Workshop: The Path to Profit

Event Schedule:

6:00 – 6:30 Networking & Pizza

6:30 – 7:30 Workshop

7:30 – 8:00 Q&A


Do you ever find yourself wondering:

  • my bank balance says I have $25,000 but I know I wrote some cheques, how much do I really have?
  • Money is slipping through my fingers but how much of it is applicable to my business idea versus my personal life?
  • I found a great government grant program but they need financials, where do I start?
  • What is the financial health of my business? Am I really making money?

This workshop will help all entrepreneurs whether pre-revenue or revenue generating, investor funded or not understand the importance of:

  • tracking your business expenditures from inception
  • why bank reconciliations matter
  • and how these things put you on THE PATH TO PROFIT

AND we will give you the tools to make it all happen easily!


For most entrepreneurs’ when these issues or concerns come up they are often solved reactively rather then proactively. In “The Path To Profit” workshop Finance Without Borders Inc.(FWB) will provide entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to proactively manage their financial health. The workshop will focus on easy, time saving solutions that will provide financial statements and allow entrepreneurs to track their spending effectively. The workshop will also explain profitability and explain which costs are worth tracking but are often overlooked.

FWB has partnered with XERO; XERO is a cost effective cloud based accounting tool with many add-on software partners that allow a small business to grow into a full ERP system as needed. This software will be available at a 50% discount for 12 months for Spark Centre Client’s who register by May 12th. Discount Code: SPARK50 

Come hang out at the event and learn more. We have fun SWAG giveaways for all attendees!


About the Presenter:

Dorothy Zubel, CPA, CMA – Director of Finance

Dorothy is a key member of the Finance Without Borders (FWB) team as an Accountant and Finance Professional who brings over 10 years of progressive experience. Dorothy is FWB’s system’s guru having been an integral part of many system implementations. Her greatest strength is finding creative solutions to meet the needs of clients and stakeholders. Dorothy focuses on the complete structure of the organization, including, accounting system stability, implementing internal processes and controls, as well as improving monthly reporting, annual budgeting and future forecasting.


Spark Centre at OCE Discovery 2017!

Spark Centre at OCE Discovery 2017!

Spark Centre is a proud sponsor of OCE Discovery and we enjoy participating each year, showcasing 8 of our awesome clients.

We look forward to participating once again this year on May 15th and 16th to showcase these amazing Spark Centre clients: CrossPlatform Cloud Technologies Inc.Dash MDHenlen Hexyoo Scientific Inc.IFTechSound Options Tinnitus TreatmentsWeTraqZambah

Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government and the investment community, as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. For more information on Discovery, click here.

Client Update: SwiftPad – Transformative healthcare technology

by Amir M – CEO,


SwiftPad’s cloud platform unchains the power of digital health tools and mobile technology to bolster the patient-service experience.

Our solutions create more meaningful interactions and experiences for patients by empowering healthcare providers with the right tools to streamline their existing health practices.

With SwiftPad’s digital health solutions, we equip pharmacies and healthcare enterprises with the right tools to bridge gap between patients and healthcare providers to deliver better healthcare outcomes. Our plug-and-play approach us to cater customized and client centric applications for retail pharmacy chains, independent pharmacies, pharmaceutical brands, pharmacists and dispensing systems.

Our flagship mobile solution white-labelled for independent pharmacies streamlines patient enrolment processes in pharmacy services, provides pharmacist to patient communication, and improves compliance through after-hours pharmacy services and refill requests. This mobile solutions provides instant access to updated patient information and a communication platform to engage with patients and pharmacists.

Over the past year, SwiftPad has been won QuickBooks “Intuit Thrive” Pitch Competition, “Crowd Favourite” Fundica Award, featured on Product Hunt, and placed in the top 25 at Interface Health Competition. They are also supported by MaRS and University of Toronto through the University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Accelerator (Cohort 2016) and currently an IBM Innovation Partner in downtown Toronto.

You can learn more about SwiftPad at or at

International Soft Landing Program: Touchdown

Spark Centre’s International Soft Landing Program, Touchdown, is focused on providing international companies from the tech and innovative space the opportunity to learn about doing business in Canada. Participants in the program will receive exposure to key areas including Marketing, Sales, Legal, Intellectual Property, Financial and Human Resources. Spark Centre is committed to providing the knowledge, connections and assets necessary for international companies to establish their business in Canada.


The one week program will commence on May 29th, 2017 (Deadline to apply: April 1).


