Canada Agenda Details

26th Aug 2021

  • Vivian Acquah

    Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate

    13:40 - 14:00

    Enhance Your Impact Online

    As an inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, Vivian Acquah advises managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable manner.

    Vivian Acquah is making topics related to workplace wellness & DEI accessible to everyone. She provides people with the right tools, at the right time, to embrace inclusive changes. Vivian motivates people to think consciously and inspires them to take action.

    As a multicultural and multi-passionate human being, Vivian inspires and empowers people to be their best selves. Becoming a mother inspired her to shift from being a Finance/ IT consultant to becoming a workplace wellness & Amplify DEI advocate.

    Vivian made a promise to her son Orlando (2013) to help make the world a better place by creating thriving workplaces for EVERYONE. This is a promise not only to him and his generation but also for future generations



  • Anastasia Valentine

    Chief Revenue Officer at Wagepoint

    14:00 - 14:20

    The Value of Investing in Culture, Diversity & EQ. An employer and employee perspective

    Anastasia Valentine is the Chief Revenue Officer at Wagepoint. With over 25 years of experience building and scaling companies globally, Anastasia has held executive leadership roles with startups to billion-dollar companies in the areas of innovation, commercialization, marketing and sales. She is passionate about scaling companies from idea through to launch and building high performing teams who make a positive impact.

    In addition, Anastasia is an accomplished community leader and a passionate advocate of women in STEM, education and entrepreneurship. She is a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, member of the Forbes Business Development Council, Canadian Chamber of Commerce SME and Economic and Taxation Committees and a regular keynote speaker at conferences on leveraging technology to scale, business growth and inspiration.

  • Ashok Dudhat

    Founder & CEO

    13:00 - 13:20


    TJF – Tech Jobs Fair is a job fair with a focus on IT and Digital founded by Ashok Dudhat. The first edition took place in Berlin in 2017. The following cities were Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon, all in 2019. TJF has had more than 10 000 visitors in the past years. The company is based in Berlin, where the team sits and does most of the work. TJF also works with local professionals in the different cities where the job fair takes place.

  • Chandra Ambadipudi

    Chief Executive Officer at Clairvoyant

    14:50 - 15:05

    Accelerating Enterprise AI adoption

    Chandra co-founded Clairvoyant in 2012 and has driven the company to become a leading data science and engineering company with multiple Fortune 500 customers today. He is a highly motivated senior leader in software engineering with a proven track record of delivery. He also co-founded BlueCanary Data, a predictive analytics product company focused on higher education and led it through a successful acquisition in 2015.

  • Andrea Knapp

    Founder at Lit Scents

    15:30 - 15:45

    Boosting growth through community building in the tech space (and how to do that online).

    Andrea is a wearer of several hats who believes in the power of upskilling in different subjects. As such, she is an Organizational Psychologist (M.A) by training, an entrepreneur/side hustler by heart, and a community builder by nature.

    She has a wealth of experience in different areas of HR as well as in community building within the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Her community-building experience started in Chile by building a community of +250 global startups/year and continued in Canada by leading +50 startup communities from coast to coast to coast.

    Nowadays, she coaches immigrant entrepreneurs on starting up in Ottawa while managing her side business – Lit Scents – a small candle business that elevates the gifting experience by bringing a custom message/photo in a hand-poured soy candle.

    Andrea was born and raised in Santiago, Chile; who happens to also have an itch for immersing in new cultures, having lived in Los Angeles, Austin and Beijing prior to permanently moving to Canada in 2018.


  • Kate Dixon

    Salary Negotiation Coach | Leadership Development Coach

    15:45 - 16:30

    Pay Up! Unlocking Insider Secrets of Salary Negotiation.

    Kate Dixon, author of Pay UP! Unlocking Insider Secrets of Salary Negotiation, is the Principal and Founder of Dixon Consulting, a leadership development and total rewards consultancy that specializes in salary negotiation coaching, compensation solutions, as well as workshops and teambuilding for organizations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

    Kate’s passion is helping diverse leaders around the world accelerate their results to become more successful and more fulfilled.

    Kate has spent the past 25 years working for and consulting with leaders in for-profit companies including Nike, Intel, American Express, Mercari, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as non-profits like The Learning Policy Institute, One Community Health, DePaul Industries, Period, and the Nike Community Impact Fund.

