- Scotiabank Saddledome
- October 24, 2022
- 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. MT
- Scotiabank Saddledome
- October 24, 2022
- 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. MT
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Hear from an all-star lineup of speakers, receive hands-on education and be inspired by Calgary business leaders.
Welcome to the 2022 Small Business Summit
Head of Marketing
Client Growth Solutions & Investor Relations
Colin Patterson #11
Calgary Flames Alumni
1989 Stanley Cup Champion
Level-up + Future Trends Sessions
Take your business to the next level, and secure the future of your business.
2:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT
Business Track 1
The Evolution of eCommerce: Key Trends to Consider
Selling online comes in many forms. From turning your social channels into a source of revenue to placing a QR code on a physical (or digital) medium for customers to find and buy what they want in a few clicks. Hear how businesses are reaching their customers in new ways.
Moderated by Chris Sheridan, Business Development & Sales Enablement Lead, Square
- Rachelle Roulston, Manager Special Projects, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation
- Jason Sealy, Founder at Footwork Lab
- Darryl Julott, Managing Lead at Digital Main Street
Community Track 1
Three Ingredients to Becoming an Entrepreneur: Collaboration, Problem-solving and Tenacity
A topical and timely conversation that addresses how businesses can flourish under challenging conditions.
Moderated by Alecia Bryan, Social Media and Community for Square Canada
- Nicole Matos, President Rivet Groups of companies and Founder at Oonnie
- Courtney Hanak, CEO & Founder at Williamraedesigns Ltd and Business Development Manager at Oonnie
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. MT
Business Track 2
Future-proof Your Business Like a Pro
Uncertainty, the one constant in business. Being able to adapt is of the utmost importance for finding success. The panel shares tips on how to weather the storms and ultimately, future-proof your business.
Moderated by Karisa Marra, Head of Sales, Square Canada
- Shenela Tavarayan, Retail Commerce, Senior Manager at INTERAC
- David Nagy co-Founder of Live Out There
- Jeremy Ho co-Founder or Monogram Coffee
Community Track 2
Do you qualify for an online grant of up to $2,400?
Join Emileah Baumen, Senior Manager, Program Operations at Digital Main Street to learn about the Canadian Digital Adoption Program and see if you qualify for an online grant of up to $2,400.
Networking with Peers
Connect and mingle with your fellow Calgarian business owners.
Hear from local business leaders exploring sustainability and building your community.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT
Pave the way to business longevity: The steps to consider in building a sustainable future
Acclaimed chef and entrepreneur Darren MacLean dishes up why he’s on a no food waste mission and how businesses can incorporate sustainability, with Camille McInnis, Brand Lead at Square Canada.
Build Your Brand, Build Your Community
Lauren Gross, Digital Marketing Lead at The Chic Geek and Aislinn Grant, Founder at Grant Design tap into the power of a rebrand, connecting your brand strategy with social media and how to build a workforce that advocates your brand values.
Moderated by Jon Macca, Head of Marketing for Square Canada
Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters judge and restaurateur Connie DeSousa and accomplished chef and co-owner of several award-winning restaurants, John Jackson will close out the content of the evening in a fireside chat with Adela Blackford, Partnership Marketing for Square Canada.
Happy Hour and Mingling
Join the team at INTERAC, Square and fellow business leaders for a bite to eat, drinks and explore the Scotiabank Saddledome Stadium.
There will also be a stand in the TELUS Club main room, if you have any burning questions for the Square Sales Team.
Chef Darren MacLean is one of Canada’s most acclaimed and outspoken chefs, restaurateurs and environmental advocates, passionate about sustainability and the food building community.
Seeking to showcase Canada’s culinary scene to international audiences, MacLean was Canada’s sole contender and a finalist on Netflix’s global cooking competition “The Final Table.” He is also the first-ever Canadian chef invited aboard to consult and collaborate with Princess Cruises.
David Nagy is a technology and eCommerce expert and an avid entrepreneur. He has spent over 15 years working with small-to-large retailers, helping businesses accelerate in the areas of eCommerce, digital transformation and software-as-a-service (SaaS). He is well known as a co-Founder of Live Out There – one of Canada’s leading online outdoor retailers.
Emileah leads Program Operations at Digital Main Street, with a mission to help as many small businesses and artists get selling online as possible. Her work has always centered on empowering leaders and their teams to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results. Her work with small businesses spans a wide range of industries and is passionate about inspiring, teaching and developing their digital strategy toolkits.
Shenela Tavarayan is the Retail Commerce, Senior Manager in charge of the Small Business portfolio at INTERAC, with a focus on Merchant acceptance and usage, growth of new products, including SPoC and MPoC. She is also a co-lead and co-founder of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at INTERAC Corp, focused on turning inwards and listening to the perspectives of the strong women at INTERAC.
