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How To Take Your Startup Team From Good to Great

The SBX Team is incredibly excited to debut this week’s blog post, How To Take Your Startup Team From Good to Great, written by Fahd Alhattab! Sandbox had the opportunity to host Fahd as the keynote speaker presenting at our

Authentic Leadership With The Scotiabank Women Initiative

In an SBX guest blog contribution, Mike Tasevski, who heads up Global Sponsorship for Scotiabank, talks to Deborah Moore, Executive Coach at Halia Consulting about being authentic with your team. Share on facebook Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Share

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SBX Influencers

SBX Influencers represent a diverse set of perspectives that we strive to include in our own mission to help people create better lives through business. SBX Influencers have become the voice of the Sandbox, echoing the belief that we’re stronger together.  They are sharing their knowledge, breaking down barriers and connecting people and their ideas to the resources they need to succeed. We’re honoured to partner with our SBX Influencers and encourage you to engage with them as individuals and their organizations, on your own journey to success.


Nicknamed “the negotiator” since childhood, Fotini is an expert communicator with a passion for helping organizations and individuals get what they want. For the last decade, she has been helping Fortune 500 clients and audiences to achieve their business goals, increase profitability, and create a competitive advantage.

Fotini delivered the keynote to our Women In Biz CNNX Groups


Fahd has spoken to +50K people across North America on leadership and been named Rising Star Speaker and Most Entertaining Speaker by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Working alongside his team at Unicorn Labs, Fahd is committed to giving start-up founders the leadership skills to build Unicorn companies

Fahd delivered the keynote at our 2020 AGM

Women's Leadership & Diversity

As the leader of over 10,000 employees, Lisa helped build FedEx Express Canada into the most reliable courier network in the country.

A member of the IWFC Toronto Chapter and The Prosperity Project™, she is also one of 13 Diversity 50 CEOs and a renowned public speaker. Lisa is an inductee to the Women’s Executive Network’s Hall of Fame as one of Canada’s most powerful women.

Lisa delivered the keynote to our CEO CNNX Groups

Navigating conflict

Misha is a faculty director at Ivey School of Business, a keynote speaker at The Lavin Agency, and co-author of The Chairs Are Where The People Go, which was named by The New Yorker as one of the best non-fiction books of the year. He focuses on helping people transform conflict into collaboration, have difficult conversations in a productive way, and talk about what really matters.

Misha delivered the keynote to our CEO & Exec Leadership CNNX Groups


Ron is an award-winning advertising writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands. He is the Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Church+State, publisher a best-selling, award-winning satirical book, executive producer and host of the hit podcast, The Coup. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and purpose leadership, Ron speaks to leading organizations all over the world.

Ron delivered the keynote to our CEO CNNX Groups

leading with confidence

As a Certified Life Coach and motivational speaker, Raia (also known as Coach Carey) is passionate about encouraging others to tap into the confidence they never knew they had. Creating “The Confidence Talk” has allowed her to provide corporate wellness workshops where she strives to inspire and lead those around her by providing unwavering support, guidance, and motivation.

Raia delivered the keynote to our Women in Biz CNNX Groups

scaling in the digital world

Neal guides entrepreneurs and organizations by providing practical and pragmatic insights. Neal’s focus is to ensure you walk away better equipped to manage the realities you unwittingly face in the online world everyday. Having served as a mission-focused Marine, a multi-million dollar startup co-founder, a warrior, champion, and partner; he empowers people by aligning their goals and their values without compromising their beliefs.

Neal blew minds as keynote to our Executive Leadership CNNX Groups

financial accuity

Robyn is the President at Castlemark Wealth Management, holding the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. She also holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, indicating the attainment of the professional standards and expertise necessary to provide money management services to high-net-worth and institutional clients.

Robyn delivered the keynote to our Women In Biz CNNX Groups

Revenue, Growth & Development

A seasoned and creative leader with a unique combination of senior finance and operations experience, equally comfortable and effective in delivering against both short and longer-term fractional mandates.  Jeff has a proven track record of strategically leveraging and integrating functional areas to facilitate organizational growth and development.

Jeff regularly delivers keynotes to our Finance CNNX Groups

Inclusive Community Development

Christina Lord is a Caribbean-Canadian, spiritual woman, mother, and award-winning humanitarian. She holds a Masters in Adult Education (Community Development) and focuses on creating inclusive communities – locally, nationally, and globally. Having committed 40 years of her professional and personal life to the betterment of others – within Canada, U.S.A, the Caribbean and South America – Christina strives to promote global consciousness and unity.

Christina delivered a gripping keynote for our CEO CNNX Group

MIssion Critical MArketing

An innovative, tech-centric, B2B and B2C global marketing leader with career success in integrated marketing, corporate communication and public relations in retail, SaaS/Cloud and enterprise software companies (pre-IPO and mid-sized). Erin has a track record in overseeing the development of best-in-class integrated campaigns from strategy to execution. Her strengths include creating connections, cultivating lasting relationships and driving revenue growth, customer retention and competitive market advantage through game-changing marketing initiatives.

Erin rearranged minds during the keynote to our Marketing CNNX Group

Rapid Scaling

Thriving on a challenge, Gord has always jumped at opportunities to move outside his comfort zone. He is driven by his 3 personal pillars – learn something new, have fun, make money. He has collaborated on many start-ups as well as run several of his own businesses. He is passionate about growing companies. Your success is his goal, mission and reward!

