"Entrepreneurship is a journey without a map, but smart travellers know to ask for directions"

- Rick Spense



At the conference you get to select the biz tool session you wish to attend. Each session has nine people plus the expert.

This year you make your selection at the actual event. We recommend you come, prepared to select your top three choices and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Sessions will be filled on a first-come basis, so come early.

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Financial solutions for your business with Ashley Keizer

We will discuss financing and your business. More specifically the types of situations that create a need for financing and the type of financing that is available to help you. We will review both long term and short term solutions

Ashley Keizer

Ashley Keizer


Ashley Keizer is a Commercial Account Manager in Southwestern Ontario. During her 15 year tenure with RBC Ashley has held a variety of roles in Personal and Commercial Banking. This has included both leadership and individual contributor roles. She holds a Bachelor of Sport Management Degree from Brock University. In her spare time Ashley enjoys spending time with her daughter skiing in Ellicottville, NY

Growing your business on a budget with Toni Harris Taylor

This topic covers some of the essentials that are often overlooked by small business owners. From marketing to legal, there are so many areas that are pitfalls to business success. This session discusses various strategies to not only protect your business but to grow your business without breaking the bank.

Toni Harris Taylor

Toni Harris Taylor

Toni Harris Taylor Toni’s story is full of drastic steps. From her drastic step of obtaining her degree while nursing her husband, leaving her six-figure income to become an entrepreneur after the death of her husband, to surviving and thriving a 10-day coma to have her personal best business year. Toni teaches her audiences how to keep on stepping forward, no matter what.

In her business as a speaker and Independent Associate with LegalShield, Toni helps business owners to achieve their goals, protect their family, business, and identity to have peace of mind and confidence to create the life they imagined.

Liberate your inner author and write your book with Susan Crossman

In this inspiring, yet practical talk, author Susan Crossman shares insights on how to recognize and master the three phases of fearlessness so you can dream, plan, and write the book only you can create. Using examples culled from a rich life that has often been balanced on the fine edge that separates terror from triumph, she explores how fear can all too often hold us back from living out our dreams.

She also provides a recipe for success that audience members will want to review every time they feel a longing in their heart for that “something more” that calls them forward into the life they were meant to lead.

Susan Crossman

Susan Crossman

Susan Crossman is a writer and having written five traditionally-published books herself, Susan works with other forward-thinking entrepreneurs as an editor and book coach through her company, The Awakening Author. As head of Crossman Communications, Susan and her team also create and manage content marketing strategies for established businesses that believe in the concept of service.

She’s also an adventuress who lives to harness the power of a good story well told. In recent years she has gone ziplining in Costa Rica, luging down a mountain in New Zealand, and trekking in the hills north of Khatmandu. She has hiked among the ruins of Macchu Pichu, danced until dawn at a London nightclub, and enjoyed a Christmas Day picnic at a 400-year-old farmhouse situated peacefully in the south of France.

Above all else, in all she does, Susan believes in the importance of seeing with our hearts, as well as with our eyes.

Managing your cash flow with Rosel George

The first step in managing cash flow is getting a handle on when your money is coming in and when it’s going out. With this information, you’ll be able to more accurately forecast your cash flow so you can plan for fluctuations in your business caused by seasonal or economic factors.

It will also help you determine how much cash or credit you need in reserve to keep you in the black through slower periods.

The technological world we live in makes the process much easier – and the engine that drives it is online banking. Not only can it save you time, it can really simplify your cash-flow management and record-keeping. It also provides a secure channel to conduct transactions.

Online banking is much more than just accessing your business accounts quickly and securely from your computer.

It allows you to move money between your accounts, track who you’ve paid, who’s paid you and which payments are still outstanding.

Rosel George

Rosel George


Rosel George is a Commercial Account Manager in Ontario South West. During her twenty tear tenure with RBC, Rosel spent the last 10- years in various leadership roles in Operations, the Contact Centre and National Office. Before joining the Commercial team Rosel was in the P&CB leadership role at National Office where she focused on Strategy within the Personal Financing Team. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management from Nipissing University. In her spare time she enjoys interior decorating and spending time with her four children and husband who is also an RBC employee.

Me Inc – Starting your business with Kristel Manes

When you start a business, you often don’t know what you don’t know. It can be overwhelming as there’s so much to consider. Do you want to be a sole proprietor vs. partnership vs. incorporation? What about marketing? What records do you need to keep? Where can you get capital? And then there’s sales! Come with your questions.

At the Business Centre where Kristel works, they help new business owners, both starting and existing, with information, resources and training to support all the different levels of the entrepreneurial journey. Let’s have a conversation!

Kristel Manes

Kristel Manes

Kristel Manes is a change management specialist; having spent the last 13 years coaching entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses. Kristel has an extensive history in communication and negotiation with boards of directors, sponsors, core funding partners, senior management, peers, and aspiring business owners.

Specialties include business plan creation, forecasting, goal definition, and growth strategies, policy and procedure formulation. Her success as Director of Operations with Innovation Guelph and Co-founder of the Rhyze Project have inspired Kristel to return to her roots; assisting the Business Centre of Guelph Wellington in navigating the next 20 years as business advisory experts.

Ready to scale your business? Find out what you need to reach the next level with Jennifer Clark

You know you want to grow your business, but are not sure how to get there. The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. Bring your questions.

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark


Jennifer Clark is a Business Centre Manager at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). She has spent more than 15 years in commercial lending and real estate financing. Jennifer endeavours to lead her teams to provide the best possible solutions to meet client needs. This is accomplished by working effectively with business partners to determine not only financing but operational needs of clients. Jennifer is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Jennifer is also an area sponsor for BDC’s Women initiative program - a working group charged with supporting the growth (size and scale) of women entrepreneurs and majority women-owned businesses through financing and consulting services.

Safeguarding Your Online Identity with Cat Coode

Do you know what you look like online to others? You should. We help to safeguard your online reputation by identifying the hidden harms in your online presence, personally and professionally. Join Cat as she talks about how privacy settings really work, what social networks actually know about you, and how to take back control of your own online identity.

In addition to protecting yourself, owning your data helps your company in their cybersecurity efforts by strengthening their human firewall and minimizing risk via ‘spearphishing’ (a leading method for social hackers to gain company access).

Cat Coode

Cat Coode

Binary Tattoo

Cat Coode is the founder of Binary Tattoo. Binary, for the language of all things digital. Tattoo, for the permanence of what goes online. Her mission is to help educate people with the knowledge of how an online identity is first created and then developed; empowering them to control how theirs evolves in the online world.

Cat is also an engineer, speaker, consultant, author, and, above all else, a parent. Her motivation to help others was born out of her concern for her kids and the new generations growing up in an ever-changing digital landscape. She also holds a certification in Canadian Privacy Law and Data Protection from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. www.binarytattoo.com

Sales that sizzle! with Patti Pokorchak

Ditch the pitch and learn how to sell from the heart!

If you are not making enough money, it’s not your marketing or brand- it’s your lack of sales SKILLS. Selling is a mindset, skill set, process, and discipline. Patti will take you from Sales FEAR to Sales FUN!

Patti Pokorchak

Patti Pokorchak

Patti Pokorchak was NOT a born salesperson. She was the shyest geek proving that ANYONE can learn how to sell, AND enjoy it too. In 1992, she helped co-found a software business, scaling to over a million in revenue and 20 employees before opening up a garden centre.

When someone hired this most unlikely million dollar sales whiz as her sales coach, she started her 10th business. Entrepreneurs who are not making enough money get coached on how to grow profitably. She helps them double and triple their revenues while having more FUN!

Turn your great idea into a reality with Judi Hughes

Are you sitting on a great idea? Are you just waiting for the right time to get started? NOW is that time! Learn how to identify the right first steps to take to get the ball rolling. Figure out how to get out of your own way to make it happen.

Take home tools to kick-start turning your great idea into a reality. Get ready to make your great idea a reality!

Judi Hughes

Judi Hughes

Your Planning Partners

Judi Hughes, partner at Your Planning Partners, is all about practical solutions for small business success. Her insights and the tools she shares bring sanity and focus to small business owners who are growing and feeling out of control. As a seasoned business owner, consultant and coach she is instrumental in helping her clients achieve the success they want for themselves and for their business.  www.yourplanningpartners.com

Using video to attract your ideal client with Kathy Barthel

Video is a powerful marketing tool that will help you attract clients, get speaking gigs, build a thriving community and much more, but most entrepreneurs avoid it. In today’s fun, interactive session you’ll learn how to be confident, genuine, and transparent on video; how to tell your story; and, the basic lighting and sound tips you’ll need to look professional. A handout is included.

Kathy Barthel

Kathy Barthel

Kathy Barthel is a brand messaging strategist, video coach and speaker who helps women entrepreneurs develop a genuine, one-on-one relationship with their dream clients so they can attract more of them. She is a former TV host and TV producer with 25+ years of experience in media and journalism. Kathy has interviewed everyone from actors, authors, and international designers to British royalty; and has created content for major media outlets including CTV, MSN, HGTV, and YTV.

She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and speaks on voice, brand and message; moderates lively business panels; and teaches business owners how to create an irresistible presence in words and on video.

What social media will give you the best ROI for your business with Penny Redmond

Are you losing sleep or procrastinating because your are uncertain what social channel is best for your business?

In this workshop we will find the right social media channel for your business with the highest ROI.

Penny Redmond

Penny Redmond

Fortura Marketing

Penny Redmond is the President of Fortura Marketing. It has been around for over 14 years and has helped many companies better position themselves in their industry and increase brand awareness.


Personal Development


Create a life without regret with Clare Kumar

Work-life integration is a constant challenge today, yet we are often reacting rather than directing the course of our life.  Jump up and take a bird’s eye view of your life. Determine if your attention is matching your intentions.  Figure out what you want to do differently to boost your satisfaction.  Learn and apply this repeatable methodology to keep you in the driver’s seat of your life.

Clare Kumar

Clare Kumar


As she grew up, Clare Kumar figured out how to cope with the challenges of being a “highly sensitive person” by being better organized.  Now, she’s known for it, appearing in media regularly as an organizing and productivity expert.  After a diverse corporate career, Clare created her organizing and productivity consultancy, Streamlife, in 2005, and has since helped thousands to better manage their key resources of time, space, and energy.

As a Certified Executive Coach and Speaker, Clare works with busy professionals to boost productivity, pleasure, and performance in all parts of life. In a word, she facilitates “flow” – creating the desired state for excellent execution.

Embracing change with Nancy Trites-Botkin

To change life and move into the dream of ‘what can be’ often requires a letting go of the ‘what is’ in present time.  That can be scary. What do you need to let go of so you can move forward in your life? Are you willing to embrace change with courage?

Nancy Trites-Botkin

Nancy Trites-Botkin

Think8 Systems

Co-founder and president of Think8 Systems, an international business Design firm, Nancy Trites-Botkin works globally. But whether as business strategist for worldwide corporations, author, speaker, or Life-and-Career Architect, Nancy’s passion is to enable women. She created Think8 Women to help women live On Purpose, personally and professionally.

She is a seasoned producer/writer/director for film and television she has over 60 international awards, an Emmy and Oscar short-listed film. But as a mother to three sons and grandmother to five, Nancy is uniquely qualified to help women realize the full scope of who they are, to live On Purpose.

Find the energy you need to build the life you want with Heather Phillips

What makes you feel renewed? More energy?  Join me and I will share six techniques that will get your meridian energy flowing so you can feel refreshed and renewed any time you want! Heather will show you how to find the energy you need to build the life you want.

Heather Phillips

Heather Phillips

Muscle Tuners International Inc.

Heather Phillips, HBPE is an author, speaker, mentor, and Co-Founder & Executive Director of Muscle Tuners International Inc. She is passionate about sharing techniques to Switch-on Muscles and the Body-Brain connection FIRST to Facilitate Your Body Electric for Daily Vitality and Resilience.

Go from looking good to electrifying with Jean Price

Discover a few success secrets that women leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers are utilizing to attract more ideal clients, partners, lifestyle and so much more. Are you showing up as the in-demand expert in your field? If not, why not?

Jean Price

Jean Price

For over 35 years, Jean Price has been passionately assisting high-achieving women leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers go from looking good to ELECTRIFYING.  As an award-winning business woman, she knows what it takes for high-powered women to create results and it begins with visibility.

How to get to the top of your game with Corey McCusker

Review what it takes to get to the TOP of your game in business or life. You will learn the most proven mental performance techniques plus be provided with tools and examples on how to master the mind to improve your business and maintain peak performance. This session will teach you how to elevate your game in business and how to get into the ZONE to deliver excellence. Corey will discuss three mental mastery mistakes and how to avoid them plus three necessary steps to deliver outstanding results.

Corey McCusker

Corey McCusker

Mental Performance Coach

Corey McCusker is a Mental Performance Coach. Corey has been in private practice for over 10 years coaching individuals and teams including business professionals, coaches and elite young athletes. She founded Master the Mind, Master the Game for Sports, Business and Life in 2010.

Her programs include assessment tools, key components of the mental skills and mental performance techniques that enhance and deliver key traits for peak performance. Corey`s mission is to provide the necessary mental skills to overcome stuck states, performance slumps, anxiety and to remove mental distractions so her clients can perform with ease and "in the zone".  


Nurturing a “more-in-me” Mindset with Laurie Hunt

Our minds are engaged in conversation pretty much all the time. We become distracted by this inner conversation which is often more critical than constructive, narrows our perspective and limits new ideas and opportunities. Think of mindset as literally a setting on your mind. Changing the setting is easier than you might realize.

In this session, you will:

  • learn the difference between an open and closed mindset
  • become aware of the default setting of your mind based on the More-In-Me Mindset Continuum™
  • learn how to shift your perspective with simple practical tools and activities that increase your energy, fuel your creativity and nurture possibility.
Laurie Hunt

Laurie Hunt

More-In-Me MOVEment

Laurie Hunt is the Founder of the More-In-Me MOVEment. She believes we all have more in us. When we take on a project, goal or dream that moves us out of our comfort zone, we discover that we do in fact have the wherewithal to make the inconceivable real. Getting moving – literally – is a way to access our untapped potential and create what we want in life, work and family. Laurie’s passion in her coaching and mentoring programs is to engage people in discovering new possibilities and their unique ‘more-in-me’.

Owning the power of your voice with Nancy Osborne

This is a session about engaging your voice in a way that resonates; whether at the boardroom table, managing a crisis or demonstrating your undeniable presence every day. Like a good singer, we all have range. Learn to expand your range and use that range to not only be heard but command respect.

Nancy Osborne

Nancy Osborne

Nancy Osborne CD, is an accomplished speaker and trainer who has presented to audiences from Afghanistan to New York. With a non-traditional career that spanned more than forty years, she often found herself as the only woman in some of the most misogynistic old boy's clubs, in some of the most dangerous places, around the world.

Her stories recounting her adventures are laced with humour while at the same time filled with motivational life lessons. She credits her successes to an “I got this” attitude, stepping into her power and trusting her instincts. Nancy doesn’t have a bucket list but believes that there is always another amazing adventure around the next corner. Through her stories she inspires others to make their voices resonate and their presence undeniable as they navigate life’s unpredictable paths.

Procrastination: Are you getting in your own way? with Natalie Haynes

On the journey to realizing your dreams you are faced with an overwhelming amount of steps that create excitement, fear, anxiety or joy.  How you approach this journey can propel you forward or keep you stationary.  In this interactive session explore how procrastination becomes the result you get instead of the result you want.  Learn the tools you need to take a step toward making your dreams a reality.

Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes became a therapist because she was a client.  Through her own journey toward self-awareness she personally experienced the power of psychotherapy and changed careers.  Natalie is a Registered Psychotherapist and has an established private practice in Georgetown.  

She has been supporting individuals, couples and families with their journey of self discovery, for over 10 years.  She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.

Taming your inner critic with Amy Vodarek

Our inner critic interferes with our ability to become excellent and fulfill our potential and ambition. Our inner critic holds us back when we want to step out and take a new opportunity and stifles our wiser inner voice. Backing down and listening to our critic can become habitual and we may no longer be aware it’s driving our choices and impacting our business and personal growth.

In this session you will learn:

  • To recognize your inner critic and its impact on your choices and behaviours
  • Specific strategies to tame your inner critic
  • Practices grow courage, listen to your wise self and take bolder action and new opportunities.
Amy Vodarek

Amy Vodarek

Amy Vodarek and Associates

Amy Vodarek ACC, MScN is a women’s leadership, career and work life success coach and facilitator. She’s passionate and holds a deep care for guiding women to shine in their own light. She is a speaker and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance.

She partners with organizations to develop women leaders and design work place cultures where women can reach fulfill their potential and thrive. Amy worked for 25 + years in health care and academia and holds numerous coaching certifications She holds a BScN and MScN from McMaster University. Residing in Milton, she is the mom of four.

www.amyvodarek.com   www.thegoodenoughproject.ca

Unleash your genius: for those who know they are born for more! with Adele Spraggon

Have you achieved some level of success – whether personal, business or career — but still feel you are missing ‘something’?  Do you know you have not reached your  fullest potential or shared your greatest gifts with the world?

If something is blocking your path to your wildly successful life then join Adele for this exciting workshop and discover the power in your subconscious brain-patterns. For those who are ready to rock the world!

Adele Spraggon

Adele Spraggon

Adele Spraggon is a speaker, author, and, most importantly, a guide.  Through her revolutionary four-step ‘repatterning’ process, she helps people smash through barriers, transform their lives, and reach unprecedented levels of ease and success – from the inside out.

Your health is your wealth with Jeanna Bumpas

Learn the secrets to feel and perform better. Steve Jobs was one of the wealthiest people in America. However, no amount of money could save his life. Bottom line, money cannot buy health and without health you have no wealth.

Learn strategies to fuel your most important account, your health account. In this session you will learn:

  • How to make the right food choices even though you’re busy!
  • How to use supplements to fill your nutritional gaps.
  • How to get moving and get physical activity without going to the gym!
  • How to help your body feel more rested with less sleep.
  • How to minimize stress and improve health when you have children.
Jeanna Bumpas

Jeanna Bumpas

Jeanna Bumpas empowers others to make lifestyle changes, in order to be the best they can be.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and is Sports Nutrition Certified.  As a health and wealth coach, Jeanna brings awareness to positive health choices. Jeanna has developed a variety of tools to motivate and support clients as they modify their current behaviours and begin to make healthier choices.