Sheridan School of Business and Virox Technologies to host Virox Future Forum 2009

The Virox Future Forum 2009, the first of four, by invitation only, Virox Technologies sponsored forums for Sheridan School of Business students targeting the future of employment in emerging areas is to be hosted at the Sheridan School of Business at Sheridan College, in the SCAET Theatre on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Randy Pilon, President and CEO of Virox Inc, and a Sheridan School of Business Alumnus.

Randy Pilon, President and CEO of Virox Technologies, and a Sheridan School of Business Alumnus.

The Virox Future Forum will focus on future skills, career trends, and opportunities that may yet emerge, stimulating educational options, and entrepreneurial opportunities beyond what current students may see as possible. This, by invitation only, student-centred conference series was created as a result of a generous donation by Virox Technologies CEO, and Sheridan School of Business alumnus, Randy Pilon who has funded this opportunity for Sheridan School of Business students to have access to exciting speakers and new ideas. Speakers will include Rick Spence, Ian Portsmouth, and Sean Wise.

Rick Spence is a Toronto-based writer, speaker and marketing consultant who specializes in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. His clients include government and economic-development agencies, professional service companies, marketing firms, manufacturers and software developers.

Rick Spence, writer, speaker, and marketing consultant.

Rick Spence, writer, speaker, and marketing consultant.

Spence is the long-time former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs. He currently writes regular columns on entrepreneurship and related issues for the National Post, PROFIT, and MoneySense magazines.

Spence has taught “New Venture Start-up” at the undergraduate level and currently sits on the board of directors of a Toronto-based geophysical software company. His weblog, Canadian Entrepreneur, is must reading for Canadian business owners.

Ian Portsmouth is the editor of PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success. Profit magazine has been serving Canada’s entrepreneurial business community for over 20 years Portsmouth has won several awards for his business writing, including three National Magazine Award nominations. He is also the editor of Marketing Masters: The Best Ideas of Canada’s Savviest Marketers

Ian Portsmouth, editor, Profit magazine

Ian Portsmouth, editor, Profit magazine

and is a frequent media commentator on the management issues and best practices of Canadian growth companies.

As a keynote speaker, Portsmouth’s presentations draw on the annual PROFIT 100 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and other research to reveal strategies for business success. Using real-life examples and anecdotes, he delivers practical and proven ideas for improving your products, processes and profits.

Entrepreneurial evangelist, lawyer, professor and business mentor, Sean Wise – MBA, helps make entrepreneurial dreams come true. Wise specializes in helping emerging and high growth potential organizations raise funds, turn a profit and be successful. His intense, entertaining and direct approach has earned him a loyal following of disciples who swear by his lessons and best practices for business success.

Sean wise, lawyer, professor, and business mentor.

Sean Wise, lawyer, professor, and business mentor.

In September 2008 his newest book will be released in the US by Penguin Publishing (NYC) titled: How to Be a Business Superhero. Sean’s first book, Wise Words: Lessons in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, is now in its second printing. Wise also writes a popular national online column on Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship for the Globe and Mail, and his blogs and podcasts can be found online at Sean The Journal of Private Equity, for March 2008, features Sean’s academic research on Secondary Variables that impact M&A Pricing.

Sean Wise has been dubbed the “Dragons’ Keeper”, for his recurring role as Online Host and Industry Advisor for CBC television’s hit business reality show, Dragons’ Den, now going into its 3rd season. Dragons’ Den originated in Japan and is an international success, including in the UK on the BBC. On the show, aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of business moguls who have the cash and the know-how make it happen.