After graduating from the University of Guelph, Blaire started a construction company. An expert in scale ups and organic growth, he built the business to over 500 employees over 34 years. Completing projects across Canada, including the build of some of Canada’s most prestigious golf courses, he sold this group of companies to his partner in 2016 where the business still thrives today. He has since started a home building company and follows his passions of mentoring new businesses, building custom furniture and spending time with family and friends.

Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo region office. His particular areas of focus include assisting entrepreneurs with startup and growth-oriented companies, M&A, and all aspects of equity and debt financing. In addition, Tom serves as an office leader member of the firm's Technology Industry Group. Tom has served as lead counsel for over $1.5 billion of profitable exits for high-tech and traditional economy clients and currently serves on eight private technology company boards which are based in the Waterloo region technology cluster. Tom is a strong community supporter and is currently the co-Chair of the Resurrection Secondary School Council, past Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary's General Hospital and the past Chair of the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. He is actively involved with the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of Waterloo. Tom is a frequent guest lecturer on matters relating to M&A, financings, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and privately owned enterprises. Tom was a contributing author to the recently published book, The Entrepreneurial Effect: Waterloo.

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