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Candice Ragoonanan – MBoT  Event Coordinator

Having joined MBOT in August of 2014, Event Coordinator Candice is responsible for the planning and execution of over 80 events a year at MBOT including the numerous business networking events and annual signature events. Candice is also the staff liaison to the following committees; Business Learning, Awards of Excellence, Annual Gala, Golf and Growth & Power.



Marc Belaiche, President of TorontoJobs.ca

marc-belaicheMarc Belaiche is President of TorontoJobs.ca (www.TorontoJobs.ca), an internet recruitment and staffing company specializing in helping companies find candidates in the Greater Toronto Area.

Marc is the author of “Tales from the Recruiter – A Canadian Recruiter’s Perspective on How To Get that Perfect Job”.  Marc has been in the recruitment industry since 1995.  Prior to TorontoJobs.ca, Marc was a Recruiting Manager in the staffing industry.  Prior to that, Marc worked at Prudential Insurance and KPMG in accounting and auditing roles.

Marc is a CPA and CA and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as well as on the Board of the Halton-Peel C.A. Association.  Marc has made many radio and television appearances as well as conducted many presentations on recruitment across Canada.  Marc has extensive experience in on-line advertising, e-commerce and recruitment

dorothy-hagel-200x300-200x270Dorothy Hagel is a lawyer whose practice focuses on all aspects of estate matters, including estate planning, administration and litigation. Dorothy Hagel provides clients with sound and practical advice, while assisting them with the preparation and implementations of their estate plans or representing their interests in court.

Ms. Hagel sponsors community events and partners with other professionals to educate the public and the financial planning community on estate planning and advocates the importance of planning for  one’s legacy.

Ms. Hagel has strong ties to the financial services community developed through years of experience as a financial planner. She holds a Certified Financial Planning (CFP™) designation since 1999.

Dorothy Hagel will often coordinate her work with financial advisors to ensure that financial plans make the most of clients’ resources and best safeguard their interests.

Lisa Kember is the Regional Director for Constant Contact in Eastern Canada

lisa-kemberLisa Kember is the Regional Director for Constant Contact in Eastern Canada. Through educational workshops and seminars, she has taught more than 15,000 small businesses, associations and non-profits how to use online technology to market their organizations more effectively.

She also teaches post-graduate diploma classes in public relations at Sheridan College and occasionally at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Lisa holds a BA in Honours English from University of Waterloo and a Resource Development Management diploma from Sheridan College.

Teri Kirk, Founder and CEO , The Funding Portal

Teri Kirk is Founder and CEO of The Funding Portal where she oversees the growth of Canada’s leading platform for companies seeking improved access to government incentives and capital markets. Teri has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive and entrepreneur. As VP Business Development, Bell Canada, she led important national e-commerce initiatives with governments. As an entrepreneur, she built and commercialized three ventures using e-business technologies to transform business processes related to law, insurance and corporate financing. Teri is a registered Exempt Market Dealer with Ontario and Alberta Securities Commissions. She is a Corporate Director of several corporations.

Devin Kreuger (MBA), Director of the Office of the Vice-Principal Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga

Devin Kreuger (MBA) has been the Director of the Office of the Vice-Principal Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga since 2003. UTM’s researchers receive ~$10M annually to engage in research across diverse disciplines from ancient history to neuropsychology, and from business leadership to biomedical communications. In addition to supporting and overseeing UTM’s thriving research environment, Devin is the President of the Canadian section of the Society of Research Administrators International.


Ben Molfetta Co- Founder, Core Online Marketing

Ben Molfetta is co-founder of Core Online Marketing; a company that specializes in helping SMB’s grow through the strategic use of online marketing.

Ben graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

He worked for NCR Corporation for fourteen years in sales and marketing, and then ran two start-up technology companies before co-founding Core in 2004.

Ben is Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Sheridan College’s marketing programs, and developed and taught the Online Marketing course at Sheridan.

He is the current Chair of the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton.

Dianne Rende, Executive Director of St. John Ambulance, Peel Dufferin Branch

Dianne Rende, is the Executive Director of St. John Ambulance, Peel Dufferin Branch.  She began her association with St. John Ambulance in 1992 following a career history in the field of injury prevention and public safety with Health Canada and Consumer & Corporate Affairs Canada.

As Canada’s leading authority in first aid, St. John Ambulance is dedicated to improving health and safety through training and community service.  Dianne and her team of workplace safety professionals assist clients on a daily basis with their first aid training and product needs and other workplace health and safety requirements.

Fred Pidsadny, founder and President of FOCUS Management

Fred Pidsadny is the founder and President of FOCUS Management, strategy execution specialist. For over 30 years, Fred, has partnered with over 300 senior leadership teams facilitating the creation of clear, compelling strategic plans with a particular focus on their great execution. He has worked both in the profit and not-for-profits sectors.
His clients can be found in Canada, the United States and in Mexico. FOCUS is located in the Greater Toronto Area with Partners in Pickering, Markham and Grimsby where Fred resides with his wife Dorothy. They are proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

For more please go to www.focusmanagement.ca

 Jan van der Hoop ,president and co-founder of HiringSmart

janheadshotweb-e1419967336952Jan van der Hoop advises and consults with senior executives across North America on how to get their organizations running more smoothly by better aligning their talent with their operations. With more than 25 years of business, management and human resources experience, he has become known for his ability to connect people with results.

Jan is president and co-founder of HiringSmart, a company that has turned the traditional approach to staffing on its head. He has been instrumental in helping clients such as, Atlantic Superstores, Admiral Insurance, CanElson and Nestlé Waters reduce turnover, increase efficiencies, and generate a return on investment of more than 300% in one year – all through better people practices. His views and opinions on hiring have been featured in media across the country including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, CTV News and various small business publications. For availability and other information contact:  Speakers@HiringSmart.com or 1-800-513-7277

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