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Vicky Hu

Vicky Hu is a partner at RBC Meeting Place Newcomer advice center. As a Financial Planner at RBC, her focus is to provide the right advice that addresses the various aspects of clients’ financial well-being, planning their future by design. Vicky has an Honor Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and an accredited program from Certified Financial Planner. She has spent the past helping people achieve their financial goals by providing investment strategies and personalized banking solutions.

Jiaqi Tan (Emily)

Emily, or also known as Jiaqi Tan, (jaachee) came to Montreal, Canada five years ago as an international student from Shanghai, China. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Economics and Psychology, and was later introduced to the banking organization through a career planning project by RBC Future Launch. Emily started working with RBC in Summer 2020 as an entry-level intern. She currently works as a Banking Advisor at RBC Meeting Place-Achēv, where she actively collaborates with the Newcomers settlement services organizations and partners to support our Newcomer community.

Marina Gurges

Marina Gurges moved to Canada from Egypt in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Economics & Political Science, and a good experience in the banking industry. Marina started with RBC back in 2017 and found her passion in engaging with clients and providing them advice and support to meet their goals. Currently, Marina is a leader at the RBC Newcomer Meeting Place in Mississauga. Marina partners with her team to provide guidance and support for newcomers to make their settlement easier in Canada and make it home. Marina actively collaborates with settlement organizations and other community partners to help newcomers with their employment and settlement in Canada.

Zohair Syed and Sameen Sharif

Zohair and Sameen are talented high school students who are self-starters. Both have invested their money and have a strong understanding of cryptocurrencies and NFTs and how to tackle the market in today's time. Both held an engaging presentation to guide our members on how to learn about the market, assess the market, and steps one can take to invest for the first time in a non-intimidating manner.

RBC- Tamseel, Jiaqi, Navneet

The RBC team helped enhance the financial literacy of our members. Empowher members learned how to identify fraud and protect themselves, how to effectively save money, understand credit and understand banking in Canada for free. The RBC team effectively communicated this information in an engaging manner to help uplift our members to be financially independent.

Solinas Elgamal

Solinas is a Project Coordinator at the Ethno-Cultural Communities Well-Being Project Intake Worker for Counselling Services. She has extensive experience working with diverse women and families. She led informative workshops on mindful eating, exercise, and healthy coping strategies. Her enthusiasm and ability to present complex information concisely and in a fun manner were acknowledged by our members.

Paras Moghtader- Modo Yoga

Paras led yoga sessions with our group to help with their wellness and mental health. She is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner a registered DNM (doctor of natural medicine) and a graduate of Kripalu School of Ayurveda & Advanced clinical Ayurvedic program from Boston School of Ayurveda. She is an advocate for mindfulness and has given us the tools and resources our members needed to improve their overall well-being. Our members left her sessions feeling relaxed and with a more positive mindset.

Meera Mahadeo

Meera Mahadeo is an entrepreneur and fourth-year student in the Political Studies, Global Development, and Certificate of Business program at Queen's University. She is one of the Co-Chairs of Queen's Female Leadership In Politics (QFLIP), where she oversees the operations portfolios of the team, and works towards advocating for the intersectional empowerment of women and their allies in positions of higher leadership. As a first-generation university student herself, Meera is passionate about working with institutions to create more equitable opportunities for students from all walks of life to explore their passions and encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education; she is deeply proud of QFLIP's inaugural High School Liaison Program and is committed to working with students to make this vision a reality.

Outside of QFLIP, Meera was the Co-Founder and Director of ISOVID Inc, a medical device start-up aimed at mitigating the effects of infectious disease for first responders during the Covid-19 pandemic. She was one of the awarded finalists in the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre's 2020 Spread Innovation Challenge, and has worked in politics at both the international and corporate level, including participating in the Global Bioethics Initiative based out of the UN'S Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), serving on the Girl Up Canada National Team, and is currently a member designate on the Canada Turkey Business Council (CTBC), as well as the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is passionate about women in technology, entrepreneurship, and corporate-government relations, and hopes to utilize these interests in a career in political consulting after graduating in 2022.

