When people are well, they can change the world.

Our practitioners have spent years in school to become strong and safe clinicians. Providing excellent healthcare however, is not a pre-qualifier for running a successful business. Reaching more people, inspiring them to try new health services and delivering strong and consistent customer experiences requires a new set of skills.

We believe that for clinicians to be able to provide sustainable care to their communities, they deserve to have access to the skills and experts that will help them build and run successful businesses. In service to those who do so much to help others, we are proud to offer admission to Bright Almond Biz School to all Bright Almond members.

Bright Almond Biz School provides business articles, group forums and monthly webinars, delivered by a team of faculty who are experts in financial planning, online marketing, social media, legal basics, accounting tactics and so much more…


Bright Almond Faculty


Stephanie Joanne

Stephanie Joanne

Personal Branding Coach to Experts & Entrepreneurs

SJ is on a mission is to coach experts and entrepreneurs in the health and wellness industry so they can better develop client trust and brand visibility.

Stephanie has used the same insight that she teaches to her clients to establish herself as Canada’s Fitness Expert with over 200 media appearances including: eTalk, CTV, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine Magazine, Hello! Magazine, and the Slice network. She has worked with an impressive roster of companies including Nike, VitaCoco, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Adidas by providing a range of services under her public relations and marketing umbrella.

Stephanie Joanne has been named as one of the “10 people who will change your life” by CityLife Magazine. Her name, and brand, stood proudly next to Celebrity Investor Robert Herjavec from the Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den. SJ offers all the clients whom she works with real-world guidance and signature strategies with a friendly, yet no-nonsense, approach.




Twitter: @stefjoanne

Instagram: @stefjoanne

Facebook: /Stefjoane

What is your favourite healthy breakfast?

Vanilla Protein Powder, Berries and Almond Milk every day!!!

Coffee, tea, or none?


If you could provide on epiece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be?

Our body is the most important machine we will ever have to operate in our entire lives. It is our HUMAN machine. Taking the time to understand how it works and how it performs optimally is important. Dedicate time each week to understanding your body, how it works, and how to care for it. Watch as your awareness naturally inspires action.

Melissa Leithwood

Melissa Leithwood

Ph.D (cand) Social media, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Melissa Leithwood is a business expert and researcher specializing in strategy, social media, and entrepreneurship. Her educational background is as colourful as her crayon set, with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communications, a master’s in environmental studies and sustainability strategy, and a pending PhD in business.

On her bookshelf you can find books by Deepak Chopra, Daniel J. Siegel, and Gabrielle Bernstein next to books by Philip Kotler, Robert Hoekman, Jr, and Joseph T. Mahoney. She has also received accolades for her published cases, which are distributed through Harvard and Ivey Publishing. Today when she isn’t sipping organic green juices with her honey and little monkey in Toronto, she can be found presenting, or brushing up her skills, at conferences and workshops.




Twitter: @mleithwood
Instagram: @mleithwood
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissaleithwoodfan
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MelissaLeithwood/posts
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mleithwood/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDII4FpZh9dzMR8VtLrf2Q

What is your favourite healthy breakfast? Lemon water and a coconut berry smoothy with scrambled eggs and avocado

Coffee, tea or none? herbal tea

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Spend more time in nature, forest bathing is highly underrated:)

Please fill in the blank: I am at my best when, I am engaged in a social good project where I can lend my creativity and enthusiasm while taking YouTube sing-a-long dance breaks.

Lori Kennedy

Lori Kennedy


With over 13 years of experience in the fitness and nutrition world, Lori is the founder and CEO of The WOW! Nutrition System and the Wellness Business Academy. Since founding the WOW! Nutrition System in 2007 Lori and her WOW! practitioners have helped thousands of clients achieve their nutrition and weight loss goals globally.

