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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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G. Scott Paterson, Toronto-based Technology and Media Venture Capitalist

G. Scott Paterson is a Toronto-based technology and media venture capitalist who has been active for 28 years in the investment banking industry.

Paterson received his start in the investment industry in 1985 at Dominion Securities Pitfield working at the firm as a retail broker. Paterson quickly ranked #1 in commissions of all the brokers with three years or less of service at the Firm. Paterson was recruited by Richardson Greenshields in 1987 and in 1990 was invited to the then recently formed Midland Walwyn where he cut his teeth as a senior investment banker for four years.

Paterson focused on banking technology and media companies while at Midland Walwyn becoming the firm’s most productive banker (as measured by fees generated). In April 1995, Paterson was recruited to Yorkton Securities where he led the firm’s transformation from a mining-focused brokerage firm to Canada’s leading technology investment bank focused on technology, internet, biotechnology and film & television. Paterson served as CEO of Yorkton Securities from 1998 to 2001.

Paterson now focuses his business attention on his Board and leadership roles at FutureVault (https://www.futurevault.com), Symbility SolutionsLionsgate Entertainment and The QYOU.

Paterson also takes time to contribute to philanthropic endeavors. In 1997, he co-founded the Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation which launched its Kids, Cops & Computers program which provides brand new laptop computers to financially disadvantaged children in Toronto. Paterson serves as Chairman for the Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation.

Paterson has also established several bursaries at each of Ridley College and Western University. In addition, in 2000, Paterson donated $1 million to Western to build the G Scott Paterson Biotechnology Wing at the medical school.

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Omar Khan and Matthew Todman, Co-Founders of Theta Trading Co., Discuss Financial Literacy and Option Trading

Omar Khan and Matthew Todman, Co-Founders of Theta Trading Co., have been determined to spread knowledge when it comes to option trading. They strongly believe that people are not educated enough early on in their lives when it comes to financial literacy. They have been in the industry for over 20 years and have a vast amount of knowledge through making mistakes and learning the hard way. This is why they have made it their mission to educate people not only about stocks, but about the basic knowledge of finance. For over the past year they have been holding seminars in Mississauga and the surrounding areas, but are determined to travel the world and help people on their financial journey!

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Neal Winokur “The Grumpy Accountant” Talks CRA and Business Taxes with Entrepreneurs

This live discussion was the first off many to come. Subscribe to Canada’s Podcast to join us on future sessions. This month you can meet The Grumpy AccountantNeal Winokur and sound off about the CRA and its approach to small business entrepreneurs in Canada.

Neal Winokur, CPA, started his practice in 2013 and his grumpiness has grown ever since. An active blogger, several of his articles have been published in the National Post. Neal feels a moral obligation to speak out against the inherent flaws, unfairness and needless complexities that define Canadian tax.

His dream is for the Canadian tax system to be massively simplified to the point where his job as a tax accountant would no longer exist. His wife won’t be too happy about this, but it’s for the good of the nation.

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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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Mark Morissette is CEO and Founder of Foxquilt, an Insurance Technology Company for B2B

Mark Morissette created Foxquilt to empower consumers with greater purchasing power when acquiring and managing their insurance. Foxquilt is a Canadian financial technology company focused on using big data and machine learning to empower social groups to save on Small Business and Home insurance. Foxquilt creates new value opportunities for customers by bringing people and communities together online with a smart and modern approach to insurance. Leveraging innovative technology and creating unique products, they make it easy for customers to buy insurance online from leading carriers and access group purchasing power.

Mark’s career includes more than 15 years in various leadership roles spanning Underwriting, Operations and Sales & Distribution for some Canada’s premier Carriers and fintech organizations including, Aviva and Real Matters.

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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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Suzie Yorke, Founder of Love Good Fats, on the Shift from Executive to Entrepreneur

Suzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy fats back. A mom, eleven-time Ironman competitor and yoga enthusiast, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat diet only to hit a wall in her mid-40s. After reading Nina Teicholz’s best seller, Big Fat Surprise, she immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and felt better right away. While she loved the benefits of her new lifestyle, Suzie found it challenging to find convenient, good-fat snacks. Seeing a gap in the marketplace and a huge opportunity to help others through food, Suzie developed Love Good Fats, a company that produces high-fat, low-carb, and low-sugar products.

Today, Suzie leads Love Good Fats’ expansion as it quickly becomes one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America. As a 30-year veteran of the CPG industry, Suzie has worked at high-profile companies such as Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, Weight Watchers, and Zag. Utilizing her accomplished marketing background, personal journey, and deep devotion and passion for health, Suzie is on a mission to spread the word that fat is back, and sugar is out! Suzie was recognized by her peers and the community with the 2019 Mompreneur :registered: Start Up Award.

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Philip Bliss Interviews Christina Barbato, CEO and Co-Founder of SP Nutraceuticals Inc.

Christina Barbato is CEO and Co-Founder of SP Nutraceuembedticals Inc. SP was founded in 2016 to commercialize natural health products. SP Nutraceuticals is a research and development company taking naturally derived molecules discovered to help treat or prevent specific diseases from discovery to conception, development, patent protection, regulatory approval and clinical trials. We then look for companies best suited to partner or license our products for sale and distribution. The startup believes that there is a wealth of powerful agents in naturally derived sources, such as plants that can be used to prevent or treat diseases affecting the lives of Canadians. Before SP, Christina practiced law for eleven years, has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and her LLB.

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After 9 Months, Phil Bliss Sits Down with Canada’s Podcast Alumni Andrew Ostro, Co-Founder and CEO of PolicyMe

Andrew Ostro is Co-Founder and CEO of the online insurance platform PolicyMe. Andrew is an emerging young business leader in Canada. He’s taking on the established life insurance industry with honest and transparent advice. It’s been nine months since Phil Bliss sat down with Laura McKay, President of PolicyMe so Canada’s Podcast invited Andrew to get an update on the company’s progress and new insights.

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