Sam Seymour

Sam is a first-year Politics student at Queen's University. She is currently serving as QFLIP's First-Year Representative, as the topic of equitable representation in politics is one that they have always been passionate about. Sam believes that intersectionality in politics is necessary for the type of progress our society is in vital need of; this is why QFLIP is such an important organization to her. Outside of QFLIP, Sam is also the First-Year Representative for the Political Studies Department Student Council.

Sheneeza Khan

Sheneeza is a second year Global Development major at Queen's University, and is also the High School Liaison at QFLIP. Coming from a minority background herself, she's always felt insecure about sharing her opinions on political subjects as well as other areas in her life. She applied for her position thinking that QFLIP's mandate aligned perfectly with her morals and does an amazing job at making room to have voices such as hers heard, which further inspired her to help minority voices and their allies find a platform to flourish as well. Before her endeavours with QFLIP, Sheneeza co-founded Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), and she also currently works as an AMP mentor at Queens and is on the model roster for Queens university Fashion Industry Network (QFIN).

Tess Sheilds

Tess Shields (she/her) is in her fourth year at Queen's, studying Global Development and History. She is from Toronto, Ontario. Tess is proud and excited to be this year's Delegates Director on QFLIP. Tess was drawn to QFLIP and its mission because of her passion for feminism, intersectionality, and empowerment. She also is passionate about having more diversity and representation for women and other marginalized groups, especially in positions of leadership. Outside of QFLIP, Tess is interested in Canadian politics and has volunteered on multiple political campaigns, including for local candidates in federal and provincial elections. She has also been involved with other extracurriculars at Queen's, attending numerous conferences on campus. She has served as General Director and Secretary of a Queen's campus party club and as an executive member of Women in International Security Queen's. After she graduates in 2022, Tess hopes to pursue a career where she can make a real difference in people's lives.

Carolyn Svonkin

Carolyn Svonkin (she/her) is a fourth-year Politics student at Queen's University, from Toronto. She is proud to be one of the Co-Chairs of Queen's Female Leadership in Politics (QFLIP) for 2021-22, and work on the important cause of furthering intersectional feminism in politics and other professional fields. Before this year, Carolyn was on the Executive Team of QFLIP for two years. Outside of QFLIP, Carolyn is engaged with partisan politics both federally and provincially. She has served as the Communications and Membership Directors for Queen's campus party clubs, a Constituency Assistant for the local Kingston MP, and as Communications Director for a current provincial campaign in Toronto.

She has also worked in the corporate sector doing communications at Navigator Ltd., a leading strategic communications, consulting, and government relations firm. Carolyn has also avidly engaged in other Queen's extracurriculars over her time in university, such as writing for The Queen's Journal and starting a podcast focused on shedding light on sexual violence on campus. She is interested in communications, politics, and feminist advocacy, and hopes to combine those passions into a career once she graduates in 2022.

Jasminder Sekhon

Jasminder Sekhon is a specialist in gendered violence and human trafficking prevention through an intersectional, sex-positive, and trauma-informed lens. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford's MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and has an HBA in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto. Jasminder works as a political staffer for the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition. Jasminder is a Subject Matter Expert on Human Trafficking at Sault College. She has extensive experience leading and assisting research and policy analysis, through work experience at Blue J Legal, the Ministry of Attorney General, and Community Legal Education Ontario, to name a few.

