The Salon - Member Signup

Welcome to the Salon! We have an incredible lineup of events, and an amazing community of entrepreneurs gathering over the next 9 months.

Below you will find detailed information on each dinner. Before you book your dinners for the 2019/2020 Salon season, please watch these 2 short videos:



instructions for booking your dinners

For those of you that aren’t patient enough to sit through a 3-minute video, here are some written instructions.

It should take you less than a minute to book each dinner, so you should be able to complete the whole process in 5 minutes or less. I know it’s not the most elegant process, and I will have something better next time around, but for now your patience is appreciated.

There are 26 Salon members, with 18 member seats reserved for each of the 9 dinners (plus a few drop-in tickets that will be released on Oct. 21).

In order to ensure you get a seat at the dinners you want, I recommend you sign up as soon as possible on the 16th.

  1. Copy your coupon code from the email you received.

  2. Scroll through the events below, then click on the ‘Book your seat at the table’ below each event you want to attend (note: the three 2019 dinners are grouped together on the same signup page, and the six 2020 dinners are on a separate page)

  3. The top right of each signup page will show the availability for each dinner (there are 18 member spots available for each dinner - once it’s full it’s full, so sign up early to get the dinners you want)

  4. Paste your coupon code into the coupon code field on the signup page, and click Apply. This should bring the price to $0 (your coupon is valid for 6 uses)

  5. Enter your name and other details (sorry, you’ll need to do this for each dinner - one of the limitations of my current software)

  6. Under ‘Choose your pricing option’, click on the session you want to attend

  7. Click ‘Complete Order

  8. Put the date in your calendar (I’ll be emailing 3 days before, but put it in your calendar so you don’t double-book yourself!)

  9. Repeat the process until you’ve booked 6 dinners.

Dietary Restrictions

The abbreviations below, when listed for a particular meal, denote dietary restrictions that can be accommodated during that meal. Please note that while every possible care is taken to ensure that allergens are not present, our chefs cannot guarantee that food will not come into contact with allergens.

GF: Gluten-free (not suitable for celiacs, but suitable for non-celiacs on a gluten-free diet)

C: Suitable for celiacs ie. no gluten in the kitchen at all

V: Vegetarian

VN: Vegan

D: Dairy allergy

N: Nut allergy

SF: Shellfish allergy

Salon Dates


(you can show up after 6, but be there by 6:30 please)

Oct. 24, 2019

NOTE: I’d like as many members as possible to attend the first dinner, so I have made 26 seats available. If you can make it, please join us on October 24.

  • Chef/Cuisine: Greg Couillard (International Fusion)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, V, VN, D, N, SF

  • Speaker: James Perly

    James has mentored many of Ontario’s top entrepreneurs including Jayson Gaignard, Nicole Verkindt, Ted Livingston, Jennifer Dang and dozens of others.

    He is a top neural hacker – able to reset his own mind and has been an ultralearner for almost three decades now. His Massive Transformational Purpose (MTP) is to become 100% smarter every year, a feat he is on track to do for three years running now. 

  • Topic: (100% Smarter Every Year: How To Be Exponential)

    Most people view their learning as a side task that they do to make a bit more money, have better relationships or to learn something new and interesting. I want am here to show you that learning and growth are fundamental skills to surviving and thriving in an exponential economy.

    This talk/workshop will explain my current general working concepts as well as will include as many actual lessons as time permits that will increase your intelligence on the spot and give you access to making exponentially better decisions. Many of these ideas will also germinate and will continue to give rewards as you continue to apply them in your lives. Exponentially better decisions = Exponentially better results.

Nov. 28, 2019

  • Chef/Cuisine: Taylor Parker (Canadian/Indigenous)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, N, D, SF*

  • Speaker: Swish Goswami

    Swish Goswami, 22, is the CEO of Trufan, a social intelligence platform that helps over eighty of the world’s biggest brands and celebrities sell directly to their top fans. His company has raised over $1M to date (from several NBA players and venture firms) and has clients like Western Union, Nike, Interscope Records and Conde Nast. 

    Swish has given three TEDx talks, secured a publishing deal with Kogan Page and a sneaker deal with K-Swiss, and is an advisor/investor in popular social companies like Dunk Media (11M follower network focused on basketball) and FaZe Clan (most popular eSports organization in the world). He has a personal following of over 100,000 and enjoys speaking around the world under North America’s prestigious bureau Speakers Spotlight. For his entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements, Swish was inducted into Plan Canada's Top 20 under 20, recognized as Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year and awarded the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award. 

  • Topic: Becoming A Super-Effective CEO

    As the 22 year old CEO of a multi-million dollar startup, Swish Goswami has certainly been on the fast track when it comes to learning the ropes of being an effective CEO. While leading a team of 13, he has learned how to set a vision and inspire employees to align with it, how to hire the right people, and how to focus on top line sales while fundraising. In this session he will speak to each of these skills while also touching upon mental health and how to balance the stress and pains that come with being a CEO.

    Swish will be the first to admit that he isn't perfect and isn't an expert CEO (he likely never will be) but he promises that every lesson he shares will come from his experiences. This session will leave you with tactical tips you can act upon the next day and it will be relatable especially if you are an entrepreneur or aspiring to start your own business.

Dec. 12, 2019

  • Chef/Cuisine: Dali Chehimi (Moroccan/Tunisian, French, Spanish)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, V, VN, N, D, SF

  • Speaker: Sherry Walling
    Dr. Sherry Walling helps smart people do hard things. She works with leaders and entrepreneurs to tackle the common and uncommon challenges that go along with the pursuit of an extraordinary life. As a clinical psychologist, speaker, yoga teacher, podcaster, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, she draws from her professional expertise as well as her personal experience. Her best-selling book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Shit Together, combines the insight and warmth of a therapist with the truth-telling mirth of someone who has been there.

    When she’s not in the consulting room or hopping stages around the world; Sherry can be found on her paddleboard, swinging from the rafters pretending to be a circus performer, or ushering her three kiddos through an art museum in some fabulous city.

  • Topic: Thriving In Chaos… Strategies To Crisis-proof Yourself And Your Business

    You are going to receive a phone call that will change your life. It may include words like canceraccident or leaving. It may involve a family member, a key employee or your own cells. Occasional experiences of crises will touch all of our lives. These experiences threaten our well-being and have the power to disrupt our lives and our businesses. 

    Yet, we do not have to walk around completely vulnerable to crisis. It is possible to prepare for stressful experiences and to take steps to "crisis-proof" our lives and our businesses. In this talk, Dr. Sherry will give you simple strategies to help you master your inner world when the world outside seems to be spinning out of control. 

Jan. 23, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Amira Eskenazi (International)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, V, VN, D, SF

  • Speaker: Matt Thompson

    Matt Thompson is obsessed with better teamwork and collaboration. He teaches agile teamwork and collaborative leadership practises that help people become happier and more effective at work.

    He’s the author of The Joy of Teamwork: 30 simple ways to work smarter together (coming 2020). His focus is on helping organizations adopt healthy collaboration and leadership practices, simplifying agile teamwork techniques, and making work happier and more effective — mostly in the non-profit, social enterprise and civil society sectors.

    He’s also a former Senior Director of the Mozilla Foundation, CBC journalist, Rockwood Leadership Institute alumnus, and Webby Award-winning storyteller.

  • Topic: The Joy Of Teamwork… How The World's Greatest Teams Think, Plan And Get Things Done.

    This workshop helps busy entrepreneurs build healthier, happier teams. It distills the latest research from team dynamics and collaborative intelligence into a set of powerful no-brainer meeting and collaboration techniques your team will love. It outlines the five key muscles and mindsets for high-performing groups, reveals why most team-building exercises don't work, and shares antidotes to common team toxins like burnout, brain-fry, meeting sickness, the Stupidity Paradox and more.

Feb. 27, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Winslow Taylor (Carribbean)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, V, VN, N, D, SF*

  • Speaker: Kevin White

    Kevin White has spent his life telling stories.  As an experiential designer, he has spent the last quarter of a century working with the worlds top corporations and non-profit organizations to advance their goals through live events.  Kevin easily moves between royal, executive, political and charitable clients, helping them reach and ultimately change their audiences for the better.  He is the founder and chief strategist of the creative experiential agency XPL, founder of the executive group The Table, professor, facilitator, lecturer, always soon to be author and the father of four.  Oddly, he is also related to the only word that rhymes with orange.

  • Topic: Building a Culture of Innovation

    Innovation.  It's why some companies thrive and others simply exist.   Are you doing everything you can to nurture an innovative mindset within your company?  Hear what innovation engines like Google, Disney, and 3M doing internally to foster a culture of creativity and ideation, and how can you adopt those principles to your team. In this session, Kevin White will look at the characteristics that define such processes, explain how to best apply them in a business setting, and give resources to foster creativity at your company.    

Mar. 26, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Erwin Joaquin (Hawaiian, Philipino)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, V, VN, N, D, SF

  • Speaker: Jay Fiset

    Jay is the founder of JVology, a member-based organization that helps its members develop profitable joint ventures, as well as the founder of JVology Summit and Mastermind to Millions.

