OUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Haste and Hustle may be a new event but our speakers are seasoned industry experts who will train, explain, educate and inspire you.
Fresh out of college, Gary Vaynerchuk grew his $3M family wine business to a $60M business in just five years. Now, he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he has become a prolific angel investor, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M investment fund.
The #AskGaryVee Show is a way of providing as much value as possible by answering questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses based on a lifetime of building successful multi-million dollar companies. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.
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Casey Neistat is the co-founder of Beme, a mobile video platform and a YouTuber with over 6 million subscribers.
Prior to entering the tech space, Casey was an established figure in the art and film world, chiefly known for his innovative and groundbreaking video work. Casey made a global impact with his short film “iPod’s Dirty Secret,” which went viral years before the launch of YouTube. He went on to produce two feature films — winning the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards — and wrote and directed the HBO series “The Neistat Brothers.” Casey has also created a number of short films for the New York Times’ critically acclaimed Op-Doc series, and Casey’s own YouTube channel has received over 260 million views to date.
Casey is married with a son and daughter and currently lives in New York City.
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In her early 30s, Manjit Minhas, the petroleum engineering student turned beer baroness, is one of North America’s most exciting entrepreneurs. The alcohol industry has always been an old boys’ club, dominated by the male-run businesses of old. Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible—start from nothing and successfully enter the beer and spirits industry, undoubtedly one of the most competitive markets around, all as a young female entrepreneur. She is a highly sought-after speaker and has given talks at the Rotman School of Management and the Haskayne School of Business, among others. She is a judge of the current season of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
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Jon Dick is the VP of Marketing at HubSpot, helping to transform how companies market and sell. Prior to joining HubSpot, Jon led Marketing at Trunk Club, the personalized shopping service for men and women, and was the Head of Marketing for Klout, the social media influence measurement company. Jon travelled the country doing improvised comedy in an earlier life, and earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Erin is the Managing Director at 88 Creative, a Toronto-based creative communications agency. Prior to 88 Creative she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin is a frequent speaker with the National Speakers Bureau, writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice.
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Marc Saltzman is one of the most recognized and trusted technology evangelists in North America. Marc is a freelance columnist for more than 40 publications, a prolific (16-time) author, radio and television personality, public speaker, and host of “Gear Guide,” which runs on Cineplex movie theatre screens across the country. Marc specializes in consumer electronics, online technology, business tech, interactive entertainment, and future trends.
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Giovanni Marsico is the founder of Archangel – a community of big-hearted entrepreneurs and superheroes that are making the world a better place through purpose-driven entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Giovanni hosts his flagship private Archangel mastermind event every January in the Los Angeles area, and hosts his large-scale fundraiser in his hometown of Toronto every September for thousands of entrepreneurs called Archangel Summit where all of the proceeds are used to support various charities and offer micro-loans to entrepreneurs creating positive impact.
A devoted creator, Greg Murray’s experience spans roles at PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer Consumer Health Care. In 2015, he left the corporate world to become an early-stage employee at Exact Media, a marketing start-up disrupting the sampling arena globally. Greg helped to triple the business and became a trusted marketing thought leader across North America. Recently, Greg returned to brand marketing at Pfizer where he is the Product Manager for Advil, the largest consumer health brand in Canada. In his spare time, Greg is author of the book Becoming Spreadable, a part-time college marketing instructor, and contributor to publications that include the National Post and Marketing Magazine, which named him as a Top 30 Under 30 Marketer in 2016. Greg is passionate about charitable causes in mental health and diversity & inclusion.
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Fay Chapple is an Award Winning Entrepreneur, Global Business Strategist, Motivational Speaker and A Leading Expert in Business, Social Selling, Lifestyle & Wellbeing. A successful global executive running business units for world renowned multinational organizations for over 25 years, until suddenly a catastrophic life altering event threw her a curve she never saw coming. Armed with an MBA and new found sense of reality, her mission is to help you make significant changes to your life and your business in order to achieve success, happiness and love. She is the Founder & CEO of Clarity Group International.
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Paul Copcutt has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top personal brand strategists globally he is a much sought after speaker, delivering inspiring and informative talks to a variety of Fortune 1000 corporate clients, professional organizations and international conferences. A particular focus of his is to help professionals, corporate employees and entrepreneurs communicate their personal brands on LinkedIn to stand out and effectively manage their career and business success on the worlds leading professional network in less time with more impact.
His own corporate career started in banking and ended in biotech, two subjects he failed at school. If you see him before he speaks he is the one in the custom Converse shoes, listening to early 80’s punk music.
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Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technology. Alan invented and brought to market the SmithsonMartin Emulator DJ System featured in WIRED and used by Linkin Park and Infected Mushroom. His latest endeavour as CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming a leader in business applications for VR/AR and providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016”. Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations such as the World’s First 360° Photo Booth™.
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Allie Hughes is the founder and owner of Hughes & Co. Inc. In five years, she has grown the company from a small social media agency to a large-scale provider of best-in-class digital marketing to global brands. Allie’s leadership has seen Hughes & Co. become a ranked and recommended partner of HubSpot, the global leader in digital marketing technology, garner attention at the international level with major enterprise clients, and find a space for inbound strategies to transcend the digital space with secondary components featured in full-scale national campaigns at the OEM level with B2C and B2B products.
Allie’s natural knack for digital marketing paired with her relentless continued education and devouring of industry best practices has resulted in an agency that is trusted to educate marketing and strategy managers for some of North America’s most recognizable brands.
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Chris Buttenham is the founder and CEO of Tasytt, a company changing the way teams share knowledge with their chatbot “Obie.”
Chris got into the tech space magically. No really, he performed magic professionally at a young age and gravitated towards the digital space to promote himself. By the age of 15, Chris registered his first business that provided digital marketing for other entertainers and small businesses. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and hustler, Chris is passionate about technology and specifically how bots will change the way we look at software.
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