MPP Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the MPP for Guelph, the first ever Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature. He was elected in the 2018 provincial election with a resounding 45% of the vote. During his first two years at Queen's Park, Mike has been an outspoken advocate for local food and water, affordable housing, small businesses, and mental health. He passed Ontario's first ever Green law, which protects electric vehicle drivers, while introducing other bills to conserve drinking water, get big money out of politics, and remove routine sick notes. Mike is a proponent of cooperating across party lines and putting people before politics. Mike has been leader of the GPO since 2009, putting the party on the political map and seeing it through tremendous growth in membership and public recognition. He was motivated to enter politics to tackle the climate crisis and income inequality, while restoring integrity to our democracy. Prior to entering politics, Mike was a successful entrepreneur and small business owner and one of the early advocates of the local food movement. He founded multiple initiatives including Local Food Plus, WOW Foods and EarthDance Organics to connect sustainable farmers with Ontario households. Mike grew up on a farm, which instilled a passion for protecting people and the planet at a young age. He and his wife Sandy and their two daughters are very active in the local community and spend their free time gardening, hiking, fishing, cycling.

Daniel Francavilla

Daniel is a marketing advisor, certified brand strategist, founder and mentor making a positive impact. He is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award and a Business Excellence Award. Daniel founded Now Creative Group in 2013 which was acquired by King Street Media in 2021. The agency provides branding, growth marketing and content creation services to clients ranging from startups and nonprofits to Canada’s largest brands. Daniel is passionate about helping others create social change and founded non-profit organization ACCESS as a student in 2006, through which he now supports youth who are building their own initiatives for social good.

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is a Financial Planner at BMO Bank of Montreal for the past 19 years. He specializes in Investment, Retirement and Estate Planning. Chris has previously worked with Tropicana Community Services Organization under the Jobs Ontario Youth program as an Employment Counsellor, and Jobs Ontario Training as a Marketing Coordinator. Chris has also volunteered with the United Achievers of Brampton through their mentorship groups. It was through these programs that Chris developed an interest in issues that affect disadvantaged youth and displaced workers. During his spare time Chris can be found on the field as a Canadian Licensed Soccer Coach with Woodbridge Soccer Club as part of their Ontario Player Development Program. Mr. Shelton holds the Certified Financial Planners designation, as well as an MBA from Howard University and B.A. from York University.

Parm Chohan

Parm Chohan has over 10 years' experience in the areas of communications management and implementation, digital communications, creative & strategic storytelling, and reputation & brand management.

Amongst many things, Parm works as a financial educator to help teach families the basics of financial literacy so that they can become their own money managers. He is also the owner of CQM Change Agents which specializes in leadership and growth training, coaching and speaking.

Parm holds a Masters of Communications Management degree at McMaster University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.

Liberal MP Ruby Sahota

Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, Ruby Sahota is an active member of her local community and is driven by the desire to give back to her riding of Brampton North.Before entering politics, Ruby worked as a lawyer, practicing for five years in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, and dispute resolution. Ruby holds a combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University and a J.D. with a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she was awarded the Blue Book Award in Immigration Law for achieving the highest GPA in her graduating class.

Ruby is a dedicated mother of a seven-year-old and a natural leader, she is passionate about engaging the youth vote, and is experienced in galvanizing people toward a common goal. As a Member of Parliament, Ruby is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and is a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Ruby also served as the Chair of the Federal Liberal Ontario Caucus and was previously a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the Special Committee for Electoral Reform. Outside of Ottawa, Ruby believes in being an accessible MP for her constituents, providing mentorship to young people, and highlighting the diversity of Brampton North.

MPP Sara Singh

Born and raised in Brampton, Sara is a multilingual Ph.D. candidate at Ryerson University with a Master of Arts in International Development Studies. She has a long history of local advocacy being the founding director of Broadening Horizons, Board Director at Community Living Ontario, and former vice-president Brampton Caledon Community Living.

She has been a strong fighter of local businesses, workers' rights and she's committed to bringing families in Brampton-Centre change for the better. Sara is committed to putting an end to sky-rocketing auto insurance rates and postal code discrimination, and will continue to fight for better hospitals for the people of Brampton.

Nikki Clarke

Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society in 2015. Nikki's third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published in 2017. Nikki also is known as Canada's Oprah, is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show. Nikki is the proud mother of 3 adult children.

