Speakers 2019





Vic Fedeli was born and raised in North Bay. His grandparents chose to come to Ontario from Italy with ambitions of a far better life and more opportunity for their young families.

In his 20s he opened Fedeli Advertising, the first ad agency north of Toronto. As a young entrepreneur, he developed the company into a global agency doing work all over the world, from their base in Northern Ontario. One of the proudest moments of his business career was when Fedeli Advertising was named 34th in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada.

In 1992, Vic sold the firm and devoted the next 11 years to managing three non-profit ventures. He founded Air Base Property Corporation, a local development agency that took over the airside assets of CFB North Bay. Vic used his business experience to write the business plan that attracted Voyageur Airways, which now employs over 350 people involved in repair and overhaul of aircraft from around the world.

In 2003, Vic ran for mayor of North Bay and as a first-time candidate was elected with 75% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2006 in another landslide. As mayor, Vic transformed the city, restoring both hope and solvency. Moody’s Investors Service took notice, increasing the city’s credit rating five times to their highest possible rating – substantially reducing the city’s debt interest payments.

Internationally, Vic was one of only two North American mayors invited to the prestigious Government Leaders Forum hosted by Bill Gates and had the pleasure to discuss a municipality’s role in governing, with former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeline Albright.

He made news on both sides of the border when he successfully launched a grassroots campaign to reverse the U.S. ‘Buy American’ provision, earning special acknowledgment from then U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson.

In 2011, after keeping his promise to step down as mayor after serving two terms, Vic was elected to serve the people of Nipissing at Queen’s Park. In 2014, Vic was re-elected as Nipissing MPP. He served as Energy and Finance Critic in the Official Opposition shadow cabinet.  He was re-elected in 2018 and was appointed as Ontario’s Finance Minister and Chair of Cabinet by Premier Doug Ford.  In 2019, he was named Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. 

Vic and his wife Patty live in North Bay.

H.E. Roberto Rodriguez Arnillas

Ambassador of Peru to Canada

Roberto Rodriguez is a career diplomat in the Peruvian Foreign Service since January 1990 and has currently the rank of Ambassador. He graduated (Bachelor) in International Relations from the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy. He has earned a Master’s Degree in Management of Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the Polytechnic University of Cataluña (Spain), and has also followed graduated studies on Trade and Development in the ESAN (Escuela de Administración de Negocios del Perú) and on Trade at the Fundación Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

During his career developed in Peru, he has been senior advisor for Foreign Affairs at the Office of the President (2016-2018), prior to that position was Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015-2016) and was part of the advisor’s team at the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2015). He also was Chief of Staff of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009). He has been adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister of Peru (2006). 

Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has also been Head Officer of the Division of Brazil and on the Amazonian Cooperation Treaty Organization (1997-1999) and worked in the Economical Promotion Division (1990), Undersecretary for Cultural Affairs (1991) and the International Cooperation Division (1992). 

Before assuming as an Ambassador of Peru to Canada in July 2018, in the past, with regard to his external appointments, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Canada (2012-2014). Prior to assume that position, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations in New York (2010-2011). 

As a Foreign Service Officer, he was appointed as Consul of Peru to Guayaquil (1993-1995) and has served at the Peruvian Embassies in Brazil (1996-1997) and the United States (2000-2005). 

Roberto Rodriguez has been awarded by the Peruvian Government with the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services. 

He is married and has three children.


Sr. Trade Commissioner

Trade Office of Peru in Canada

OCEX Toronto

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Aldo Parodi is a decorated scholar with a proven admiration for his home country. He has studied at various universities including Universidad del Pacífico and Nova Southeastern University, gaining two Masters in the fields of Business Administration and Science Conflict Resolution. He has served as General Manager for multinational companies like Hilti Inc. and Yamaha Motors, where he implemented new distribution strategies as well as actively managing different areas of each company, encouraging the growth of not only the company, but of the employees themselves as well. 

Starting in 2014, Mr. Parodi moved into the public function being appointed Trade Commissioner of Peru in France, creating and developing the Trade Office. During the last five years, he was able to increase French tourism to Peru, and rose both textile and fresh fruits exports by a hundred percent. A devoted husband and generous father of three, Mr. Parodi is not only a strategy expert of goods between countries, but a skilled navigator in personal matters should they arise. Throughout his years in business administration, Mr. Parodi has continued a steady push forward wherever he goes, whilst never failing to put his country, Peru, on the rise.





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Alex Gill is a social entrepreneur who currently leads Mendicant Group, a global consultancy that has worked on social issues in 17 different countries.  He is also the co-founder and current Director of Ryerson University’s social business incubator, the Social Ventures Zone, which currently supports more than 40 start-ups.   Alex is a global advocate for social and entrepreneurial issues, having moderated the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance since 2010.  In 2015 THIS Magazine named him as one of Canada’s “Social Justice All-Stars.”   Follow Alex on Twitter at @alexgill for a mix of all things social and entrepreneurial, along with the occasional pun.


