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Adrian Isaacs is the founder and Managing Partner of Isaacs Advisory. He has extensive experience in sourcing both traditional and non-traditional financing for a myriad of clients.
A chartered accountant by training, Adrian has 30+ years of experience working with small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Prior to launching Isaacs Advisory, he was the founding partner of the Business Financing practice at Farber.
In addition to being a CPA and CA, Adrian holds a Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Practitioner (CIRP) designation. Having spent a decade operating and selling off businesses on behalf of lending institutions, Adrian realized that many businesses were poorly financed. Adrian was propelled to evolve his practice into sourcing financing solutions for businesses seeking better financing options. This inspired the creation of the Business Financing practice at Farber, and more recently, Isaacs Advisory.
In his spare time, Adrian loves sailing his catamaran on Lake Ontario. He also enjoys cooking and traveling.
Bruce McAlpine is President of Fulcrum Search Science Inc., a 50+ year old boutique executive search firm with national and international reach. A Royal Military College graduate, he brings 30+ years of leadership and human resources experience to bear on “mission critical” roles in mid market organizations.
A past President of both ACSESS (the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services) and APPAC (the Association of Professional Placement Agencies and Consultants), he is committed to adhering to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and to genuinely caring for the best interests of his clients.
Contact info: 416.779.8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A former Bay Street lawyer at Davies, Ward & Beck, Steve founded CEO Law with a commitment to happy Customers, Employees and Owners - in that order.
Steve has over 25 years of experience leading legal services businesses, including as an executive running a Canadian subsidiary of a global tech leader, as general counsel, and within several law firms including blue chip Bay Street firms and upstart disruptive legal players.
Steve brings a unique understanding of the industry and especially enjoys working with all those who embrace change and innovation in the legal space.
Steve has an LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario, an M.B.A. from The Richard Ivey School of Business, and an Engineering degree from Queen's.
He's most proud of his amazing wife, Tatjana, his 3 wonderful boys, Gabe, Matthew and AJ, and his Boston Terrier, Bruin!
Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC, MC is a sought-after digital communication strategist, trainer and speaker who helps B2B organizations achieve business results. He earned international accreditation as an IABC Accredited Business Communicator in 2009 and is one of 60 people in Canada who have been awarded IABC Canada’s highest honour and lifetime achievement designation, Master Communicator.
After leading teams at global PR agencies, Cyrus founded Advantis Communications, a boutique communication agency focused on digital content strategy, creation and activation. The Advantis team integrates social media, video and digital communication strategies and tactics that support communication objectives for B2B organizations, associations and municipalities.
Cyrus is a founding course developer and past instructor of the Digital Strategy and Communications Management Certificate at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is a frequent judge of industry awards and has received communication awards at the local, national and international levels.
A catalyst for change in organizations for over 30 years, Marc has been consulting with clients on technology strategy and the healthy implementation of new technologies into their organizations. His strengths include the ability to simplify complex ideas into simple concepts and the vision to quickly understand what makes sense (and what doesn’t) for an organization. A clear communicator, Marc regularly receives testimonials and references for his openness, candour, and clear thinking.
Marc has been helping organizations with change for over 30 years. First as a technology catalyst, and then as a business strategist, Marc’s ability to simplify complexity, communicate ideas clearly, and encourage collaboration for better solutions helps his clients grow and thrive.
A great believer in peer learning and the power of collaboration, Marc complements his leadership coaching and consulting work with his activities as a TEC Canada group chair. He brings his group members together regularly for group problem-solving and for learning from thought leaders.
Marc has been a serial entrepreneur since his teens. By his own admissions, there were a lot of failures but an increasing amount of success over time. Since exiting his last technology company, he has been very happy assisting others in their growth journeys through his coaching and consulting practice.
Andrew Jenkins is CEO of Volterra, a professional services firm specializing in social media and social selling strategies. Based in Toronto, Canada, he was formerly the Head of Social Media Strategy for Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and has worked with a diverse list of companies in North America and Europe, including CIBC, Rogers, Bell Canada, InfoSpace and The Aga Khan Foundation.
A regular international speaker and panellist at numerous industry conferences and events, he teaches a course on Social Media Strategies for the Enterprise at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He is also the author of Social Media Marketing for Business: Scaling an Integrated Social Media Strategy Across Your Organization.
Darryl Dioso is a Managing Partner at HR4U, a fractional HR and Recruitment firm. For over 20 years, Darryl has been helping company clients like U-Pak, Xerox, Weight Watchers, Discount Car Rentals, BC Ferries with their Talent Acquisition, Human Resources Management, business processes and sales initiatives. He is passionate about Human Resources, business, technology, sports, travel and most of all – his family.
John Panigas is a father, son, partner, and grandfather. He has owned and led organizations achieving well over $100 million in annual revenue in design, construction, manufacturing, and marketing. As a leadership coach and peer group leader John has worked with clients within a wide variety of industry sectors.
He has achieved success while battling crippling depression. From the outside, he comes across as a highly motivated, driven, and confident entrepreneur. On the inside, he has had a daily battle with hopelessness, desperation, and fear.
In late 2019 John decided he’d had enough of his sad, inauthentic, and frustrating life and embarked on a successful journey of self-discovery and healing. This work results in a book he has written titled: Crazy, Who Me? In it, John claims the stigma of weakness surrounding depression is the furthest thing from the truth. The “dual” life leaders with anxiety and depression experience require a great deal of courage, resilience, and, sadly, a severe lack of self-regard.
Though overcoming anxiety and depression is a challenging topic, John connects with audiences humorously and interactively. He presents tools and best practices for the leader and team to overcome and manage the disease. Highlights of the presentation include The Cost of Depression Calculator©. This tool estimates the economic cost of mental illness to the business, and The Mental Wellness Playbook© provides a path for creating a mental wellness culture. In keynotes and workshops, his delivery is non-clinical nor academic, and his honesty about his life and experiences provides valuable messages and calls to action for keynote and workshop attendees.
“John presents a ‘depressing’ and difficult topic with humour, great information, and he makes it authentic by fearlessly relating his journey.” - John King, Workshop Attendee, Pennsylvania.
“John’s workshop experience has resulted in our group experiencing a heightened level of closeness and intimacy.” – Judy York, Vistage Chair, West Virginia.
“John presented the workshop Empathy – The Leader’s SuperPower to my two CEO groups this week. His messages are essential in these turbulent times. His positive impact on the members made me proud to be a Chair as our goal is to help leaders improve.” – Marc Blais, TEC Canada Chair, Montreal.