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Immigrant Business Expo

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Metro Hall

55 John Street

Toronto, ON M5V 3C6


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All the information you need to start, grow, and manage your own small business in Canada.

Organized by NEW CANADIANS Web and TV Show, in collaboration with a number of leading immigrant-serving organizations in Toronto, the first Immigrant Business Expo (IBE) is a one-day exhibition including workshops and small business clinics assisting new immigrant and refugee business owners.

Date: October 22, 2016; 9:30am to 2:30pm

Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Toronto

Canada has a long and successful history of immigrant entrepreneurship. Many new immigrants and refugees aspire to own a profitable small business. However, there are specific challenges new immigrants face when starting and operating a small business in the Canadian business landscape.

IBE aims to assist new immigrants in navigating the sometimes complex requirements of operating a small business in Canada. IBE will connect them with government-funded and other community services and supports that help newcomers start or grow their own small businesses.


  • Panel discussion by leading immigrant entrepreneurs

  • Marketplace for immigrant-serving organizations and business service providers that support new immigrants with starting a business in Canada

  • Marketplace for immigrant entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and services

  • Workshops on business topics and resources

  • Small business clinics with business experts and coaches 


9:15am > Registration

9:30am – 2:30pm > Marketplace

9:45am > Opening Remarks

  • o   Gerard Keledjian, Executive Producer, NEW CANADIANS TV
  • o   Vera Dodic, Manager, Toronto Newcomer Office, City of Toronto 

10:00am > Keynote Speaker

  • o   Mohamad Fakih, President and CEO, Paramount Fine Foods

10:15am > Panel Discussion - Start Up Financing and Grants for Newcomer Business

  • o   Aman El Duweini, Founder and CEO, Grant Dynamix Consultancy 
  • o   Catherine Leteinturier-Guisse, Manager, BDC Business Centre (Toronto)
  • o   Mahboob Bolandi, Founder of Karafarin Canada (Entrepreneurship Network), and CEO of Texers Inc. 
  • o   Susan Henry, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility and Micro-Financing Programs, Alterna Savings Credit Union

11:00am–2:45pm > Workshops

11:00am – 12:45pm: The Buyer/Seller Dance - Christopher Kelly, Owner of Sandler Training - Toronto 

11:30am – 12:15pm: Starting a Small Business in Toronto - Ronit Goldenberg, Economic Development and Culture, Enterprise Toronto

12:30pm – 1:15pm: Start Up Finances and Cash Flow for Small Business - Otis Mushonga, Program Coordinator, ACCESS Community Capital Fund

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Networking Simplified - Gloria Pierre, Clearly Speaking

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Legal Basics for Small Business - Matthew Wiens, Pro Bono Law Ontario

2:00pm – 2:45pm: Resources for Researching Your Business - Alessya Quattrociocchi, Librarian (Business, Science and Technology) and Entrepreneur in Residence Coordinator

11:00am – 2:00pm – Small Business Clinic


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