What to expect from CB’s inaugural How I Made It Talk series

Powered by the pages of Canadian company’s fall 2022 issue, the How I made it talk about the show on October 12 will feature a range of speakers sharing their journey to success and their thoughts on the future of entrepreneurship in Canada. In collaboration with our flagship partner Amazon Canada, as well as Microsoft Canada, Elle Cuisine, Oliver & Bonacini and the Business Development Bank of Canada, BCThe How I Made It speaker series will position Canada’s entrepreneurial landscape at the forefront and address hot topics such as the future of e-commerce, brand building, product innovation, sustainability and culture in a dynamic environment.

Guests can expect a full day of programming at Microsoft Canada’s headquarters in downtown Toronto. Think live Q&A, engaging breakout sessions, a networking mixer, and lunch overlooking one of the best views in town.

Here is an overview of our talented cohort:

Karen Danudjajaco-founder and CEO, Blume
Danudjaja is a successful entrepreneur who saw a gap in the market and filled it with Blume—a milk superfood brand that brings versatile, organically formulated beverages to people at every stage of their wellness journey. His fireside chat will set the tone for the event and explain how to build the right team for your business.

Sinéad Bovellmodel, futurist and expert in artificial intelligence and the future of work
Sharing her evolution from supermodel to futurist, Bovell’s keynote will cover her steps to success and what she sees for the future of fashion in Canada. She will share the touchstones of her experience as founder TRAVEL—an organization that helps prepare the next generation of business leaders for a world radically transformed by technology.

Chris BarryPresident, Microsoft Canada
As president of Microsoft Canada, Barry is tasked with leading a world-class team. He will take the stage to break down the five business trends to watch and talk about his passion for building meaningful and lasting relationships, building diverse and inclusive teams, and driving positive organizational results.

Jenn HarperFounder, Cheekbone Beauty
Harper understands innovation. She made a name for herself in the beauty industry for several years, but quickly rose to popularity after appearing on the hit CBC show, The dragon’s lair. The founder of Beauty of the cheekbones will discuss how to leverage values ​​as product innovation during his keynote and Q&A.

Saad Siddiqui, Founder and CEO, Bonsai
While a student at the University of Toronto, Siddiqui founded the Toronto-based trade enablement platform Bonsai in 2016 and has since helped the company raise over $21 million. He will talk about product development and iteration rules with a focus on how to keep your startup resilient during tough times.

Derrick FungFounder and CEO, Drop
Fung learned a lot about starting a business when we launched Drop—the rewards app that currently has over five million members and ranks in the top three on the App Store in Canada and the United States. Forbes The Top 30 Under 30 recipient will share his top five tips to get your business off the ground.

Robin Goodfellowowner of VELA, founder of Little Bones Beverage Company
Goodfellow has designed bars in Toronto in addition to his own venues, including Paradise Theatre, Osteria Rialto, Biltmore and Sara. He will share his experience and expertise in the reconstruction process.

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Michael KatchenFounder and CEO, Wealthsimple
As the prized founder of the fintech company WealthsimpleKatchen has been dubbed the “engine of industry” by the Financial positionan “agent of change” BCand one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People by Toronto life. Katchen will be our guest speaker at the closing dinner of the event with a discussion on how to grow your business in Canada.

Tamir Bar Chaim, Managing Director and Head of Global Expansion, Amazon Ads

Haim is responsible for directing Amazon Ads in 25 countries, focusing on adding value to customer experiences and helping brands build meaningful connections with customers on Amazon and across the web. He will share his thoughts on how to build a business within a business and drive innovation across your organization.

Elke Rubach LLB LLM CFP CLU FEA, President, Rubach Wealth

Before launching Wealth of Rubach, Rubach has spent her career advising clients on wealth management and investing in ways that align with their values, building on her vision that all clients, especially women, should be financially independent. . She will discuss the intersections of life and business on the How I Made It stage, and explain how certain life stages drive entrepreneurial innovation.

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