Lori is on a mission to improve the lives both physically and emotionally for 1 million people by 2022. Lori transitioned out of brick and mortar business and took her entire company online in 2011. Since then she’s run many successful online launches netting multiple six figures, produces an annual 3-day live event called The Wellness Business Summit and coaches and mentors thousands of alternative wellness practitioners to take their businesses online so they can create a business around their ideal lifestyle using direct marketing systems and an affiliate sales model. Her biggest accomplishment is working alongside her husband to grow their business. She goes by the motto #mylifemyterm


Twitter: @LoriKennedyrhn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorikennedyrhn?ref=hl
Google + : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LoriKennedyRHN/posts
Instagram: @loriwowweightloss/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Wowweightlosscanada

What is your favourite healthy breakfast?
Protein Shake:
1 cup frozen berries
3 handfuls spinach
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop protein powder

Coffee, tea or none? Coffee – tall bold in a grande cup with cream

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? The best
diet/nutrition plan is the one you actually follow!

Robert Gold

Robert Gold

C.A Chartered Accountant & Business Advisor

Robert is known throughout the Greater Toronto Area business community as an advisor with great integrity, practical business insights and passion for helping entrepreneurs, owners and leaders achieve their goals. He has guest lectured at universities and colleges in the Toronto-area on the subjects of entrepreneurship and e-commerce, and regularly presents workshops to medical professionals on the subject of ‘Succeeding in the Business of Being in Practice’.

Since 2007, Robert has produced and hosted Canada’s leading business podcast — the PROFIT BusinessCast, which has a weekly following of thousands of business owners, managers, and leaders. Guests have included industry heads and thought leaders from across all industries, insight which Robert proudly shares with his clients.

Other things you should know about Robert, he:

  • Co-authored ‘Business Truths’ – an amazing book covering the stories and lessons learned from 20 name-brand entrepreneurs, and gleaned from the 350+ episodes of the BusinessCast;
  • Co-authored ‘Business Success Stories’ – a terrific book that shares stories about entrepreneurs successfully overcoming common business challenges.
  • Judged the Canadian Inventor Of The Year Awards (three successive years) hosted by the Inventors Alliance of Canada.
  • Won the award for Accounting Marketer of The Year presented by The Association for Accounting Marketing; and for Business Excellence, presented by the North York Chamber of Commerce.
  • His firm’s web site won the ‘Best In Class’ award for professional services firms in an international competition.




Twitter: @robertintoronto
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/RobertGold

What is your favourite healthy breakfast? Organic multigrain cereal with fresh blueberries and 1% milk. Probiotic drinking yogurt.

Coffee, tea or none? Coffee.  Not to excess!

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Stay focused.

Please fill in the blank: I am at my best when, asking questions.

Caterina Salvatori

Caterina Salvatori

Digital Media Expert

Caterina has over 12 years of marketing and advertising experience. Her career started in 2002 when she began working at a boutique advertising agency called The Sebastian Consultancy.

Working side by side in a mentorship capacity with one of Canada’s most famous creative directors Gary Prouk, Caterina learned all about the creative process, idea generation and bringing those ideas to life through production. She also learned strategy and media through his business partner Susan Andrews.

In 2005 Caterina began learning about digital and how this would translate for advertisers and has completed a masters certificate from The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada). She has attended dozens upon dozens of conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars about the digital space. Caterina was responsible for all digital projects (online/social) at the agency and reported on all digital campaigns for clients. With an experienced background in business, marketing and traditional advertising, Caterina had a unique advantage; a strong understanding for traditional advertising and strategy combines with a deep understanding of all new media.

Caterina has been involved in all aspects of marketing and advertising; strategy, idea generation, planning, media consulting, production, and analysis on a wide variety of campaigns. Her understanding of the digital space and staying in touch with the constantly changing digital landscape make her an expert in the field.

Caterina has also taught social media public seminars at Ryerson in 2012-2013 and in 2014 she continued with training focused on private businesses. She has a strong desire to help to decode the web for businesses so they stay connected to their consumer.

