Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., CPA, CMA, is a seasoned finance professional and inspirational leader. He has a passion for community and is the host and creator of the podcast Made to Lead, which tells the personal and professional stories of amazing leaders of African descent.
Leslie Preston is Managing Director, Senior Economist at TD. She joined the TD Economics department in January 2011 and has over twelve years’ experience as an economist. In her current role Leslie works on macroeconomic forecasts and current analysis for the US economy. At TD, she has worked on subjects including public policy issues, the monthly financial markets Dollars & Sense publication and the Canadian macroeconomic forecast.
Serial entrepreneur Nicole Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative companies to fill them. As the founder of OMX, she built one of the largest supplier tech platforms specializing in ESG metrics. In 2022, she sold the innovative platform to Sustainalytics, owned by Morningstar. As CEO of Buggy, she is transforming Canada’s grocery industry for today’s evolving consumer market with a focus on technology, leadership, and disruptive thinking.
Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading voices on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. He draws on his reporting of the state of the art in renewable change, cleantech, and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order that will allow individuals and businesses alike to thrive in the twenty-first century economy.
Victor Rampaderat is Chief Executive Officer of Discourse Agency. He has been a strategic advisor for senior executives, two Chiefs of Police and board members. As a serial entrepreneur, he’s led business operations in Canada, the United States and Asia. As a recognized community leader, Victor has been called upon for his Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) perspective, emceed town halls and delivered public addresses to audiences of all sizes.
Erin Kelly, CPA, CMA, is President and CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc., a global company that uses AI for market research, communications, ad tracking and sales prediction. With over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive, she is the author of two books on technology and marketing and is a sought-after speaker on the subject.
Fahad Meer, CPA, CA, is Director at PwC and is part of the firm's National Strategy & Operations team where he develops and manages the firm's transformational initiatives. He began in the Assurance practice of the firm, and obtained his designation while serving as a trusted business advisor to private and public clients. Fahad was part of the firm’s national faculty instructor program and is actively involved in the firm's recruiting process. He is a 2x TEDx speaker and a CPA Ontario Emerging Leader.
Barbara A. Palmegiani, FCPA, FCMA, is a Partner and National CFO & Controllership Services Leader for BDO Canada. She is a former VP, Finance and CFO with broad industry experience in consumer and customer focused businesses from real estate to retail, health and wellness to private equity. Barbara is a top-rated instructor for the CPA Program as well as CPA Executive Professional Development programs.
OTHER GUEST SPEAKERS
Julie Ruben Rodney, M.Ed., CHRL is the Founder and CEO of MaxPeople, a consulting firm specializing in HR Services, Training, Recruitment and Employment Law.
Keith Richards is Chief Learning Officer of Discourse Agency. He retired after 31 years with Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) where he was the inaugural Diversity Officer circa 2006, and chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police EDI Committee.
Alex Garber, CPA, CA, MTax, has been working in public practice since 2004, focused on income taxation for Canadian owner-managed businesses and their shareholders.
Mark Petznick is Executive Vice President, Partner and Sales Representative at Encor Advisors. He helps companies analyze their real estate options through an unbiased process, and solve complex real estate challenges.
Jennifer Hall is Partner at LIDD Supply Chain Intelligence where she advises boards and executives on supply chain transformation, including strategies for network expansion, market entry, and the selection and implementation of new technologies and automation.
Peter Icely is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Corporate Services and Sales at Encor Advisors. He is a real estate professional with Fortune 500 experience in Corporate Real Estate.
Jordan Rodney is the VP of Human Resources & Legal Services of MaxPeople and Founder of Rodney Employment Law.