Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte - High School

    Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte - High School

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Loyalist College
376 Wallbridge-Loyalist
Belleville, Ontario K8N 5B9

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Generation Z - this one's for you!

You’ve been described as   “…the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation in history,” “millennials on steroids” and the “igeneration.”  

This Startup Weekend is completely for you. Engage, connect, collaborate, compete and CELEBRATE! Meet new people with ideas, creativity and the drive to make something happen. Come with your own idea OR with the desire to be part of a team that turns an idea into a real business in just three days!

Learn what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know. The only way to learn is the experience of trying.

Social Researcher Mark McCrindle writes, “they (Generation Z) don’t just represent the future, they are creating it.”

If you are in high school, register to be part of the FIRST EVER Startup Weekend in the Bay of Quinte and start creating the future! 

Startup Weekend™ is a 54-hour weekend event, during which participants pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of December 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend is a Techstars Startup Program and is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

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Friday June 2nd

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

9:30 pm
Jam Session and Social Time
Social time with new team members and other participants. The Friday program ends at 10:30 pm

10:30 pm

Saturday June 3rd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:45 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm

5:45 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

12:45 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Clean-Up


Peter Gabriel

No Limits founded in 2012 and became a non profit corporation on November 07, 2014.Peter and Brenda Gabriel who have three children, including one who has autism, have over 20 + years of experience working with youth through coaching and mentoring. In 2012 they developed the concept of No Limits and began creating opportunities that their community didn’t offer, that were inspired by their own children because there were shortfalls on the choices available. They also wanted to keep fees as low as possible, so that ALL youth (including those with special adaptive needs) would have the chance to explore, discover, and achieve success.They are both very passionate about making a difference in their community. Peter and Brenda believe that youth who have more opportunities to discover themselves, develop stronger self-confidence and see a brighter future. They believe that youth require these experiences to achieve their full potential. When it comes to potential, there are NO LIMITS! It’s what every child deserves, right?

Event Judges

Karen Fischer
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Karen Fischer is an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, working as part of a very dynamic team in Eastern Ontario.  Her role is to assist rural municipalities, rural business organizations, sector organizations, and community groups through coaching, training, building partnerships and providing resources and tools to help increase economic and community development capacity.   Prior to this position, Karen was Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Provincial Specialist with OMAFRA, as well as Economic Development Manager for Frontenac County and the Town of Petawawa.  Karen has worked in small rural communities for most of her career.  She has an in-depth knowledge and is very passionate about business retention and expansion, business and community development, Teeny Tiny communities, local food, and helping to build vital rural communities.    Karen graduated from University of Guelph, with a major in Environmental Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies.  She attained a Certificate in Municipal Administration from St. Lawrence College.   She resides in the rural Village of Consecon on beautiful Wellers Bay, and has a great love for nature, kayaking, motorcycling, travel, and photography.

Gail Walker

Gail is a collaborative strategy guru who enjoys uncovering intuitive insights to help organizations solve tough problems, envision their future and achieve their goals. Gail divides her time between her marketing consulting practice (The Millrace Group), lecturing in marketing (Schulich School of Business) and serving on boards. Gail and her husband live in both Lonsdale (Tyendinaga) and mid-town Toronto. 

Dianna Brant

I come from a family of Entrepreneurs.  I have worked for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for 5 years and for the Markham Board of Trade for 2 years. 

Glenn Kozak
Executive Director Trenval Business Development Corporation

Graduate of York University (Urban Studies and Geography)·         

Post Graduate work in Urban Renewal/Environmental Studies

Extensive Real Estate Development experience

Previous Self Employment Multi-Unit Restaurant owner/operator

Not for Profit Board Governance in Community and Economic Development, Startup Programs and job creation

Coaches and Mentors

Casey Campbell
Senior Director Advertising, North America

Casey has a background in technology consulting and enterprise applications, but found it unbearably boring.  He has been enjoying a career in the mobile video games and media business for the past twelve years.  Casey currently directs the North American advertising sales team for Gameloft, the most downloaded mobile games publisher in the world, working with brands like Kelloggs, Disney and Universal Music.

Dustin Crenna

'I have no idea what I'm doing!' is Dustin's daily mantra that he repeats often while running his businesses. Dustin is a fifteen year veteran of the video game industry working as a composer and sound designer. After moving to Prince Edward Country, Dustin started his own video game/audio production company called 'Idea Moose Entertainment' which has released two small mobile games so far and is always developing new ideas from the comfort of his own home.  The company also helps other game developers with their audio needs.

