58 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Episode #25 – Jason Donev & University Education
Jason Donev is tenured at the University of Calgary, and has received awards for teaching and outreach. Dr. Donev teaches nuclear power, electricity, and thermodynamics, the senior project class for energy and a course that introduces issues related to energy to a non-technical audience, affectionately called ‘energy for everyone.’ Dr. Donev regularly talks with advocates and interested parties all over the political spectrum about various energy issues, especially – but not limited to – nuclear power and climate change. Energyeducation.ca is a major project of Dr. Donev’s, and he hopes to continually improve and adapt the site. Check out his website called Energy Education at: https://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Main_Page It is one of the best resources that I know of for becoming well versed in various energy sources. In the show we discuss his 5 part video series about nuclear power in pop culture and media: Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=masZqAb0Hi8 Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s75X_tAgYpk Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvXvnAcPDbI Video 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_1Vv7falnc Video 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRvNCYQZWec
61 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
Episode #24 – Anna Cheniuntai & 3D Printing Structures
Anna is the CEO and founder of the company Apis Cor which is developing autonomous construction 3D printing robots. Apis Cor is a construction industry disrupter providing innovative 3D printing robotics technology to build housing faster and cheaper. Apis Cor is headquartered in Boston, MA as a resident of the Autodesk Technology Center. Apis Cor’s unique 3D printer — which size is less than an SUV car – construct the desired shape of a building with concrete-like material (Ink). The 3D printer has a precise mechanism for feeding the Ink layer by layer, directly forming a building at the construction site without extra assembly, thus minimizing labor hours and reducing errors in the construction process. Apis Cor machines feature proprietary technology offering compact dimensions, mobility, unique design, and easily scalable operations. The 3D printer can be easily brought to a site and moved around, so it is possible to build houses of any sizes. Since 2016, Apis Cor demonstrated workability of their technology through multiple prototypes and research projects:• In collaboration with Dubai Municipality they 3D printed the world’s biggest building recognizes as such by Guinness record.• Placed first in most levels of “3D Printed Habitat Challenge” organized by NASA, 2019
62 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Episode #23 – Caroline Cochran, Jacob DeWitte, and Oklo
Today on the show I have the two founders of Oklo, Caroline Cochran and Jacob DeWitte, who are designing clean energy plants using advanced fission. Caroline has experience ranging from engineering to entrepreneurship, research, economics, policy, sales and marketing. She has specifically worked on technologies including solar vehicles, advanced fission, and oil and natural gas. She has worked with think tanks, engineering standards societies, intellectual property, government agencies, defense (in the pentagon and with military contractors), and marketing. She did here mechanical engineering degree at the University of Oklahoma and then continued on to MIT and did her Masters in Nuclear Engineering where she did 3 years of research on air ingress in HTGRs. Jacob went to the University of Florida and did Nuclear Engineering and then went on to MIT to do his PhD in nuclear engineering. For most of his life he has worked in energy generation and distribution. He has experience in nuclear reactor design and analysis of sodium fast reactors, molten salt reactors, and next generation PWRs; and fuel cycle analysis on the front end, and closing the back end. He completed his PhD at MIT in nuclear engineering where he developed tools to analyze adoption scenarios of high performance light water reactor fuels as part of long term capital asset management planning for nuclear power plants. You can follow and support Oklo at: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Vr6KqInxdrgewo2OCEEfg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okloinc/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/oklo/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/oklo/status/1313175111592181761 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poweredbyoklo/?hl=en Medium: https://medium.com/@okloinc The Aurora COLA application documents can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rq2wvrssbfze177/AAAjajhTAlos4ZigwbEwRKm-a?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR0GlmatuPByzrcEkWlRbjhj98E7vdXhUrplJVLMLjj4OxkqED6fGp59AC4 Thanks to The Lucky Bandit for the music in the show. Intro Song: Soul Cries Out by Lucky Bandit Outro Song: Reflection by Lucky Bandit
64 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Episode #22 – Klasey Jones & Music
