Every Y2 has been successful thanks to the support from volunteer business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals from York Region and the Greater Toronto Area. Here's the full list of our volunteers from the last Y2 conference (March
For over 7 years, Laurie has been recognized as an expert in producing and marketing events, as well as building key relationships in various industries: particularly in the pension and benefits, startup, fashion and small businesses space. She also served
as a marketing consultant for various startups; helping develop their brand architecture, marketing channel strategy as well as partnership initiatives. She now serves as an advisor, leading the creative, internal communications strategy
and change management agenda within the Government of Ontario.
Recently, she won (along with her colleague), the 2016 Deputy’s Den winning proposal among five finalists. Outside of work, she has volunteered for various organizations including Canada Philippine Fashion Week, the Jays Care Foundation Young Professionals
Committee and Y2, an event focused on mentoring and motivating more than 100 innovative and entrepreneurial teens from the Greater Toronto Area and York Region.
Jessica is the Co-Founder and CMO at MaaS Pros, a company that specializes in creating industry specific applications, including a loyalty management platform for real estate agents, an auto dealer management app, carpool web and mobile applications and
more recently, a powerful business management and marketing platform, called the TieiT App - a carefully crafted application that combines modules to help businesses reduce from having to use and pay for 5 or more different applications. Jessica
is deeply passionate about building a company that drives value to its clients. Jessica applies her creative and strategic skills to implement successful marketing campaigns that have created impressive results for MaaS Pros, partners and
Jessica has also put her passion for education in use by creating and continually developing certification programs for partners for which she has received tremendous feedback. Jessica's ability to quickly learn, synthesize information and clearly communicate
it to educate and illustrate the benefits of complicated topics is a rare skill.
Laura is Business Development Manager of Academic Entrepreneurship at the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Her key role is to manage the Campus-Linked Accelerators at post-secondary institutions that were created to drive youth engagement in entrepreneurship,
support academic-linked start-ups. She is also responsible to develop and manage global linkages in the start-up ecosystem to foster collaborations and sharing of best practices.
Previously, Laura develops and manages industry-academic projects and start-up opportunities. Her areas of focus are in advanced health technologies, including healthcare IT, medical devices and life sciences, as well as energy and clean tech. Prior to
joining OCE, Laura spent 3 years as an R&D Engineer developing medical devices for chronic back pain management and spinal disease, which are distributed worldwide. Laura holds a PhD in Biomedical/Chemical Engineering from the University of
Jonathan (or Jono) is an senior software engineer who is building new features for the server-side Swift framework called Perfect. He is also supporting developers who are using Perfect and asking questions via Slack, Twitter and email.
Jono has been developing server-side applications for nearly 20 years, using a number of different languages. He moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2010 to help architect the next generation of server-side development with LassoSoft, prior to joining
PerfectlySoft. In his spare time he's a session musician, sound engineer, gamer, and loves writing API's for all sorts of obscure things.
Zmozynski said that the seeds of entrepreneurship and self-employment were planted in him as a young person, after witnessing the successes and lifestyle of his extended family. A positive experience in high school with Junior Achievement, made the option
that much more realistic. After studying small business at a U.S. based Adventure Sports program, Chris returned to Ontario and obtained his BA after formally studying Economics and Administration at Trent University. His first passion is
the Outdoor Adventure industry, but a close second is the world of small business.
"Over the years I have been fortunate to teach Snowboarding, Backcountry-living, been a Canoe-guide, High ropes and Climbing instructor, as well as a Guide and Instructor for a Dirt-bike and trail-riding school. Public speaking, planning and executing
goals as well as teamwork are critical in each of these. Similar to the start up world, these high risk environments can often be unpredictable and emotional, but more often than not, they bring out the best in people and many walk away
stronger, more confident, and more self-reliant."
