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January 27-28, 2018: Halifax Convention Centre

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm

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Speaker Biographies


Gary Prenevost

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 400 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).


Michael Melvin

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.


Marietta Snetsinger

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.



Ron Lovett

Connolly Owens Group

Ron Lovett is an author, entrepreneur and leader with a passion for change. He builds companies with a purpose - brands that challenge and disrupt their industries. Always in pursuit of better operations, he relentlessly researches best and simple processes and is quick to execute. Ron loves going back to the drawing board and also enjoys leveraging his best practices to provide consulting services to other businesses.

His private security and investigations company, Source Security & Investigations, which he recently sold at 5x the industry multiple, was all about changing the security industry. Passionate in his mission to develop the culture in his organization, Ron’s hands-on approach was key in developing the rock star culture that set Source Security apart in an otherwise tired industry. Not only has this helped the company attract the best talent, but it has accomplished three times the industry average profits, and grown from a local Halifax-based company to over 1500 employees across nationwide.

He is now helping other companies achieve the same incredible results in his new company, Connolly Owens. All about unleashing human potential in organizations, Connolly Owens pursues alignment – in organizational culture, processes, values – and teaches companies how to create culture of accountability to get their entire team focused on the same goals.