Breakout 1

Market Opportunities in Northwestern Ontario

The Thunder Bay CEDC and local entrepreneur, Vince Mirabelli, will present an overview of key market opportunities and provide information that will allow you to proactively strategize and benefit from these trends in the market.  There are compelling reasons for business optimism, join this session to find out why.

Presenters: Vince Mirabelli and Piero Pucci


Reaching out beyond your immediate geographic market has in many ways become easier than ever with online tools such as e-commerce platforms.  However, there are challenges and best practices that can impact success or failure.  Alan Tocheri of The Loop and Aneglo Petta of NetNewsLedger will provide their insights into implementing e-commerce into your business’ growth strategy.

Presenters: Alan Tocheri and Angelo Petta

Creating Culture

The key to growth is to have the team with the talents to drive your business forward.  A great culture builds and retains a high performing team.  Eric Zakrewski, President of True Grit Consulting, will present his approach and lessons learned in creating a culture that supports growth and success.

Presenter: Eric Zakrewski

Breakout 2

Keys to Sales Success

Benefit from the over 23 years  of experience that workshop leader Scott Gillis, the Director of Sales for TBay Tel  has in sales, marketing and business development.  Scott will share the keys to sales success.  If your business needs to grow sales,  this workshop is a must.

Presenter: Scott Gillis

Valuing your Business

What is a business worth?  Often not an easy question to answer for either seller or perspective buyer.  The experts from an accounting and legal perspective will explore the issues and techniques for valuing a business.

Presenters: Dave Rodeghiero, Jeff Busnik and Doug Shanks

Change Management

KBM Resources Group knows how to innovate and change.  The ability to pivot their business over many iterations has lead to success and growth.  Winner of both an RBC Innovation Award and a Northern Ontario Business Award, join Laird VanDamme, Managing Partner for KBM as he shares his experiences and advice on successful change management.

Presenter: Laird VanDamme

Breakout 3

Connecting to Your Market

Listen to tales from the trenches as Dennis Wood, the CEO of Cinevate and Eric Tribe, the VP of Technology for Healthefx share their lessons learned on connecting to the market, using sales agents, retailers, distributors, strategic partners and more. 

Presenters: Dennis Wood and Eric Trbe

Show Me the Money

Financing is often a key constraint to business growth.  We have a panel of speakers representing a variety of sources of capital on hand to explain their programs and answer your questions.

Presenters: BDC, CEDC, Innovation Centre, Thunder Bay Ventures, FedNor, and NOHFC

Recruiting Talent

A common challenge is recruiting the talent needed for growth.  In this interactive sessionMarily Owston ofTrendLine shares best practices for attracting and hiring the brightest and best. 

Presenter: Marilyn Owston