Monday September 29, 2014

The Westin Prince
Toronto, ON

7:30am – 12:00pm



7:30 am


8:15 am

Opening remarks

8:25 am

Make It Mighty

Robert Sher, columnist, author of Mighty Midsized Companies and founding principal of CEO to CEO

For an executive team, the excitement of leading a steadily or rapidly growing midsized firm can be exhilarating – that is, until growth grinds down to a halt. In this presentation, Robert Sher explores, based on his years of research on more than 100 companies, how seven silent growth killers have derailed midsized firms. He then shows how executives can overcome or avoid them altogether. What you will learn:

  • Why the seven silent growth killers are much bigger risks for midsized companies
  • How to identify the growth killers early
  • Ways to survive them with tried-and-true methods
  • How to steer clear of the killers altogether
9:40 am


10:15 am


10:30 am

Improving Performance and Profitability to Increase Company Value

Bill Cloke, Director of Training and Operations, Grant Thornton Productivity Improvement, Grant Thornton LLP

This presentation will review the three basic ways to increase profit and describe an approach for improving on any one of the three. This will be illustrated with real life examples of how companies have made improvements in process, management systems and supervisory behaviour.

10:45 am

Lessons From the Leaders

In this panel discussion, select CEOs of the PROFIT 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies will share their expertise in key management disciplines and their experiences in tackling today’s top business opportunities and toughest challenges.

Stuart Lowther, Founder, President & CEO, Life Science Nutritionals

Andrew Ryu,CEO, Loyalist Group

Josh Singer, President, Kognitive Marketing

11:15 am

TBC (Symantec)

11:35 am

Secrets of Success interview: Harley Finkelstein, Mike Wekerle, Difference Capital

In conversation with special guest moderator Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer of Shopify, Mike Wekerle of Difference Capital will share the universal lessons he has learned in achieving growth, what drives him as an entrepreneur and what he looks for in smart startups. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of both these legends of the Toronto business community.

12:10 pm

Closing remarks

12:15 pm



Registration problems?

Contact Renata Patterson at 416.764.2068





Grant Thornton


Strategic Partner

Entrepreneurs’ Organization