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Don't miss your chance to join us for breakfast on May 8 and meet three awesome CEOs doing very neat things in Waterloo Region and beyond.

May's UpStart Breakfast features Kelly Frey of BigRoad Inc., Stephen Lake of Thalmic Labs and Jeff Nugent of Contingent Workforce Solutions.

Kelly Frey, BigRoad Inc.

BigRoad Incorporated is based in Waterloo and was founded explicitly to disrupt the $700B North American truck transportation industry. Since launching in July 2012 we have become the #1 Android electronic driver log solution on Google Play. We set out to collaborate with drivers and fleet operators to build the best fleet management platform using today’s technologies—and we are the overwhelming choice of drivers and fleets using smart phones in their daily operations, with fleet users now in literally every State, Province and Territory (excluding Nunavut).  You can learn more about us at

Stephen Lake, Thalmic Labs

Thalmic Labs was founded in 2012 by three University of Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering graduates (Aaron Grant, Matthew Bailey, and Stephen Lake) and has since grown to 14 employees. As announced in January, the company is a part of Y Combinator’s winter 2013 cohort and has raised funding totaling $1.1 million. Thalmic is currently based in the Velocity Garage in Kitchener, ON.Thalmic's first product, the MYO, is an armband worn on the forearm that senses electrical activity in the muscles, allowing users to interact with digital technologies using just their fingers and hands. Thalmic received over 25,000 pre-orders totaling $3.7M of sales for the MYO in its first three weeks online. The MYO has been featured in nearly every major tech publication worldwide including Wired, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, New Scientist, and others.

Jeff Nugent, Contingent Workforce Solutions

Jeff is the Founder and President of Contingent Workforce Solutions. Contingent Workforce Solutions provides administrative processing and consulting services that enables organizations to centralize the management of their contract consultants and temporary workers. Under his leaderships CWS has grown rapidly to Rank #1 on Profit Magazine's Hot 50 fastest growing companies in 2011, Ranked in the top 10 fastest growing companies this year and has been named a two time Finalist in Deloitte's 50 Best Managed Companies program. Personally Jeff has been recognized as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

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