Meet The Speakers
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.
Brand Strategy Clinic
Greg Berube is a trusted brand thought leader who delivers results to organizations seeking to develop their brand impact and growth. Brand health and growth is a necessity of a well-maintained and profitable organization. Without a well-formulated strategic plan, brand disaster and lost revenues are inevitable. His strengths are uncovering brand discrepancies and leveraging effective brand tools and messaging to develop effective meaning communication that can aid in revenue generation.
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.
In 1977 Doug decided to give insurance a shot, vowing to stay no more than two years; he’s still going strong today.
Now a seasoned insurance professional, Doug spends his days wearing a number of hats. Doug is Bryson’s Director of Commercial Sales and is also an account executive.
The third hat he wears is one that could, arguably, be his favourite and most well worn – mentor to, among many, the younger generation of brokers. A compassionate and truly caring gentleman by nature, Doug finds just as much pleasure in seeing those coming up through the ranks succeed as he does in his own success.
Sylvia Buchanan is the Founder & Chief Tech-Knowledgest of SYLVIA’S IT, a tech training company that has positioned itself in the rapidly expanding field of cloud-based technology. Sylvia began her journey into entrepreneurship in order to help small businesses remain competitive in a constantly evolving digital world. Prior to starting her own business, Sylvia spent 14 years as an instructor of digital photography, graphic design and English for academic purposes in colleges & universities worldwide.
Colin DeYong, SMASH Local is a Digital Marketing veteran with more than 16 years of experience in web marketing, project management and corporate training. He has consulted with businesses in the Greater Toronto Area, provided strategy & tactical campaigns to Non-Profits in Washington, DC, where he lived for 3 years. He also spent time in India, building Digital Marketing teams & training Web Developers & Programmers on how to build websites for SEO and conversion. He is the founder of SMASH Local, a boutique marketing agency, providing digital marketing strategy to small & medium-sized businesses.
RK Fischer & Associates
Karen Fischer is a Partner with RK Fischer & Associates, which is a business consulting and coaching firm that helps Canadian businesses start, grow, manage and transition their business. She is on the Board of Directors with BACD and volunteers her time to mentor Summer Company and Starter Company young entrepreneurs. RK Fischer & Associates has been a member of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade since 2011 and nominated for a Business Excellence Award in 2014.
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.
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.
Robbie I. Ichelson is a passionate advanced care paramedic with a focus on advocacy, lifelong learning, research and education. At CanaPhem, Rob’s goal is to help his customers be ready to respond to medical issues in the workplace. With almost 25 years providing front line prehospital care and mentorship he has evolved to become a leader in patient advocacy, prehospital research and education. Robbie is a graduate of the Ambulance and Emergency Care program at Humber College, the Advanced Care Paramedic Program from Centennial College and the Bachelor of Allied Health Science Honours Program from The University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Lyndon Johnson is a recovering broadcaster turned communications specialist. He has spent the last two decades helping businesses build key relationships, and use them to grow.
He is the founder of two public relations startups: THINK DIFFERENT [LY] and COMMS.BAR. He wants to make public relations, marketing and publicity affordable, accountable, effective and transparent.
That’s the Idea
Jill Kennedy is the owner and social media manager of That’s the Idea, a business‐to‐business social media management and content creation company.
Jill strives to educate small business owners on the importance of building an online presence and audience across social media channels. Jill is passionate about storytelling, the written (or typed) word, pet care and new music.
Hadriana Leo is a Money Navigator and Finance Coach. She combines her years of experience as an investment advisor with her love of teaching, helping clients connect mindset and math to achieve money mastery. With her unique, judgement-free approach, Hadriana assists clients to rapidly free themselves from the burden of debt and realize their money-funded dreams. She understands that we all can live extraordinary lives, but sometimes we need a little help. Hadriana is mother to 2 amazing daughters. She juggles the same million and one things that women so often do and is living her own journey to extraordinary!
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.
Heart of Networking
Marlene Marco is well known in the business of networking. Her career history in direct sales and independent business has been built on learning the fine art of effectively getting to know people – and it is an art! She has been in business operating professional women’s networking groups for several years.
As a speaker, Marlene loves to share her wealth of observations and knowledge of effective networking. She continues to mentor and guide business owners to successfully build relationships that result in what we all want….referrals.
Constant Contact/Webrite Design Solutions
Melanie Martin is an Certified Local Expert for Constant Contact. She speaks on building a foundation of marketing knowledge, to uncover core concepts of marketing from which they can build effective tools to help their business organizations grow.
New Iniatitives HR
Corette brings over 15 years’ experience as a human resources professional to large and small corporations throughout North America. Her clients include public and private sector, from manufacturing, hospitality, industrial, technology, health-care technology to various corporate environments. new initiatives help clients learn about and deal with Ministry of Labour issues, employee retention, performance issues and other HR challenges that can cause fines and penalties or damage their reputations. A big part of Corette’s role is educating employers and business-owners. Clients have valued Corette’s fresh, plain- language presentations and her practical, straight-talking approach to HR.
Canada-Ontario Export Forum
Sally Press started working in 2015 as Secretariat for the Canada-Ontario Export Forum, the alliance of federal and provincial government agencies providing support services for Ontario exporters. Sally’s previous experience includes providing business and technical information to organizations in various sectors (non-profit, plastics, engineering, energy), as well as providing training to users in how to find the information they need.
Digital Ink Technologies is a group of smart, hard-working people who know a great deal about the web and how it can be used to drive business. Our talented team stays current with design and technology through the latest trends, gets the best training available, and has the creative and strategic know-how to create strong solutions that get their clients the online exposure they need.
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.
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.
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.
Canada Ontario Export Forum
Maggie Weaver is a business information professional who has been specializing in the international trade field for more than 15 years. Her focus is delivering pertinent information for small businesses owners, both as in-person and online workshops and as print guides. For example, for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) Maggie developed the Trade Compliance for Exporter workshop and the online Step By Step Guide to Importing. For the Ontario Ministry of International Trade she developed and maintains the Guide to Online Export Resources and Ontario’s Export Toolbox.