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· Stage
Welcoming Remarks
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Keynote Address - Pierre Cléroux, Vice President Research and Chief Economist, BDC
BDC Economic Outlook: Forging The Way Forward
Pierre Cléroux
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Keynote Address - Bernadeen McLeod, President and Founder, Mentor Works Ltd.
Access Government Grants, Loans, and COVID-19 Support for Business Recovery
Bernadeen McLeod
· Networking
Break & Networking
· Stage
Presentation by CIBC - Hema Sood, Community General Manager & Bianca Nastasi, Business Advisor
Canada Small Business Financing Program
Hema  Sood Bianca  Nastasi
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Presentation by Scotiabank - Kerry Zhang, Small Business Development Manager
Women’s Initiative Program & Black Entrepreneur Program
Kerry Zhang
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Presentation by EDC - Juzer E. Yusufali, Commercial Markets and Small Business Account Manager
Challenges of International Trade
Juzer E.  Yusufali
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Presentation by Futurpreneur - Faaria Wali, Business Development Manager
Support Young Business Owners to Secure Financing
Faaria  Wali
· Stage
Q&A Session
· Networking
Connecting Break
· Stage
Success Story - Akilan Theva, BisRing Inc.
Akilan Theva
· Stage
Success Story - Yasaman Shafiei, JingWell Inc.
Yasaman  Shafiei
· Stage
Closing Remarks
· Networking
Open Networking & Virtual Booth


Hema Sood

Community General Manager, CIBC

Bernadeen McLeod

President and Founder, Mentor Works Ltd.

Pierre Cléroux

Vice President Research and Chief Economist, BDC

Akilan Theva

Founder, BisRing Inc.

Yasaman Shafiei

Founder, JingWell Inc.

Juzer E. Yusufali

Commercial Markets | Small Business Account Manager, EDC

Kerry Zhang

Small Business Development Manager, Scotiabank

Bianca Nastasi

Business Advisor, CIBC

Faaria Wali

Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur

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Jing Well Inc.

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