    He’s a best selling author, student of human nature, avid outdoorsman at 5 star hotels, speaks fluent smart ass, can see and reflect your life mission in 5 minutes flat, loves having 2 sons so he can play with their toys, still fantasizes about his wife after 25 years, loves ideas, but loves results even more, can simultaneously laugh and cry for different reasons at the same time, has never been star struck (but did not get a chance to meet martin Luther King, and there would have been teenage girl screaming if he had).

  • Topic: Joint Ventures & Partnerships

    In the training you will discover how to grow your business, attract more clients and earn more income by leveraging the power of Joint Ventures. We will also share how you can do that even if you don't currently have a big list, know any Industry Leaders, or have a hot product to sell.

    When you attend you’ll discover the art and science of profitable partnerships, the top systems & strategies, and the most efficient way to create success. If you have a big message to share, a product or program you want to get out in the world, or a service that can change lives and you want to make a big impact while also creating a lucrative income for yourself, Joint Ventures are one of the fastest ways to do it, and this training will lay the foundation for your to build on.

Apr. 30, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Luciano Schipano (Southern Italian, refined)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, V, VN, N, D, SF

  • Speaker: Angela Lauria

    Dr. Angela Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator and creator of the Difference Process for writing a book that matters. In 2017, The Author Incubator was ranked #285 on the inc. 500 fastest growing companies and #260 on entrepreneur magazine’s entrepreneur 360. Dr. Angela was also named, by entrepreneur magazine, as one of the top 10 most inspiring entrepreneurs to watch – one of only 2 women on the list.

    Helping people free their inner author since 1994, she has helped over 500 authors-in transformation write, publish, and promote their books. Her clients have been seen everywhere from Vanity Fair to O magazine to the Today Show, and their books have been responsible for over $10 million in cumulative revenue.

    She is the author of Make ‘Em Beg To Work For You and many other books.

  • Topic: How To Strategically Hire and Fire Staff to Build a Team of A Players

    If you are like most solopreneurs or small business owners, the desire to make your dreams come true at a bigger level requires a team that can understand your vision and get stuff done. Unfortunately, it can seem impossible, especially with the cultural differences between Gen Xers and Millennials, to ever get people to effectively do what you want. An eye-opening revelation about how long-established systems are falling apart at work, This session picks up where classic books like Rocket Fuel and Good to Great no longer connect with the realities on the ground of building a team largely of millennials.

May 28, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Mirelle Blassnig (International, Latin American)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, C, V, VN, D, SF

  • Speaker: Pam Prior

    The dynamic opposite of every green-eyeshade accountant you’ve ever imagined, Pam is the author of “Your First CFO: The Accounting Cure for Small Business Owners”; and the entertaining and informative host of the “Cash Flow” Podcast on iTunes

    As a fellow-entrepreneur, Pam Prior’s mission is to bring finance to entrepreneurs – right where they are - clearing the way for them to be one of the few who make it to profitable 7 and 8 figures.

    She has worked with $500 million companies, and start-ups with no cash yet, with business owners in coaching, transportation logistics, equipment manufacturing, publishing, and SaaS. Most recently a big brand client of Pam’s said “I don’t know that I’ve ever been, in thirty years, as confident in my numbers as I am right now working with Pam.”

  • Topic: Maximizing Cash Flow In Your Business… And Your Pocket: Do Your Business Finances Support Your Personal Goals?

    If you have personal financial goals and are relying on your business to fund them, you need confidence that your company's financial infrastructure is ready to grow/scale to the level required. There are a few key things required to make sure you are preparing your business for whatever you need to get out of it.

June 25, 2020

  • Chef/Cuisine: Francoise Briet (French, Beer)

  • Dietary Restrictions Accommodated: GF, V, VN, D, SF

  • Speaker: Ran Goel

    Ran is the CEO & Founder of Fresh City, a Toronto company that is transforming the landscape of food in the GTA, with multiple farms, stores, and food delivery programs.

    Ran believes city farming can change the world by re-introducing all of us to how real food is made. Some of his formative childhood experiences include his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awaken in his childhood home of South Africa and his mom’s stuffed peppers. Ran has spoken on food issues before hundreds of audiences. Before founding Fresh City, Ran practiced investment law in New York City for several years.

  • Topic: How Your Company’s Purpose Attracts Top Talent

    Trying to combine profit with purpose? You will quickly find out that the vast majority of people care about ethics and sustainability -- unless they have to pay more for it in money or time. But don't despair, come learn how having a deep purpose can nevertheless be an extremely powerful weapon in taking your business to the next level.