Nikki was the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga Malton in 2018 and MP Candidate in 2019. Nikki serves on The Human Trafficking Advisory Board in Peel, Director of Policy and Research for Keep 6ix, an organization that supports the prevention of youth in the criminal justice system and a member of the Black Community Advisory Council of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Nikki is an ordained lay pastor. She was recently nominated for the Breaking Boundaries for Social Justice by Ontario NDP's Women's Committee, the Eminence Award, the Genius Award for Leadership, three Magnetic Entrepreneur Author Awards nominations for Demonstration of Integrity, Best Marketing, and Best Influential Book Awards.

Sheena Chaudhry

Sheena Chaudhry has over 20+ years in Human Resources in the areas of talent acquisition, generalist, leadership development and diversity & inclusion. As an effective diversity & inclusion leader and consultant she has focused on developing strategy, attracting diverse talent, increasing awareness and creating a more positive work culture. As a thought leader Sheena has partnered with the C-suite to gain buy in and traction with executive champions, customize deliverables per the needs of the organization and develop successful communication strategies to manage change.

She has led organizations to be recognized externally with titles such as Canada's Top Diversity Employer and Canada's Top Employer for Young People. Currently, Sheena has developed the first five-year diversity & inclusion strategy for Toronto Pearson and leads on execution, design of programming and success measures. In her first year at Toronto Pearson, she has engaged leadership and employees through various initiatives while understanding business needs and opportunities.

Sheena holds a BA in Sociology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

City Councillor Harkirat Singh

Councillor Singh is a well-known community leader in Brampton. Prior to his role as City Councillor, he served a four-year term as School Trustee at the Peel District School Board. As a Trustee, he sat on the Audit Committee, Instructional Program/Curriculum Committee,and Physical Building and Planning Committee. He was also the regional representative atthe Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA).

Alongside his role as a Trustee, Councillor Singh spent two and a half years as a Professor at Lambton College and two years as a Professor at Humber College teaching Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Currently, Councillor Singh sits as a Research Fellow at the Broadbent Institute.

Councillor Singh has a passion for community development, where he actively runs mentorship workshops and career fairs in local schools. In 2016, he was nominated for a mentorship award by the Brampton Board of Trade for his work with youth.

Councillor Singh holds a BA from the University of Toronto where he majored in Economics and Public Administration, MSc. in Economics from London Metropolitan University, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business where he specialized in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Behaviour.

Additionally, Councillor Singh completed the Municipal Administration Program (MAP) from the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO). Councillor Singh currently resides in wards 9 & 10 and is extremely passionate about vocalizing the needs of his residents.

City Councillor Charmaine Williams for Wards 7 and 8

Charmaine Williams became the first black woman elected to Brampton City Council in 2018. Her beliefs, values and courage to advocate for people are shaped by her professional and personal experiences.

Prior to entering politics, she had 19-year career as a certified Multi-Systemic Therapist, behavioural consultant and counsellor. Charmaine has been a voice on behalf of families and children of all ages coping with domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, neglect, trauma and other personalchallenges. She has worked in a number of therapeutic programs and organizations like Associated Youth Services of Peel, Youth Substance Abuse Program, Peel Children's Center and the Reach Out Center for Kids in Peel and the Halton Region.

Charmaine believes that public service is the art of the possible, and her recent personal experience overcoming a debilitating health issue demonstrated her determination to pursue what is possible. She pushed through the obstacles to be able to enter public service in 2018, inspired and energized to work for her community.

Laraib Ashfaq

Laraib Ashfaq is a passionate youth who envisions change and advocates for those in need, especially youth. Her proactive engagements reflect the issues that she holds close to her heart: governance, human rights, mental health, gender equality, and civic engagement. At the moment, Laraib is working for The Centre of Education and Training (TCET) as a Program Coordinator where she has facilitated several workshops and events.

