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Speaker Biographies

 

Gary Prenevost

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).

 

Ian McLeod

 

Ian McLeod

Mann Lawyers

Having joined the Mann Lawyers business law team in June of 2017, my practice areas are focused in corporate and commercial law. I assist clients with purchases and sales of businesses, tax planning and reorganizations, debt financing and security, franchising issues, commercial leasing, and other general business law matters. I am committed to providing high quality legal services in these areas, always with the aim of ensuring that my clients’ goals are achieved as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

I have always had a keen interest in business so naturally I obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Business Administration at the University of Windsor in 2008. I then attended the University of Ottawa Law School where I continued to develop my business acumen in the legal context. I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017 after completing my articles in a mid-sized firm.

While in law school, I had the pleasure of working with the University of Ottawa’s Business Law Clinic, which exposed me to many fascinating start-up clients in the Ottawa area. I am particularly passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams, and this experience showed me that Ottawa is full of innovative individuals who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. I am truly happy to be in a position where I can continue with this work.

 

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.

 

Stephen Maeker

Rinay Chand & Shahzad Ahmed

Elite Training Pros

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.

 

Marina Abrosimov

Marina Abrosimov

Mann Lawyers

As a corporate and commercial lawyer, I provide clients with a wide range of services, including assisting in acquisition and sale of businesses, commercial leasing, business formation and governance, as well as drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial contracts. In addition, I advise both franchisees and franchisors on franchise agreements and disclosure requirements.

I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (with high distinction), completing a research specialist program in psychology. I obtained my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 2009 and was called to the Bar the following year. Prior to joining Mann Lawyers in January 2019, I practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer in a mid-size Ottawa law firm. I am a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association.

Being born in Russia and raised in Israel and Canada, I speak both Russian and Hebrew. My family and I love exploring different cultures and travelling whenever time permits.