Klasey Jones is from London, UK and is an incredibly talented musician. He has been creating music for several years and you may have heard his music in some of the Storror parkour videos or in other videos with companies such as Canon. His music is hard to fit into one genre, but when you listen to it I promise you it will be the theme music you will want playing if you were to get in a rocket and fly to Mars. Klasey and I dive into a myriad of different topics, such as how music has supported people during COVID-19, advice to young people getting into the music industry, how the music industry supports reducing the effects of climate change, and many others. You can find Klasey Jones @: https://klaseyjones.bandcamp.com/music Intro Song: Serenity by Klasey Jones (https://open.spotify.com/track/0dKdnZjMnUmrQChVGpIhJe?si=jZibGpmuSSirJHqxPoemOQ) Outro Song: Reload by Klasey Jones (https://open.spotify.com/track/054JSKSdYyfujdjtoiJZJr?si=f0809Y8oQoKl249mek68Ug) Link about Music and Climate Change: https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/archiveofnews/2019/april/headline_643297_en.html
80 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Episode #21 – Tim Burke & Solar Power
Tim Burke is one of the leading experts in Canada when it comes to Solar Power technology and projects. He graduated from Queen’s University with a BASc in Mining Engineering, but then quickly transitioned his career into the solar industry where he has been for the majority of his career and made a huge impact. He has worked at some incredible places such as Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Evergreen Power Ltd., Solar Flow, and now is currently at GP Joule Canada Corp as their Senior Director of Engineering and Project Management. He wanted to make it clear that he does not speak on behalf of GP Joule Canada Corp., but rather is expressing his own ideas and opinions. It seems that the discussion of solar power is continuing to grow more and more. With the energy equation becoming so complicated many people have been asking, “where does solar power fit?” Does solar power have a place at all? Is it better to have solar power on your house or in a central location producing hundreds of megawatts? Is the life cycle of solar power detrimental to the environment? Doesn’t solar power take up large amounts of land? Tim Burke and I dive into all of these questions and more, so listen in and leave your comments about what you think of our conversation. Thanks to the Lucky Bandit for the amazing intro and outro music. Intro: Soul Cries Out by Lucky Bandit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3OAHzg5Lk) Outro: Tabernacle by Lucky Bandit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlhr2rU1Kec&list=OLAK5uy_lelh9MvxAlsTRxlAJx08EDNnONWjag_Ss&index=1)
71 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Episode #20 – Aaron Nardella & Eating Meat
Dr. Aaron is the founder and clinic director of Balanced Health and Sports Therapy. After completing a BSc in Human Biology, he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College in 1999. Dr. Aaron subsequently completed over 40 placements/locums across Alberta and Saskatchewan in order to expand his experience. Dr. Aaron is certified in Acupuncture, Graston Technique, and Active Release Technique (ART), and has completed the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD). One of his major priorities is to invest in staying current with the latest techniques and therapies. He is currently working on a Functional Neurology Diplomate Program, as well as a Concussion/MTBI Certification Series. Dr. Aaron has enjoyed working with athletes at the elite and Olympic level. This interest stems from his own experiences as an athlete including collegiate-level swimming and international-level rugby. He has volunteered at CUPS, an organization that provides health care to Calgary homeless and underprivileged, as well at The Alex, a medical clinic for underprivileged individuals. Dr. Aaron’s caring and conscientious approach has earned him a wide range of faithful patients. Website: http://balancedhealth.ca/index.php?content=team&detailid=1
69 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Episode #19 – Gary Mar and Canadian Energy
Gary Mar is an incredibly brilliant man, that has traveled the world meeting some powerful people and collaborating with them on how we can make Canada’s energy sector more successful. Gary Mar is the current President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation. Prior to joining the CWF, Gary served as President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. Gary has broad experience in government having served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta from 1993-2007. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations. Gary then served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., from 2007 – 2011. He worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington DC and many U.S. States. Gary next served as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. He led the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong and worked with Alberta’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. Following his government service, Gary was an independent consultant working for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans Pacific trade and investment. In 2016, he co-founded Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation which has successfully purchased heavy oil in Alberta and sold it directly to refineries in China. Gary has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Business in Marketing, Business Economics and Law beginning July 1, 2020. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Business School and is a public speaker at energy related conferences. Gary completed a Law degree at the University of Alberta and practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary prior to entering politics. Canada West Foundation :https://cwf.ca/ Intro Music: Soul Cries Out by the Lucky Bandit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3OAHzg5Lk) Outro Music: Reflection by the Lucky Bandit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOarVdgPzGU&list=OLAK5uy_lelh9MvxAlsTRxlAJx08EDNnONWjag_Ss&index=17)
