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Carol Jiang

President
Beneco Packaging

Carol Jiang is President of Mississauga-based Beneco Packaging. Beneco designs and manufacturers wholesale box packaging solutions for the food, confectionary, cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceutical, entertainment, stationary, sp... More

Dahra Granovsky

President
Chem-Ecol Ltd., Coburg, ON

Dahra Granovsky has over 18 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry, including business development and expansion in the USA. She is currently President of two SME’s: Chem-Ecol Ltd., headquartered in C... More

Debbie Walker

Intnl Trade Branch
ON Min. of Citizenship, Immig. & Intnl Trade

Debbie Walker is Director, Community Export Development, International Trade Branch, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. The International Trade Branch assists Ontario businesses to develop target... More

Eric Wazana

Co-Founder and President
Second Denim Yoga Jeans

Eric Wazana is co-founder and President of Second Denim Yoga Jeans, a Quebec-based manufacturer of clothing. The company has one simple goal: To make women of all ages, body shapes and walks of life feel confident, beautiful and s... More

Ernie Lynch

Founder and President
Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.

Ernie Lynch is the founder and President Mississauga-based Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. The company is a North American leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of hydraulic motion control manifolds and integrated hydrauli... More

Herb Willer

President
HMW Capital Inc.

Herb Willer is founder and President of Toronto-based HMW Capital Inc. His company focuses on emerging entrepreneurial businesses and helps them raise capital, conduct strategic planning, recruit and develop the management team, a... More

John Tennant

Founder and Managing Partner
W2N2 Partnership

John Tennant is the Founder and Managing Partner of W2N2 Partnership, a strategic consulting, policy and advisory firm, specializing in international relations, economic development, international trade, investment, innovation, te... More

Julie Ellis

Co-Founder and Vice President
Mabel's Labels

Julie Ellis is one of the four co-founders of Mabel’s Labels and its Vice-President of IT, Finance and Sales. Founded in 2003, Mabel’s Labels is the leading provider of personalized labels for kids and adults. Its cust... More

Kathy Cheng

President
WS & Co.

Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., a boutique-style garment manufacturer, specializing in high-quality, bespoke activewear and quick-turnaround apparel. In addition to having its own skilled sampling department which can tu... More

Mary Anderson

President
WBE Canada

Mary Anderson is President of WBE Canada, which opens doors to opportunities and supply chains for women owned enterprises in Canada. WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and then f... More

Pete Samson

Managing Partner
Ironbridge Equity Partners, Toronto, ON

Pete Samson is a Managing Partner at Ironbridge Equity Partners, based in Toronto. Ironbridge provides equity capital to Canadian companies. It makes equity investments from $5 to $20 million. It looks for a core management team t... More

Randolph R Bianchi

Partner
Summer Street Capital Partners

Randy Bianchi is Partner-Business Development for Summer Street Capital, a private equity fund located in Buffalo, NY.  With more than $450 million in capital under management, his firm recently closed its third fund and is seeki... More

Stephen Callaghan

Regional Vice-President
Export Development Canada

Steve Callaghan is responsible for the leadership of Export Development Canada’s Commercial Markets and Small Business team in Ontario. EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Can... More

Victoria Sopik

Co-Founder and CEO
Kids & Company

Victoria Sopik is Co-Founder and CEO of Kids & Company. Kids & Company offers working parents and their employers supportive child care solutions through over 60 locations in Canada and three in the United States, where th... More
Carol Jiang

Carol Jiang

President

Beneco Packaging

Carol Jiang is President of Mississauga-based Beneco Packaging. Beneco designs and manufacturers wholesale box packaging solutions for the food, confectionary, cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceutical, entertainment, stationary, sporting goods and other consumer sectors. Its 45,000 square foot production plant features advanced packaging technology – prepress, creative graphic design, offset printing, water-base coating, UV coating, die cutting, embossing, window patching and gluing. Its SoOPak program specializes in high-quality, short runs at affordable prices. The company ranked number 377 on the Profit 500 list for 2014.

Carol, who has 20 years of experience in the packaging sector, founded Beneco in 2004 with a dream to provide both flexibility and versatility to businesses and individuals, providing them with customized packages and cartons at the best prices, whether they needed 100 or several thousand.

Carol is number 56 on the 2014 Chatelaine Profit W100 list, ranking top female entrepreneurs in Canada. She has an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Website:

benecopackaging.com

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Dahra Granovsky

Dahra Granovsky

President

Chem-Ecol Ltd., Coburg, ON

Dahra Granovsky has over 18 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry, including business development and expansion in the USA. She is currently President of two SME’s: Chem-Ecol Ltd., headquartered in Coburg, Ontario and a leader in industrial oil purification, offering purification services to industrial clients throughout the U.S. and Canada; and Fresh Packaging, in Toronto, which provides customer-focused pouches, bags, and contract filling for both industrial and consumer clients.

