Wagefest is back and better than ever! Join us on October 5-6 2022.

This virtual event is 100% free. No purchase or travel required!
Save your spot today. See you there!

Wagefest is Wagepoint’s signature virtual event — a coming together to inspire, level up and celebrate all things small business, accounting and bookkeeping across North America (because we can have fun, too!). 

This year, we’re collaborating with the best of the best to bring you a vibrant, energy-packed payroll party with just the right hint of carnival vibes. If you’ve ever wanted to see your office/couch/kitchen table turn into a colourful outdoor street party (and who hasn’t?), then we’d love to see you at  Wagefest 2022: Grow. Connect. Celebrate.  

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, this celebration is for you and all that you’ve accomplished, and will accomplish. Get ready for an energizing two days of (seriously) inspiring speakers, live workshops, fireside chats, music and dancing, networking opportunities, engaging exhibits with Friends of Wagepoint, sneak peeks, prizes, games and more — with a side of payroll. And probably a lot of feathers. 

Psst! Are you an accountant or bookkeeper? You can receive certificates of attendance to use towards education and personal development credits at Wagefest!

Fest with the best. Meet our speakers.

Two days jam-packed with inspiration, laughter and learning.

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 Daymond John 
CEO & Founder of FUBU, TV Personality on ABC's Shark Tank

An entrepreneur, an industry pioneer, a highly regarded marketing expert, and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John.

From his wildly successful role on ABC's smash hit, Shark Tank, to his distinguished status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Daymond John has become globally recognized for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs.

As a dynamic speaker with more than twenty-five years of proven business experience, Daymond has become one of the most highly sought after speakers in the country. He regularly speaks at Fortune 100 companies, conferences, universities, and independent businesses alike. Whether he's speaking about entrepreneurship, marketing & branding, financial literacy or goal-setting strategies, Daymond's high energy presentations give audiences relatable advice and practical takeaways. Daymond has delivered keynote speeches for organizations such as General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, AT&T, Yale, Georgia State University, Purdue University and dozens more.


 Erin Bury 
Co-Founder, Willful

Named one of Bay St. Bull’s Women of the Year, Erin Bury is one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, an active startup advisor. and a former marketer and technology journalist. Erin is the co-founder and CEO at online estate planning platform Willful, where she drives the company’s mission to make it easier for Canadians to prepare for and deal with death in a digital age. Willful has been named one of Bay St. Bull’s Power 50 companies, and Erin secured a deal for the company on TV’s Dragons’ Den in December 2021. Erin advises multiple startups including podcasting platform Quill. She is also a board member for Save the Children Canada and the co-chair of the #Tech4SickKids initiative for SickKids Hospital. 


 Gurdeep Pandher 
Author, Teacher & Performer

Gurdeep Pandher is a Yukon based, Bhangra artist and educator. He creates performance pieces that bring together people from all backgrounds while promoting inclusivity. He is also best known for bringing joy, hope and positivity during the pandemic through his online dance classes and videos. The dance performances and videos are watched by millions of viewers throughout the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by many international art and media organizations including BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail, NBC, etc. Gurdeep was also named “This week’s Greatest Canadian” by Global News Radio! Gurdeep’s sessions are a good workout and a happy way to introduce the physical activity. For more information, please visit Gurdeep.ca


 Komal Minhas 

Executive Coach, Interviewer & Investor

Komal is the founder of Karseva, a company focused on building individual, economic, and societal resilience through coaching, media production, and investing. She curates powerful experiences and conversations as an interviewer, business strategist, and investor, and was named to Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 list for this work.

As an interviewer, she has interviewed Michelle Obama, Glennon Doyle, Rupi Kaur, Angela Duckworth, and more. As a business strategist and resilience educator, Komal supports the leaders behind the brands, companies, and organizations you love to scale their revenue, impact, and protect their well-being as they work to transform the systems we live in.


 Shrad Rao 

Chief Executive Officer, Wagepoint

Shrad is Wagepoint’s go-to-market maverick. As CEO, his passion and commitment to our company is evident during many sleepless nights as he ponders our next move. Some say he might be Batman – well, it’s really only him saying that so we don’t actually believe him – or do we?


