Sandbox helps people create a better life through business. We connect PEOPLE & their IDEAS to business resources; where guided collaboration and sharing of collective knowledge support their journey to success!

Sometimes those business resources are an organization, other times it could be a program. Most often, it’s another person in the SBX Community who can break down barriers and provide insight by sharing their knowledge with you.

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Create A Better life through business

Sandbox connects people & their ideas to business resources; where guided collaboration and sharing of collective knowledge support their journey to success.

Founding PArtners

Our Founding Partners helped establish the concept of the Sandbox Centre and have helped make this dream possible. We’re deeply grateful for their generous support, time and collaboration.

Founding Media PArtners

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Entrepreneurial BIZ MAP

BIZ MAP highlights entrepreneurial resources across Central Ontario. Learn more about the organizations that can offer one-on-one business coaching, niche programming and funding opportunities.

To use the map, first click on the icon in the top left to open-up the drawer panel. This panel contains three different levels you can toggle on or off based on where you are in your journey; starting your business, growing your business, or scaling your business.

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

What would joining the sandbox centre mean to your business?

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