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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Small Business Forum 2015 Thursday Octoober 15th
is transforming traditional businesses - whether it be e-commerce on
Main Street, or mobile devices and the sharing economy, businesses can
no longer afford to ignore technological advances that can alter their
2,500+ small businesses at the 2015 Small Business Forum to learn more
about how your business can survive and thrive in the digital economy.
Keynote: Re-Born Digital:
The Changing Nature of Small Business
Ray Reddy, CEO
and Co-Founder of Ritual, will provide insights into the changing
nature of small businesses and how mobile technologies can be harnessed
to operate and grow your business.
Ray is currently the CEO and co-founder of Ritual, a mobile app that connects urban professionals with local restaurants. Previously,
Ray founded mobile commerce company, PushLife, which was acquired by
Google in 2011. At Google, Ray led the product team for mobile commerce
and helped launch Google Express to 10 US cities.
Business Model Disruption: Adapting in Digital World
technology is creating new industries and new opportunities, it is also
forever altering established business models. This panel discussion
will delve into how companies cope when technological disruption
challenges their business models.
Valerie Fox, The Pivotal Point
Chris Schafer, Uber Canada
Vanessa Cito, Coalition Music
Nicolas Gaudreau, Yellow Pages Group
Digital Main Street: Making Bricks & Mortar Dynamic
main streets are the hearts of their neighbourhoods, providing a place
to shop, engage neighbours and enjoy the city. This panel discussion
will highlight how technology can help main street retailers grow their
business, while giving their customers a better experience.
Michael LeBlanc, Retail Council of Canada
Satish Kanwar, Shopify
Andrew Chewenka, Kinetic Cafe
Robert Sysak, West Queen West BIA
Small Business Tool Box: Technology Tools for Building Your Business
tools available to help build and operate a business have never been
more plentiful. This panel will delve into the range of technologies
available to help businesses manage their daily operations and grow
Mark Evans, ME Consulting
Mike McDerment, Freshbooks
Jill Schoolenberg, GoDaddy
Fiona Lake Waslander, Vicinity
Adrian Barek, Salesforce
Digital Marketing: Leveraging the Cloud to Drive Sales
fundamental challenge of every business comes down to acquiring
customers and driving sales. This panel will dig into cloud-based
technologies to help build revenue and gain traction in the market.
Sheila Clark, Metroland Media
Adam DiStefano, Yellow Pages Group
Lisa Kember, Constant Contact
Norman Rohr, Google Canada
Geoff Whitlock, Surround Integrated
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 222 Bremner Boulevard