Our Speakers

January 20, 2020 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada

CanadianSME Business Expo

Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos

Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) – Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) – Ontario Region

Mr. Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos has been working for Public Services and Procurement Canada, Ontario Region since 1991. He has held various positions, ranging from Real Estate Advisor to Geomatics Project Manager and is currently the Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Ontario Region. Mr. Argiropoulos is responsible for supplier outreach and engagement for OSME. He also delivers seminars that assist and inform suppliers on how to do business with the Government of Canada, how to navigate the federal procurement system and how to utilize www.buyandsell.gc.ca , the federal procurement website.

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Laurence Cooke

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Laurence drives the vision to offer CBDC to central banks, and leads the overall strategy and direction of nanopay to deliver scalable payment and liquidity solutions to banks and businesses. Laurence is responsible for raising capital, managing investor relations, and taking the business to new heights.

Prior to founding nanopay, Laurence worked with WIND Canada and was Vice President of Wireless at Shaw Communications Inc. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Bell Mobility and Bell Distribution Inc (BDI), where he was responsible for all of Bell Mobility’s operations and led a team of 9,000 employees. At BDI, Laurence was responsible for all retail for Bell Canada. Prior to joining Bell, Laurence was a senior executive in Accenture’s London Strategy Practice. Laurence co-founded two wireless data businesses in Europe, Melodeo, Inc. and Xtempus.

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Rick Moore

Founder & CEO

Group of One Executive Training Systems Inc.

Rick Moore is Canada’s Authority on Strategic Growth and Value Creation for Business Owners, working exclusively with Business Owners who want to sell their business for maximum value.Rick brings over three decades of extensive experience in financing, advising, buying and selling businesses that are highly irresistible to buyers.Rick is the author of the book  Scale-Up to Sell


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Charles Regan

CEO of Nerds on Site

Charlie is an owner and CEO (Capability Expansion Orchestrator) of a number of reasonably interesting and growing enterprises – Nerds On Site, Tactical Marketing Solutions, The Coffee Office, One Extra Guy, BeanCounters On Site, Architecttura, Augusta Business Coaching, among others. He’s also works closely with several more Canadian and American based companies.He is a founding Executive Board Member for the Central Business District of Detroit and the Greater Detroit and Windsor Japan-America Society. Charlie guest lectured for a number of years at the University of Windsor as part of their Co-op M.B.A. program, as well as the University of Michigan.

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Miki Velemirovich

President- Cargo

Miki Velemirovich is the President of Cargo, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in helping big brands market to small businesses. Cargo is an expert in the Business to Small Business space coining the term B2SB Marketing®. Prior to joining Cargo, Miki spent 20 years with big brands like IBM and Mercedes-Benz, in a variety of sales and marketing roles, so he knows how to build strategies that drive results and move the needle. And this same experience enables him to understand the pain points of big brands trying to market to small businesses: while leading marketing for the commercial vehicle division of Mercedes-Benz, he spent countless hours understanding the motivations, behaviours and the drivers of small business owners in order to reach them more successfully. Now, his quest persists – to continue to build the Business to Small Business Expertise and help big brands be more successful in reaching this highly emotional target.

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Jeff Dawley

President and Founder
Cybersecurity Compliance Corp.

In 2018, Jeff co-founded Cybersecurity Compliance Corp. to address a communication gap in the
cybersecurity space. The Cybersecurity Pulse TM solution provides board members and non-IT executives
with a complete view of their cybersecurity environment, while equipping IT professionals with a
framework-based assessment and roadmap for future improvements.

Before devoting his career to helping SMEs better understand their cybersecurity environment Jeff
worked in finance and technology across a broad spectrum of Canadian and international organizations.
Over 25 years Jeff has benefited from exploring many industries including financial services, mining,
information processing, manufacturing and professional services. His career has seen him operate as a
CFO for 10 years with both publicly listed and private companies, as well as 5 years as a CTO/CIO,
responsible for all aspects of information management and technology.

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Tahira Bharmal

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer with Mentors Consult

Tahira Bharmal is a Canadian, born in Kenya with South Asian heritage. She is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer with Mentors Consult, a training & development agency inspiring growth mindset communities. She specifically works with leadership teams on: diversity inclusion; leading with authenticity; overcoming personal limiting beliefs & fears to be stronger, empowered leaders; &  leading without bias. 
Tahira is a Certified Coach Practitioner and Certified Group Coach.  She graduated from the University of Ottawa with BA Honours (Cum Laude) in Mass Communication. She also has a Diploma with Distinction from the London School of Journalism in Journalism & News Writing. 
She has been a part of the corporate world for 10 years, with experience in Business Development & Marketing. Tahira is an advocate for positive change in gender issues, parenting, education, and personal growth. 
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Richard Toker

BranderosAccount Director/Project Manager/Educator

Richard is a Toronto based marketing consultant, educator and facilitator. Since launching Rich Content in 2008, Richard has developed and managed numerous marketing programs including branding, integrated and digital marketing, content and on-boarding programs for a variety of clients, and has worked to develop and nurture marketing management and leadership skills amongst emergent marketing professionals and facilitated creative problem solving and group dialogue at a diverse range of organizations including Amex, BDC, CAA, CARA, CBC, Canada Post, Tangerine and Public Health Ontario. Prior to starting his own practice Richard was a Marketing Director at Rogers Communications and also spent 20 years honing his solution-focused skills in the advertising business.

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Joel Sears

Branderos Creative Director/Copywriter/Educator

For more than three decades, Joel has worked as a copywriter, creative director, strategist, coach and educator. His focus is on the development of key strategic insights that lead to powerful copy platforms. After spending a career working with blue-chip clients like GM and IBM, Joel now concentrates on helping small and medium-sized businesses market themselves through his agency, Branderos. Joel has also become an advocate for more powerful writing in the workplace, as a coach and educator. Never complacent, Joel believes that the last few years have produced his best work and most insightful strategies.

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Margo Crawford ​

President & CEO – Business Sherpa Group​

Margo Crawford is the President, CEO and founder of the Business Sherpa Group; an Ottawa based management
consulting firm specializing in providing embedded business services to small and mid-sized enterprises in the
areas of Human Resources, Talent Solutions, Finance, Strategy, Governance, Marketing & Communications and
Family Business. At Business Sherpa Group, Margo and her team of more than 75 associates and 20 employees have been involved with over 300 companies throughout North America (profit and not-for-profit) from formation stage through to sale.

She was a co-founder of Meriton Networks and was instrumental in building a company with locations around the world, and raising over $75M in equity financing and related M&A transactions. Margo has been an HR and
Business Operations leader in technology companies as well as the public and NFP sectors for the past 25 years.

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