Jeff Keegan

I am the extremely proud father a 4 great children Madisyn 13, Braeden 11, Logan 7 and Gabriel 1.5. I spend the majority of my time at the hockey rink with 2 sons in Rep hockey or the dance studio with my Daughter. I am married to a local women Erin McWhirter.

I moved from Belleville to Montreal at 3 years old with my mother and lived there until I was 10 when we moved to Brampton Ontario. I went to a high school Mayfield Secondary School of Theatre arts as a Drama Major,  while in high school I got my first taste for business when I was selected for a pilot program for the peel board of education. There were a total of 5 students from across the region selected we spent one semester of co-op working directly with community business professionals. The  goal was to complete a business plan with the help of lawyers, accountants, and other required professionals. Once our business plan was completed and approved we were given office space and access to fund to start the business.  My business was an import business. I worked with a manufacturer from China and we tried to bring in a new version of the Frisbee. Using the connections provided to us and community business networking meetings I attended I was able to set up a meeting with one of the buyers from Zellers who spent 30 min trying to figure out how I got the meeting and 5 minutes explaining why they were not interested in the product. Great learning experience.
Although I was at best a 60% student for most of high school in my OAC year I decided I wanted to go to university. I told my counselor  who nicely suggested I have a backup. I ended my OAC with a 90+ average and attended Queen's University where I studied Economics and Politics.
While I was going to Queen's I developed a strong interest in technology. University was not the best place to learn this trade so in my free time I went to St Lawrence and got a diploma in computer Networking. I also wrote the LSAT just in case (however I quickly realized a law career was not in my future)
I graduated in the spring 2000 and started my first business within a few weeks. Net Sync Solutions which specialized in IT services for car dealerships. It started with a small dealership in Orangeville Ontario and quickly grew to manage over 100 dealerships from Durham to Niagara Fall and The GTA. Along with the dealerships I  worked closely with Toyota / Lexus Canada and Honda Canada and the sub brands.
In 2008 I sold Net Sync Solutions and moved to Belleville for Family reasons. I spent a few years working for a local business and quickly realized that working for others doesn't work for me.
My partner and I started Accelerated Media at Star bucks at the Quinte Mall because we couldn't afford an office. Once we felt we had over stayed our welcome there we moved on the the belleville library. We spent our time developing our main products and services and the business process that would form the main structure of our current business. Currently Accelerated Media employs 10 people and we manage almost 200 businesses digital marketing programs across eastern Ontario.
Accelerated Media Solution is not your typical marketing company. Our main focus is to ensure that our clients businesses are found online when and where prospective clients are looking for them. Businesses use to have yellow pages to accomplish this in local markets now they need the internet and thats where we come in.

Michelle Christmann
Community Relations Officer

Michelle Christmann is the Community Relations Officer, and is responsible for community and member engagement, financial literacy and co-operative education programs, and assists with marketing and public relations. Michelle studied Illustration at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

Jennifer Keilty-Friesen

Jennifer is a principal of People Minded Business.  People Minded Business is in the business of boosting innovation and quality (I+Q) in health and human services. They work with forward thinking organizations to develop the mindset and skillset - the know & how - to create change in people's lives.  Their work is grounded in consultation, design thinking and creative problem solving.

Jennifer is well recognized by clients for delving into projects with unbridled enthusiasm, being sharp as a tack, and peppering conversations with her clever wit. Regardless of whether the clients come from health or human services, government or private industry, Jennifer is able to quickly attune to the culture of the people she works with, assess and assist them to clearly articulate a path forward. Prior to consulting, Jennifer held leadership and management positions in several community service organizations, including a legal centre for people with disabilities in Sydney, Australia where she also completed her Masters degree in Public Health. A keen learner and analytical thinker, Jennifer has her Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence Certification and has extensive training in creative problem solving and design thinking. Together, she and Janeen are sought after presenters who speak on the topics of innovation – how to plan for it, implement it and evaluate it, quality management, outcomes measurement, leadership, and learning organizations.

Tammatha Denyes
Cloud Bookkeeper Evangelist

A Certified Professional Bookkeeper, Ecclesiast, QBO Pro-adviser and empowering collaborator with over 25 years of bookkeeping, accounting and advisory services experience. Tammatha is an empowering inspiration with a mission to continually evolve her ever growing business. With over a decade of experience in the field, Tammatha has become a prominent businesswoman with a 100% virtual, paperless, cloud based accounting firm in Quinte West and North America.

Tammatha's objective is to provide value pricing and profitability to businesses along side exceptional, up to date bookkeeping and financial records. At a recent Institute of Professional Bookkeepers conference in British Columbia Tammatha was one of five hand chosen individuals to be an inductee into the Black Swan Program. This is a program for the elite in the Bookkeeping/Accounting field who all share the same ideals of providing value pricing, profitability and exceptional services to their clientele.

