Speakers

Meet the industry innovators who will be sharing their stories, offering practical hands on advice, and answering your questions.

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Co-Founder of Kiip

Brian Wong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”) a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages “moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers, and advertisers.

Backed by IPG, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures,
Digital Garage, and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.

Kiip has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List.

Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital
funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K12 grades.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:

  • Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada;
  • Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley;
  • 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising;
  • Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012;
  • Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch;
  • iMedia 25;
  • One of AdWeek’s 7 Would-Be Mobile Titans; and
  • AdAge Creativity Top 50.

Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Co-Founder of Blo: Blow Dry Bars

Devon is an evoker. She defined a new market category, co-founding
Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. Born from her second year university project, the company spans four countries, with 52 locations, and has collaborated with international megabrands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

PROFIT Magazine listed her as one of The Fabulous 30, honouring the most fabulous entrepreneurs in Canada. She was the youngest mentor ever to join Futurpreneur—Canada’s foremost youth mentorship program and now sits on its advisory board. As an advocate supporting women against violence, she is a strategic advisor and past board member to WAVAW Rape Crisis Center (Vancouver, BC).

Devon’s served up belly-laugh-inducing, heart-pouring sermons on platforms around the world like, TedX and Pecha Kucha, and has opened for Dragon Kevin O’Leary. She can always be counted on for deep courage and a fierce reality check.

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Co-Founder of Kiip

Brian Wong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”) a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages “moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers, and advertisers.

Backed by IPG, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures,
Digital Garage, and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.

Kiip has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List.

Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital
funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K12 grades.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:

  • Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada;
  • Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley;
  • 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising;
  • Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012;
  • Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch;
  • iMedia 25;
  • One of AdWeek’s 7 Would-Be Mobile Titans; and
  • AdAge Creativity Top 50.

Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Co-Founder of Blo: Blow Dry Bars

Devon is an evoker. She defined a new market category, co-founding
Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. Born from her second year university project, the company spans four countries, with 52 locations, and has collaborated with international megabrands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

PROFIT Magazine listed her as one of The Fabulous 30, honouring the most fabulous entrepreneurs in Canada. She was the youngest mentor ever to join Futurpreneur—Canada’s foremost youth mentorship program and now sits on its advisory board. As an advocate supporting women against violence, she is a strategic advisor and past board member to WAVAW Rape Crisis Center (Vancouver, BC).

Devon’s served up belly-laugh-inducing, heart-pouring sermons on platforms around the world like, TedX and Pecha Kucha, and has opened for Dragon Kevin O’Leary. She can always be counted on for deep courage and a fierce reality check.

Andy Nulman

Andy Nulman

Andy Nulman

Chairman of Just for Laughs Festival, Best Selling Author, C2 Regular

Andy Nulman is an acclaimed, thought-provoking, and risk-taking public speaker, who has motivated and entertained Fortune 500 companies the likes of GM, Eveready/Energizer, 3M and Wal-Mart. Young in spirit, extreme in opinion and jewelry, Andy has been creating and leading major disruption forces for four decades.

Currently, he’s Co-Founder and CEO of Play The Future Inc., a forward-thinking digital platform/brand marketing tool that converts the big data points and events of major brands into consumer engagement and entertainment—a natural progression for a tech entrepreneur who believes life’s a game.

From July 2010 until September 2015, for the second time, Andy took on the position of President of Montreal’s Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival, the world’s first and largest comedy event. This was Andy’s encore performance at JFL. From 1985 until 1999, he transformed the event from a two-day show to a month-long cultural happening, attracting over 2 million visitors per year to see talent acts like: Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, and Adam Sandler.

He’s also Created/Executive Produced over 150 Festival TV shows, in a variety of languages, all over the world.

