility companies

Guillermo Salazar is a Co-Founder of ICwhatUC, an industry-leading augmented reality virtual work platform that helps the mobile workforce execute remote work. He is a 20-year data & analytics professional and multiple-time founder. He began his career in consulting, left PWC to start his own ERP firm, and then sold Quatro Integration Group to Deloitte Consulting.

His entrepreneurial spirit meant starting another company of his own, and Salazar set about finding a solution to the frustration of dialing into a call centre, trying to communicate a problem and then waiting for days to get it fixed. Hence, ICwhatUC was born.

Salazar earned a finance degree from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. He is in his ninth year as a member of its management advisory committee and is past chair of the Haskayne Alumni Board.


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Josianne Lapierre parle de vivre votre rêve à travers le service à la clientèle, le réseautage, la comptabilité

Josianne Lapierre (www.comptesrecevables.net), une femme axée sur le côté humain et la communication a toujours eu un faible pour le service à la clientèle. À la suite d’un imprévu, elle décide de se lancer dans le domaine du crédit. Pour bien faire les choses, elle s’entoure de personnel compétent et s’inscrit à de multiples formations afin de bâtir son entreprise. En amour avec son domaine d’activité, elle fera tout pour devenir la référence en gestion des comptes au Québec. Malgré les multiples embûches et les difficultés vécues par les femmes se lançant en affaires, Josianne se dévoue corps et âme afin de faire croître son entreprise afin d’offrir un service d’exception.

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Peter Faist is Founder and CEO of Staffy, Solving Staffing Challenges for Hospitality and Healthcare

Peter Faist is Founder and CEO of Staffy and maintains a reputation as a bon vivant. He has diverse experience for some of the largest and most technically complex companies in North America. Prior to founding Staffy, he was the President of NetCon1, an elite Network and Security consulting firm. Peter is a graduate of Next Founders, a judge for Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and has appeared on BNN’s The Disruptors where Staffy finished in the top 5 of the season. Peter studied Computer Programming at Sheridan College, and completed one year of culinary training at George Brown. Peter’s passion for changing the hospitality landscape has enabled Staffy’s success in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York. Staffy is a new app that takes a radical approach to solving staffing challenges within the hospitality and health care sectors. By creating a first of its kind on-demand marketplace, businesses can quickly and efficiently connect with contractors to meet their immediate, short-term or long-term staffing needs. For skilled workers in the hospitality and healthcare industries, Staffy provides the opportunity to pick up shifts tailored to their experience and schedule.

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Amanda Munday is Founder & CEO of The Workaround and Author of Her Memoir Day Nine: A Postpartum Depression Memoir

Amanda Munday is the founder and CEO of The Workaround and author of the best selling memoir Day Nine: a postpartum depression memoir. She advocates for childcare at all orders of government, and sits on the Board of Directors for Creative Preschool of East Toronto and the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area. She also is a speaker in the upcoming TedX Toronto 2020 series: Uncharted.

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Tugreofia Smith, VP of Operations at A&T Ascension Consulting (ATAC), a Virtual Staffing Company

Tugreofia (Tugs) Smith is the Vice President of Operations at A&T Ascension Consulting (ATAC), a virtual staffing company she co-founded with her husband Adrian, where she manages hundreds of remote workers across North America. Having successfully led virtual teams for over 10 years, she is passionate about the opportunities that remote work provides to individuals, rural communities, and evolving businesses. As the mother of five children, Tugs fully appreciates the challenge of balancing work and family. Part of her mission is to offer better work-life balance to thousands of working moms throughout the country. Tugs is based in the Toronto area.

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Dave Brown is Founder/CEO of QiiQ Healthcare, Focused on the Operational Dysfunction in Hospitals

Dave Brown is an engineer/entrepreneur who emphasizes the centrality of HUMAN-centered DESIGN in the success of any product enterprise. He is currently the Founder/CEO of QiiQ Healthcare, focused on the operational dysfunction in hospitals. QiiQ (“Quick”) is building a sophisticated virtual assistant for hospital staff. The healthcare industry has systemically installed barriers to innovation that keep it in the “dark ages.” While most other startups rush in with obvious and perfectly reasonable solutions to impact quality of care, almost all of them overlook the most important barriers to entry, and thus fail on their choices in go-to-market.

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Janet Candido, Principal of Candido Consulting Group is an Authority on Workplace Systems & Culture

Principal of Toronto-based Candido Consulting GroupJanet Candido is an authority on workplace systems and culture. With more than 20 years of business and HR expertise, she provides innovative solutions for clients with the goal of helping organizations, executive teams and their employees reach optimal performance.

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Marc Daniel’s Nextwork is Providing the Next Generation of Business with Experienced Talent to Get Work Done

Marc Daniel is a business psychologist, talent expert, and founder of Nextwork – a digital talent marketplace and work platform that connects organizations with experienced talent on demand. Marc has an ambitious vision – to retire retirement – and is realizing this vision through championing a more flexible approach to ongoing work that better serves everyone’s needs.

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Sean Hoff Started Moniker, Which Creates Custom Corporate Retreats Across the Globe

Legend has it, Sean Hoff started out his career as a Banker but cast off to start Moniker, after being an attendee on a number of “President Club’ trips and believing he could do it better. Fast forward several years, some amazing adventures around the globe, and a talent for creating magic from a blank canvas. Sean plays the role of creative devil’s advocate, always asking “why not” and figuring out ways to squeeze in that little extra personality to create truly bucket-list worthy programs for their clients.

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Jonathan Léveillé, Chef d’Openmind Technologies, qui est actuellement la 13e entreprise technologique à la croissance la plus rapide au Canada

Jeune passionné des technologies et des Affaires depuis son très jeune âge, Jonathan Léveillé, 34 ans, est à la tête de Openmind Technologies depuis maintenant plus de 15 ans, entreprise s’étant classée pour une troisième année d’affilée dans le prestigieux classement du CROISSANCE500, soit parmi les 500 entreprises ayant la plus forte croissance au Canada.

Openmind est actuellement la 13e entreprise technologique ayant la plus forte croissance au Canada et s’est classé la dernière année 28e entreprise étant le meilleur endroit au Canada où travailler selon Great Place to Work (#1 au Québec). Openmind compte maintenant dans ses rangs plus de 60 joueurs passionnés de technologies.

Jonathan a programmé ses premières plates-formes Web dès l’âge de 9 ans, a obtenu ses premiers contrats commerciaux à 13 ans seulement et a fondé officiellement Openmind Technologies à peine un an après sa majorité, soit à l’âge de 19 ans.

Jonathan et son équipe ont eu l’opportunité de recevoir plusieurs reconnaissances de l’industrie dans les dernières années, dont Jeune Entrepreneur de l’année en 2014, Entreprise de l’année en 2015, Investissement de l’année en 2017, le prix « Créateur d’Emploi du Québec 2017 », et a également été certifié Bonboss.ca ainsi que Great Place to Work pour l’année 2018, 2019, et 2020.

Il s’implique également, avec l’aide de son équipe, auprès de la communauté, ramassant plusieurs milliers de dollars annuellement pour Centraide, le défi Pierre Lavoie, la fondation du Centre Jeunesse des Laurentides, la fondation de l’Hôpital de Saint-Jérôme ainsi que pour l’organisme Pallia-vie.

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