After a short 4 year stint in the corporate world, Chris fell back on his first interest and has never looked back. He worked in four large corporations over four years, and witnessed the exact opposite of what he had been trained to expect of healthy
teams, and from professional leadership. Unfortunately that's the nature of things when the bottom line is measured solely by monitory gain; adults frequently act worse professionally than they would ever let their children behave publically.
Since 2008, Chris has co-founded and run a profitable: Agri-brokerage, Construction Project Consulting and Project Management operation, as well as a Home Inspection Business. He is currently a founding partner in 2 separate but interrelated entities:
a Property Development corporation as well as its proprietary software.
Joyce's first word was "awesome". Before she learned how to crawl as a child, she was already practicing the yoga poses. When she is not busy challenging the status quo at the government using big data or creating impact through Possibility Camp, she
loves experimenting with cross-cultural food.
Joyce has a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from University of Waterloo and is the co-founder of Supernacular Weekend and founder of Possibility Camp.
Originally from Western Canada, Claire has enjoyed a diverse and extensive journey of professional growth. He has lived and worked in the El Salvador, Mexico, Chile, and the US. Beginning with a series of international youth exchanges between Ottawa and
Central America, he has combined a series unique international banking careers involving trade finance, investment banking, and accounting positions for such names as Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Lloyds Bank, Norwest Bank and
National Bank of Canada. He was Comptroller of the Chilean subsidiary of Microsoft prior to returning to Tucson, Arizona. There he was a Director of a new start-up venture that was attempting create an online trading system for non-ferrous
metals. The start-up raised $1.5 million in angel funding.
Most recently, Claire has been involved in public school education. He currently is Head of Business Studies in York Region District School Board. He is also a Canadian adjunct professor of Niagara University where he teaches Business Methods to new teacher
candidates. A life-long learner, he holds 3 degrees, with the most noteworthy being a Masters of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Arizona). Married to a teacher who specializes in early learner
resource, they have 2 daughters currently working on their Masters at Queens and the University of Victoria in the area of Global Food Security and the Qualitative Aspects of Third Party Care Givers in the BC health care system. His most current
passion is to try and implement new learning styles which focus on entrepreneurial and innovative thinking.
Elliott Atkins is President of AddMirror Canada Limited, the out-of- home advertising company that he founded in 2008. Over the past seven years Elliott has grown AddMirror across Canada with locations in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. The
AddMirror brand has attracted advertisers such as BMW, Telus, Ford, Calvin Klein and Cirque de Soleil among others.
In addition to leading AddMirror's growth in Canada, Elliott is a Professor in the School of Marketing at Seneca College, co-founder of a consumer loyalty software company and an advisor to new startup ventures. Elliott is a Licensed Professional
Engineer having graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the Schulich School of Business
at York University.
Prior to taking the entrepreneurial fork in the road, Elliott held senior sales and sales management positions at leading technology companies like Microsoft, Dell and Corel leading national teams and multi-million dollar revenue targets. Elliott has
enjoyed the growth and learning that comes from being a team member at great companies at exciting times in their business lifecycle. A consummate salesman, Elliott enjoys meeting new people and finding ways to satisfy their stated and unstated
needs - hopefully closing a deal in the process.
Elliott has been married to Lynn for almost 25 years and shares his Richmond Hill home his two daughters and dog Daisy. In his spare time Elliott enjoys cars, technology, kayaking and relaxing at the cottage.
Shoukri is a Technology leader with a decade of experience working in both startups as well as the enterprise, leading teams, and delivered software products to customers ranging from small to fortune 500 companies. Shoukri is passionate about software
and the way it shapes the world around us. His areas of interest include Mobile, Cloud, Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence technologies.
Shoukri is also passionate about 'Life Education'; learning and teaching skills that school and college does not teach us such as sales skills, negotiation skills, emotional intelligence and how to deal with money. When he has time Shoukri rants about
life, Tech, and education on his blog. Be sure to check it out!
