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Speaker Biographies

Sanchita Chawla

Sanchita Chawla

Cypher Law

 

Sanchita is the Principal Lawyer at Cypher Law specializing in areas of Franchising, Real Estate and Corporate/Commercial Work. Sanchita has extension experience within the Franchising Industry as she led the Legal Global Franchising team at RBI - one of the biggest QSR Franchisor's in the world!

Sanchita is a great source of knowledge for all things Franchising!

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.

Gary Prenevost

Gary Prenevost

President, FranNet Southern Ontario

 

Gary’s 30+ years of experience in the Canadian franchising industry makes him an industry-leading and much-sought-after consultant for people that are considering franchise ownership. Having been on every side of the franchise business table, he has bought single, multi-unit, and master franchises for himself, brought US franchise concepts to Canada, helped companies to become franchisors, and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs. Gary and his team at FranNet have helped over 2,000 prospective franchisee clients to fully explore their self-employment options. Gary guides his clients through an in-depth research process for the businesses they are considering, including coaching them on who to talk to and providing the right questions to ask to ensure they have as much information as possible to make an informed YES or NO decision.

Gary has published over 250 articles on entrepreneurship, franchise ownership, and industry trends. His first book, The Unstoppable Franchisee: 7 Drivers of Next-level Growth is about how to achieve next- level growth and top performance in franchise ownership. For this book, Gary has done extensive research with top-performing franchisees whose profitability ranged from mid-six figures to mid-seven figures annually. He’s also interviewed numerous franchisor CEOs for this critical subject.

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani

NHT Associates

 

NHT Chartered Professional Accountants is a full life cycle accounting and Consulting firm offering tax, corporate and advisory services to investors and small and mid-size businesses. We are truly a one-stop shop for all our clients' business needs, offering dedicated and personal services. We advise investors to set up proper structures to minimize taxes and to protect their assets.

We have a successful track record of 32 years of experience representing and defending investors and businesses with CRA.

Ali Syed, CPA-CGA, ACCA (UK), MSc

Ali Syed, CPA-CGA, ACCA (UK), MSc

Consult Accounting

 

We have over 10 year of working in the field of accounting, finance and tax. We primarily offer our services to small businesses across Canada. Over the years we have develop a unique relationship with small business owners. We understand the tax matters related to small business owner. Our services include, Accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, GST/HST, Personal and Corporation tax. I am a member of CPA Ontario, I am also a member of a UK designation ACCA. Currently I am in the final level of CPA Canada In-depth tax course, the most sort after and comprehensive tax training offered in Canada.

Serena Rugelis

Serena Rugelis

A&P Intertrust Corp.

 

 

Amy Delisle

Amy Delisle

KMB Law

 

Amy Delisle is the Managing Partner at Keyser Mason Ball, LLP, a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group and leads the firm’s Franchising, Retail & Distribution Group.

Amy’s corporate/commercial practice involves mergers and acquisitions, the preparation, negotiation and review of commercial contracts, and shareholder and partnership advice. She also advises businesses with an online presence on website terms and conditions and privacy issues.

In the area of franchising, Amy has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategies that support the business and financial objectives of franchisors and franchisees. She brings expertise to assisting clients in all aspects of their business, including: franchise structuring and development; review, negotiation and compliance with disclosure requirements; drafting franchise agreements; advising foreign franchisors on operating in Ontario; implementing business structures; and negotiating and documenting the purchase and sale of franchised businesses. Amy works with many active franchisors managing their legal onboarding from start to finish.

Amy frequently speaks at seminars and legal conferences on franchise law issues.

She is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) and chairs and participates in a number of committees annually. In 2022 she was appointed to the Franchise Law Executive Committee at the Ontario Bar Association.

Amy has been recognized as a top lawyer in Franchise Law by Best Lawyers since 2021.

 

Angelee Brown

Angelee Brown

FranOvation

 

Angelee possesses over 20 years of hospitality, recruitment and franchise development experience for world-class, global companies, has successfully owned and operated her own franchise and provides an innovative and consultative approach to helping Franchisors and Franchisees alike.

Lena Vartanian

Lena Vartanian

LawVo

 

Lena Vartanian is CEO of LawVo, a legal marketplace which connect clients with lawyers through an easy, transparent and 100% virtual platform. LawVo is making the legal industry more accessible as a simple and affordable one-stop-shop for finding legal counsel with instant fixed fee quotes. LawVo also brings consumers and businesses affordable self-help solutions to access legal help, including a 24/7 Legal Assistance Helpline and an Automated Legal Document Center.

Before co-founding LawVo, Lena Vartanian practiced as an Insurance Defence and Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyer. Lena has worked as a civil litigator representing insurance companies on behalf of municipalities, professionals, hospitals, contractors and restaurants. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of how the insurance industry works and risk management.

 

Monika Jazyk

Monika Jazyk

RPI Education

 

Monika Jazyk is the founder of RPI Education, the world's fastest growing investment community and is on a mission to help everyday people invest like the top 2% by helping people create wealth through Real Estate and alternative investments so they can reach their financial and personal goals.

To date, RPI Education has assisted thousands of people across the globe to build wealth, and create time, and money freedom in their lives.

LaMar Vandusen

LaMar Vandusen

Phoenix Management

 

LaMar Vandusen has over 25 years of business, entrepreneur and mangerial experience. LaMar has managed several successful corporations and has lead sales and revenue over $10 Million. For the last 13 years LaMar has provide finance and accounting consulting services for hundred of businessess across Canada.

Pier-Luc Bordeleau

Pier-Luc Bordeleau

Happy Culture

 

 

Franca Pomponio

Franca Pomponio

Federal Government of Canada

 

Presented by Franca Pomponio, Regional Business Officer. Franca has worked for the federal government for over thirty years in different locations, roles and departments. In her current role she is dedicated to assisting Ontario entrepreneurs and to raise awareness of FedDev Ontario’s programs and services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

Shiekh Kashif

Shiekh Kashif

HomeLife Miracle Realty

 

Sheikh Kasif has been working as a Realtor for over seven years, serving both residential and commercial clients by finding the best property according to their location requirements and financing needs.

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