Michele Romanow of CBC’S Dragon’s Den to Headline the Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards

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Michele Romanow of CBC’S Dragon’s Den to Headline the  Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards

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Michelina Williamson

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Michelina Williamson is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at HalTech Regional Innovation Centre, which is at the nexus of Halton Region's innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth.

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Michele Romanow, co-Founder of Buytopia.ca and well-known entrepreneur on CBC’s Dragon’s Den season 10, is the opening speaker for the inaugural Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards taking place on June 2, 2016 from 9 am to 8 pm at the Oakville Conference Centre.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic and smart business leader open our Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards,” says Rina Carlini, CEO & President of Haltech. “Michele Romanow truly represents the innovative spirit and entrepreneurial drive that will be featured at this summit event.”

Michele Romanow, the tech-savvy “dragon” on Canada’s popular Dragon’s Den program, is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca – one of Canada’s top daily deal sites, recently ranked #3 on Canada’s list of fastest growing companies. Featured on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Forbes also chose Michele as the only Canadian to rank as one of the top 20 most disruptive “Millennials on a Mission.” Michele’s background of experience is diverse, having built four businesses and completed an engineering degree and MBA from Queen’s University before her 30th birthday. Her passion lies in building tech and e-commerce businesses. Since establishing Buytopia.ca, she built her latest venture, SnapSaves, which is a mobile savings platform that was recently acquired by US couponing giant Groupon.

Michele will headline an exciting list of Summit keynote speakers representing global corporations, high-growth startups and research leaders such as Microsoft, Siemens, Geotab, Hatch, Javelin, Sheridan College and others, who will ignite the discussion about innovative technologies being made in Halton region. Attendees will learn how advanced manufacturing, digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming the industrial landscape with smart applications designed to build connected communities and enhance our quality of life.

“The Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards is an opportunity to engage with Halton’s innovation and tech entrepreneur community, raise awareness of emerging technologies that will transform our world as we know it, and to celebrate our made-in-Halton innovations,” says Carlini.

Immediately following the Summit will be a presentation of the first Halton FUTURES Innovation Awards. The Awards reception will recognize the excellence in technology innovation made by companies based in Halton region. Nominations for the awards can be submitted up to Monday April 25 at http://www.haltonfutures.ca/the-awards.html .

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