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Guest Speaker: Diana Miret

January 28, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

I am a Numbers Whisperer. I can tell a business’ story just by looking at their numbers. I developed this superpower after years of studies and skilled training. I have a BA in Accounting and Finance and spent much time on the Dean’s List at the University of Cincinnati. Michael Hammer (MIT) has certified me as a Process Master. I am also Pink Elephant certified ITIL Master and hold a green belt in Six Sigma and Lean Sigma. As with most superheroes, I use my superpowers for good. And that is why I have set out to do with my coaching practice – The Business Profit Coach LLC.

With my combined 35+ years as a corporate executive at companies ranging from the major banks in Canada to DOT COMs, I leverage my expertise in project management, planning, and business profitability to help small business NOT become extinct.

My clients are entrepreneurs and attorneys that have one priority in common: profitability. am set apart from most other business coaches in that I am also a certified life coach that uses this skill to uncover emotional issues with money that often is the catalyst of poor money management.

As a highly sought after speaker on this topic and I have appeared on the international podcast – The Digital Nomad where I talked profit with young millennials that enjoy working in foreign countries.

In addition to being a lover of numbers, I am deeply passionate about reading and have over 73 business books in my library. Besides being an avid reader, I am also a committed runner. In fact, I have never met a marathon I didn’t like. I have run 25 half marathons will complete my 11th full marathon in Barcelona, Spain in March 2021.

Travel makes my heart sing and I am the poster child for “citizen of the world” having lived in all the Americas (North, South, and Central).

Guest Speaker: Doug Taylor

January 20, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

A Paralegal since 2012, Doug is an E-Learning CPD Instructor at LearnFormula (CPD for Law). Doug has been
involved with OPA since 2013 serving on the Government and LSO (Law Society of Ontario) Relations, Events
(Paralegal Cup), and Communications (Today’s Paralegal Newsletter) committees. Doug brings over a decade of
experience with Ontario Small Claims Court and Paralegal experience in public sector administrative law,
primarily within the context of regulatory compliance-based legal environments. 

Doug’s diverse background also includes over 20 years of client-facing experience in the technology industry and as an entrepreneur including as a successful small business owner of several technology services companies and as a
support specialist with Humber’s Information Technology Services division. Over 15 years of client-facing customer
service and sales experience in the financial services industry including in the role as a portfolio manager in the bank’s National Enterprise Risk and Portfolio Management team, and in a fiduciary role as a licensed financial advisor for investments and a licensed insurance agent, managing his practice. Over 4 years of experience in the human resources industry including as a people leader in the bank’s National Risk Management division and as a Workers Compensation Coordinator.

Guest Speaker: Jasmine Daya

January 26, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Jasmine Daya is a lawyer and the Managing Principal of Jasmine Daya & Co. She is also a published author, blogger, podcaster and speaker.


Jasmine graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in December 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She completed the Canadian Securities Course in 2004.  Prior to commencing her undergraduate studies, Jasmine completed a Pre-college Summer program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jasmine graduated from Queen’s University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws. While at Queen’s, Jasmine was the recipient of the Reuben Wells Leonard prize in Business law and an active volunteer within the Queen’s Law community.  During the Summer of 2003, Jasmine completed an International and Comparative Law Program through Tulane University that was hosted by McGill University.

After completion of the Bar Admissions Course and exams, Jasmine commenced her articles in 2005 and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. While continuing to practice as a full-time lawyer, Jasmine studied at Osgoode Hall graduating in 2009 with a Master of Laws.

Guest Speaker: MP Dan Albas

January 4, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Dan Albas, Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola, is currently the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

Dan  is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top ten most active Members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and also continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

Guest Speaker: Lucy Jeffrey

January 25, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

As a global social media trainer, Lucy loves and enjoys helping businesses globally achieve the same career growth that she achieved growing my businesses online. She has a background as a former High School Teacher, former Senior Manager in the Banking Industry, and many years in sales and marketing and business ownership.

If you are in business, Lucy created ‘The Entrepreneur Nation™’ for you to connect with other like-minded business owners in your City and Worldwide. ‘The Nation’ of entrepreneurs has all the resources you need to grow your business. Feel free to connect with other entrepreneurs here:

Guest Speaker: Julius Melnitzer

January 22, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

As a Toronto-based legal affairs writer and editor, Julius draws extensively from my 17 years as a practicing trial lawyer, as well as his 25 years as a legal affairs journalist. With over 200 appearances in the Ontario Court of Appeal and regular mandates in the Supreme Court of Canada, and his time as a trial and appellate lawyer, gave him a strong foundation and ready access to extensive legal knowledge, which he has incorporated into my writing in the years since.

Julius has been published in most of the major dailies in Canada, including a regular column for the National Post and articles for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Ottawa Citizen. His work has also appeared in virtually every major Canadian trade journal with a focus on law and the business of law, including Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Benefits Canada, and The Lawyer’s Daily, as well as in various US and UK publications. To date, he has more than 3,200 articles in print and has written two books: Maximum, Minimum, Medium: An Account of my Experiences with Canada’s Prison System, and Dirty White Collar: A Novel.

Over the last few years he has worked with national and regional law firms in a number of capacities—namely, writer, editor, ghostwriter, and public relations consultant—to produce content ranging from White Papers to website articles, from conference coverage to media strategy.

Guest Speaker: Liran Kandin

January 21, 2021 @ 9:30 AM 10:30 AM

Liran is passionate and driven to make the Canadian bar as diverse and welcoming as it can be. Over the past eight years, he has assisted immigrant lawyers fulfill their aspirations by preparing them for recertification for the Canadian bar. To date, he has worked with over 2000 lawyers from over 60 countries.

Liran has a diverse background with C-level management expierence including sitting on the board of a publicly traded company, chairing a committee on corporate governance and regulations, audit committee member, compensation comittee member.

New York Attorney at Law
Ontario Barrister & Solicitor

Specialties: Law, Strategic Management, Business, Intellectual Property, Finance, Accounting, IT 

Guest Speaker: Devra Mitrup

January 19, 2021 @ 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Devrup is an experienced Lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Relationship Management, Open Source Licensing, Software Licensing, and Legal Contract Review. Strong legal professional with a Master of Laws – LLM focused in IP Commercialization, Advanced Contracts and ADR (Mediation & Principled Negotiation) from UNSW. 

Guest Speaker: MPP Sheref Sabawy

January 18, 2021 @ 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Sheref Sabawy is the Ontario PC Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills.  

A long-time community activist and volunteer, Sheref has lived in Mississauga with his wife Mary, and his two sons for over 20 years.  

Sheref has more than 30 years of experience working in the IT sector as both an entrepreneur and as a professor at George Brown and Centennial College.  

As the PC MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills, Sheref wants to deliver better health care, education, and good paying jobs to his constituents. He also wants to fight for more affordable hydro and lower taxes. Sheref is a strong voice at Queen’s Park, where he ensures Mississauga’s needs are a priority for the government.