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

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). His diverse background makes him a great asset in this ever changing technical world.

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Cybersecurity for Business – How to prevent being attacked

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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Hiring Employees 101

Ryan Hammond

RocketCloud

With 15+ years of experience in web design and development RocketCloud is here to help you with all your website needs. We produce a great site that works incredibly well for everyone, including those with different accessibility needs. We write and understand the code that makes a website flow, load quickly and works on all devices.

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Why Saying “I need a website” is irrelevant

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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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs

Patrick Lyver

Kleurvision

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.

Today, Patrick is particularly interested in working with organizations that are keen on expanding knowledge by bridging experiential marketing with branding & digital technologies. In addition Patrick works with startups that have technology challenges, especially as they relate to the Internet of Things.

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The Anti DIY Marketing Clinic

Teresa Shaver

BACD

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!

Jane Warr

Trainer Jane

Jane “Trainer Jane” Warr, is a Verbal Aikido Communications / Relationship Coach, delivering life-transforming experiential educational program, which combines advanced communications skills, emotional intelligence, and the powerful non-adversarial philosophy of the Japanese martial art, Aikido. She helps individuals enjoy rich and rewarding personal relationships, experiencing genuine respect, acceptance, interest and mutual benefit. They learn to live free of guilt, fear, anger, regrets, resentment or confusion. Corporations are helped to increase business performance, drive higher sales revenue, and change corporate culture.

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Present Yourself, Present Your Offer

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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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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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 and treats them as she would a close friend. 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. As an active member of the community she hosts community yard sales, charity Galas and is a huge supporter of the Durham Humane Society. She enjoys traveling, writing, camping and spending time with her husband, daughter and fur babies.

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Kevin Smith

The Story Architect

Kevin Smith is a Story Architect. As the Chief Story Architect for TheStoryArchitect.com, 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 TheStoryArchitect.com, 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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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 or company 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. In his spare time, Isaac loves to spend time with his family but also enjoys supporting other local businesses, volunteerism, reading, cycling and travel.

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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 is a true “Digital Native“ having been exposed to computers at the tender age of 8 years. Damali has been using the computer for over 17 years. She has witnessed many advancements in computer technology from the slow, noisy dial-up days to our current Fibre Optic internet connection. She has learned a lot firsthand along the journey, and she has also undertaken formal training in Digital Technology.

Damali has completed her post secondary education at the University of Windsor gaining a BA in Psychology and a minor in Communication. She worked for one year as an Admissions Coordinator for Pearson Embanet. Damali 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). She has also completed several online and classroom digital related courses to complement her Master’s Degree in Digital Technology.

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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 and treats them as she would a close friend. 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. As an active member of the community she hosts community yard sales, charity Galas and is a huge supporter of the Durham Humane Society. She enjoys traveling, writing, camping and spending time with her husband, daughter and fur babies.

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Kevin Smith

The Story Architect

Kevin Smith is a Story Architect. As the Chief Story Architect for TheStoryArchitect.com, 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 TheStoryArchitect.com, 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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