Colin Patterson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Calgary Flames. A skilful defensive forward who usually played left wing, Patterson was a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 1989. He joined the Flames in 1983, and later won the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989. After leaving Calgary in 1991, Patterson played two more seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
Connie DeSousa and John Jackson
Connie DeSousa and John Jackson have been professional collaborators since 1999. They worked together in the industry around the world, including in New York and San Francisco, before returning to Calgary in 2009 and opening Charcut. Along the way, Connie was a Food Network Top Chef Canada finalist and has won other top culinary awards. Under the Char Restaurant Group banner the pair have expanded to a roster of restaurants.
Rachelle Roulston has worked in the Sports and Entertainment industry for over 14 years. Through her work as the Manager, Special Projects with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment corporation, she is involved in a variety of projects and special events. Throughout the last year she has worked closely with Square to upgrade CSEC’s point of sale platform and eCommerce solutions.
Nicole is a Metis woman, wife, mother of 3, President of Rivet Construction Group and Founder of Oonnie Food Technologies. You will often hear Nicole say that her successes have mostly come from trying everything the wrong way first. Nicole is obsessed with Korean TV and is not a fan of concerts but loves live comedy.
Courtney Hanak is the Founder and CEO of Williamraedesigns Ltd and Business Development Manager at Oonnie Food Technologies. Courtney is a graduate of the imaginary school of hard-knocks and has never passed a math class in her life. A die-hard Taylor Swift fan, she also enjoys the actor Matt Smith.
Jeremy is the co-founder of Monogram Coffee. Starting from a hand-built coffee cart in 2014, Monogram has five café locations in Calgary and Vancouver, and sources and roasts award-winning coffee for our wholesale, subscription and eCommerce community across Canada. The team at Monogram has won the Canadian Barista Championships and subsequently represented Canada at the World Coffee Competition seven times, finishing as high as third.
Lauren Gross is a Digital Marketing Lead at Chic Geek, growing the number of women in the tech space through thought leadership and impactful content. She is also Founder of Calgary-based marketing agency Lauren Natalie Designs, working with small businesses and solopreneurs to embrace their brand and find their voice online.
Aislinn Grant is the Creative Director and Founder of Grant – a design studio specializing in bold, typographic-focused brand identities for businesses and startups throughout Canada. As a self-taught designer, she’s built a creative firm known for quirky ideas and disruptive messaging. She’s worked with everyone from amazing solopreneurs to organizations like lululemon and WestJet in her career and remains dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs along their journeys.
Jason Sealy has played a variety of sports from a young age. As he grew older, he found a need for movement and agility training in Canadian sports – something that wasn’t taught to himself or any other athlete he came across. This led to Footwork Lab being created in 2018. With the mission of cultivating a new generation of athletes through movement and agility, Footwork Lab is Canada’s only elite footwork training program which offers athletes an opportunity to improve their in-game skills through the foundations of movement.
October 24, 2022
2 p.m. - 7 p.m. MT
BROUGHT TO YOU BY
Square helps sellers more easily run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions. Square offers purpose-built software to run complex restaurant, retail and professional services operations, versatile eCommerce tools, embedded financial services, buy now, pay later functionality through Afterpay, staff management and payroll capabilities and much more – all of which work together to save sellers time and effort. Millions of sellers across the globe trust Square to power their business and help them thrive in the economy. Square is part of Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ), a global technology company with a focus on financial services. For more information, visit www.square.ca.
About INTERAC Corp.
INTERAC empowers Canadians to transact digitally with confidence by providing payment and value exchange services. In helping to develop the future of money, data and verification in Canada, security is the core of everything we do. Through our privacy, fraud mitigation, governance and verification and authentication services, we help keep Canadian customers safe and secure when transacting. With nearly 300 financial institutions connected to our network, Canadians choose INTERAC products over 20 million times a day on average to exchange money. INTERAC champions workplace culture and corporate citizenship based on the principles of responsibility, diversity and inclusion. We are proud to be one of Canada’s leading and most trusted financial brands. For more information, visit our website.
About Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation
Calgary is a sports town, with hockey being one of the most popular sports amongst Calgarians who support their local team, the Calgary Flames, in the National Hockey League. The Calgary Stampeders also have a strong fan base and compete in the Canadian Football League. Since the fall of 2021, Square has been working with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation to enable them to accept credit and INTERAC debit payments with Square Register and Square Terminal for the first time at Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadiums. From there, we had the idea that we could help support small businesses by bringing together the small business community and their customers through their shared passion for sport.
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