TABLE OF CONTENTS
4 LETTER FROM PM STEPHEN HARPER
5 LETTER FROM OUR CO-CHAIRS
6 EXECUTIVE TEAM
ITINERARY Event and venue summary THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013
7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Wine and Cheese Taster, Speaker Goodes Hall Atrium
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Marriott
8:30 AM – 1:10 PM Final Round Presentations Goodes Hall
9:30 AM – 11:50 AM Presentations Goodes Hall
1:10 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch and Deliberations TBA - Local Restaurant
11:50 AM – 12:50 PM Lunch Goodes Hall
6:00 PM onwards Awards and Final Gala Kingston Banquet & Conference Centre
12:50 PM – 3:10 PM Presentations Goodes Hall 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Reception, Dinner, Speaker Marriott
Venues GOODES HALL
Queen’s University 143 Union Street Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
7 Earl Street Kingston, ON K7L 0A4
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KINGSTON BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTRE
33 Benson Street Kingston, ON K7K 5W2
LETTER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone participating in the 2013 Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC). Entrepreneurship is vital to maintaining the dynamism and productivity of the Canadian economy. The entrepreneur’s strength of vision, resourcefulness, and ability to overcome challenges are essential to our nation’s prosperity. Now in its 25th year, the Queenʹs Entrepreneursʹ Competition —the largest international undergraduate business plan competition in Canada— offers a chance for participants to present their innovative ideas to accomplished professionals, obtaining valuable advice and honing their organizational, critical thinking, and leadership skills. I am sure that students will benefit from the many learning opportunities available during the competition and that they will come away from the event with a great sense of accomplishment and a new appreciation for the possibilities that await them. Please accept my best wishes for a most enjoyable and memorable competition.
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
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LETTER FROM OUR CO-CHAIRS On behalf of the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition executive committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Kingston for the QEC’s 25th annual Final Competition Weekend. The QEC, known around the world, is the foremost international undergraduate business plan competition within Canada. The QEC is the ideal launching pad for aspiring student entrepreneurs, providing them with the resources, feedback and networks that will propel their ventures forward. The competition is run and organized exclusively by undergraduate students at the Queen’s School of Business with generous support from businesses and organizations that are driven to engage with and support the next generation of business leaders and innovators. This is an exciting year for the QEC as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. The competition has grown tremendously since its inception in 1988 as a Queen’s-only event with a few hundred dollars in prizes. Since then, it has grown into an eighteen-team competition with over $25,000 in prizes, welcoming teams from around the world. After a very successful competition in Toronto in 2012, the QEC is excited to be hosting competitors, judges, speakers and sponsors back in Kingston. The QEC’s cash prizes have helped many past competitors bring their dreams to fruition, but the competition’s purpose goes beyond financial support; it is to enable aspiring entrepreneurs in all respects. The QEC Final Weekend never fails to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas, unparalleled innovation, and the beginning of new relationships. We encourage all participants to seize every opportunity to engage with our distinguished judges, speakers and sponsors in order to truly fulfill the mission of the QEC. This year’s competition, of course, would not be possible without the support of our exceptional judges, engaging speakers, generous sponsors, motivated entrepreneurs, hard working volunteers, and dedicated executive committee. To everyone who has helped bring the QEC to new heights in 2013, thank you. Over the course of our own involvement with the competition, we have been consistently inspired by the drive of our entrepreneurs, and the caliber of the business leaders who we have had the pleasure of meeting. We are confident that the competition will again prove to be inspirational and memorable for all involved; the entire QEC25 executive committee is passionate about supporting your experience in any way possible. We are very excited for you to be a part of the QEC25 this weekend. David Warshafsky & Ken Sekiguchi The QEC25 Co-Chairs
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David Warshafsky / co-chair David is a fourth year commerce student who has been involved in the QEC during all four of his years in the Queen’s School of Business. His QEC experience began in first year as a volunteer, and he has since worked on the QEC executive as the Judges Coordinator as well as the Sponsorship Coordinator. As one of the Co-Chairs of the executive, David is excited for the QEC’s 25th anniversary and is looking forward to seeing all of the big plans come together during the final weekend. At Queen’s, David is focusing his education towards accounting, and he recently finished off his third year by studying on exchange at the Nova School of Business in Lisbon, Portugal. While he is planning to pursue his CA designation, David also has an ambition of becoming a successful entrepreneur. He founded his first company, YouToo CompTutoring, in May 2010, and sold it that September. He loves to be active and play sports, particularly baseball, hockey, and squash.
Ken Sekiguchi / co-chair Ken is a third year commerce student and has been involved in the QEC since year one. Starting as frosh rep for QEC 2011, Ken is pleased to serve QEC25 as co-chair for its twenty-fifth anniversary. Amazed and thrilled by the high caliber of competitors and business plans has kept Ken interested in entrepreneurship with the QEC. While not able to attend the final weekend, Ken thanks all those involved for their dedication and time. Whether you’re a competitor, judge, executive member or volunteer, he hopes the weekend proves most successful and productive.
Tyler Hennick / events and logistics coordinator Tyler Hennick is the Events and Logistics Coordinator for QEC 2013 and couldn’t be more excited to play a part in the 25th anniversary celebrations. It is Tyler’s second year as a part of the QEC executive and he promises that the final weekend will be a memorable and amazing experience. Outside of the QEC, Tyler plays an active role as the Queen’s Commerce Society’s Human Resources Officer, coordinating all hiring within the society. Tyler also enjoys travelling and has backpacked through Europe and been on a service trip to Nicaragua. He is soon returning to Europe to study in France for a semester at the HEC School of Management. Best of luck to all of the entrepreneurs competing this year!
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Connie Lo / events and logistics coordinator Connie Lo is in her second year of Commerce at Queen’s University. She was previously the First Year Representative, a position that allowed her to gain invaluable insight into entrepreneurship. She now holds the position of Events and Logistics Coordinator. In this role, Connie ensures that the Final Weekend will run smoothly, on time, and on budget. Major responsibilities include venue and transportation booking, creating the minute-by-minute itinerary, coordinating with venue staff and operations during the Final Weekend, and liaising closely with the Finance Officer. In all four years of high school, Connie was heavily involved in the Junior Achievement program. Through her entrepreneurial skills and dedication, she was given the honour of opening the Toronto Stock Exchange and attending the Next Generation Leaders conference. Apart from the QEC, Connie is also involved in Project Red and Synergy, two charity fashion shows. She enjoys volunteering through Commerce Kids and Q’CIA, and will be traveling to Bolivia in February for a water recycling project. She is looking forward to interning at KPMG this summer.
Elvis Wong / finance officer Elvis is a 2nd year Queen’s Commerce student from Mississauga, Ontario. Ever since his involvement in the Shad Valley Program in 2010, Elvis has fostered a passion for entrepreneurship, leading him to join the QEC executive this year. Elvis also serves as SIFE Queen’s Go Green Program Director and Youth Financial Literacy Project Manager. In the future, Elvis hopes to combine his passions of entrepreneurship and community outreach by pursuing a career in social enterprise. In Elvis’ first year involved with QEC, he has enjoyed working with a talented and ambitious executive team to make QEC 2013 an amazing event. He is particularly excited to hear the ideas of ambitious young entrepreneurs from across the world!
Marisa Law / marketing and public relations officer Marisa Law is in her third year of commerce at Queen’s University. In high school, she took part in the Junior Achievement Company Program, which empowers high school students to experience entrepreneurship by creating their own company. As president, Marisa led her team to success winning Company of the Year. As the Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Marisa is excited to be part of the QEC team once again, as she was a Frosh Rep for QEC 2011 and a Judges Coordinator for QEC 2012. Being a part of the QEC team has been a tremendous experience for Marisa as she has been inspired and has gained invaluable insight into entrepreneurship. This past summer, Marisa worked at JWT in strategic planning on the Walmart account. After graduation, she is planning on pursuing a career in consulting or marketing. Alongside Marisa’s keen interest for business, she enjoys singing and manages her own Youtube channel.
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Alex Scott / speakers coordinator Alex is a third year student in Queen’s commerce, from Mississauga, Ontario. He is excited to return to the QEC executive, this time as the speaker’s coordinator, after serving as the judge’s coordinator last year. Alex finds entrepreneurship fascinating, and after talking to all the budding entrepreneurs and high profile judges last year, can’t wait to see what’s new for QEC25. Alex is excited to work with the excellent new QEC executive and is positive this will be the best year ever for the QEC. Is his spare time, Alex enjoys golf, squash and, naturally, thinking of ideas to submit to QEC next year.
Joanna Wang / judges coordinator Joanna Wang is a fourth year Commerce student at Queen’s University with a specialization in Marketing. In her first year, as a QEC2010 volunteer, she got the opportunity to witness first-hand the reasons why QEC is one of the leading undergraduate business competitions in the world. She joined QEC2011 as the Finance and Logistics Officer, which offered her a great learning experience that has contributed to her personal and professional development. Last year, Joanna was the Competitor’s Coordinator for Asia and got the chance to connect with innovative student entrepreneurs looking to make a mark on the world with their ideas. She will finish her final year with QEC as one of the judges’ coordinators for the competition. Joanna is extremely glad to be part of QEC executive team and hopes QEC25 will be yet another unforgettable experience for all!