 Leena Thampan 

Chief Product Officer, Wagepoint

Having led our customer service and marketing teams, Leena is uniquely suited in her role as CPO. Her vibrant and creative personality shines through in our product itself. When she’s not meticulously improving our software, she’s crafting culinary masterpieces from all over the world. The results of both are outstanding.


 Anastasia Valentine 

Chief Revenue Officer, Wagepoint

Scaler of organizations, Anastasia is the Chief Revenue Officer at Wagepoint. She's well-versed in high tech, leading the charge to innovate, commercialize, market and sell amazing technology solutions. She’s also an advocate for women in STEM, education and entrepreneurship, and a knitting machine… anyone need a scarf?


The payroll party of the year.

Vibrant, energy-packed and with just the right hint of carnival vibes.



 October 5, 2022 | 9:50am ET 

Welcome to Day 1 of Wagefest!

 Anastasia Valentine  Chief Revenue Officer, Wagepoint

We are beyond excited to welcome you to Wagefest 2022! What an incredible few years it has been for all of us. Today is all about inspiration and we are here for all of it! Thank you for being our guests!  Expect some top-notch speakers including Erin Bury, Komal Minhas, Gurdeep Pander, Daymond John and as always our Ask me Anything session! Join us for this incredible day of inspiration and stay on for Day 2 of Education! Don't forget, there will be much dancing with DJ Zasz returning again this year and Gurdeep Pandeer who will teach us some Bhangra moves! We hope you kept this evening open - we have a special after-party planned to celebrate our 10th Birthday!

 October 5, 2022 | 10:00am ET 

How to Use an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Win in Business.

Presented by
 Erin Bury  Co-Founder & CEO, Willful

The mindset of an entrepreneur is a unique set of qualities that positions startups to be more resourceful, take more risks, and view their business and its marketing plan as a blank slate, not a set of established rules. In this session, Erin Bury will use her decade of experience working with high-profile startups to define the entrepreneurial mindset and show audiences how to implement that mindset within your own organization. The session draws on case studies of successful companies that have leveraged the entrepreneurial mindset, including her own.

 October 5, 2022 | 11:00am ET 

The Power of You: Building resilience in the face of adversity.

Presented by
 Komal Minhas  Executive Coach, Interviewer & Investor

Join Komal for an impactful and inspiring session about celebrating your resiliency and personal power. This session will remind you that you are resilient and that you are powerful beyond measure! You will feel connected to who you truly are and what you are capable of doing and creating in this world on your terms. Komal will share research-backed ways to improve your well-being, celebrate your excellence, build your confidence, and create a community of support you will thrive alongside as you bring your dreams in life and business to fruition. You don't want to miss the breakthroughs you're going to have by attending this session!

 October 5, 2022 | 1:00pm ET 

The secret to happiness: Finding joy in darkness with a little pep in your step.

Presented by
 Gurdeep Pandher  Author, Teacher & Performer

Get warmed up — it's time to dance! Best known for spreading joy, hope and positivity during the pandemic, Gurdeep Pandher, Bhangra artist and educator from the Yukon, will create a unique happiness show bringing together a beautiful blend of dance, teaching, joy, philosophy and more. In this session, you'll learn Gurdeep's best tips to finding joy, hope and positivity in darkness, followed by an interactive and uplifting Bhangra lesson (a traditional folk-dance of Punjab) and performance.

  October 5, 2022 | 2:00pm ET  

Daymond John’s 5 Shark Points: Fundamentals for Success in Business and Life.

Presented by
 Daymond John  CEO & Founder of FUBU, TV Personality on ABC's Shark Tank

From FUBU to Shark Tank and countless ventures in between, Daymond John’s entrepreneurial journey has spanned more than 25 years. Having gleaned insights from both the successes and failures of his varied career, Daymond has developed this comprehensive lecture which empowers audiences to learn from his experiences and to make changes in all aspects of their lives; not just in business. He believes the keys to success require establishing the right mindset and following a very specific set of principles, which he has distilled into five key S.H.A.R.K. points. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, non-profit employee, bank teller or otherwise, this talk has inspired thousands of people around the country to reconsider their methods and make positive changes in their lives.