81 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Episode #18 – Rhiannon Rosalind & Dr. Jeffrey Overall
Rhiannon Rosalind is the current CEO of The Economics Club of Canada as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Conscious Economics. She has interviewed some incredibly powerful and influential people such as Michelle Obama, Amal Clooney, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former President of France Francois Holland, and former U.S. President Barack Obama. Rhiannon is the youngest woman in Canadian history to be inducted into the Most Powerful Women in Business Hall of Fame. She is the founder of Lunar Club – a monthly gathering of eclectic women where she shakes things up by interviewing some of the most powerful women in Canada. She is a nationally recognized philanthropist – she is the founder and CEO of The Jr. Economic Club of Canada. As of 2019, 50,000 youth have participated in her programs. She is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Institute for Conscious Economics. Dr. Jeffrey Overall is a Co-Founder and President of the Global Institute for Conscious Economics as well as an associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at Ontario Tech University. He is also the co-founder and chairman of the World Pathfinder Children’s Fund Inc. – a social enterprise dedicated to reducing poverty by increasing the literacy rates in rural Nepal. He has over 20 years experience working directly with entrepreneurs within start-ups, incubators, and SMEs across various sectors and countries. Dr. Overall is an expert researcher in conscious business where he studies the link between consciousness (mindfulness) and: optimum performance, increased productivity, sustainability, and financial performance. He has nearly 40 publications with 20 of these in peer-reviewed academic journals. Prior to joining Ontario Tech University, he was an assistant professor at Nipissing University, Ryerson University, and Leibniz Universität Hannover. He also taught at the St. Petersburg Polytechinical University in Russia and the University of Bradford School of Management in Britain. This is a podcast you don’t want to miss! They share some power and insightful lessons that have helped me makes sense of the world we are living in today and how we can move forward with hope and optimism. Read and learn more about what Rhiannon and Dr. Overall are up to at https://www.consciouseconomics.ca/
75 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Episode #17 – Sean Wagner and Alberta Nuclear
Sean Wagner is the Lead Writer and Editor for Alberta Nuclear Nucleus. Him and his team are working to promote and advocate for nuclear power to be incorporated into Alberta’s energy plan. They describe that one of their mandate’s is to “provide easy to grasp education about the details of nuclear power and work to dispel the myths and misunderstandings surrounding this foundational tool.” Sean has a BSc and MSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta and has dedicated his life to making nuclear power a reality in Alberta and throughout Canada. I had a blast talking with Sean and discussing what it will take to bring nuclear power into Alberta as well as what the opportunities and challenges will be throughout the process. One of my favorite lines that Sean brought up during our discussion is that the “future of energy is NOT a zero-sum game.” We all need to work together to make the energy we use cleaner and greener. You can follow what Sean Wagner and his team are doing at: Alberta Nuclear Nucleus (ANN): https://albertanuclearnucleus.ca/ ANN Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alberta_nuclear/ ANN Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlbertaNuclear Sean also brought up several resources that people should take a look at: The New Fire: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thenewfire/299938544 Pandora’s promise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObcgG9vjUbs&t=5s Juice: How Electricity Explain’s the World: http://juicethemovie.com/ Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information: https://radiationeffects.org/ Kirsty Gogan: https://energyforhumanity.org/en/ Third Way Energy: https://www.thirdway.org/issue/climate-and-energy Music thanks to the Lucky Bandit: Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3OAHzg5Lk Outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K74VT4mrxIs
78 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Episode #16 – John Kehagias and Stoicism
John Kehagias is an incredibly curious and intelligent man. Every time we get together he is teaching me something new. He lives in Ontario and is a leading real estate agent in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He has traveled all over the world and is one of the smartest guys I know. With all of the complex issues that are facing our world today, it was incredibly refreshing to have a conversation with John and try our best to maneuver through today’s issues and make sense of them all. We try and wrestle with issues like COVID-19, BLM, climate, and big media. John also expounds on how Stoicism may be a huge key to solving a lot of these problems. Listen in and please reach out and let me know what you think of our conversation. The issues we are trying to address are incredibly complex and after going back and listening to our conversation we definitely missed things. I would love to get your feedback and insight as to how we can solve some of the issues we are dealing with in the podcast as well as things we may have missed or got wrong!