Shayan Jawaid / judges coordinator Shayan Jawaid was raised in Mississauga, Ontario and attended St. Francis Xavier Secondary School. He was actively involved as a member of the varsity basketball team and as a member of the DECA chapter where he lead his team to a first place finish at the provincial level, and fifth at the International level. Since entering Queen’s, Shayan has strived to develop his various interests by participating in case competitions such as Q3C and Globe iMC, alongside serving as an executive member for Investors of Tomorrow, a Canadian registered charity. As a student interested in various cultures, Shayan has travelled to 8 different countries and will be completing a semester in Singapore during the winter semester of 2013. Shayan hopes to pursue a career in Finance and spent his last two summers interning at First National Financial LP as a Mortgage-Backed Securities Administrator and as a Residential Tax Administrator.
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Jessica Weshler / competitors coordinator Jessica is a fourth year Commerce Student at Queen’s University from Toronto. She volunteered for the competition in second year and her passion for entrepreneurship drove her to get more involved in the planning process. Jessica is very excited to be part of the executive team this year as the Competitor Coordinator for USA and Australia. She is looking forward to meeting all of the competitors at the competition’s 25th anniversary!
Charlotte Gadon / competitors coordinator Charlotte is a 3rd year Commerce student at Queen’s University, specializing in marketing and pursuing a Certificate in Socially Responsible Leadership. She enjoyed her experience in 2012 as Marketing & Public Relations Officer, and is enthusiastic about her new role as a liaison for competitors at QEC 25. Charlotte worked as a Marketing & Events Coordinator this summer with the Business Career Centre at Queen’s School of Business, where she had the opportunity to develop a social media strategy and coordinate logistics, marketing and client management for career events and other projects. Charlotte is currently on exchange at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and looks forward to meeting everyone in Kingston for the QEC’s 25th anniversary!
Jane Mills / competitors coordinator Jane is a second year commerce student at Queen’s University from Collingwood, Ontario. She is thrilled to be apart of the QEC’25 exec team after being a team host at last years final weekend. Entrepreneurship flows through her veins. The entrepreneurial gene must have come from her father and grandfather who are both successful small business owners. As a competitor coordinator for the 25th Anniversary Jane is excited to see the new and innovative ideas that applicants will be proposing. As well she cannot wait for the final weekend where she will finally be able to put a face to a name on her email list!
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Helen Liao / competitors coordinator Helen is a second year student studying Commerce at Queen’s University, and attended Richmond Green Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Helen is the Sales Manager for OTD—a custom-design apparel store inaugurated by Commerce Society and she is an experienced dance teacher with two hip-hop classes of over 90 students. In her pastime, she loves to play ultimate Frisbee, play the piano, attend dance classes, paint, and play tennis. Although she is a student with many hobbies, she is also extremely dedicated to achieving a career in consulting or finance. This year Helen also serves as the internal delegates coordinator for DECA Queen’s. Her experience with the Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition was first as Publications Officer and now as a Competitors Coordinator for Asia. She is extremely excited for the 25th anniversary of the QEC and the brilliant ideas this years’ competition will bring in from around the globe!
Thomas Lee / sponsorship coordinator Thomas was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He attended St. Basil-the-Great College and graduated at the top of his class. In 2010, Thomas was recognized for his leadership and academic achievements when he received the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Queen’s University. In the summer of 2011, Thomas completed his role as a Business Analyst for TeamBuy, one of Canada’s fastest growing startups with over $12 million in venture backed funding. He worked directly with the management team to help grow TeamBuy into Canada’s largest independent daily deal company. This past summer, Thomas broadened his experience by working at National Bank Financial in their Investment Banking Division. He is currently on exchange in Singapore and looks forward to meeting new people and learning about South-East Asian cultures.
Mitchell Schinbein / sponsorship coordinator Mitch is in his second year of the commerce program at Queen’s. In high school, Mitch pursued his passion for entrepreneurship by participating in the Junior Achievement Company Program, competing at the international level in DECA, and leading numerous initiatives under Impact Entrepreneurship Group. Most notably, Mitch served as the Chair of Impact Microcredit where he led a team to run a national initiative that raised over $35,000 for charities across Canada. Instead of attending Grade 12, Mitch served as an intern at Rypple, a Toronto-based startup. This past summer, Mitch continued his work with Rypple at Salesforce.com, the company who acquired Rypple in 2011. In addition to his involvement in QEC, Mitch serves as an analyst on Queen’s University Investment Counsel, works part-time at the Techplex, and enjoys volunteering through the Commerce Kids program. Upon graduation, Mitch aims to pursue a career that combines his passion for finance and entrepreneurship. 11 • QEC DELEGATE HANDBOOK
Connor Mathson / sponsorship coordinator Connor is a second year commerce student at Queen’s University from Glen Rock, New Jersey. He has always been interested in entrepreneurship, and is excited to be involved with the QEC for its 25th anniversary. Connor enjoys reading about startups, and hearing the ideas that will shape the future. In his spare time he finds himself following sports, watching TED talks end enjoying the outdoors. He also likes endurance sports, and is a member of the Queen’s Triathlon Team Executive.
Gloria Pu / publications officer Gloria is in her third year of study and, as the Publications Officer, is working to further advance the QEC through the design and imagery that brands the competition in its 25th year. In 2011, Gloria co-founded Kickstart Marketing Solutions (a self-sustaining marketing and branding firm) and QUBE (an initiative that aims to broaden the perspectives of first-year Commerce students). Gloria has also worked closely with a number of other student organizations including SIFE and Oil Thigh Designs. Her most recent project is For you & you & you, a design blog with thousands of followers and a mission to utilize design to help others achieve a positive outlook on life. Gloria also enjoys competing in case competitions, learning about social psychology, and re-watching sitcoms. She recently returned from a semester abroad at the National University of Singapore.
Bryn Berry / frosh rep Bryn is a first year Commerce student from Mississauga, Ontario who has had a passion for entrepreneurship for as long as she can remember. She hopes to go on exchange to Europe in her third year of the Commerce program. Bryn hopes to make the 25th anniversary of QEC the most memorable year yet!
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Ellen Xue / frosh rep Ellen is a first year commerce student from Ottawa, Ontario. Her interest in entrepreneurship was developed through one of her hobbies—graphic designing. In high school, Ellen started her own design business that created websites. In her free time, she enjoys singing and traveling. She hopes to return to Singapore someday, where she lived for a year as a child.
Danny Shneer / frosh rep Danny is a first year commerce student at the Queen’s School of Business, from Thornhill, just north of Toronto. Danny is very happy to be joining the QEC executive team for his first year. Danny has a passion for reading and travel, and hopes to one day backpack around the world. The QEC is an opportunity for Danny to learn and he is excited to help make this year’s competition amazing. Danny has been passionate about business for as long as he can remember, and he looks forward to the new experiences to be gained from his involvement with the QEC.
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The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition would not be possible without the insight and inspiration provided by our judges. We would like to thank our preliminary and final judges for their time and effort. Thank you for helping young entrepreneurs create tomorrow, today.
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Arjan Nalca Ben Juteau Bram Warshafsky Caitlin Farrow Daniel Andrew David Phillips Debashish Chatterjee Duncan Noble Edmond Wang Fragile Gbego-Tossa Goce Andrevski Ian McDonald
Jacky Wang James Austen Janet Pearson Jaspreet Narang Jenn Turliuk Jeremy Einhorn Jeremy Kojima Katia Sosa Keith Rogers Lib Gibson Mark Andersen Mia Yuema
Mitchell Ryan Gudgeon Munish Dhanker Nicolas Dillion Royston Sequeira Sammy Singh Sophie Li Steven Moore Susie Levesque Thomas Anger Vaibhav Thombre Yifan Lu
FINAL JUDGES / FRIDAY
Caroline Somers / Cassidy Bay Group Caroline Somers has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry. She currently is Co-CEO of Cassidy Bay Group, which assists companies to be more effective organizations by building powerful teams and through coaching executives to be successful managers and leaders. She has a wealth of business and operational experience including co-founding a successful startup and angel investing in more than 2 dozen companies. Ms. Somers has served on a number of boards in the community including on the board of Granite Networks, Chairman of the board of the Capital Angel Networks, Chariperson of DNA Genotek which was acquired in 2011, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Parteq Innovations, on the advisory board of Amika Mobile, and the ICT Advisory board for Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She has just completed the Directors educations program at the Institute of Corporate Directors. As well she is very active in the community and on a number of not for profit boards including being a founding board member for a local organization encouraging networking for business women and is currently on the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.