    She’s a certified coach, sits on the Forbes Coaches Council, and has been a certified compensation professional for over 20 years.

    Kate speaks for groups and gives podcast interviews on topics including salary negotiations, discovering your principles, authentic leadership, time management, leadership coaching, life planning, and gratitude.

    Kate provides advice about leadership, pay, culture, and organizations to subscribers at

  • Preston Weekes

    Founder of

    17:50 - 18:10

    The power of you.

    Preston is a professional business builder, strategist, closer, and coach for impactful high-net-worth individuals. Preston’s mission is to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

    Preston’s primary love is to work with people to create lasting permanent change and empower others to create more in the world. His newest project is where he has partnered with London’s top performance coach to bring the most powerful mindset training ever created. We are teaching people how to gain 100% of their personal power back in their lives and create a space to build anything they want in their future.

    As a major car enthusiast, Preston began his career in the automotive sector turning one $1600 car into a $50M/yr automotive empire owning or co-owning 15 car dealerships and creating vertical businesses to support them including paint shops, mechanic shops, and a finance company.

    Watching the trend of electrification in the automotive sector, he took an offer to leave cars when he was recruited by a previous high-end car client, Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Preston was brought into a renewable energy company startup as the Chief Operating Officer for Metamorphosis Energy. In his time at Metamorphosis Energy, he helped commercial and industrial companies, as well as government entities to navigate the adoption of renewable energy into their plans and business profile.

    Preston had a successful exit from the energy company in 2019 and became involved in many startups helping companies progress to commercialization negotiating partnerships with many businesses including Fortune 100 companies. He served for 2 years as a Board Member of the humanitarian water company, Aqua Research.

    Preston founded Operations X in 2015 offering useful solutions to business owners to provide actionable solutions to help the success rate of the Private Business. With Operations X, they consult and train organizations and leadership in sales, messaging, branding, marketing, and operational cost reduction.

    Preston’s mission has always been to help the success of the people and uplift the lives of everyone he interacts with. With every person or company he helps to grow, he is empowering people’s dreams to come true. This has become his motivating force. It is his goal to provide growth in our world and create prosperity.

    His personal goal is to leave the people he interacts with happy, fulfilled, and complete as we continue to make massive positive changes across the world. He asks you to join his journey in building humanity by starting at the foundation of YOU!

  • Bindu Kalwadia

    Business Manager | Growth Marketer

    15:05 - 15:25

    Tech Jobs Fair's Introduce Hire Tech Talent

    9+years of career experience with several case studies and projects done on Human Behaviour and Child psychology has turned Bindu into an optimistic with a quick-witted personality and gifted her an ameliorate skillset. Working with the Human Resources department, she gained expertise in how one can be a resourceful person for his/her organization. She has been a soft skill trainer for different verticals in the service sector and has proven her abilities in leadership too as a team mentor.
    Bindu enrolled in Masters of Sociology and holds a double Graduation in Library Science and her management studies have become a key for her fine management prowess.
    Currently, Bindu is involved in supporting the organisation to reach its goals in aspects of HR & Branding. She enjoys connecting with new people and likes to explore more about the Tech sector and corporate culture.

  • Bogdan Manta

    Founder The Essential Experts

    13:40 - 14:00

    Enhance Your Impact Online

    My name is Bogdan Manta. I am a Neuroscience for Business expert. By understanding how our brain works, I combine practical insights with strategic thinking in a business context.

    In my quest to decipher the human brain, I gathered a Masters’s Degree in Persuasive Neuro Communication, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Economics.

    I provide made-to-measure solutions to organizations and professionals, focused on Effective neuroscientific communication, Enhancing employee engagement, Neuromarketing, negotiations & neuroscientific pitching, Impactful, memorable training or workshops, Company-wide content & video strategy

    I’m known to be highly effective, to the point, and ”quite the opposite of boring”.

    What it all comes down to – after 20 years of unleashing neuroscience in business – is just like Maya Angelou once said – ‘’people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’’.