Partner, Trade and Customs

KPMG Canada


Prior to joining KPMG in July 2018 as a Partner in the Trade and Customs Practice, Joy was President of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association (I.E. Canada) for 8 years. Joy brings over 30 years of experience in customs compliance to the KPMG Trade and Customs team.  Joy started her career in Montreal and worked for over 10 years for well-known customs brokers/freight forwarders giving her hands-on operational experience. 


Joy spent a number of years developing her expertise employed as a Senior Manager with public accounting firms of KPMG LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Customs and International Trade consultant. The accounting firm environment provided her with extensive experience related to advising multinational clients in terms of meeting import and export requirements while minimizing costs. Her experience with professional tax and supply chain advisers has given her a background rich in understanding how customs and trade issues play an important role in developing corporate strategies. Her experience in advising how matters such as income tax transfer pricing and customs valuation fit into complex international restructuring plans have been key to her success as a consultant.


Joy has sat on various committees as advisors to Federal Ministers and has testified before both the House of Commons and Senate Committees on International trade on matters directly impacting Canadian importers and exporters.


Certified International Trade Professional



Emiliano has close to two decades of experience working with manufacturers and exporters looking to increase their global growth by providing them with support and guidance in all things export. His strategy not only focuses on helping companies navigate the complexities of global supply chains, but also in the small details that can make or break an international trade transaction. Emiliano is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP), teaches the FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) Program at Seneca College and works at Export Development Canada (EDC).





Sania was founded by Elana Hazghia, an Iranian-American-Canadian with a passion for Latin America, which was initially rooted in nothing more than an affinity for the Spanish language. Her love for the language, region and people grew as her academic and professional career took her to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia, managing high-level programs, facilitating public-private partnerships, and co-founding Latin America’s first hemispheric network for women. 

Her experience has spanned borders and industries, from implementing complex health technology programs in the DR Congo to building a cross-cultural arts program in Guatemala.

She is now marrying her passion for Latin America, social impact, and art by starting Sania. Her objective is to expose Canadians to a side of Latin America that is rarely seen or depicted in the media: a progressive, entrepreneurial, vibrant undercurrent of socially conscious innovators and designers.

A native New Yorker born in London; Elana now lives in Toronto with her husband.


Supplier Diversity Manager – Supply Management



Elizabeth Auceda is the Canadian lead for Supplier Diversity for Sodexo, a Global Food service and Facilities Management Company. In over 70 countries with a focus on diversity and inclusion in all areas by unlocking the potential offered by our global scale. Supporting initiatives that improve the quality of life for women across the globe. Sodexo is helping to create a better tomorrow for everyone.

Elizabeth joined Sodexo in 2009 in the Finance Department and contributed in various positions.

 Elizabeth is instrumental in growing the Supplier Diversity program that is reflected by having an inclusive supply chain. Ensuring all areas of Supplier Diversity are captured and moving forward through strategic and innovative solutions throughout Canada. She is building a strong impact through networking and mentoring. 

Elizabeth is moving forward not only in Sodexo but in the community, region and in Canada. She has been honored through various awards.


Business Development Director, Latin America



International Business professional with over 30 years of broad experience ranging from the capability to develop and close multi million dollar deals, to risk analysis from a macro market level to micro customer level, finance and accounting understanding, deep knowledge of international logistics, procedures and documentation, proven strategic business development and implementation down to the operational level of a sales Division, including training of logisticians and traders. Jose Zlatar has a keen interest in international business, in particular, he is passionate about the growing opportunities created by more affluent global population and the exceptional need for goods in a globalized world that is providing opportunities for great development to companies able to quantify the different markets available to them and take advantage of potential revenues by developing or optimizing their international strategies and expanding their markets beyond their current borders. 


Jose Zlatar holds an MBA from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru, his international trading experience includes over 3 years managing a Custom Broker Company in Peru, South America plus over 25 years importing products into North America and Exporting from North America to different World destinations different products, specializing in the last 5 years in Dairy Proteins.


Executive Director 

World Trade Centre Toronto 


Since assuming his role at World Trade Centre Toronto  (WTC-T) in May 2016, Leigh has focused his efforts on providing comprehensive international trade services and key global contacts, supporting trade development and international business growth to businesses throughout the Toronto region. 

Leigh has extensive experience developing and leading strategy and business development. Prior to his role at WTC-T, Leigh worked with other provincial, federal and municipal government procurement organizations to develop strategy, and led a program to build a 275-person internal consulting business and to reduce consulting costs by $30 million for the Government of Ontario’s Management Board Secretariat. Much of Leigh’s career has been entrepreneurial, focused on growing new and emerging programs. This includes the role of CFO of a dot-com, Bee-Trade.com, President of Pulse Health Products and Managing Director of Newtown Sales Ltd. 