TouchdownShip  For more information on how to apply, mentorship, and networking opportunities, please click here

TouchdownShip  To download the full program outline, please click here

TouchdownShip  To download an application form, please click here

Client Update: Qloud+ – Find Your Files Faster

by Brandon Robinson – VP Customer Engagement, CrossPlatform Cloud Technologies

Like many people and organizations CrossPlatform Cloud Technologies is fully virtual.  We don’t have a ton of servers in our own office, in our homes, or even on our laptops that run all the services vital to modern tech company.  Ranging from our email, CRM, time tracking, software development tools, and yes, files, our business lives in the cloud.

If you, like us, feel that you spend more time looking for your files then working on them, we understand the frustration.

“Was that file in Dropbox or OneDrive?  Do you have the latest spreadsheet from GoogleDrive?  No?  Oh, I put it in the shared folder for everyone to see it. You don’t have permission to view it now? Really? Ok, I’ll email it to you.”

Sound familiar?  Sadly, we know it does.

That’s why we are very excited to announce our new product, QloudPlus (pronounced Cloud Plus). We want you to find your files faster.

QloudPlus was born from the idea that it should be easiest to find your files and get to work, not spending tons of time hunting down the correct file that you know you have, you just can’t put your fingers on it in a hurry. Well, with QloudPlus you will spend less time looking and more time finding.

QloudPlus allows you to:

  • Connect and find your cloud storage accounts in one place;
  • Manage and organize your files without moving them;
  • Do more in record time with Qloud+ Activities and get on with what you really need to do (which isn’t looking for your files!).

We want to help you take back more time in your day that is spent looking for files to work on, and actually get to working on them.

How it works:


Connect to as many cloud storage accounts as you want. Choose from the most popular services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.


Spend less time looking and more time finding with easy search tools. Access your recent files, uploads, shares, favorites, all at a glance.


Get more done in less time thanks to Qloud+ Activities. Take action with suggestions on how to better organize your files, save space, find your files faster, and get more done with just one click.

You know you have the file, you just can’t seem to find it. We’re all in this together.

COMING IN SPRING 2017 – QloudPlus – Find Your Files Faster

Learn more at


About CrossPlatform Cloud Technologies

CrossPlatform Cloud Technologies is focused on harnessing the best of the cloud and make it more accessible, easier to use, and to deliver increased levels of simplicity. Ranging from applications to increase day-to-day productivity to scaling business technology challenges, CrossPlatform is committed to making the cloud work for you. CrossPlatform is a proud member of Cohort 4 in the Thrive Accelerator Program at the Spark Centre, one of Ontario’s leading Regional Innovation Centre’s.

Visit the website at for more information.

Client Update: IFTech on CBC Dragons’ Den

Michael and Brodie Stanfield, the father and son duo behind Durham Region based startup, IFTech appeared on the recent Family Episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den on February 15th and walked out with a deal for their ARAIG gaming suit.

IFTech are leading the next generation of immersive gaming. Their first product, ARAIG (As Real As It Gets) is a high-tech, multi-sensory wearable gaming suit. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG delivers the most cutting-edge technology to its users.

The Stanfield’s explained that the idea for the ARAIG suit came after playing one of their favourite video games. A huge explosion happened in the game, there was so much action on the screen, but the only physical sensation they got was a slight rumble in the controller. It looked exciting, but it didn’t feel exciting. The ARAIG suit makes it feel like you are right there in the game.

It was Dragon Manjit Minhas that saw the potential and offered a $500,000 for a 25% stake in the company, which Michael and Brodie gladly accepted.

“Getting to go and pitch in front of the Dragons’ was a great opportunity and experience,” said Brodie Stanfield “Being able to receive feedback from the Dragons’ alone was a worthwhile and once in a lifetime experience. We could not be more excited about the outcome.”

Those interested in pre-ordering the ARAIG suit can do so at the following link:

Check out the video below for the full televised IFTech pitch to the Dragons’

Prepare For The Den: Pitch Workshop – Feb 24

Getting Your Pitch Ready for the Den


Dragons’ Den auditions are returning to Oshawa on March 1st. Learn from our expert who has helped many startup companies and entrepreneurs successfully appear on Dragons’ Den, Digital Den and other major pitch competitions.

This workshop will be useful for anyone looking for information on how to deliver a better investment pitch. The difference between a great pitch and a poor pitch can change your companies’ future!