  • Narges Nirumvala

    Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author & Nominee, 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

    16:30 - 16:50

    Growing a Successful Entrepreneur’s Mindset

    Narges Nirumvala, Founder and CEO of Called “the secret weapon” by one journalist, Narges Nirumvala is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, world-renowned leadership communication expert, official TEDx speaker coach, corporate trainer and international keynote speaker.

    A trailblazer in her field, Narges is the author of the Amazon bestselling book “Capture the Spotlight”. Her writing on the subject has been published and circulated to 106 countries worldwide and she is ranked by KLEAR in the top 3% of social media users in the world.

    She is passionate about the economic empowerment of women and seeing more women and girls in STEM. Narges was most recently nominated for RBC Women of Influence 2020 Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the fourth year in a row, was a nominee for the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and won the Shakti Award for Entrepreneurship. 

  • Alex Andrews

    Director, People and Culture at Kidoodle.TV®

    16:50 - 17:00

    A Parent Media Co. Inc. and Kidoodle.TV®

    Alex is a senior profession in human resources with over a decade of leading and managing high-performing teams. As an experienced leadership coach and trainer, and organizational development expert, who specializes in developing high-performing leaders and workplace cultures.

    As a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Senior Certified Professional, Alex has been both recognized and sought after for his knowledge on leadership, human resources and market trends. He is a regular contributor to human resource industry publications and a presenter at various events.

    Alex is an experienced speaker, trainer, and facilitator who has worked with hundreds of individuals, from front-line staff to senior executives. He has facilitated sessions of up to 300 individuals from across North America in a variety of industries, including agriculture, oil and gas, technology, healthcare and financial services.

    He has led organizations through the discovery, development and implementation of leadership and change management programs, which have yielded a more productive and engaged leadership team and workforce. These programs include leadership and talent development, performance management, communication, influence and change management, leadership coaching, succession planning, and more.

    Alex is currently the Director of People and Culture for one of the fastest growing kids only streaming services. Alex began his career in the energy sector working as a Financial Analyst. He then moved into Human Resources, working as an Analyst and Advisor, before leading a not-for-profit as the Executive Director. He then found his way into the agricultural industry as a Human Resources Business Partner, where he found a love for coaching and training individuals and building resilient organizations. This led him to learning and development, where he worked as the Manager of Organizational Development before turning to consulting as a leadership coach.

    Alex is a native Calgarian, now living in Airdrie with his wife and five children.

  • Timothy Lum

    Managing Partner at Tecie

    17:00 - 17:10

    Introduction About TECIE

    Timothy is the Managing Partner at Tecie. He comes with rich experience in the Recruitment fraternity, and has been with the company for over 3 years. He has been responsible for hiring solutions for a profusion of organizations across industries and has successfully placed candidates by helping them land their dream job. Today, he shall succinctly introduce to you Tecie.

  • Eleanor Beaton

    CEO / Founder of Safi Media

    17:30 - 17:50

    How to build the irrepressible confidence required for world-class contribution in any industry

    Eleanor Beaton is an internationally-recognized authority in women’s leadership and the CEO of SafiMedia, a coaching and training company for female founders.

    Through her courses and content, Eleanor helps thousands of women entrepreneurs nail their niche, clarify their brand message and grow their companies.

    She and her team are on a mission to advance gender equity by doubling the number of women-owned companies who generate over 7-figures in annual revenues. 

    Eleanor has been recognized a Canada’s Leadership Coach of the Year by the Corporate Excellent Awards. She has served as the Chair of the Visiting Women’s Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management.

    A former journalist and senior communications advisor, Eleanor has advised globally recognized women leaders and entrepreneurs on messaging, brand position and growth strategy. She has won numerous awards for her writing, and has been a finalist for a National Business Book Award, Canada’s top honour for business books.

    Eleanor is the host of Power + Presence + Position, a top-ranked podcast for women entrepreneurs. She lives in Eastern Canada with her husband and two sons.

  • Lisa Janz

    CEO & Founder of Lisa Janz Coaching

    17:10 - 17:30

    The Cover Letter - an underestimated yet powerful tool to help secure an interview

    My name is Lisa Janz and I’m also known as Job Coach Germany. My mission is to offer national and international professionals support along the application process in Germany. The belief that drives me forward every day is that all candidates should have equal opportunities to be invited to job interviews, conduct them confidently and thus win their dream job through strategy and extraordinary preparation. I do this with my most important values: Authenticity, Fairness, and Empathy.