Doug Somers / Cassidy Bay Group Doug Somers is a seasoned executive with global experience in large multinational and small startup technology companies. At Cassidy Bay Group Inc., he specializes in team and executive coaching, facilitating strategic planning, and overcoming business startup and growth challenges. Prior to the Cassidy Bay Group, Mr. Somers co-founded and was CEO of Bridgewater Systems, a successful supplier of telecom software systems to the largest communications service providers (TSX: BWC). Prior to Bridgewater, Mr. Somers was VP and General Manager of the Network and Service Management global business unit at Newbridge Networks Corporation. Doug is a seminar leader of OCRI’s Entrepreneur’s Edge, an intensive training program for entrepreneurs. He is also Chairman of the board of the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), a multi-university research facility, and serves on the board of ELORIN, the Eastern Lake Ontario Research and Innovation Network. He has served on the boards of Bridgewater Systems, CrossKeys Systems, and the Network Management Forum. Doug has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering, is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) and is a practitioner of NLP.
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Ed Chase / ProteinSimple Currently Vice President Biologics, ProteinSimple of Santa Clara, CA a major manufacturer of sophisticated instrumentation used by pharmaceutical companies in the design and testing of their biological drug products. Most of his career has focused on driving change in the health care sector and he has held senior positions with Abbott, Baxter, Biovail, Colgate and others. Has 3 great kids – Chuck and Rebecca with their own businesses and Kim who is attending 1st year at FIDM university in LA.
Waterloo Lutheran University BA Honours Business 1969 Queen’s University MBA 1970
Grant Rasmussen / GreatWave Capital Grant Rasmussen is the Chairman of GreatWave Capital. GreatWave is focused on businesses that have great beginnings and are looking to move to the next level. Businesses that are innovative, have created their own unique brand, embraced technology, understand their customers and are thinking about the long term with sustainable business models. Mr. Rasmussen is also President of Viacash an ATM business with over 200 permanent ATMs within hotels, arenas, community centers, bars, night clubs, coffee shops, bakeries, fast food restaurants, spa’s, hair salons, etc. Viacash is a GreatWave Capital company. Viacash grew over 80% in 2012. New management has been added and is continuing the growth and service of Viacash. Prior to GreatWave & Viacash, Mr. Rasmussen was Chairman & CEO of UBS Investment Management Inc and President & CEO of UBS Bank (Canada) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss-based UBS AG. Prior to joining UBS in 2004, Mr. Rasmussen was President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC Direct Investing. Mr. Rasmussen was also Chief Strategy Officer, RBC Investments for Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Rasmussen holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University. He is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Schulich School of Business, and a board member of the Queens University Investment Club. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, is married to Mona and they have three children. He enjoys golf, wakeboarding, hockey, yoga and traveling.
Guillaume Lagourgue / UBS Canada Guillaume Lagourgue is the Head of Entrepreneur Advisory Solutions for UBS in Canada. He works closely with successful entrepreneurs across Canada as a strategic advisor. From early stage start-ups to mature businesses (across all sectors), his mission is to advise entrepreneurs on capital raising, business growth, M&A, partnerships, financing, and liquidity events. He is also responsible for the delivery of investment banking solutions to the largest clients of UBS Wealth Management Canada. Prior to joining UBS Canada, Guillaume worked for a natural resources special situation fund. Previously, he spent seven years with JPMorgan, most recently in New York, within the Financial Institution Group covering hedge funds. Guillaume is very involved and passionate about the entrepreneurs community in Canada. He is currently on the board of advisors of Taafi (Toronto Animation Arts Fesival International) and PeopleMelt. He also mentors several start-ups in Toronto, Vancouver and K-Waterloo. He holds a Law degree form the University of Wales, Cardiff and a BA in Environment and Resource Management from the University of Toronto. Guillaume has worked and lived in 9 different countries across North America, Europe and Middle East.
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Jason Martin / Navantis Jason Martin is President and CEO Iotum, a Toronto-based provider of international VOIP and mobile services. In 1998, Jason co-founded Navantis Inc. and led growth and expansion for thirteen years into a global technology consultancy with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Houston, Ottawa and Sri Lanka. He has worked with hundreds of firms at the enterprise and start up levels including NBC Universal, Honda, Microsoft, Direct Energy, Four Seasons Hotels, Government of Ontario and Merck. He serves on the boards of Navantis, Iotum, Northern Natural Holdings, the Canadian Stage, University of Toronto Art Centre and has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization for eight years. In 2004, he was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and named in the Globe and Mail as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” in May, 2005. Jason has been a strong proponent for entrepreneurialism and Canadian commerce and has taught technology strategy at the University of Toronto. For several years, Jason has acted as a judge for the Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition, and is a 2012 Mentor for the Next36. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Hon. B.A.
John Trang / Torquest Partners John Trang is Vice President at TorQuest Partners. Founded in 2002, TorQuest is a leading Canadian mid-market private equity firm. With over $1.2bn of assets under management, TorQuest invests in Canada’s leading mid-market companies and seeks to create value through partnership with outstanding management teams, a commitment to operational and strategic excellence, opportune acquisitions and the timely use of financial expertise. Currently, John is on the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of Lift Investments, a not-for-profit start-up organization focused on investing in small and medium sized enterprises in Africa. Prior to joining TorQuest in 2009, John worked in Group Strategy and Corporate Development at the Lloyds Banking Group in London, England and in the M&A group at UBS. John received a B.Comm. (Honours) degree from the Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University in 2004.
John Vavitsas / Cleanmark John Vavitsas is Founder & CEO of the Clean-Mark Group of Companies, a leading commercial cleaning service organization with operations across Canada and the US. A passionate entrepreneur, John started his first business while in high school and has over two decades of experience building and operating businesses. He strongly believes that business is first about people and that the development of people is key to success in business. As a result he plays an active role mentoring, coaching, and motivating individuals within his organization. John attended York University and worked in accounting and finance prior to entering into a full-time business venture. He is, or has been a Director of several community service organizations and private companies.
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Marc Weiner / Tandem Expansion Marc Weiner is a VP at Tandem Expansion, a growth capital firm focused on investing and backing Canadian technology leaders. He is focused on investments and working with companies in the web/software space and industrial technologies. Previously, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto primarily focusing on growth strategies, and post-merger integrations in the B2C and healthcare space. Marc also spent a year at BCG Mumbai helping Indian domestic companies prepare for growth and multinationals looking to strategically enter India. After BCG, he co-founded and ran SellYourEvents, a SaaS internet platform automating ticketing and registrations for event organizers. Marc has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert Janson / UBS Canada Robert is a Private Wealth Manager with the Ultra High Net Worth team in Toronto. He brings with him 6 years of UBS Client Advisory Wealth Management experience with the Executives and Entrepreneurs team in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a native Canadian, Robert studied at the University of Manitoba and then left in 2000 to follow a career as professional athlete in Switzerland and France. He returned to Canada in late 2010 after spending 10 years in Switzerland. As well as a Client Advisor in Switzerland, Robert also taught Financial Planning for the Ecole Superieur de Banque et Finance for students who were vying for their Swiss Federal Diploma in Banking Economics. As a member of the Swiss Financial Analysts Association, his continued studies in Switzerland included the UBS Wealth Management Diploma, the Swiss Federal Diploma Expert in Banking and Investments as well as the professional designation as a Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM). In Canada he holds the 2 professional designations of a Financial Management Advisor (FMA) and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). He is currently attending graduate school to complete his Master of Finance from Queen’s School of Business. He is also licensed to trade options in Canada (OLC).
Sam Ifergan / iGan Partners Sam has over 15 years of entrepreneurial, technology and venture capital experience. As the leader of iGan Partners team he is involved in evaluating new investment prospects, structuring transactions, helping companies raise funds, and leading the firm’s other efforts with respect to portfolio companies. Sam has been extensively involved in many of iGan’s businesses , often serving as CEO particularly in the early stages of each company’s development. Prior to founding iGan, he founded and ran Hargan Ventures, a venture capital firm. He also was strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) where he advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy. Sam has also held general management roles at NCR, where he led the deployment of enterprise-grade information technology systems. Sam holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.
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Shannon Goodspeed / Queen’s Commerce Shannon Goodspeed is the Executive Director of the Commerce Program within the School of Business at Queen’s University. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) and an MBA from Queen’s. She is an engineer and has worked in Europe and Canada prior to taking her MBA. Shannon worked in sales and marketing with Sperry Univac and Hewlett Packard. Most recently Shannon spent 10 years at Mount Royal College in Calgary where she taught Sales and Marketing and served as Department Chair. The winner of faculty teaching awards at Mount Royal and University of Calgary, Shannon has also taught at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s School of Business.
Somen Mondal / N4 System As the CEO and Co-Founder of Field ID, Somen is responsible for corporate vision, strategy, business growth and all-around customer satisfaction. With the help of his extraordinary team, Somen is committed to establishing Field ID as the global leader in inspection and safety compliance management (ISCM). Some of his achievements include: • 2012 Ontario Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year – Emerging • 2012 UofT Engineering 7T6 Early Career Award • 2010 Deloitte Fast 50 Companies-to-Watch • 2010 PROFIT HOT 50 - No. 31 • 2009 Branham300 Top 25 Up and Comer • 2008 Red Herring Global 100 Finalist • 2008 Red Herring Canada Top 50 Finalist Somen holds a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Steve Bolliger / Constellation Brands Canada Steve Bolliger grew up in Kanata and went to Queen’s University where he received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1983. The first 10 years of his career was spent with marketing-driven companies like Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, S.C. Johnson & Sons and the Nabob Coffee Company. In 1990, he worked with the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver. In 1998, he moved to Toronto as VP Marketing with Vincor (now Constellation Brands), Canada’s leading wine company. He was promoted to SVP Marketing in 2006 and have had the opportunity to experience the wine business from both sides of the boarder including 3 years in the US living and working in Northern California. In 2010, he returned to Canada to lead all marketing for Constellation Brands Canada including Jackson~Triggs, Inniskillin, Woodbridge, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, and Growers Cider to name a few brands. In 2006, he was recognized as “Who to Watch” by Strategy Magazine and the following year he was nominated Canada’s “Most Innovative Executive” by Canadian Business magazine. His wife Lori and children Erika and Sean enjoy weekends at the cottage, Water Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Hiking, and Biking… of course always has time for wine!
