Category Archives: Breakfast Speakers 2013

September 9, 2018 Barb Nobel Launches New Book


Long time WEN member, Barb Nobel wishes to invite all WEN members  to her book launch on October 20. Here are the details.

BOOK LAUNCH:  eDgy pEopLe   Barb Nobel

DATE:  Oct. 20, 2018 at 7 pm. to 8:30, or however long you want to stay.  Coffee and snacks and author readings

PLACE:  516 Rogers Road, Toronto – a most unusual space

The 40 short stories in this collection are stories of regret, revenge, imagination, humour, sadness, introspection, peculiar events, and peculiar people. The stories will yank the reader from rage to triumph, sorrow to joy, cruelty to compassion. The individuals are your grandmother, your child, your friend, or your foe. But none are dull. They are eDgy pEopLe.

April 16, 2016 Wallace House Launches Anthology


Wallace House Writers’ Guild Book Launch
The Wallace House Writers’ Guild, many of whom have joined WEN, are launching their first anthology titled “Through the Brown Door.” You are welcome to attend the launch on Saturday, April 16th from 1 to 4 PM at the historic Wallace House located at 137 Woodbridge Ave in Woodbridge.
They also plan to attend the WEN meeting in May to present their anthology.

January 19, 2013 Speaker

January 19, 2013                     Joseph Frankel

Joe Frankel has worked as a screenwriter and commercial director  in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.  He has also worked as a story editor, developing screenplays for a diverse array of companies including: Universal Studios (working for director Gary Ross), The Mark Gordon Company (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds), Stefanie Epstein Productions and The Characters Agency. Somewhere in a filing drawer he has two film degrees including an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, where he moderated the Zaki Gordon Speaker Series, hosting live interviews with acclaimed filmmakers such as: Gus Van Sant, Nancy Meyers, Robert Towne and Werner Herzog.

Joe currently works as a freelance producer, servicing a wide array of business clients, including authors and publishers.  His dual passion for books and films led him to develop an innovative new production model to promote books and authors using film and video.  Joe’s recent clients include best-selling Canadian mystery writer, Robert Rotenberg and two-time Arthur Ellis Award winner, Jon Redfern.  Although publishers have already begun to produce book trailers, Joe’s approach is unique and idiosyncratic. The stories dictate the approach and the results are uniquely cinematic.

Torontonian, graduate of writing and directing,  who is working on a way to promote writers.


February 16, 2013 Speaker

February 16, 2013                    Barry Siskind


Barry Siskind, President of International Training and Management is one of North America’s most sought after consultants and speakers and an internationally recognized trade and consumer show expert.

Over the past twenty-eight years he has traveled throughout the world working with thousands of clients in virtually all industry groups both in the private and public sectors helping them improve their results at trade and consumer shows.

Each year, Barry delivers over 100 keynotes, workshops and seminars around the world. Barry has traveled across Canada from St John’s NL to Vancouver, BC, in the United States from Philadelphia to Las Vegas as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bogotá, Columbia, Lisbon, Portugal, Bangkok, Thailand, Quito, Ecuador, Zagreb, Croatia and Beirut, Lebanon

Each year he accepts invitations to deliver keynotes at international trade events. A few recent examples are UFI in Moscow, Confexpo in Lisbon, ExpoSystems in Sao Paulo, AITT in Bangkok, Korean Exhibitors Association in Daegu and The Exhibitors Show in Las Vegas.

Barry is an active member of IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events and CEIR (The Centre for Exhibition Industry Research) for whom Barry has developed several Guru reports as well as a series on the Government Exhibitor. He is also a current member of E2MA.

Barry sits on the Board of Directors of The Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing (ICEEM).

As a business author, Barry Siskind has written seven best-selling books including his most recent, Grab Success by the Horns and Powerful Exhibit Marketing. He has also written over 500 original trade articles and industry reports. Barry’s monthly syndicated column appears in 30 publications worldwide.

He is certificated at the practitioners level from the Neuro-linguistic Institute

Barry is the Community Manager of UFILive, a blog for the global exhibit association, UFI

In 2006 Barry was the recipient of Canadian Exposition Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 20 years of outstanding achievements in furthering the professionalism of the Canadian Exposition industry.

His energetic, motivational and informative presentation style has earned him a listing in Canada Who’s Who.




March 16, 2013 Speaker

March 16, 2013 Speaker

TBA-WEB(S)ANDREW J. BORKOWSKI’s critically acclaimed debut short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, published by Cormorant Books, won the 2012 Toronto Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. His work has been published in Grain, The New Quarterly, Dragnet, and in Storyteller magazine. His short story “Twelve Versions of Lech” was a finalist for the 2007 Writer’s Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Andrew’s arts, travel, and human interest journalism has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, TV Guide, and the Los Angeles Times. As an editor and proofreader, he has contributed to nonfiction titles for McGraw-Hill Ryerson, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Pearson Publishing, and D&M Publishers.