Thomas Gay – CEO of Refer.com
Refer.com is building the world’s leading referral sales software solutions for professional service providers and small and medium size businesses. Formed through the 2014 merger of two proven web referral technologies, 22touch.com and trustedteam.com, the company offers an array of proven software and hand-on Referral Partner advisory services that drive client sales and trust based relationships. Refer.com is also a part of the family of companies supported by one of the most successful technology investment firms, Idealab. Thomas Gay was Founder and CEO of Vistainfo Startup in 1990, which went public via NASDAQ in 1994. Thomas was named one of the Five Best Undiscovered CEOs in the USA by Top Sales Magazine and he twice received the Inc Magazine 500 Fastest Growth Company Award. Individual Investor Magazine awarded his company the Best Small Public Company. And, Individual Investor Magazine awarded him the Magic 25 Small Public Companies Award.
Jim Dewald – Dean of the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and Author of Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking
Jim Dewald is Dean of the University of Calgary Business School. He received the MBA Society’s Outstanding Teaching and Learning Award and has been recognized as a business leader who provides an effective bridge between strategy theory and on-the-ground practice. He holds an MBA from the University of Alberta and a PhD from the University of Calgary, is a Faculty Advisor for the student group Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship Calgary and is a Development Advisor to the Vice-President (Capital Planning & Development) of the University of Calgary. He was recognized as Calgary Citizen of the Year, and is an Honorary Member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Prior to Haskayne, Dewald was active in the Calgary business community, including being CEO of two major real estate development companies, CEO of a leading local engineering consulting practice and President of a tech-based international real estate brokerage company.