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Steve lightstone / Corner Office Leads Steve guides sales and marketing organizations in both small start-ups and large technology companies like IBM, SAP, Microsoft, CGI, and Oracle. Founder and President, Corner Office Leads, Steve recently worked as VP Sales & Marketing for Ryerson Start-up, Speechbobble, and for Microsoft ISV Secure Vantage Technologies. At marketing services firm Corner Office Leads which he founded in 2002, he was profiled as a demand generation “Thought Leader” by the Funnelholic. His methodologies have been the subject of articles in MarketingSherpa, MarketingProfs and others. Steve speaks about entrepreneurship, business start-ups, and sales & marketing at national gatherings like CUTC and NBTC, at UofT’s Nspire and SIFE, and at UW’s DECA, Velocity, E Coop and CBET. Steve gets hands on advising several start-ups and mentoring many aspiring young entrepreneurs and judging business plan competitions at NBTC, UofT SIFE, UW DECA and UW’s E Co-op. Steve earned his Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science and Business at UW and currently represents Math Alumni on the University’s Alumni Council.
Ted Zittell / McMillan Doolittle Ted Zittell consults internationally to market leaders who seek his insights on branding and communications strategy, marketing, retail formats, and design. He focuses his considerable visual and verbal abilities on interpreting trends, and on creating and managing successful branded experience for brand owners, including retailers, product manufacturers and marketers, service providers, and institutions. A partner in Chicago-based McMillan|Doolittle, The Retail Experts, Ted is based in Toronto, Ontario Canada, where he lives with his family, and also manages a private practice for select clients. Ted’s recent executive-level client engagements include strategy, positioning and design projects for the world’s leading brand owners—retail, product, and service, among them retailers like Walmart, Loblaws, Tesco, Kroger, Sainsbury’s, Shinsegae/Emart (Korea); consumer packaged goods manufacturers P&G, Nestlé; as well as advisory work with leading private equity funds. In addition, Ted is called upon by major industry, professional associations and by not-for profit institutions to critique, inform and educate, and collaborates with strategy, management and communications consultancies internationally.
Vanda Vicars / Vicars Consulting Inc. Vanda is an independent consultant specializing in merger and acquisition and Information Technology outsourcing. She was previously Senior Vice-President at Bell Canada leading a design and delivery organization specializing in security, web, call centre, collaboration services, business transformation and managed services centered around I/T and Communications solutions. Prior to joining Bell Canada in 2007, Vanda spent over 20 years at IBM Global Services working in various senior leadership roles across IT and network services. She is a current board member of the Canadian Women in Communications, she is a past chair and board member of The Createch Group and Bell Capital Market Solutions. For the past 15 years she has been ardently involved in diversity and women in business initiatives and has served as the Executive Sponsor for Women’s Focus for Bell Canada’s Diversity Program and IBM’s Women’s Leadership Council. Vanda has been a keynote speaker and panelist on numerous occasions on the topic of Women in Business and Information and Communications Sector. Most recently her external speaking engagements include the CIO Forum and I/T Executive Summit (2012) ;Information Communications and Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada at their National Forum on Taking Action on Women in ICT; the Canadian Women in Communication Association on Career strategies for women in the industry; The Canadian Telecommunications Summit;TD Bank’s Executive Women’s Forum on Strategies for Women’s Focus and Advancement. Vanda holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Bishop’s University.
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Bob Shoniker / R.G. Shoniker & Associates Over the past twenty years as President of R.G. Shoniker & Associates Inc. and Courage Capital Corporation, boutique investment banking firms, he has arranged more than $600 million of financings and mergers and acquisitions and transactions. From 1985 to 1987 he was Director, Emerging Growth Investments at McCarthy Securities Limited. In 1980 he co-founded and became Chief Executive Officer of TSE listed - Accugraph Corporation, a computer graphics applications software company. Mr. Shoniker is a graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston with a B.Comm and an M.B.A. from this institution. In addition to several company directorships, he is a former board member of The Kid’s Help Foundation which operates The Kid’s Help Phone, a 24 hour national 800 help line for Canada’s troubled youth and Young Peoples Theatre, Canada’s largest family oriented live theatre, Photonics Research Ontario, one of four technologies Centres of Excellence sponsored by the Province of Ontario., Gitennes Exploration Inc, a TSXV listed junior mining company, and Goldcorp Inc, a TSX listed gold company. He currently serves as a President of Sumtra Diversified Inc., a TSXV listed investment holding company, and is a board member of Parteq Innovations, Queen’s University‘s technology transfer centre and formerly chairman of the board of Bedlam Games, a Toronto based developer of digital video games.
Bryan Pearson / LoyaltyOne With more than two decades of experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world’s leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, Bryan heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the bestselling book: The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Bryan has presented around the world at such well-known events as The Art of Marketing, Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. In 2012, Bryan was selected to be among SmartMoney’s “Power 30,” an annual list of leaders who shape worldwide economic currents and the consumer experience. He is often quoted by news outlets including: The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, the Vancouver Sun, the National Post, Globe and Mail, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and MSNBC. He is a regular contributor to Fast Company, Retail Customer Experience, Customer Think, Creative Match and COLLOQUY.
Elspeth Murray / Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing Dr. Murray is an Associate Professor of Strategy and New Ventures at the Queen’s School of Business. Prior to joining Queen’s in 1996, she worked in a variety of industries. Initial experience as a programmer-analyst for Canada Systems Group (now ISM) was followed by a stint as both a systems engineer and marketing representative for IBM Canada. More recently, Dr. Murray has spent six years as an owner-operator for three successive and successful Canadian Tire stores. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early in her career, Dr. Murray undertook to create and institute many new venture related activities at the business school, including a New Venture concentration on the MBA for Science and Technology program and several internal Business Plan competitions designed to provide funds for entrepreneurs intending to launch new ventures. She has worked extensively with clients as diverse as the Auditor General for Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, and BMW Canada. She is also a Director for Parteq, the commercialization organization for Queen’s University, and an advisor to several start-ups. Dr. Murray is currently the Managing Director for the QCED/QCBV (Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing), the entrepreneurship centre at the Queen’s School of Business. Dr. Murray received an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics, and an MBA, both from Queen’s University. Her doctorate in Strategy and Management Information Systems was completed at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
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Ian Madell / Level5 Strategy Group Ian Madell is a Managing Partner at LEVEL5 Strategy Group, one of Canada’s leading boutique strategy firms. LEVEL5 counts Canadian Tire, Live Nation, Canada Post, Canada Goose, various Ontario Government Ministries, Rogers, Harley-Davidson and Pearson Airport among its’ clients. In addition to advising CEO’s and other senior executives concerning their business strategy he is responsible for the management and operations of LEVEL5. Prior to joining the firm he was the Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Design at Teknion – one of the world’s leading office furniture manufacturers. He was a Managing Partner at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) where he led the North American post-merger integration practice and was also active in broader business transformation assignments. Ian worked in New York for Gannett – one of America’s largest media organizations – and started his career at Nabisco Brands (now Kraft). He is an accomplished and admired leader whose approach to business has continuously driven positive business results. Ian is committed to contributing back to the community. He has lectured and been a speaker at various university’s across Canada. He is a former Governor of Junior Achievement of Canada, Director of The Canadian Club – Toronto and Director of The York School.
Meredith Van Binsbergen / The QEC Meredith is proud to be the founder of the Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition. She is a Toronto based Entrepreneur providing Image Consulting and Personal Shopping services to women. Meredith began her career in marketing at Procter & Gamble where she led initiatives in the laundry, cosmetics and hair care categories. Following P&G, Meredith oversaw sampling programs for Pepsico and Kraft at Sales and Merchandising Group. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University (class of 1990) and is happily married with two teenage daughters.
Rich Hale / The Delfi Group A solid academic preparation at the Queen’s University School of Business led to a successful career as a Manufacturing Executive specializing in Operational Turnarounds through the application of Lean Manufacturing techniques. Enjoyed working at Atlas Steels, Stanley, British Plasterboard, Domtar, Georgia-Pacific, KI and presently serves clients as a Business Consultant with The Delfi Group in the Ottawa Valley.
