CanWIT Waterloo Region Chapter Presents: Pitch Perfect
Kitchener -Tomorrow you can hear experts discuss entrepreneurship from a women's point of view. Speakers Caitlin McGregor, Rosa Lupo, Diane Wolfenden, Christine Kelly, and Alayne Hynes will all share their insight into entrpreneurial obstacles and hurdles, and ways to overcome them. The event will be held from 5:50-7:30pm at Work Place One, 51 Breithaupt Street, Suite 100, Kitchener.
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Pitch your business and let the experts help you to overcome the obstacles and hurdles holding you back.
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Dedicated Experts in HR, Legal, IT, Finance will be available to answers your most pressing questions.
Caitlin Mc Gregor
Caitlin is the business engine behind Cream.hr, managing the legal, accounting and operational sides of the company. Motivated, responsible and consistent; Caitlin excels in keeping the company in line and moving forward. Cream.hr is the third startup Caitlin has been a part of.
Caitlin was previously the President of goQ software where she built the US brand of a Canadian writing software company from scratch. The company grew into a one million dollar operation in 2.5 years. Before moving into software writing, Caitlin was the first employee and Director of Operations at Me to We Style where she built the organic locally made clothing line from the ground up. This social enterprise was created to fund the world’s largest children’s charity, Free the Children.
Caitlin graduated with honors in International Development from the University of Guelph.
Rosa Lupo is a partner in the Gowlings’ Waterloo Region office and a member of the Technology Law Group as well as the firm’s Corporate Finance, Securities and M&A Groups. Her practice involves assisting companies in a wide variety of corporate transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity financings, cross-border transactions and corporate reorganizations.
Called to the Ontario Bar in 2001, Rosa received her joint LLB/MBA degree from the University of Windsor and her Hons. Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.
Diane Wolfenden is a Charter Member of the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN). GTAN is a members-only organization of accredited investors who seek investment opportunities in promising, early-stage businesses. In addition to financial support, GTAN members provides these companies with valuable mentorship and access to capital networks.
Diane's day jobas an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities in its Waterloo branch, where she helps investors protect and grow their wealth during these tumultuous economic times.
Diane believes strongly in giving back to the community. Among her volunteer activities, she is a past-Chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of governors for the Grand River Hospital Foundation.
Christine is a Small Business Advisor for the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (WRSBC) located in the Cambridge office. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre encourages and contributes to the enterprising spirit and economic vitality of our community by assisting entrepreneurs with the development of new or existing businesses. The WRSBC provides a variety of services to individuals preparing to start and grow their business. Small Business Advisors are located in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo City Hall.
Christine has been a professional educator and coach for many years, as a Small Business Advisor with the WRSBC, as a Business Advisor for Lutherwood in Kitchener and for the YMCA in Vancouver. She has collaborated with over 150 small businesses to successfully launch and develop business plans for their products and services. Christine also has owned and operated two personal businesses.
Alayne brings a wealth of knowledge to her role in Communitech with experience in program development and management, as well as fundraising and event coordination. Most recently, Alayne was the Executive Director for the Business & Education Partnership, a charitable organization delivering award-winning career exploration programs to Waterloo Region students. In her current role as Talent Program Manager, Alayne oversees a variety of opportunities to connect tech companies and talent, in order to help build Canada’s hottest tech ecosystem! A Waterloo Region product herself, Alayne is a uWaterloo grad having earned aB.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.
Established in 2005, CanWIT is a division of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance). CATA is a National non-profit trade association, based in Ottawa, that advocates for its member Canadian technology companies. CanWIT was formerly known as CATA WIT Forum.