Project Beyshick 2006

Project Beyshick 2006 Schedule

Saturday, August 12

Time(EST) Presenter Topic
9:00-11:00 AM
  • Arrival, registration.
  • Light Breakfast
11:00-12:00 PM Lisa Kember [Hyperactive Communications Inc. & POA E.F.]
  • Warmup
  • Community Building
12:00-2:00 PM Stan Beardy [NAN Grand Chief]
  • Lunch
  • Introductory speech
2:00-2:30 PM Lisa Kember
  • Introduction, overview of schedule, logistics
2:30-3:00 PM Dave Valliere, Neil Wolff [Ryerson University]
  • Entrepreneurs (independent vs Corporate)
3:00-6:00 PM Neil Wolff
  • Opportunity spotting: techniques, models.
  • Idea evaluation.
6:00-8:00 PM
  • Dinner
8:00-10:00 PM Lisa Kember
  • Group extercises

Sunday, August 13

Time(EST) Presenter Topic
7:00-9:00 AM
  • Breakfast
9:00-12:00 PM Dave Valliere
  • Business planning: elements, integration and coherence, building credibility.
  • Launch of business plan competition
12:00-2:00 PM Aditya Jha [Osellus & POA E.F.]
  • Lunch
  • Keynote speech on: Managing opportunity as well as leading a successful career in the corporate world and/or leading a successful corporate venture.
2:00-4:00 PM Melana Borovich [HSBC Bank]
  • Building a successful corporate career
  • Preparation for working in corporate environment
4:00-6:00 PM Lisa Kember
  • Preparation for job shadowing, strategies to maximize value, ground rules, corporate etiquette, briefly review logistics for Toronto
6:00-8:00 PM TBA
  • Dinner
  • Speaker
8:00-10:00 PM
  • Networking time

Monday, August 14
Job Shadowing
Tuesday, August 15
Job Shadowing
Wednesday, August 16
Job Shadowing
Thursday, August 17
Dinner & Gala
Friday, August 18 Pack & Return

Project Beyshick 2006 Participants



Hilda Anderson

Hilda Anderson 


First of all I was raised by my grandparents in a small community on a little island north of Sioux Lookout. I grew up meeting a wide range of people as my mother was a babysitter/housecleaner for teachers who came up for the school years. I tried college but I did not complete the course, because it was not what I really wanted to do. I have been on the radio, television, newspaper, and have been employed in social, media and health organizations for the past 7 years. My employment was mostly because of my ability to translate between Native Language and English. Also I have been ending up in front line jobs, mainly because of my bubbly personality and my gift to make people feel comfortable. I must admit, there is nothing better than knowing that I have helped someone when they needed me.

For the past four years I have been concentrating on family life as I have two very bright girls who need nurturing. My girls are very young however, learning that at times mommy needs to do certain things. Working at a social housing organization has taught me many a thing, even aiding me in how to deal with the vast predicaments that people can put them selves in, due to the fact that, we are after all human. At work we try to help people get back on their feet, which at times can be very difficult. I am in that kind of work, because I like to help in any way I can, for people to be able to stand on their own two feet. My goals in life are to be a good role model for my people but mainly my girls. To show others that if I can succeed in what ever I want to do, they can too.

Rowena Moonias

Rowena Moonias 


Boozhoo! My name is Rowena and I am a returning student to Project Beyshick this year. I had a lot of fun last year and learned many new things with TD Bank.  I hope my experience will be similar this year.   I just recently received my high school diploma and plan to continue my studies in the fall.  I am very interested in aviation and plan to get my pilot’s license.  I am also seriously considering pursuing a business degree. 

I am currently enrolled in a technology/engineering course this summer offered through the University of Toronto. Back home, I like to play sports, go camping, swimming and playing games with my daughter.  She is going to be three soon and is always keeping me busy and working hard.

Sonni Mazinakouskang



I just recently completed my third year of school at the Nimiki Migizi Secondary School located in Ginoogaming First Nation. As an eleventh grader I was really proud and honoured to represent the student body as the Student Representative Council president.

I am currently working as a Summer Student in my community, as the band reception assistant. It is a very helpful career opportunity to help me sharpen my skills as a people person.

