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Speaker Biographies

 

Rod Refcio

Rod Refcio

Refcio & Associates

As the founding partner of the Firm, Rod completed a Bachelor of Economics and his law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to being called to the Bar in Ontario 2003, he worked for several years in the financial services industry and completed his Canadian Securities Course.

Rod's passion has always been on entrepreneurship and in 2006, he set up his own law practice. From humble beginnings and with a dedicated vision on how 21st Century technology was going to rapidly alter the practice of law, Rod has focused on building a law Firm dedicated to providing legal services to small and medium sized businesses and individuals. The Firm utilizes state of the art technology to ensure that clients have access to legal services whenever a legal matter arises. Rod's practice focuses primarily on corporate transactions involving the buying and selling of businesses, setting up new Corporations and commercial litigation matters but also includes entertainment law, real estate transactions, estate matters and family law.

 

Lee Smithson

Lee Smithson

FranNet

Lee Smithson has been working with start up companies, growth companies and expansion/scaling companies and entrepreneurs for the past 15 year in southwestern Ontario.  He has worked with more than 500 companies at various stages of growth and maturity.  He joined the Frannet team in 2019 when the opportunity to own the southwestern Ontario franchise was offered to him. He liked the franchise model so much he is now enthusiastic Frannet owner.  Lee leverages his extensive network and business expertise to ensure his clients receive the support they need as they go through their own entrepreneurial journey.  Lee lives in London Ontario in one of Canada's best neighbourhoods, Wortley Village with his wife Tena and two kids Hannah and Thomas.

 

Rinay Chand and Shahzad Ahmed

Rinay Chand & Shahzad Ahmed

Build Your Online Business

Rinay Chand & Shahzad Ahmed are the International Best Selling author, Speaker, Success Coach, International Real Estate Investor and Founder of Elite Training Pros.

They will share strategies, wisdom and over 18 years of combined experience which they have gained in Real Estate industry by helping hundreds of Investors. They have been helping & educating ordinary individuals to achieve extra ordinary results.

They help individuals & families who want to create generational wealth by investing in real estate, or simply learn about the real estate market and investment opportunities.

They will help you learn how to draw in passive monthly cash flow and achieve your financial goals by investing in hassle free, turn-key & done for you real estate investment opportunities all across north America.

 

Scott McCarthy

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.

 

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter

BMO Financial Group

Andrew is a Regional Market Leader in Franchise Finance for BMO. He has many years of experience working with franchisees, providing guidance and assistance towards growth and profitability. Andrew provides support to the bank for all franchise related matters in South-West Ontario.