Gord regularly delivered the keynote to our Sales & BizDev CNNX Groups

Getting connected to our sbx community

Our community partners, sponsors & members represent a diverse range of organizations dedicated to creating a more connected and sharing community. Our strength comes from our connections within the Sandbox community. As the pre-eminent connector of people & their ideas to business resources within Central Ontario we take pride in uniting people & companies to grow though a culture of sharing. 

Check out our community pages to see who we can connect you to!

Businesses and communities are transforming the way they function to address climate related risks for the sustainability of our future. But how are they doing it? 🌳🌎

We invite you to join our upcoming FREE virtual webinar with @barristonllp on World Emissions Day, September 21st, where you will learn what it means to be Carbon Neutral by experts @carbonzeroca!

Carbon Zero will explain how they calculate the way a company can offset their emissions and share local environmental projects that are working to offset carbon emissions. Learn how our partners Barriston Law is working towards being carbon neutral themselves!

If you're a business looking fo new ways to support reducing your carbon footprint, this is a must attend.

Click our LINK IN BIO to register! ⬆️

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #carbonfootprint #worldemissionsday #carbonneutral

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Get ready to refresh yourself and renew your connections at this month's SBX Social Hour!

SBX Members 📣 Following last month’s STELLAR patio takeover with @rock95barrie @koolfmbarrie patio - you won’t want to miss what’s next.

Next Thursday September 23rd @vettanordicspa is here to take over the SBX patio and transport you to a zen oasis so you can have a first preview of what it's like to experience the four season Finnish-inspired escape.

Bring your bevy of choice or enjoy a refreshment generously provided by Vetta Spa Beverage Partners, @theflyingmonkeys and @thecollingwoodbrewery . Step out onto the beautiful patio overlooking Kempenfelt Bay and come prepared to consciously connect with other SBX Members. ☀️

Don't miss out! Click our LINK IN BIO NOW [upcoming events] to secure your spot before it's too late!

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #SBXsocialhour #networking #patiotakeover #social

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Advancing Collaboration With Confidence at Sandbox Centre. Bet you didn’t know 💡 The HVAC system at SBX promotes increased air flow and circulation while reducing CO2 levels!

Here at the Sandbox, we want you to feel confident when you are collaborating. Heightened ventilation is distributed throughout the space so the more people are in the space, the more ventilation we receive, allowing those innovative ideas to continue to flow!

Follow along as Niss Feiner, Owner of Delta-T Designs Inc., explains the HVAC system at SBX and the advantages it brings to the hustlin' and bustlin' atmosphere, creative jam sessions, and social meetups our Sandbox Members all know and love.

Reimagine the way you do business with SBX and connect with us today! 👋🚀

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #collaboration #reimaginebusiness

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Enjoy the process 💭🌠

Remember that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is take time to rest and restore for what lies ahead.

Wishing everyone a fun filled long weekend ahead! ☀️

• 📸 inspo from @goodvibeswithwords

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #longweekendvibes #cheerstotheweekend

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Good Vibes & High Tides - a motto SBX tends to live by 🌊😎

Positivity and optimism is in our nature, but when the wave comes to a peak, know we’re always going to be there to ride it together.

Next week Team SBX is recharging and refueling to bring some fireworks this September in-person and online. Gotta keep the motto going - feel free to give it a try for us in the meantime!

•📸 @nathan.head

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #hightidesgoodvibes #fridayfeels

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Often overlooked, the management role requires an entirely different skillset! Many of our skills are transferable, but not as naturally as we might think. Research shows that only 1 in 10 people naturally possess management skills. Tenure and success give the experience required for management roles, but they don't necessarily guarantee the skills.

How can busy organizations train their managers? Let us help! 🙌

Launching on September 29th, Sandbox Centre, in partnership with @botreeinc, invites you to join a three week course series of live virtual workshops that unpack core concepts around management style and package them into action-oriented resources you can immediately apply to become an effective leader, drive performance, communication, retention, and engagement.


🌟FREE participation to SBX Members!🌟

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #professionaldevelopment #businessdevelopment #management #leadership

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Don't let later become never 💭

Did you accomplish something big this month? Maybe you checked off all the priorities needed to start next month off with fireworks. The secret to getting ahead is getting started. So, know that 'now' is always a good time!

Tag 🎯 someone who needs that boost to start now!

. 📷: @thehappysnapshot @jennibrhodes

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #mondaymotivation #entrepreneurinspo

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SAVE THE DATE 📆 Xcelerate Summit 2021 is here! In three months from now, we will be connecting virtually for our four-day summit!

Look forward to a Pre-Conference Workshop, two keynote speakers, Xpert Classes & Pop Up Talks and lots of networking! There are virtual experiences with local businesses (with the purchase of a VIP Experience Box)! 🎉

Early bird tickets are NOW AVAILABLE until September 14th at 6 pm. Click our link in bio to grab a ticket so you can catch all the action with us at Central Ontario’s Premier Business Summit!


#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #xceleratesummit #businessummit #businessconference #conference #keynote #businessstrategy #businessresources

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Today we'll skip the Venti and just take a Monday size coffee to go thanks 👍

What's your go-to morning bevy to fuel the start of your week? Let us know in the comments ☕

#SBXConnected #SBX2021 #sandboxcentre #mondayvibes

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What would joining the sandbox centre mean to your business?

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