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 

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

Wynnie Chan

Bereskin & Parr LLP

Wynnie Chan is a lawyer and Canadian trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr.  Her practice focuses on trademark prosecution, opposition, licensing and related litigation, as well as copyright & digital media law. Before law, she held various marketing managerial positions at high tech startup companies in Silicon Valley.  Her marketing background is invaluable to her giving entrepreneurs and startups practical advice to build and protect their brands, and develop a global trademark strategy.

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Protect your Intellectual Property from the Start!

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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Anatomy of a Contract


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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Diversity Matters


Scott Clevely

Video Power Up

After graduating from a film program, Scott launched his film and television career when the scene in Toronto was booming, becoming an assistant director as a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. Scott took every opportunity to learn everything he could about the industry.  In 2002, as Scott started to do more freelance work, he realized how he could use his experience and the power of video could help businesses grow.

He now shares his experience as expert video content marketers to help small businesses create their own video marketing videos using the power of their smartphones.

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SmartPhone Video Marketing for Small Business

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-Bosse

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 which is now available at major online bookstores and in-store at all Indigo-Chapters stores across the country.

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Entrepreneurial Journey… Keeping It Real

George Gill

GILL Solutions Management, LLC

George Gill helps businesses grow and master the power of online marketing through metrics using Google Analytics. Companies benefit from George and his team’s “no sugar coating” approach towards analysis, strategy, and implementation of marketing plans that are measurable and successful. GILL Solutions provides full service digital marketing solutions, analytics, marketing training, and growth consulting and coaching. With over 700 students and clients in over 25 countries, GILL Solutions has successfully impacted hundreds of business worldwide.

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YouTube – Your Best Foot Forward

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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10 Ways to Secure Your Technology in Business

Angela Kafadar

Video Power Up

Angela’s experience in sales and marketing has helped her success in her entrepreneurial goals.  A previous restauranteur, running a number of importing and distribution companies and growing a small idea into a successful trade show display dealer were some of her most notable achievements.

Sge now shares her experience as expert video content marketers to help small businesses create their own video marketing videos using the power of their smartphones.

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Smartphone Video Marketing for Small Business

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

Karen Marth

Karen is a local small business owner for over 27 years. She is known throughout the Durham Region as The Queen of Clean. Karen is a mother to 3 grown children. Both of her daughter’s stand by her side as they run the family business,  CORE Cleaning. This company was built solely on Karen’s passion, grit and determination.

With an eco conscious outlook, and what they need to handle any job big or small, The CORE Team changes the lives of hundreds of families each week. Karen spends her time networking, attending charity events, and providing lunch and learns to realtors to help them to educate their clients on ways to decrease the stress and ensure there are no messy, unexpected surprises on moving day.

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Entrepreneurial Journey… Keeping It Real

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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Financial Master Class

Tony Orsi

Bereskin & Parr LLP

Tony Orsi is a partner and patent agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP and member the firm’s Patent, Electrical & Computer Technology and Industrial Designs practice groups. Tony’s practice focuses on patents in the electrical, biomedical, software, mechanical and cleantech fields with an emphasis on evaluating new technologies, patent searching, patent drafting and IP management strategies. Tony works with startups and entrepreneurs to learn about IP, to develop their IP strategy and to build their IP portfolio.

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Protect your Intellectual Property from the Start!

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

Rob Ragusa


Rob Ragusa, Owner of Digital Ink Technologies a group of smart, hard-working people who know a great deal about the web and how it can be used to drive business. Their 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. More information about DIT can be found on their website:

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What are the differences between SEO and PPC?


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

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!


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

Cesar Zuluaga

Zuluaga Media

Cesar is the author of Underdog Growth Hacker, a book devoted to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses for very little money.

With over 13 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Cesar has gained a reputation as a high impact, energetic, solutions-driven, and versatile professional. His overall mission is to ensure that companies flourish, while gaining more clients and customers. He strives to provide business owners with all the tools needed to run a profitable company.

Originally from Colombia, Cesar is a lead advisor for dozens of startup companies and small businesses. His expertise lies in providing strategic, unbiased, and objective advisory services for entrepreneurs.

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Growth Hacking