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Calgary Business Podcast

Calgary Business Podcast

By Allen R. Wazny
Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting Calgary business owners, educators, students, influencers, artists, non-profit executives and other business leaders based in Calgary to discuss issues of importance to them. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I managed to reach out and interview several founders, entrepreneurs and investors across Canada and the globe including individuals from Victoria, Kamloops, Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener, Kelowna, Dubai and Moose Jaw..

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Episode 250 | Susan O’Brien, Net Worth Thinking | 17 February 2021

Calgary Business Podcast

Episode 250 | Susan O’Brien, Net Worth Thinking | 17 February 2021

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Episode 313 | SokoLocal app with Founder and CEO, Nikhil Sonpal | 22 June 2021
SokoLocal may just actually become the defacto local “Google” for retailers and e-commerce companies – not only in Calgary but across the globe.  When an on-line order from a European clothing distributor required Nikhil to return the item at cost considerably more than the initial purchase price, Nikhil set out to help others like him by creating a website to “localize” such orders. To learn more about SokoLocal, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ SokoLocal Website | https://www.sokolocal.com/ Instagram | @shopsokolocal Twitter | @shopsokolocal Facebook | @shopsokolocal §§§ Nikhil Sonpal | https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikhilsonpal/
01:15:06
June 23, 2021
Episode 312 | Mount Royal University, Work Experience Program with Daniel Santiago | 18 June 2021
The Work Experience Program at Mount Royal University has a rich 25-year history of providing students with practical skills that are immediately transferable upon completing their studies and commencing employment. During episode 41 of this podcast on 11 December 2019, Paul Varella referred to the Mount Royal University campus containing many “hidden gems”. It is likely my chat with Daniel Santiago just revealed one of those precious stones. Click on one or more of the links below to learn more about the Work Experience, and a variety of other programs, at the Mount Royal University: §§§ Mount Royal University Website | https://www.mtroyal.ca/ Instagram | @mrulife Facebook | @MountRoyal4U Twitter | @MountRoyal4U LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/mount-royal-university/ §§§ Daniel Santiago on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielsantiago19/
01:11:48
June 19, 2021
Episode 311 | Endeavor Technologies with CEO and founder, Brad Reiser
The simulation software of Endeavor Technologies is geared towards technical users interested in drilling oil & gas wells but it also enhances the user experience by utilizing the technology tools of Unreal Engine – the same visualization software that powers the popular gaming app, Fortnite. Click on one or more of the links below to learn more about Endeavor Technologies and their plans to apply their technology into other fields including the medical profession: §§§ Endeavor Technologies Website | https://endeavor-tech.ca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/endeavor-technologies-corp-/ §§§ Brad Reiser on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-reiser-3b49b3122/
57:36
June 18, 2021
Episode 310 | Virtira, with CEO and founder, Cynthia Watson | 17 June 2021
Cynthia and her team at Virtira have been providing high impact value-added services to Blue Chip organizations for many years, primarily by helping companies manage their remote workforce. To learn more about Virtira, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Virtira Website | https://virtira.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/virtira/ §§§ Cynthia Watson on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthiadwatson/
01:11:08
June 18, 2021
Episode 309 | Wood’s Homes with Clinical Coordinator, David Williamson | 15 June 2021
Wood’s Homes has been around since 1914 when it was initially set up to house orphaned children during World War 1. It has evolved over its 117 year history to provide treatment and support for children, youth and families with mental health needs. To learn more about Wood’s Homes, including the recently introduced Elbow Springs Counselling program, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Wood’s Homes Website | https://www.woodshomes.ca/ Facebook | @woodshomesNFP Instagram | @woods_homes Twitter | @ChildMntlHealth YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsHomes1/videos LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/woods-homes/ §§§ David Williamson on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-williamson-135a13213/
58:30
June 16, 2021
Episode 308 | Athennian with co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Josh Malate | 15 June 2021
Athennian has developed a platform that automates many of the routine functions of a lawyer working in either a professional practice or as general counsel with a corporate entity. One of the key features of the Athennian platform, that Josh Malate, and his fellow co-founders, including CEO Adrian Camara and others have developed, is the ability to reduce the workload of the paralegal and other associates to allow them to provide more quality, value-added services to more senior lawyers. To learn more about how Athennian could follow in the “Unicorn” footsteps of other Calgary tech startups, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Athennian Website | https://www.athennian.com/ Twitter | @athennian LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/paper-interactive/ §§§ Josh Malate on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-malate/ Adrian Camara on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriancamara/
54:09
June 16, 2021
Episode 307 | Cherry Health app with Founder and CEO, Jordan Vollrath | 14 June 2021
