THANK YOU to everyone that attended YES Algoma!

Meet our Keynote Speakers!


Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. She is also the co-founder of, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her youthful energy and incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.

Michele Romanow


Ann Makosinski is a 19-year- old student, serial

inventor and media darling doing numerous global

appearances and keynote talks. Her first toy was a

box of transistors, which launched her journey into

the world of inventing.

Ann is one of the most sought after inventors and global influencers of her generation. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including two appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece, and will be appearing in the upcoming documentary produced by Legendary Pictures “The Disruptors”. Ann was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30, just finished her fifth TEDx talk, and was just awarded the 2015 SEA Award (Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award) in Vienna,

which Obama received last year.

Ann Makosinski

Kendal Netmaker


Kendal is one of Canada’s top Indigenous entrepreneurs and motivational speakers who grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation, SK. He was raised single-parented, living on welfare and no opportunity to be involved in after school sports. In grade 5, his best friend from South Africa gave Kendal a helping hand by giving him the opportunity to take part in soccer. He never forgot about what his friend had done for him when he later founded the popular clothing brand, Neechie Gear. A lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports. A portion of profits help fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports.

Kendal recently launched a new company, Netmaker Enterprises with a focus on helping others turn their passion into a business. His services include: motivational talks, seminars, coaching and a growing online academy. Kendal and his company have won numerous provincial, national and International awards.


Manu "Swish" Goswami

Swish is a 19 year old award-winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, social media personality and TEDx speaker. Swish is one of the world’s youngest venture capitalist as a Business Development Associate at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital. In his role, he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies on promoting investments in the digital media space. Swish is also the brand manager for business leaders and public figures like Trevor Booker of the Brooklyn Nets

Swish has “already made a dent on the global entrepreneurial landscape” and has been notably featured on The Huffington Post, Canadian Student Business Review, and Influencive along with notably winning Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, and Plan Canada’s Top 20 under 20 award. In 2016, Swish was recognized as the “Face and Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship” by UPS Canada.

Be inspired by prominent, entrepreneurial speakers.

Hear from experienced and inspiring individuals, including 3 highly respected and successful Canadian entrepreneurs and changemakers helping drive innovation, business growth and social enterprises.

Engage in exciting skill-based workshops with regional experts.

The 2-day summit will include several workshops and skill-building sessions helping inspire new ideas and create a plan of action to influence change or start a new business in your community.

Build a network of changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Algoma.

Participants will be given an opportunity meet and interact with nearly 200 youth and business professionals from the Algoma region to help build key connections, professional networks, and lasting friendships.

Location:  Water Tower Inn, Sault Ste. Marie

Distance from Algoma Communities:

Thessalon: 1 hour

Elliot Lake - 1.75 hours

Wawa, Elliot Lake - 2.5 hours

Dubreuilville, White River - 3.5 hours

Hornepayne - 4.5 hours

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