Dahra is an Independent Director of Hammond Power Solutions Inc., a global manufacturer of transformer, headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, with multiple manufacturing facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Italy and India.

Dahra is a director on the Board at Atlantic Packaging and on the Board of Advisors of The Thomson- Gordon Group. She is past President of Atlantic Packaging, a market leader in manufacturing Liner and Medium and Corrugated Boxes, Past President of Eco Wood Products, a manufacturer of products used for composting, landscaping, mulches, fuel and as a component of building materials for construction and furniture; and of Meldan, a supplier of coloured-mulch products. Dahra is also a member of YPO and is on the Board of the North York General Hospital Foundation. She has an MBA in International Finance from University of Hartford.

 

Website:

www.lubricantrecovery.com

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Debbie Walker

Debbie Walker

Intnl Trade Branch

ON Min. of Citizenship, Immig. & Intnl Trade

Debbie Walker is Director, Community Export Development, International Trade Branch, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

The International Trade Branch assists Ontario businesses to develop targeted export strategies for international markets. The Branch’s international market consultants provide a number of core programs and services including one-on-one export consulting, market and sector-specific export seminars and workshops, trade missions and exhibitions as well as in-market trade support.

As a member of the International Trade Branch team, Debbie works with federal, provincial, regional and municipal economic development organizations, local chambers and boards of trade to build awareness of her ministry’s trade programs and services. Debbie also delivers a continuum of exporter education programs across the province including the First Steps in Exporting seminars, the New Exporters to Borders States (NEBS) program, and U.S. Customs Documentation, NAFTA, HTS Classification and Trade Compliance workshops.

Debbie joined the provincial government in 1984 as an international trade consultant. Her trade portfolios with the Ontario government have included the United States, Germany, Japan, India, and Australia. From 1986 to 1988, she was the Executive Assistant to the Agent General, Government of Ontario trade office in Tokyo, Japan.

Debbie holds a B.A. (Asian Studies) from the University of British Columbia. Prior to graduating from UBC, she attended the International Christian University, in Mitaka, Japan.

Website:

www.citizenship.gov.on.ca

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Eric Wazana

Eric Wazana

Co-Founder and President

Second Denim Yoga Jeans

Eric Wazana is co-founder and President of Second Denim Yoga Jeans, a Quebec-based manufacturer of clothing. The company has one simple goal: To make women of all ages, body shapes and walks of life feel confident, beautiful and sexy. Eric and his brother, Jacob, with whom he co-founded the business, deconstructed traditional denim patterns and fabrics and remade them as a new pair of jeans so comfortable and flexible that a woman could actually practice yoga in them.

Design and product development are done in Montreal and manufacturing is all done at a plant in the Beauce region, southeast of Quebec City. The company’s products are exported around the world and, in the United States, are carried by over 1,000 retailers. All of the company’s 125 employees are located in Canada and sales in the U.S. are handled exclusively by regional sales agents. Successfully finding great sales agents has been key to the rapid growth of Second Denim Yoga Jeans, but there remain regions with the U.S. market, where agents operate differently and it is harder to find those with the right fit.

Website:

www.secondclothing.com

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Ernie Lynch

Ernie Lynch

Founder and President

Lynch Fluid Controls Inc.

Ernie Lynch is the founder and President Mississauga-based Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. The company is a North American leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of hydraulic motion control manifolds and integrated hydraulic systems. Its products are used in the aerospace, material handling, mining, logging, industrial, mobile equipment automotive, plastics, medical, and entertainment sectors. Lynch offers hydraulic components, engineering expertise, and/or a complete hydraulic, motion control system manufacturing under one roof.

From his first year of operation at home and rebuilding pumps and valves in a freezing garage to 27 years later leading a globally recognized company praised by existing and new clients such as NASA, Ernie embodies the significance of vision coupled with persistence. The one-man start-up in Etobicoke in 1987 has mushroomed into a staff of nearly one hundred employees working within state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing facilities. In today’s dynamic global markets, Ernie’s vision of custom engineering solutions, automation and cutting edge technology enables the company to retain its competitive edge within the hydraulic motion control world.

Ernie was nominated as a finalist for the 2013 Ontario Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award in the Cleantech and Manufacturing category, and for the 2014 Ontario Export Awards in the Clean Technology Category. He previously served on the advisory board to Centennial and Humber College and as a Director of the National Fluid Power Association as well as the Canadian Fluid Power Association. Ernie is currently a Director with the Ontario Aerospace Council and on the SME Advisory Board to Foreign Affairs Canada.

