Speaker Biographies 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. Gary Prenevost President 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). 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. Scott McCarthy Franchise Marketing System Scott has extensive experience in the Canadian franchise landscape working with some of the most well-established brands in Canada and the United States. Scott began his career at Tim Hortons as a multi-unit franchise owner/operator. After ten years with Tim Hortons, Scott expanded his horizons and joined Kelsey’s as a Franchisee owner/operator. Scott made a deliberate move to apply his talent and knowledge to corporate operations, joining companies such as Sunoco, McDonald’s, Medicine Shoppe/Rexall Inc., Luxottica Retail and Pearle Vision Canada. From 2014 to 2017, Scott held the position of Vice President of Operations at Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters.