The Fall 2017 speakers:

Janice Ashworth is the General Manager of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC). Janice also Chairs the Ontario Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, is a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Net Metering Working Group of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. Janice has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University with a focus on community power structures and policies.




Mariam Zohouri grew Mealshare, a social enterprise dedicated to ending youth hunger, to a network of more than 30 of the capital’s best restaurants. With their support, Mealshare has shared more than 68,418 meals (and counting) with youth in need from Ottawa, and more than 1.5 million meals across Canada and around the world. Through Ottawa’s vibrant business, civic and cultural landscapes, Mariam leverages the social enterprise model as a vehicle for sustainable change in addressing youth hunger.



Lewis Eisen has 35 years’ experience in law, consulting and the federal government. He can take an organization from having a tangle of administrative policies with a compliance problem, to producing a set of rules that are organized and easy to understand. His book Respectful Policies and Directives: How to Write Rules that People Want to Follow aims to help foster a corporate culture of respect.




Kimothy Walker teaches people how to get into the spotlight… or how to stay out of it. As an international consultant in public relations and promotion, she recently returned from Vietnam where she was teaching an organization of 4,000 employees how to achieve growth through social media. As an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years’ experience, she is keenly aware that the message matters.




Terri Storey, has done what few women have yet accomplished in the Software as a Service (SaaS) area of technology. After working in mental health on the front line for almost two decades as the founder of Terrace Wellness, she has developed an app (SnapClarity) that will change the way mental health support is delivered. In just ten weeks she amassed $1.5 million dollars in investment and Microsoft has agreed to build the app.



The Spring 2017 speakers were:

His Worship Jim Watson
Jim Watson has been involved in politics for close to 30 years and was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Ottawa in 2014 after having first been elected Mayor in 2010. An active member of his community, he has also served on the boards or as honourary chair of several community organizations, including the Riverside Hospital, the National Arts Centre and the Forum for Young Canadians.



Nancy Morris


Nancy Morris
Nancy takes a new look at how businesses can harness the power of procrastination to increase employee productivity. Based in the science of psychology, she quickly looks at helping employees be consistently productive and their companies more profitable. Nancy, author of Procrastinate Now – Rethinking Time Management, has taken her expertise, and results, to six continents over the past 23 years.



Glenn Schmelzle
Glenn is a marketer and a business owner. By taking an engineering approach to digital marketing, Glenn helped companies generate enough leads through their websites to positively impact sales. He believed so strongly in the approach that in 2009 he started the Marketing What’s New agency, applying buyer-friendly content to technology-driven campaigns. Glenn is also an active supporter of Ottawa’s marketing, sales and startup communities.



Jeff Leiper
Jeff is the city councillor for Kitchissippi Ward and sits on the planning and environment committees, the Transit Commission, and is vice-chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee. He is active on cycling and transportation issues, as well as being a champion for Ottawa’s music industry. Jeff was elected to Council in 2014 with a background in technology and communications policy as a reporter, consultant and bureaucrat.




David Hicks
David is constantly curious about how things work…mainly by breaking things and rebuilding them. With a background in graphic design and marketing, David founded Brandbot in 2008 as a full-stack digital marketing agency with an emphasis on solving business problems with digital tools. When David is working he’s got a soldering iron out working on robots, digital art projects, and retro arcade games.




Margo Crawford
Margo is the CEO & founder of the Business Sherpa Group Inc, a management consulting firm specializing in providing flexible embedded services to enterprises in the areas of Human Resources, Finance, Strategy and Governance. Margo was also a co-founder of Meriton Networks and was instrumental in building a company with locations around the world and raising more than $75M in equity financing and related M&A transactions.



Dr. Dugald Seely
Dr. Dugald Seely is a clinician scientist, naturopathic doctor, founder, and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC). Dugald is pioneering a contemporary cancer treatment model based on scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine.  The OICC is a not-for-profit organization leading the way in integrative cancer care and research, and aims to be a hub for healthcare innovation in Canada.



Eric McRae
Eric McRae is the founder of the co-working space, My Byward Office, as well as a service delivery operations expert, and coach and mentor for startup entrepreneurs. He is passionate advocate of building innovative solutions by leveraging the creative expertise of a diversity of skill sets and professions. He also enjoys spending time with his two daughters, and competing in triathlons in his spare time.


The Fall 2016 speakers were:

heathertyrieHeather Tyrie

Heather Tyrie has a diverse background with 20 years experience in both large and small organizations in both the public and private sectors. A versatile leader who was worked in IT and marketing as well as human resources, Heather is passionate about creating great foundations for companies to grow and succeed. Heather currently works at You.i TV, a start up company based in Kanata that has developed a new way to build TV applications. Prior to You.i, Heather has worked at Minto Developments Inc, Newbridge Networks (Alcatel), iMPath Networks and Industry Canada.


craiggauthierCraig Gauthier

Craig Gauthier is an entrepreneur with two decades of business leadership, technology and marketing experience. Craig is currently busy with Strategy Line – an international social and digital consultancy firm where he works as a strategic advisor in the areas of brand building, reputation management and engagement. He has spoken for or consulted with some of the biggest brands – including the National Hockey League, New Balance, Coke, Lexus-Toyota, Cisco, Microsoft, Google and Disney/ABC.


Closing Panel

alexsauriolAlex Sauriol

Alex has been innovating in aviation technology for more than 20 years. As co-founder of Searidge Technologies, he was the visionary behind their award winning technology and has co-authored several industry patents. In his current role as CTO, Alex is responsible for driving the Searidge technology roadmap, leading the service delivery team and aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Searidge to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions.


stephenpartridgeStephen Partridge

Founder, co-founder, and re-starter of multiple ventures with one major exit under his belt, Stephen operates as an international investor, advisor, board member and executive, all out of the Ottawa area. He’s also adamant on helping the next generation of entrepreneurs as Chair of the Strategy and Operations Committee on the Startup Canada Board of Directors.



sueabuhakimaSue Abu Hakima

Sue is Co-Founder and CEO of her second start-up, Amika Mobile, focussing on public safety and security. She exited her first start-up in content analysis and AI for secure messaging and compliance to Entrust in 2004. Sue is a rare woman technology CEO, a two-time founder/CEO and has been entrepreneur for 16 years. Sue has served on a number of boards including the National Centers of Excellence as well as the OCE and her companies have won numerous awards.


The Spring 2016 speakers were:


Simon Donato

Dr. Simon Donato is best known as the host of the Esquire Network’s adventure sports television show Boundless. He is also the founder of Adventure Science, a volunteer based organization that pairs scientists with adventure athletes and has conducted more than 15 global projects exploring everything from archaeological ruins, to searching for missing airplanes and people, to conducting exercise physiology projects.

When he’s not racing or exploring, he spends his days running Stoked Oats, his gluten-free oatmeal company he founded in 2011. He holds a PhD in Geology and lives in Canmore, Alberta with his dog, Gertie the #adventuretank and recently started to hang out at his farm in the Ottawa Valley.

Bob72Bob Urichuck

Bob is an internationally renowned sales trainer, author and speaker. For the last 18 years, using Singapore and Dubai as his ongoing hubs for Asia and the Middle East, Bob has worked with Fortune 500 companies and mid-size businesses in more than 1,000 cities and 47 countries to audiences as big as 10,000. And yet he’s virtually unknown in his backyard of Ottawa.

Bob is an internationally recognized Sales Guru — ranked in the World’s Top 10 since 2008 and the author of six bestselling books. He wants to inspire, educate and empower people.


Sam72Sam Laprade

Sam is a born fundraiser! She has worked in all aspects of fundraising including legacy giving, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, and special events. Currently the Director of Development at Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills, she has also worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, The Ottawa Mission, the Ottawa Humane Society and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

She has spoken at AFP International Conferences, CAGP National Conference as well as the AFP Congress. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).


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