Learn to Lead in the New Normal
Come to our next PD event and get actionable advice on leadership from five dynamos in the Toronto business community!

How do we operate in a world of constant change – from the way we do business, to the way we work, to the way we market ourselves and our businesses? 
o Who is thriving in this new normal?
o What is their modus operandi?
o What does success and failure look like?
o How is leadership defined in this new normal?
o What Best Practices are truly best?

For our second Professional Development event of 2009, we have asked five Toronto Dynamos in the business community for their insights and experience on leading in a world of constant change. You will be able to get up close and personal with the panellists to get specific questions and challenges addressed.

If you are an aspiring business leader, you can’t afford to miss this timely event.

Facilitated by: Leadership Reframed.com

The Verity Club
111d Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, Canada

Wednesday October 7
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 – 7:15 pm: Key Note – Daneal Charney, CFO of Leadership Reframed.com
7:15 – 7:45 pm: Interactive Panel
7:45 – 8:30 pm: Up Close + Personal with Panellists

Registration Details:
RSVP Early – 68 person maximum
Early bird Member fee: $25.00 available until Friday, October 2nd
Members & Non-members: $35.00

 Register on line here!

Our Keynote

Daneal Charney’s clients call her the "Reframing maven". You want her in your corner when you need fresh, unorthodox thinking on how to better lead your people or manage your business. Daneal brings to her work the synergies gained from over 19 years of experience as a speaker, coach and Organizational Redesign (OD) consultant. She works with Emerging SME’s to deliver superior results by driving new management innovations, accelerating the leadership development of top talent, and coaching people into the right roles. 

As the founder and CFO of Leadership ReFramed.com, Daneal works primarily with technology, educational, retail, and health care sectors. Her clients include: Yak Communications, Intel Corporation, Rotman School of Business, Loblaws Supermarkets, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals, to name a few.  Daneal has a Masters of Arts Degree in International Leadership & Management and is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC).  She is the designer and co-facilitator of the 5-day Certificate in Coaching for Managers and Directors at the Schulich Executive Education Centre.    Daneal is a contributing author to the best–seller, The Instant Manager and is a frequent speaker on leadership at conferences.  She was recently awarded the Leadership Award by the World HRD Congress.



Sanjay Singhal. President, Aquanta Group

Sanjay is an incorrigible entrepreneur; however, he also has 15 years of experience in sales and marketing with Fortune 500 firms, including Scientific Atlanta, where as Salesperson of the Year he was responsible for over $100 million in sales in a single year.

Despite this education, Sanjay’s early ventures did not fare well. His first start-up, in 1992, was Videodrive, a home video delivery company. Shutting its doors after six months, the story became the subject of a case study at Cornell University. The study was about what NOT to do when starting a business.

For his second project, in 1996, Sanjay developed the first Palm Pilot based wireless device. Despite eventually licensing the technology to Novatel Inc., that venture, Nikean Inc., resulted in personal bankruptcy for Mr. Singhal, and a promise to himself to never try starting a company again.

That resolve lasted two years, when Sanjay became part of the entrepreneurial team at Mpathix Inc. selling the world’s first open-platform messaging system. He exited that venture in 2003 and started Simply Audiobooks, which has seen spectacular growth in the past 2 years as it has become the world’s largest online source of audiobook rentals and sales. Notably, Sanjay met his business partner at a student networking conference in Toronto.

Sanjay regularly shares his insights on life, money and business outside the boardroom as a writer and public speaker. He finds time to author a magazine column on creating wealth, and also enjoys speaking to students on the subjects of entrepreneurship and networking.

Sanjay holds an MBA from Cornell University; he also has a MEng from the University of British Columbia and a BEng from the University of New Brunswick. 

Josh Sookman, Analyst, BlackBerry Partners Fund and RBC Venture Partners

At BlackBerry Partners Fund, Josh is primarily responsible for conducting due diligence and writing investment recommendations for prospective investments in the mobile sector. Josh also manages the deal pipeline for the seed-stage Jump Start program (investments up to US$500K). He has developed expertise in mobile social networking and location-aware applications, mobile commerce, mobile advertising, and mobile search.

At RBC Venture Partners, Josh is responsible for conducting due diligence and writing investment recommendations for financial services and internet-based service (SaaS) markets. He also works closely with portfolio companies to develop business strategies, enhance product development and improve user experience.

