Peta-Ann Leon is a dedicated marketing & sales professional and the Founder of Leon Designs Creative Marketing Agency. Her established record of exceeding social campaign objectives, launching results-focused initiatives, and bringing innovative projects to market is why clients love working with her. She is passionate about growing high-performance solutions and championing entrepreneurship, diversity, and women in tech.
In her day Peta works with enterprise application research and supports marketing advisory sessions in her role as Director of Member Services at Info-Tech Research Group. Peta-Ann also works with Pitch Better as a Director of Memberships & Partnerships supporting diverse entrepreneurs. Peta-Ann is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Psychology, and holds a Diploma in Public Relations from Western for her work in strategic communication.
As a transformative leader in entrepreneurship, Antoine Carrière boasts over two decades of dedication to coaching, training, and living the entrepreneurial way of life. Fluent in both English and French, he has coached and delivered high-impact workshops to entrepreneurs across North America, harnessing his insights to inspire and uplift countless entrepreneurs. He's recognized for his unique approach that seamlessly blends emotion-driven discussions with talent-based coaching, carving out a niche that ensures holistic entrepreneurial and personal development.
Building from his on-ground experience with thousands of aspiring and operational entrepreneurs, he released his first book "Who Are My Clients?" in 2020 that doesn’t just ask a question—it provokes a deep reflection, urging businesses to delve beyond mere statistics and truly connect with a key to entrepreneurial success: their ideal client. With an eagerly anticipated second book on the horizon for 2024, “The Entrepreneur Lifestyle” promises to fortify the entrepreneurial spirit by helping people make the right choice of choosing the entrepreneur way of life or finding their ideal career.
He's a certified Builder Profile Coach, CliftonStrengths Coach, CliftonStrengths Course Leader, and a Love+Work Leader. Those seeking entrepreneurial wisdom and insights that are shared with intent and passion, connecting with Antoine is the step forward on a transformative journey toward entrepreneurial excellence.
Mirana graduated in 2018 with MSc. in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Strategy & Organization. She started her career in a management consulting firm in France working on IT performance and IT transformation projects.
While pursuing her career in management consulting, she now specializes in Data Strategy & Governance. Throughout her projects, Mirana always strives to put technology at the service of her clients’ business strategy.
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Jyll Saskin Gales is a marketing coach, consultant and trainer. She advises business owners across industries and sizes, helping them get the best ROI from their marketing. Jyll teaches at Google for Startups, Camp Tech, Jelly Academy, boutique agencies, Fortune 100 companies and her own Learn with Jyll platform. She is TikTok's resident "Google Pro" with more than 60,000 followers tuning in for her clear & simple marketing tips. Jyll previously worked at Google for 6 years and has an MBA from Harvard Business School
Aya is a trailblazer in emerging technology at the Ignition Centre for KPMG Canada, where she drives Artificial Intelligence initiatives, Insight Centre sessions, and design-led applications in emerging technology for public and private organizations. A strong advocate for women in leadership, Aya supports KPMG's Women in Technology committee both locally and nationally. She most recently curated KPMG Vancouver's first Generative AI summit, preparing today's leaders to stay agile and lead fearlessly in this new era of intelligence. Aya is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders and believes in using emerging technology and data-backed insights to create a more productive, inclusive, and innovative world.
Fikayo is an award-winning entrepreneur who has reached over 10 million individuals on various media platforms. He is the CEO of BFG Group and founder of Project Impacting Lives, the largest youth-led care product distributor in Canadian history.
With an admirable dedication, the initiative has successfully distributed over 10,000 care products across Ontario to individuals in need. Additionally, Fikayo serves as the Chair of York University’s Black Alumni Network (YUBAN), contributing significantly to the university’s community and empowerment initiatives.
Catherine is a Specialist in Freshwater Ecosystems has been with WWF-Canada since 2014. During her time at WWF she has led the assessments of Watershed Reports, the first national picture of the health of and threats to freshwater in Canada. She has also led her organization’s participation in STREAM (which stands for Sequencing the Rivers for Environmental Assessment and Monitoring). STREAM’s aim was to increase monitoring capacity within watershed groups and Indigenous communities to reduce data deficiency issues.
She now works to support similar capacity building efforts for carbon monitoring across Canada and is involved in WWF-Canada’s commitments to ecosystem restoration.
She holds an MSc in Physical Geography from the University of Ottawa, where she studied the impacts of thawing permafrost on streams and rivers.
Bre (she/her) is a Regina based leader, passionate about all things community and connection. In her role at Cultivator, Bre helps to grow the SK tech eco-system and support innovative startups and founders. She loves building meaningful partnerships and bringing people together to work towards the same goal.
