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September 8-9, 2018: Toronto - The International Centre - Hall 5

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-5pm · $10 at the door

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Speaker Biographies

 

Shawn Saraga

Shawn Saraga

SRS Canada
SVP & Market Leader, Toronto

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.

 

David Grey

David Gray

MacDonald Sager Manis LLP

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 of Southern Ontario
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).

 

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.

 

Chris Conner

Chris Conner

Franchise Marketing Systems

Mr. Conner has spent the last decade in the franchise industry working with several hundred different franchise systems in management, franchise sales and franchise development work. His experience ranges across all fields of franchise expertise with a focus in franchise marketing and franchise sales but includes work in franchise strategic planning, franchise research and franchise operations consulting. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors Degree from Miami of Ohio in Oxford.

 

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.

 

Ash Silva

Ash Silva

Business Development Consultant

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.

 

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.

 

Will Chapple

Will Chapple

Scotiabank

Will Chapple has worked with Scotiabank since 2013 in increasingly senior roles. After completing his securities course he has continued growing his knowledge base through Financial Planning curriculum. He enjoys working directly with clients to build diversified portfolios that preserve wealth and accumulate over time.

 

Lalit Jagasia

Lalit Jagasia

Scotiabank

Lalit Jagasia - Having joined Scotiabank in 2011, Lalit has held several roles in the bank in its corporate office, retail banking as a Branch Manager until his current position as Regional Manager at the National Franchise office. An out of the box thinker with diversified experience in different areas of the bank, he is very passionate about franchising and brings with him a lot of industry expertise in franchise business development.

 

Al Otero

Al Otero

Global Trade Chamber

Al is the President and co-founder of the Global Trade Chamber and has 20 years experience in the development and operations of Chambers of Commerce. He is an international speaker on international business and has served the South Florida Business Community for 20 years. Al currently sits on the Executive Board of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has many years in sales, marketing, business development, management and ownership of small businesses.

 

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani

NHT Associates

Nader is President of NHT Associates a full life cycle CPA accounting and financial planning firm offering tax, corporate and advisory services to small and mid-size businesses. Nader is currently writing a book based on his experience dealing with small businesses and all the questions they have from incorporating to small business loans to grants. He is co-authoring a book with Brian Tracy, the guru, the coach and trainer to thousands of people.

 

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

RBC Wealth Mangement

In his 9 years with RBC, Mark has experience managing >$1bn of private client assets. He has advised ultra-high-net-worth business owners ($100+ million) and everyday investors. Mark ranked #1 academically in his MBA class at the Rotman School of Management and #1 in his Chemical Engineering class at Queen’s University. He has delivered over 100 educational seminars. Mark works closely with bank partners in insurance, tax and estate planning, mergers & acquisitions, and lending to deliver to you the full resources of RBC.

 

George Gill

George Gill

GILL Solutions

George Gill is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and trainer focused on digital marketing strategies to drive sales growth and profitability for businesses and entrepreneurs of all sizes. George has founded 7 companies in his 30+ years as an entrepreneur in both traditional and online businesses.

George has coached and trained over 2000 companies in 65 countries how to apply digital marketing strategies to amplify growth and build their businesses to new heights. He is the creator of the the iGSM Certification program, a Digital Marketing Mastery course designed to forever change how to start and grow your business. George has been featured on MSNBC and a featured speaker for SCORE, Digital World Expo in Las Vegas, and the Chamber Business Forum.