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September 9-10, 2017: The International Centre - Hall 5

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Speaker Biographies

These folks know how to franchise

With one ticket to the Franchise Expo you get access to all of these experts who have proven time and again that they are masters of their craft. Connect freely; talk openly. The have kindly donated their time to help you make your next bold move - without faltering.


Peter Druxerman

Druxy's Famous Deli & Williams Fresh Café

Peter was born and raised in Winnipeg.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA and spent 4 years immersed in brand management and marketing at Procter & Gamble.  For the past 36 years Peter has been in Toronto with his 2 brothers at DRUXY'S Inc., the Franchisor of DRUXY’S Famous Deli and Williams Fresh Café.  In January 2016 DRUXY’S Inc. purchased Williams Fresh Café.  Peter focuses on marketing, menu development and service delivery systems.  DRUXY’S is a strong supporter of franchising and is dedicated to helping prospective franchisees better understand the franchising model. 


David Gray

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.


Japji Chandhoke

Japji Chandhoke

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.


Gary Prenevost

Gary Prenevost

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 400 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).


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.


Harry Stinson

Harry Stinson

Stinson Hospitality

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!


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. 


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.


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 



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.


Sylvie Gregoire

Sylvie Grégoire


Expert in franchising, strategic management, organizational development, HR, entrepreneurship; certified in NeuroLeadership
Sylvie founded Totem Performance organisationnelle to help companies optimize their strategic practices, operational processes and human capital, and then launched FlagFranchise to support franchisers in one of their top challenges, i.e. recruiting the best franchisees.

With her vast experience and extensive know-how in the field, Sylvie has worked with over a hundred clients, from small businesses to multinationals, including Dermaveda, FGL Sports, Pacini, Cardio Plein Air, GUS, RONA, Telus, St-Hubert, Corbeil Applicances, BRP, La Piazzetta, Uniban, Intact, Desjardins, Université de Sherbrooke, Jeff de Bruges, and many others.


Asad Saeed

Asad Saeed

FDS Broker Services Inc.

Asad Saeed is a sought-after, dynamic speaker whose mission is to help educate on the benefits of portfolio diversification by including real estate as an investment vehicle. As a Sales Manager at FDS Broker Services, he is regularly invited to speak on this topic on radio, and is often called upon to present at investment trade shows across the country.   
Asad has worked in the finance industry for a decade as a stock trader and portfolio manager.  He has also successfully published and presented research papers across Europe and Australia in the field of applied finance.


Chris Conner

Christopher 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.


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.