Emilee-Mae Feely, 26, began teaching piano in Waterloo four years ago to earn cash on the side. She went on to develop a web-based business called Feely Piano School that lets you book a piano teacher to come to your home. In 2014 Emilee-Mae founded Feely Piano School, which has been called the "Uber of Music Lessons." Since then, it has grown from a small startup to a three-province, 10-city enterprise. Currently, Feely, a "self-taught entrepreneur," is associated with three incubators at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Sheridan College, and Carleton University, which are helping support her journey. Lately, she has been focusing on the business side of the company and is no longer teaching. Over 10 cities in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia are served by Feely Piano School.
Justus Parmar is the Founder and Managing Director of Fortuna Investments, a Vancouver-based private capital firm specializing in venture capital investments. It has raised more than $300 million for 125 early stage companies and facilitated the IPO of 24 companies in areas including: Blockchain, Renewable energy, and Lithium exploration. A strong believer in giving back, Justus is an active board member and fundraiser for Face of Today, and Youth Education Farms and The Justus Parmar Group Scholarship Foundation.
Lesley-Anne Scorgie is founder of MeVest, Canada’s leading edge money school offering unbiased one-on-one money coaching and workplace financial education. She is a best-selling personal finance author, corporate communications strategist and sought after often by the media for comment. Originally from Calgary, Lesley-Anne is now based in Toronto.
Saher Ghattas immigrated to Canada in 2005 from Cario, Egypt. He is a natural entrepreneur being involved in two startups since 2012 prior to founding Flawless Inbound. His organization is now one of the fastest growing companies in Alberta which has helped over 70 B2B companies with sales and marketing enablement across North America. Saher is also an in-demand speaker and in 2018, published his book on Amazon "Journey to the Summit" that speaks to CEO/Founders on how Marketing should work for growing their B2B organizations.
Christian Mena is a well-known restaurateur and former lead singer of 90's latin pop funk band MARACUJAH. He also starred on Broadway touring as Roger in RENT alongside Neil Patrick Harris. He’s partner in SABOR, BODEGA Tapas and Wine Bars and Urbano Pizza Co.
Michael Koral leads customer acquisition and operations at Needls. He is a sales and marketing expert who has excelled both as an employee and an entrepreneur. As an Account Executive with Xerox, Michael gained valuable skills that helped him close deals with small business owners and C-level executives alike. Michael parlayed his experience at Xerox to establish and lead the sales team at online advertising startup Menu Palace. In his own words on Twitter he likes long walks on the beach, a glass of champagne... but he fronts that by being an analytics junkie that loves data!
Since fleeing the traffic & expense of Vancouver in 2007, John Cooper has worked to build one of the Island’s best-known real estate brands, the John Cooper Group. Centered around technological innovation and providing help not hype, John’s core purpose is to celebrate & share the rare kind of lifestyle he found on the Island, one that is affordable, community-minded and close to spectacular natural beauty.
Ken Vinge is the President and Co-founder of Equation Staffing Employment Solutions, a Calgary-based firm offering staffing and recruitment services and connecting candidates with temporary, contract, project and permanent employment opportunities. Ken has a 32+ year career in the Alberta staffing industry, having worked in both Edmonton and Calgary.