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March 9-10, 2019: Winnipeg - RBC Convention Centre

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm · $8 at the door · 2 for 1 online.

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Speaker Biographies

 

Art Stacey

Art Stacey

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Art Stacey is a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP with over 35 years experience in a wide variety of commercial law and commercial litigation matters. His experience includes the set up, purchase and sale of businesses of varying types and sizes, leasing, banking and securities law matters. He has been a speaker on a wide variety of commercial law topics.

 

Devin Conner

Devin Conner

W.C Franchise Developers

Mr. Conner has spent the past ten years working in the telecommunications field in addition to developing outbound sales organizations focused on the direct mail and outbound marketing fields.

Mr. Conner holds a bachelor's degree in business communications from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Devin has supported franchise systems such as Bella Pita Mediterranean, Junk King, Golden Home Care Franchising, Simply Chiropractic, REDRHINO epoxy flooring and Restoration 1 among others.

Devin currently provides management experience with a heavy focus in operations for both national and regional food service franchises. His management background in the food service arena provides industry specific expertise for clients.

 

Kerry Fieber

Kerry Fieber

Canada Revenue Agency

As a Liaison Officer for the Canada Revenue Agency, Kerry provides free in-person support and guidance to small business owners to help them understand and meet their tax obligations.

 

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Else Kemp

Canada Revenue Agency

The Liaison Officer Initiative is designed to help small businesses meet their tax obligations. This approach involves activities that are designed to provide taxpayers with education and support. The focus of the LOI is to help businesses “get it right from the start” by providing them with in-person support and guidance at key moments of their business life cycle.

 

Jonathan Alward

Jonathan Alward

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Jonathan Alward is the Director of Provincial Affairs for the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this role, he leads the Federation’s legislative agenda and serves as the government lobbyist and media spokesperson for CFIB’s 4,800 Manitoba small and medium-sized business members. Jonathan pays special attention to such matters as government spending and taxes, workers’ compensation, labour laws, banking and financing matters.

Prior to joining CFIB, Jonathan worked for a Federal Cabinet Minister for five years. His responsibilities included undertaking extensive research on Parliamentary Bills, community development projects, and case files for constituents and local businesses. He also managed a number of stakeholder relationships at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels.

His most recent experience was as a Team Leader with the University of New Brunswick’s Activator Program, where he lead a group of nine students to create a business plan, market opportunity analysts and financial forecast for a Fredericton area start-up. Jonathan grew up in an entrepreneurial family and understands the challenges and opportunities faced by small business owners.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and recently completed an MBA - concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick.

 

La Vona Parker

La Vona Parker

Office of Small & Medium Enterprises

La Vona Parker is a Procurement Specialist with the Office of Small & Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Works and Government Services Canada. The office’s role is to help Western region companies learn what products & services the Government of Canada buys and how the procurement processes work. Annually it is an $18 billion market, so please talk to La Vona to determine if it should be a target for you.

La Vona has been employed by the federal government for 17 years. She began her career with Health Canada as a Grants and Contribution Officer and moved to Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC) in 2008 as a Procurement Specialist. In 2015 she joined OSME bringing a wealth of procurement and supplier engagement experience to the team. She is excited to help educate and inform suppliers on finding opportunities and to assist them in navigating the procurement system.