We are holding two workshops on February 24th! 12:00pm – 1:30pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Core 21 (21 Simcoe St S, Oshawa)


What You Will Learn:

  • The 8 key components of an investment pitch
  • The difference between pitching to investors and TV producers
  • The importance of content and delivery
  • What questions will the dragons ask
  • How to deal with presentation anxiety
  • How to make it a pitch the dragons will remember

About the Presenter:
Robert J. Weese is an author, speaker, business coach, entrepreneur and advisor at Spark Centre. A former broadcaster turned sales professional Bob has worked with Spark Centre clients to helped them hone their investment pitches. Spark Clients have received funding from major Canadian Pitch Competitions, Angel Investors, launched successful KickStarter campaigns, and appeared on the TV shows Dragons’ Den and Digital Den.

Learn more about the hosts:

Spark Centre


FastStart Durham College

UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship

Client Update: NPS releases iOS and Android app!

Download National ProStaff app TODAY!

Spark Centre client, National ProStaff has officially launched their new app!

Available on both iOS and Android, the National ProStaff industry leading app allows users to connect with thousands of anglers. Users can browse over half a million fishing products in the gear section and use the location pages to discover over 50,000 new places to fish. just surpassed over 100,000 users and is currently working with over 1,000 brands.

The NPS team also launched a new referral rewards program within the app, where members can refer friends to earn points that can be used to get free fishing gear!

Download the free app HERE today and help support a Durham Region startup.


Client Update: Zambah partners with Mau5trap

Spark Centre client, Zambah is pleased to announce a new partnership with deadmau5 founded record label, mau5trap. The two companies are collaborating on a series of playlists that will bring attention to new and emerging music.

mau5trap will be utilizing Zambah’s streamlined submission process that allows undiscovered or independent artists from anywhere in the world to directly submit music to influential people and brands through their ‘Tastemakers’ feature. For the next few months, mau5trap will use this feature to accept song submissions for multiple playlists they will create on the platform. All songs submitted will be considered for these playlists and artists must visit to apply.

“We’re really excited to be working with mau5trap on this initiative to bring more awareness to new and emerging artists that need more shine on their work. We can’t wait to share their finished playlist with music fans all over the world.” – Ken Asafo, co-founder of Zambah

Industry influencers including araabMUZIK, Arius, UZ, Lucky Date, Breathe Carolina​ and many more have participated in this new initiative to feature emerging music on more playlists. Artists looking to submit tracks to mau5trap must have a “Pro” subscription to be eligible to submit. For more information about Zambah’s “Pro” subscription priced at $7/month, please visit:

About Zambah: Zambah is a social music discovery and streaming platform. The platform focuses on the discovery and curation of emerging audio content by delivering great tools that help artists gain new listeners and fans. Zambah also offers artists the opportunity to spread their music to a desired audience by allowing them to submit music to influential public figures and brands, aka ‘Tastemakers’.

Client Feature: WAI Products Ltd

The Spark Centre wishes to recognize the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC) in providing support through the Eastern Ontario Development Program and for advisory services provided to WAI Products Ltd.

by Brandi Hewson, Founder & CEO, WAI Products Ltd.

Over the past 2 years WAI Products Ltd has been very fortunate to work with Spark Centre and a few incredible advisors who’ve helped shape our business into a more stable, structured, profitable and opportunistic company.

Spark in partnership with BDO, specifically helped WAI re-structure our back-end systems and processes enabling WAI to evaluate the gaps and make necessary changes. From inventory control measures, product profitability factors, accounting practices, cash flow forecasting and P&L analysis – the list goes on! The insight and expertise gained from Dennis Croft and Brion Hendry have enabled WAI to make insurmountable gains and stability on all fronts and have set us on the continued path to scale efficiently and profitably to the next level.

Dennis brought a wealth of knowledge, expertise, commitment and foresight. Dennis had a personal yet very structured professional approach; learning about what makes WAI who we are, our challenges, our strengths, our opportunities and taking from that deciding and implementing the best practices to ensure we continue to climb and make our mark resulting in exactly what we set out to be. Dennis’s strength on the financial side of our business taught me and WAI how to be financially more proactive and aware, implementing a monthly and weekly cash flow analysis allowing us to be more proactive and forward thinking enabling me with the help of BDO to make the best financial decisions possible.

In my young 6 years of business I’ve learned to listen, evaluate and even challenge the advice offered to ensure I’m making the most informed, strategic decisions to better my company. Much of the ability to do so has come from the guidance received from Spark Centre and the incredible support offered. I consider myself and WAI Products beyond fortunate to have the opportunity to utilize the vast array of services and the mindful continued support received from Spark. Each day offers a new challenge and a new opportunity, having the ability to analyze each, make a decision, implement and move; these are key factors learned and supported that will always contribute to our success long after the service ends.

As the owner and president of WAI, I am so grateful for the continued support and so grateful for the opportunity to be challenged and build a contributing company with intelligent advice and partnership of Spark Centre.

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker