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2019 Aurora Chamber Business & Technology Summit

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Royal Venetian Mansion (400 Industrial Pkwy S, Aurora)

Contact Sandra Watson, Events Manager, at s.watson@aurorachamber.on.ca or 905-727-7262 x23 with inquiries.

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2019 Aurora Chamber Business & Technology Summit

Business is changing faster than ever - are you positioned to grow or be left behind? Stay ahead of the competition. Attend the Business & Technology Summit on September 25th to learn how to utilize data to drive engagement, marketing and sales. 

Hear from local leaders on their strategies for business growth and sustainability.  Learn how to build a streamlined business plan to meet your needs and learn about digital marketing strategies and techniques. 

Hear from an entrepreneur that was successful in making a Dragon’s Den deal.  PLUS, new for this year a Tech & Connect Lounge that will provide on the spot advise and learning on topics that are important for business growth. 

Don’t delay, register today!

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7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Visit Exhibitors  

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m – 9:15 a.m.  Opening Keynote: Using Data to Drive Engagement, Marketing, and Sales

                                     Jan Kestle, President & CEO, Environics & 

                                     Arthur Berrill, Head of Location Intelligence, RBC


9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Digital Marketing – Strategies and Techniques – Andrew Fogliato, Just Sell Homes

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break & Visit the Connect & Grow Lounge

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Business Growth & Sustainability Panel

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.  The Business Model Canvas – ventureLAB

12:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Closing Keynote: Entrepreneurship & the 3 Pillars of Possibility – Claudia Harvey

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m  Closing Remarks & Visit the Connect & Grow Lounge


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Learn More About Our Incredible Line-Up of Speakers


Opening Keynote

Using Data to Drive Engagement, Marketing & Sales - A Conversation


Jan Kestle

Jan Kestle

President & CEO Environics Analytics

President and CEO of Environics Analytics (EA), Jan Kestle has been a leader in the marketing information industry for more than forty years. An expert in using statistics and mathematics to help solve business challenges, she directed the initiatives that led to the creation of EA’s PRIZM segmentation system, WealthScapes financial database and ENVISION business intelligence platform, among other data-based products.

Over the years, she’s helped hundreds of customers—in industries ranging from finance and retail to the not-for-profit sector—turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and engagement. Prior to founding EA in 2003, Jan was president of Compusearch and spent 19 years at the Ontario Statistical Centre. Active in the marketing community, she is a member of the National Statistics Council, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Advisory Board of Ryerson University School of Geography and is a frequent conference speaker.
Arthur Berrill

Arthur Berrill

Head of Location Intelligence, RBC

Arthur Berrill has a charter to research, design and guide the use of content, specifically location intelligence across all departments of the bank. Arthur is a founding board member of the Location Forum that develops best practices and guidelines in the use of location data and technology. Arthur is also the chair of the CRCSI Research Investment Committee, a board responsible for guiding research directions and funding in spatial analytics and applications of spatial technology.

Arthur was Inventor of the Year for 2008 at Pitney Bowes (MapInfo) and won the TechAmerica 50th Anniversary Innovation Award in 2009.


Digital Marketing – Strategies and Techniques

Andrew Fogliato

Andrew Fogliato

Founder, JustSellHomes.com

Andrew is a former real estate agent who found his true passion as a digital marketing expert, trainer, and speaker in the real estate industry. In July 2015 he founded JustSellHomes.com to provide Digital Marketing & Tech Services to real estate agents so they can focus on just selling homes.


Business Growth & Sustainability - A Panel Discussion

Nader Shureih - Aurora Chamber Business & Technology Summit

Steve Falk

President, Prime Data

Steve is a leader in database driven fundraising, marketing and logistics. He was first to adopt production quality sheet-fed inkjet technology for direct mail in North America. Prime Data made direct mail easier, better and more affordable. Prime Data provides business outsource solutions for measurable marketing campaigns, variable data print, direct mail, email and fulfillment.
Michelle Risi

Michelle Risi

Broker/Owner - Royal LePage Connect Realty & Executive Vice President - Royal LePage Your Community Realty

With over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Michelle is the broker of record for Royal LePage Connect Realty and the founder of the Real Estate Academy. ‘Helping YOU is what I do’ is more than a tagline, it’s her brand promise.
Anu Bidani