As of January 2006 I became a vegetarian. I decided to go veg because of animal rights. I am really interested in fashion design. I believe with great knowledge that this is the path that I want to follow. I’ve been coming up and making garments (specifically women’s clothing) ever since the beginning of high school, when I first realized that fashion was my passion. I love to spend a lot of time with my family and showing them that this is not the only place for them, there is so much we can do for ourselves.

Patrick Cheechoo

Patrick Cheechoo 




I am a graduate of Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Administration Degree. I am also a professional artist of over 20 years – I sketch, carve, paint and make antler jewelry. I also utilize computers as a creative outlet – I am skilled at Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop. By combining my education with my art and computer abilities, I hope to develop a larger international market with my art. The Embroidery Industry is going to be a key component to my dreams.


I am a proud husband to Keri and a proud father to Bentley, Nadia, Matthew, Caitlin and Rylee. I am a member of Constance Lake First Nation, and I currently reside in Thunder Bay, Ontario. My interests include hockey, golf, volleyball, basketball and tennis, and I also have a love for fishing, hunting and camping. I look forward to meeting all Project Beyshick participants and learning from experts in the Embroidery Industry. 

Joyce Hunter

Joyce Hunter

Joyce Hunter, 27, is the recently promoted editor of Wawatay News. She studied print journalism at Durham College in Oshawa and went to work for the Daily Press in Timmins as a general assignment reporter directly after graduating. After two-and-a-half years at the Daily Press, Hunter went on to work at Wawatay News, where she has spent the last two years.


Hunter is from a Cree hunting, fishing, trapping village of 250 called Peawanuck. It is located on the west side of the Hudson’s Bay coast and is adjacent to the Polar Bear Provincial Park. Interestingly, Hunter did not speak English when she started Kindergarten as the only language spoken in her home was Cree. By Grade 7, however, she had the vocabulary of a Grade 10 advanced student. Hunter came to love the news while watching nightly airings of CBC News’ The National with Peter Mansbridge with her father Mike while growing up on her tiny reserve.

Darcy Kejick




I graduated from Aboriginal Business Management at Confederation College in 1999. I then assumed a number of management positions – Construction Company Manager, CMHC Housing Manager and Public Works Manager. My business, ‘Darcy and Susan’s Gas’, opened January 2001. For an isolated and fixed-income First Nation, I have expanded my business from three 45-gallon barrels and a manual pump to two 50,000-litre tanks with a metered pumping station.


I love to travel and experience all that I can. Educating myself is very important. I encourage youth aspirations whether via radio interviews, story telling at summer camp, or sponsoring the local music band. I take pride in my culture. I teach the youth about traditional hunting and fishing and to value sharing. My eleven-year-old son had his first successful moose hunt last year. I visit my trap-line regularly. To me, business is like hunting, it requires time, patience and capturing opportunities that present themselves.

Michael Fox



Michael facilitates joint ventures and partnership arrangements with First Nations within the main resource-based sectors of Ontario:  forestry, energy, and mineral. He obtained a post-secondary education in business administration and an honours degree in political science, with the latter being primarily focused on natural resource development and Aboriginal law. He’s originally from Weenusk First Nation and is happily married to Corinne Fox and has 14 year twin boys (Mitchell & Marshall) and a 9 year daughter, Cree Angela.  

Michael’s primary interest is with youth and community empowerment and has served as an executive member for Thunder Bay Ventures (2002-present), Vice-President of Policy for the Aboriginal Peoples Commission, (2001-2002), Past Chair of the Aboriginal Inter-Agency Council (1995-2000), Past President of Lakehead Social Planning Council (1998-2001), Aboriginal Management Council for Lakehead University (1995-2000), and Executive Member of the Native Student Associations at Lakehead University and Confederation College (1993-1999). 

Jason Rasevych

Jason R


Jason is from Ginoogaming First Nation community. He has completed his college in 2006 from Confederation College and has studied business – marketing program.

What he would like to learn from this job shadowing program, in his words:

“I would like to learn how to make decisions from a management level. How to identify the best methods in making that decision and how to evaluate if it is the best one. To understand how the professionals handle their challenges such as difficulties, conflicts and unexpected situations that arise in a fast paced business setting.”

Stacey R. Yesno


Stacey is from Eabametoong First Nation Community. She has completed her grade 10 from White Pines High School and has studied business program.


What she would like to learn from this job shadowing program, in her words:


“I would like to learn about the different businesses out there. Also the ups and downs of starting a business, the cost grids, meet new entrepreneurs and their experience, to prepare my self.”

