Marketing & Advertising

Effecting industry-shifting growth and success in the retail space

Emily Hosie has a track record of effecting industry-shifting growth and success in the retail space through her tenure at fashion powerhouses, TJ Maxx, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth, and Holt Renfrew. A dynamic millennial mom, Emily recognized a huge void in the baby gear retail market that was ripe for innovation, within a legacy industry in need of an update. Her solution for the industry was Rebelstork – a certified B Corp and purpose-driven company dedicated to creating a marketplace that connects brands and retailers to parents across North America. Her innovative AI-powered ecosystem enables frictionless movement of overstock, open box (store returns), and quality used baby gear between buyers and sellers. In four short years, Emily has brought her vision of a re-commerce and circular economy to life across two countries. To date, Rebelstork has saved over 180,000 pieces of baby gear from ending up in landfills and instead into the homes of parents across North America at a fraction of the original retail price.


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Advice from the co-founder of a leading global influencer talent management agency

Emily Ward is the co-founder of Canada’s leading global influencer talent management agency Shine Talent Group. Emily transformed her PR agency (which she had for 10+ years) into a full influencer talent management agency. In this session we discuss, knowing when to make a change, knowing when it’s time to bring on a business partner, and how to find the right person.


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How brands can build safe connections with their target consumers

Jason Williams is the CEO of Kidoz (TSXV:KIDZ), the largest COPPA and GDPR-compliant mobile advertising network that safely reaches hundreds of millions of kids, teens, and families every month.

Through his deep understanding of tech strategy, marketing, enterprise sales, and business development, Jason has grown the Kidoz team by 300 percent since 2018, expanded the business from 10 to over 60 different countries, and brought more than 3,000 apps into the Kidoz ad network. Since becoming CEO in 2019, Jason has built a unique global culture, managing staff in 11 different countries across 14 time zones.

Growing up in Vancouver, Jason’s passion for technology began in the early days of the Pacific Northwest startup scene. Through his many years of dedication, he’s built Kidoz into its successful business today, working with leading companies like Lego, Mattel, and Disney that insist on absolute data privacy when advertising to minors. Jason helped shape the Kidoz strategy ensuring the Company is a critical part of the global AdTech marketplace.

In addition to his role as CEO, Jason lends his expertise as a guest lecturer at Cass Business School and University College London. Jason has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Business Administration specializing in strategic marketing from the University of Warwick.


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How an innovative tampon brand leveraged TikTok

Nadia Ladak (she/her) is passionate about the startup ecosystem and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. She is the founder of Marlow, a menstrual health brand that has created the first-ever lubricated tampon for smoother and more comfortable insertion. Based in Toronto, she is also the Ontario representative on the Startup Canada Women Advocacy Network where she participates in government roundtables to advocate for female founders. Nadia is committed to giving back to her community through her role as a catalyst board member at Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital and as a mentor for the Junior Achievement Company Program where she provides weekly coaching to high school students as they operate their own small businesses. In her free time, you can find her reading, playing her guitar, or spending time outside biking & camping.


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It takes a lot of hard work by the right people to get there

Kyle Kotack believes in being extraordinary — you must be memorable or risk being missed. As the President of Skylar Media Group, a powerhouse integrated digital agency, Kyle leads a team of over 25 to build strategic plans and creative branding for forward-thinking clients. After the recession of 2009 through till 2012, Kyle took the instrumental risk to pivot the business away from print and began Skylar’s evolution. Through multiple pivots, Skylar ultimately has become a full solution digital agency that is dynamic by design, ideal for our rapidly changing world.


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Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive Live and on Video

Liam Byrne is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, and passionate about helping others succeed. In 2016 he founded the Entrepreneurial Development Conference and Expo, a national event that toured across Canada helping small businesses learn skills for growth. He is now the CEO and Founder of Enterpriser Canada, a media company that is the hub for Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneurs, and the Host of The Enterpriser Podcast.

He has been mastering the craft of marketing and communication for two decades and has shared his knowledge on the stage alongside Emmy winners, TED speakers, Fortune 500 Executives, Federal Politicians, and New York Times Best Selling Authors. He is a published author, social media influencer, and contributor for Forbes Magazine and has been featured in Startup Digest, Atlantic Business Magazine, Business Voice, and has been a finalist of ABM’s Top 50 CEO, and EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year.


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Full-service media squad helping real estate agents showcase their personal brand

Laura Stewart is the Co-Founder of FTGU Media, a full-service media squad helping real estate agents showcase, through content, their personal brand. Laura is able to reverse engineer what agents are looking for, because she herself is an agent. In just 6 years, Laura has been promoted to Vice President of the #2 Real Estate sales team in Canada for Royal LePage and has subsequently helped over 700 buyers, sellers and investors every single year.


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Entrepreneurs Require a Sense of Audacity. Do You Have What It Takes?

Graham Wong, Founder & CEO, Lauft Inc. Graham loves being a creative entrepreneur. The former founder and principal of Toronto-based ad agency Urban DNA has over twenty years of experience building and deploying brand strategies for some of Canada’s best known brands including Nike, Fujitsu, City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Health and CAMH (and many others). His work in UX strategy extends across a multitude of industries and in 2006, he introduced Canada to mobile proximity marketing.

Check out his new coworking space project at www.lauft.work


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Paving the way to Success!

Lewis Vandervalk (www.lewisvandervalk.com) is a serial entrepreneur located in New Brunswick, Canada. With a background in construction and trades and a degree in mechanical engineering, Lewis started a business doing digital marketing for contractors in 2019. With no formal business or sales experience, he has ridden the roller coaster of business and personal development and surrounded himself with coaches and mentors who have helped him grow and develop. Currently, Lewis is the owner of Blue Crocus Solutions, a digital marketing company providing web design, SEO, and Google ads to contractors. As well, in May of 2021, he partnered with and helped grow a local junk removal company using these results-driven marketing tactics.


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The Commissioner of Competition discusses the importance of competition for business in Canada

Matthew Boswell was appointed Commissioner of Competition on March 5, 2019, for a five-year term. He first joined the Competition Bureau in January 2011 and served in various senior management positions throughout the organization, leading merger reviews and directing major investigations targeting criminal cartels, abuse of dominance and deceptive marketing practices.

Before joining the Bureau, Mr. Boswell worked in a private practice in Toronto, served as Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, and was a Senior Litigation Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he primarily prosecuted securities fraud and related matters.


To learn more about creating an effective compliance program, visit http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_04456.html


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