Andrew is currently the Business Development Officer for Innovation and the national incubator lead for IBM Canada where he runs and operates the IBM Innovation Space at Queen and Spadina, IBM Canada's only office catered towards start-up companies. Prior
to this current role, Andrew worked out of President and General Manager Dino Trevisani's office as his chief of staff.
A graduate of York University, Andrew has held numerous roles over his 9 year career at IBM including roles within operations and sales as well as the Toronto IBM Club president.
Andrew's passion for entrepreneurialism extends past his day job as he has helped launch and operate start-up companies in the past and is always on the look out for the next entrepreneurial endeavor.
Wayne Li, is the CEO / Founder of NextUp Care Inc., a mHealth technology company committed to reducing patient wait times for high demand medical procedures such as diagnostics imaging. Our platform connects hospitals, doctors and patients to find the
nearest facility with the shortest wait time to schedule the earliest appointment.
Previously, Wayne was the Country Head for Polaris Consulting & Services in Australia and New Zealand and a Management Consultant and Account Executive at Capgemini. He has 15 years of experience working with global financial services clients in Canada,
US, UK, Australia and Asia Pacific in retail banking, corporate banking and wealth management.
Wayne holds a BSc and MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and a MBA in Finance from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Arie is an accomplished marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience, specializing in digital marketing. Arie's writing on marketing has been published in Strategy magazine, Marketing Profs, and Entrepreneur.com.
Arie is currently Acting Senior Manager, Digital Marketing and Creative Services at MedicAlert Foundation Canada.
Davina Chan, currently holds the role of Director, Marketing and Communications at MedicAlert Foundation Canada. She is a seasoned integrated marketer with experiences spanning a multitude of industries including advertising agencies, financial services,
consumer goods and services as well as not-for-profit. Highly enthusiastic, experienced and passionate about effectively integrating digital marketing with traditional marketing to achieve business goals.
Courtney Cole is the Founder and CEO of ForaHealthyMe Inc. ForaHealthyMe uses Digital, Virtual and A.I. Simulation technologies to treat and manage patients with mental health, complex chronic and acute care issues. Our virtual care applications and validated
models assist healthcare providers in delivering care to patients with physiological and psychological challenges as part of their short - or long-term treatment plan, in a place where they prefer - at home. He has successfully collaborated
with clinicians at large Ontario hospitals to improve quality of life for patients. His efforts have focused on the various touch points between the hospital and patients to address gaps in care.
Courtney is client of ventureLab and is the recipient of the 2014 Dan Mothersill BUILD Award from ventureLAB. The award is presented to entrepreneurs based on their accomplishments. ForaHealthyMe is one of 12 high potential companies selected for the
2015/2016 cohort of the Canadian Technology Accelerator program for Health Information Technology in Philadelphia. As a result, the company has successfully gained traction with large health systems and insurers in New York, Philadelphia and Maryland
and with technology partners in Seattle. The company, in partnership with York University was also among a list of 22 projects funded by the Government of Canada, under the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) e-Health Innovation Partnership
Program (eHIPP) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). The program is designed to stimulate collaborations between health researchers and Canadian innovative technology
The company, with York University, will focus on the early identification of, and intervention for youth and adolescents (11-25 years of age) with mental health conditions. Courtney holds two Masters degrees and is a strong advocate of patient privacy.
In 2013, he was recognized by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario as a Privacy by Design (PbD) Ambassador.
As Director of Partner Engagement for ventureLAB, Karen leads the development and management of strategic and collaborative partnerships key to ventureLAB’s clients and stakeholders, and to the evolution of a dynamic regional ecosystem supporting innovation
Karen has experience as a successful founder and entrepreneur of an Ottawa technology firm, and has spent the last 6 years working with not-for-profit business associations and communities on strategic programs involving intelligent communities, gigabit
corridors, knowledge mobilization for small businesses and building community-based collaboration ecosystems. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for province of Ontario,
a Top 40 Under 40 Alumnus, the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada's Staff Person of the Year Award, and most recently, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Marat Mukhamedyarov is an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. He is a founder of Good News Ventures, an investment company focused primarily on technology companies.
