Power Summit Canada June 16-18, 2014 — Ontario Canada L0S 1J0

Speakers & Panelists


Brian Lee Crowley is the Managing Director at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a best-selling author and a two-time winner of the Sir Antony Fisher Award for excellence in think tank publications. He has headed up the MLI in Ottawa since March 2010, coming to the role after a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies in Halifax, a former Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. and is a Senior Fellow at the Galen Institute in Washington.


A 20-year industry veteran, Danny is vice president of sales & business development for London, Ontario-based Talbot Marketing, where his primary responsibilities are building and supporting the company's Western Canadian sales partners and overseeing its corporate programs. With Danny's help, Talbot has become a mainstay on Counselor's Best Places to Work list.


Co-owner of the distributor firm RIGHTSLEEVE and winner of Counselor's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011, Mark is a founding member of PromoKitchen and is considered one of the social media pioneers in the ad specialty marketplace, specifically in the area of using video to create self-promotion campaigns.


Elson Yeung, Product Line Manager for Richmond Hill-based Ash City, is responsible for the company's design & merchandising efforts, and actively works on revitalizing and updating Ash City's brands. One of the top design experts in the promotional industry, he's received several industry accolades, including the 2013 PPPC Momentum Award and being named as one of Wearables magazine's 2012 Trendsetters. Prior to joining Ash City, Elson graduated from the International Academy of Design with a degree in Fashion Design.


Deborah is an accomplished, solution-oriented and resourceful professional, with over 25 years of progressive business experience in both the retail and promotional industry. She joined the ad specialty industry in 2000 working for various key distributors (Staples & BrandAlliance) within the Toronto, Ontario region until she joined Polyconcept in 2007, where she now manages several major accounts for PCNA.


Carol de Ville, president of The Branding Company, has been a part of the PPPC industry for more than 20 years. She has worked with Canada's largest financial institution and for one of the largest privately-owned pharmaceutical company in the world. She was PPPC's chairperson from 2011-2012, and has been instrumental in developing and delivering educational seminars for Canada, the US, Mexico City and England. Currently, her company offers full-service solutions that help clients manage their promotional branded requirements, incentivize sales, staff or years of service recognition & deliver event merchandise while working on achieving ROI.


For the past six years, Anne McKeough has been the vice president of global sales for Counselor Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products. Her responsibilities include managing the company's global sales organization and international business units, and driving sales strategy, growth, profit and client relationship management through new business development and account penetration.


Laura Hansen, president of Vancouver distributor firm Image Group, runs a dog-friendly and collegial workplace. Employees gather for birthday celebrations, golf outings, Happy Hours – just about any occasion is a reason to celebrate at this firm.


Kathy Cheng is president of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics. Her company has produced for renowned fashion retailers and designer brands both domestically and internationally. An award-winning advocate for social responsibility and mentorship, Kathy currently sits on Board for Toronto Fashion Incubator.


An industry veteran who's worked on both the distributor and supplier side of the promotional products business for more than 20 years, Teri has been with ESP Promotions since October, 2012 as its major accounts manager.


The vice president of sales at Top 40 distributor Accolade Promotion Group, Steve Pons is responsible for developing and managing corporate merchandise programs for some of Canada's leading companies. Pons also helped form Accolade Worldwide, which now has locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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David entered the industry in 1986 as a salesmen for Avon Sportswear and in 2002, he joined Counselor Top 40 distributor Genumark. He is currently the company's executive vice president and COO, as well as being PPPC's current chairman of the board.


Raman Agarwal, president & CEO of Akran Marketing, is known in the business world for his passion, entrepreneurial spirit, and managerial success. Because of his strong marketing skills, he started Akran Marketing in 2000 to cater clients in all sectors in North America – including all levels of government, educational institutions, the oil and gas industry, finance and sports.


Adam Decker, president of Logo Mats, is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Supply Chain Management. His previous leadership roles include: retail purchasing; bar and restaurant management; construction management and textile production.


Alan Chippindale is the chief business development officer for Counselor Top 40 firm, BrandAlliance, the second-largest distributor in Canada. A longtime industry executive, with experience in both the U.S. and Canadian markets, Chippindale is also a member of Counselor's Power 50 list.


Sarah White is the COO and co-founder of the distributor Fairware, recognized as one of Counselor's Fasting Growing Companies, as well as ranking on the Profit W100 and 500 lists. Sarah has been in the industry for nine years, working hard to build a brand that differentiates itself while maintaining commitment to its core values of sustainability, ethical sourcing and company culture.


Melanie is the president and founder of Two Crazy Ladies Inc., a leading promo distributor for 26 years. Her company has worked with prestigious clients like the MS Society of Canada, CNIB, McCain, Andrew Peller, LCBO, Dell and Yellow Tail, among others. She has served on the boards of PPPC and the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada, and was nominated as the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.


Peter Howard was appointed manager of business development, Canada Brokerage, for UPS Canada in November, 2013. In this role Peter oversees the Canada brokerage sales force, along with developing new solutions and strategies for growth and enhancement of the product, both for UPS Canada and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.


Greg Livings, co-owner of Peterborough-based Bravo Awards, has been in the promotional industry for nearly 20 years and has been a driving force in cultivating the company's culture of creativity, innovation and top-tier service. Bravo's clients provide promotional solutions via its creative awards to many Fortune 500 entities throughout Canada and the U.S.


Mark is the Canadian sales manager for BIC Graphic, and he's been in the industry for over 25 years -- the past 24 with BIC. He is the past chair of the PPPC, and has been involved in many ASI and PPAI events in the past.


For the last eight years, Neil MacDonald has been the co-owner & president of Toronto-based supplier Magnus Pen Corp., with sales in Canada, United States and the Caribbean. Prior to Magnus, Neil was the owner/president of the multi-million dollar distributor company Stincor Specialties Ltd., and has been in the industry for nearly 40 years.


The manager for Hit Promotional Products' sales in Canada, Mike has been involved in the promotional products industry for over 23 years – 10 of those as the owner of a successful distributorship, which helps him better understand his customers. Mike's experience, creativity, and solution-oriented approach has helped him create lasting relationships and establish himself as a leader at Hit.

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Venue & Travel

Queen's Landing
155 Byron Street
PO Box 1180
Ontario, Canada LOS 1JO

Receive a limited-time discounted hotel room rate when you book now – pay only $209 per night (plus taxes).

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Travel Arrangements

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Certification Points

ASI's Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information (BASI) and Master of Advertising Specialty Information (MASI) certifications recognize the true industry experts who have the knowledge they need to be successful, and who've cultivated profitable and collaborative relationships with distributors, suppliers and decorators.

When you attend the Power Summit, you'll earn 15 BASI/MASI points. The rest of your points can be earned online 24/7, at ASI Shows, or at other major industry events.

Benefits for BASI and MASI holders include:

  • Invitations to exclusive cocktail receptions at The ASI Show

  • VIP access to select events, such as Keynotes at The ASI Show

  • A frameable certificate

  • The opportunity to participate in exclusive quarterly conference calls with ASI President and CEO Timothy Andrews

  • Recognition of your certification in ASI magazines and e-newsletters.

Complete your certification by logging onto ASI's Online Learning Center at www.asicentral.com/onlinelearning.

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