Speaker Biographies

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

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).

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.

Sukhdeep Sidhu

Sukhdeep Sidhu

Keyser Mason Ball LLP

 

Sukhdeep S. Sidhu is an associate at Keyser Mason Ball, LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial, Branding & Franchising and Business and Estate Succession practice groups. Sukhdeep advises new and emerging Canadian and international franchisors with on all aspects of Canadian franchise law, including the drafting and preparation of franchise agreements and disclosure documents and manages franchisor relationships. Sukhdeep regularly assists franchisees with the review and negotiation of disclosure documents and franchise agreements and represents franchisees in the purchase and sale of single and multi-unit franchises. He has experience with incorporations, corporate reorganizations and drafting and negotiating various commercial contracts for small and medium sized businesses. Sukhdeep also assists clients in the preparation of wills and powers of attorney. Sukhdeep continues to be actively engaged in growing his network of contacts in the Greater Toronto and surrounding areas.

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.

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter

BMO

 

Andrew is a Regional Market Leader in Franchise Finance for BMO.  He has many years of experience working with franchisees, providing guidance and assistance towards growth and profitability.  Andrew provides support to the bank for all franchise related matters in South-West Ontario.

Tipton Shonkwiler

Tipton Shonkwiler

Accurate Franchising Inc

 

Tipton Shonkwiler is the Brand President for Accurate Franchising and also the President UFG Consulting Division. Tipton has been with United Franchise Group for more than 20 years. He has been working in the franchise industry for the past 30 years and has served in various capacities including franchise development, sales and marketing, international master license sales, international brand development, along with having the direct responsibility for the day to day operations for several UFG brands throughout his career. Tipton is a Certified Franchise Executive within the International Franchise Association and holds a Franchise MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Craig Dunkerley

Craig Dunkerley

BG Wealth Group

 

Craig Dunkerley is an expert investor, multi-business owner, financial specialist, and international speaker who inspires others to emulate his successful financial strategies. Craig is the CEO and Founding Partner of BG Wealth Group™ a group of companies that share one common objective: to provide the support that enables business growth and expands wealth. His extensive investment knowledge comes from his hands-on experience with buying and selling real estate and managing index funds for more than a quarter of a century.

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!

Usman Sheikh

Usman Sheikh

Web Worx Labs Inc

 

As the founder and CEO – he likes to believe he is the Chief Motivating Officer of Web Worx Labs.

He started the company over 7 years ago to help his friends while working in the corporate world full time in planning & analytics.

Before he knew it, he was helping more people with their digital marketing than he could handle and realized the need to find an all-star team dedicated to helping customers the same way he helped his friends and family.

He loves helping onboard new clients, setting & aligning on the strategy and ensure all projects and campaigns are set up for success. Before starting Web Worx Labs, he was leading organizations towards high growth with a focus on all things including planning, finance, strategy, branding, marketing & analytics.

He is a proud father of 3, a readaholic and passionate about strategy and the internet of things.

Kamal Tomar

Kamal Tomar

Save Max

 

Kamal Tomar comes with 22 years of Sales and Management experience across multiple industries and is the Vice President - Global Franchise Operations with Save Max International Inc.

Darren Fung

Darren Fung

SPARC Technologies

 

Darren Fung is Growth Manager at S.P.A.R.C. Technologies, where he is a passionate advocate for robotic technology as the way forward in the service and hospitality industry. In combination with his creative arts degree and key roles in developing two of Canada’s most well-known food delivery companies, his position gives him insight into how robots are being customized to alleviate staffing issues, boost margins, improve service quality and offer attention-getting technology that fosters growth in today’s ever-changing business environment. In his spare time, Darren has a keen interest in cars and motorcycle buying and selling.

Franca Pomponio

Franca Pomponio

Federal Government of Canada

 

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.

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.

 

 

Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman

My Franchise Partners

 

Champion of new business strategies and training initiatives that meet and forecast the demands of internal and external clients

Integrating continuous improvement as a results-oriented leader in all aspects of business growth and development.

Helping individuals and business owners take the next step with in-depth research, analysis and guidance through the validation, due diligence, roll-out and development phases.

Big picture vision with the ability and willingness to roll up my sleeves.

 

 

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