Marat is an active member of York Angel Investors and has sat on the screening committee as well. He has Certified Management designation from International Business School and has Master's Degree in Engineering.
He also serves on the Boards of York Angel Investors, Masters Alliance, Alumoplast.
Michael Betts is a recognized entrepreneur and technology executive with over a 10 years of experience working with and managing rapid growth technology start-ups. As an Executive In Residence at ventureLAB he advises entrepreneurs supporting acceleration
of their business growth through mentorship, advisory support, education and collaboration.
Prior to ventureLAB, Michael was the Founder of Canada's first web based, in-image ad network, and was responsible for all aspects of the company's early growth and strategy. In addition to his work with ventureLAB, Michael is also the President of advisory
services firm Castlegar Management LTD. where he focuses on the development of early stage web technology and digital media companies.
Belle Yuan is a Certified Human Resources Leader with over 17 years of diverse corporate HR experience. She is the founder of Strategywise HR - a boutique HR consulting firm based in Vaughan that specializes in helping mid-sized employers limit legal
risk in managing staff. The company is passionate about helping organizations drive operational success through proactive HR strategies that reduce risk and improve compliance.
Belle holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Labour-Management Relations from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate diploma in HR Management and is professionally designated as a Certified HR Leader with the Human Resources Professional Association.
In her spare time, she loves to travel, play sports and volunteer her time for worthy causes.
Daniel is the Director of Customer Experience Strategy and Operations at TELUS Health and Payment Solutions. With over 20 years of combined experience in the telecommunications and Health industries, Daniel's expertise is in call centre management, workforce
planning, program management and process improvement.
In the community, Daniel is a mentor with the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership Program and a member of the Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the City of Markham. His hobbies include running (including the annual marathon) and travelling around
the globe. Daniel holds a BA Economics from University of Victoria.
Deborah McMillan spent the first half of her career life as a pension plan actuary working for various global actuarial firms. For over 20 years, she provided her pension and actuarial expertise to clients from different industries and of different sizes,
such as Canadian Diabetes, United Way, Chrysler, Lakefield College, Nestle, and Energizer to name a few. In 2014, Deborah made a bold move to become a full-time entrepreneur. She is now the founder and CEO of Knowledge Makes Cents,
a financial literacy academy for kids. Her passion and vision is to ensure all citizens have the knowledge and skills to achieve personal financial success.
Deborah's other passion is philanthropy. She volunteers on several boards and committees. Deborah is an Honours Mathematics graduate from the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of
Actuaries. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Human Relations Program.
Dexter Chew is a marketing director at Q One Tech Corporation, a market research and consumer insight software development agency that helps companies collect, analyze and react to customer, target market and employee data to gain insight and support
decision making. Previously, Dexter worked as a business development director for a healthcare market research firm.
In addition to Q One Tech, Dexter is the owner of Dexter Chew Photography where he specialized in wedding and lifestyle photography and an advisor to Koz Insights, a millennial and young professional market research startup.
Inthida is a Business and Marketing Consultant who helps Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses grow more profitably. When it comes to bringing new ideas to life, she knows what it takes to succeed from concept to launch. She spent the last 10 years masterminding
innovative strategies and bringing new products and solutions to market for a top telecom company.
As a Career Coach, Inthida also offers limited personal coaching to help professionals achieve excellence in the workplace and differentiate as top talent.
Muhammad Kermalli, fusing his entrepreneurial spirit and executive experience, is President and CEO of Skytek Executive Office Suites, which he founded in 2006. Its mission is to provide both large and small businesses with cost-effective solutions in
the areas of technology, human resources, administration, marketing and finance.
Additionally, Mr. Kermalli has leveraged his business experience and vast network of international contacts to identify cross-market opportunities and develop successful businesses in a variety of sectors, including legal, finance, technology, foreign
trade, food, natural resources, and land development.