Ernie received his apprenticeship diploma from Centennial College and was honored as the Centennial College 2011 Alumnus of Distinction. He is a true environmentalist that has invested in solar technology and works towards providing a healthy environment for his staff.

Website:

lynch.ca

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Herb Willer

Herb Willer

President

HMW Capital Inc.

Herb Willer is founder and President of Toronto-based HMW Capital Inc. His company focuses on emerging entrepreneurial businesses and helps them raise capital, conduct strategic planning, recruit and develop the management team, and execute operations. Industry interests include technology, social media, health care, and consumer products.

Herb was previously a global partner with Arthur Andersen, in charge of the Entrepreneurial practice in Ontario. In 2002, he commenced private equity investing, including at Kingsdale Capital Markets Inc ( an IDA member and full brokerage firm), where he also was in charge of the corporate finance group. Herb is experienced across a broad range of industries in the areas of investment banking and strategy consulting. He has had extensive involvement with the process of taking companies public, including the CPC program, and is a member of the local advisory committee for the TSX-V and a member of the national advisory committee for the TSX-V.

In 2003, Herb was part of the founder group of Mill St. Brewery and became Chairman. He was instrumental in all areas of the business growth, including hiring the management team, branding, raising capital, and the building of the new production plant.

Herb is Chairman of Satin Finish Hardwood Flooring (manufacturer of engineered and solid hardwood flooring and distributor of various laminate flooring products); HealthCare 365 Inc. (primary health care management services on a virtual basis); PitchPoint Solutions (SaaS based compliance and validation services for credit reporting agencies in the U.S. mortgage market); Intertainment Media Inc. (portfolio management company with focus on internet based social media products and services with global reach); and Mill Street Brewery (micro-brewery). He also sits on the Board of Yappn Corp (an early stage online multilingual social community).

Herb is on the investment committee for the University Health Network and has had various teaching and speaking experiences.

Herb received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.

Website:

www.hmwcapital.com

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John Tennant

John Tennant

Founder and Managing Partner

W2N2 Partnership

John Tennant is the Founder and Managing Partner of W2N2 Partnership, a strategic consulting, policy and advisory firm, specializing in international relations, economic development, international trade, investment, innovation, technology, governance and government relations.

John had a distinguished career with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). There, his roles included Canadian Consul General in Detroit (as point person for relations with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, with considerable emphasis on trade, investment and technology); prior assignments in New York and Chicago; Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister (Economic/Commercial) in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Director General for Asia Pacific in Ottawa.  Earlier assignments, principally in business development roles, were in West Africa, Central America, the Eastern Caribbean and Australia. 

From 2002 to 2008, John was Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc (CTT Inc), the public-private regional economic development partnership for Ontario’s Waterloo Region, comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

At W2N2 Partnership, among other assignments, John has authored a detailed Global Automotive Sector Strategy for Canada for DFATD and provided recommendations on foreign investment retention and expansion. He has also developed a detailed investment case for DFATD on Canada’s leadership role in quantum information processing research.  Other projects have involved the Canadian Chapter of the Association of University Research Parks, Health Technologies Exchange (HTX), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Transport Canada, and municipal and regional economic development organizations.

John is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute, Canadian International Council, The Japan Society, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, International Economic Development Council, Economic Developers Council of Ontario, Communitech Technology Association, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Dean’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics in Waterloo, and the Advisory Council at York University’s Schulich School of Business to develop a national curriculum on international business for Canadian undergraduates. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Canadian Automotive Policy Partnership, a multidisciplinary study of the auto sector.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and the professional ICD.D qualification for Directors granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Website:

www.w2n2.ca

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Julie Ellis

Julie Ellis

Co-Founder and Vice President

Mabel's Labels

Julie Ellis is one of the four co-founders of Mabel’s Labels and its Vice-President of IT, Finance and Sales.

Founded in 2003, Mabel’s Labels is the leading provider of personalized labels for kids and adults. Its custom labels include sticky labels for clothing, personalized stickers for tweens, school labels, name labels, iron-on clothing labels/name tags, book plates, label stickers/adhesive labels for the home, and children’s labels for look-alike items sent to school, daycare or camp. Its products are also favoured by teachers for classroom organization. The company’s growing product line now features child safety products, household labels and seasonal items.

