60th Annual Conference & Showcase

February 7-9, 2017

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre


Dr. Mary Monohue

Named as one of the 18 Outstanding Women In Tech, in 2015, by RdigitalLife, and Diversity MBA’s top 50 under 50 in 2015, Dr. Donohue is a passionate advocate of revolutionizing today’s workforce training through technology and internal talent.

She believes passionately in the art of conversation, the value of team and outcome based training.

A cancer survivor who worked with Paul Newman, learned from Robert Kennedy Jr, made her movie debut with former Toronto Mayor David Miller, and was briefly (very briefly) a Supreme with Diana Ross, Dr. Mary Donohue is often described as a force of nature.

As Founder of the Donohue Mentoring System™ she designs communication training that provide people with a roadmap to become people developers and achieve a better work/life balance.

Dr. Mary is a world-renowned speaker and TEDX presenter, television personality and columnist. Her work appears in the Huffington Post and Financial Post.


Rahaf Harfoush

Rahaf Harfoush is the co-founder of Red Thread Inc, a consulting agency that provides clients with out-of-the-box thinking to tackle strategic challenges. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland where she researched and identified start-ups that were using technology to improve the state of the world. Harfoush was responsible for managing the Web & IT category of the programme and in integrating the companies within her portfolio into the Forum's global network, various initiatives and regional events, such as Davos, the Annual Meeting in Switzerland, and the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China. As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Harfoush has delivered presentations across the globe. She is also an in-demand moderator and Master of Ceremonies for panels and events.


Terry Stuart

Chief Innovation Officer
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When some of the world’s leading brands need to discuss innovation strategies or figure out how to get ready for disruption, Terry Stuart often gets the call. As Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer, Terry’s job is to be a “constructive disruptor”, helping both the firm and clients thrive in a world where exponential change is in the driver’s seat and is not obeying the speed limit. A creative thinker with an idea every nanosecond, a meeting with Terry leaves people itching to jump out of the present and bounce into the future.

Terry leads Deloitte’s ecosystem strategy in Canada. He drives our D{ } initiative at Communitech and Deloitte’s participation at OneEleven, MaRS and the Ryerson DMZ. He helps connect new startups with large corporations.

As well, Terry is on Deloitte’s Global Innovation Executive and helps connect Canadian companies to the latest trends in global accelerators (Israel, Australia, Germany and the UK).

Animated and passionate, Terry speaks to audiences across the country (C2Mtl, TedX, C-Suite Exponential Technology series, etc.) and abroad. Terry is a master connector and finds value in meeting with everyone in the innovation ecosystem—he finds inspiration everywhere.

The word innovation can sometimes be used in a cavalier way, but in Terry’s mind it matters. Canada’s productivity is on the line and innovation is what will propel the country forward to help future generations be successful.


Bill Rogerson

Bill was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba before moving to Ontario in 1991 to study Urban Planning at Carleton University.

Upon graduation he moved to Kingston in 1998 to help start Enterprise Rent a Car’s Canadian operations and successfully launched 3 new offices in the 1000 Islands region.

He has a passion for renewable energy and managed a pilot project that saw the installation of the first 50 solar hot water heaters on the roofs of Kingston area homes.

He worked as the Asset and Infrastructure Manager for the Town of Gananoque before accepting the challenge of bringing the vision of the Aquatarium to life.

When not working Bill can be found at the track where he donates his time as a high performance driving Instructor.


Joe Pulla

At age 17, Joe Pulla took the reins at his family’s bourgeoning company, Johnvince Foods, and never looked back. Nearly 40 years later, after pioneering the bulk food movement in North America, and with the acquisition of Planters Peanuts in 1995, his company has evolved into the largest nut processor in Canada. Among many other food business acquisitions, in 2014, Joe added Aurora Importing and Distributing, one of Canada’s largest importers of Italian foods, into his armoury. Operating over a collective 1MM sq. ft., and over numerous Canadian and US locations, his group of companies now service an impressive number of retailers throughout North America. Via his property management company, JRP Citadel, Joe’s multifaceted and assertive approach to business, together with his love for travel, has also resulted in an inspiring real estate portfolio. Perhaps most fittingly, however, mentoring and investing in small local businesses is what drives him most. In Ontario alone, Joe counts Colborne’s Big Apple, Prince Edward County’s Waupoos Winery and Barley Days Brewery, and Belleville’s Donini Chocolates, as few of his most prized projects.


Peter J. Doyle

Peter Doyle has more than 25 years’ experience developing and managing projects, entertainment and tourism facilities including aquariums, theme parks and special events.  Peter has worked in Canada and internationally and has been involved in the successful opening of ten different projects.

Peter returned home to the Toronto area and joined Ripley Entertainment in 2012 as General Manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  In this position Peter is responsible for overseeing the successful opening and the ongoing management of Toronto’s newest attraction.

Prior to joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Peter lived in Singapore where he was Vice-President of Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa. In this role he was responsible for the final development, set up and opening of the Marine Life Park which consists of the world’s largest aquarium and integrated waterpark. 

Other experiences include:

  • Senior Vice President, Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, UAE
  • Director Operation, Ocean Park in Hong Kong, China
  • General Manager, Arctic Winter Games, Yellowknife, Canada
  • Manager of Spectator Services, 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary, Canada
  • Assistant to the VP Operations, EXPO86, Vancouver, Canada
  • Walt Disney World, Orlando, USA

Peter is an active participant in the tourism industry in Canada.  Presently he is Chair of Tourism Toronto and a member of Destination Canada’s US Marketing Committee. 

This work experienced is combined with an MBA in Hospitality & Tourism from the University of Guelph in Canada.

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  • Rahaf Harfoush

    Co-founder of Red Thread Inc

  • Mary Donohue

    Passionate advocate

  • Terry Stuart

    “Constructive Disruptor”

If you work in the field of economic development, you need to register for the 2017 EDCO Conference!

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