Contributors

Peter Snell

 

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Peter Snell is a partner in Gowlings’ Vancouver office. His practice is primarily focused on domestic and international franchising, licensing, product distribution, business law and intellectual property/trademark law. Peter also assists businesses with corporate reorganisations, corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. Peter has been listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada and Expert Guides’ World’s Leading Franchise Practitioners. Peter has written for numerous publications including the Franchise and Distribution Journal, Franchise Entrepreneur magazine, FranchiseCanada magazine and Canadian Business Franchise magazine. Peter is also the co-author of International Franchise Sales Laws and co-editor of Fundamentals of Franchising–Canada, both of which were published by the American Bar Association.  Peter is a member of the Canadian Bar Association business law subsection, the American Bar Association business law section, the American Bar Association forum on franchising, the International Franchise Association, the Canadian Franchise Association, and the International Committee of the Forum on Franchising. His community involvement includes being President and Chairman of Ronald McDonald House British Columbia, a Director of the Canadian Franchise Association, volunteer with St John Ambulance’s therapy dog programme, Scouts Canada, Future of Howe Sound Society, and the Gambier Island Conservancy.

 

Richard Avis

 

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Richard has more than 25 years franchising experience and is currently the CEO of Aussie Pet Mobile here in Canada (alias…”Top Dog”). He has owned and operated various franchise systems and worked as a franchise management consultant navigating many brands through the challenges of growing their concept, accelerating their growth using proven systems designed to increase profitability & negate costly problems.  His journey continues today working closely with his franchise owners assisting them with their strategic planning, motivating, mentoring, coaching and brand enhancement as he continues to build and develop the Aussie brand across Canada and add significant value to all stakeholders in doing so. He also provides professional assistance to new franchisors and those looking to enter the franchising world guiding them through the process of super-growth.

 

Cheri Carroll

 

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Cheri Carroll is a franchise consultant and developer with over 30 years of experience in the franchise field. Cheri began her career in franchising with Jack In The Box as their first franchise salesperson and then sales manager, then a franchise executive with several other companies, before joining FranNet, where she worked with over 60 companies as a broker. In 2001 she began her own franchise consulting company, FranDevelop Consulting, and has developed almost every type of franchise as well as spending 18 years as a volunteer with SCORE (free business counseling through the US Small Business Administration). Ms. Carroll is a writer as well as a consultant and helps companies to develop and document their systems – she actually enjoys writing franchise operations manuals! She has written or been featured in articles for Franchising World Magazine, Canadian Business Franchise Magazine, Franchise Entrepreneur Magazine, BIZ Magazine, Successful Franchising Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, San Diego Business Transcript, and San Diego Tribune. She also enjoys writing a blog, which she began in order to stay current with social media marketing. Her blog, http://adhelper.com, is full of marketing ideas and information aimed at franchisees and entrepreneurs that need to know more about marketing and don’t have much time to spend on it.

 

Gary Prenevost

 

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Gary Prenevost is best known as The Entrepreneurial Franchise Guy. He is an experienced franchise professional and entrepreneur who is driven by helping other people achieve success – with FranNet (www.frannet.com/gprenevost), Gary achieves this through finding the right business for them.For 20 of the 25 years Gary has been an entrepreneur in the franchise industry, where he’s successfully been on all sides of the table (franchisee, franchisor, master franchisee, franchise consultant and franchise matchmaker).  This broad-based experience enables Gary to help others objectively gain absolute clarity on the attributes of what their ideal business would consist of, and more importantly, that leverages their skills, experience and passions. He then provides well-matched franchise opportunities (franchising is way more than just food & retail) and coaches them through an objective decision process that helps them to identify the best option – safely and affordably. This enables his clients to realize the benefits and opportunities in not only owning their own business, but more specifically, where they can achieve their wealth-building goals and gain great control over their work-life balance.

