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September 7-8, 2019: Toronto - The International Centre - Hall 5

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Speaker Biographies

 

David Grey

David Gray

David Gray Law Office

David Gray is a lawyer at MacDonald Sager Manis LLP and provides practical and cost effective guidance to business clients in all phases of development from entrepreneurial sole proprietor start-ups to mature corporate businesses.

In addition to advising on general corporate and commercial law matters, David has significant experience in the areas of: franchising, licensing, intellectual property, and commercial and corporate disputes.

 

Gary Prenevost

Gary Prenevost

FranNet
President, Southern Ontraio

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).

 

Japji Chandhoke

Japji Chandhoke

Government Grants Canada

Japji Chandhoke was exposed to business at a very young age, being surrounded by accomplished Canadian Business people. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson. She has had the opportunity to learn from Ted Rogers, Harry Rosen, Kevin O'Leary and movers and shakers from all across Canada. She learned that most of the successful Canadian businesses have kept very open-minded to expand and take full advantage of government sponsored programs, subsidies, tax grants and forgivable grants.

 

Wayne Mann

Wayne Mann

The Entrepreneur’s Source

I have been active in the world of franchising for over 35 years. I retired after 25 years as a senior manager with arguable Canada’s most successful and iconic franchise, Canadian Tire. I have been a franchisee with The Entrepreneur’s Source for over 10 years, assisting people who are curious about business ownership as an investment and/or an alternate career option. I do not sell franchises. I provide a process, discipline and support to assist my client with their research and due diligence.

 

Harry Stinson

Harry Stinson

Stinson Developments

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!

 

Rinay Chand and Shahzad Ahmed

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.

 

Navtaj Chandhoke

Navtaj Chandhoke

Professional Real Estate Investors Group (PREIG) Canada

Navtaj Chandhoke is Canadian real estate investment expert and master trainer with 25 years of experience in both residential and commercial properties and a 35 year history of hard money lending. For the last 22 years he's been helping thousands of ordinary people take their lives back and create financial freedom by implementing his systems for success as Canadian real estate investors. Navtaj now passes on his experience at live training events to Canadians who want to invest for maximum benefit.

 

Ash Silva

Ash Silva

Ash Silva connects Businesses and Entrepreneurs to Resources, Strategies, Opportunity and MORE Business. In his upcoming book, ' Connecting in the New World', Ash teaches you how to understand the exciting world of 'New Media' and not just navigate but leverage it to position yourself as the Expert in your Field and explode your Business.

 

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.

 

Shawn Saraga

Shawn Saraga

SRS Canada

Shawn Saraga brings more than ten years of experience to the Toronto office, and has helped sign hundreds of franchise agreements and leases over the course of his career. Shawn started his own company, Mr. Franchise, which worked with more than 120 brands across Canada to recruit franchisees and provide tenant representation and marketing consulting services. A subsidiary, Marathon Realty, was created in 2012 to strengthen the real estate portion of the company and merged with Cushman & Wakefield in April of 2014. There, Shawn headed up a team responsible for recruitment, tenant representation and marketing consulting services to franchisors across Canada and abroad. Of the hundreds of retailers that Shawn has worked with, many of them are notable national, and international brands such as Burger King, Red Roof Hotels, Trade Secrets, and Playdium Entertainment Centres.

 

Matthew Stern

Matthew Stern

New Ink Consulting

Matthew Stern is the President of New Ink Consulting, working with potential franchisees to develop bank-ready business plans and introductions to financial institutions. By analyzing market dynamics, location metrics, competitive forces and interviewing existing franchisees, New Ink Consulting provides guidance in terms of revenue potential and financial projections. Covering all franchise verticals across Canada, New Ink Consulting has a 100% success rate in securing funding for clients. In addition to working with franchisees, New Ink Consulting advises small and medium sized enterprises on discovering new revenue sources and the associated go-to-market strategies.

 

Keith Cumming

Keith Cumming

Prime Way Group

Keith M. Cumming is the founder of the Niagara-based Prime Way Group of Companies and is a multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur with a 30-year history of building over a dozen successful businesses, in several different industries. Niagara real-estate is booming and Keith will share his insights into this exciting and fast-growing market. Niagara is a perfect place to either relocate your business to, or participate in various real estate investment opportunities. The Group is focused on real estate development and investment in Niagara with industrial & commercial plaza development, residential/recreational communities, as well as a large 146-acre prestige business park/commercial centre project, anchored by Walmart, RONA, Marks, and Canadian Tire.

 

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.

 

Jeffrey Howell

Jeff Howell

Lease Ref

Jeff Howell is a former commercial real estate broker who has represented brands such as Lego, Ocean Spray and TV Ontario. Jeff now is the CEO of Lease Ref, the world’s leading online commercial lease review company.

 

Christian Bullas

Christian Bullas

Senior Homecare By Angels

Christian Bullas has been a Senior Homecare By Angels franchisee since August 2003 and has become a home care leader in his community. Christian hosts a weekly radio show called The Savvy Senior on AM980 in London Ontario. Christian is engaged in his community through many organizations and has sat on the Board of Director's on, Meals on Wheels, Council for London Seniors, Elder Abuse London Middlesex Network and was on The Goodwill Micro Loan Committee.

 

Ian Gillespie

Ian Gillespie

UPS Store

Coming from working for over 10 years at both the Federal and Provincial levels of government, I was spinning my wheels going no where; I was stagnate. I wanted a vehicle in which I would reap the rewards of my hard work and my ingenious ideas. 12 Years ago I bought my first The UPS Store and I haven't looked back since. I have been a multi-store owner with as many as 4 units.

 

Mo Rahmann

Mo Rahmann

Trade Secrets

Mo Rahman is a business-savvy, operations-focused, strategic-minded entrepreneur and former COO/CFO in the software/services industries. Mo is an executive with both corporate and consulting background with extensive experiences in professional services, software development, systems integration, process management, business operations and financial controller-ship. As a strategic leader and change agent, Mo has proven results year after year. Mo enjoys the journey of new challenges; hence the dramatic switch from big corporations into the beauty industry. Mo has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting-Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada with a double minor in Computerized Business Systems and Business Communications.

Kevin Ngo

Kevin Ngo

PropertyGuys.com

Kevin Ngo is a CPA by profession with an active interest in real estate investing. He discovered a passion for real estate in 2014 after worrying about paying off his student loan debt. By leveraging real estate he was able to pay off that debt in four years, with money left over to acquire more properties. After selling two properties and seeing how much money he was giving up to real estate agents, he knew there had to be a better way. That’s when he found PropertyGuys.com and saw the amazing work that they were doing through helping homeowners make more money by selling their homes privately. After flying out to the company’s headquarters, he fell in love with the entire team, culture, and mission to change the real estate industry forever. As a franchise owner, it is extremely rewarding to be able to help families keep more money for their future after selling their property. As a new franchisee, the support he’s received has been outstanding in setting up for success. This is a service that so many people can benefit from and he looks forward to spreading the word in the GTA.

 

Mike Marshall

Mike Marshall

CIBC

Mike has been with CIBC since 2010 and in his current role as Sr. Director, Small Business Banking, Mike is responsible for providing leadership, guidance and direction in four main areas to support Business Banking’s strategic objectives including developing Segment Strategy and initiatives, and testing, piloting and executing tools, structures or products. Prior to joining CIBC, Mike was Sr. Vice President, Small Business Banking at Raiffeisen International. Based in Vienna, Austria, Raiffeisen managed a network of 15 banks in countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.