Devon Meekis



I started my first real company in 1996 – DAM (Devon Archie Meekis) Transfer in Winnipeg. I was just running errands for people in northern communities to help them save money and at the same time, making some. I took some computer courses and achieved my MCP, MCSE and A+ Certifications then started FLI Technologies and was nominated for Aboriginal Business of the Year by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in the first year of operation. Now in Thunder Bay, with Vice-President James Anthony McGuire, I run FLI – a full service computer company that offers networking, web development, and multimedia design. FLI has donated full websites, networking, computer repairs and design work to several not-for-profit organizations.

Basketball and music have always been passions of mine. In 1993 I won a slam dunk championship at a blue chip camp in Vancouver. I went to University at Augustana in Camrose, Alberta, wrecked my ankle and started rapping in the local clubs. I still play ball, I still write lyrics.

Titus Semple

Titus Semple 


Titus is from Kasabonika Lake First Nation. He has completed his first year of university at Lakehead University (political science program).

What he would like to learn from this job shadowing program, in his words:

“I am hoping to learn how to operate a marketing/ advertising firm. I believe this opportunity will be beneficial towards my future goal of owing and operating a marketing/advertising firm. I look forward to every bit of experience I will gain through this program. I look forward to learning how a business overcomes the certain issues that arise while it is still in its growing stage.”

Ron Marano

Ron Marano

Ron is from North Caribon Lake aka Weagamow Lake community. He has completed has a Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma from Lakehead Universtiy. Currently he is enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program. He is also working as Youth Business Development Officer at Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF), Thunder Bay,ON.

What he would like to learn from this job shadowing program, in his words:

“I would like to learn new ways to help people. I am hoping that this experience will help me help our clients better.”

Stan Loone

Stan Loone 

Stan is from the community of Fort Albany. He has a General Arts degree from Lakehead University. He is currently working for Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

What he would like to learn from this job shadowing program, in his words:

“I have applied to this program because it will provide an opportunity to learn from someone who has been in business. I would like to learn how to properly market my business to the public. I have always tried to reach my goals with 110% effort, and I can only see very positive things coming from this unique project.”

Project Beyshick Mentors – Executives and Organizations (2006)

AMJ-VLDenis Cordick
Vice President Marketing

About AMJ: AMJ Campbell is Canada’s largest Coast to Coast moving company with 48 locations nationwide. Along with being Canada’s top office moving company, AMJ Campbell leads the moving industry with a Residential Household moving division along with our International moving division. With 66 years of experience, AMJ Campbell can provide everything that is required in a move – from project planning with moving consultants to attaining specialized equipment for special needs.  

cundariAldo Cundari
Chairman, CEO

After graduating with honors in 1978 from the LIstituto Europeo di Disegno in Rome, Italy, Aldo quickly established himself in the marketing and communications field. By 1980, he had created the foundation for the Cundari Group Ltd.

Cundari had been responsible for many marketing breakthroughs and an ever-increasing and satisfied client base, from its first customer retention programs for Hewlett Packard to highly successful Branding campaigns for BMW and Siemens Canada.

Aldo has grown the business to where it is today, always with an emphasis on an integrated communication approach combined with highly automated production. This philosophy has provided Cundari clients with the ability to achieve great creative through high-profile communication programs, in a very cost-effective manner.  Aldo has also served as chief judge of the MAAW Globe Awards since 2000 In 1996, Aldo was included in Marketing Magazines Power List: The 100 Most Influential People in Canadian Communications.

About Cundari: The Cundari Group, with 135 employees across its three divisions, is one of Canada’s largest privately owned branding, advertising, and communications agencies.


EllisDonJanine Szczepanowski
VP, Leadership & Entrepreneurial Development

Mrs. Janine Szczepanowski is VP of Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development at Ellisdon. An honours graduate of Business Administration at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology with over 23 years of business experience in financial services, management consulting and construction management. Janine has an extensive background in strategic and business planning, operations, people leadership, process and change management. With a background that includes project and product management Janine has strong business acumen which contributes to her overall effectiveness in her current role. During the past 10 years Janine has primarily been focused on helping companies implement large strategic changes. During this time Janine has worked with companies optimizing organization structures and improving on performance management systems to drive and reward the desired results.

