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Shooting for success in Canadian basketball

Jason Ribeiro is a father, community advocate, and Doctoral Researcher at the University of Calgary. He is a fixture in local and national media providing public affairs commentary and serves on several corporate and not-for-profit boards. His latest business venture is helping bring a Canadian Elite Basketball League franchise to Calgary. Ribeiro is Vice-Chairman and President of the Calgary Surge.

His past experience has included a role with Calgary Economic Development.


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Launching an organized youth sports franchise system in Atlantic Canada

Anthony MacNeil is a seasoned entrepreneur living in Atlantic Canada and has recently launched an organized youth sports franchise system. After 30 years and six businesses, Anthony felt it was the (right) time to step beyond his comfort zone and create a business outside the typical geographical boundaries that he was accustomed to operating his other businesses.

His entrepreneurial journey of ebbs and flows has taught him much about business life. Today, Anthony is well experienced and more driven then ever to use his business for a greater purpose by providing an inclusive, safe and fun environment where youth across Canada can learn and play new sports, have a better sports experience and be equipped with life skills that will positively impact their lives in the future.


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Bringing gamification into healthcare with Jim Feng of Phyxable

Dr. Jim Feng is a mission-driven serial entrepreneur located out of Markham, Ontario. In 2009, Dr. Feng founded Form & Function: Health which has transformed into one of the first truly integrated health models. Not only does Form & function host a repertoire of integrated health care services, it also created a business model that has been paying high dividends to its investors and franchisees year after year. This insight into healthcare and his love for technology-based companies has incubated several start-ups in disruptive healthcare technologies, content aggregation and real-time language translation. Seeing pain points in the physical injury and insurance industry, Dr. Feng has recently founded Phyxable Inc. Phyxable is an end-to-end virtual pain and prevention platform that uses machine learning, augmented reality and gamification to coach people out of pain, while empowering them with better human performance. Alongside his Chiropractic degree, Dr. Feng is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Medical Acupuncturist, and has directed medical teams for world championships, professional and Olympic Level sporting events in the MMA and Wrestling. On a personal level, Dr. Feng enjoys high-performance individual sports, extreme adventures, diving deep into health-tech & lifespan solutions, Aquascaping, and giving back to what matters.


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Matthew & Chris Caldaroni founded Molliteum and work with professional athletes of all kinds

Matthew & Chris Caldaroni founded Molliteum and work with professional athletes of all kinds to better their resilience in both sport and life. They often cater to athletes in the common pro sports world, but also have many youth athletes and business professionals on their roster. They operate out of Pickering, ON, but work with athletes all over the world. After building a solid base over the last 5 years, they are looking to expand their online presence through the use of podcasts and creating relationships with other successful individuals to bring value to their audience. After five years and a changing world, resilience coaching is a key component for the future.


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Teresa Powanda is Owner of Unleash Sports Business and Athlete Consulting

Teresa Powanda is owner of Unleash Sports Business and Athlete Consulting in Edmonton, Alberta.

She works with athletes, sport organizations, teams, corporate businesses and non-profit by building relationships, representation, managing sponsors, developing key messages, writing scripts/ads, media/public relations, creating promotional items/materials, marketing, budget planning, consulting and much more.

Her goal is to represent amateur and Olympic athletes; finding them sponsors, speaking engagements and endorsements to provide financial assistance in order for them to focus on all aspects of their training.

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