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53 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Gerry Valentine - Thriving in a Disruptive World - Executive Coach, Public Speaker and Author
We talk with Gerry Valentine, an executive coach, public speaker, and author. Gerry built a successful career with some of the world's most respected firms, but this was an unlikely path. His early life was spent in poverty, as a child of a single mother. Along the way, Gerry found that the adversity of his early life had helped him develop the resilience he needed to succeed. In our discussion, he shares those lessons - lessons that are critical in today's disruptive world. We address the importance of self-care, finding pleasure in the process of lifelong learning, and managing versus developing people. Gerry talks about failure and how we are impacted by it. You haven't pushed yourself hard enough if you haven't failed.
45 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Dr. Robin Rosenberg - Psychologist - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert - CEO and Founder of Live In Their World
We talk with Dr. Robin Rosenberg, a Psychologist who is the CEO and Founder of Live in Their World, a company that uses virtual reality to address issues of bias and incivility in the workplace. We talk about the future workforce and how the hybrid model is going to play out. She is a clinical psychologist, and prior to starting her company, she had both psychotherapy and executive coaching practices, wrote college textbooks, and taught psychology classes at Harvard University and Lesley University.
56 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Chris Ritchie - From Capital Markets to President of SilverCrest Metals
In this episode, we talk with Chris Ritchie, the President of SilverCrest Metals. Chris's amazing story takes him from Bay Street working in Capital Markets to heading up a mining company after servicing them so well as his client. His collegiate career which included tennis prepared him for the corporate world. A crushing job loss was used as motivation and helped build character. Chris is a thoroughly entertaining guest sharing stories that shaped his career. His energy, passion, competitiveness, and intellectual curiosity are infectious.
58 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Stephen Hodd - Engineer Turned Entrepreneur - Chairman and Founder of Vantage Venues
In the second part of our father's day series, Andrew talks with his Dad, Stephen Hodd. Stephen is the Chairman and Founder of Vantage Venues, a 40 000 square foot conference and event space in downtown Toronto. Trained as an Environmental Engineer and then turned entrepreneur, Stephen shares some incredible stories, including his experience as a witness for a case in the US Supreme Court. We talk about stress and how to embrace it for motivation. His life and career have been shaped by the incredible experiences that he shares. Unsurprisingly, we also cover the importance of family and where happiness truly comes from.
49 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Dr. Darwin Semotiuk - High Performance Sport expert, Western University Professor and football coach
We talk with my mentor and dad, Dr. Darwin Semotiuk, a high-performance sport expert, former professor, football coach, and national team basketball player. We talk about the traits and characteristics of successful athletes and students and dive into what it takes to build high-performance teams. We also look at mutual respect and participation to get teams aligned on both individual and team goals. We also discuss the importance that recruiting plays in developing teams. There are so many parallels that high-performance sport has with business, entrepreneurship, and life.
48 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Episode 2 of 2 - Miranda Kamal - Community Hero - Founder of a Boxing based non-profit MJKO - Mentoring Junior Kids Organization
In this episode, we talk with Miranda Kamal. Miranda is a true community hero who has founded a youth-based charity that uses the sport of boxing to create social change in racialized communities. A sexual assault and a spinal cord injury set her on the path to where she is today. There are a great number of valuable lessons to be learned from Miranda and we talk about the metaphors for business and life that boxing provides. We explore the passion to win, to never give up, train, and be prepared for what life throws at you. Miranda talks about treating others the way that you'd like to be treated yourself and the need to take care of yourself first to best take care of those around you.
48 minutes | May 29, 2021
Episode 1 of 2 - Miranda Kamal - Community Hero - Founder of a Boxing based non-profit MJKO - Mentoring Junior Kids Organization
In this episode, we talk with Miranda Kamal. Miranda is a true community hero who has founded a youth-based charity that uses the sport of boxing to create social change in racialized communities. A sexual assault and a spinal cord injury set her on the path to where she is today. There are a great number of valuable lessons to be learned from Miranda and we talk about the metaphors for business and life that boxing provides. We explore the passion to win, to never give up, train, and be prepared for what life may throw at you. Miranda talks about treating others the way you'd like to be treated yourself and the need to take care of yourself first to best take care of those around you.