Bob Millard

For 23+ years Bob’s family has participated in a variety of sports and leisure activities within Belleville.   Bob is currently the Program Coordinator and a Professor for the Loyalist College ESBL (Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch) Post Grad Program. Bob is also a Professor in the School of Business at Loyalist where his primary focus is developing experiential learning opportunities for Business students as they work with local businesses helping them to overcome the challenges they face within all aspects of their business. In 2011 Bob was awarded the Faculty "Distinction" Award for contributions he has made to Loyalist College and to the Belleville business community.   Bob has a Masters of Adult Education degree and an Industrial Engineering degree.  His Master’s thesis included the development of a program where his Loyalist College students helped local businesses to address their economic, social, and environmental challenges.   Bob was Faculty Advisor for Enactus Loyalist from 2009-2015. He founded the Enactus Loyalist student team; during their first four years they won multiple National/Regional awards ranging from “Best-Startup Team” and “Best Start-up Faculty”, to "TD Entrepreneurship Challenge" and "2010 Most Improved Team".   Bob has supported/guided positive growth within the business community as a Launch Lab Board of Director as well as Resource Board Member for both Hastings County and Lennox and Addington Enterprise Facilitation helping new entrepreneurs to successfully launch their businesses.    Bob’s true passion is helping startup entrepreneurs to overcome the challenges they face as they work through the development of their business model canvas components.   Prior to joining Loyalist College in August 2001 Bob was Materials Control Manager and ERP Manager for Invar Manufacturing in Batawa and prior to this he held the same management positions at Halla Climate Control in Belleville.  He was responsible for managing all Materials Control functions within a fast-paced automotive components parts manufacturer including Customer Service, Production and Inventory Control, Purchasing and Receiving, and Logistics Management. While working at Halla Climate Control Bob was the Project Leader/Manager for Halla’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementation project; Bob was awarded the SyteLine ERP software “Global ERP Implementation of the Year” award for 1997.    Prior to Halla, Bob was self-employed working as an ERP Applications Consultant and as a Business Consultant helping organizations to reengineer their business processes to improve their operational productivity levels while maximizing the functionality of their ERP business systems.   During his consulting years Bob obtained his CPIM certification with APICS; he taught the APICS “CPIM”, and “Fundamentals of Operations Management” certification courses for 20+ years. When Bob first graduated from Ryerson (after obtaining his Engineering degree) he held a variety of Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering Management positions with Murata Erie in Trenton and an IE Consulting and IE Manager positions with Canada Packers in Toronto and Montreal. These positions provided him excellent hands-on experience helping management teams to develop cost effective business processes.

Danny Costello

I run a software testing and branch management company out of my home.  We currently work in the automation of testing and branch management.     We specialize in shortening the software cycle by developing an automated test cycle and customizing the branch management tasks to provide a solution that balances risk tolerance with speed of delivery.

Prior to that I was a system management specialist working through contract for the Canadian forces, supporting and integrating the command and control system.

Debbie Armstrong

Debbie Armstrong is our Branch Manager of Sidney Street and RCAF branches. Debbie is a Loyalist grad with 29 years of experience in the financial services industry, 19 of which have been in the credit union system. Debbie is known for her strong leadership at Quinte First, and has extensive knowledge of many different areas within the credit union.

Carrie Gregoire

Carrie Gregoire is a CPA, CGA and is the President and CEO of Quinte First Credit Union. Carrie has been with Quinte First for 11 years. As the CEO of the only locally owned financial institution in the Quinte area, Carrie understands the importance of local businesses and believes in the importance of providing resources and encouragement to local startups and young entrepreneurs. Prior to Quinte First, Carrie spent 7 years with Wilkinson and Company LLP. Carrie was born and raised in Belleville and is a graduate of Loyalist College.

Kodie Trahan-Guay

Kodie Trahan-Guay is currently a Member Service Representative with Quinte First.  Kodie is a graduate of Loyalist College, where she studied journalism and public relations. Kodie has experience running social media platforms, is recognized for her creative ideas and is a valued member of our team.

Madison Potter

Madison Potter is a recent hire to Quinte First, and she joins us as a Member Service Representative. Madison graduated from St.Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario where she studied Graphic Design.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte - High School team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Studies - Business Launch Program (ESBL)

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Belleville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Mary
  • Kristie
  • Paige
  • Arshdeep
  • Bob
  • Bryon
  • Brett
  • Tracy
  • Benjamin
  • Scott


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around North America exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is also a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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