As a result of Laraib's involvement with well-respected organizations such as (TCET) and Amnesty International, many youths have been able to realize their potential and attain the necessary skills needed for them to grow and create an impact in their community. One of the ways that Laraib has made this possible is by mentoring youth in the community and planning events focused on youth needs. What is more, Laraib continues to give back by volunteering for community-oriented groups such as Empowher, Muslim Youth Network (MYN), Brampton Change Makers (BCM), Schulich School of Business Lab, and the Liberal Party's Youth Council.

The relationship that Laraib has built with the youth from Peel Region has allowed her to understand the psychological toll that COVID-19 has brought to many students. This motivated her to launch her own community initiative Finding Solace Together which provides a safe space for youth to discuss their problems/concerns and offers appropriate resources. Finding Solace Together is a unique initiative as it uses art therapy to help youth destress.

By engaging with youth and being a part of that demographic, Laraib has been able to successfully navigate through societal barriers that concern youth, and as a result, she continues to propose solutions that genuinely reflect the need of her community.

Akeem Gardner

Akeem Gardner, Co-founder/CEO,LL.B brings a unique creativity and passion in creating the Atlas vison that leverages technology and the environment for global change. Akeem is a true entrepreneurial thinker that uses his keen legal mind to solve problems. As a community builder and innovator in niche markets, Akeem recognized the unlimited downstream potential of climate solutions, the natural environment and its connection to sport and has built a viable business in the cannabis/hemp industry.

Shazard Ramjohn

Shazard Ramjohn is the Founder of Helping Our People Community Projects, a Registered Charity.

Growing up Shazard came from humble beginnings. His parents were immigrants who came from the Caribbean working 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet. Shazard started his journey in Leadership at a young age of 15. He was chosen to attend a leadership program in his school in which he found his strengths, and his passion for life. Shazard was awarded a Leadership Scholarship where he was sent to Vancouver BC, to be on stage with the 14 th Dalai Lama, and Craig Keilburger, founder of Free the Children, now known as We Charity. This experience changed his life and inspired him to pursue Philanthropy and social work.

Shazard then worked with We Charity, and traveled Canada doing workshops and speeches facilitating over 4000 youth.

After his contract ended Shazard took part in small community projects in priority communities like Jane and Finch, Jane and Sheppard and Jane and Wilson. Shazard also constructed and executed a Charitable fundraiser which successfully funded a Water Well in Kenya. With his heavy involvement in the community it in turn led him to founding the Charity.

Shazard has a passion for Creativity, he loves to create music, and art as it is an outlet. He takes these passions and has applied them to his vision for the Charity. HOPCP Charity is a reflection of his passions in the arts, and entrepreneurship. Shazard hopes to inspire those who dare to dream through his charity, giving youth an opportunity to reach their dreams, and connect with like minded people.

Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer is an up-and-coming transformational speaker and writer dedicated to helping young women reach their fullest potential. "I have studied success and personal development extensively and I am on a quest to share what I know to help others achieve their personal definition of success."

Jennifer is the Interim Supervisor and Senior Technologist for the Pathology Laboratory at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. She has a Diploma in Laboratory Medicine, a Bachelor's of Health Services Management and, two designations with the American Society of Quality as a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) and a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). She has studied leadership, organizational excellence, and quality improvement for the past 15 years and she's putting her passion for excellence into her passion for seeing people succeed.

Tara Ocansey

Tara Ocansey is a television and commercial Wardrobe Stylist, she works with well-respected stylists in the industry, taking on jobs for big names such as Nike, Big Brother, Canada's Drag Race, and many more!

Tara is now taking over the beauty industry with her product The Oveil! The Oveil is a reusable makeup shield that protects your clothes from makeup stains while getting dressed. As a Wardrobe Stylist, Tara has frequently heard her clients express their frustration with their makeup rubbing onto their clothes while trying to find alternatives to prevent makeup stains, she decided to create an innovative product that solved this problem. After the Oveil's official launch, beauty-enthusiasts immediately took to social media and declared The Oveil to be a "must-have item in every beauty bag!"

