Ask An Expert Guide to finding the right kind of franchise opportunity for you Funding sources you didn’t even know were available Questions to ask franchisors that will help you identify if the opportunity is the right one The secret to owning a successful and profitable franchise location Date/Time: Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:45 pm Location: Halifax Convention Centre 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N8 Marietta Snetsinger ~ Ascend Franchise Solutions With over 20 years of business experience, Marietta Snetsinger is passionate about establishing solid operational systems and leadership within franchise organizations. She has played an important role in developing operational support tools and recruitment strategy with several well‐ loved brands including M&M Meat Shops and Baskin‐Robbins. Marietta is committed to supporting Franchisors as they develop and grow their Franchise systems. Today she is the Chief Solutions Officer of Ascend Franchise Solutions. Michael Melvin ~ McInnes Cooper Mike Melvin is a Partner with the law firm of McInnes Cooper and specializes in franchise and trade-mark law. Mike is recognized in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directories as a Leading Practitioner in the area of franchise law and is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association’s Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee. He is a frequent speaker and writer on franchise law matters and is a registered trade-mark agent. Mike advises both franchisors and franchisees on their obligations under franchise legislation, prepares and reviews franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents and other franchise documentation and assists with matters of corporate structuring and restructuring and with all types of franchise transactions. Chris Lo ~ ScotiaBank Chris Lo is the Small Business Development Manager for Halifax District with Scotiabank. Chris brings 13 years of banking experience to his role and is responsible for a team of Small Business advisors in Halifax. Franchisee Panel Moderator Gary Prenevost ~ FranNet of Southern Ontario With over 20 years of experience in the franchise industry, Gary Prenevost is one of North America's leading franchise matchmakers. Gary and his partner at FranNet have helped over 500 people buy franchises; they've helped nearly twice as many more people realize that franchise ownership was not for them. Gary has seen all sides of the "franchise table" - he has been a franchisor; a franchisee; a master franchisor; a franchise matchmaker, and a franchise consultant where he helps companies become franchisors (iFranchise Group). FranNet's clients enjoy an 85% success rate (2012 study of 1291 clients over 5 years).