In addition to her social and marketing strengths, Caterina is a seasoned content producer across all media channels, television, radio, out-of-home, print, digital (website development, apps, online ads) and social.



Social Media

Twitter: @catsalvatori
Instagram – @cat0214

What is your favourite healthy breakfast? Organic free range eggs and asparagus scramble.

Coffee, tea or none? Coffee and tea

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Go to bed before 10pm and get a good nights rest of at least 8 hours. It is the best way to heal and replenish our bodies.

Susan Hobson

Susan Hobson

Business Coach and Strategist

Susan Hobson is the founder of Elite High Performance Coaching, a science-based coaching process designed to drive your health, wealth, self and business performance to the next level. Susan has cultivated her unique hybrid-style of Performance Coaching by drawing on her experience and training by Nobel Prize winning teachers and Olympic level coaches.

Susan’s training began while attending Princeton University, and competing for the National Women’s Hockey League’s 1st place team. Her passion for greatness is infectious and she stops at nothing to get you to that next level of success. Susan works with elite performers ranging from professional athletes to busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Susan belief is that “it’s all the same performance principles just in different arenas.”

What is your favourite healthy breakfast? My morning shake-almond milk (unsweet), handful of spinach and kale, banana, strawberries and blueberries, chia seeds, spoonful of coconut oil, vega protein shake (1 scoop)-blended.

Coffee, tea or none? Depends on the day ☺

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Mental fitness is like physical fitness-it should not be viewed as yet another thing on your to-do list, but rather as a powerful performance driver!

Please fill in the blank: I am at my best when I am inspired!

Dixie Ho

Dixie Ho

LLP Business Lawyer

Dixie is a senior corporate/commercial associate with Morrison Brown Sosnovitch LLP, and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Franchise Group. She acts for professionals, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, wellness, restaurant, retail, and service industries.

She advises clients from the start-up phase to growth and exit on issues such as incorporation, shareholders’ agreements, contracts, employment, leasing issues, and sale of the business. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.  She has also spoken and presented to various healthcare professional groups, including physicians, dentists and optometrists. (Bachelor of Commerce- McGill University, 2002; Bachelor of Laws- Dalhousie University, 2006)





What is your favourite healthy breakfast? I start every morning with a smoothie packed with fruit, hemp hearts and yogurt

Coffee, tea or none? Coffee (special shout out Dineen Coffee shop’s vanilla lattes that use REAL vanilla!)

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Take time every day to check in to your body- when you wake up, rushing to your next appointment, listen to your body.

Please fill in the blank: I am at my best when, I am learning.  I try to live my life with openness to learn about myself, those around me and the world that we live in.

Samantha Sykes

Samantha Sykes


As a former national team level track and field athlete, Samantha knows what it takes to be the best — teamwork, performance and never losing track of goals. She uses the same approach to ensure the success of her clients.

Samantha has an extensive background in financial planning and investment management as an Economics and Statistics graduate from University of Toronto. She is well equipped to provide financially sound, objective advice drawing from over a decade in the wealth management industry, having worked on some of the largest and most complex teams at both RBC Dominion Securities and ScotiaMcLeod, managing clients from birth through to their retirement and beyond. Her core competency is in creating sound financial plans for each individual client.

Samantha’s goal is to ensure her clients’ peace of mind, through careful planning and listening before providing an integrated approach to financial planning, investment and wealth management guidance.

Samantha’s portfolio of clients includes healthcare professionals, amateur and professional athletes, and families seeking clarity and security in their financial situation.




Twitter: @ssykes1
Instagram: @ssykes1

What is your favourite healthy breakfast? Steel Cut Oats with fruit and almond milk

Coffee, tea or none? Tea please

If you could provide one piece of unsolicited health advice, what would it be? Take one bold move everyday to improve your future. What’s the worst that could happen?

Please fill in the blank: I am at my best when, I am exercising, laughing or helping my clients.


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