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Ron Bremner / Gold Medal Consulting Ron Bremner is President of the Gold Medal Consulting Group. Mr. Bremner spent 22 years in radio and television in Vancouver, highlighted by his term as President of CKNW/CFMI radio stations and President/CEO of BCTV. In 1996, he became President/CEO of the Calgary Flames, then served as Chairman/CEO of Professional Sports Publications. Today, Mr. Bremner coaches senior executives across the country, delivers keynote speeches and works with companies in the areas of leadership, communication, strategic planning and team-building. Throughout his career, he has chaired a number of high-profile organizations across the country. He is a member of the Canadian Association Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service. He currently serves on the Board of the Ontario March of Dimes, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Women in Communications.
Sharon Ranson / The Ranson Group Sharon Ranson is founder and President of The Ranson Group Inc., a company offering Executive Coaching and Consulting services and is a Corporate Director. She is currently on the Board of Governors for CI Investments and served on the boards of Bank West, Western Life, and Western Financial Insurance for nine years until the acquisition of Western Financial Group by Desjardins. Sharon was on the board of MEGA Brands during their 2010 restructuring. Her current not-for-profit boards include the Advisory Board for the School of Business at Queen’s University and The Children’s Book Bank. Previously she served on the boards of The National Ballet School and Integra (Children’s Mental Health Centre). Sharon teaches Communications and Finance for the Masters of Finance program at Queen’s University. She spent over 20 years in the Financial Services industry in executive positions where she worked at both large and small firms. She was a top ranked Financial Services Analyst and Director with RBC Dominion Securities and was a senior Portfolio Manager with TAL (CIBC). Sharon is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ICD.D designation. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds an MBA from York University.
Steve Van Binsbergen
/ Rogers Communications
Over in the technology industry, Steve has taken a pioneering approach to developing unrealized opportunities into differentiated and sustainable businesses. His experience includes a broad range of roles in brand and product development, new market and business development, consulting, engineering, sales and marketing, executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Presently, Steve leads the Business Marketing Group at Rogers Communications, focused on all aspects of the B2B strategy and execution. Prior to Rogers, Steve ran his own company called Kubos Transformations, focusing on altering the client’s go-to-market strategies. Before founding Kubos, Steve was the Vice President, Channel Strategy & Performance at Telus, where he led a team driving the B2B strategy. Steve has also held other leadership roles, including Vice President and General Manager of Computing Systems at Celestica, and consulting roles at Accenture and Courtyard Group. Steve has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MBA from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer.
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Each year, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition invites several keynote speakers to participate in the final weekend. These speakers, combined with our generous sponsors, dedicated judges and talented young entrepreneurs are key to the QEC’s ongoing success and prestige.
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Anatoliy Melnichuk / Buytopia.ca Anatoliy is the founder of Buytopia.ca, a website that negotiates incredible discounts on popular local business by arranging a group discount. In Buytopia’s 4th month of operation they set the record for the 2nd largest group sale in Canada - over $400k in revenue over 3 days. Anatoliy grew Buytopia.ca organically, without funding, to become one of the largest daily deal sites in Canada, recently acquiring four competitors in the process. Previously, Anatoliy worked as a consultant for Accenture, where he specialized in strategy and implementation of enterprise architecture models in the financial services industry. After completing his Queen’s Engineering degree and a minor in Economics in 2008, he founded Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated commercial fishery in New Brunswick. Evandale was the premier producer of Wild Canadian Caviar with nationwide clientele. Anatoliy raised the initial capital necessary to start the business by competing and winning 7 first place finishes in 9 business plan competitions, across Canada and the US. Anatoliy completed his undergrad in Civil Engineering in 2007. While completing his undergraduate degree he founded National Energy Marketing, selling commercial natural gas futures contracts in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The business grew to 15 employees and broke even in less than two months.
John Armstrong / Armstrong Partnership After graduating from Queen’s Commerce in 1991, John worked in the Marketing Communications industry before starting his own firm, Armstrong Partnership, in 1994 at the age of 26. Armstrong Partnership expanded first in Canada, then internationally over the next 12 years achieving a CAGR of over 40%, growing to 75 full time and 120 part time employees, and over 25 million in revenues. Their clients are world class brands including MasterCard, Sanofi, Weight Watchers, Johnson and Johnson, Kraft, Post Colgate – Palmolive, The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Cancer Society. Their creative and strategy work has won numerous awards in Canada, the United States and globally. In October of 2006, John sold 80 % of Armstrong Partnership to a Private Equity firm, Newport Partners. In 2012, he bought the business back and continues to be President and CEO. John was awarded top 40 under 40 in 2003, is a member of YPO and serves on the Boards of Backyard Brands, Eagle Ridge Development Corporation and SB Foods. He also serves on the board of AFCY, a youth foundation that serves the most disadvantaged areas of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife and 3 children.
Gerald Risk / Asurion Gerald Risk is the President of Asurion, the world’s leading provider of handset protection and other value added services to the wireless industry. Prior to serving as President, Mr. Risk was Asurion’s CFO. Since joining Asurion in 1999, Mr. Risk has been a key member of a management team that has grown the business 200fold. Today, Asurion’s 5,000 team members serve over 110 million subscribers globally. Prior to joining Asurion, Mr. Risk helped a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 firms to early stage start-ups, execute their strategic and financial plans as an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Risk has also worked for Hambrecht and Quist and the private investment arm of Toronto Dominion Capital. Mr. Risk is an active mentor of entrepreneurial leaders in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. In this capacity, Mr. Risk is an active private investor and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carillon Assisted Living (provider of assisted living services in the Southeast), HealthCPA (provider of medical expense management services for consumers), and QMC Telecom (cell tower operator in Brazil). He is an active private investor. Mr. Risk holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and where he served as a case writer for Jack McDonald, the Stanford Investors Professor of Finance. Mr. Risk also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with honors from Queen’s University in Canada where he was on the Dean’s List.
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Each year, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition attracts some of the brightest young entrepreneurs from around the world. Submissions are graded by preliminary judges and the top finalists are invited to compete at the final weekend for cash and prizes of $25,000. Congratulations to the top 18 teams, and best of luck!
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ADFLUSH AdFlush is a startup advertising business to be launched in the coming year. It will provide advertising solutions, namely tissue-pack advertising marketing, serving both small businesses and large corporations in Australia, mainly Melbourne. The firm will leverage its offering by producing innovative concept of pocket tissue / toilet seat paper advertisement, and providing designing as well as distributing services to achieve the most optimum promotion impacts for the clients. Furthermore, AdFlush will mainly operate using online platform, utilising the domain: www.adflush.com.au. Promotion strategy will also be mainly through website advertisements and social media to expand its online presence. EVELYN TAN is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & Finance) from the University of Melbourne. Evelyn has been actively involved in numerous student initiatives as well as professional endeavours. She is also very active in participating in numerous prestigious competitions. The highlights of her achievements include winning 1st prize for Internet Marketing Start-Up Competition 2012 as well as the A.T. Kearney Case Study Competition in 2011, securing a finalist position in the UBS Investment Banking Competition 2012, and representing the University of Melbourne in the prestigious CBS International Case Competition and Australasian Case Competition in 2012. Evelyn is a highly motivated individual and has strong Research, Analytical, and Project Management skills.
STEPHANIE BARTOS is from Germany and she is studying International Business major at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She loves sports, from horse-riding over skiing to surfing. Stephanie also loves travelling, so far she has travelled through Europe, Australia and America. Discovering the secrets of a small island or a historic city such as Rome is her favourite. Stephanie welcomes challenges, may it be in the area of sports or in the business world, where a new marketing strategy is needed to improve sales and publicity â€“ She is focused and committed to an efficient and successful outcome.
IORI NISHIDA is a 4th year B.Com (Finance) and B.Eng (Mechanical Engineering) undergraduate, with fluent Japanese and English language skills. He previously worked overseas at Global Dining Inc. in Tokyo, and had various leadership and business experiences in student organisations such as AIESEC and Formula SAE.
YING HUI WOO is studying Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting in University of Melbourne. His interests are in finance related matters as well as seeking business opportunities. He also enjoys challenges in the commerce field.
COCORIDE CoCoRide is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a web-based ridesharing (aka carpooling) service. Our organisationâ€™s values are to help reduce environmental pollution, save money for our users and reduce congestion. Our service is straightforward: users log onto our website (with future versions of our service allowing them to use a smartphone app), post details of their desired destination and specify whether they will drive or be a passenger for the trip. Once this is done, other users can then contact them and organise a ride. Through this service our ultimate aim is to provide a high end service that improves transportation for people everywhere. And we aim to do this better than anyone else in the industry.
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RONEIL is the Marketing Director and one of the Co-founders of CoCoRide. A very passionate public speaker and networker, he uses his vivacious personality and boundless energy to promote CoCoRide to the world. Currently studying an Arts Degree, his real passion is the support of businesses with megatons of Social Impact. Beyond this he is into running. Lots of running. Roneil shares in the CoCoRide vision to create an organization that is committed to helping the environment, reducing the burden of traffic and creating a more affordable and fun way to travel.
STEPHANIE WANG is the Team Coordinator and one of the Co-founders CoCoRide, who along with the rest of the team shares in the vision of the great environmental and social impact that CoCoRide can have on society. An instrumental member of the team, Steph helps direct the efforts of volunteers and fellow members, ensuring everyone is working at their best. A very recent graduate Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Melbourne, she will be starting Juris Doctor at Melbourne University in February. To reflect this she will take a greater role in the legal aspect of CocoRide.
