Speakers / Topics: Entrepreneurship ($5,000 or less)

It’s not easy to build a business from the ground up. Our entrepreneurs share stories and lessons learned from the trenches on the journey to success.

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Jordan Axani

Focus of World's Most Viral Human Interest Story | Mental Health and Belonging Researcher

Jordan Axani is a social researcher that helps employees and students share their unspoken fears, struggles and hopes with their peers – driving performance, engagement and happiness at work and school. He calls this building “cultures of belongi...

Jordan Axani

Ben Barry

Ground-breaking Diversity Advocate | Bestselling Author of Fashioning Reality

Dr. Ben Barry is a trailblazer. The founder of the Ben Barry Agency—the world’s first modeling agency dedicated to representing models of all ages, shapes, races and abilities–Ben is also the Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inc...

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Zane Caplansky

Deli King, Caplansky’s Deli | Food Television Personality

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Now one of Canada’s most successful and well-known restaurateurs, Zane’s path to smoked-meat success was a haphazard one. With jobs along the way that included acting as a political assistant, becoming a bus...

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Janet Podleski

Bestselling Author | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | TV Host Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

How did two sisters with no formal culinary training, no publishing track record, no food industry experience and—most importantly—no money, end up writing and publishing one of Canada’s bestselling cookbooks of all time? Janet Podleski’s cap...

Janet Podleski

Ian Portsmouth

Publisher, Canadian Business and PROFIT Magazines

Chronicling the experiences of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and fastest-growing companies is what Ian Portsmouth, publisher of PROFIT and Canadian Business magazines, does every day. In his high-calibre, informative presentations he uses real-li...

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Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer CBC's Dragons' Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was a key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created T...

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