Meet The Speakers

Steve Baric

SMB Web Services

SMB Web Services is a full service internet marketing service and consultancy based in Whitby, Ontario. Based on over 20 years of internet marketing training and experience, SMB provides solutions from website design and installation to social media marketing, PPC advertising, SEO and SEM administration and oversight, and strategic public relations. Providing training, project management, change management, lean process analysis, and executive management rounds out SMB’s service profile, giving small to medium businesses a complete marketing and management system unavailable from any other small provider in the Durham Region.

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The Google Toolkit – Roadmap to running your digital world

Ella Bates

How to Organize That

Ella Bates at How to Organize That has over 19 years of learning and development experience collaborating with clients to assess, develop and execute powerful training that increases productivity, improves performance and inspires continuous focus on excellence through a wide range of classroom, instructor led, online learning, live online blended learning solutions.  You will be deciding on a dynamic learning experience through engaging delivery.  Certified Franklin Covey Trainer and The Institute for Health & Human Potential (IHHP).

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Goal Genius


Sara Bibb

MKS HR Consulting

Sara Bibb is the Principal Consultant of MKS HR Consulting.  She is a professional and certified HR & Recruitment Consultant.  She began her HR career in 2003 with a comprehensive background recruiting candidates in the healthcare, automotive, loyalty program, call centre and payroll industries. With her Bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University she went on to complete her post-graduate program in Human Resources Management at Seneca College and obtained her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation in 2009.

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Hire Right in the First Time

Eva Chen

Chen Law Office

Eva received her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 2007, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. Prior to law school, Eva explored a science career at the University of Toronto, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Science with high distinction before embarking on her Ph.D. studies under the tutelage of a world-class cancer researcher at the University of Toronto. Since her graduation from law school, Eva has practiced in many areas of business law: business agreement drafting and negotiation, commercial and residential tenancy, all aspects of employment law, complex commercial litigation, debt collection, residential to commercial real estate transactions, and wills and estate planning.

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Reema Chopra

White Antelope Marketing & Communication

Reema Chopra is a Marketing and Communications veteran with 20 plus years of experience in Graphic /Web design, project management, marketing and corporate branding. She is the  founder of White Antelope, a branding and marketing agency, providing diverse marketing strategies for forward thinking companies, small businesses, institutions and entrepreneurs who want to stand out from rest of their competition. White Antelope Marketing & Communication’s focus is on connecting people, communities and organizations through the lens of diversity.

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Sherry Corbitt

Mortgage Intelligence

Sherry Corbitt doesn’t consider herself your average mortgage agent. An entrepreneur for sixteen years, she has dipped her toe in the water of real estate journalism and marketing but her real calling was found seven years ago when she became a mortgage agent. She loves getting the perfect mortgage for her clients but what’s more, she simply just cares deeply about them. Always looking for a way to help her clients, she recently became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Sherry is filling a gap in the industry and lending support to people during a very traumatic time in their life.

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Standing out in a Saturated Marketplace

Christine J. Culbertson (Boyle)

Building Business, Leaders and Big Lives, Fusion Enterprises

Christine has worked with Fortune 100 companies, small business owners and entrepreneurs and most recently was appointed to the Forbes Coaches Council. As a professionally certified coach and accredited with the International Coaching Federation Christine shares shares 20+ years professional and entrepreneurial experience in sales, management and leadership, so they get what they want: more prospects, more sales and a bigger life at work and home!

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Why You? Distinguish yourself in the Marketplace

Uchechi Ezurike

Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse is an author, speaker, television host, wholesale expert, and entrepreneur. She has created various online and live programs in the field of business and personal development and has been featured as a guest on Hay House Radio, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, as well as various online publications. Uchechi recently published her long awaited book, From Aspiration to Fulfillment ~ Bridging the gap from where you are to where you want to be.

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Darnley Greeson

Darn IT Consulting

Darnley Greson Jr. started Darn IT Consulting in 2012 as part-time while working a full time job. After clients justified leaving full time job at UofT, been working since and incorporated the business in 2014. Passionate about all things technology, educating others, and helping those who do not understand technology.  Darnley has done various contract jobs for: financial institutions (Deloitte Canada), Small Businesses, Hospitals (Princess Margret Hospital), Universities (University of Toronto),  and Intelligence Agencies (Canadian Security Intelligence Service – CSIS).

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Patrick Lyver


Pat is an entrepreneur and start-up advocate who believes that business starts with ideas and a constant desire to take risks.  In 2004 Patrick founded Kleurvision Inc., a successful Brand Development agency that works with international organizations to unlock their sales potential through digital explorations. He is also a community leader and frequent speaker providing his thoughts and insights to Start-Up Canada, BACD, MNP, Durham College and Invent Opportunities.