40 minutes | May 10, 2021
Amy Brown and Annabel Fitzsimmons - Mindfulness and Meditation Leaders for the corporate sector - co-founders of MINDmgt.
In this episode, we talk with Amy Brown and Annabel Fitzsimmons, co-founders of MINDmgt. MINDmgt is committed to bringing science-backed mindfulness and meditation tools to the corporate sector. It's a super-relevant discussion for these crazy times as their tools help users manage stress, build resilience, and improve focus, productivity, and overall mental and physical wellbeing. We talk about being true to yourself and your brand and we even get a chance to participate in our own quick meditation. It's awesome.
49 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Cher Jones - Corporate Social Media Trainer & Online Personal Branding Strategist - Socially Active
In this episode, we talk with Cher Jones who is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Online Personal Branding Strategist. Cher is an awesome entrepreneur and discusses how her 18 years of experience in PR, broadcasting, and marketing have helped her shape her business, Socially Active. She's been using social media since 1999 (Before the days of MySpace) and shares valuable insight on building authentic personal brands and remaining relevant in the world of social media. We discuss the various social media platforms and address the ever-evolving companies. Cher is a pioneer in social media and you'll quickly see why she's one of Canada's leading personal branding experts.
42 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Dr. James Younger - 2-sided Market Leader - Practicing Dentist, Founder and CEO of TempStars
We talk with Dr. James Younger, a practicing dentist, and the Founder and CEO of TempStars, Canada's largest and #1 rated dental temping and hiring service. Dr. Younger is an expert in the 2-sided market and talks about making the transition from the owner of 2 successful dental practices to becoming a technology company CEO. He shares his tips on time management and how mistakes he's made along his journey have helped strengthen him as a leader today. Dr. Younger listens to his end-users and constantly solicits feedback to help improve the TempStars innovative technology platform.
54 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Sebastien Gendron - Hyperloop Entrepreneur - Transportation Industry Visionary and Distruptor - Co-Founder and CEO of Transpod
In this episode, we talk with Sebastien Gendron who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Transpod, a company dedicated to bringing the hyperloop (super-high-speed ground transportation known as the 5th mode of transportation) to reality and are aggressively working to create the world's leading hyperloop design. Sebastien refers to his co-founder Dr. Ryan Janzen who is the inventor of the Transpod system. Sebastien offers some incredible insight detailing how it is much easier to partner and work with people who are already convinced instead of trying to convince those that are not buying in. He has turned the COVID pandemic into an opportunity for Transpod by adding new product lines and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the province of Alberta to develop a 1000km/h hyperloop transportation system. Transpod aims to cement Canada as the innovation capital in high-speed vacuum transportation.
64 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Partridge ER Doctor - COVID Discussion - Vaccinations, Mental Health, Schools, Lockdown, Offices & Masking
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jonathan Partridge, an Emergency Room Doctor from Oakville Hospital. We circle back to our last discussion and review what has been happening on the front lines and across the globe. We hear Dr. Partridges views on vaccination, the current situation, the roll-out and the true purpose of vaccinating. We talk about the consequences of the current lockdown and government measures taken with an increase in mental health visits to the ER. Dr. Partridge explores what the near-term and long-term future may hold for schools, public spaces, the home, and workplaces and how the new covid variants may impact our quest to getting normality back to our lives. Dr. Partridge really helps simplify and tie everything together.
35 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Matthew Parson - Educationalist and Entrepreneur - Benji
In this episode we talk with Matt Parson, an educationalist, and entrepreneur. As the founder of Benji, he is creating a new category of learning, one that is collaborative, immersive, and scalable. We talk about having the perspective that things are never as good or bad as they seem. We also talk about accountability partners to help you strive toward and realize your goals. Matt addresses greatness achieved through community. Thanks again for listening and hope that you continue to listen to and steal ideas from the experience of our amazing lineup of guests.
