Who’s on the Panel? Meet our 2020 Business Conference Speakers

At the 2020 Business Conference, students will have the opportunity to attend one of three workshops and panel presentations in a number of key business areas: business development, social and digital media, entrepreneurship and human resources. Each workshop will be led by one industry leader and will be followed by a panel presentation with Sheridan alumni joining as speakers. All of our speakers come from different education backgrounds and industries.

On the day of the conference, students will be able to select the workshop and panel presentation they would like to attend.

Curious to find out who’s on the panel? Check out the list below for all the details!

Workshops and Panel Presentations:

Workshops & Panel Presentations

Session #1 – Building Your Career With an Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop and Entrepreneurship Panel


You don’t have to start a venture to be an entrepreneur, but you will need an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of the discipline and career path you take. Why? The Fourth Industrial Revolution and technological developments are transforming how we live and work. Some jobs will disappear, while other jobs that don’t exist yet will emerge. By some accounts, 25% of Canadian jobs will be heavily disrupted and a larger percentage will go through a significant overhaul of the skills required. One thing we do know is that an entrepreneurial mindset is critical to jobs of the future. In this experiential session, we will define entrepreneurial mindset, describe why it matters to your career, identify its more common skills and attributes, and generate practical strategies for developing them.


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Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi
Founder of Divity Group & Accelerate Her Future

Website: linkedin.com/in/ggolnaraghi


Our entrepreneurship panel will feature alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs, sharing their journey from Sheridan to where they are today. Each panelist will provide tips, tricks and strategies for success, and discuss the advantages and challenges of running your own business. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the panel. The entrepreneurship panel will be moderated by Renee Devereaux, Manager, Entrepreneurship and Changemaking.


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Arwina Mogual
(Social Service Worker ’09), CEO of Beam.gg

Website: beam.gg

Headshot of Becky Collins

Becky Collins
(Accounting ’03), Co-Owner of Dance District

Website: dancedistrictoakville.ca

Headshot of Kate Palermo

Kate Palermo
(Advertising and Marketing Communications ’15),
Co-Owner of Dance District

Website: dancedistrictoakville.ca

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Laura Page-Hamelin
(Art Fundamentals ’00), Social Jibber Jabber, Digital Marketing Agency

Website: socialjibberjabber.com

Session #2 – Business Operations Workshop and Human Resources Panel


Outside of product, service, or process expertise there are other critical skills needed to effectively run an operation. Michael Moul will discuss how important processes such as hiring, assessing talent, driving individual/team performance, problem solving and driving change, leading through emotion, and admired leadership can impact one’s ability to manage organizational goals within the operational side of a business.


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Michael Moul
(Business Administration – Marketing ’09), Regional Director of Canada, TEKsystems

Website: teksystems.com/en-ca


Finding a job is more competitive now than ever, and finding a dream job is even harder. Standing out in the crowd is a required skill in landing a great opportunity. Join our panel of alumni who are industry professionals, who will provide students with advice on how to transition from school to the workforce, discuss what the industry looks like today and provide tips on how to get hired. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the panel which will be moderated by Rosana Fialho (Business Admin Human Resources ’08), Human Resources Professor.


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Jennifer Chow
(Human Resources Management ’13), Human Resources Business Partner, GEOTAB

Website: geotab.com

Headshot of Erin Gordon

Erin Gordon
(Human Resources Management ’99), VP, Human Resources, Lindt & Sprungli Canada Inc.

Website: lindt.ca

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Renata Ramzia
(Human Resources Management ’13), Human Resources Business Partner/Data Analytics, Fresenius Kabi Canada

Website: fresenius-kabi.com

Session #3: Social and Digital Media Workshop and Digital and Social Media Marketing Panel




Headshot of Dimitri Bariamis

Dimitri Bariamis
Manager, Enterprise Social Media, RBC

Website: rbcroyalbank.com


Technology is integrated into our lives more than ever before. With so many people online, it’s essential for businesses to be as well. Digital marketing is significant for branding success because your consumers are online, businesses need to recognize the importance of using different digital marketing channels. Hear from our Alumni Panel about their experiences with digital marketing and personal branding. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the panel which will be moderated by Joe Musicco, Professor, Advertising & Marketing/Bachelor of Business Administration.


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Bradley Thompson
(Business Administration – Marketing ’17), Marketing Professor, Conestoga College & Marketing Manager, DigiHype Media

Website: digihypemedia.ca

Headshot of Amanda Weldon

Amanda Weldon
(Journalism – New Media ’16), Content Creator & Presenter, The Weather Network and In-Game Host, Toronto Marlies

Website: theweathernetwork.com

Headshot of Dimitri Bariamis

Dimitri Bariamis
Manager, Enterprise Social Media, RBC

Website: rbcroyalbank.com

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Lauren Marinigh
(Advertising ’11 & Corporate Communications ’12), Account Manager & Social Strategist, Corus Entertainment

Website: soda.corusent.com

Event Agenda

  • 1:00 – 2:00 – LinkedIn Headshots
  • 1:30 – 2:00 – Registration
  • 2:00 – 3:30 – Welcome & Keynote address by Helen Papagiannis
  • 3:30 – 5:00 – Workshops
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Panel Presentations
  • 6:00 – 7:15 – Networking Reception

Spots are limited, so make sure to register early to reserve your spot!

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