W100
IDEA EXCHANGE

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
General Admission: $199 + HST

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Keynote speakers:

Hamish McKenzie

Hamish McKenzie
Co-Founder, McKenzie Pitch Partners

Hamish is co-founder of McKenzie Pitch Partners, formerly M Squared Communications. A proud Australian with a background in corporate banking and sales and operations management, he has spent 17 years travelling the globe helping investment bankers, politicians, commercial real estate brokers and companies develop winning pitches, cohesive brand strategies and polished presentation skills.

A much-sought-after speaker and facilitator known for his Aussie charm, humour, straight-shooting style and willingness to challenge conventional thinking when he thinks it prevents his clients from walking out of a pitch a winner, McKenzie has engaged and informed audiences from international sales teams to global CEOs.

   
Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas
Founder of the 10th largest brewery in the world and the newest dragon on Dragons’ Den

With her brother Ravinder, Manjit owns the 10th largest brewery in the world, Minhas Craft Brewery. It ships high-quality products across the US and Canada and 16 countries overseas including Japan and Korea.

In Alberta and Saskatchewan, she oversees 7 different liquor and beer brands, including her flagship, Minhas Creek Classic Lager, which have quickly gained market share thanks to innovative marketing, advertising techniques and smart pricing strategies. Her companies in the sector — Mountain Crest Liquors Inc., Minhas Micro Distillery and The Minhas Craft Brewery — boast revenues in excess of $155 million.

Last year, the 34-year-old trailblazer launched Uptown Girl, a low calorie and low carb beer exclusively for women.

   
Rachel Gervais

Rachel Gervais
Partner, BDO

Rachel is a Chartered Professional Accountant and tax partner at BDO with over 15 years of professional experience in tax planning and compliance. From start-up to maturity, she advises clients in various stages of their business and recommends strategies to minimize taxes and help build and maintain wealth. Rachel focuses on business succession and estate planning, retirement planning, purchases and sales of businesses, creditor proofing, and determining appropriate shareholder remuneration strategies. She has been successful in negotiations with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on her clients’ behalf to resolve voluntary disclosure tax issues.

   
Lisa Delorme

Lisa Delorme
Co-Founder and CEO, Rent frock Repeat

Lisa Delorme’s sales career began when she was just seven years old — selling chocolate covered almonds in an effort to raise funds for her bowling team. After completing her B.A. in English at Carleton University, the young and ambitious professional worked for over two decades at some of the world’s largest corporations including Coca-Cola and Xerox. For three years, Lisa served as President at the Art Institute of Toronto (AiTO), recognized in the industry for its prestigious Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, and Merchandising programs.

She also spent four years as Vice President at AiTO’s parent company, Education Management Corporation. Through her vast experience, Lisa gained the insights and experience to lead marketing, sales, and P&L responsibilities at one of Canada’s most promising new e-commerce businesses, Rent frock Repeat. Lisa relishes this opportunity to turn the retail model on its head and lead the sharing economy while ensuring women across Canada of any age, race, or economic status have the opportunity to enjoy luxury while reducing their fashion carbon-footprint.

   
Kristy Wieber

Kristy Wieber
Co-Founder and President, Rent frock Repeat

For as long as Kristy Wieber can remember, she yearned for a career that would ignite her passions for art and fashion. Throughout her studies in Fashion Merchandising at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, Kristy would also draw and paint. Fascinated by cosmetics and the way in which it could transform any woman, Kristy worked with leading cosmetics brands in the U.S. and Canada, including Clinique, Prescriptives, Stila, and Philosophy for over fifteen years. Throughout her experience in the cosmetics industry, as both a makeup artist and manager, Kristy oversaw event planning, inventory control, sales strategies, team building and training.

Relocating to Canada in 2003, Kristy shifted gears and transferred into Executive Recruiting. With a creative hunger that wouldn’t die down, she took a position with The Art Institute of Toronto. Shortly after, she was recruited by the marketing firm that did all the school’s campaigns, Big Clic Inc. Here, she oversaw SEO, SEM, PPC, direct mail and email campaigns, lead generation, conversion, user experience and account management.

   
Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Plasticity Labs

Jennifer is a Founder and Chief Marketing Officer working in social innovation, data and psychological sciences. Jennifer is considered a thought leader in the business leadership and technology category. Jennifer speaks frequently on the topic of Happiness and Performance Cultures. Her latest talk, the ROI of Happiness, was a featured talk at SXSW, IBM’s ThinkVision Event and TEDxWomen.

For Jennifer’s work in community-driven projects, Jennifer received the Award of Public Service from the Office of President Obama. For her commitment to advancing women in leadership as well as her efforts to build social innovation products, Jennifer was honoured in New York City, with the International Female Entrepreneur of the Year Stevie Award.

Jennifer also writes on a variety of topics related to business leadership and has appeared in national media outlets, online and in print.

   
Stacey Grant-Thompson

Stacey Grant-Thompson
Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Manulife

Stacey has over 20 years of executive experience in Strategy, Marketing and General Management with leading global companies in financial services, telecom and retail. Stacey is known for her ability to utilize customer insights, strategy, problem-solving and analytics to develop successful value propositions and business models. As SVP Strategy for Manulife Financial, Stacey is responsible for Strategy Development and Planning, Research, Advanced Analytics, Innovation and Business Development for the Canadian Division.

Prior to joining Manulife, Stacey was the Chief Marketing Officer for Oanda, a digital innovator in the retail forex space. Before joining Oanda, Stacey was with Rogers Communications, a Canadian quad-play in the telcom space. While at Rogers, Stacey held a range of roles including: VP & GM of Chatr (a discount wireless brand), Vice-President Strategic Projects and Vice-President Customer Base management where she was responsible for lifecycle management, retention and the management of subscriber churn. In her role leading the Chatr brand, Stacey re-aligned strategy and was able to improve EBITDA in year by 25%. As ice-President of Customer Base Management, she led the organization to significantly reduce customer churn and produce best-ever results at that time.

Prior to joining Rogers, Stacey was SVP Marketing for ING Direct. During her tenure she led the growth of the account base from 217,000 clients to over 1 Million. While increasing the client base and brand awareness from 60% to 93%, the team simultaneously reducing marketing acquisition costs per account by over 40%.

Stacey began her career with McKinsey & Company, a global Management Consulting firm. She focused on strategy development in financial services, retail and telecommunications and was one of the North American leaders of McKinsey’s CRM practice.

Stacey is a former Board member of the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). She is currently on the Board of ABC Life Literacy Canada. Stacey holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Her undergraduate degree is an HBA from UWO’s IVEY Business School in London, Ontario.

   
Sarah Prevette

Sarah Prevette
Founder, Future Design School

Sarah has a long history of innovative product development. A serial entrepreneur, she is the founder of well-known online properties Sprouter and BetaKit (acquired) and the co-founder of BrandProject LP — an investment firm that invests in and works with early-stage startups. Sarah recently launched Future Design School to empower youth to solve real-world problems through meaningful innovation. Students gain hands-on experience designing solutions, building prototypes and iterating on feedback.

Twitter: @sarahprevette
Website: FutureDesignSchool.com

   
Grail Noble

Grail Noble
CEO, YellowHouse Events

Grail has been in the business of creating moments that matter through live events, sponsor activations and client appreciation for over 20 years. Her extensive experience spans a career working at the NBA, Molson and YTV and she has worked with the country’s top brands through strategic partnerships. Grail started YellowHouse over 12 years ago and has built an award-winning, North American agency with a golden reputation. YellowHouse has been on the “Profit 100 Fastest Growth Companies in Canada” list for over 4 years and she has also been named to the “W100” 4 times, proving that doing best-in-class work builds a sustainable business. Grail is an RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and recently won the “BDO Business Value Award” for scaling a traditionally unscalable business through process and training. Grail has secured the confidence of organizations like Google, Samsung, Home Depot, Dell, Siemens, TELUS, and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, who make up an impressive repeat client list. She is loved by her clients and focuses on the perfect balance of left and right brain, where creativity meets great execution. Awards aside, Grail’s biggest talent is hiring great people who consistently deliver for her clients. She has spent a lot of time developing her award winning culture as she believes this is at the core of every strong brand. She loves what she does, the people she works with and the clients she can now call friends.

   
Ashley Good

Ashley Good
Founder, Fail Forward

Ashley worked in Cairo with the United Nations Environment Programme and as a management consultant in Vancouver before founding the consulting firm, Fail Forward, to spark a shift in how we perceive and talk about failure, and to help organizations learn, innovate and build resilience. She is well known for leading the Engineers Without Borders Canada annual Failure Report and launching Canada’s first ever conference dedicated to intelligent failure.

Ashley is a contributor to the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab, Public Sector Digest, and World Economic Forum Agenda. Her work on failure has received coverage in a wide range of media and news outlets, including National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and Television, The New York Times, and Fast Company.

Ashley is recognized by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey as the prestigious recipient of the Innovating Innovation Award, is an ironman athlete, and the curator for a Toronto-based book club dedicated to leadership and systemic-adaptive capacity for addressing 21st century challenges. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia with honours.

   
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