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Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Facilitator

Wendy Woods, M.B.A
Founder & Principal
Watershed Training Solutions

Wendy Woods brings over a decade's worth of corporate training and coaching experience specializing in Leadership and Resilience. By focusing on Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Neuroscience, she helps her clients leverage their time, increase their effectiveness, and achieve better results.

Prior to Watershed, Wendy worked for leading Bay Street companies such as Dynamic Mutual Funds, Richardson Greenshields and RBC Dominion Securities. She has her Honours B.A. in Psychology, an M.B.A., a Certificate in Adult Education, a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, and a license in Emotional Intelligence (MHS).

Morning Sector Hub Panelists

Sophie Turner
Brazen & Co.

Sophie Turner, a Career & Brand Coach, specializes in working with leaders and business owners to create greater confidence in their communications in how they present themselves, lead and manage, so that they and their teams go on to accomplish remarkable things.

With an extensive 20+ year brand, marketing, and communications background, Sophie’s has held various public facing roles leadership positions managing people, media, and brands for global brands such as NIKE, American Express, and Habitat For Humanity prior to creating her collaborative coaching and professional development practice.

William H. Smalley, MBA, CSP
Route Five International Inc. (RFI)

Bill honed his leadership and communication skills in a 30 year career in B2B, consumer marketing, domestic and international sales. An award winning expert in marketing strategy and business development he has held management positions in the building materials, promotion, and telecom industries. His international experience includes business development work in the Middle East and Asia.

Bill teaches negotiation skills at the University of Toronto and has been featured on CBC Marketplace as a negotiation consultant. He is also the author of "Intelligent Selling(tm)" a next generation sales process based on collaboration.

Nina Nie, MBA
Career Consultant

Nina Nie, MBA, a seasoned career consultant, who has helped thousands of people achieve career success for over 7 years. Her previous experience also includes over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing and setting up new businesses.

She is passionate about helping people break through their limiting beliefs to achieve their dreams and goals through sharing inventive job search tactics, non-traditional career paths, tools for aspiring entrepreneurs and career tips.

Oktay Kesebi
Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

Oktay is a senior marketing and innovation strategist helping organizations succeed and thrive in today's and tomorrow's competitive multicultural landscape. With over a decade of experience, he has worked for leading global companies such as Adobe, Telus, Digital Vision, Now Public, ACD Systems, and ATB Financial helping them to seize new market opportunities.

As an accomplished educator, Oktay has taught marketing, e-commerce, Web 2.0 technologies, project management and digital design at a number of leading schools including the Vancouver Film School, The Alberta College of Art and Design and The University of Lethbridge. Currently he is completing his Master's degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.

Liz Oke
Trust Marketing

Liz is a strategic change agent and coaches marketing teams through strategy, process and implementation. She draws on an impressive portfolio of professional knowledge in her training, including digital marketing strategy, measurement of online properties, project management, SEO, social media, website rebuilds and content marketing. Liz holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, a certificate in Design from Humber College and a certificate in E-Business and Web Marketing from the University of Toronto.

Liz also teaches Foundations of Digital Marketing at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and serves on the Advisory Board at McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education. Liz provides objective advice and education on the best approach businesses should take, depending on their industry, target market and product. Liz coaches businesses in making important choices with their marketing.

Dr. Horatio Morgan
Associate Professor of Global Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Dr. Horatio Morgan is an Associate Professor of Global Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. His research interests include international entrepreneurship with a focus on immigrant entrepreneurs. Specifically, he evaluates immigrants’ contributions to the development, innovation performance, internationalization and success of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises.

Dr. Morgan's work has been published in internationally recognized academic journals, and major industry reports in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada and others. Based on his research and expertise, he has substantially contributed towards evidence-based policy-making aimed at incorporating Canada's diverse immigrant communities in its export promotion agenda.