Tara recognizes that success is not measured by one's own achievements, success is measured by allowing your community to grow with you. As such, Tara has used her platform to empower young aspiring entrepreneurs and has helped many realize their potential to become future leaders.

Emmanuel Amponsah

Emmanuel is a Web Developer with over 5 years of experience. He specialize in custom Wordpress and Shopify theme development, web interface design and graphic design. He is a creative individual with a strong passion for branding, identity design and photography. When he is not coding or designing, he likes to keep himself inspired by listening to music, drawing, cooking, shooting and editing photos.

Ren Guidolin

Ren started creating his own path back in 2018 during the CUPE strikes that held him out of class, and at the time, out of work, for long enough to get ideas and inspiration flowing. The newly found time lead to the development of Uniquity. From there, Ren became more involved with his community, from the businesses in the GTA to the multiple levels of government that affected them, as he became more increasingly interested in Canadian politics in practice, leading to Ren co founding a movement to get Brampton politicians to give equal attention to youth in their decision making. Making waves within just a few months, and seeing the results of them, Ren knew that the movement had succeeding in its goals, allowing him to move forward to his current projects, MAWB and NSE.

Melissa Dsouza

Melissa is a versatile Communications Specialist, Brand Strategist and a Digital Enthusiast with over 7 years of experience across corporate and not-for-profit organizations. She is an exceptional communicator with great organizational and collaborative skills, and creative abilities to drive strategic communications. Her passion to create content paired with a keen eye for design have helped transform many brands. She loves to volunteer and has been a member of EmpowHer since August 2019.

Lara Batarseh

Lara Batarseh is an experienced manager, relationship builder and recruiter with over 10 years of experience providing employment and career services to a diverse group of clients and industries. Lara has a degree from York University, has experience in social services, career counselling, adult education and community involvement. Lara strongly believes that to be successful at something, you have to be passionate about it. Her passion combined with her unique ability to connect and establish rapport and long lasting relationships with clients and stakeholders, has set her up nicely for success at every step of her career.

Marina Stilli

Marina Stilli has over 8 years of corporate recruiting experience, having worked in both the private and non for profit sectors. Marina has a degree from the University of Toronto and she has recruited for everything from the Trades, IT, Customer Service, Finance, Stakeholder Relations, Communications, Law, Fire and Emergency Services, Maintenance, Human Resources and most recently, Airport Operations. Building relationships with Hiring Managers and candidates is what she knows, which has given her a unique perspective to both sides of the recruitment process.

Yukti Aujla

Yukti Aujla is a Human Resources professional with over ten years of focus in Talent Acquisition. Most of her experience has been within the healthcare and aviation industry. In her current position at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as a Program Manager, she has been focusing on designing and managing employee experience and organizational development initiatives. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, specialized in Human Resources Management, from Ryerson University. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family, travelling and experiencing the diverse cultures in the world!

Sam Walters

My name is Sam Walters, owner of Sam's Juices. We are tropical juice and smoothie business. We currently make and serve our juices out of a juice truck. Being a mobile business allows us to travel to different food festivals and cut events to share our great product with different people. Sam's juices has had the opportunity to be in a lot of major festivals across the GTA serving our fresh smoothies and fresh juices while leaving a smile on customers faces. Our goal is to have multiplied locations to serve our amazing product to amazing people.

Ashley Wright

Ashley Wright is a young entrepreneur and motivational speaker from Toronto, Canada. She started her first business at the age of 17 years old and used that experience to create two businesses and multiple streams of income. She has 2 businesses; The Wright Success and Study Cryptos. The Wright Success focuses on helping individuals become the best version of themselves through self-development and business coaching. Study Cryptos is an online academy that makes learning about Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology easy.

Ashley has spoken at many conferences, was featured by "Women of Influence" and "Gal Talks Tech" and has met some of the top cryptocurrency icons, including rapper, Akon. Ashley always says, "My main goal in life is to make a difference in people's lives." and "You can create your own opportunities!" She is also passionate about entrepreneurship and women empowerment.