About EllisDon: EllisDon is a leading, privately-owned international construction company completing approximately $1.3 billion in industrial, commercial, institutional, recreational, civil and multi-unit residential construction annually. Since our incorporation in 1951, the company has built a reputation for working with clients deliver high quality projects on time and on budget.



FedEx ExpressPatsy Bertoia
Managing Director Customer Service, FedEx Express

Roy Eckmeier
Senior Manager Operations, FexEx Express

About FedEx Express: FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to every U.S. address and to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, usually in one to two business days with the delivery time guaranteed.


gam-mastheadColin MacKenzie
Senior Editor

Sylvia Stead
Deputy Editor

About Globe & Mail: The Globe and Mail is a large English language national newspaper based in Toronto, Canada. It has a circulation of around 2 million weekly.


HSBCGeoff Hoy
Senior Vice-President, HSBC Bank Canada

Geoffrey Hoy is the Senior Vice-President and Manager of Toronto Main and Ontario Region for HSBC Bank Canada. A native Calgarian, Geoff graduated from the University of Alberta in 1973 with a BSc degree, and from the University of British Columbia in 1975 with an MBA degree. Geoff’s 24 years of banking with HSBC Group started with Midland Bank Canada in Calgary, and following its amalgamation in 1986, Hongkong Bank of Canada in Toronto. After an 18-month secondment to the Corporate Finance Group at HSBC Securities, Geoff returned to the Bank to run the main branch in Toronto in September 1997. Geoff is now the senior executive overseeing six of the Bank’s branches in Toronto.

About HSBC Bank Canada: HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 170 offices and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories and assets of US$1,738 billion at 30 June 2006, the HSBC Group is one of the worlds largest banking and financial services organizations.


icici_logoHari Panday
President & CEO, ICIC Bank Canada

Mr. Panday’s career spans over 25 years in corporate and commercial banking, international trade, real estate finance, debt restructuring, credit and computer audit functions. Prior to joining ICICI Bank most recently, he was in-charge of business development across Canada with special emphasis on South Asian markets for HSBC Bank Canada. Prior to entering into banking, Mr. Panday worked in public accountancy, servicing Canadian and International companies in retailing, real estate, pharmaceutical, light manufacturing and banking sectors at Price Waterhouse & Co. Mr. Panday serves as a trustee on the Board of Royal Ontario Museum, and as a governer on the Board of the Roy Thompson Hall and Massey Hall. In addition to numerous other memberships & appointments, he is the former President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and former Director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). Mr. Panday is a graduate in Economics and Political Science and a Certified General Accountant.

About ICICI Bank Canada: ICICI Bank Canada is a subsidiary of ICICI Bank Limited, which has its headquarters in Mumbai, India. ICICI Bank Limited is the second largest bank in India and one of the most respected financial institutions in South Asia with an asset base of over US $ 47 billion (as on December 31, 2005). ICICI Bank Canada is a full-service direct bank, and a member of CDIC. The Bank offers a wide range of financial solutions to cater to personal, commercial and trade requirements.


RH-CapitalPartnersPrashant Pathak
Managing Partner, RH Capital Partners

Prashant is Managing Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners. In his role as a principal investor, Prashant is focused on addressing all strategic, operational, and organizational aspects of investments to drive superior returns.

Before joining RHCP, Prashant was a Partner of McKinsey & Company Inc. While at McKinsey he was a leader of the North American Telecom Practice, the Financial Services Practices and also a leader of the Canadian Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Prashant held a range of management and operations roles at Halliburton and Schlumberger.

Outside of professional interests, Prashant actively contributes to several charitable institutions and causes. He is an alumnus of the core team of Vartana and a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).

Prashant migrated to Canada in 1998. He now lives in Toronto with his wife, Geetu, and their three children. Prashant has a MBA from INSEAD with Distinction and a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he was adjudged the Best All-round Graduating Student of his class.

About RHCP: ReichmannHauer Capital Partners (RHCP) is a Toronto-based private investment firm of active business builders, driving strategic and operational improvements and strong financial returns. RHCP seeks investments across industries where it can bring its experience and global network of relationships to bear in a manner that positively impacts the revenue, cost structure and capital structure of its investee companies.


Ryerson University

ryersonRyerson University is a proud partner of Project Beyshick and is committed to advancing its goal of nurturing corporate leadership and entrepreneurship among First Nations youth and their communities.

