Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Day 1: March 24 | Financial Planning and Budget Management
Managing Partner & CFO, Interactive Division, Breakthrough Entertainment
Michael has twenty years experience in television, interactive media and radio, having previously worked at a senior management level in television distribution with 20th Century Fox/Astral Television Distribution Ltd. and in television production and distribution with Cambium Films and Television. Currently, with Breakthrough Entertainment, Michael is the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner of the Interactive Division.
Michael has acted as Executive Producer on all of Breakthrough’s interactive projects for the past 10 years which includes websites and online, ITV and iPhone and mobile games. Michael served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s (CFTPA) New Media Committee for 6 years and currently serves on various CFTPA sub-committees. Michael also sits on the OMDC’s Interactive Digital Media Industry Advisory Committee.
Day 2: March 22 | Value Proposition and Writing your Business Plan
Vice President, Value Web
Aaron is a consultant, designer, facilitator and scribe using models of creativity, co-creation and human interaction to design collaborative processes for problem-solving, community creation, strategic planning and business model redesign.
As Vice President of The Value Web, an international non-profit, he focuses on applying design and visualization to help business, government and civil-society leaders solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Small Business Manager, Economic Development, Culture & Tourism Division City of Toronto
Katherine has personally counselled thousands of small businesses as an advisor, consultant and trainer. She has hands-on experience managing her own business and has served small business owners in senior positions in both public and private organizations.
As Small Business Manager with the City of Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture Division, Katherine oversees programs that serve more than 30,000 entrepreneurs, prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners every year. She provides input to economic development policy and facilitates linkages within the City’s diverse business community.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Katherine is a Charter member of TiE (the Indus Entrepreneurs), the Woman’s Executive Network (WXN) and a member of the Toronto Board of Trade.
Day 3: March 23 | Using Metrics and Analytics to Grow Your Media Business
Chief Strategic Officer, Wedge15
Gloria began her career in public affairs, and slowly transitioned into the not-for-profit and then private sector before redefining herself as an entrepreneur. She has worn many hats, including policy advisor, international project manager, and market research consultant.
Before partnering with her husband Ricardo in Wedge15, Gloria ran her own social media agency consultancy and Founded My Kinda Woman.com. During her time as a social media consultant, she provided impactful solutions for clients ranging from the City of Toronto to a local travel company in Italy, and has spoken on the power of social media at Women in Film and Television, The University of Toronto and the Urban Financial Planner’s Association.
An avid blogger since 2001, she was an early adopter of Web 2.0 technology and digital communication. Her love for all things digital led her to develop workshops and talks on the power of social media. Soon, she partnered with Ricardo to customize websites, strategies and trainings for a variety of businesses. Gloria’s ability to master and maneuver this rapidly changing space and break it down for others to clearly understand, allows her to support the work of a variety of people and organizations across virtually any sector.
Day 4: March 24 | Management and Leadership Fundamentals
Program Director of Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management at SEEC, Schulich School of Business, York University and Program Director Executive Update Residential Program and the founding partner of CURRENT
Lee-Anne has worked extensively in the innovation, leadership, and change management space in over 31 countries in both the public and private sectors.
She has piloted several global change initiatives that have, for example, delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer retention.
In her work at Schulich, she and her team are responsible for designing and delivering programs dedicated to enhancing the innovation and leadership capabilities of executives and their people with an aim to enhancing values-based leadership, managing change, and stimulating growth.
Lee-Anne is also a featured speaker with the premier Canadian speaking bureau, The National Speakers Bureau http://nsb.com/speakers/view/lee-anne-mcalear speaking on leading innovation for growth at conferences around the world.
Her client list includes companies such as Sony, Rogers, RBC, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Reckitt BenKieser, University Health Network, CIBC, Deloittte, Toyota and AstraZeneca – to name a few.