MEDIA ALERT: Inaugural Small Business Summit Brings Together Calgary’s Business Community for a Day

Calgary, AB: In celebration of Small Business Month, and in support of Calgary’s business community, Square, Interac Corp. and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) are hosting an inaugural Small Business Summit on October 24, 2022, bringing together sport, entrepreneurialism and community for a day. The Small Business Summit is part of a yearlong, multi-phased collaboration between the three major enterprises.

Two hundred Calgary business owners are expected at the event, which will feature presentations from top business leaders about how to futureproof your business, the evolution of e-commerce and more. Jamie Clarke, seasoned expedition leader, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, will be interviewing Ex-Flames Alumni and Stanley Cup 1989 winner Colin Patterson, who will be opening the event. Connie DeSousa, Food Network’s Top Chef Canada finalist and John Jackson, co-owner and co-executive of Char Restaurant Group, will be closing the event.

A fireside chat with acclaimed chef and entrepreneur Darren MacLean will discuss business longevity and how to build a sustainable future. Nicole Matos, President of Rivet Group of Companies and Founder of Oonnie, will tackle the attributes entrepreneurs need today and Lauren Gross, Digital Marketing Lead from The Chic Geek, will share the best ways to build a business brand and community.

What: Small Business Summit, presented by Square, Interac and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (full agenda here)

When: Monday, Oct 24, 2022, at 2:00-7:00 p.m. MT (opening remarks at 2 p.m. MT)

Where: Telus Club, Scotiabank Arena - 55 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary AB T2G 2W1 (entrance through the NE corner of the Saddledome)


  • Presentation and special guest appearance by a Calgary Flames alum (to be revealed)
  • Successful Calgary business owners including:
    • David Nagy, co-Founder of Live Out There
    • Connie deSousa and John Jackson, Co-Chefs and Owners of Charbar
    • Darren MacLean, celebrity chef and owner of Shokunin, Nupo, Eight and Greenfish Sushi
    • Nicole Matos, President, Rivet Group of Companies and Founder of Oonnie
    • Courtney Hanak, CEO & Founder at Williamraedesigns Ltd and Business Development Manager at Oonnie
    • Jason Sealy, Founder at Footwork Lab
    • Aislinn Grant, Founder of Grant Design
  • Lauren Gross, Digital Marketing Lead, The Chic Geek
  • Square, CSEC and Interac executives:
    • Jon Macca, Head of Marketing, Square Canada
    • Isabel Lee, Director, Client Solutions and Investor Relations at Interac Corp.
    • Rob Kerr, Manager at Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation
    • Rachelle Roulston, Manager Special Projects, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation
    • Shenela Tavarayan, Sr. Manager, Retail Commerce at Interac Corp.
  • 200 local business owners and leaders

Photo opportunities on-site. RSVP to at your earliest convenience.


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