Dianne Buckner to Join 15 Other Bizfest Speakers

By Bob Peters
October 3, 2012

Bizfest Cornwall with Dianne BucknerCornwall Ontario  - Excitement is building for this year’s Bizfest, scheduled to take place October 16-18.

This year's event offers over 15 great speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on a number of timely and important topics.

“The Bizfest Committee has worked hard with Chamber staff to plan this event and secure some great speakers,” said Joey Gault, Event Chair. “We couldn't be happier with the agenda and the level of support we’ve received from our sponsors.”

Bizfest kicks off with renowned CBC journalist Dianne Buckner on Tuesday October 16.  Buckner is best known as the host of a number of business-oriented programs including Venture and more recently, Dragons Den. She is currently host and executive-producer of a new business show for CBC News Network called Fortune Hunters. Fortune Hunters looks at new and emerging trends in business and marketing and how Canadian entrepreneurs are capitalizing on them.

Bizfest attendees will have a chance to network with Ms. Buckner and other speakers Tuesday evening at “Marketplace Social” - a mashup of a small tradeshow, a cocktail reception and a marketplace.

The following day features a variety of workshops anchored by two keynote speakers, Denis Carr and Tyler Murree.

A multi-published author and international presenter, Denis Carr has assembled dynamic teams to direct positive change between diverse fields like genetic profiling, robotics, software design, knowledge brokering, social media, and behaviourial economics.

Tyler Murree is an accomplished actor and acting coach with a long list of credentials that include the stage, radio, television and film.

A variety of workshops will be held throughout the day on Wednesday:

  • Sebastien Huard - Labour Laws – Employer Rights
  • Melanie Martin - 3 Keys to Effective Email Marketing
  • Erin Lalonde & Angela Besner - Top 10 Tips to manage your $$
  • Dan Allaire - Get Moving in the Office
  • Paul Desnoyers - Get Comfortable with Online Payments
  • Bob Schwartz - What’s the Big Idea?
  • John Ross - It’s your money, GO GET IT!
  • Joey Gault & Eric Bergeron - Learn to Love Social Media
  • Candy Pollard - Creating your Business Plan
  • Harry Kingston - Get Comfortable with Public Speaking
  • Dany Hughes - Business Succession Planning

Bizfest continues on Thursday with a luncheon with Thorin Gault, who is taking a break from his busy chiropractic practice and hectic speaking schedule to talk about using change in a positive way in business and in life.

“The theme for Bizfest 2012 is ‘Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable’ because we’re trying to push entrepreneurs to take on the unknown - that is where growth and innovation happen and that’s what our community needs from its entrepreneurs,” says Paul Desnoyers, Chamber Director and a featured Bizfest speaker.

Bizfest wraps up Thursday evening with a Chamber Pubnight, a social celebration of entrepreneurship with delicious foods, tasty drinks and lively entertainment.

About Bizfest

Bizfest is Cornwall's multiple day business festival held each year during Small Business Week in October and features of events, presentations and social functions all focused to bring the business community together.

Bizfest was born out of a desire to connect the community together and create a catalyst-event pushing the business community towards innovation, growth and development. The belief is that an active and innovative business community leads to a healthy, growing city.

Bizfest is organized by the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural event was held in 2011.

For more information on Bizfest, and for ticket information, please visit

Category: Business