 

Shawn Saraga

 

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Shawn Saraga is the President and the visionary of the franchise and real estate development consulting agency called Mr. Franchise and Marathon Realty Inc., Brokerage. With a wealth of experience in franchising and growth strategy in various reputable corporations such as Rapid Print, Continental Press, Pizza Pizza, Postnet Canada, MR. GREEK Restaurants, Druxy’s Famous Deli, and SWANN Fitness Centre For Women, Rasoee Indian Kitchen, and The Academy for Mathematics & English. Shawn currently represents Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, Glama Gal Tween Spa, Intelligent Office and C House Cafe. The awareness of this brand has increased making it stronger than ever before. Currently, Shawn is highly involved with Mount Sinai Hospital & Nishema and was with numerous charities including North York Harvest Food Banks, Youth In Motion, Well of Change, TIP, Make A Wish Foundation. He was chair of 2008 and 2009 Canadian Franchise Association Convention. – See more at: http://marathonrealty.ca

 

Rhys Green

 

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Rhys has been in the franchise world for a relatively short 5 years, but has found it to be a perfect fit for his passion for building great systems. He first started with 1-800-Got-Junk? in 2008 and has had great success both on the franchisee and franchisor side of the business. In 2010 the franchise he was leading won Australian Franchise of the Year because of its’ 60% year over year growth. Since coming back to the “Junktion” he has taken on call centre operations for three brands; 1-800-Got-Junk?, WOW-1-Day-Painting! and the latest addition You Move Me (which launched in April 2013 with 22 franchises). He has packed a huge amount of experience with building systems to support hyper-growth into his 5 years and in 2014 is taking two big steps into business ownership with an equity stake in the franchisor Kiwi Cleaning and the franchise You Move Me.

 

Lynn Roberts

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Lynn Roberts is a former on-air broadcast journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lynn completed both her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and her Pre-natal Yoga Teaching Training in 2004. She completed her Yin Yoga certification in 2010. With a strong passion for corporate wellness, Lynn founded Innergy Corporate Yoga Inc. in 2004. By 2011 the company had served over 2000 clients. In 2011, Innergy was a finalist in Small Business BC’s Successful You contest, as a nominee for Best Company in BC. In 2012, Lynn began offering a Yoga Teacher program across Canada. The program is designed to fast track yoga teachers into a full-time career teaching Corporate and Private Yoga to stressed employees and individuals. With Lynn’s passion and dedication for yoga, and successful business record, she expanded Innergy and taken it to a whole new level of success. Lynn is a passionate and visionary entrepreneur who is also the mother of two amazing girls.

 

Chuck Prenevost

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Chuck has over 21 years as a successful entrepreneur and small business owner. He started his service-based business from scratch, evolving it into being recognized as one of the elite service providers in Canada with annual ROI of 15% – 18%.  He brings a unique perspective to the franchise business knowing first-hand the value of effective business systems and what it takes to start and grow a successful business.  Chuck’s extensive management skills include budgeting, P&L management, sales, marketing, executive-level negotiations, human resource development, operations and logistics management.  With real world experience, Chuck has a great perspective on understanding franchise systems big and small.

 

Reggie Milligan

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Reggie is the co-founder of Mantry.com, a New York based food subscription service tailored to men. Mantry has been featured on NBC, The Food Network, Fast Company, GQ and even Playboy. Reggie apprenticed at The French Laundry and won a $40,000 scholarship for culinary school as a teenager. His first food company “The Social Feed” was acquired by San Francisco based Y-Combinator alumni grubwithus.com in 2012.

 

Grant Findlay-Shirras

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Grant Findlay-Shirras is the CEO of ParkBench.com, a Canadian tech start-up based out of Toronto that is changing the way people and businesses interact within communities. He has almost a decade of experience in leadership, sales, marketing, and health – all fused together. With an Honors Specialization in Sports Management from Western University, and an HBA from the Richard Ivey Business School, business & health are more than just two majors – they are two passions. Since graduating, Grant has been a serial entrepreneur with success in events, fitness, business consulting, and now in technology through ParkBench. Grant is a collegiate athlete (tennis), experienced coach, and just a big boy from BC who lives life on 2 words: passion produces.

 

Kamil Sybalski

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Kamil Szybalski is a passionate and driven entrepreneur specializing in marketing, product development and technology. Over the last 10 years he has successfully helped companies, including his own, move from concept to scale. Kamil brings real passion, genuine creativity and a consistent approach. His current projects include Dudepins (www.Dudepins.com), the website to discover, share and buy stuff for guys, and discovle (wwww.discovle.com), a next generation search and discovery platform. Follow Kamil on twitter @KamilSzybalski.