Leigh holds a Strategic Analytics Certificate in Management Analytics from Queen’s University School of Business, and a Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice, Purchasing/Acquisitions and Contracts Management from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. 


Director - Trade & Investment Services Office

World Trade Centre Toronto

Toronto Region Board of Trade


After nearly a decade dedicated to international trade and with direct experience working in 19 different countries around the world, Jose joined the Toronto Region Board of Trade to develop a series of strategies that will increase the direct trade interaction between GTA businesses and the its main global counterparts.


Founder and Chairman

Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce


A non-profit organization established to grow Black owned Businesses and to inspire the Black and African Canadian Community to venture into becoming Entrepreneurs by starting a business or taking their business to the next level.  This is accomplished through the vision of Building Wealth and Building Trust.

After attending the University of Waterloo, Mr. Forrest worked for the Chevron-Texaco company. After several years in the Oil & Energy sector, Mr. Forrest launched into the becoming an Entrepreneur. His professional experience spans several sectors from Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Logistics, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Healthcare, Real Estate Development, Manufacturing and International Trade.

Mr. Forrest is a leader and a strategic thinker who aims to always exceed the needs of his Clients, Suppliers and Employees, while being cognizant of the environment and local communities.  This is accomplished in a professional and personalized manner by placing great emphasis on providing innovative and unique solutions that achieve successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

John Boscariol

Partner & Leader – International Trade & Investment Law Group

McCarthy Tetrault LLP


John Boscariol is a Partner in the Litigation Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and leader of the International Trade & Investment Law Group.  John specializes in investigations, enforcement, disputes and compliance regarding economic sanctions, anti-corruption law and policy, export and technology transfer controls, blocking orders (Cuba), government contracts, national security, anti-dumping/countervail/safeguard, customs, tariffs and border measures.


He has developed a recognized expertise in advising on the intersection of Canadian economic sanctions and anti-corruption measures with those of the United States, European Union and other jurisdictions. He speaks and writes extensively on these topics at both the national and international level. 

John testified before Canada's Parliament on the enforcement of economic sanctions and anti-terrorism laws, and many of his recommendations were adopted in the House of Commons Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs: A Coherent and Effective Approach to Canada’s Sanctions Regimes: Sergei Magnitsky and Beyond.

He represents clients in dealings with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Global Affairs Canada, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canada Border Services Agency, Controlled Goods Directorate (PSPC), Department of National Defence, Canadian Transportation Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Federal Courts, and NAFTA Binational Panels.


Corie McDougall

Director, International Business Growth

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

She has been with the Ministry for 11 years and currently leads the team responsible for supporting Ontario’s exporters through the provision of advisory services, educational seminars, and the development and delivery of international business missions around the world.   

Prior to joining the Ministry, Corie worked in telecommunications for Rogers (in Canada) and Ericsson (in Sweden and the US), and on two separate occasions as a Singapore-based consultant for Intercedent Asia, delivering market entry strategies within their consulting & research practice.  Over the past 20 years, Corie has lived, worked and studied in Asia, Europe and North America.

Corie has a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.

Sapana Patel


Kinamark Inc. (www.kinamark.com)

Kinamark is a women-owned consulting firm that enables leaders of all levels to build their global mindset so they: manage effectively across cultures; leverage the power of diversity and inclusion; and fulfil their company’s responsibility to the planet and society. 

Through coaching, consulting, and training, Kinamark delivers customized solutions that include a blend of systems thinking, the arts, and business expertise. 

Sapana is versed in many cultures including those of India, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, and she speaks five languages. She is passionate about enabling women of all backgrounds to rise in leadership. One of Kinamark's most popular  programs is the Trust Builder, and a new program Women Rising Globally is soon to be launched.

Fernando José Acuña Ramírez 

Trade Commissioner of Chile in Toronto 



Fernando Acuña is a Veterinarian, he studied at the University of Chile. Formed in the areas of animal production, food safety and trade of agricultural products, he is experienced in negotiation and implementation of international agreements in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and in Technical Barriers to Trade. 

At the General Directorate for International Economic Relations – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile- he was an negotiator on SPS issues and Technical Barriers to Trade. He was part of the Chilean negotiating team of the CPTPP, the Pacific Alliance Trade Agreement, the Chile India PTA, and FTAs with Vietnam, Thailand, Canada, Turkey and Malaysia. From 2010 to 2016 he represented Chile’s interests at the World Wine Trade Group. In 2016 he became Head of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Department and then of the Asia and Oceania Department, where he was in charge of coordinating the negotiation and implementation of Trade Agreements.

Mr Acuna was appointed Trade Commissioner of Chile to Canada on September 2017.

* Additional speakers to be added as confirmed.