Morning Keynote: David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber, Dragon’s Den
Monday, April 28, 2014 | Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4
7:45 am – 5:00 pm | Cocktail Reception and Networking | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Morning Keynote: David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber, Dragon’s Den
The 2014 Total Office Trade Conference is well on its way to surpassing the high marks exhibitors and participants gave our inaugural event last year. COPA has reached out to a wide array of speakers and experts addressing the most pressing issues facing businesses now and in the near future. Plus, COPA’s partnership with the APC (Administrative Professionals Conference) makes this one of the most worthwhile networking opportunities for OP professionals.
Knowledge is only power when you know how to apply it:
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2014 SPEAKER LINE-UP AND TOPICS
David Chilton, The Wealthy Barber, Dragon’s Den
David Chilton is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1985, he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. Cheating was never proven but widely suspected.
In 1989, he released The Wealthy Barber. It went on to sell an astonishing two million copies in Canada.
After milking his one and only good idea for years, Dave left the personal-finance field to home-school his children. His daughter escaped after a few months, but his son served out his entire sentence of three years less a day. Both children somehow overcame the experience and are now attending university.
Over the years, Dave also published the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! along with authors Janet and Greta Podleski. Adding no value but taking a third of the profits, guilt finally overwhelmed Dave and he left the sisters’ business in 2007. They just recently noticed. His true professional passion, however, remains the field of personal finance, where he tries to mix humour and common sense to help people handle their money more wisely. A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, and a much sought-after speaker, Dave lives just outside Waterloo, Ontario.
In 2012, David became the newest dragon on CBC’s wildly successful Dragon’s Den.
Thomas Schinkel, OP Industry Advisor
Thomas Schinkel, Schinkel & Associates, has been an adviser in the office products industry for over 20 years. He has worked with many manufacturers and resellers on business development issues, including the need to integrate social media strategies into their business models. He also assists owners of office products companies with issues of exit planning and sell-side strategies.
Chris Hodgson, Sector Lead, Retail and Technology, Google Canada
Chris currently leads the Canadian retail and tech business at Google Canada—working closely with major Canadian retailers and tech companies to help them understand the value of the Internet for their business.
Chris is an entrepreneur and executive with 20 years of experience building and growing companies in the Internet, retail, mobile and technology industries. He has been a founding member of two successful start-up ventures. Prior to joining Google, Chris co-founded KidStart—a VC-backed, UK-based, consumer loyalty program that provided parents with money back for their kids whenever they shopped online with over 450 retailers, including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Argos, Boots and Tesco.
Husam Jandal, Chief Digital Officer, We Simplify the Internet (WSI)
Unless you work from a cave, you’ve probably witnessed how the Internet has changed the sales cycle. Not only can buyers now do the vast majority of their research online, e-commerce and social media have fundamentally changed the way people buy. Potential buyers can access a tremendous amount of information and make instant buying decisions without even having to deal with a sales rep or visit a retail store. Digital media is moving business forward like never before in history. The adoption curve has crested and those left in the dark may not survive. What are the most pressing challenges and what is the roadmap to leverage digital media effectively in the industry? Come prepared for a business-changing session.
Ashraf Gerges, President and Business Management Consultant, Creative Management Resolutions Inc.
Ash has over 20 years experience in business leadership and strategic management in finance, operations, and human resources.
Before starting his own firm in 2012, Ashraf progressed in his career from deputy financial manager at Mercedes Benz to vice president of finance at Lyreco to vice president of operations at Taligent Group, and, most recently, chief operating officer at AxiSource.
Ash’s invaluable contributions and unparalleled experience, particularly in the office supplies industry, have played a key role in the business transformation in the companies he worked for and was commended by the global executive teams. His contributions in building high performing operating models, solid financial teams and improved internal processes, were recognized as “Best Practice” and became a global standard in multi-national companies in the office supplies category.
Ash has successfully led several companies through different growth stages by defining critical business strategies, improving profits, and effectively managing resources. In his most recent position, he was an integral member of the executive management team, working diligently on a turnaround plan that varied from refocusing the company’s operations to improving terms with suppliers and optimizing returns on investments.
Dave Rodgerson, Senior Industry Business Development Manager, Microsoft Canada
Dave is a retail industry expert with more than 25 years of experience working with leading Canadian retailers in sales, marketing, operations, IT and strategic planning roles. He currently plays a senior role at Microsoft Canada focused on the retail, CPG and hospitality industries.
Dave works closely with both clients and industry associations that share an interest in enhancing the consumer experience. His work has included consulting with such firms as Tesco supermarkets in the UK, Canadian Tire Corporation, Target, Imperial Tobacco, Walmart Canada and Rogers Communications.
More recently, he has been speaking about social networking and the adoption of new technologies by consumers. His audiences have included members of the Retail Council of Canada, and the Packaging Technology Integrated Systems conference. He has been a featured speaker at Customer Engagement Technology World and the Canadian Gaming Association.
Mr. Rodgerson has been a member of the faculty of Meritus University where he taught Marketing in their School of Business. In addition, he is on the board of the University of Alberta School of Retail and works closely with the Ryerson School of Retail Business to support their program. He has played an active role with the National Retail Federation, the Retail Council of Canada and the Conseil Québécois du Commerce de Détail.
Evan Wood, founder and president, Pivotal Contact
Evan brings 25 years’ experience as a senior executive and marketing strategist for various Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations.
His firm, Pivotal Contact (www.pivotalcontact.com), is a Toronto-based customer engagement agency that helps drive revenue and profit growth for clients through data and analytics-driven marketing initiatives in both B2B and B2C environments.
Prior to Pivotal Contact, Evan pursued his passion for creating exceptional customer experiences through senior positions on both the client and services sides of the business. He has worked in the travel sector, as well as global brands such as FedEx, Kraft Foods, CIBC, Dell, and Hewlett- Packard. He was also one of the founding principals of Digital Cement, a Toronto-based pioneer in relationship marketing services that was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2007.
Evan has an undergraduate degree from Queens University, as well as an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Management in Arizona.
Damon Adachi, Senior Marketing Consultant, sevenfold marketing inc.
Damon is the Senior Marketing Consultant with sevenfold marketing inc., a company that specializes in brand development, marketing strategies, graphic design, promotions and events. For more information, please visit www.sevenfold.ca.
Troy McClain, CEO, The McClain Companies Inc.
You may recognize Troy McClain as a finalist from the first Season of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice,” however, his business skills have been in play long before that. Having built up and sold two separate companies, Troy understands the meaning of sacrifice, how to deal with changes in the market, and how to push through barriers to achieve greatness.
Troy has been working in the field of marketing and communications for several years and has worked with some of the most recognizable names in business: Microsoft, Micron Technologies, Monster, Trump International, Mobile Data Force, Special Olympics International, Choice Hotels, and the list goes on!
Troy has been highlighted in USA today, Fast Company, Success Magazine and more. He has received the forty under forty Award, Better Business Bureau’s “Integrity counts” Award, and a high Honors Gold Medal from the International Special Olympics committee for his dedication and service to the special needs community, among others.