Thank you for your interest in our speaker series Ignite. Due to the fires in Fort McMurray, we have had to postpone our event to the fall, check back later as more details will be updated on this page. Below is a list of who will be speaking at our event.

Presenter Bio Lineup:



Manjit Minhas is 35 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.  This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is the newest Dragon on the hit TV show  Dragons Den on CBC in its 10 season.

Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of the Minhas Breweries and Distillery.  She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, when she launched her beer in Alberta with her partner and brother, Ravinder Minhas.  Together, they gave the big boys a run for their money, thereby becoming the first successful company to enter the Canadian beer industry in many decades. Currently, she has over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines.  Her products are sold in 5 provinces ( Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan , Manitoba and British Columbia), as well as 45 states throughout the USA and 16 other countries .

Over the last few years, wherever Manjit and Ravinder have entered the marketplace, and especially in Canada, they have single headedly caused a huge stir in the marketplace.  To date, her companies have sold over 6 billion pints of beer!  Many beer drinkers in Canada and USA have welcomed her style of beer as a tasty alternative to the higher priced mediocre beers that dominate the market place.


Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness in the workplace. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada. She is a leader in the conceptualization and communication of workplace health issues and the creation of related treatment manuals and clinical tools. Dr. Samra is a passionate advocate for organizational change. She is a frequent media commentator and presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across Canada and the United States.

Dr. Samra has an active and dynamic record of applied research and clinical work. She is Director of an organizational and media consulting practice and maintains an active clinical practice.


Dave Vass has been marketing online for over 10 years. There’s no diploma or degree for what Dave knows… you can only learn it from real world experience. Dave has successfully created multiple online web applications overseeing the entire project from ground up. Since Dave has created his own web products he truly understands how design, branding, and marketing all come together. Dave is also a SEO expert and has helped get hundreds of websites ranked to the top of Google. There’s no better guy to have overseeing your search engine optimization strategy than Dave. Just one meeting with him and you’ll see how much knowledge and experience he’s acquired from years of doing it.

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