Fast-Growth Champions

Fast-Growth Champions

Fast Growth 400 x 300.jpgGet practical information straight from the trenches of Calgary business to help you create successful strategies at Fast-Growth Champions.

The Fast-Growth Champions series has quickly become a vital part of the events series that we do at the Calgary Chamber.  The first three installments, held in late 2013, were comprised of some of the standout entrepreneurs who made up PROFIT Magazine’s PROFIT 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. From roofing operations to human resource firms, the events featured a wealth of knowledge, candid stories and an honest look at what it takes to run a hyper-growth business. Often displaying the human side of business, it seeks to inspire, inform and ignite all facets of the entrepreneurial spirit. The Calgary Chamber is proud to continue this series in 2017 with a new crop of stories from Alberta’s Fast-Growth Champions.

The Fast-Growth 30: Words on hyper-success from the people behind Calgary's fastest growing businesses

The passion, drive, and energy that came out of our three panels are at the core of The Fast-Growth 30. The intention is to capture the emotion, intensity and lessons that were shared in a smart and easy to read guide. Their stories weren’t just about business plans and capital; they looked at the true human side of business. Whether it is big or small, we feel this is essential reading for anyone involved in running a business. Take a look at The Fast-Growth 30 and get a look at the stories behind the Fast-Growth Champions series.

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Upcoming events

Fast-Growth Champions: A taste for businss

Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Calgary Farmers' Market
510 77th Ave SE

Panelists include: 

  • Nicole Gomes, Chef/Owner, Nicole Gourmet, Co-owner, Cluck n' Cleaver, 2017 Winner Top Chef Canada All-stars
  • Brett McDermott, Owner & Director, Our Daily Brett
  • Leslie Echino, Owner & Director, Blink and Bar Annabelle, Board Director, Restaurants Canada 

Past events (2017)

Fast-Growth Champions: The business of doing good

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Local 522
522 6th Avenue SW

Panelists include:

  • Garth Johnson, CEO, Meticulon
  • Shawn Cable, Director, Re-Matt
  • Brianna Hallet, CEO, SwizzleSticks Salon & Spa


Fast-Growth Champions: Global entrepreneurs, unsung heroes

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
ATB Entrepreneur Centre Calgary
1110 17th Avenue SW

Panelists include:

  • DJ Sures, Founder & CEO, EZ-Robot Inc.
  • Melissa Gunning, CEO & Founder, Wean Green
  • Jeremy Bridge, President & CEO, PK Sound

Fast-Growth Champions: Transitioning your business

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Commons Calgary
1206 20th Avenue SE

Panelists include:

  • Chris Prefontaine, Owner, Fratello Coffee Roasters
  • Jeff Robson, President & CEO, Vada Capital
  • Alina Martin, President & COO, Danatec Educational Services Ltd

Past events (2016)

Fast-Growth Champions: How to tell your brand story

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery
728 17 Avenue SW

Panelists include:

  • James Boettcher, Chief Idea Officer and CEO, Fiasco Gelato
  • Andrew Obrecht, YYC Cycle, Co-Founder
  • Tara Weber, Western Correspondent, BNN
  • Luiza Campos, President, Marca Strategy

Fast-Growth Champions: Tech disruptors

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5:00 pm –  7:00 pm
Double Zero Chinook
1113 6455 MacLeod Trail

Panelists include:

  • Bryan de Lottinville, Founder and CEO, Benevity 
  • Tom Short, Founder and President, Kudos
  • Tom Bielecki, Founder and CEO, PrintToPeer

Fast-Growth Champions: Leadership through massive growth and change

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:00 pm –  7:00 pm
Bow River Barley Mill
201 Barclay Parade SW

Panelists include:

  • Ryan Hoult, CEO, Hatsize Learning Corporation
  • Teresa Spinelli, President, Italian Centre Shop Ltd.
  • Mike Dunn, Professional Implementer, EOS

Fast-Growth Champions: Internal transformation for transitional times

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
charbar rooftop patio

618 Confluence Way SE


  • Danijel Slisko, President, United Decorating Inc.
  • Angela Wigand, Corporate Controller, DIRTT Environmental Solutions
  • Michelle Berg, CEO, ElevatedHR 

Fast-Growth Champions: Culture, motivation and loyalty

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
5:00 pm
 – 7:00 pm
National on 8th
225 8th Avenue SW


  • Don O’Dwyer, CEO, Raven Bay
  • Gareth Lukes, Owner, Lukes Drug Mart
  • Sherif Gemayel, President, Sharp Insurance

Fast-Growth Champions: Leadership and diversification

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
5:30 pm
 – 7:30 pm
National on 8th
225 8th Avenue SW


  • Lara Murphy, Co-founder, Ryan Murphy Construction
  • Phoebe Fung, Owner, The Vin Room
  • Margot Micallef, Founder of Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc., and Founder and CEO of Oliver Capital Partners

Past events (2015)

Fast-Growth Champions: 2015 Small Business Calgary Awards edition

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Milestones Grill + Bar Stephen Avenue
107 8th Avenue SW


  • Greg Habstritt, President, Vets to Go, ATB Small Business of the Year and Breakout Business Award winner
  • Brittney Ramsay, President, Britt Land Services, Customer Service Excellence Award winner
  • Colin Smith, President, Green Event Services, Environmental Stewardship Award winner

Fast-Growth Champions: Calgary’s rockstar entrepreneurs

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage
733 10th Avenue SW


  • Shannon Bowen-Smed, President & CEO, Bowen Workforce Solutions Inc.
  • Justin Bobier, Owner and President, Crystal Creek Homes
  • Sebastian Sztabzyb, owner, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Fast-Growth Champions: Managing through challenging times

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National on 8th
225 7th Avenue SW


  • George Brookman, CEO, West Canadian Industries
  • Suzanne West, CEO, Imaginea Energy Corp. 
  • Charron Ungar, President, Avi Urban
  • David Nagy, VP Marketing, Live Out There

Brands we love

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National (on 8th)
360 225 8th Ave (+30 Level, Scotia Bank Centre)

See what you missed with tweets and photographs from the event in our Storify version.


  • Carolyne McIntyre-Jackson, Co-owner, Crave Cupcakes
  • Megan Szanik, Owner, espy Experience
  • Brian Beck, President of Cococo Chocolatiers

What to expect in 2015: An economic outlook for small and medium businesses

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Delta Bow Valley
209 4 Avenue SE

See the full economic outlook on YouTube.


  • Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial
  • Pierre Cléroux, Chief Economist, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)


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