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Digital Harmony: Understanding Google AdWords

Isaac Musial

Compass Wealth Partners

Isaac has been providing specialized financial advice and customized solutions to small and mid-size business owners since 2012. His passion has always been in helping others succeed, especially by helping his clients avoid big financial mistakes. He understands that many business owners painfully discover that building a successful business enterprise doesn’t always translate into successfully building one’s personal wealth as many business owners lack the ongoing effort, time & expertise. Isaac is an active member of the local business community and his business Compass Wealth Partners has successfully served over 500+ Canadian clients from coast-to- coast.

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Orzala Quddusi

Make it Happen Services

Orzala Quddusi is the CEO and founder of Make it Happen Services specializing in social media marketing services.
She began her journey earning a post-secondary diploma in Business Administration, followed by earning herself a Bachelors of Commerce degree. Orzala saw the need many entrepreneurs had for a wide range of services. With that in mind she developed Make it Happen Services. Additionally, Orzala is an active member of Ajax Pickering Board of Trade. 

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How to Monetize Your Email List

Erin Rochon

Harmony Bookkeeping and Management Solutions

Erin is the owner of Harmony Bookkeeping and Management Solutions. A small local business that strives to help SME’s (small to medium size) business owners with efficient and productive processes to grow their business. From bookkeeping, to employee hiring and relations, to Health and Safety compliance, to administrative assistance, we aspire to be your one stop business solution. With over 15 years of experience in office management and bookkeeping, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our clients.

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Value of Time Management – A Business Asset


Andrea Rowland


Andrea has over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, branding and communications working in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Having worked her way around the world as a graphic designer, she started a craft brewery in Australia giving her hands-on knowledge of running a business. Previously working at Spark Centre in Oshawa, she helped build their brand from inception. Recently she has been running her own branding and marketing business B-Zinga. Now working at BACD as a business advisor with a focus on marketing, she is very keen to share her knowledge with new business owners helping them create a better digital presence.

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Plan for a Winning Website

Teresa Shaver


Teresa joined BACD in August 2012 and has been working with the board of directors and key stakeholders to re-enthuse BACD with many new programs and services. Teresa worked in over 5 start up organizations across 3 countries and moved to Canada in August 1999 to be part of a small start up in Toronto that specialized in Call Centre Staffing.After working in this industry for 7 years, she went to work for the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and spent 5 years there. Teresa was also a business coach for the OSEB program working with new start up businesses for 3 years.

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Networking Like a Boss!

Marlon Shaw

Knowledge X Inc.

Marlon Shaw is the owner of Knowledge X Inc.  – a knowledge hub specializing in training and coaching entrepreneurs and business professionals to use public speaking to grow their business. Operating under our popular consumer brands Speak and Grow Your Business™ and Entrepreneur Public Speaking™, our signature workshops and coaching programs has helped hundreds to grow their business with unique messages that attract their ideal clients and increase their cash flow.

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Storytelling for Business Success

Kevin Smith

The Story Architect

Kevin Smith is a Story Architect. As the Chief Story Architect for, Kevin helps start-ups, small businesses, and social enterprises unleash their story to secure customers and investors, by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market. His services include branding, messaging, marketing strategy, SEO, Content and Social Media marketing, presentation and pitch design, web design, lead generation, sales coaching and business development. Before launching, he rocked sales and marketing at Dell for 14 years, made thousands of presentations, ran for political office and managed a gadget addiction.

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Brain Hacks to Boost Your Brand

Damali “Kaye” Thomas

Go Social or Die Digital Agency

Damali “Kaye” Thomas is a Digital Marketer who specializes in Reputation Marketing and Facebook Advertising. She is also a Durham entrepreneur who works with other small business owners and volunteers her services to a local charity.

Damali has completed her post secondary education at the University of Windsor gaining a BA in Psychology and a minor in Communication. She decided that she needed to follow her passion for working in the Digital Field and recently completed her Masters of Education with a specialist in Digital Technology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

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How To Get More Business Using FB Ads: A mini workshop guide for beginners


Liz Scott

Affinity Coach Consulting

My motto is – GET FIRED UP! If you are an Entrepreneur you need to love what you do. You need skills, savvy and passion. You need that inner fire that is going to take you and your business to exactly where you want it to be. Liz specializes in lighting a fire under you and your business. I have a degree in Psychology, over 25 years of Marketing experience as a senior Vice President, She is a certified professional business coach, but most importantly your guide, your sounding board, your teacher, mentor, helper and friend.

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Disruptive Marketing – What’s Ordinary Won’t Work Anymore!