During the decade, between Just For Laughs stints, Andy was President and CMO of Airborne Technology Ventures, a company celebrated as a pioneer in the mobile media and marketing industry. In 1999, Andy co-founded Airborne (then Airborne Entertainment) with Garner Bornstein, and provided the company with the insight and creativity necessary to successfully strengthen brands like Family Guy, Disney, Maxim, the NHL, and the NFL through the creation of innovative mobile content and applications. Airborne was sold for over $100 million to Cybird of Japan in 2005 and was honoured the following year as North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in Deloitte’s Fast 500 ranking.  

Over and above his speaking, Andy has written three books: “How To Do The Impossible”, “I Almost Killed George Burns”, and his most recent “Pow! Right between The Eyes! Profiting From The Element of Surprise”.

Married with two grown children and two rambunctious dogs, his major disappointment is that he has only one life to live…but he’s working on a solution.

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks

Co-Founder of Blo: Blow Dry Bars

Devon is an evoker. She defined a new market category, co-founding
Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. Born from her second year university project, the company spans four countries, with 52 locations, and has collaborated with international megabrands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

PROFIT Magazine listed her as one of The Fabulous 30, honouring the most fabulous entrepreneurs in Canada. She was the youngest mentor ever to join Futurpreneur—Canada’s foremost youth mentorship program and now sits on its advisory board. As an advocate supporting women against violence, she is a strategic advisor and past board member to WAVAW Rape Crisis Center (Vancouver, BC).

Devon’s served up belly-laugh-inducing, heart-pouring sermons on platforms around the world like, TedX and Pecha Kucha, and has opened for Dragon Kevin O’Leary. She can always be counted on for deep courage and a fierce reality check.

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Co-Founder of Kiip

Brian Wong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”) a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages “moments of achievement” in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers, and advertisers.

Backed by IPG, Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures,
Digital Garage, and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.

Kiip has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List.

Called the youngest person to ever receive venture capital
funding by CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K12 grades.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:

  • Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada;
  • Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley;
  • 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising;
  • Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012;
  • Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch;
  • iMedia 25;
  • One of AdWeek’s 7 Would-Be Mobile Titans; and
  • AdAge Creativity Top 50.

Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.

Jason Silver

Jason Silver

Jason Silver

Growth Lead at Airbnb

Jason Silver leads growth in Canada at Airbnb, the world’s leading community marketplace for accommodations. At Airbnb, Jason oversees all host acquisition and quality strategies across the country including host outreach, operational strategy, partnerships, sales, and marketing.

Jason works collaboratively with hosts, guests, and strategic partners across all verticals in Canada to grow Airbnb’s business and meet the rapidly increasing demand for people traveling to and from Canada. For the past two years, Jason has headed up these efforts because he understands the Canadian marketplace and how to translate innovative new goals into practical realities.

Prior to joining Airbnb, Jason built and ran two of his own startups, both focused on helping small to medium sized businesses leverage technology to grow their own businesses. He has been working in business development and operations, with a passion for all things that make great companies grow, ever since joining an early-stage startup early in his career. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Andy Nulman

Andy Nulman

Andy Nulman

Chairman of Just for Laughs Festival, Best Selling Author, C2 Regular

Andy Nulman is an acclaimed, thought-provoking, and risk-taking public speaker, who has motivated and entertained Fortune 500 companies the likes of GM, Eveready/Energizer, 3M and Wal-Mart. Young in spirit, extreme in opinion and jewelry, Andy has been creating and leading major disruption forces for four decades.

Currently, he’s Co-Founder and CEO of Play The Future Inc., a forward-thinking digital platform/brand marketing tool that converts the big data points and events of major brands into consumer engagement and entertainment—a natural progression for a tech entrepreneur who believes life’s a game.

From July 2010 until September 2015, for the second time, Andy took on the position of President of Montreal’s Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival, the world’s first and largest comedy event. This was Andy’s encore performance at JFL. From 1985 until 1999, he transformed the event from a two-day show to a month-long cultural happening, attracting over 2 million visitors per year to see talent acts like: Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, and Adam Sandler.