Mabel’s Labels sells worldwide through its website and across North America via fundraisers at schools, daycares, camps and other organizations. Its new line of self-laminating “Write Away!”(tm) Labels are available at Walmart Canada and US Target stores. The company is a past winner of a Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award and has been listed in the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 and Profit 500. The founders and company have been featured on The View, Today, The Early Show, Rachael Ray, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, Parents, In Style, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, People.com, Forbes.com and numerous blogs and websites. As sought-after experts on social media, they are listed on Inc.com‘s list of ’20 Awesome Facebook Fan Pages’ and Hubspot’s ‘The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen’. Celebrity moms who have used Mabel’s Labels include Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon.

Julie has over fifteen years’ experience with the Royal Bank of Canada as a financial planner. As the business expanded into large scale retail, Julie has also become involved in the strategic procurement process, which has taken her abroad to China.

Julie and her partners were winners of the PROFIT Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award at the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is also Chair of the Board of Innovation Factory in Hamilton, ON.

Website:

www.mabelslabels.com

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Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng

President

WS & Co.

Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., a boutique-style garment manufacturer, specializing in high-quality, bespoke activewear and quick-turnaround apparel. In addition to having its own skilled sampling department which can turn concepts into production-ready garments, the company also has a custom garment manufacturing service that can produce according to clients’ specifications. Its private-label program, Redwood Classics, features in-stock apparel with classic, staple pieces ready for made-to-order branding. Redwood Classics is among the first apparel suppliers in the Canadian promotional industry to offer an entirely retail-quality Made in Canada selection. Nearly half of WS & Co’s production is exported to the USA and other global markets, including Japan.  It has produced for high-profile brands, including Roots Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), Holt Renfrew, Todd Snyder New York, Scoop NYC, Ron Herman LA, Gilt Groupe, Preloved, Bonobos, J.Crew, Gap and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Kathy is a crusader for reshoring and keeping apparel manufacturing on North American soil.

In 2014, Kathy was one of three Canadians inducted into The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, a North American competition and executive leadership program. In 2013, she won a position on the Women’s Executive Network’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. In 2012, she received the PPPC Inc. Momentum Award, recognizing her leadership within the promotional product industry. In 2008, she was honoured in Toronto’s Mille Femmes Exhibition (Luminato), a tribute to 1,000 artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto.

Kathy is a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), which is an innovative, non-profit, small business centre dedicated to supporting and nurturing new fashion entrepreneurs. She also sits on the Program Advisory Council of Ryerson’s School of Fashion; George Brown’s School of Fashion Studies; and Seneca College’s School of Fashion.

Kathy has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from University of Toronto.

Website:

www.wsandcompany.com

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Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

President

WBE Canada

Mary Anderson is President of WBE Canada, which opens doors to opportunities and supply chains for women owned enterprises in Canada. WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and then facilitates opportunities for these businesses to meet buyers and get access to bids for corporate contracts as part of supplier diversity programs. As part of its mandate, the organization also provides training and education at an annual conference and through workshops and webinars. It provides mentoring, both through its own program that pairs WBEs with each other and through corporate mentoring programs. It organizes networking events with like-minded businesswomen and corporate members. Last but not least, it provides its corporate members with forums, tools and techniques to broaden and strengthen their supplier diversity initiatives.

Mary has 30 years of experience in the international trade arena. During her career, she has worked in corporations, non-profit organizations, academia, and has also been an entrepreneur. She was the first woman president to be appointed in the 75-year history of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (I.E. Canada), a position she held from 2005 to 2009. She was also President of the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce and served as the chair of the board of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) from 2008 – 2010 where she encouraged young women to enter the field of international business. In 2003 and 2004, she was Co-President of the Toronto Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Toronto). She is the past CEO of Trade Partners, a women-owned trade consulting firm.

Mary serves on many boards and advisory committees, including: the Supplier Diversity Advisory Council to the organizing committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the Supplier Advisory Committee with Public Works and Government Services Canada. She was recognized as one of the top 18 Influential Women in Diversity and HR in 2013. Mary has participated in Export Development Canada (EDC) President’s Stakeholder Panel and on advisory committees with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including the SME Advisory Board.

Mary has an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Website:

www.wbecanada.org

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Pete Samson

Pete Samson

Managing Partner

Ironbridge Equity Partners, Toronto, ON

Pete Samson is a Managing Partner at Ironbridge Equity Partners, based in Toronto. Ironbridge provides equity capital to Canadian companies. It makes equity investments from $5 to $20 million. It looks for a core management team that is motivated to stay and invest, businesses that are leaders in their core markets, a history of positive earnings and an opportunity to grow revenue and improve earnings either organically or through acquisitions. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and services, and business products and services.