35 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Keith Bumstead - IT Staff Augmentation CORE Resources
In this episode, we talk with Keith Bumstead, co-founder of CORE Resources, a technology partner that provides superior broad-based IT staff augmentation services. Keith talks about setting up his company culture to reflect family values by treating people the way you'd treat your own family members. We address the 10X rule that he follows which is based on understanding the level of effort and the level of thinking required to succeed. Keith tells stories about his early careers and networking helping shape his incredible journey to get to where he is today. Thanks again for listening and hope you enjoy and continue to listen to and steal ideas from the experience of our amazing lineup of guests.
73 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Dr. Jonathan Partridge ER Doctor - COVID-19 outlook and discussion
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jonathan Partridge, an Emergency Room Doctor from Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. As an ER Doctor, he is at the front line of the COVID 19 pandemic. that is greatly impacting all of our lives. Dr. Partridge is able to simplify and explain COVID 19 and how it relates to healthcare and our everyday living. We discuss what some of the unintended consequences of how we are dealing with the pandemic may look like. We talk about his hospital and how they are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. We hear Dr. Partridge's views on the effectiveness of measures taken to limit the spread of COVID 19 and we also discuss what life after COVID 19 may look like. This special episode ties all of the news that you've been absorbing over the past few weeks together. Thanks again for listening and we hope you enjoy and continue to listen to our amazing lineup of guests.
31 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Sarah Eby - Real Estate Professional - Mulford & Eby Real Estate
In this episode, we talk with Sarah Eby, a real estate professional and partner at Mulford & Eby. Sarah talks about realizing that you cannot control all outcomes but you can control the effort and passion that you put into it. We talk about alleviating the stress that surrounds the buyers and sellers who transact large real estate deals and Sarah discusses the importance of clients remembering how you make them feel during the buying and selling process. Thanks again for listening and hope that you enjoy the content and continue to steal ideas from the experience of our amazing lineup of guests.
43 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
Marietta Snetsinger - Franchising Guru - Ascend Franchise Solutions
In this episode, we talk with Marietta Snetsinger, a Franchising Expert and Growth Coach who is the Founder and Principal of Ascend Franchise Solutions, which helps franchisors accelerate growth. Marietta addresses the 5 things that you need to have in order to become a successful franchisor. We talk about technology making the world a smaller place enabling her to better serve her clients and she dives in deep to discuss franchising trends and the ideal profile of a franchisor.
47 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Erin Henderson - Certified Sommelier, Journalist, and Wine Educator - The Wine Sisters
In this episode, we talk with Erin Henderson, a certified sommelier, journalist, and wine educator who literally drinks and throws parties for a living. We talk about treating people the way you'd like to be treated yourself and making them feel important to help build brand loyalty. She touches on building her personal brand and how she's been successful with it. Erin talks about living life on your own terms and staying focussed to work toward your goals no matter how long that journey may take. Thanks again for listening and hope you enjoy and continue to listen to and steal ideas from the experience of our amazing lineup of guests.
55 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Andy Holborn - Former Golf Professional turned eCommerce Account Manager - Freedom International
In this episode we talk with Andy Holborn, former golf professional turned eCommerce account manager at Freedom International. Andy talks about taking risks in business and life and how he evaluated those risks. We also talk about dealing with stress and being genuine when dealing with people. You'll learn about the skills various mentors have taught Andy along his incredible journey to get to where he is today. Thanks again for listening and hope you enjoy and continue to listen to and steal ideas from the experience of our amazing lineup of guests.
34 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Mike Orr - Co-founder of digital sales engagement platform - Grapevine6
In this episode we talk with Mike Orr, Co-founder of Grapevine6, a leading enterprise social and digital sales engagement platform. Mike talks about the value of the client and building trusting relationships with both them and others that you surround yourself with. We also talk about how his networking and relationships that he's formed over the years pay off. He offers some surefire advice about working outside of your comfort zone and spending quality time and enjoying special moments with your family.
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