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TradeStorm Speaker Bios

(in order of appearance)

Kevin McIntosh, CNO, NewPath Network

Kevin McIntosh has over 15 years experience in business development including 10 years as managing partner with a successful Executive Search and HR consulting firm.  For the past three years, Kevin has turned his focus toward technology helping start-ups bring their products to market, reinventing established companies and brands, and entering new markets by developing relationships with technology partners and resellers. He is currently Vice President, Business Development for Retail Systems Group and an active member of the NewPath Executive Team focusing on networking, communications and business development.  

Alex Sirota , Founder, NewPath Network

Alex Sirota is the Founder of NewPath Network which he concieved in 2001 when he started his management consulting company that serviced the non-profit sector. His experience is mainly in the development of software and strategies designed to take advantage of technology in non-profit and public sector settings. He has worked as a developer at Apple Computer Inc. in California and Texas as well as a product manager at two successful technology companies in Toronto. At Toronto's FloNetwork Inc. (now DoubleClick) he was responsible for the product release of 3 major versions of FloNetwork's email campaign management solution over a span of almost 2 years. Alex has managed the implementation and roll-out of a pan-Canadian content management system for Junior Achievement of Canada and was project manager for the successful Canada-wide rollout of the online donation system for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Alex decided to focus on the not-for-profit sector to assist organizations in taking advantage of information technology on a local, regional, national and global scale across the organization. He has a keen understanding of how important managing scope, resources and timeline is to an IT project in an NPO or Government setting. He is well versed in a variety of technology applications that are readily available off-the-shelf as well as open-source solutions. Since founding NewPath, Alex has developed a highly effective network of independent consultants that can respond to a variety of challenges an organization may have whether strategic or tactical.
Most recently Alex has been busy with several projects, practicing agile project management techniques, developing systems that support the strategic goals of an organization and most importantly raising his 5-year old son, Aaron

Ushnish Sengupta , Director of Research, Co-Founder, Rotman NeXus

Ushnish Sengupta brings more than ten years of experience in public and private sector strategy and operations management to Rotman Nexus. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Toronto and has worked for a wide variety of organizations, including federal crown corporations and high-tech startups.  Ushnish is the founder and past president of the Net Impact chapter at the Rotman School of Management, an organization whose goals include applying MBA skills to social issues, and also co-founder and Research Director of Rotman NeXus, a non-profit consulting group specializing in Linking Business Minds and Social Missions. Ushnish's research interests include determining Social Returns on Investment for Nonprofit organizations.

Bill Young, Founder, Social Capital Partners

Prior to founding SCP in 2001, Bill spent twenty years in the private sector leading high growth, entrepreneurial organizations. He was CEO of Hamilton Computers, a publicly traded computer company, which grew from $15 million in revenue to $250 million under his leadership and was sold to GE Capital. Bill was also the CEO and subsequently the Chairman of Optel Communications Corp (later Axxent), which was a leading CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) in the Canadian telecommunications market when he left in 2000. Bill began his career as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently sits on the Boards of Inner City Renovations Limited, the Bay Area Health Trust, Renaissance Montreal, Maxxam Analytics Inc., Vartana, and a number of Advisory Boards.

Tonya Surman, Co-Founder, Centre for Social Innovation

Tonya Surman has been helping social mission groups to collaborate, innovate and make money for over 15 years. Tonya is the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation.  She is also the founding Partnership Director for the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment. Tonya has operated and managed social enterprises for over ten years.

Lorraine McCallum , Consultant to the Not-For-Profit Sector / Member, NewPath
Lorraine is a passionate supporter of non-profits, with a 20-year background that includes an Executive Directorship at a bio-ethics institute, a long-term Board position, a successful social enterprise business, and extensive experience working overseas. She is most interested in helping organizations to increase their effectiveness by creating or strengthening revenue streams around core competencies. My expertise in creating and directing an income-generating innovation is currently available to the right organization.

Laurie Mook , Manager, Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto

Laurie Mook has degrees in accounting and international development, and a master's degree in educational policy studies. She is currently a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She developed the Expanded Value Added Statement model for social accounting, as well as several other social accounting statements. She is co-author of  What Counts: Social Accounting for Nonprofits and Cooperatives (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2003).

Phillip Smith , Principal, Community Bandwidth

Phillip is the "Simplifier of Technology" at Community Bandwidth, a Canadian consulting practice that works with progressive non-profits to explore the thoughtful use of technology toward creating a more just and sustainable society. In that role, he works with leading social justice and community organizations to examine the ways Internet technology can build online relationships, support community engagement, facilitate group collaboration, and create successful online campaigns. His recent clients include: Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the National Peace Corp Association, Grist magazine, This magazine, and New Internationalist.

Angie Mackie , MBA, CFRE, The Donnee Group

Angie has 15+ years of success, serving many of Canada's largest not-for-profit organizations. As an internal direct response manager, Angie's developed some of this country's most innovative and successful fundraising appeals. Angie has in-house experience with provincial, national and international agencies, including, Ontario March of Dimes, Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Diabetes Association. As a fundraising consultant for the last 6+ years, Angie's shared her firsthand knowledge with a great many other charities. Sure the fundraising landscape's gotten more competitive, the techniques more aggressive, the technological solutions more numerous and complex. But one thing hasn't changed for Angie…an organization's direct marketing success will be driven by how well it understands those who gave to it in the past and who might give again in the future. That is-the data.

Angie's MBA from the University of Toronto further enhanced what was already a strong strategic background. Previously Angie acquired a degree in Communications from the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University. In 2002, Angie earned her CFRE designation.


Gord Muschett, MBA, The  Donnee Group

Gord completed an MBA specializing in data-driven marketing from of the world's top graduate Marketing Programs at Cornell University.  Gord will help you to understand your data in a way that maximizes your fundraising efforts.  And if there's an opportunity to segment your data more effectively using CHAID or neural nets, well, he might try that too. Of course there's more to successful fundraising than numeric gymnastics. Data findings must be translated into executable creative strategies. So it helps that Gord can also draw upon past editorial skills to mold your data findings into compelling creative. As an editor with McGraw Hill, Gord was responsible for project managing book production from market research to final printed book. This process involved ascertaining the needs of the market and then guiding creative teams to prepare visually stunning print materials that stand out in the marketplace…the same process often followed by your direct marketing appeals. We know, it's a bit of an odd left-brain, right-brain, data/creative mix, but in fact, this is a mix that groups like Parkinson Society Canada, William Osler Health Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association now appreciate.

Rami Tabbah , Founder, Ergonaute Consulting / Member, NewPath Executive

Rami Tabbah is a product manager and a usability expert who has spent the majority of his career defining successful products that are easy to use for end users and that bring value to businesses. He is exceptionally skilled in taking a product from an idea to a reality, managing the product life cycle, the business case, defining its requirements, designing its User Interface and ensuring its usability and acceptance. He is also skilled in reengineering an existing product, transforming it to a more successful product.

He has worked in many industries during his 14-year career.  He has worked on projects in Unified Messaging, Audio Conferencing, Financial portals, Health web sites, Library systems, Desktop publishing, Document Management, Imaging, and the like and has developed excellent problem solving skills allowing him to define creative solutions. He has special interest in the financial field and passed the Canadian Securities Course. He has also created and lectured a number of courses and workshops at Polytechnique of Montreal, Schulich School of Business and Seneca College.

His varied background and related work experience have provided him with a solid technical and usability base that help him bring together technology, business and user perspectives needed to shape successful products and effective User Interaction experience.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters degree of Engineering in Human Computer Interaction with a focus on task analysis modeling techniques and methodologies. Currently, he is the communication chair of TORCHI (Toronto Computer Human Interaction society), the chief organizing officer of NewPath Network, a member of SIGCHI, the Computer Human Interaction interest group of ACM and a member of the Toronto Board of Trade. He also sits on an advisory board of a department at Humber College.

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