51 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
Changing The World According To A Teacher
Listen in as I talk with Dan Bikman about the direct connection between who we are being as individuals and the impact we are having on the environment. Dan has been a full time Seminary and Institute teacher for 15 years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is also a decorated coach where he has helped lead the Raymond Comet Girls Rugby team to 10 of the last 11 tier 1 provincial championships. His career has been dedicated to working with youth and young adults and he shares with me on the show what he has learned from working with youth and how we can apply some of these lesson in order to help change the world. We dive into a lot of the principles shared by Jordan Peterson, and break down some of the ideas that he shares in his book, “12 Rules For Life.” Dan explains in such a simple and beautiful manner some of the mechanics of how we can really make a lasting impact on the world such as how we can find meaning in our work and consciously choosing to do hard things. Some of major points I took away from our conversation was, first, Dan said if there was one major trait that we could focus on becoming in this life, to really make an impact, it would be honesty. People that are honest step up to the plate in an authentic and genuine manner and don’t shy away from things that are hard. Second, he shared this idea that when there is security there is apathy. Dan shares from his observations that youth progress at such a rapid rate because they are constantly involved in new and unknown things, resulting in them continuously adapting to their surroundings. As we get older we get into a routine, and this rapid growth and progress begins to slow down. Dan talks about what we need to do to continually better ourselves and place ourselves into situations that inspire growth and change on a continuous basis. I believe that there is a direct connection to our level of responsibility of how we treat the planet, to who we are and who we are choosing to become. If we are truly going to make the energy and products we use cleaner and greener we need to become our best selves.
56 minutes | Aug 5, 2019
The Profound Impact of Ontology
Listen in as Eric Crowell, the CEO of Awesome Journey Inc., and I discuss CEO’s, leadership, and ontology, and how they affect making the products and energy we use cleaner and greener. Eric is one of the top executive leadership coaches in the country and is deeply passionate about “awakening people to being and acting as powerful leaders who build high performance teams and organizations (Eric Crowell Profile).” For over 20 years he has helped develop over 2,500 C-Suite executives, organizational leaders, and high-performance teams through transformational methodologies. He started Awesome Journey in 2002 and has worked with some of the most powerful and influential men and women across the globe who have been featured in Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in Canada, Forbes Canada’s Best Employers, Entrepreneur of the Year, Avenue Magazines Top 40 under 40, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Alberta Venture’s Top 25 Innovative Companies, Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada. Eric and I discuss how the ontology of leaders around the world, especially that of CEO’s, is directly correlated to our impact on the environment. You might be wondering, what is ontology? Ontology can get quite complicated rather quickly, but in a simple definition, it is the study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, and/or reality. Eric dives into detail about how one of the biggest impacts a leader can have in completely shifting their companies culture and success is by transforming who they are BEING. There were several major take things I took away but two that really stood out to me were, first, real power is the ability to manifest or create your reality with velocity. When we focus on really applying this mentality of manifesting and creating our reality with velocity we begin to see the massive impact we are having on reducing the effects of climate change. Second, many people think that the path to success is based on HAVE-DO-BE. Meaning, when I HAVE enough time, I will DO what needs to get done, and then I will BE happy or successful. Rather, Eric explains that the real path to success is based on BE-DO-HAVE. Meaning, when we focus on changing our ontology or who we are BEING, we will then DO what needs to get done, and then we will HAVE success and happiness. In a nut shell, Eric and I discuss who it is in the best interest of businesses to institute practices within their companies that support the environment and making our energy and products cleaner and greener. This is not a podcast you want to miss or skip over. Eric breaks down some of the biggest social issues facing climate change and I promise you that there will be something that you take away from our conversation that will allow you to help contribute to the clean energy movement.
55 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
Can Shifting Our Mindsets Make The Planet Cleaner and Greener?