ANDY covers the Finance side of CoCoRide, organising funding and projections for the organization. Currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Finance and Management, his skills go beyond the theory and he actively seeks to apply theory into practice. To date he been part of and led multiple student organizations, giving him extensive experience in working with teams and delivering results.
EASY ISLAND, INC. Easy Island, Inc. is a Rhode Island company that seeks to protect the environment, and provide ways in which we can live in harmony with nature. We believe it is vital to secure the future through the promotion and use of renewable, sustainable, and eco-conscious resources, and our principles, practices, and products are firmly committed and fashioned to being, “Easy on our Earth”. We offer all-natural, 100% biodegradable and compostable, gourmet plates made from the fallen--not harvested--leaf sheaths of the Areca Palm tree. Made from a completely organic and chemical free process where naturally shed sheaths are pressed into tableware with no need for agriculture, cutting down trees, or in any way upsetting the natural ecosystem. No resins, dyes, glues, strengthening agents, or synthetic materials are used in the manufacturing process which, similar to the life cycle of our products, represents a closed-loop sustainable system that provides unmatched quality. KRISTEN LEGGE excels in sales and marketing, and will work to establish our clientele, sustaining institutional contracts and retail sales. Kristen’s professional experience spans from commercial and residential sales to new product development and business development with Quantum Marketing. She exceeded sales goals, built a large and solid team, and later led two adjacent and successful sales companies in Florida. She is finishing her BS in Business Administration at URI.
NISHANT SHARMA will execute operation and development of business infrastructure, strategy, and innovation. He will be active in research and development. Nishant is currently a student researcher at Women and Infants hospital, conducting work in Reproductive Immunology. He is committed to completing his BS in Biology at URI, and pursuing further degree work. Nishant is passionate about environmental issues, and is interested in exploring untapped sustainable practices and natural materials.
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ECO-CHULA Eco-Chula is the partnership venture of 4 young business students of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. These aspiring entrepreneurs dream of better living conditions for their rural countrymen, chiefly by eliminating indoor air pollution (IAP) which takes about 50,000 lives per year. They aim to provide a sustainable and clean cooking solution to this problem, one which will not only lessen pollution but will also provide a means for rural people to earn their livelihood. This integrated approach provides people with a cost effective, fuel-efficient improved cook stove (ICS) by the name of Eco-Chula. This will be powered by compressed biogas also provided by the venture. Eco-Chula’s mission is to reduce IAP and lessen overall carbon emission which will reduce health risks, increase life expectancy, and create a healthier environment within 10 years of its operation in an affordable and sustainable manner. The venture raises awareness among people, trains them, creates job opportunities, and offers cash discounts and installment payment on product purchase. It will also give growth to women empowerment by giving women the opportunity to earn their own livelihood. Eco-Chula has centered its focus on affordability, sustainability and engagement of rural people in its every day operations. Partnerships will be made with various and international organizations in order to avail the best biogas compression technology and make this project a success. The venture is set to eventually go global and bring about long term improvements in people’s cooking habits. ASIF IQBAL is currently studying Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Currently enrolled in 4th semester, Asif finished his high school (10th grade) years from St. Joseph Higher Secondary School (Dhaka). He finished his college years (12th grade) at Rajuk Uttara Model College (Dhaka). He is an avid fan of TV Shows, movies and music. He has been related with various extra-curricular activities since his school years. He is currently a contributing writer at a website and associated with his institute’s communication club, IBACC. His aim in life is to be an entrepreneur after finishing his education. He likes to keep himself updated with the current world and improve his entrepreneurial skills by participating in various business competitions. QEC 2013 is the first international business competition for him and he and his teammates intend to win it.
MAYESHA MEHNAZ is presently doing her BBA from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. Currently enrolled in her 4th semester of business education, Mayesha aspires to major in Finance and attain all sorts of excellence in this particular field. Before IBA, she was a model student for twelve years at Maple Leaf International School. Mayesha is actively involved with the debating club at her present school and considers debate one of her long standing passions. She is also a vigorous social worker, having participated in various events organized by JAAGO, a local organization aiming to improve the lives of street children. However, she believes her true calling lies in working for the environment and energy sustainability. In this regard she regularly takes part in various environmental awareness campaigns and seminars. Mayesha considers QEC 2013 a stepping stone towards her dream of a more energy sustainable Bangladesh.
TAMANNA SHAHNOWAZ SOHANEE is currently studying Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. She is currently enrolled in 4th semester. She has been a student of Manarat Dhaka International College and completed her O-levels (10 A’s) in May 2007 to Jan 2008 session and her A levels (4 A’s) in Jan 2010. For the past years, she has participated in various extra-curricular activities including International art competitions winning silver and bronze in India and Iran respectively in 2002. In the recent year, her team has been awarded Silver Award in Global Academic Challenge 2012 of Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide (MAAW).In the near future, she aspires to be an entrepreneur.
SHAMROZE ABEDIN is currently enrolled in the 4th semester of the BBA program of the Institution of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Before getting into IBA she was a student of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College for 12 years, the most prestigious allgirls educational institute in the country. She is actively involved with IBA’s Communication Club and is the content provider for an online magazine as well. Shamroze is an animal lover and volunteers at the local animal shelter in her free time. Other than her own loving mother, she considers Oprah Winfrey to be her role model and personal hero. Just like her role model, she dreams of running her own business empire one day. Participating in QEC 2013 and qualifying for the semifinals is the first step towards that dream.
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ENCORE Encore is a free iOS and Android mobile application that enhances your concert experience before, during, and after the event. Fans can use Encore to get the best pre-event experience, view social content live at the event, and relive the experience on demand. Furthermore, Encore provides fans with open access to their favourite band’s concerts at their fingertips. Encore is launching into the mobile space as smartphone penetration is booming, mobile usage at concerts is growing, and the music industry is finding its footing in mobile apps. Encore will generate revenue through the affiliate e-commerce model and by monetizing its database of social, geographic, economic, and psychographic data. Launching in Toronto, Encore will expand laterally to other events such as sporting events and will scale internationally through its strategic partnerships. MICHAEL WARSHAFSKY is a second year biology major at Queen’s University. Along with his interest in conservation biology, Michael is really excited about social media, graphic design, and digital innovation. In the summer of 2011, Michael job shadowed 60 professionals in 60 days, creating a resourceful blog based off his experiences (sixtyinsixty.com) for other students. The project was picked up by global news outlets and continues to be a great resource for students around the world. This past summer, Michael interned at a digital advertising agency in New York and joined the Toronto fitness startup Social Lockerroom as the Creative Director and as an equity partner. Encore is Michael’s most recent project that he is excited to share at the QEC.
FISHCYCLE FishCycle started as a conversation between the two hall mates of the Epworth Dorm at Duke University. The two founders, Albert and Yuefeng quickly became best friends and since then have conducted a lot of research on related topics. They have worked together on many projects in and out of the biomedical engineering curriculum and they know how well they complement each other in terms of business strategies and management. Albert and Yuefeng both put entrepreneurship as their highest priority and hope to get investments and start making a difference as soon as possible. FishCycle primarily targets fish waste and byproduct recycling by making it into useful fishmeal and oil. This effectively reduces waste as well as better protect the environment. FishCycle will operate on a grand scale challenge in a down to earth manner and welcome any input and suggestions from participants and judges of the 25th annual QEC Business Competition. ALBERT HU graduated from Northern Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario before joining Duke University in North Carolina as a biomedical engineering and biology double major. He is an avid entrepreneur and a Shad Valley 2009 Alumni. Albert has won many science competitions growing up, placing first in Canada in the Canadian Association of Physicist contest, Sir Issac Newton contest and Gold Metal in the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge. At Duke, Albert is a University Scholar and a Pratt Research Fellow. He currently serves as the president of the Duke Smart Home, the world’s first LEED Platinum live-in laboratory and an International Green Industry Hall of Fame program. His current research focuses on phase microscopy in detection of precancerous cells and blood parasites. Albert has wide interests in medicine, technologies, and management consulting. He also enjoys traveling a lot, especially the views of Arctic Canada and the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa.
YUEFENG (MIKE) DU graduated from Collingwood School in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is currently double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Duke University. Yuefeng has always been interested in finance as well as entrepreneurship. He hopes to later combine the two in a future endeavor. He has participated in many finance as well as business competitions including placing first in the Blackrock Asset Allocation Competition and learned a great deal about both fields from the experiences. His passion for entrepreneurship started as a child growing up in China. With a father who is also an entrepreneur, he grew up observing and trying to resolve problems. He is currently the vice president of Business Relations of the Duke Smart Home, an environmentally and technologically innovative dorm on Duke University’s central campus. He also extremely enjoys basketball and snowboarding as well as playing the guitar and clarinet.
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GOLDEN EYE RECRUITING Golden Eye Recruiting is a social enterprise that uses community outreach and data analytics to give EVERY high school athlete an opportunity to play at the next level. It was founded by three Howard University students after attending the 2012 Sloan Sports Analytics conference. JORDAN TAYLOR is a spring Sports entrepreneur born and raised In Redwood Shores, California. Growing up he participated in many sports including: Football, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Rugby and even extreme sports such as Surfing and Skiing. Taylor studies Sports Management at Howard University and is member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. In his spare time Taylor enjoys Traveling, playing Golf, lifting weights, attending sporting events, and surfing.
