Julie is a sought-after speaker, executive coach and entrepreneur. She works primarily with progressive small and medium businesses that a) have reached a point where their growth is stuck or stagnant, b) they are expanding too quickly and can’t keep up, or c) they are growing but want to accelerate that growth.
Most recently, Julie was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Snuggle Bugz, a privately owned multi-million dollar, omni-channel retailer with 9 locations and 11 stores in Ontario and BC. Prior to this she co-founded Mabel’s Labels, a great Canadian success story. She also spent 15 years in the financial services sector. Julie is Chair of the Board of the Angel One Investment Network and former Board Chair of Innovation Factory (Hamilton).
Karen is Managing Director of K2 Performance Consulting. As a sales performance consultant, she has a strong track record supporting individuals and teams to achieve their desired outcomes. With 20 years of experience in corporate sales & training, Karen now specializes in the art and science of sales, communication and creating professional development action plans that drive both short–term and long-term results.
She is a dynamic and engaging presenter; her passion and energy translate to her audience whether she is delivering a keynote, moderating a panel discussion or facilitating a workshop. She connects with her audience, engages them and inspires them to what is possible using strategies that drive behavioural change.
Maria da Silva
Maria is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with expertise in Small Business Accounting & Taxation. She is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada. She has in-depth experience in providing financial reporting, outsourced accounting, bookkeeping and payroll services to companies operating both locally and internationally.
She helps businesses develop and implement strategies to capitalize on their opportunities and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of client service, such as planning, monitoring and managing the engagement team. Her industry specializations include professional services, technology, data management, distribution, technology, life sciences and start-ups.
Reema is a strategic professional with a long career in the global IT industry; she has expertise in Revenue Generation (Strategy, Marketing, Portfolio Management) and Delivery Management (Practice Leadership, Program and Project Management). She serves as President of The Sitaran Group and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton, a 1500-person community of talented technology freelancers, solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, and professionals.
At the Sitaran Group, Reema’s team works with companies to create Digital Business Roadmaps that will guide them in building strong businesses. These roadmaps help: drive revenue, enable digital marketing and sales activities, reduce costs by optimizing business processes and build organizational capability with strong change management and training programs.