During the two-day preparatory seminar in Thunder Bay, Ryerson Business professors will teach participants how to identify new venture opportunities and write a business plan.

Next, participants will travel to Toronto for three days of job shadowing with senior business executives. While in Toronto, participants will stay on campus at one of Ryersons residences. At the end of each day, student members of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Ryerson will debrief participants and help them prepare a business or career plan. ACE Ryerson is also managing the $15,000 business plan competition, the culmination of the week-long program.

We welcome all Project Beyshick participants to Toronto for what is sure to be an unforgettable learning experience.

About Ryerson: Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in career-focused education, with more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculties of Arts, Business, Communication & Design, Community Services, and Engineering, Architecture and Science. Founded in 1948, Ryerson has graduate and undergraduate enrolments of 21,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education.


TPSB_50thcrestDr. Alok Mukherjee
Chair, Toronto Police Services Board

Alok Mukherjee is the first South Asian to be elected as Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. Dr. Mukherjee teaches courses on Indian and South Asian culture and society at York University, is Managing Associate of an Ottawa-based consulting firm, and has extensive publication and public involvement experiences.

Dr. Mukherjee has many publications in a variety of areas including diversity and inclusivity, employment equity for racially visible and aboriginal people, and anti-racist education.

Alok Mukherjee has held several public appointments including membership on the Toronto District School Board Safe and Compassionate School Taskforce, the Transitional Advisory Group to Toronto Mayor David Miller, the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, and Vice Chair and Acting Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Dr. Mukherjee plays an active role in the community. His volunteer activities have included Chair of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA); a member of the Board of Governors, Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology; President of Indian Immigrant Aid Services; Chair of the Housing Sub-Committee, Social Issues Committee of the Childrens Aid Society of Metro Toronto; Chair of the Sub-Committee on Access to Services, City of Toronto Mayors Committee on Community and Race Relations; and a member of the Multiculturalism Committee, United Way of Greater Toronto.

Dr. Mukherjee has received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award (1996), the Molson New Pioneers Award for Leadership by Skills for Change, Toronto (1996) and Commendation by the Mayor of Toronto (1987). He brings a unique perspective to law enforcement issues from his experiences in a highly multicultural and multiracial environment.

About TPSB: The Toronto Police Services Board is a seven member civilian board that oversees the Toronto Police Service, Canada’s largest municipal police service. In Toronto, civilian governance of the police dates back to January 1, 1957, when the police departments from the original thirteen municipalities in the Toronto area were amalgamated to establish the Metropolitan Toronto Police. A civilian oversight body, the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Commissioners of Police, was also created at that time.


tps_logoKeith Forde
Deputy Police Chief, Toronto Police Services

Deputy Chief of Police Keith Forde is in charge of Human Resources and Community Mobilization Command. As head of this unit, he leads the efforts to ensure that the Toronto Police Service is fully and at all levels reflective of the community and engages the community in a meaningful way in developing its programs and services. As part of this responsibility, he is the main architect of a summer Youth in Policing Initiative whereby 100 young people from the various at-risk and marginalized communities of the City are employed by the police service so that they get experience of working in real jobs, develop professional and life skills, get to know the world of policing and, in turn, help our people gain a better understanding of the life and realities of the communities these young people come from. This is the first such program undertaken by a police service and is intended to be ongoing.

About TPS: The Toronto Police Service (TPS), formerly the Metropolitan Toronto Police, is the local police force for the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Toronto Police Force, was founded in 1834 when the City of Toronto was first created from the Town of York. The Toronto Police is one of the English-speaking worlds oldest modern municipal police departments.


trillium_logoDr. Gopal Bhatnagar, MD, FRCPS
Chief of Staff, Trillium Health Centre

Dr. Bhatnagar obtained his MD at the University of Western Ontario in 1986. He obtained is M.Ed. from OISE at the University of Toronto in 1999.
Prior to joining Trillium, he was on staff in the division of cardiac surgery at Sunnybrook & Women’s Health Sciences Centre, and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Bhatnagar has published numerous articles and has presented extensively. At Trillium Health Centre, he has led the way for Beating Heart Surgery, making Trillium the largest centre in Canada performing this new procedure.