Listen in as Elaine Hartrick and I discuss how chasing big and audacious goals, as well as embracing a mindset shift, could help unblock the road to a world with cleaner and greener energy and products. She is a part of a small group of women, called the 7 Continents Club, who have run a half or full marathon on every continent of the world. YES, that even means Antarctica! After coming out of an abusive relationship she sold everything she owned and ventured into the world to chase this dream of hers of running a half marathon on every continent. Elaine is one of the most inspiring women I know and has made a career out of working one-on-one with people to achieve their goals in life and business. Elaine is now a dynamic and sought after speaker, life and business coach, mentor, and author where she shares what she learned from her experience of grabbing life by the horns and doing what you want and love. She has helped some of the most successful C-Suite executives navigate their life and work through her inspiring and compelling lectures on achieving your “End Game Goals.” She is a Vigor Award Winner, which is given to people for their “selfless efforts to enhance the lives of people around them, through their unrewarded volunteering or humanitarian work, or by their acts of valor in extraordinary circumstances.” She has also been featured on various news outlets and magazines such as Global News and Women’s Running Magazine. Elaine’s next adventure involves her taking her skills down to St. George, Utah where she is the new General Manager for one of the top fitness resorts in North America, called Movara. One of my favorite parts of our conversation was when Elaine described to me that there is a direction correlation between people who are chasing their dreams and their level of love and appreciation that they have for the environment. Those who are deeply passionate about making a difference in the world are more often then not also very conscious of their environmental impact. As we all strive to make a genuine impact on the world, we will inevitably make the world cleaner and greener.
40 minutes | Jul 21, 2019
Where Would You Spend A Dollar To Stop Climate Change?
In this episode of ONE Energy, I interview Peter Tertzakian who discusses with me the unique relationship that finances play in clean energy investments as well as the incredibly important concept of reducing our energy consumption. Peter brings a unique flavor and perspective to the show as he has spent over 30 years in the business of energy ranging from oil and gas to renewables. He does macroeconomic research and investment analysis for ARC Financial Corporation and provides direction as to where to deploy capital on certain investments and how to manage a given portfolio. Peter is not only an expert in investments that relate to the energy industry, but is also deeply passionate about writing, speaking, and discussing issues that are imperative to the future of energy and how they affect our planet. This is a must listen podcast as Peter breaks down the barriers that are holding us back from really putting a dent in solving the energy crisis that we are in. Not only does Peter discuss with me the financial implications of reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions, but also the issue of how for every joule of energy we produce with renewables we are demanding another joule of energy from fossil fuels or more. Peter explains how just because our energy is becoming cleaner and greener, that does not give us the right to consume more. The root of the problem is not the technology, the technology is ahead of the acceptance, rather the real issue is over consumption. Peter describes that investments in renewables are on a “gentle decline” and in order for us to really move the needle in reducing the effects of climate change we need to start developing a culture that is collaborating on how we can reduce our energy consumption. I would highly recommend reading his two best selling books, The End of Energy Obesity, and A Thousand Barrels A Second, as they dive deeper into his ideas of how we can really save the planet from climate change and solutions we can implement to make the energy and products we use cleaner and greener. Something else that really stood out to me in our discussion is that in order for us as humans to move forward together, and make a difference in the energy industry, we need to dial down the polarization between those who produce the oil and those who consume the oil. If we are constantly pointing fingers rather then being open to collaboration we will never change anything. I look forward to hearing your feedback and sharing your thoughts on what Peter Tertzakian has to share.
48 minutes | Jun 24, 2019
Machine Learning: Our Second Brain
If you haven’t listened to any of ONE Energy’s podcasts yet, this is the one to listen to! On the show, Robert Mereau and I discuss how data analytics and machine learning are going to play a major role in helping energy to become cleaner and greener. Robert is one of the co-creators of White Whale Analytics and is now currently the head of Machine Intelligence at White Whale Analytics. What they do is help companies sift through copious amounts of data using machine intelligence to help them see patterns that they might not have seen on their own. With the help of machine intelligence pointing out these patterns, businesses can then make insightful, data driven decisions to be more efficient, reduce waste, and increase profits. There are so many things that stood out to me from our conversation, such as, machine learning is about codifying the way the logical side of our brain works. We essentially super impose our logical reasoning into a computer to help us make and work through problems that might normally take large amounts of time. This then results in the ability for humans to spend more time focused on higher level thinking activities, rather then having the task of making sense of large quantities of data. A similar event occurred when the wheel and tools were invented. With these simple pieces of technology it allowed humans to focus on other things besides manual labor, which helped to move humankind forward at an exponential rate. Robert said, “technology allows us to scale our imaginations!” We desperately need machine learning if we are going to make the best decisions moving forward when it comes to clean energy. We need the certainty and efficiency that machine intelligence offers in order to help us make smart decisions. There are a lot of variables involved when it comes to climate change and clean energy. As a result, we need machine intelligence to help us see correlations and patterns we would have never seen on our own in order to make the energy we use cleaner and greener. You will not be disappointed by Robert’s thoughts and advice as to how we can move the world forward and be better care takers of the earth we live on.