    For a long time now, I have dreamed of a world in which people follow their hearts, especially when it comes to their careers. Whenever I can help an applicant define their dream career and actually win a job accordingly, I get one step closer to my vision.

    Since starting my own coaching business in 2017, I was lucky and have accompanied 400+ clients from around the globe to help them understand the German labour market, the application process, what an employer is looking for in a future employee, how to improve their resume and give them a strategic plan to set their personal job goals and land the most incredible jobs in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

    Especially the job seekers can benefit from my experience. Your aim, that you would like job seeker being able to make the right decisions at the right time for their career is also a big part of my everyday work. I would love to be a speaker at your virtual tech jobs fair – in Germany especially, but I would also love to participate in the tech jobs fairs for the other countries as well as there might be participants who are interested in working in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria.

  • Priya Goenka

    Business Development Executive

    14:25 - 14:45

    How to Create Tickets Selling Marketplace using WP Event Manager

    A Self-starter, skilled business development executive, with entrepreneurial spirit with very high personal and professional goals. Solution oriented, consultative, team player adept at building and maintaining relationships.

    Logical approach to problem solving and analytical thinking. excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Self motivated, proactive and driven. Good time management and organizational skills in order to prioritize workload and demands.

  • Sarath Singh

    Business Development

    14:25 - 14:45

    How to Create Tickets Selling Marketplace using WP Event Manager

    I’m part business development team over at WP Event Manager, me and the whole team we always are looking for something unique something different that will make us stand out from the others via our marketing strategy.

    we try to ensure that we give our customer information about our product as transparently as possible, ensuring a perfect after sales support as well. My part of the jobs educating our users about our product how to use them or how to modify/customize them as per their own taste, its not really limited to our product only I try to educate them on general wordpress topics out there as well.

  • Dietmar Dahmen

    Transformation Guru | Marketing Expert | Business Rock Star | Motivator

    18:10 -18:50

    What’s Nexxxxxxt, 6X - Traordinary Insights for Your Success

    One of Europes top experts on change, contemporary branding, advertising and future success.
    Co-owner of co-founder of various start ups. Speaker, Motivator, Inspirator, Author and Trainer. Chief Innovation Officer with

    20 year in Marketing Hamburg, Los Angeles, Munich, New York ,Vienna

    • Creative Director DDB (McDonalds, Reebok)
    • Executive Creative Director Ogilvy (IBM, Ford)
    • Chief Creative Officer, Managing Director BBDO  (Allianz, Mars)
    • Chief Innovation Officer –  exit after being sold to IBM
    • Expert on disruptive market strategies with EACA ( European Association of Communication Agencies)
    • Co- founder (Blockchain , Social Money, NFT Token)
    • Global Coach and Keynote Speaker on Marketing, Change, Disruption.
  • Bouaouina Soukaina

    Business intelligence consultante


    Bouaouina Soukaina is Consultante an business intelligence.

  • Rita Guerreiro

    Partnerships Manager TJF Portugal


    4+ years experience in eCommerce (Fashion, online shops, price and product comparison websites) with focus on the Portuguese market. Also worked with international markets such as Brazil, Spain or Italy. 3+ years in online communication, PR and online editing for Still lots to learn and will to grow.

  • Kirstie Yergens

    Virtual Event Specialist at Airmeet


    My entrepreneurial experience has afforded me with sales skills that allow me to deliver exceptional customer experiences, go above and beyond to meet client’s needs and expectations, and perform all necessary tasks to maintain a successful business. I believe my empathetic approach to interacting with clients allows them to trust me and believe in the solutions I provide. My attention to detail, a knack for problem-solving, and ability to adapt to any situation creates value in whatever I set my mind to and were essential to my own entrepreneurial successes of building a client base of 200 people.

    During my years in customer service, I have found that it is an area that I am very passionate about. I love connecting with new people and fostering those relationships built on trust, effective communication, and making sure I provide the most positive experience possible. Whether it be one on one with a client or in front of an entire room, I will lead with the utmost sincere and professional attitude.

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