Unleashing Ideas: Beyond Our Borders

Have you ever thought about doing business outside of your local area? How about working with team members located in other countries?

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, please join us for Unleashing Ideas: Beyond Our Borders on November 20, 2014 at Georgian College, Barrie from 6pm – 8pm.

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A huge thank you to our speakers and our sponsors for making this event FREE to attend but seats are limited so please RSVP here.

This interactive evening will celebrate the accomplishments of local businesses looking beyond the city limits to understand what companies face when they make the decision to scale beyond our local borders. Speakers will share their ideas, hurdles and experiences and answer questions to help other entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses. The evening concludes with a business networking mixer where you can learn from others, share your own experiences and build relationships.



Dr. Yaroslav Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi

Former astronaut with the Ukrainian space agency, Dr. Pustovyi served as a Backup Payload Specialist for STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1997. Yarko is a co-founder of Space 1 Systems Inc., a Barrie-based commercial spaceflight company with business interests reaching well beyond Simcoe County.
Krista Lariviere Krista LaRiviere

Krista LaRiviere is Cofounder & CEO of gShift. She is passionate about the digital space, and obsessed with bringing automation and innovation to the marketing tactics of SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing. In addition to driving gShift, Krista also volunteers her time on the Board of Directors of SEMPO. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her leadership and business success including being awarded Barrie’s Business Woman of the Year, named by the BDC as one of Canada’s Top Ten Young Entrepreneurs and honoured by Nipissing University as Alumni of the Year.
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Craig Busch is the Founder and CEO of The Busch Group of Companies. The Busch Group employs over 120 people in Simcoe County. Over the past 29 years the companies that comprise the Busch Group have grown to become industry leaders in a variety of business sectors. Craig has received multiple awards and mentions including the Arch Brown Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His innovative spirit, passion for the environment and support of charitable causes both locally and globally drives the future vision of his employees and companies.

Marc Hill

Marc is a giant thinker and a creator, passionate about connecting people and businesses to their broader communities. Every day is an opportunity to think differently. As Founder and CEO of Digital Giants , Marc leads strategy, business development, and innovation of client services. Along with a team of Giants and industry partners, Marc helps clients harness the limitless opportunities of doing business online—building lead generation, profitability and communities.

With 20+ years of experience, crossing PR and marketing, Marc brings true digital integration and a hybrid of knowledge. Marc is passionate about driving new business ideas and taking a client from virtually unknown to a virtual giant. And the power of digital is that it only takes one small step to start a connection and build a presence.
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Chris Hammond

Stardale Studio is a Canadian game development company. With a small group of three developers the team taps into past knowledge and experience gained from working on desktop, console, and mobile games – including Thor and Batman for Nintendo DS, Skullgirls for PC/Xbox 360/PS3, and founding TerrariaOnline.com. Stardale Studio is currently working on its first title, Stardale, a single and multiplayer 2D creative space exploration and adventure game with a fully playable universe and planets all created with procedural generation.
John Pickard

John Pickard, Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre
John Pickard is the Executive Director of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College. Mr. Pickard is a Marketing strategist with experience in the consumer goods, publishing and telecom industries. Mr. Pickard honed his skills with global marketers Bristol-Myers and Warner-Lambert. John became Vice President of Telemedia Publishing, then Canada’s largest publisher, in 1990. Pickard entered the entrepreneurial ranks when he joined a start-up in the prepaid card market….. which was ultimately sold to AT&T. Mr. Pickard is well connected to the investment community and has been involved in securing investment for a variety of early stage companies. John has an extensive list of contacts in the Entrepreneurship space having spent the 6 years prior to joining Georgian College mentoring with Mars Discovery District, Bioenterprise Corp., and Innovation Guelph.