SBX CNNX connects professionals, company leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs across many different industries to share challenges and lessons in specialized sessions.  SBX CNNX is organized to collectively engage over meaningful roundtable discussions in a non-competitive setting. Our CNNX groups are intentionally kept to a smaller, limited size to ensure all voices are heard and connections can easily be made. 

Who should join?

SBX seeks to address gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support all entrepreneurs and people who want to experience growth and development within their own career paths. In person, or virtually, we provide an inclusive environment for all. All walks of life, all stages of business, and all who encapsulate the SBX spirit of “a rising tide, will float all boats” – we’re stronger together! 


CNNX Thought leaders


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 has 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 will be delivering the keynote at our 2020 AGM

Women's Leadership & Diversity

As the leader of over 10,000 employees across 64 locations, Lisa has helped build FedEx Express Canada into the most reliable courier network in the country. Lisa is a member of the IWFC Toronto Chapter and The Prosperity Project™ and is also one of 13 Diversity 50 CEOs. She is also a renowned public speaker in North America. Lisa also holds distinction as 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 has 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 has 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 has delivered the keynote to our Women In Biz CNNX Groups

If you’re interested in professional development for yourself or your organization, CNNX is for you.  Not only will you keep up on your industry knowledge, skills and best practices, you’ll do it while expanding and strengthening your network.  CNNX sessions run monthly and are available to SBX Members virtually and in person. If you’re not a Member yet, you can reach out to us and we’ll get you in to an upcoming CNNX group so you can experience the magic first hand.

 The CEO CNNX group provides an effective environment for CEOs and Presidents to learn and share current concerns, effective strategies, and other passions in order to secure achievable results within their organization.

Targeting current and former CEOs and Presidents who are responsible for strategic and operational leadership in their business.

“The C-Suite CNNX Group has been a great way for me to personally develop as a leader, and connect with other corporate leaders in the community, with shared experiences and new ways of looking at things. I have already learned so much and I have made some great connections in the community, as a result.”

The finance industry is always on the move with new rules and concepts constantly evolving within our economy. So, keep up with the action! Explore conversations with like-minded professionals on the latest trends. Gain new perspectives on how you can improve your business’ bottom line and exchange common challenges. 

Intended for CFOs, Accountants, Financial Analysts, Investment Specialists, Financial Planners, Business Owners etc.

“SBX offers a level of support to Barrie area businesses and entrepreneurs that is truly welcome. Centres like this are no longer limited to our friends in Toronto, I encourage anyone in the region to attend an event and share your knowledge.”

A specialized session where industry professionals can come together to cultivate common strategies for successful growth and professional development. Experienced marketing leaders will share their best strategies, practices of marketing campaign coordination, how to maximize your marketing tactics, building and managing your brand, and much more. 

Calling all Marketing Leaders and Practitioners, Marketing Consultants, Digital Marketers, Social Media Coordinators, Copywriters, Media Buyers, Promotions, Advertising Professionals, Graphic Designers, etc.

“Every time I attend I take away something that I can apply. And the added bonus of creating and deepening local business connections makes these meeting truly worth while.”

Learn from HR experts on how to build a thriving company culture, attract talent, and lead corporate objectives to support your organization and employees. This session connects different areas of human resource management among individuals who are looking to lead initiatives and optimize their improvement of culture in the workplace.

Welcoming HR Managers, Recruitment Specialists, Talent Acquisition Specialists, HR Consultants, Compensation and Benefits Manager, Labour Relations Specialist, etc.


To join a CNNX group please register for an event, see us at the front desk or simply contact us.

Come together with other sales professionals to experience growth and development, while connecting through best practices and sharing challenges. Our SBX CNNX Champion will guide conversations and provide feedback that surrounds prospecting efforts, pipeline generation, building and maintaining key accounts, and more – all to assist in achieving your performance goals.

Business Development and Sales Executives, Sales Consultants, Sales & Biz Dev Representatives, Sales Engineers, Retail Sales, Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales, and any quota carrying roles within your organization etc.

“I found the group to be very interactive and group oriented as opposed to just sitting and listening. I like this because this is how I learn best. I found it to be a very inviting and comfortable space to voice opinions, questions and experiences.”

Uplift, empower, advance. When women in business come together, what is it they can’t achieve? Facilitated by experienced female-identified leaders in the local business community, come together with others to address barriers, create solutions, and break them! New opinions and ideas from outside perspectives will be discovered, while action plans and new connections will be formed.

Calling all Women-identified and Gender Non-binary Business Owners, Leaders, Founders, Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, in business looking to support one another, grow, improve, and develop.

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