Panel Discussions


Entrepreneurial Risk - When to Grow and How to Know

Monday, February 26, 2018

Entrepreneurs are presented with opportunities every single day.  It is a common belief  that businesses are likely to suffer more from indigestion rather than starvation.  Take on too much risk and results can suffer.  Wait too long to take action and the competition can leave you in their wake.  What is the right balance of taking calculated risks versus staying the course?  The panelists involved in this discussion will share their trials and tribulations as well as how they evaluate when to grow, and how to know.

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Moderator: Barbara Reppert +

Barbara Reppert is a dynamic professional that has witnessed and accounted for risk at may stages of corporate evolution.  Her leadership roles have extended from a large internationally publicly traded corporation to a private equity group with holdings from start-up to 2ndgeneration companies to now, her own entrepreneurial journey.  With her unique insights and battle armor, Barb will transport you into the lives of four incredible Leaders as they share the pivotal decisions and moments that brought them to the growth they experience today.

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Marshall Sadd

With over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry, T. Marshall Sadd is the third generation CEO of Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd.  Beginning his career at Lloyd Sadd in 1991, after graduating with a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta, Marshall became the President of the company in 1999.  A firm believer in the power of relationships in fostering organic growth, Marshall has used this focus to grow Lloyd Sadd into one of the largest independent commercial insurance brokerages in western Canada.  Marshall is a huge supporter of the independent broker and is the founder of Navacord Inc.  Navacord is a collection of premium brokerages which have joined together to create the 5th largest insurance broker in Canada.  With a focus on providing enhanced risk services, sector expertise, strategic capital, and access to carriers, Navacord supports its partners across Canada in long term, strategic growth.


A natural leader, Marshall enjoys helping others build on their opportunities and is involved extensively in the Edmonton community.  He currently spends his time as the past Chair of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club.

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Chris LaBossiere

As the Co-Founder of Yardstick Software Inc., Mr. LaBossiere (CEO) has worked with his friends and team to create a successful Edmonton based Internet Software and Services Company. Starting out, Chris helped lead his company to win the Alberta Venture Prize competition in 2006 for best fast-growth business model.  Yardstick has subsequently appeared on the Alberta Venture Magazine’s Fast 50 list of fastest growing companies for the past nine years and for six years on Profit Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in Canada. 

Prior to starting Yardstick Software, he spent 16 years in the Solid Waste and Recycling industry, most recently as a Senior Vice President for Western Canada. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of TEC Edmonton.

Personally, Chris has been named as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine, and one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine. He has also invested in and advises a number of local companies at the start-up and growth stage.

In his spare time Chris enjoys spending time with his two adult daughters and with them, has collected the largest recorded stash of Canadian Tire money of over $8000! 


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