David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data a full-service market research and strategy firm based in Ottawa. With over a decade of experience in the industry, David and his partners founded Abacus over 8 years ago, and since then it has grown into one of Canada’s most respected market research firms.
David has worked with a range of organizations including the Shaw Communication, the Canadian Bankers Association, the Bank of Canada, Food & Consumer Products Canada, the CBC, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Equal Voice, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. He’s also one of Canada’s leading experts on generational change and millennials regularly invited to speak to groups across Canada.
He’s a foodie, a Gentle Explorer, and a political junkie who loves exploring why people think and act they way they do.
He earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2010 and has a BPAPM and MA from Carleton University. He is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University.
Chéla Breckon is a disruptive leadership expert focused on rural community development strategies and owner of With Chela Inc, a firm specializing in rural communities, women in business, diversity and inclusion, non-profit excellence and corporate training. Working with clients in broad sectors including municipal governments, advocacy, charity, settlement and integration, military personnel support, and entrepreneurship, Chéla has led change and improved outcomes for these organizations and also for those they serve.
Ms. Breckon also leads the Algonquin College hosted and federally-funded Community Settlement Initiative as an agent for change in Eastern Ontario with a strong focus on rural community development, sustainable participation, and long lasting impact. As a licensed Inter-Cultural Competency Trainer, Chela also brings expertise to the organizations, employers, and communities she works with who are looking to improve their interactions and effectiveness engaging with a variety of diverse groups. Her robust background in leadership and the design of program models presents a unique opportunity for her work to reflect corporate tactics in the non-profit and community development environment. Chéla brings passion and expertise to help nurture positive and collaborative environments centered on a proactive and purposeful approach, which is designed to shift challenges into opportunities for the communities she works with.
Bringing 25 years of marketing and strategic leadership experience to the table, Stephen Beamish is the President and Founder of BlackTusk Business Solutions, delivering strategic marketing and partnership advisory services to a wide range of clientele.
Prior to BlackTusk Business Solutions, Stephen Beamish was the Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for Mitel, a global provider of voice, video and data solutions. Stephen was instrumental in the creation of a number of Software as a Service (SaaS) initiatives for Mitel. This included the creation of a strategic software channel partner ecosystems which ultimately drove over 50% of Mitel’s revenues. As part of this re-invention of Mitel, Stephen also introduced Mitel’s first lead generation and digital marketing strategy that was a leading factor in achieving Mitel’s software applications revenue growth of over 30% CAGR.
In addition, Stephen led Mitel’s strategic partnerships and spearheaded efforts that led to partnerships with Microsoft®, Google® and Blackberry® to deliver best-of-breed communications solutions. As part of his efforts Stephen fostered the creation and development of Mitel’s virtualization strategy, the first virtual voice solution in the market, which generated over $60M in Mitel annual sales. This virtualization strategy continues to be the major differentiator for Mitel.
With his experience in building corporate partnerships, Stephen then lead the Mergers & Acquisitions division of Mitel responsible for the divestiture of a Mitel non-strategic division which resulted in a market sale of greater than $10M. Stephen’s team leadership was also instrumental in the acquisition of additional strategic assets that served as a major force for building incremental customer and shareholder value.
Before joining Mitel, Stephen was Director of Marketing at Tropic Networks®, a supplier of metro-area optical networking equipment. Prior to Tropic Networks, Stephen was Director of Global Product Marketing for the Alcatel® Broadband Access Product Line. He has an International MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and holds a patent in ROI Business Modeling. Stephen is a sought out speaker for many industry events and has published a number of business and technology white papers.