Prior to joining Ironbridge, Pete spent 21 years at Bain & Company in their Toronto office. Bain is recognized as the leading strategy consulting firm serving private equity clients worldwide. Prior to Bain, Pete worked as an Associate at Wood Gundy, a major Canadian Investment Bank.

During his time at Bain, Pete worked on a number of assignments in: mergers & acquisitions; corporate and business unit strategy; sales force strategy; pricing strategy; strategic cost reduction; and customer retention. While at Bain, he held various roles as the head of the Canadian Financial Services, the Canadian Private Equity and the Americas Asset Management Practices.

Pete worked on over 75 transactions in multiple industries and in multiple countries during his Bain tenure. The transactions ranged in size from $50 million to $50 billion. He spent a considerable amount of time on these transactions supporting the pre-acquisition diligence efforts of private equity funds or strategic buyers, but the majority of his time was focused post-acquisition, working with management teams from the acquirer and the target company to realize value from the acquisition. With this experience Pete was a leader in Bain’s Global Merger Integration Practice Area.

Pete currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Frischkorn Audio-Visual Corp., Demers, Ambulance Manufacturer Inc., LaFrentz & Christenson Trucking Ltd. and Hank’s Maintenance and Service Co. Ltd., and is a member of the Board of Directors of Frost Fighter Inc.

Pete holds an Honours Business Administration degree from The University of Western Ontario and the CFA designation.

 

Website:

www.ironbridgeequity.com

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Randolph R Bianchi

Randolph R Bianchi

Partner

Summer Street Capital Partners

Randy Bianchi is Partner-Business Development for Summer Street Capital, a private equity fund located in Buffalo, NY.  With more than $450 million in capital under management, his firm recently closed its third fund and is seeking to invest alongside talented managers bringing capital and resources to support acquisitions, growth and ownership transitions.  Randy’s primary responsibilities include the development and execution of Summer Street’s strategic marketing plan, direct-to-company sourcing strategy and participating in the selection and evaluation process of prospective equity investments.  Among the firm’s portfolio of companies is Belmont Meat Products in Toronto.

Randy has over twenty years of entrepreneurial, management and business development experience, and has held a senior management position in a multi-location family business, participated in founding and exiting a small start-up company, and has held numerous sales and management positions during a fifteen year career at a leading multi-billion dollar service company.  Randy has been acknowledged for several prestigious awards, including being recognized as the #1 sales associate among over five thousand sales professionals.

Randy serves on the board of the Institute of Continuing Professional Education and Junior Achievement of Western New York, serves on member committees for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Buffalo Financial Executives Group, is the founder of Buffalo’s First Thursday Business Networking and is actively involved in the Upstate New York and Southern Ontario business communities.  Randy earned an Executive MBA from the University at Buffalo, and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Rowan University and holds a certificate in family business advising.

Website:

www.summerstreetcapital.com

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Stephen Callaghan

Stephen Callaghan

Regional Vice-President

Export Development Canada

Steve Callaghan is responsible for the leadership of Export Development Canada’s Commercial Markets and Small Business team in Ontario. EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,200 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year.

Steve joined EDC in 2000 as an Account Manager, and has previously held a variety of positions, including District Manager for the regional office in Mississauga, and Manager of the Ontario Regional Contract Insurance and Bonding team.

Steve has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Speaking session:

Ramping up for exports: How will you finance the growth?

Website:

www.edc.ca

 

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Victoria Sopik

Victoria Sopik

Co-Founder and CEO

Kids & Company

Victoria Sopik is Co-Founder and CEO of Kids & Company. Kids & Company offers working parents and their employers supportive child care solutions through over 60 locations in Canada and three in the United States, where the company is actively seeking to expand. Its proprietary curriculum includes pre-reading, art, fitness and movement, sign language, music, science, and structured and unstructured play. The company partners with many large corporations to provide work-life balance solutions through guaranteed flexible child care and other dependent care programs and services. Its mission includes improving some of the challenges that working parents must balance, making Kids & Company a cornerstone for numerous employee wellness strategies. The company now has over 1,500 employees.

Ms. Sopik has a long and distinguished career in the childcare industry with more than 20 years of experience. She has been honoured with the 2013 RBC Women Entrepreneur Of The Year Award – Momentum Category and the 2012 Canada’s Passion Capitalists award for Work Culture and Philosophy, and by inclusion in the WXN Top100 Most Powerful Women and by Profit and Chatelaine magazines in the W100 – Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.

Ms. Sopik is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and the International Women’s Forum . She studied Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario and is a recognized expert in the childcare field. Over the years, she has also developed successful long-term partnerships with numerous private and public organizations, and is active with several charitable organizations.

Website:

www.kidsandcompany.com

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