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Meet the Judges

Special thank you to this year's Past President Judges:

  • George Borovilos
  • Kathy Weiss

Brian O'Connor
Reed Jones Limited

Brian has more than 30 years experience  dealing with complex public relations issues and communications management.  He has worked in stage production in Canada, United States and England.  He began his media career as a public affairs producer for the CTV and CBC television networks.

Brian has a wide range of experience with municipal Councils and staff, working with economic development, finance and planning departments of several municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area.  His municipal marketing work has won recognition in Canada and the United States.   He is a founding faculty member of the graduate journalism program, Western University, and is involved in ongoing research on the future of work.

Carl Knipfel, RPP, OAA, MRAIC
Principal, lankinhouse design

Carl Knipfel is a creative professional architect and planner with broad-based training and experience in urban design, marketing, research and business development.

He has served as Manager of Design Research for OCAD University, Manager of Business Marketing and Brand Manager for the City of Toronto and Director of Urban Design for the City of Scarborough. As  policy advisor to the Ontario government, he has formulated planning policy legislation. He has juried EDAC and EDCO Marketing Awards and the National Urban Design Awards.  

He currently serves on Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Association of Architects ( OAA) Communications Committee. 

In addition to numerous urban design and marketing awards, Carl has received the President’s Award from both the Economic Developers Association of Canada ( EDAC) and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario ( EDCO).

Peter Gingrich, PMP
Managing Director, eSolutions

With twenty two years of experience managing a wide range of website development, custom applications, graphic design, and marketing projects, Peter brings a broad perspective to each assignment. A Managing Director of eSolutions, he is responsible for the growth and development of Eastern Canada while continuing to contribute to the team as a whole.

A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Peter has a high level of familiarity with all aspects of web development: analysis of business objectives; site architecture; site design; application development; search engine marketing; web hosting infrastructure; and content management systems. His clients include public sector (health care and municipal) as well as NGO organizations and private sector firms.

Peter’s background is entrepreneurial, having owned and operated a website development company dating back to the early days of the web. From small website projects to large custom applications Peter applies the same passion and enthusiasm for every job and every client. Priding himself on responsiveness and mutually beneficial customer relationships, he brings that extra element to each project that has resulted in the establishment of a loyal and satisfied customer base.

Sofie Andreou, M.Eng

Sofie Andreou & Associates, Digital Marketing Training Services

Sofie is the author of the Your Social Marketing Strategy & Plans series. She delivers her popular and sought-after business seminar series Leveraging the Power of the Internet to 100s of professionals monthly. Sofie's Digital Marketing Services include Digital Marketing Strategies, Plans, Training, Video Tutorials, Google 360 Tours and SEO    For the past decade, Sofie lectures to a "sold out" third-year class, Online Marketing Principles, at Trent University.

Sofie is recognized as a digital marketing leader in various groups including; Economic Development, Chambers of Commerce, small business enterprise centres, fortune 500 companies and the online business community. Her practice is focused on digital marketing training for both small, large, local and international companies. Regularly, Sofie is asked to appear on regional television shows speak as the local expert providing updates on digital marketing as it impacts business practices of all sizes.  

Sofie holds her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and her Masters of Engineering in Information Systems from the University of Toronto.

Sofie's passion is working with Entrepreneurs and mentoring University Students. She was the Chair of the award-winning Bears' Lair Entrepreneurship Competition for several years, a founding member of StartUpPeterborough, active on a Humane Society Annual Walk fundraiser name Duke Trail Tours (named after her oldest pup), a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the Trent University Business Council.  

Daniel Van Kampen
Economic Development Officer Strategic Initiatives, Town of Whitby

Daniel is the economic development officer with the Town of Whitby.  He has served in this role for over seven years.  In this role, he facilitates business retention and expansion, sells the Whitby location to potential investors and enables future business growth. Prior to joining Whitby, he served as a senior development analyst for a management consulting firm and project manager for a urban planning consulting firm. Daniel has lived in Whitby since 2007 with his wife and children.

Tara Vinodrai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Director, Master of Urban Innovation

Heather Hall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
Academic Director, Economic Development & Innovation Program

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