Anu Bidani

Founder & CEO, STEM Minds

Anu is a passionate innovator, leader, revenue generator and an entrepreneur with solid experience as a corporate executive where she witnessed the evolution and impact of accelerated technology changes. STEM Minds focusses on empowering youth to become fearless leaders by developing agility and a love of learning.
Eleisha Stevens

Eleisha Stevens

Founder of InspireWorx & Senior Employee Engagement Strategist

Eleisha has a deep passion for connecting people to their purpose. As a trusted advisor, she helps inspire leaders, managers and teams to excel and build engagement strategies for the sole purpose of creating a culture where people feel valued and committed to their purpose.
Nikki Pett

Nikki Pett

Owner, Sigma Promotions

Nikki is the owner of Sigma Promotions and the author of Relationship ROI, a book that focusses on relationship marketing as the cornerstone to highly profitable growth. Nikki’s success at Sigma is attributed to her ability to build strong relationships.
Deborah Clark - Aurora Chamber Business and Tech Summit

Deborah Clark

Owner - Oakridge's Fashion Inc.

The Business Model Canvas – ventureLAB

Heather Crosbie - Aurora Chamber Business & Tech Summit

Heather Crosbie

Senior Advisor at ventureLab York Region

Heather helps high-potential technology entrepreneurs to build sustainable companies as a Senior Adviser at ventureLAB. Previously, Heather was an entrepreneur in startup, scaling and mature retail organizations, leading through times of fast-scaling opportunity and times of existential threats. In addition to working with tech entrepreneurs, she also provides consulting and advisory services to social entrepreneurs while teaching entrepreneurship with academic partners such as Seneca College.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Entrepreneurship + the 3 Pillars of Possibility

Claudia Harvey

Claudia Harvey

CEO/Co-Founder Dig It Apparel

Through her journey as a businesswoman, then starting Dig It® Apparel Inc. while raising a young family, Claudia supports others to move ahead with confidence to the next stage of evolution and thrive.
In a few short years, Claudia has transformed from “pitcher” to investor and now invests in others’ businesses as well as providing valuable insights and guidance.
Her Three Pillars of Possibility™ Program which includes knowledge, emotional and financial empowerment helps anyone striving to better their lives and break through to their next level of personal and professional success.
Her story has been recounted in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, The Toronto Star, The Financial Times, The Women of Distinction Magazine and featured on CUTV News across more than 1600 stations in the US.
A contributing author to two No. 1 International Best Selling books she hopes to inspire others: “Success Hackers: Cracking the Entrepreneurial Code” and “Empowering Women to Succeed: Tough Times Don’t Last But Tough Women Do”.



Nick Ibbott

Nick Ibbott

Owner & Founder of L.E.A.D.S/Retired Police Detective

Nick is the founder of L.E.A.D.S. (Law Enforcement Advanced Development Solutions) where he empowers investigators through exceptional training. Nick completed his duties as an officer in charge of Cybercrime and Technical Data Recovery Unit. Trained by the RCMP, the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario and the FBI to investigate/prevent cybercrimes, and to conduct Open Source Intelligence Techniques investigations he has a wealth of knowledge in data protection and cybersecurity.

Event Partners

Thank you to our 2019 Aurora Chamber Business & Technology Summit Corporate & Event Partners:

Aurora Chamber Business & Technology Summit - Town of Aurora

Town of Aurora

Presenting Sponsor

York Small Business Enterprise Centre

York Small Business Enterprise Centre

Platinum Partner

ACOC Business & Technology Summit Sponsor: BDC


Giveaway Sponsor

snapd Aurora

snapd Aurora

Community Engagement Sponsor

Cybersecurity Compliance Corp.

Cybersecurity Compliance Corp.

Breakfast Sponsor

Cube Packaging

Cube Packaging

Silver Sponsor

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services

Silver Partner

Meridian Credit Union

Meridian Credit Union

Silver Sponsor

The Lind Realty Team

The Lind Realty Team

Community Endorser

Corporate Sponsors

  • Town of Aurora
  • Healthy Planet
  • Magna International Inc.
  • The Auroran Newspaper
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • The Aurora Banner
  • Backyard Pool & Spa
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • Bell
  • IG Wealth Management
  • Serpa Automotive Boutique
  • Snapd Aurora
  • TD
  • Treefrog
  • York 9 FC

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