WILLIAM MANNIE is a senior Economics major, Political Science minor from Chicago, Il . As an avid runner, recently ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon in efforts to raise awareness for cancer. He is also interested sustainability and energy solutions in the emerging world.
THOMAS BURRELL JR. is a senior Sports Management major, Economics minor. Originally from Detroit, MI, he has been involved with sports his entire life and even contemplated playing baseball at the collegiate level. He love for sports has lead him to intern with the Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, ESPN RISE and Nascar.
RALEIGH FATOKI is a senior Economics major, Chemistry minor. He has always been involved with sports while playing baseball and basketball during his amateur days in Chicago. Constantly with a smile on, Raleigh is 20 years old and eventually plans to pursue a career in medicine.
HUNGER BUDDY Hunger Buddy is a platform that aims to completely redefine the interactive online food experience. It offers services that encompass not only the facilitation of electronic food ordering, but also envisions the conception of an online food market. Hunger Buddy is also a socially responsible venture; it endeavors to create awareness amongst its users about food shortages in the least developed parts of the world, while also giving them the opportunity to bring about social change. Hunger Buddy is collaborating with charities and NGOs that exclusively provide food and water to those that are in desperate need. Hunger Buddy has been designed and developed with the exclusive needs of our vendors in mind; it offers the vendors real-time data feeds that help them make smart business decisions, from changing menus to anticipating the use of particular ingredients. Hunger Buddy also provides its vendors and users a platform to interact, while also recommending specific events, festivals and promotions tailored to the specific tastes and needs of each user and vendor.
ASAD is currently an international student at York University and Hunger Buddy will be the second business venture I’ve launched during my university career. I have always had a passion for entrepreneurship, sales and marketing and with Hunger Buddy I’m excited to combine this with my love of food and technology to develop a food delivery platform that will revolutionize the online food industry. My first start-up was a door-to-door sales company and within 1 year it was profitable and had a team of 10 people. Using the skills and insights I’ve acquired from this and other experiences I’m confident we’ll take Hunger Buddy to the levels of success we know it can achieve.
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MOJA LABS Moja Labs was one of five companies founded under the Queen’s Summer Innovation Institute, and was the winner of the $25 000 grand prize at the summer 2012 pitch competition. Its vision is to make it easy and fun to discover the best experiences a city has to offer through connecting real people with real places. ISABEL BARRERA is a recent graduate from Queen’s University, having completed with BSc(Honours) Majoring in Biochemistry. Although her main interest is in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, she has always had a passion for the utilization of technology to improve everyday life. In particular, she is intrigued by the possibilities for technology to improve and optimize human interactions. She has basic programming skills in Objective-C, and is drawn to simple designs and user-friendly products that aim to enhance everyday activities. Isabel is currently working on building an intuitive, user focused design interface, and is a member of the sales team.
MIKE ROBINSON is entering his fourth year of Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University while at the same time is working towards completing a dual degree in Economics. Mike has directly applied his talent for engineering, including research and development of a Hot Press prototype for the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University. He has worked as an Electronic Manufacturing Technician for the company YieldPoint Inc. and completed R&D on several digital instruments. Additionally, Mike served as the Vice President for Engineers Without Borders (Queen’s University Chapter), specifically focusing on engaging the youth of the community. Mike is currently acting as the controller for Moja Labs technical team. He is working closely with the software lead to develop a content management system.
KURTIS HODGE is entering his fourth year of the Commerce program at Queen’s School of Business with a degree focused on Innovation Management with a semester of international experience in Hong Kong. Kurtis’s main interest is empowering collaboration within communities; in particular, he is intrigued by the potential for collaborative design platforms to improve human life. During his time at Queen’s he founded and coordinates an entrepreneurship society called +ideaEngine. In his leisure time, Kurtis is a member of Queen’s Bands and consults for several local non-profit organizations. Kurtis is focused on managing business strategy at Moja Labs. He is currently developing a consumer-focused business model and is acting as the lead of the sales team.
IRFAN SHARIF is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Queen’s School of Business with a degree focus in Finance. Irfan has previously worked in a diverse set of industries - notably advertising, consumer goods and micro-credit banking. During his studies at Queen’s Irfan started the Queen’s Journalism Society and FreshSight Queen’s, a pro-bono management consulting organization for non-profit organizations. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing soccer and learning new musical instruments. Just like any entrepreneur, he finds satisfaction in creating something out of scratch that ultimately has a positive effect on people’s lives. In the long run, he plans on taking this principle and applying it in his home country - Bangladesh - after his adventure in Canada is complete. Irfan brings a diverse perspective and rational optimism to the team. He is currently acting as the organizational controller and leading finance at Moja Labs.
MOSSAD Colon D (:D) stands for happiness of the Earth. Tilt your head the left and you can see the smiley face hidden. We look forward to bringing MossAd and its happiness to every corner of the earth, with you. MossAd is a new and green way of outdoor advertising that battles against environmental problems. MossAd is a profitable business that merges novel greening technology with traditional outdoor advertising. MossAd leverages the amazing characteristics of moss, such as air purification and high CO2 absorption rate. Production of MossAd makes use of original corn-root matrix innovation, which resolve waste disposal problem of outdoor advertising. MossAd adds value to the ordinary outdoor advertising by introducing various special effects, such as versatile effect. MossAd integrates the life goals and values of three aspirational youngsters who are determined to make a difference out of the ordinary.
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M.O.S.S. stands for four essence of MossAd: • Marketable - MossAd is of high market potential in industry and geographical market growth rate, fitting for the vacuum between stagnant outdoor advertising industry and the desiring green industry. • Oxygenic - MossAd is the green highlight of the city. MossAd can bring various benefits to the environment, such as better air quality, promoting the mutual benefits between business and environmental preservation. • Sustainable - MossAd balances economic, social and environmental aspects, achieving happiness of the Earth in the end. Diversity, vision are not sacrificed for the short term economic value. • Stylish - MossAd is not born to be style! MossAd, made up of a wide range of colourful mosses, is fresh with multiple value adding features. MossAd provides the best visual benefits for the monotonous urban areas. KATE CHAN is now studying Business Administration and Law in the University of Hong Kong. Her Chinese name is “Kwan Hang”, which stands for “balance”. She has lived up to her name by demonstrating both a strong interest in marketing, especially advertising management, and accounting during her studies. As the runner-up in a previous competition, the Heifer-Jetco Marketing Competition, Kate successfully developed an integrated marketing plan for Heifer International for the China and Hong Kong market. Growing up in Vancouver, Canada in her early years and having an internship in New York last year, Kate has contributed her international experience to the expansion of MossAd beyond Hong Kong. “Thinking outside the box” has been Kate’s motto as she believes happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. SAMMI CHEUNG is now studying Business Administration and Law in the University of Hong Kong. Her Chinese name “Tsz“ and “Ching“ are both names of Chinese herbs. With strong passion towards arts and design, she holds a persistence of an artist in preserving the stunning beauty of the nature. She enjoys being the role of a care and to bring happiness to people around with her lovely smile. In view of a multitude of difficulties faced by Chinese migrant workers in finding their soul mates, Sammi has built a comprehensive matchmaking campaign in her previous runner-up competition, the Deloitte Club uShine Case Challenge 2011. Her visit to the orphans and psychiatric rehabilitating women in Delhi, India last year has strengthened her belief that talents should work towards the better future of our Earth, living up her motto- “Our hearts are made to love and to care”. BRIAN CHU is now studying Business Administration and Law in the University of Hong Kong. His Chinese name of “Ming Chi” stands for understanding with wisdom. It has been a major goal of his life to understand things and specifically about how the Earth and its ecosystem work. He has been in love with Biology since his previous study in secondary school. With a dream to create a perfect fusion of business and environmental protection, he had developed a plan of eco-friendly energy source for rural farmers and made to the Top 8 teams in a competition, the Deloitte Club uShine Case Challenge 2011. He has a motto about making positive impact to the planet - “The Earth doesn’t belong to us. Yet we have the right to decide if we want to kill it or cure it.”
MOUSEHOUSE MouseHouse is an iPad + web application that allows researchers in the life-sciences research industry to track experimental data, health and complex breeding schemes of laboratory mice. The company developed a prototype version of the application in June 2012. As of December 2012, MouseHouse has signed up over 100 academic research laboratories from fifteen leading institutions to alpha test the product and pay a discounted license fee for the application.
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MOHAMAD ABDALLAH is a third year studying Economics and Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He has been working on MouseHouse with Usman Akhter for a little under a year. His interest in innovating technological tools for labs evolved from his years researching Multiple Sclerosis.
USMAN AKHTER is a second year at the University of Chicago studying Economics and Philosophy. He works alongside Mohamad on sales and business development for MouseHouse. When he’s not at lab researching DNA nanotechnology, he’s learning front-end design.
