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Immigrant Business Expo – Toronto

November 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Immigrant Business Expo Toronto

All the information you need to start, grow, and manage your own small business in Canada.

Organized by New Canadians TV, in collaboration with the City of Toronto and a number of leading immigrant-serving organizations in Toronto, the second annual Immigrant Business Expo (IBE) is a one-day exhibition including workshops and small business clinics assisting new immigrant and refugee business owners.

Date: November 18, 2017; 9:30am to 3:30pm

Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Toronto

Canada has a long and successful history of immigrant entrepreneurship. Many new immigrants and refugees aspire to own a profitable small business. However, there are specific challenges new immigrants face when starting and operating a small business in the Canadian business landscape.

IBE aims to assist new immigrants in navigating the sometimes complex requirements of operating a small business in Canada. IBE will connect them with government-funded and other community services and supports that help newcomers start or grow their own small businesses.


  • Panel discussion by leading immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Marketplace for immigrant-serving organizations and business service providers that support new immigrants with starting a business in Canada
  • Marketplace for immigrant entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and services
  • Workshops on business topics and resources
  • Small business clinics with business experts and coaches

Click here to register.


9:30 am – 3:30 pm  Marketplace

9:55 am  Opening Remarks (Rotunda)

  • Gerard Keledjian, Executive Producer, New Canadians TV
  • Jim Karygiannis, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 39, Scarborough – Agincourt

10:15 am  Keynote Speaker (Room 308)

  • Manuel Rodriguez, CEO – Partner, Unikron Video Content Agency

10:45 am  Panel Discussion – How to Start a Successful Business in Canada (Room 308)

  • Catherine Leteinturier-Guisse, Manager, BDC Business Centre (Toronto)
  • Otis Mushonga, Program Coordinator, ACCESS Community Capital Fund
  • Rafael Miranda, Co-Founder, Ultrahaus Startup Studio
  • Shand Santos, Founder, Baru Baron


11:30 am – 12:15 pm (Room 309)

Public Speaking For Entrepreneurs

Gloria Pierre, Clearly Speaking

11:30 am – 12:15 pm (Room 310)

The Essentials of Starting a Business in Ontario

Ronit Goldenberg, Enterprise Toronto

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm (Room 309)

Social Media For Business

Hollie Hoadley, Creative Solutions

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm (Room 310)

Accounting and Tax for Small Businesses

Manish Agarwal, CPA ,CA

1:30pm – 2:15pm (Room 309)

Toronto Public Library: Supporting Small Business

Ranald Krolman, Business, Science and Technology Department, North York Central Library

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm (Room 310)

What You Need to Know When Insuring Your New Business

Chazz Okparanta, The Co-operators Insurance

Small Business Clinic (Rooms 302-303)


Business Planning

Business Insurance





Social Media


November 18
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


New Canadians TV


Metro Hall
55 John St.
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Canada
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