Meet the Volunteers of Durham 2017

Every Y2 has been successful thanks to the support from volunteer business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals from Durham, York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. Here's the full list of our volunteers from a recent Y2 conference (October 2017)!

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Daniel Levine - Fireside Conference

Daniel Levine is the founder of Fireside Conference, an invite-only retreat for leading entrepreneurs and founders. Daniel is also a litigator, specializing in the areas of family law, criminal law and civil litigation. He has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years, bringing to market products in the areas of digital, pop culture and mobile application. His primary focus is at the intersection of marketing, digital platforms and product strategy.

Most recently, Daniel is the founder of, a cash back platform that rewards users for purchasing iPhone apps. Daniel is also an investor and regularly advises early-stage companies.

Greg Berube - Kleurvision

Greg Berube is the Vice-President of Operations and Brand Strategist at Kleurvison, and CEO of WISP Internet Services. He brings 25 plus year of management operations to Kleurvision - his background and industry experience makes him uniquely qualified to provide knowledge and guidance both internally and externally.

Greg is a strategically-focused business, branding and communications executive within the marketing/branding industry - with a proven track record of driving organizational change and in diverse industry sectors with domestic and international clients including Johnson and Johnson, Tim Horton’s, Parmalat, Bank of Bermuda, Vincor, McCain’s, Safeway and TD Bank.

Frank Auddino - Vitaliz Inc.

Frank has spent over twenty five years working with large businesses and entrepreneurs providing executive and business services that have produced top results for organizations, with a career track record for delivering breakthrough revenue growth in Canadian, U.S. and international markets.

Frank is an expert in turnaround performance; revitalizing and refocusing the sales and marketing engines of organizations; rebranding and relationship building; and the ability to develop aggressive, innovative and successful growth strategies.

Alex Poon - Schedulock

Alex Poon believes that a combination of a dedication, passion, hustle, and getting out of your comfort zone can get anyone one step closer to accomplishing their goals. Alex is the Co-founder and CEO at Schedulock, a real estate software company that is automating the tedious and time consuming process of booking and confirming real estate showings.

Schedulock is changing the way real estate showings are arranged, improving visibility, security, and the agent/client experience. We help real estate brokerages of any size increase efficiency and drastically reduce their front desk/answering service costs.

Cesar Zuluaga - Zuluaga Media

With more than 13 years of corporate experience and 7 years in entrepreneurship, Cesar Zuluaga established Zuluaga Media to help small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve their sales goals.

Leveraging Cesar's business insight and acumen, Zuluaga Media works with clients to develop action-oriented business plans, build targeted marketing strategies, and identify key gaps in their businesses.


Glenn Morgan - Coast to Coast Distributing

In 2000 Glenn was asked by Rogers Media to come in and help turn around their Magazine National Distribution entity, Coast to Coast Distributing (CTC). Fifteen years later, CTC is the dominant leader in the marketplace, representing close to 95% of all Canadian magazine publishers. Along the way, in 2005, due to its dynamic growth, the company was sold.

As current President and CEO of CTC, Glenn is very active in participating and contributing to magazine industry conferences and events, and is a frequent speaker. In 2008 Glenn received the prestigious Canadian Newsstand Marketer of the Year Award, and in 2013 he was the first ever recipient of the magazine industry Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the CMC (Circulation Management Association of Canada).

Andrei Khramstov - Sampler

Andrei Khramstov is currently a Full-Stack Developer at Sampler, where he is largely responsible for developing and maintaining Sampler’s Analytics Dashboard - a platform that helps Sampler’s customers gather real-time insights from thousands of consumers each day.

Before that, Andrei launched his own startup, Tutorical - a marketplace for students and tutors to meet - as well as co-founded a design agency, Aeterna Studio. With over 6 years of experience in product development for startups, Andrei has a great eye for business ideas that have proven market value.


Galen Udell - Bark 'n Yapp

Galen retired from corporate life in 2014, after over the past 25+ years in sales and marketing management with IBM Canada, IBM Corporation and Belden. He is now a second career entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor.

In 2015, Galen co-founded Bark 'n Yapp, a Toronto-based start-up that connects dog lovers to the businesses that love dogs. It’s a web and mobile platform that builds a unique community and then allows businesses to effectively and efficiently tap into that community to increase marketing ROI.

Patrice Esper - Starter Company Program

Patrice became part of the BACD Team in 2014. She is an experienced professional with a strong and diverse background in management and entrepreneurship having opened and operated businesses ranging from retail to real estate services in three countries.

A Penn Foster honours graduate of an Associate of Science degree with a major in Hospitality management, Patrice coordinates the Starter Company Program and helps provide client services support. Patrice is an active member of the Ajax-Pickering Toastmasters Club and enjoys representing the Durham Region as a place to work and play, wherever possible.