Michael Onabolu

Michael Onabolu is a recording artist based in Brampton, with roots across the GTA. Hisstyle is best described as societal motivational with a strong mix of vulnerability and wordplay aesthetic. Michael grew up writing poetry which quickly turned into writing Hip-Hop and R&B rhymes, freestyling and at times motivational speaking through ACCESS Charity. Michael has a background in business and began his career in public accounting before making the daring switch into a music career full time. Michael now spends his time perfecting his craft and living his passion for music through recording, while working in SaaS sales to help fund his dream. Michael is actively involved in multiple social enterprises, and vehemently and whole-heartedly plans to change the World through sound with a goal of penetrating the social consciousness. Michael's early work can be found on all streaming platforms under his early monachor of I AM (see latest EP: The Dark Side of the Man), with future works planned to be presented under his real name of Michael Onabolu. Follow Michael'sjourney @onabolu_inc on Instagram and Twitter.

Mark Abankwa

Born in West Africa Ghana, Mark Abankwa migrated to Canada at a tender age of 5. He is the eldest of two and from birth, is known to be an entrepreneur and a leader. Mark Abankwa has a business diploma, majoring in Accounting, from Sheridan College. Rather then continuing his CMA (Certified Management Accounting) at Guelph Humber University, the entrepreneur spirit in Mark lead him to develop a passion in starting his own taxation company, which is now known as M|FINANCIAL. Today Mark is a 13-year self-employed businessman where he and his employed staff provide services in taxation, insurance coverage, financial planning, real estate investing, business and artist management, branded under the company M|A MANAGEMENT, and fund management for non-profit organizations. He has multiple businesses under his belt, under his umbrella company TUA (The Urban Accountant) and is well respected and partnered by many organizations and individuals.

Prince Khan

Prince is a Business Consultant with the Halton Region, servicing small businesses in the Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills municipalities. With over 5 years of experience working with small businesses and students Prince has helped countless individuals develop and grow their personal brand through LinkedIn. In this session, Prince will walk you through the step by step process on how to get noticed on LinkedIn and the best practices you should demonstrate in order to create a brand that is recognizable by those in your network and beyond. Prince will also discuss tips and tricks on finding employment and how to also develop your company brand through the platform.

Jordan Buttarazzi

Jordan Buttarazzi is a millennial realtor with 5+ years of commercial and consumer sales experience working for Xerox, and in financial sales & PE. He graduated as a Dean's List Recipient and Top 200 Student from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

After a few years in commercial sales, he left the corporate world to pursue his passions: real estate and firefighting. After graduating as Valedictorian of his FESTI (Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute) class, he joined a real estate team with his close friends (who are more like family) and is now one of the partners at Bauco Group Realty - an award-winning real estate team at Royal LePage Your Community Realty.

He’s a regular blood donor and volunteer with the Canadian Blood Services and strongly believes that in order to move forward in life you always have to give back.

Anthony Monaco

Born and raised in Brampton, Anthony is a Mortgage Agent for The Westlake Team, a branch of Dominion Lending Centres, Canada's leading mortgage company.

Anthony is continuously active within his Peel Region community, in which he serves one of the most diverse communities in Canada as a Police Officer. He is an advocate for youth development, and has participated in many programs such as the Big Brother Big Sisters of Peel as a youth mentor. Anthony also hold his Red Seal Electrician Licence in which he has over five years experience in the commercial construction industry. When he is not working, you can find Anthony spending time with family and friends, as well as exercising his passion for sports. Follow Anthony on Instagram: monacomortgages

Samantha Servello

Samantha Servello, is a 23 year old real estate broker from the GTA. Samantha started her career in real estate when she was 18 years old with a mission to provide a new fresh take on real estate - with the goal to educate people in her generation on the importance of the value of real estate and building generational wealth. Throughout the last few years Samantha obtained her Bachelors degree at Ryerson University, while also building a reputable real estate brand, achieving top sales in 2020.

Past Speakers