MEET THE JUDGES
Phil Chang is the Industry Lead and Retail Expert at Hubba and is responsible for uncovering emerging trends and insights that impact businesses in engaged in commerce. He brings 20 years of experience in working with retailers and brands of all sizes across North America. In his role at Hubba, Phil helps both brands and retailers adapt the new reality of retail and next generation of commerce. Phil is a frequent speaker at industry events in Canada and the US, across multiple verticals, and is a featured writer in trade publications such RetailTouchPoints, PetProductNews, Bikebiz and others.
Bert has 40000+ hours of real world experience in sales and marketing management with a top Fortune 100 company, an Ontario based small business and as an advisor for several Toronto based small business entrepreneurs and start-ups. His portfolio has included brands with sales of over $100 million. Bert has trained, coached or mentored more than 250 sales or marketing professionals and managed over 30 different business units. He also has 3000 hours of expertise in B2C and B2B selling and has been responsible for the development of more than 120 sales/marketing plans. Last but not least, Bert comes from a family business background and is a 3rd generation artisan.
After graduating from the Visual Merchandising Arts Program at Sheridan College, Andrea started her merchandising career at Walt Disney World in Florida. With over 15 years of merchandising industry experience, Andrea has worked for Canadian Tire Head Office, with a specific focus on Christmas Merchandising, as well as Loblaw Companies Ltd, Joe Fresh, and the Hamilton Art Gallery.
Andrea is currently running her own Christmas decor company, Andrea Hein Occasions, where she decorates for Sports Net, CBC Hockey Night in Canada, Canadian Tire PR and Events, and The Buffalo Bills. She has been featured as a decorating expert on Canada AM….look for her again this coming Holiday season on Your Morning with expert tips on Christmas decor!
In addition to running her own business, she is also part time faculty in the Visual Merchandising Arts program, teaching at both Conestoga and Sheridan College.
Breathing Inspiration was started in May 2016 when DESIGNnook opened up on the same block as Abby's house. Always drawn to the creative arts, and recently creating and designing crystal healing bracelets for herself and friends, it felt like the perfect opportunity to sell her creations. Although always sensitive to the energy of stones, it had only been recently that she understood that her intuition could be used in this realm of healing work. When not focusing on Breathing Inspiration, Abby is working in her psychotherapy practice, spending time with her family (2 kids, husband and fur-baby) throwing pots (on a wheel), and playing in a Samba band around the city.