Bio's

Seminar Speakers

Bob O'Donnell, "The Fossil Guy"

Bob has presented his Fossil exhibits for 22 years at Schools, Libraries, Museums, Gem and Mineral Shows, Field Naturalist Groups, Retirement Homes etc. He is the Curator of the Arkona Lions Museum at Rock Glen Conservation Park and the liaison for the owners of 2 quarry pits in Arkona, Ontario. He is on the Board of Directors of The Central Canadian Federation Of Mineralogical Societies and is an Administrator of 6 Facebook groups on fossils. Bob is also a member of The London Gem and Mineral Society.



Ralph Schroetter GG., FGA, IJewelCad.com

Ralph Schroetter has over thirty years in the jewellery manufacturing trade.



Mary J. Bonevelle

Mary Bonevelle is from Spring Lake, Michigan, a town located on Lake Michigan. She has been passionate about Great Lakes conservation activities and Great Lakes history since she was a young girl. She received her Master of Arts in Composition from Eastern Illinois University and now holds jobs in the insurance industry and in professional women’s hockey. She currently lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her dog Brit, and the pair can be found on almost any warm weekend day on the shores of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie collecting sea glass.


Zulekha Noormohamed, Blue Sapphire Beads

Zulekha Noormohamed is a successful business woman who has been making breathtaking one-of-a-kind jewellery for 13 years. Each unique piece is hand crafted and made with love and care to accentuate the inner beauty of all who wear her creations. She specializes in working with high quality precious and semi-precious beads both in her jewellery and her bead company. Zulekha believes deeply in the healing qualities of the stones she works with. Her commitment to this results in her often making custom pieces for her customers to benefit from their healing properties. 

 

Zulekha juggles a full-time job, running two successful businesses along with raising her three beautiful daughters. She regularly jokes that she works a full-time job in order to pay for her addiction, which is her jewellery. Along with her partner, Salim Moorani, they run two successful and growing businesses to channel their creative energy. Blue Sapphire Beads (BlueSapphireBeads.com) sells their hand crafted creations along with importing sterling silver, precious and semi-precious beads and components.

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The Gem Expo (TheGemExpo.com) is a gem, jewellery, lampwork and mineral trade show. The show is open to the public as well as wholesalers.

Zulekha has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lakehead University, a Human Services Counselor diploma from George Brown College and is working on getting her Reiki Master and Homeopathy certifications. 


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