Carmen Darley is an artist, mother, motivator, and an advocate for mental health and positive thinking. After years of having a sought-after corporate role at American Express, Carmen realized that her life needed to shift in a different direction. She had been painting and exploring art since she was a child, but never pursued it. Through life experiences and learning, in 2016, Carmen decided to take the leap and pursue a career as an artist, and founded Carli’s Paintings. She found solace in her art, and found her calling as an entrepreneur.
Carmen creates "shatter-proof", original, and unique, resin décor that has become very popular in Toronto and is sold in over a dozen stores across the province, as well as online on Etsy. Carmen has an entrepreneurial mindset and is constantly on the lookout for new opportunities and where to grow her business next. She is a popular motivator and influencer in Toronto, with a passion for empowering other female entrepreneurs. Carmen was recently a keynote speaker at the Toronto Business Babes Conference 2019, telling her story about her struggles, at times difficult, and how they shaped the person and entrepreneur she is today.
Her mission is to continue to create beautiful pieces that transform into functional and versatile home décor, as well as to empower other dreamers to pursue their life-long aspirations.
Christopher Wells, co- fondateur de Piecemeal, est un opérateur, gestionnaire et formateur du domaine de la restauration avec plus de 25 ans d'expérience. Après avoir travaillé plus de 20 ans pour des entreprises telles que Boston Pizza, McDonald’s et divers commerces indépendants du secteur, il a co-fondé Piecemeal en 2018. Avant de fonder Piecemeal, il a travaillé comme consultant et formateur pour l'industrie de la restauration au cours des 10 dernières années. Il a développé une boîte de consultation et a travaillé avec plus de 125 restaurants au cours de cette période. Il a aidé à coacher et à former plus de 200 propriétaires et exploitants et plus de 1000 employés de restaurant.
Précédemment il a travaillé comme directeur général de restaurant, partenaire de développement commercial pour une entreprise technologique dans le domaine de la restauration, ainsi que formateur dans le secteur des ventes et de l'expérience client. Après des années dans l'industrie entouré de collègues passionnés, il s'est formé une passion en tant qu'œnophile et épicurien toujours curieux et avide de découverte.
Piecemeal est une plateforme gratuite pour la gestion de restaurant qui utilise l'intelligence artificielle pour automatiser plusieurs des tâches normalement effectuées manuellement telle que la gestion des inventaires, des horaires, des achats, de la préparation de nourriture et de la gestion des coûts de menus.
Dr. Ken Keis is President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International, which has served thousands of companies, associations, industry groups, and leaders in over 30 countries. In the past 29 years, Ken has personally conducted more than 3,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of coaching and consulting. He is a highly sought-after author, speaker, trainer, podcast host, TV and media guest. His latest books include: Why Aren't You More Like Me?, Deliberate Leadership, and The Quest For Purpose.
James has over 15 years of experience in UX design and usability, including 8 years of leadership and senior management experience with UX teams. At InnerSpace, James is involved in all aspects of the business, from fundraising and finance, to operations, to product and development. At Kobo, James was the conceptual visionary for their unique and award winning tablet user experience and primary inventor on over 30 patents related to user experience design. James managed several teams of exceptionally talented experience designers, interaction architects, industrial and mechanical designers, researchers and prototypers who delivered the world-class Kobo reading experience across all platforms.
Kirsta Franke is founder and owner of Wild Heart Collective which has succeeded in Edmonton by creating from the heart. Offering mindfully curated community events like the 124 Grand Market, All is Bright and the Winter Shake-Up Festival & Market, as well as high level dynamic celebrations like Edmonton's first Nuit Blanche.
Sheenah Rogers-Pfeiffer is founder and chief strategist at Anstice Communications. She talks about being a survivor in a very competitive industry and how she differentiates what she does from others.
Balaji Gopalan leads business development and strategy as the Co-Founder and CEO at MedStack, a digital app platform for the healthcare industry. As an expert in product management and software platform ecosystem design, Balaji is a well-respected start-up educator, advisor and mentor. He is an advocate for the role of ecosystems in industry transformation and in tackling tough problems like improving healthcare. Prior to co-founding MedStack, he launched the BlackBerry BBM service and led platform strategy at D2L, Nymi and EventMobi.