About Trillium Health Centre: As one of the leading community hospitals in Ontario, Trillium Health Centre continues to expand in response to the growing health care needs of the one million+ residents it serves in Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding region.


tvontarioLisa de Wilde

Lisa de Wilde has over 15 years of experience in the television and film industry. A key player in the Canadian film and television industry, Ms. de Wilde divides her time between corporate directorships, advisory boards and the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival, where she serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. de Wilde has extensive knowledge of the media and broadcasting. She was most recently President and Chief Executive of Astral Television Networks, where she played an instrumental role in pay and pay-per-view television expansion in Canada and in supporting the Canadian filmmaking community. A graduate of McGill University law school, Ms de Wilde first served with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and later joined the Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie, where she became a partner.

About TVO: In TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity. We are committed to supporting citizen engagement in Ontario: by helping children be successful learners, partnering with parents in their children’s education and encouraging people of all ages to become active participants in the important issues of our time.


verax_logoSid Thomas
CEO, Verax Inc.

About Verax: Verax is a dynamic niche consulting company providing subject matter expertise with solid principles ensuring that clients and employees come first. Verax fosters leading-edge culture that ensures quality service and processes in a results-oriented environment. We attract the best talent, those with strong work ethics and extensive experience, who want to explore new growth areas while building a solid career. Verax has the synergy and ability to help make clients succeed in their business and help solve real problems.


Evan Davis
CFO, Yum! Canada

About Yum! Canada: Yum! Restaurants International (Canada) LP is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants with over 34,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. Four of our restaurant brands – KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, quick-service seafood, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. A&W Restaurants is the longest running quick-service franchise chain in America. In 2005, Yum! Brands generated more than $9 billion in total revenues, including company sales and franchise fees.

Thunderbay Workshop Presenter Profiles

Neil Wolff
ryersonAssistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ryerson University

Neil Wolff is the Chair of Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Ryerson University. Neil earned a MBA from Clarkson University and a BComm from Ryerson University. Neil has been involved in many business start-ups and consulting endeavors. His research interests feature a strategic framework to acquire resources, opportunity identification in business development and self-employment. He currently sits on a loan approval committee for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and actively mentors young nascent entrepreneurs. Neil is also the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Academic Computing at Ryerson and the faculty advisor for ACE Ryerson.

Dave Valliere
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ryerson University

Dave Valliere is Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He holds BASc and MEng degrees from University of Toronto, an MBA from University of Western Ontario, and is currently in the final stages of his PhD research into the information asymmetries in the early-stage private equity markets. His research interests include cognitive and behavioural psychology in entrepreneurs and investors, technology commercialization, and effectiveness of early-stage capital markets. His writings include numerous academic and professional articles and books. He is also an award-winning lecturer at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Dave has previously worked in industry as a venture capitalist, commercial banking analyst, senior IT manager, and software design engineer. He serves as director or advisor to numerous small, high-growth technology firms. He is an experienced adventure traveler and mountaineer, and was recently Research Director and a high-altitude climber on the 2005 Kanatek Expedition to Mt. Everest. He is married and has two teenaged daughters.

  Melana Borovich
HSBCSenior Manager, Valuing Diversity, HSBC Bank Canada

Melana Borovich is Senior Manager, Valuing Diversity, HSBC Bank Canada.

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 170 offices and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories and assets of US$1,738 billion at 30 June 2006, the HSBC Group is one of the worlds largest banking and financial services organizations.

With over 19 years in the financial services industry as a human resources practitioner, Melana has provided consulting services to internal clients to support them in the process of organizational change, identifying and creating initiatives to meet their business strategies and to make sustainable change in their diverse work environments.

In Melanas current role, she is responsible for development and execution of human resources policies and procedures related to HSBCs Valuing Diversity strategy, the companys employer branding strategy including external recruitment campaigns, and working with internal communications to promote the HSBC Brand.

Prior to joining HSBC Bank Canada, Melana worked at a major Canadian bank where international recognition was given for progress made in Closing the Gender Gap with the presentation of an award from the American Society for Training and Development.

Melana has facilitated workshops on a range of employment equity, diversity and change issues, both within the financial services industry and externally in North America for other corporations, government departments and professional conferences.

  Lisa Kember
hyperactiveDirector of Media Relations, POA Educational Foundation
President, Hyperactive Communications Inc.

With 15 years experience in marketing, Lisa Kember has a proven track record in building successful marketing and communications programs. Since 1999, when she launched Hyperactive Communications, Lisa has been helping companies plan and implement results-driven marketing programs designed to meet targeted objectives.

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