 October 5, 2022 | 4:30pm ET 

We're Wagepoint's CEO and CPO: Ask us anything!

 Shrad Rao  Chief Executive Officer, Wagepoint
 Leena Thampan
 Chief Product Officer, Wagepoint

When we say, ask us anything, we mean it! Use this excellent opportunity to connect with Shrad Rao, our Chief Executive Officer and Leena Thampan, our Chief Product Officer and ask your burning questions about the company, our products, our people, our culture and more. Be prepared for a few laughs and a lively Q&A session to close out the day before heading to our epic birthday party!

 October 5, 2022 | 6:00pm ET 

Wagepoint Turns 10!

 Epic Birthday Party 

Flaunt your brains in this exciting game of virtual trivia, hosted by a fabulous drag queen who'll slay the house with laughter. It's like watching Drag Race, except you're the one competing!


 October 6, 2022 | 10:00am ET 

Welcome to Day 2 of Wagefest!

 Bianca Mueller
 CPB, Community Manager, Wagepoint

Join us for another day of growth, connection and celebration! Today is all about education. We have an amazing lineup of payroll experts, industry thought-leaders, passion-filled entrepreneurs, software product sessions and more!

 October 6, 2022 | 10:10am ET 

The Art of What’s Possible: From Inspiration to Imagination.

Presented by
 Rachel Fisch
 CPB, Principal, RealtyTax.ca

Can innovation happen without imagination? At a time when compliance dictates the most critical requirements for small businesses and accounting professionals, it’s easy to get caught in the weeds of our daily to-do’s.

How can you flex that imagination muscle? How can you move your business forward without losing sight of your requirements?

Rachel has long been a champion of innovative tech and businesses, and will demonstrate the connection between your business and your ability to imagine What’s Possible.

 October 6, 2022 | 10:45am ET 

Payroll Issues and Updates 2022 (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

Presented by
 Steven Van Alstine
 CPM, CAE, Vice-President, Education, National Payroll Institute

The Federal level of government has a significant impact on the lives of those with responsibility for payroll through the legislation and regulations that impact this crucial area of business. Nowhere was this more evident than with what took place during the Federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. In this session, we’ll focus on updates from the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada and what the impact is on payroll currently and in the future.

In addition, the last few years have seen a significant amount of change in many provinces relative to legislation and regulation impacting payroll. This was particularly the case with Employment and Labour Standards in many provinces across the country. For example, as a result of COVID-19 many employers had to pivot quickly in order to respond to legislative changes. Some of these changes have had lasting impacts on employment and labour standards. This session also focuses on permanent and temporary measures enacted by provincial governments, and their impact on payroll.

 October 6, 2022 | 11:45am ET 

Optimizing Cloud Payroll In Your Practice (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

 Bianca Mueller  CPB, Community Manager, Wagepoint
 Andrew Royer
 CPA, CGA, CPFP, Profit First Professional, Royer Accounting Ltd.
 Emma Fougere
 Head of Onboarding and Technology, ConnectCPA
 Katherine Hawkins
 Manager of Cloud Accounting, Baker Tilly RSG

Whether you are just starting your cloud payroll journey or have been at it for years, there is always room for efficiency and automation.  This is why we asked some Wagepoint experts to join us and discuss how they have optimized cloud payroll in their practice. I invite you to join this fabulous panel for a fireside chat on all things cloud payroll, best practice tips, workflow and practice management insights, as well as client communication, digital document sharing and everything in between!

 October 6, 2022 | 1:05pm ET 

Managing clients' payroll doesn't have to be stressful. (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

Presented by
 Bianca Mueller  CPB, Community Manager, Wagepoint
 Ryan MacDougall
 Product Marketing Specialist, Wagepoint

Join Bianca and Ryan as they take you on a journey of what it means to grow your business with payroll, without stress! This session will cover everything from a deep dive product demo and walkthrough of our partner dashboard, to integrations, industry best practices, insightful resources, and exclusive perks! Stay calm and process payroll.

 October 6, 2022 | 2:00pm ET 

Simplify your year end with Xero & Wagepoint (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

Presented by
 Aaron Doucet  CPA, Partner Success Manager, Xero
 Erin Wood  B.Sc., CPM, Payroll Product Compliance Lead, Xero

Are you still using excel payroll schedules? Many Canadian accounting firms are providing this payroll & accounting support and then relying on their clients, small business owners, to make the payments. By leveraging Xero’s online accounting software with Wagepoint, advisors and small business owners can digitize their year end’s for greater accuracy and efficiency. This session will cover a product demo and walk through how you can automatically sync Wagepoint payroll data directly into Xero.

 October 6, 2022 | 3:00pm ET 

Introducing People by Wagepoint (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

Presented by
 Melissa Benzo
 Director, People by Wagepoint

Meet the newest addition to Wagepoint! People by Wagepoint helps small businesses simplify HR tasks so that you can focus more on your work, and less on HR. Join Melissa Benzo, Director of People by Wagepoint, as she shows you around the easy-to-use HR system. Learn how People by Wagepoint can store employee information– like personal updates and paperwork, create a great onboarding experience for new hires with digital paperwork and tasks, track time-off for salaried employees, and help structure employee performance reviews. Join us to learn more, and get back to doing literally anything else!

 October 6, 2022 | 3:30pm ET 

Introducing Time by Wagepoint (Eligible for Continuing Education credit)

Presented by
 Bob Drainville
 Director, Time by Wagepoint

Time by Wagepoint is an easy-to-use time & attendance app built just for small businesses. Our software uses the most accurate and dependable location technology to help small businesses manage their workforce and includes nimble-yet-powerful features like scheduling, geofencing and project tracking. As a huge fan of saving, well, time, Time by Wagepoint easily syncs with Wagepoint, as well as other payroll and accounting platforms, to seamlessly integrate your business and your books, all in one. 

 October 6, 2022 | 4:05pm ET 

That's a wrap!


 Shrad Rao  from Wagepoint

Join Shrad Rao as we close out our 2nd annual Wagefest!


wagefest party guy


Frequently asked questions.

What is Wagefest?

Wagefest is Wagepoint’s signature virtual event — a coming together to inspire, level up and celebrate all things small business, accounting and bookkeeping across North America.

Our theme this year is Wagefest 2022: Grow. Connect. Celebrate.

This event is completely free to attend and 100% virtual. In fact, it's better than free — you might even leave with a prize or two!

What can I expect on Oct. 5-6?

We're collaborating with the best of the best to bring you a vibrant, energy-packed payroll party with just the right hint of carnival vibes.

Over two (2) days, you can tune in to (seriously) inspiring speakers, live workshops, fireside chats, live entertainment, networking opportunities, engaging exhibits with Friends of Wagepoint, sneak peeks, prizes, games, and more!

I can't make it — can I still access the sessions?

We’ll miss you 😔 but register anyway! If you have a ticket, you'll still be able to access most of the sessions on-demand after the event.

Keep in mind that there are special perks to attending live, so we hope to see you at a session or two if you can!

I registered but didn't get a confirmation email. Help!

First, check your spam/junk mail. If it's still not there, please reach out to events@wagepoint.com.

What are "WagePoints" and how do I redeem them?

You'll have multiple opportunities to collect gamification codes (like code WAGEFEST2022) to redeem a certain amount of points ("WagePoints") to put towards prizes.

👀 Keep an eye out for those gamification codes. They can pop up anywhere and any time! 

Can I tell my friends about Wagefest?

Yes, yes and yes!

You can let your friends know about Wagefest anytime - just be sure to include #Wagefest in your posts and tag @Wagepoint. 

P.S. There may be a reward for those who share!

I'm ready to party! How do I register?

Keep scrolling. 👇 

Wagefest is free to attend and 100% virtual.

That means no hefty price tag, and no travel or time off required!