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The SoHo District – Plans For The Future
London Economic Development Corporation
Cheri McLeod – SoHo Community Association
Eric Vardon – Arcane
Ross Rains – Tier 1
Michelle Quintyn – Goodwill Industries
Karen Schulman-Dupis – rtraction
Tanya Ward – City Councillor Ward 13
5:30 – 5:45 – Open networking
5:45 – 6:30 – Speakers
6:30 – 7:00 – Open networking
Tuesday May 5
5:30 – 7:00
Networking for Networkers
Speakers to be announced shortly
Cheri McLeod is passionate about community, civic engagement and bringing people
together. Recreating her life after a brain injury and learning to cope with mental
illnesses, Cheri found that the secret to her recovery came with helping others. From
initiating free hug days to organizing civic engagement events such as London's VOICE,
Cheri is inspired by fellow Londoners to do more for our community. An Awesome
London Trustee, a proud supporter of Women in Politics and most recently, newly
named President of the SoHo Community Association, Cheri is fully engaged, and loving
every minute of it.
Over the past 20 years Eric Vardon has been involved with over 10 successful businesses
and led award-winning campaigns for a broad range of market leaders including AOL,
Bridgestone, General Motors, GoodLife Fitness, Roots, The Hearst Company, Laura Secord,
Popular Mechanics and Wired Magazine.
As Founder of Canadian clothing brand AllMaple Apparel, Eric grew the venture from
initial concept into two retail flagship stores, a national wholesale division and a global E-
commerce store. At its peak, AllMaple featured on MTV, Much Music, The Juno Awards
and in a national partnership with Molson Breweries.
Currently, Vardon holds equity in over 5 businesses and is the President & CEO at Arcane –
a new breed of marketing agency that combines digital innovation and brand storytelling
to deliver ROI-obsessed marketing campaigns.
Ross Rains is a commercial office developer and business coach with a connection to
SOHO going back some 8 years with his family run business now operating four
properties in SOHO. He is passionate about helping young entrepreneurs, social
service organizations as well as IT pioneers find a home in SOHO where they can plant
Michelle Quintyn is a renowned leader in the non-profit community. As President and
CEO of Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes, Michelle has guided the evolution of
Goodwill’s mission and operations since 2005, growing from 4,000 to 20,000 people
served, increasing the social enterprise revenue from $5.8 million to $21 million, and
creating more than 350 new jobs to enlarge the workforce to 520 employees. With
extensive experience in non-profit management, community development,
fundraising, government relations, marketing, strategic communications and
administration, she is responsible for founding and developing several signature non-
profits addressing important social, cultural, community and environmental change.
Karen brings together 15 years of business experience and acumen in sales, marketing,
communications, digital and social strategy, operations management, and project
management to help companies redesign their internal operations, which leads to
designing external opportunities.
Operations matter. As a process designer, Karen has created efficiencies and saved her
organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. As a Project Manager, Karen
managed the implementation of projects that have ranged from $2M to $35M. Due to
her background as a Business Analyst and Project Manager, she has an innate
understanding of the importance of establishing best practices and how to measure their
Emily Nielsen is one of Canada’s leading Unified Communications Strategists. As a
business owner and entrepreneur, clients benefit from her strong business acumen
and her ability to align technology projects to business needs that produce superior
results. Emily has a strong background in IP telephony, multimedia contact center,
data/video networks, mobility applications and much more.
As the President of Nielsen IT Consulting Inc. (Nielsen IT) Emily is proud of her strong
team of industry experts that collectively help clients solve complex problems with
tailored solutions. At Nielsen IT, we are known for our assessments, preparation of
RFP/RFQ’s, vendor evaluation processes and project management services.
Established in 1999.
HQ in London, Ontario.
We provide businesses with
independent consulting on
We help businesses leverage
technology to enable their
employees to connect,
collaborate, and work effectively
regardless of where they are.