Virox Future Forum 2009 an overwhelming success with Sheridan School of Business students

Sheridan School of Business students pay close attention to the Virox Forum speakers

Sheridan School of Business students pay close attention to the Virox Forum speakers

More than 80 Sheridan School of Business students got up close and personal with top business speakers Rick Spence, Ian Portsmouth, and Sean Wise at the recent Virox Technologies Future Form hosted at Sheridan College.

The aim of the Virox Future Forum was to provide some insight into new job search and job creation strategies as necessitated by the world-wide economic downturn. The Virox Future Forum – A Window to Tomorrow’s Opportunities, funded through a donation by Sheridan Business alumnus Randy Pilon, CEO, Virox Technologies provided students with access to three top business speakers to help put a new perspective on the world of work. Speakers Spence, Portsmouth, and Wise shared some of their secrets of building a career in the new business workplace during the Future Forum.

Rick Spence, writer, speaker, marketing consultant

Rick Spence, writer, speaker, and marketing consultant.

Rick Spence, a Toronto-based writer, speaker and marketing consultant, a former editor of Profit – The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs, and a regular contributor to MoneySense, shared his expertise on the untapped opportunities in businesses and motivated students to strive for excellence, quality and results.

Ian Portismouth, writer, editor Profit magazine

Ian Portsmouth, writer, editor, Profit magazine.

Ian Portsmouth, current editor of Profit, and Marketing Masters: the Best Ideas of Canada’s Savviest Marketers, spoke to students about the entrepreneurial growth and opportunities in business, with particular emphasis on marketing oneself to businesses.

Sean Wise, Keeper of The Dragon's Den

Sean Wise, Keeper of The Dragon's Den

Sean Wise, self-described entrepreneur, professor, and popular business speaker, revealed some of the back stages antics of the popular television show The Dragons Den and offered sage advice to budding entrepreneurs on how to quickly and effectively present a business plan to investors.

“The Virox Future Forum was both informative and engaging. Each speaker had an inspiring message that resonated: “…Don’t just get a job; create a job”. The forum helped to spark not only my interest in entrepreneurship, but helped to excite me about getting into the working world,” said Brian Jacklin, marketing student.

“As the oldest student attending, I want to remark about how relevant the forum was for students of all ages. In particular, the elevator pitch was the most significant idea of the day for me. (being able to quickly and succinctly present your idea in a short space of time) Since I am looking for a very particular type of opportunity, the concept gave me a plan to market myself more effectively, ” said Bill Kirton, Paralegal program.

At the end of the event, three students were randomly chosen to receive a $1000 award donated and presented by Randy Pilon, CEO of Virox Technologies. The lucky winners were Susan Sequeira, Tourism and Travel program, Jennifer Ho, Marketing Management Graduate Certificate program, and Christine B. Samson, Paralegal program.

“The forum was definitely an eye opener, very informative. I feel very privileged to have been chosen to participate in the Virox forum, the speakers were on point and overall it was a fun, educational experience,” said Natalie Alonzi, Tourism and Travel program.

Susan Sequeira, Randy Pilon, Gerard Mercer, Christine B. Samson, and Jennifer Ho.

Student award winners pose with Randy Pilon, CEO of Virox Technologies and Gerard Mercer, Dean, Sheridan School of Business. From left: Susan Sequeira,Tourism and Travel, Randy Pilon, Gerard Mercer, Christine B. Samson, Paralegal, and Jennifer Ho, Marketing Management.

At the end of the Virox Future Forum students made excellent use of the opportunity to lunch and network with the Virox event speakers and with Virox Technologies CEO, Randy Pilon, the sponsor of the student event.

Getting some up close and personal time with Rick Spence and Ian Portismouth

Kelli McCabe, Marketing Management gets some up close and personal time with Rick Spence and Ian Portismouth.

Randy Pilon, Virox Technologies speaks with Jorge Valencia and Christine B. Samson, Paralegal program.

Randy Pilon, Virox Technologies speaks with Jorge Valencia and Christine B. Samson, Paralegal program.