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Speaker Biographies

 

Gary Prenevost

Gary Prenevost

FranNet

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).

 

Harry Stinson

Harry Stinson

Stinson

Harry Stinson has been an entrepreneur for 45 years, working and learning side by side with fascinating people like Colonel Sanders, Donald Trump, Robert Campeau, Steve Wozniak and others. He’s designed, built, marketed and operated restaurants, theatres, condos, hotels and rock concerts. His businesses have included the Groaning Board Restaurant, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Candy Factory Lofts, 1 King West, Stinson Real Estate, Heritage Theatre, High Park Lofts, the Stinson School, and Hotel Niagara. Learn the secrets from a highly entertaining and candid personality. Best of all, he tells it like it really was, and answers questions with practical advice; Don’t miss his session!

 

Jason Payman

Jason Peyman

Mann Lawyers

Jason obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a graduate of the joint law degree program between the University of Ottawa and Michigan State University. His practice focuses on residential real estate, as well as corporate/commercial law. He provides clients with help throughout the stages of a real estate transaction and assists clients with real estate issues such as preparing co-tenancy agreements and advising clients regarding boundary disputes. For corporate/commercial clients, he prepares and reviews commercial agreements, such as asset and share purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, leases, and license agreements.

 

Lacey Miller

Lacey Miller

Mann Lawyers

Lacey graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Business Administration and obtained her J.D. (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. She practices in the Business Law and Real Estate Service Groups where she provides clients with a wide range of services including assisting with business formation, management and governance issues, business acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, contract drafting and review, and general business law in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Lacey also assists franchisees and franchisors in navigating the complex world of franchise and disclosure requirements.

 

Marko Reljic

Marko Reljic

Scotiabank

Professional business development manager specialized in franchising, consumer banking, small business banking and commercial banking. Working in the National Capital Region and with over twelve years of experience in the field, Marko has been able to successfully integrate banking, customer service and business development.

 

Denis Brisson

Denis Brisson

BNI Marketing Inc

Denis has been with BNI Director, since 1998.

Denis has been a speaker at the BNI International conference in Los Angeles, the Australian conference, as well as conferences in New Zealand and throughout the United States and Canada. He has also been a keynote speaker for Algonquin College, Guelph University, Staples, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

His hobbies include: His grandsons, golfing, traveling, motorcycles.

He has worked with such people as Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Brian Adams, Céline Dion and more.

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