Program and Speakers

Program and Speakers (***Subject to change):

11:00-11:30   –   Set up for exhibitors

11:00-16:00   –   Fair and Trade Show – open to visitors for interaction for free

11:30-12:00   –   Seminar by Aline Ayoub (Aline Ayoub HR Consulting): Recognize, reward and engage multi-generational and multi-ethnic workforce

12:00-12:30   –   Seminar by Sarafina Bonsu-Akoto (Futurpreneur Canada): Quick business planning tips.

12:30-13:00   –   Workshop by Andrey Verbitsky (ICI Source Real Asset Services, Inc): Introduction to property investments for newcomers: buying your first home vs first income property.

13:00-14:00   –   Opening Ceremony: VIP tour and opening remarks.

14:00-15:00   –   Workshop by Catherine Steele (English in your Pocket): English pronunciation for success in business 

15:00-15:45   –   Workshop by Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos (Office of Small and Medium Enterprises): How (ethnic) small business can do business with the Federal Government of Canada

15:45-16:00   –   Ruffle Prizes and Closing Ceremony: one must be present for the draw to claim the prize

16:00-16:15    –   Take down

*subject to change



Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos has been working for Public Services and Procurement Canada, Ontario Region since 1991. He has held various positions, ranging from Real Estate Advisor to Geomatics Project Manager and is currently the Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME). Mr. Argiropoulos is responsible for supplier outreach and engagement for OSME. He also delivers seminars that assist and inform suppliers in Ontario on how to do business with the Government of Canada, how to navigate the federal procurement system and how to utilize , the federal procurement website.

Aline Ayoub has accrued deep expertise in human resource management, with many years experience in building, and developing cohesive and successful teams at some of Canada’s largest and most respected national retail brands. She went on to found Aline Ayoub HR Consulting in 2011 to bring her expertise as an executive consultant. AyoubHR helped literally thousands of business owners reap significant financial savings by providing them with advice, tools and expertise to offset HR issues before they arise.

Catherine Steele, B.Ed, TESOL, known internationally as The Clear Communicator, is a speaker, coach and consultant who trains corporate teams and individuals on the clear speaking skills necessary to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. Catherine holds a degree in education with a focus on languages, literature and linguistics, combined with experience coaching over 7,000 clients on pronunciation.

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