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Jeffery Potvin

CEO & Managing Director, Hardboot

OPN Host

With over 20+ years experience in interactive development, Jeffery has launched Hardboot into a multinational company with over 600 projects to date. His keen understanding of the custom software landscape has created an agile team of some of the best experts in North America. As a lifelong entrepreneur, his career achievements have seen him launch four successful online stores for Loblaw as well as Kaboose which sold to Disney.

A passion for connecting people and exploring topics, Open People Network was born out of Jeffery’s goal for continuous learning and connectedness. Expanding his circle and that of others through the exchange or personal stories and experience, is what keeps the circle growing with hopes of achieving global reach. 

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Getting High in Canada Part 2

Getting High in Canada Part 2 Watch Live! As many remember, the notion of legal-weed in Canada came into vogue during current PM Justin Trudeau’s election campaign. Now, OPN brings you expert opinions, from producers, lawyers, and industry players, on cannabis in Canada-related developments, and anticipation of legislation. There is much we know and don’t […]

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Coin of the 21st Century: Every Bit Counts | #Bitcoin

Coin of the 21st Century: Every Bit Counts |#Bitcoin For thousands of years gold was the currency of the land, but fast forward to the 21st century, where financial institution distrust and skepticism are at the forefront, more and more people question: where can someone store value if the financial system fails? The answer: the […]

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Savvy Selling – What to Consider When Cashing In Your Business

Watch Live! You’ve spent years — maybe even a lifetime — building a small business and are starting to think about cashing out. Is now a good time to sell? Do you need a broker? What are the steps involved? There are many questions to consider when making such a big change, and much of […]

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I Marched, Now What? #WomensMarch

On January 21, an estimated 3.2 million people, and counting, marched in cities across Canada and the US and even across the world. But their march forward does not end there. Now, they think about how to turn their demonstration into a movement. In this episode, we talk to movement leaders as they “call to […]

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The Changing Landscape of Tech in Toronto

The Changing Landscape of Tech in Toronto Watch now! Downtown Toronto is known for being the home of Bay Street and the country’s major financial sector. But in the last few years, Toronto has become highly saturated with tech companies. In fact, according to Invest Toronto, almost half (40%) of the top 250 technology companies […]

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The Winner’s Circle – Canada’s Small Biz Challenge

The Winner’s Circle – Canada’s Small Biz Challenge Now in its sixth year, the Small Business Challenge, a partnership between Telus and The Globe and Mail, is an annual contest that showcases Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs and helps the winner overcome their biggest challenges. Selected from more than 3,400 entries, we welcome Adam Rumanek of Auxmode; […]

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The Thriving Year – How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

The Thriving Year – How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet Reflecting on 2016, and ahead to the new year, we sit down with three panelist to explore Cameron Brown’s three-part framework to Thriving in the Digital Age, and how you make 2017 your best year yet – both personally and professionally. We’ll look […]

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Pitch It! We had so much fun, we Pitched it again! If you missed it, you can watch Session 2 now!

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Getting High in Canada As many remember, the notion of legal-weed in Canada came into vogue during current PM Justin Trudeau’s election campaign. Now, OPN brings you expert opinions, from producers, lawyers, and industry players, on cannabis in Canada-related developments, and anticipation of legislation. There is much we know and don’t know, so tune in […]

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Cultivating Business Growth in the Durham Region! Join OPN at Ajax-BizFest where hear directly from a panel of business experts who have tapped into LOCAL RESOURCES to catapult their companies growth. Learn what those resources are and how to best apply them to grow your own business right away. JOIN THE TALK

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Defining the term Worldpreneur we sit down with three panelists well verse in international work, travel + living abroad to break it down, exploring individual worldly insights and experiences.

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The “How-Tos” of Structuring Your Business

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The “How-Tos” of Structuring Your Business You’ve decided you’re going to finally take the big leap, quit your day jobs and start up that new venture you’ve been talking about for a while. That’s great! You’ve got your business plan, you’ve put together some start-up cash and you’ve got a line on some space. It […]

General Business
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The Rise of Social Commerce Leveraging social media is a critical element to staying competitive in eCommerce. In this show, we look at how social media is impacting the ecommerce industry – and vice versa – and what tactics are being used to attract (and convert) more visitors. Read our insights from the show.

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The State of Financing in Canada Raising money is one of the hardest parts of starting a business, and one of the main reasons for this is the state of the market. On this panel we explore financing in the Canada market, looking at its historical state, to current conditions, and future projections. Whether you […]

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Pitfalls & Advantages of Diversity in Business

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Pitfalls & Advantages of Diversity in Business The business case for diversity seems intuitive, and can be embraced or denied. In this show, we explore sexual orientation, ethnicity and gender as it relates to one’s career or personal ventures. Join us as we learn first-hand the advantages and pitfalls of diversity in business. Watch the […]

General Business
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Worldpreneur Defining the term Worldpreneur, we sit down with three panelists well verse in international work, travel + living abroad to break it down, exploring individual worldly insights and experiences. Watch the Show!

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Failing Forward to Success & Lessons in Business

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Failing Forward to Success & Lessons in Business Starting a small business is a dream many of us have, however, a failed business is a topic most of us would rather avoid. We’ve gathered three panelists to share their personal experiences and insights around success and embracing failure’s lessons. Read our insights from the show

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Women in Sales Navigating a field historically dominated by men, OPN is keen to uncover the advantages and pitfalls of working in sales. Join Open People Network as we take a close look at three exceptional women with over 45 years of cumulative experience who are making waves. Read more insights

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No slump hitters here! Perfect your pitch and strike ‘em out every time. Join us the last Thursday of each month to pitch your business and get real-time feedback and post-event assistance from industry experts and investors. MORE INFORMATION: 1. Only start-ups under 16 months can participate in the pitch 2. This is a free […]

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