Business Matters

Each year the Goodman School of Business presents a panel of industry experts to discuss business topics of interest to the community.

The Business Matters series is supported by the D.G Willmot Lecture Fund

Upcoming Events:

The 2023 Business Matters event will be held virtually on March. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

More details and registration link to follow, stay tuned!

Past events:

Operating in a changing climate

A conversation on sustainable business practices

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – Webinar and Q&A

Thank you to our panelists:

-Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
-Gabriel Demarco (BSc ’13), Winemaker and Viticulturalist at Cave Spring Vineyard
-Natalie Lowe, President of Celebrate Niagara and the Sustainable Events Forum
-Mikayla Richards (BBA ’19), Sustainability Analyst at EcoVadis

inclusive decision-making matters

A conversation on what it means to be inclusive when making decisions.

Thursday, April 13, 2021 – Webinar

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Leela MadhavaRau, Director, Human Rights and Equity at Brock University
  • Ivana Musich, VP, Managing Director, Digital Products at No Fixed Address Inc. | Founder of Nomad
  • Yvonne Nasri,  Founder & CEO of Victory & Co.
  • Mark Dockstator, Member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames | Professor at Trent University
View the recording here.
Five panelists on stage

Crafting the Brand

A conversation on what it means to take an artisanal approach to business.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Goodman Atrium, Brock University.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Conrad Davies, General Manager at Breakwall Brewing Company
  • Geoff Dillon, President of Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers
  • Tamara Jensen, Brand Strategist for Form & Affect and proprietor of Dispatch restaurant
  • Nadia Senchuk, Co-founder of Leaning Post Wines
Women in Business Matter Panelists on campus

Women in Business Matter

A discussion on the importance of women as entrepreneurs and business leaders to building a vibrant economy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Scotiabank Atrium, Brock University.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario
  • Shawna Chen, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Goodman School of Business
  • Taylor Book, Co-owner, Beechwood Doughnuts
  • Mishka Balsom, President and CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
Making Business Matter presentation

Making Business Matter

A discussion on social responsibility in the business world.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Shannon Passero, Owner, Shannon Passero Design
  • Jim Letwin, CEO Jan Kelley
  • Betty-Lou Souter, CEO, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold
  • Dr. Todd Green, Associate Professor of Marketing, Goodman School of Business
Four people on stage at Monster Pitch

Innovation Matters

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

  • Jim Treliving, one of five judges on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Chairman and Owner of Boston Pizza International Inc.
  • Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round13
  • Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board
  • Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.
Three panelists at Music Matters discussion

Music Matters

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

  • Alan Cross, host of “The Ongoing History of New Music”
  • Murray Foster,  musician
  • Paul Morris, HTZ FM Music Director
  • Noah Mintz, an audio mastering engineer who has worked with some of Canada’s most successful acts and
  • Eric Alper, director of media relations for eOne Music Canada and well-known music commentator.

View the recording here.