2017 ExC!te Experience winners announced for South Georgian Bay

June 8th, 2017

Collingwood, ON [8 June 2017] – The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian
College alongside the Town of Collingwood, the Centre for Business, and the South
Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre are pleased to announce the 2017
winners of the exC!te Experience Pitch Competition.

1st place and winner of $2,500: Quiet Valley Sauce and Vine – Jennifer Potter and Greg
Montfort – Sizzle Sauce – “The Everything Sauce”. Sizzle a grilling sauce, marinade and
condiment that enhances not masks the natural flavour of your food. Originally created
as a grilling sauce, Quiet Valley soon discovered people were using it in everything
from scrambled eggs to Bloody Mary’s to their crockpot creations.

Tied for Second place and $1000 each: Quarter Century Theatre – Rochelle Reynolds
– “Awesome plays in awesome places”. Quarter Century Theatre (QCT) is
Collingwood’s premiere contemporary theatre company. We are committed to producing
bold, engaging theatre presented in unique, site specific locations. And; Robert Liberty
– with a new innovative product soon to be released that may revolutionize the operation
of your septic. “We are really excited to be able to share more about this in the coming
months,” said Liberty.

In early 2017, entrepreneurs from across South Georgian Bay were invited to apply to
pitch their business ideas for a $2,500 cash prize and to receive feedback from a panel
of business experts. On May 26th, 10 entrepreneurs convened at The Creative Space
on Hurontario Street to present to a panel of 7 judges. The businesses presented
ranged from food, to theatre, to health and wellness, to consumer products. All of the
entrepreneurs attended a pitch preparation workshop prior to the event to hone their
skills and to ensure a compelling pitch. Partners making the event possible included,
Centre for Business and Economic Development, Switch Video, Town of Collingwood,
South Georgian Bay Enterprise Centre and The Creative Space.
2017 exC!te Experience winners announced for South Georgian Bay

Sara Bentham of Georgian College said, “Initially the exC!te Experience intended to
award $2,500 to the 1st place presenter. However, the competition was of such high
quality and the judge’s impressions were so favourable that the Henry Bernick
Entrepreneurship Centre elected to name a first place winner for the $2,500 prize and
two runners-up each earning $1,000 to further their business initiatives. This crop of
South Georgian Bay entrepreneurs ranked amongst the best we’ve seen over more
than a dozen similar competitions held across Central Ontario in the past 3 years”.
“Having the Excite Pitch Competition come to Collingwood for the first time this year
highlights the energizing environment that entrepreneurs have here in Collingwood,”
added Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Town of
Collingwood and part of the Business Development Centre supporting this competition.
Other supporters of this project include the Small Business Enterprise Centre, the
Centre for Business and Economic Development, Switch Video, Sobeys and 97.7 The
Beach radio.

Organizers hope to repeat the exC!te Experience again in 2018.

For more information contact:
Communications Officer
Christa Carter
T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3293

Director, Marketing & Business Development
Martin Rydlo
T. 705-445-8441 Ext. 7421

The Panelists
Sarah Pick – Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur. Futurpreneur Canada is an organization that has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. Sarah’s career within the entrepreneurial ecosystem spans over 7 years, assisting entrepreneurs in roles at MaRS Discovery District, the RIC Centre, and Humber College. Sarah is passionate about helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses!

Peter Deacon – Peter Deacon is currently the President and CEO of River Birch Global Water Inc., and is also the President and CEO of Deacon Global Capital Corp., a hybrid cross between a merchant bank and a private equity group. Over the years, Peter has developed a wide network of international funding sources including private equity firms, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds & high net worth individuals.

Ross Kentner – GM of Bayshore Broadcasting’s eight radio stations in South-Central Ontario Past President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters. Two time Chair, Community Engagement Committee, Owen Sound Campus of Georgian College Past chair of Community Foundation Grey Bruce Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal Lifetime Achievement Award: The Radio-television News Directors Association of Canada Dragon in the 2016 Meaford Chamber of Commerce Dragon’s Den which is licensed by the CBC.

John Pickard – Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. John is a successful entrepreneur with direct sector exposure in food/beverage, publishing, bio-tech, agriculture and telecom. He has broad experience developing and launching new products and business ventures in large enterprise management, start-ups and SME’s. John honed his skills with global marketers Bristol-Myers and Warner-Lambert. Following that he became Vice President of Telemedia Publishing, then Canada’s largest publisher. He then entered the entrepreneurial ranks when he joined a start-up in the prepaid card market which was ultimately sold to AT&T. John is well connected to the investment community and has been involved in securing investment for a variety of early stage companies. John spent the 6 years prior to joining Georgian College mentoring entrepreneurs with Mars Discovery District, Bioenterprise Corp., and Innovation Guelph.

Rob Cattle – Senior Leader, Relationship Manager, Client Services and Global Logistics, ventureLAB Robert Cattle is the founding partner of Maynard & Scott Consulting, a Consulting firm located in York Region, with a focus on Business Excellence and Customer Service. Prior to founding Maynard & Scott, Robert spent 4+ years as Business Transformation and Global Account Manager for Geodis Global Solutions (formerly a Division of IBM) and 20+ years with IBM Canada in the Global Services and Sales & Distribution Divisions, in key professional and leadership roles. Most recently Robert, has been working with key stakeholders as the Director of Program Delivery at ventureLAB a Regional Innovation Centre, delivering entrepreneurial education and mentorship support. Robert is best known for his innovative solutions to challenging business or customer service needs.

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