Outside of work, she loves home renovations and hanging out with her dog, Joey! A piece of advice for those curious about the world of tech: dive in and get involved in community events like 24 Hour Startup!
Helen co-founded ODAIA in 2018, an AI/ML-powered commercial insights SaaS platform for pharmaceutical companies.
As Chief Technical Evangelist, Helen brings her understanding of artificial intelligence, customer analytics and digital transformation to drive ODAIA’s thought leadership efforts, ultimately helping pharma commercial teams adopt AI in their work and leverage data science and AI to achieve a competitive advantage.
She has been teaching product development, design, and entrepreneurship for 10 years at the University of Toronto in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
Helen co-founded UofT's Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL), an incubator that supports students and faculty to commercialize their innovations in emerging technologies.
You can also tune in and listen to Helen as she hosts the Making Impact Podcast, where she talks to life sciences leaders about how their work impacts our lives with technology.
With over a decade of global marketing experience, Kristina excels in aligning strategies with client business objectives. Her expertise include project management, PR communications, digital strategy, and creative copywriting. Thriving in remote-based digital work, she adeptly navigates diverse time zones and rapid industry shifts.
Extensive work travel has honed Kristina's skills in cross-cultural communications, while her past speaking engagements and recent CAUFP board experience underscore her passion for mentorship and knowledge-sharing.
Kathryn is a provincial, national and international award-winning training and business consultant with 30+ years of experience in sales and corporate executive management as well as developing and facilitating training programs in over 16 countries.
Kathryn is the President & Chief Learning Officer for her company Hotte Consulting Inc. is the training and development consultant for Prospect Human Services, the Entrepreneur in Residence for Princes Trust Canada, President of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the Vice Chair for Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, she was also awarded with the 2017 Women of Influence Award in the Business & Professional category. Kathryn is about to publish her second book Txting 2 Talking; Disconnect to Reconnect and has also added ‘actor’ to her resume by starring in the feature film Moments in Spacetime.
Allison Zerr is a mom, an educator, a mentor and a dual certified red seal and blue seal endorsed Welder and Metal Fabricator. She is also the Program head for the Women in Trades and Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She is passionate about sharing her experience and developing the skills and the knowledge necessary to build successful careers for women entering the trades and technology sectors.
Working in the welding industry for over a decade has given Allison the opportunity to experience and apply a broad range of skills learned in both the classroom and custom fabrication shop settings. Allison is committed to lifelong learning and career development and has recently completed her level 1 Welding Inspector certification.
Frincy is an award-winning Artificial Intelligence leader with business acumen and passionate about giving back to the AI community. She is a community builder and changemaker, with drive and passion for empowering more women to adopt careers in AI. She has over 9 years of diverse experience in Telecom, Information & Technology, Consumer goods and Education sectors. She is a firm believer and practitioner of continuous learning and striving for excellence.
Frincy is the Canadian Ambassador for Women in Artificial Intelligence (WAI), a global community of women AI practitioners, contributing towards increasing the female representation in AI. Frincy brings WAI Canada at the forefront of renewed commitment to AI and diversity in tech by leading many strategic initiatives to inspire, connect, mentor and celebrate women AI professionals.
Frincy has received multiple awards and recognitions for her contributions to the field of AI, most notably she was awarded 2022 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100™ by Women Executive Network, 2022 Advocate of the Year by Women in IT Awards, 2022 Women in AI Ambassador of the Year by Women in AI and was featured in the 2023 Top 100+ Women Advancing AI and Top 25 Women in AI - Canada Edition by Re.Work.
Frincy is currently working as a Principal Data Scientist at ADP. Prior to this, she has worked with AltaML and TELUS Business for 3 years in the Data Science roles. In 2021, she was awarded the “Connection Honors Leaders of Excellence” Award in the category of Emerging Leaders by TELUS for her contributions in empowering women in STEM Careers.
Frincy is also the Steering Committee Member for Canada's AI and Data Governance Collaborative organized by Standards Council Canada.
Coralee Kaban is an instructor with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Coralee started her IT career after graduating from the Computer Systems Technology Diploma program in 2003.She worked as a Systems Administrator for both Point2 Technologies Inc and Western Canada Lottery Corporation. Coralee has also worked as a Computer Programmer for Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
After realizing she really enjoyed learning, training and supporting end users Coralee transitioned to an instructor in 2007. Coralee can now be found facilitating various face to face and online classes related to computer applications, server administration, networking and software development projects.