Bruce Croxon, Entrepreneur and Former Judge on CBCs Dragons' Den
Bruce Croxon found you a partner. Now he’ll start up your business, or give you the needed advice to do it. Long before social networking became an underpinning of society, Croxon was making his mark as a digital pioneer. Some of the couples he introduced on the Internet have been together 25 years! Way back in 1987, he co-founded the dating website Lavalife and revolutionized how people connected. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up from four to 600 employees into the marquee brand of online dating with over two million users, countless successful marriages and nearly $100 million in revenue. He led the sale of the company for $180 million. Since then, Bruce has been successful as an investor and advisor in early-stage companies of technology and hospital sectors. He looks for people like himself — dreamers who show a fighting spirit.
Bruce joined Dragon’s Den in 2011, adding a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health and marketing. One of Croxon’s projects is Round13, a “fighting” company, named for the 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, dedicated to incubating and investing digital start-ups. As well, he owns Vida, a chain of reputable holistic spas on the west coast of Canada. He is also a supporter of several not-for-profit organizations including Anaphylaxis Canada. Bruce lives in Toronto, where he is a committed environmentalist on the board of the Trans Canada Trail.
Linda Galipeau, CEO & Executive Board Member, Randstad North America
Linda Galipeau is CEO of Randstad North America and Executive Board Member for Randstad Holding responsible for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Prior to assuming her current role in 2012, Galipeau served as president of Randstad US's staffing division for four years. She founded Randstad's Canadian operation in 1997, growing it organically into one of the country's leading commercial staffing firms over the next 10 years. In 2013, Galipeau was recognized as the best leader in the large employer category by Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top 100 Workplaces awards.
Brian Rotsztein, Internet Marketing Expert & CEO of Uniseo
As an experienced Internet marketing entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and author, Brian Rotsztein has spent much of the last 18 years helping companies excel online. He’s the CEO of Uniseo, a boutique Internet marketing agency where he brings a hype-free, seasoned approach to working with clients. His latest book, Content Marketing Ideas, provides a step-by-step guide for any business looking for success on the Internet.
John Nurthen, Executive Director, Global Research, Staffing Industry Analysts
John Nurthen is responsible for the delivery of Staffing Industry Analysts' research content across the company’s three regions (North America, Europe and Rest of World) as well as all editorial content for The Staffing Review, CWS3.0 and Staffing Stream. He has 20 years' experience in the staffing industry having previously worked in a variety of senior managerial roles for three of the world's largest staffing companies: Select Appointments, Vedior and Randstad. During this time, he played an active role in a series of major equity offerings and mergers. Nurthen was a founder of the International Review of Employment which was published in four languages and also founded DOVA, which continues to be one of the largest global databases of online vacancies. Nurthen played a leading role in the development of common data standards with the creation of HR-XML SIDES in collaboration with other major staffing companies. He has held responsibility for internal and external communications (including investor relations and public affairs), e-Business, technology matters, marketing, research, procurement, and corporate social responsibility. Nurthen's experience makes him an authority on global recruitment and contingent workforce issues covering all sectors of the market.
Steve is a multiple franchise owner of Qualicare Home Care Services in the Toronto area and also offers training, coaching and consulting in the areas of operational improvement, individual coaching, and leadership development.
With over 30 years in the Canadian Staffing, Steve is a professional speaker, owner of Socialite Internet Marketing, President of Ontario Track 3 Association for disabled children and sits on several corporate and charity boards.
Barb Bruno, CPC, CTS
Barbara became a trainer so her clients could make more money. What separates Barb from other trainers is her commitment to Responsible Recruiting, Responsible Sales and her step-by-step comprehensive approach to training. Her techniques are specific, easy to implement and proven successful. She is a dynamic international speaker, trainer and author who enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge. Barb’s passion is speaking at industry and corporate events where she teaches sales professionals, recruiters, managers and entrepreneurs how to be more effective and as a result more successful. She has been the #1 rated Speaker at many national, state and corporate conferences in the US and abroad.
Barb has received the highest national award from the Staffing and Recruiting Profession – The Harold B. Nelson Award and was inducted into the National Association of Personnel Services Hall of Fame. She was also the recipient of the Lincoln Award in Illinois and the Ancil T. Brown Award in Indiana. Barb also served as the Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Personnel Services. She also recently received the Women of Merit award for her philanthropic endeavors.
In addition, Barb has developed cutting edge web based comprehensive training programs delivering sales, recruiting and management training that provide LIVE access to Barb as well as continued, updated training materials. She has also developed a Career Portal for job seekers and has created many other training resources. Barb truly cares about improving the lives of others and it shows in everything she had done and will do in the future.
Jérôme Minier, CPA auditor, CA
Jérôme Minier is Senior Manager Corporate Finance at Toronto Stock Exchange where he participates annually to hundreds of complex and high profile commercial transactions, including direct and indirect listings or equity and debt financings in addition to reviewing on a regular basis the financial statements of business combinations. He is also lecturer, most notably for the Ordre des CPA du Québec for topics related to IFRS and business combination. He previously led the finance departments of securities brokerage firms and insurance companies and he worked for seven year in audit firms where we was responsible for the audit of public and privately held large entities in various major sectors of the economy. He holds a BA in business administration from Université Laval and a specialized graduate diploma in public accounting from Hautes Études Commerciales. He is a chartered public accountant since 2001.
Dominic Lévesque joined Randstad in early 2006 as a staffing consultant. Throughout his career, he held many management positions within the General Staffing division, which allowed him to develop his leadership and business development skills. In 2008 to 2011, he managed the Quebec City Area, contributing to the tremendous growth of the company in that market. Dominic was then, from 2011 to 2014, Vice-President for the Randstad "General Staffing" division in Eastern Canada responsible for 12 branches in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. In September 2014, Dominic was promoted again to Executive Vice-President for Randstad Professionals. He now oversees the Professionals services division across the country for the Finance & Accounting, HR, and Sales & Marketing specialties.
Also National Board Member of ACSESS (The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services), Dominic acts as a spokesperson for Randstad Canada, discussing employment, legislation and labour market trends in various conferences and media interviews. His passion for the recruitment industry, for people and for performance led him to become a key member of the Randstad Canada Group.
Dane Reese, CSP
Reese is founder and CEO of PeopleAxiom, a recruiting and training firm dedicated to helping clients attract, hire, develop, manage, and retain high performance sales people. In the staffing industry since 1995, Reese has worked in and managed a variety of disciplines from light industrial to professional. Prior to founding PeopleAxiom, he built a number of sales teams producing a total of $127 million sales in his capacity as CEO of two Regional staffing companies and Regional Vice President for a National staffing company. PeopeAxiom focuses exclusively on the sales niche and provides executive search, recruitment process outsourcing, sales training and coaching, marketing lead generation, and contract staffing. Reese currently serves on the Board of the American Staffing Association (ASA), is a past president of the Texas Association of Staffing, an ASA-affiliated chapter, past chair of the ASA chapter relations committee, and past chair of the association's policy council for the technical, IT, and scientific section.