MYCAREERCITY Career City Inc. is redefining the way students across the world make decisions about their future. Our web platform www.MyCareerCity.com is a career social network that enables students to explore career options and get access to all their career resources in one virtual location. Students can connect with high school, college, university and recent graduates at an unprecedented scale. We have a relentless focus on eliminating the complexities of career decision making process by empowering students to take control of their future in one virtual location..MyCareerCity.com EUGENE OSEI, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, is has been a keynote speaker to hundreds of high school students and has conducted over 100+ consultations with college & university students ,with regards to career advice , networking tips, interview tips, personal branding and more. He has combined his business background with his passion for helping students with to create a venture that aims to have a global impact. In 2012 he was awarded the CIBC Leaders in Entrepreneurship Award. Role: Product strategy, Sales & Marketing, Business Development
PROSPECTIVE PLUS Prospective Plus, is developing a Common Job Application for entry level exempt employees. Our application allows employers to go beyond an ATS or simple resume submission and begin by searching by objective factors and move on to see more information about the candidate. Our goal is to streamline and enhance the screening process and encourage companies to hire with culture fit in mind, which has the potential to reduce turnover. Our target applicants are students about to graduate college and our target companies are Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s), job boards, and temp agencies. Prospective Plus was born in early 2012 and is growing quickly. The company is about the release their Beta product, grow their team, and raise funding. The entire team is very excited to launch their product, build their brand, and positively affect the recruiting industry. PHOEBE FARBER is currently a Senior at Northeastern University and is studying Business Administration, concentrating in Entrepreneurship, with minors in Psychology and Organizational Leadership Studies. When she was younger she worked with marketing in her martial arts school, working on lead generation and daily operations. She was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America for four years and a state officer in NY for two years and has currently serves as the President of the Alumni Association. In 2009, FBLA named her Ms. Future Business Leader and she won 1st place in the Business Ethics competition and since entering school at Northeastern University she has actively participated in the Women in Business Club, the NU Entrepreneurs Club, the NU Marketing Club, as well as IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator. She is very passionate about her company and is looking forward to helping it grow
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STUDENTJOBSEVERYWHERE I had the experience of watching many peers struggle to find summer jobs, despite spending multiple hours distributing resumes to every business that would accept one. Thus, StudentJobsEverywhere was born with the hope of providing student-aged job seekers with easier access to businesses and a more streamlined application process. StudentJobsEverywhere was built with the goal of helping reduce Canada’s youth unemployment rate to a single-digit percentage. This goal will be achieved through building a single network that will connect students and employers with job opportunities in a unique streamlined manner. StudentJobsEverywhere.com was launched to students and businesses in April 2012. Since then, over 1500 students have registered with the website and over 900 jobs have been posted by various businesses. Thus far, there are over 30 businesses registered across Canada, including: Xerox, Loblaw’s, Morneau Sheppell, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and FGL Sports Group.
LOGAN HOUSTON - I am a 21-yearold aspiring entrepreneur and third year Queen’s Commerce student specializing in marketing and sales. I was first attracted to the entrepreneurial experience when I worked as the lead in Brand development for a sports camp. Through this experience as a contributing member to a business combined with being a student in commerce, I was attracted to the complexity and challenge of conceptualizing, launching and managing a business. I am an individual who thrives off personal challenge. From a young age, I channeled this energy toward competitive tennis, which taught me three valuable lessons: hard work, patience, and perseverance. After my first year in Commerce, I wanted to pursue an endeavor that would enable me to apply my knowledge while fulfilling my desire for challenge and personal growth. Throughout this journey, I have been challenged like never before, learning many important personal and professional lessons.
TDOT PERFORMANCE Every single day tens of thousands of Canadian car enthusiasts shop online in search of car performance parts to customize their vehicle; but to their despair end up ordering products from American based companies, since there is a lack of reputable online Canadian retailers. When their products arrive they are unexpectedly welcomed with customs, brokerage, duties, currency conversion fees, and long transit times. TDot Performance is among the few reputable Canadian e-commerce car performance shops’ catering to these Canadian car enthusiasts. Working with highly reputable manufacturers and distributors, they have over 18000+ aftermarket car performance parts and are continuously uploading new and emerging products. Their mission is to help Canadian consumers find their cars true identity. To the consumer, their vehicle is not only a means of transportation, but an empty canvas in which they can modify, accessorize, and express their own unique identity. CHARITH PERERA is the Co-founder of TDot Performance, one of Canada’s fastest growing automotive parts E-commerce stores. Currently he is completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance, with a Minor in E-commerce, at the University of Ryerson. Concurrently, he is also pursuing a Market Motive Certification in SEO and Conversion Rate Optimization. His Business experience includes successful completion of the Summer Company program, and many past experiences in several start up initiatives. He also has managerial experience at M&M twins LTD., a major wholesaler and distributor of food products, where he worked as an Operations Manager for two years. At TDot Performance, he is mainly responsible for marketing initiatives, as well as overseeing all aspects of the company’s finances.
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WESTONEXPRESSIONS WestonExpressions is a waterloo based tech company creating revolutionary ways for corporations to advertise through a developing product called the “digital escalator handrail” which uses digital media, WestonExpressions screen technology, and interacts with new smartphones. WestonExpressions Inc. hopes to develop the most efficient advertisement on the market by putting customized advertisements into the hands of millions of target consumers per day. By implementing the digital escalator handrail product containing over 100 individual screens into the escalators of malls, subway stations, and airports; passengers will be able to view current promotions of businesses in close proximity, as well as receive the latest coupons and information through the tapping (once) of their mobile device to the handrail. The team’s current workspace is at the University of Waterloo’s Velocity Garage Accelerator, however can also be spotted at the University of Toronto’s Rotman centre for the Creative Destruction Lab Program. DOUGLAS WESTON LUSTED is the original founder of WestonExpressions Inc and a current University of Waterloo Business and Environment student. He started WestonExpressions Inc in December 2011 at the age of 19 and works out of the Velocity Garage Accelerator in Waterloo.
REGAN HO is a University of Waterloo student with an expertise in sales and history of new venture creation. Regan’s role consists of financial planning and sales management with WestonExpressions Inc.
ENLIGHTENMENT LABS Our company’s mission is to make it easier to communicate complex issues to wide audiences in our age of information overload. To this end, we develop interactive documentary platforms for non-profits to better inform advocates, drive fundraising and galvanize action towards achieving social change. NICHOLAS KLIMCHUK is a fourth year Commerce student attending Queen’s University on a full-ride scholarship. He is a self-taught programmer, a finance aficionado and a passionate proponent for free market economics. Nick’s first startup was an ethically-sourced line of “spiritwear” that he sold to his school community. In its first year alone, sales exceeded $50,000. He also raised $1.6 million for the development of a football stadium for his local community. Nicholas has work experience in both the finance and the nonprofit advocacy sectors. In the summer of 2010, he worked as a research analyst for a $500 million private investment fund in Toronto. The following summer, he worked as a policy analyst at the Charles G. Koch Foundation in Washington D.C. His research focused primarily on regulatory reform and monetary policy. This past May, he worked as an analyst in the private equity division at the CPP Investment Board.
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MOBHUB mobHUB is a for-profit social venture offering state-of-the-art digitization and virtual laboratory services enabling college students in India and other developing countries to directly use costly experimental equipment (predominately in science, medicine and engineering) located in elite universities in US and Europe right from their phone/web browser. PIYUSH BAGARIA (Founder, CEO): is a 3rd Year student in Electronics and Communication Engineering department at IIT Kharagpur. Having worked as a visiting research scholar at Purdue University and with IBM he has considerable experience in HUB technology, database systems, web 2.0 and parallel systems. After return from Purdue, he launched mobHUB to globally connect students with academia and industry offering state of the art services developed on parallel HUB cyber-infrastructure. He brings with himself experience of developing e-commerce interfaces and a leadership potential recognized in form of various Scholarships and Fellowships by esteemed institutions such as INCEF and Aditya Birla Group
ANKIT MUNKA (Founder, CBDO): has significant experience of the education sector and business development in Indian markets and has worked with CRY in accessing the bottlenecks in penetration of higher education in rural India. His has 3 years of experience of sitting on the executive board of Sai Ply Pvt Ltd, and has deeper understanding and experience of Finance and Business development.
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Our vision is to become the leading and definitive source of knowledge and expertise in the creation, leadership and management of new ventures. We will accomplish this through five major areas of activity: 1. Embed new venture thinking and preparedness in our curriculum by offering mandatory entrepreneurship courses on all our programs, as well as a slate of elective courses including one that provides students the opportunity to invest monies from our Tricolour Venture Fund 2. Provide access to a variety of pools of capital to fund new ventures, including several business plan competitions 3. Conduct applied research in the field of business venturing, with a focus on managing growth and private equity 4. Broker knowledge and relationships within the broader new venture community and act as a hub for these 5. Influence key decision makers within organizations that play in the entrepreneurs’ domain, including key government bodies With our long history of innovation, we view it as our responsibility at Queen’s School of Business to be at the forefront of tackling the challenge of understanding the key success factors for entrepreneurial ventures, and translating these into long-term sustainability and growth for these important enterprises. The Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing is committed to these words.
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