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Lunch with Leaders

Friday, August 25 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Edmonton

As we provide lunch we ask that you register for this event – we will only be allowing those who register priority should the event be full.

The ATB Entrepreneur Centre Speaker series – Lunch with Leaders features experienced, successful current entrepreneurs from Edmonton sharing their journey as an entrepreneur in Alberta.

Join us over lunch and connect with like- minded people learning from the experience of others.


11:30-12:00pm – Registration and networking

12:00-12:10pm – Introduction

12:10-12:30pm – Speech

12:30-12:45 – Q & A

12:45-1:00 – Networking & Wrap Up

Speaker : Teresa Spinelli, Owner, Italian Centre Shop Ltd.

Teresa Spinelli wasn’t destined to lead her family’s grocery business. But life takes many turns and the leader is what she became.

Born in Edmonton in 1961 Teresa grew up at the Italian Centre Shop, taking her first steps in the pasta isle. By age 13 she was working in the store regularly as a cashier, never dreaming she would one day ascend to the Presidency of the company. In 1983 after successfully graduating from the University of Alberta with a psychology degree her plan was to pursue social work, though admittedly realized social work wasn’t for her after completing a work term. “I realized I’d be horrible social worker because I wanted to take everybody home with me.”

Family misfortune changed the course of Teresa’s life with the loss of her bother, followed with the passing of her father, Frank Spinelli three years later. “We were a traditional Italian family, and I had a brother, so automatically, because he was the boy, he was going to take the business.” In 2000 Teresa stepped in as the president of the company temporarily; the company having 30 employees and a net worth of 9 million. Teresa believed the Italian Centre had the potential to be bigger and better.

With her vision of changing the business from a local grocery store to a major importer and distributor, within a year, she grew the business to 12 million in sales. Today, the Company has grown 8 times with 4 stores (located in Edmonton andCalgary), 509 employees and sales of 64 million.

Married to Mike Newberry in 1999, and blessed with son Massimo in 2007 Teresa’s business philosophy comes from her dad, “The more you give, the more you get.” Her passion is revitalizing the McCauley community around Little Italy in Edmonton’s downtown and volunteering with such organizations as the Italian Chamber of Commerce; Mayor’s Task Force on Sustainable Communities, and Edmonton City Manager’s Advisory Committee. For Teresa, it’s all about people and showing them you love them with a hearty, bountiful meal.

“For me, it’s not about selling salami. For me, it’s about people. The reason I getup in the morning is because I want to grow people.”

Among her notable awards for 10-years running, Teresa has been one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs as ranked by Profit Magazine; the People’s Choice Businesswoman of the Year; and has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contributions to Canada.

Thank you to Powerhouse Print Solutions for sponsoring our lunch!


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