Patrick Wilson - Mortgage Intelligence

Patrick Wilson brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry specializing in mortgage lending/underwriting/adjudication. He is an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) and Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist (CRMS).

In addition, Patrick holds an Honors Diploma in Business Management and is qualified in Financial, Estate and Insurance Planning.

Mario Vasilescu - Rewordly Inc.

Mario Vasilescu is CEO/Co-Founder of Rewordly Inc., which is supported by IBM Canada, MaRS, and the DMZ. His team has won awards around digital innovation and has experience building and powering content platforms supporting over 500K users for global clients. He is a UOIT alumnus, graduating with his B. Eng and Mgt., during which he interned with Renault in Europe, in their reverse engineering and UX teams, and won two national competitions for social media innovation and predicting the future of work. Prior to launching his startup full-time, he led new innovation in Paris for a multinational HR/Management consulting firm and their think tank.

Janine Turner - Mandrake

Janine joined Mandrake in 2004 as a Consultant and was promoted to VP in 2009. Her corporate search experience includes attracting and recruiting mid-senior level and executive leadership talent, for private and public sector organizations. Janine's professional career spans more than 30 years, in a variety of management roles, within retail, banking and the consumer products sector. She leads the PR/Corporate Communications and Human Resources practices and places top talent within PR Agencies, Corporations and NFP (including professional services and cause related organizations) sectors.

Mark Patell - Edward Jones

For Mark Patell, continuous development and improvement have been lifelong passions - while helping others and having fun along the way.

Family and work have been his focus, and as his sons move towards independence and his wife expands her new business, he is intent, as a financial advisor, on helping his clients with their financial decisions.

Steven Pulver - Fireside Conference

Steven Pulver is a lawyer and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the start-up world. He is currently the co-founder of Fireside Conference and a yet to be named new software company. His drive and passion lie in assisting Canadian startups grow and flourish.

Prior to attending law school at Western, Steven earned an Honours Specialization degree in Media, Information, & Technoculture at Western. Steven subsequently completed his Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Engineering.

Workshop Hosts

The founder of Speak And Grow Your Business, Entrepreneur Public Speaking and the creator of The Go-to-Expert Blueprint, Marlon’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to take control of their business success.

As a professional speaker and certified speaking coach with 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, Marlon specializes in coaching entrepreneurs and business professionals to use speaking as a marketing strategy to become the go-to-expert, attract more clients and grow their business.

Kevin Smith - The Story Architect

Kevin Smith is a Story Architect. In his career in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, and politics, Kevin has done over 10,000 pitches. As the Chief Story Architect for, Kevin helps start- ups, small businesses, and social enterprises unleash their story to secure customers and investors, by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market. His services include branding, messaging, marketing strategy, SEO, Content and Social Media marketing, presentation and pitch design, web design, lead generation, sales coaching and business development.

Kevin is also an educational workshop facilitator at MaRS, a volunteer advisor at the RIC Center, HumberLaunch, and UTM i-CUBE, as well as a frequent speaker at Small Business Enterprise Centers. He previously worked at Dell for 14+ years in enterprise sales and marketing. Kevin also received a nomination from CAMP (the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals) for entrepreneur of the year in 2016.


Mark is the Founder and CEO of Oombo Technologies Inc., which is a safety company that develops electronic road-flares. Mark started Oombo when he was in high school, and ever since he has been on a journey of knowledge and new experiences. He started developing prototypes, participating in pitch competitions, and attending in business seminars on how to start a company.

Now at 19 years of age and studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, he is still on his journey of knowledge and has no plans on stopping anytime soon.


Dinner with: Brooke Hammer - Chimp Treats

Brooke Hammer founded Chimp Treats in her last semester at Trent University, as a busy student, passionate vegan, and varsity athlete training 20-30 hours per week. Chimp Treats is an innovative health food company creating amazing, new snacks made entirely from fruit, with nothing else added! The product that started it all is called Nicecream, it is a sweet and creamy frozen dessert made entirely from bananas.

Chimp Treats launched mass market in June 2017, quickly acquiring listings from participating Whole Foods, Sobeys, Metro, Food Basics, and Foodland locations. Now, preparing to enter the Western Canadian market, and nearing roll-out in mass-market partners, Chimp Treats is poised and ready to inspire people everywhere to go bananas!

Dinner with: Marie Chevrier - Sampler

Marie Chevrier is a young entrepreneur originally from Montreal, Canada. Marie started her career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in Toronto. From there, she had the chance to work at a venture capital firm in New York City. After a few years there, Marie came back to Toronto to merge her passion for marketing and technology.

Marie started Sampler with a vision to transform the way Consumer Packaged Goods companies distribute product samples. Since its inception in 2013, Sampler has worked with over 200 brands and grown its network to 25M consumers in North America.