Josh currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Mobile Experience Innovation Center (MEIC), and the Individual Membership Committee and Mentorship Committee of Toronto Biotechnology Initiative (TBI).

Prior to this, Josh had founded and operated four private companies while completing his high school and undergraduate degrees. One venture, CampusTutors Corporation, was an angel-backed company that provided a web-based, tutor-matching service at three university campuses and grew to over 150 employees and contractors.


Patrick Heffron, Chief Operating Officer, Storage Appliance Corporation

Patrick brings over 15 years of experience in the technology and telecom sectors to Storage Appliance Corporation. Most recently, Patrick was the Vice-President Finance and CFO for the Wholesale division of Bell Canada and was also the CFO for BCE Nexxia, Bell Canada’s legal entity in the United States. Prior to joining Bell, Patrick spent over 11 years with IBM in roles such as CFO, iSeries (AS/400) Americas; Chief Accountant, IBM Canada and CFO, IBM Global Financing Canada. In these roles, Patrick was instrumental in leading the strategic and tactical change initiatives required for these $1B+ business units to realize their maximum potential and has a proven track record of focusing and re-vitalizing businesses to achieve these profitable growth objectives.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Patrick obtained his Canadian Chartered Accountant designation, articling with Price Waterhouse. Patrick also has experience in Management Consulting having worked with Price Waterhouse in the early stages of their Change Management practice.

Patrick is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI), Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and the York Technology Association (YTA.) He volunteers his time with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario on its Members in Industry advisory panel, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Supportive Care Network of Ontario.

Duke Butler, Strategist and Corporate Development, Own Management Consulting Firm

Duke is passionate about business and technology, having been nominated for Ernst & Young's entrepreneur of the year award as co-founder and CEO of Magellan, an international risk and software firm with clients including most federal government departments, leading technology firms (Nortel, Newbridge) and energy firms (Mobil Oil, Petro Canada, OPG , Terra Nova, TransCanada Pipelines and Hibernia Company). Duke was also a director in corporate services at American Express, where he was worked internationally assessing emerging technologies such as smart card, e-commerce and Internet portals. .

At Microsoft, Duke led a large team providing e-solutions to start ups and Microsoft's Worldwide Financial Services, energy and high technology customers. As a Microsoft national strategic business development leader, he led a number of new product and media innovations for the Communications Sector. Among these are the pivotal Bell-Microsoft Innovation lab for launching consumer and business applications with target revenues of $500M. 

Following a successful career at Microsoft, Duke worked as a senior manager at Deloitte, advising clients on strategy and technology within the venture capital, financial services and high tech verticals and for the last two years has been an independent strategy consultant working with CEO/CFO/CIO and executive clients on growth and marketing strategies, new product development, internet business development, M&As, finance and corporate development.

Duke holds a Bachelor and Master of Applied Science (MASc) from the University of Waterloo, an MBA (Strategy/Finance) from Queen's University and he is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

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When: Wednesday, 10/7/09 at 6:00pm | iCal
Location   111d Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M5C 1S2
Look Who's Coming:
Caroline Burns , Indigo Books & Music Inc
Sherry Shanshan Yu
Joy Suchat
Guest of Joy Suchat
Justin LoPresti
Jaime Gonzalez , Pond Biofuels
David Stroud
Michael Chang
James Chang
Sean Koukal
Aaron Lau
Craig Walter
Salima Rawji , SmartCentres
Jeremy Grushcow , Ogilvy Renault LLP
lilli tang
Joanne Pawlicki
Herman Ng , TELUS
J. Patrick Dunn , Spyglass Market Intelligence
Craig Hudson
Dixie Quintanilla
Stephen de Wit
Pei Lyn Hui
Patricia Shanahan
Carol Dougans
Irfhan Rawji
Jeff Waldman
Lucy Dai
Darina Frieder
Justin Pintwala
Evelyn Li
Daniel Lee , NorthStar Bancorp Limited
Danielle Araiche , Red Rover
Bennett Lum
Sue Varty
Sandeep Tatla
Danielle Wallace
Caroline Marulanda
Christine Keeling , BlueShoe Rewards
Paula Suitor , Montage
... a total of 39 guests.
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