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Ankur NarulaHummingbird Lawyers LLP

Ankur is an Associate Lawyer in the Corporate/Commercial, Technology and Entertainment divisions at Hummingbird Lawyers LLP. He graduated from Osgood Hall Law School in 2008 after attaining his business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics in 2005. He has a passion for working with start-ups and growth companies with their business law matters. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance, commercial contracts, and intellectual property matters. Ankur has helped develop business strategies together with their legal implications for a variety of local and national businesses by bridging the gap between legal and business frameworks.

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Alice MaMagenta Design

Careers are most rewarding when you can measure the positive impact you have on people. 11 years ago, Alice worked at a top ad agency, designing creative for world-renowned clients including IKEA, Microsoft and Best Buy… maybe you’ve heard of them. Alice quickly gained notoriety in her industry, and her award-winning expertise earned her a name for herself, both on a national and international stage. But sometimes, when you’re simply a cog in the wheel, it can be frustrating when you don’t know if the ads & designs you take great pride in, actually help clients convert more customers. In 2012, Alice decided to close this loop – introducing Magenta Design.

Data is vital. If you don’t measure how you performed, you can’t determine how to improve. A thoughtful feedback loop and rich data collection is imperative to progress and growth, customers and profit. Magenta Design developed their own feedback tech that streams live performance data back to the Magenta Design control centre. That’s why Alice takes businesses from zero to multimillion dollar companies, fast. The perfect marriage of data and art. 

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EREZAll the way up media

Erez has a background in computer science and he worked in the IT division at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON. In 2017 he established in Vaughan, ON an internet marketing company called All The Way Up Media and he works with medium-sized companies on promoting their business and increasing their presence online. When he is not working, Erez spends time with his family and watches/ plays basketball or soccer.

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Jennifer GreenStartup York Region

Jennifer Green is a co-lead of Startup York Region, and started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 18 and hasn’t looked back. Her current company, Jade Consulting, has now been successfully working with entrepreneurs and businesses offering Finance, Accounting and HR services for 17 years.

Jennifer believes that a strong financial foundation is key to success in business and when financial awareness is present at a young age, the possibilities are limitless.

Jennifer is happily married and lives in Markham with her husband and two young children.

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Lucas ChangStartup York Region

After spending 15 years in large corporations, Lucas Chang decided to chart a new course and see what he could do to help the community. His “”why”” has been to help others find their voice – specifically to develop programs to help teens and pre-teens learn about entrepreneurship; and to help build the entrepreneurial community in York Region.

His primary focus is operating Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs, which he co-founded to give teens and pre-teens opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and problem-solving skills in real-world startup training programs. He is also a co-lead of Startup York Region, a community of more than 500 entrepreneurs in York Region. One of his projects was to partner with several libraries in York Region to launch the EIR (Entrepreneurs in Residence) Talks speaker series, which has featured more than 100 speakers since starting in November 2014. Lucas is also a member of the York Angel Investor network.

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Nunzio PrestaBizON

Nunzio Presta is an ex pro athlete turned entrepreneur. He is also the Founder & CEO at BizON, an online marketplace where people can buy, sell and grow businesses or franchises every day. He is a thought leader on social selling, digital marketing & entrepreneurship through acquisition. He is also a mentor to many entrepreneurs, small business owners and franchise owners. Nunzio graduated from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce.

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Roy BernhardHummingbird Lawyers LLP

Roy Bernhard is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Hummingbird Lawyers LLP and is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Firm’s long term strategy. Mr. Bernhard leads all business aspects for the firm including client services, technology, and operational processes.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bernhard held executive positions at Workopolis, Spin Master Toys and publicly traded BetCorp Ltd. His experience brings stability and concrete direction in growing multi-million and billion dollar organizations. Mr. Bernhard also served as a consultant at Deloitte and Touche, TD/Canada Trust, and Bell. He is an accomplished speaker and was featured on the cover of CIO Magazine in June 2006. Mr. Bernhard attended the University of Western Ontario for his Bachelor of Computer Science.

Mr. Bernhard is an avid coder and software architect. His ability to bring ideas to life through design, development, implementation, and profitable operation covers just some of the value he can bring to York Mastermind.

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Tali HasanovWSI Digital Path Marketing

Tali values family first, she has two great daughters and a loving husband.

She has an extensive experience working with different technologies and more than 10 years in digital marketing. She is very passionate about helping businesses to build brand awareness and experience, as well as to generate online leads and sales.

When Tali isn’t with clients or working on a digital marketing projects, she likes to go to music concerts, travel and discover what the world has to offer, and most importantly waking up before the sunrise to go to the gym and get her busy day started. She also sees it is important to give back to the community – Tali often mentors for some non-profit organizations like Ladies Learning Code.

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