Meet the judges
The Small Business Tales of Triumph contest features an expert panel of judges who represent varying industries focused on small business.
- 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.
Claire Bourget, MBA
- Senior Director of Marketing Research
- CEFRIO (Centre favorisant la recherche et l’innovation dans les organisations)
A specialist in marketing research and strategy focused on innovation and customer experience within the context of the digital transformation of businesses and organizations, Ms. Bourget has been with CEFRIO since 2011 and now leads the marketing research team in Montréal. This team’s work includes producing longitudinal studies on the use of digital technology in Québec.
Prior to CEFRIO, Ms. Bourget provided IT consulting services in the private sector for clients such as CGI, Telus and Fujitsu. During this time, she led major web portal creation projects. Previously in her career, she launched a video production company and worked as a director for a major Québec publisher.
Ms. Bourget holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in marketing from Université Laval in Québec City. She is currently pursuing a specialized graduate diploma (DESS) at HEC Montréal.
- Director of Marketing
- Google Canada
Fab Dolan is the Director of Marketing at Google Canada. At work and in his talks, he draws on his experiences as a leader on iconic businesses– brands such as Cheerios and Green Giant, and revolutionary upstarts such as Android and YouTube– as well as the experiences of the cutting-edge digital agencies, startups, and engineers he meets regularly. Fab is a TEDx speaker, one of Marketing Magazine's "30 under 30," one of AdWeek’s “Brand Stars”, and a regular guest lecturer at some of Canada’s top universities. Keen to share his expertise, Fab advises Toronto-area students to help shape the next generation of marketers. He also co-founded Serving for Sinai to raise funds for life-saving research at Mount Sinai hospital.
- 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.
- 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.