Meet the judges
The Small Business Tales of Triumph Contest features an expert panel of judges who represent varying industries focused on small business.
- Managing Lead
- Digital Main Street
As the Managing Lead in charge of leading Digital Main Street, Darryl has extensive experience working within public and private partnerships, developing outcome-based programming focused on technology adoption and community building/planning.
Digital Main Street (a program created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) exists to help promote and create healthier, sustainable and economically thriving main street communities and Business Improvement Areas through supporting main street business growth with the adoption of digital tools and technologies.
- Small Business Marketing Lead
- Google Canada
As SMB Marketing Lead at Google Canada, Tristan is focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses embrace the power of digital and succeed within Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Google, he spent six years in brand management at Procter & Gamble (P&G), working on some of P&G's most loved health care and beauty brands. With over eight years of brand building under his belt, Tristan is proud of his capacity for empathy, entrepreneurial spirit and track-record of innovating to drive breakthrough results.
- General Manager
- eBay Canada
As General Manager of eBay Canada, Rob Bigler leads strategy and execution of Canadian experience for one of the world’s largest online marketplaces. In this role, he helps connect small businesses to more than 180 million buyers in 190 countries, allowing them to stay local and sell global. Rob was previously Chief Operating Officer of eBay Canada.
Prior to eBay, Rob was Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation at Holt Renfrew, which included responsibility for the Information Technology teams and building a personalized omnichannel customer experience across the business. He has also held senior roles in multiple markets around the world with The Selfridges Group, Sears Canada, Associated British Foods and Bain & Company.
Rob holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wharton and a MSc and BSc from Stanford University. In his spare time, Rob enjoys travelling and new adventures with his wife and four boys.
- Founder of Her Braids
- CEO of Pow Wow Pitch
Sunshine is Anishinabeg, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. She is a clean water activist, an author and an entrepreneur. Sunshine founded Her Braids to create awareness about clean drinking water in First Nations communities. Her website, www.herbraids.com, sells the beaded pendants she makes, with a portion of the profits going to the David Suzuki Blue Dot campaign supporting the right to a clean environment. Sunshine also oversees a grassroots project called Pow Wow Pitch, which provides Indigenous entrepreneurs with the training, tools, mentorship and resources to start up. She is a mother of four and a published author, her first book was Nibi's Water Song.
- Co-founder of Première Moisson
- Entrepreneur, Administrator, Author
Visionary, entrepreneur and seasoned manager-leader, Josée Fiset is Co‑founder of Groupe Première Moisson Inc. In the past three decades, she has created and propelled a brand image faithful to the core values of a flagship bakery company in Quebec, building a network of 30 branches and successfully marketing of thousands of products, all while managing over 1,200 employees.
Ambassador of the local economy and responsible leadership, Josée and her family of co‑founders breathed new life into their sector of activity in 2007 by securing their wheat supply in Quebec through a collaboration with Les Moulins de Soulanges.
Active in her community, she sits on the boards of directors of the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail and the HEC Montréal Foundation. She is also a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs registered with the HEC Montréal accelerator and incubator and an entrepreneur coach at the Beauce School of Entrepreneurship.
Passionate about baking since her childhood, Josée has offered her recipes through several books and notebooks. In 2021, she is working on publishing two books with Éditions Pratico, one on bread and the other on benevolent leadership.