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Our job is to know what is available to you so we can directly connect you to the business resources you may need and not know exist!  

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! Fahd is the keynote speaking presenting at our Annual General Meeting on October 27th.

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

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!

Flashback Friday 🎥✈️💫. Flashback Friday content comin' atchya!

SBX was thrilled to have @sociallitevodka CEO & Co-Founder Dan Beach join us in 2019 (woah that seems like forever-ago right?) for a social info session about his company and how the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) supported his export strategy for growing his business globally. 🌎

We're now half way through our first digital Women-led TAP cohort and can't wait to see where these ambitious women grow their businesses to! 👏

Cheers to inspiration, global growth, and hopes of sharing a social lite bevy on our patio this summer! We hear their new flavours rock 😎

Shout out to our friends at @barrie_360 for this awesome feature they created 🙌

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We hope you took some R&R this long weekend, are recharged and ready to take on a new week and a new month! 🙌

Always remember that you are in charge of writing your own story! Tag someone in the comments who needs to hear this 💙

• quote credit to: @motivationdirector

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As another month passes us by, we look forward to what the future has in store! 😎

What will your April look like? Mark them on your Instagram story and tag us @sandboxcentre so we can share it with the rest of our community! Or tell us in the comments - we wanna hear it!

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Who were you rising the tide for this week?! 🌊

SBX’s cup is officially full after a week filled with incredible knowledge sharing, peer learning, diverse panel discussion, export acceleration, and joining in on the celebration of entrepreneurs and the Barrie business community. All while being virtual! We’re so lucky to be immersed in a region full of endless potential and talent, consistently working to lift others up 💙

Did you learn something cool this week? Did you lift up others who needed it most? Let us know in the comments below!

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. 📸: @thesurfiety

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What would joining the sandbox centre mean to your business?

Not a SBX Member yet? Interested in understanding what’s in it for you? Wonder what it’s all about?