Judges

Matt Gubasta '13, President and Co-Founder of RockMass Technologies Inc. He is a passionate entrepreneur and leader whose contributions continue to shape the future of mining. Leveraging the need for new solutions in the mining industry, Matt and his team utilize cutting edge robotics and artificial intelligence systems to revolutionize the geotechnical data collection process for engineers enabling real-time decision making; saving time, money, and lives. With a current focus in North and South America, Matt values global market penetration as a key to success in business, and has an expanding global network to show for it. He is very active in the mining and technology ecosystems in Ontario and abroad, including the Creative Destruction Lab, the MaRS Discovery District, and NORCAT. Before starting RockMass Matt was a founder of Roundtable, a non-profit consulting organization funded and operated by the United Nations.

Steven Hellmann '96 is the award winning founder of The Foodies Group(TM) and Little Birdie Media. Steven is an expert in the fields of food, events, and PR/promotions, a television personality, appearing on shows such as Cityline, Breakfast Television, The Social, and CHCH Morning Live, a public speaker, having spoken about entrepreneurship and innovation at several conferences and for various brands, and an innovative promoter, receiving coverage for his businesses and the businesses of his clients in major local, national, and international publications. Steven has been recognized by top global brands as an innovator in the fields of food, events, and PR/promotions. A serial entrepreneur, Steven loves to foster, create, and help grow innovative businesses.

 

 

Vlado Jokic is a co-founder of Footloose Games, InsightNG (AI platform), and Snowbird.aero (aviation operations). Through years of startup and consulting experience, he has developed a keen eye for finding gaps in our understanding of important problems. His notable consulting experience includes modernizing operations of a century-old business, designing digital distribution solutions for the film industry in the pre-YouTube days, streamlining professional sports operations (NBA, NHL, NFL), and building a digital philanthropy platform. 

 

 

 

 

Stan Kuliavas ’98, currently leads business development efforts at Levaero Aviation, where he oversees all aircraft sales & marketing globally. He also plans and executes the larger growth strategy of Levaero to be the global leader in private aviation sales, service, and distribution.

In addition to assisting Fortune 50 companies and ultra-high-net-worth individuals buy and sell their corporate aircraft, Stan is an active investor and business advisor. He is currently an advisor of blockchain startup Lympo, which allows you to earn money by being physically active. They have partnered with the Dallas Mavericks and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Together with a team of professional basketball players, agents and others, Kuliavas is co-founded of Bucket.network, a sports recruiting startup currently in development which aims to revolutionize the athlete identification space for all levels from high school to pro. The app is set to launch this summer.

Kuliavas is a licensed pilot, holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida where he was a college basketball coach, and a MSc. in Basketball Coaching from the University of Worcester (UK).

A long time St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Young Leaders board member, having helped raise more than $1 million for the hospital, Kuliavas is currently a Board member of Bay Street Hoops, one of the largest basketball charity tournaments in Canada. In the last 25 years, the tournament has raised almost $3 million to support charities that provide the opportunity for kids to experience the positive benefits of organized sport.

With 25+ years in executive leadership, Susan Motkaluk has led organizations through substantial growth and sustainable solutions. She is a community builder with a focus on partnerships, communication and finding common goals with multiple stakeholders.

In her previous role with the City of Swift Current, she led the strategic plan for revitalizing the downtown market and infrastructure in response to Saskatchewan’s rapid business growth. Collaborating with City Council and building long-term partnerships within the community, she broke records of development activity from 2011-2015 and successfully elevated civic pride. Additionally, she secured a billion-dollar investment for a gas-fired electrical generation station for the city, further solidifying Swift Current’s rising reputation as a business epicenter.

Most recently as CEO of the Southbridge Development Corporation, she created and implemented a 10-year strategy for a community hub-based model for the Southbridge Care Homes Long-Term Care Facilities.

Susan welcomes members with integrity who are dedicated to their growth, sustainable development and supporting the Canadian business community.

Nikki Pett entered the world of sales and marketing 19 years ago. Thrown into a “hit and run” and hard sell training environment she felt that these marketing techniques just didn’t fit her personality. Nikki went on to start her own promotional marketing company in 2002 and has built her business solely on personal relationships and referrals.

She practices what she preaches, known as the “notecard nut” writing anywhere from 1000+ personal notes a year. Approaching each relationship with her clients with respect and enthusiasm, Nikki strives to provide concrete and measurable marketing techniques with a vivacious and energetic spirit.

When Nikki is not working she is actively supporting WaterAid Tanzania and spreading awareness about this incredible programme which ensures girls stay in school and become empowered leaders in their communities. She aspires to be someone who will have achieved much, and who will have given even more.