He’s also Created/Executive Produced over 150 Festival TV shows, in a variety of languages, all over the world.

During the decade, between Just For Laughs stints, Andy was President and CMO of Airborne Technology Ventures, a company celebrated as a pioneer in the mobile media and marketing industry. In 1999, Andy co-founded Airborne (then Airborne Entertainment) with Garner Bornstein, and provided the company with the insight and creativity necessary to successfully strengthen brands like Family Guy, Disney, Maxim, the NHL, and the NFL through the creation of innovative mobile content and applications. Airborne was sold for over $100 million to Cybird of Japan in 2005 and was honoured the following year as North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in Deloitte’s Fast 500 ranking.  

Over and above his speaking, Andy has written three books: “How To Do The Impossible”, “I Almost Killed George Burns”, and his most recent “Pow! Right between The Eyes! Profiting From The Element of Surprise”.

Married with two grown children and two rambunctious dogs, his major disappointment is that he has only one life to live…but he’s working on a solution.

Greg Weatherdon

Greg Weatherdon

Greg Weatherdon

Entrepreneur, Business Advisor & Mentor

Greg was destined to become an entrepreneur from an early age. From paper routes to lawn cutting to snow shovelling, Greg’s industriousness served him well throughout his lifelong entrepreneurial journey.

His eclectic background from long-haul Rock ‘n Roll trucker to Regional Sales Manager for one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies laid the groundwork for Greg’s numerous business initiatives.

As a serial entrepreneur, Greg has combined his passion for business and his 25 years of self-employment experience into providing a unique insight into what entrepreneurs must do, not only to survive, but to thrive and enjoy the experience as well. Having confronted many of the trials and tribulations facing business owners, Greg offers his audiences practical and actionable ideas to improve their organizations.

His book “Get More Life Out Of Your Business” is a straightforward look at what owners and managers must do to stop being the hardest working person in their company. This book is receiving strong reviews from business owners as proof that you don’t need to be a slave to your work.

Greg’s expertise and insights continue to be published in major industry trade magazines and association newsletters. He is also a valued advisor and mentor to various organizations focused on business growth and education.
Of the many successes Greg has enjoyed, one of the highlights was being nominated for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Greg produces The Small Business Minute podcast available on iTunes and Google Play.

Nicolas Duvernois

Nicolas Duvernois

Nicolas Duvernois

CEO of PUR Vodka

Nicolas Duvernois is the founding president of PUR Vodka and Romeo’s Gin. An entrepreneur at heart, Nicolas has always been full of ideas. After his first business endeavour went sour in 2006, he decided to found PUR Vodka.

Since he knew absolutely nothing about the industry, it all began with a Google search for the word “vodka.” In order to finance the project, Nicolas worked as a hospital janitor by night and vodka developer by day for more than four years.

PUR Vodka is the first vodka produced in Quebec and the most award-winning Canadian vodka, having won more than 44 prestigious international medals, including 4-Times World’s Best Vodka.

Romeo’s Gin is a canvas of expression which never ceases to evolve. As a gin that celebrates creativity, embodying audacious and fresh flavours, every limited edition showcases selected artwork by various contemporary and urban artists from Montreal and beyond.

Along with partners, Anne Marcotte, a successful entrepreneur, and Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III, a businessman and seasoned investor, Nicolas created Adopt Inc., an organization that connects startups with experienced entrepreneurs with financial and business strategy resources.

Frédérique (Frede) Rioux

Frédérique (Frede) Rioux

Frédérique (Frede) Rioux

Founder & CEO, Millenya

Frédérique Rioux is the Founder, President, and Host of Millenya, a live on-stage talk show presented before an audience that interacts directly with social media.

Created in June 2015, Millenya’s goal is to bring together inspiring public figures to encourage the young and not-so-young in making their dreams come true.

Prior to Millenya, Frédérique first acquired experience in the coordination and administration fields. Today, she tackles new idea and projects with a fervour and authenticity that is quickly making her a role model for her generation.


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