Cherry Health may just actually become the defacto “LinkedIn” for Locum network affiliated medical professionals across Canada. When Covid highlighted the lack of a suitable platform to coordinate work for Locum professionals like himself, Jordan Vollrath teamed together with Max Kerz and Adrian Mitchell to develop a free to use and highly effective mobile app. To learn more about Cherry Health, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Cherry Health Website | https://www.cherry.health/ Instagram | @cherry.health LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/cherry-health-inc/ §§§ Jordan Vollrath on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanvollrath/ Dr. Maximillian Kerz | https://www.linkedin.com/in/maximiliankerz/ Adrian Mitchell | https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriansmitchell/
01:00:09
June 15, 2021
Episode 306 | Jeff LaFrenz with InceptionU, Evolve program learners | 9 June 2021
This podcast is an extension of the series of episodes started in February 2021 in which students from Calgary post-secondary education institutions have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business communities. §§§§ In this episode, Pamela Torres, Femi Bode-George and Scott Luxton, learners from the full stack developer program coordinated by InceptionU, the Evolve Program, join Jeff LaFrenz, President of Vizworx Inc. here in Calgary To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast and their related activities, click on one or more of the links below: §§§§ Individual profiles on LinkedIn Jeff LaFrenz | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflafrenz/ Femi Bode-George | https://www.linkedin.com/in/femi-bode-george-msc-0a2b8761/ Pamela Torres | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-torres/ Scott Luxton | https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-luxton-a9679649/ §§§§ Vixworx Website | https://vizworx.com/ Twitter | @vizworx LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/vizworx-inc-/ §§§§ InceptionU Ltd Website | https://www.inceptionu.com/ Instagram | @inceptionu_ltd Twitter | @_inceptionU LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/inceptionultd/
01:13:13
June 10, 2021
Episode 305 | Numi Health with Founder and CEO, Peter Verburg | 9 June 2021
Numi Health is simplifying the booking of routine healthcare diagnostics, starting with vaccinations for Covid-19. Key partnerships with Calgary and Edmonton airports along and other strategic employers is a strong indication of the potential to scale the Numi Health platform  To learn more about Numi Health, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Numi Health  Website | https://numihealth.com/  Instagram | @numihealth  Facebook | @numihealth  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/numihealth/  §§§  Peter Verburg on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-verburg-740a9b18/
01:03:08
June 10, 2021
Episode 304 | Alitta Tait with Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce students | 8 June 2021
This is the 15th episode in which students from Calgary post-secondary education institutions have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business communities. §§§ In this episode, three students from the Bachelor of Commerce faculty at Haskayne, Taylor Van Hell (completed 1st year), Rachel Hughes (graduated) and Gabby Gueco (completed 3rd year), are joined by Alitta Tait, Head of Partnerships at Harvest Builders. To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast and their related activities, click on one or more of the links below: §§§§ Individual profiles on LinkedIn Alitta Tait | https://www.linkedin.com/in/alitta-tait-205ba016/ Taylor Van Hell | https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylorvanhell/ Rachel Hughes | https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-hughes1/ Gabby Gueco | https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabbygueco/ §§§§ Harvest Builders Website | https://www.harvest.builders/ Twitter | @harvestbuilders LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/harvestbuilders/ §§§§ University of Calgary Website | https://www.ucalgary.ca/ Instagram | @ucalgary Twitter | @ucalgary LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/ucalgary/ §§§ Haskayne School of Business Website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/ Instagram | @haskayneschool Twitter | @haskayneschool LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/haskayne-school-of-business/
01:04:45
June 9, 2021
Episode 303 | Yr Plans with John Kenny and Sangita Prasad | 28 May 2021
Yr Plans is seeking to work with employers to help their employees better manage their student debt. To learn more about Yr Plans and their plans to grow their business across Canada, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Yr Plans Website | https://yrplans.com/ Instagram | @yrplans Facebook | @yrplans LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/yr-plans-inc/ §§§ John Kenny on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkennycalgary/ Sangita Prasad on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/sangita-prasad-6ba44b30/
01:03:26
May 28, 2021
Episode 302 | Marr Media Group, a chat with Tessa May Marr | 25 May 2021
A Twitter post in 2012 lead to Tessa starting a campaign to promote Gluten Free foods in Calgary (and the GFYYC campaign) which then lead Tessa to attend a social media conference in May 2014. Those early musings lead to a thriving social media business, Marr Media Group. As Tessa explained during the podcast “Stay Curious” is how her team manages to remain on top of the fast-paced and forever changing technology around digital marketing and social media. To learn more about Marr Media Group and how their curiousity can help your business, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Marr Media Group Website | https://www.marrmediagroup.com/ Instagram | @marrmediagroup Facebook | @marrmediagroup Twitter | @marrmediagroup LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/marr-media-group/ §§§ Tessa May Marr on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tessamaymarr/ §§§ Gluten Free YYC Website | http://www.gfyyc.com/ Twitter | @GFYYC Instagram | @gfyyc §§§
01:08:02
May 25, 2021
Episode 301 | SVR Law with Abram Averbach and Stacey Lee | 20 May 2021
To learn more about Abram Averbach, Stacey Lee and their focus on Family Law within the SVR Law practice, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ SVR Law Website (Family Law) | https://familylaw.svrlawyers.com/ Website (Full practice) | https://www.svrlawyers.com/ Instagram | @svrfamilylaw Facebook | @svrfamilylawyers LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/svr-family-lawyers/ §§§ Abram Averbach | https://www.linkedin.com/in/abram-averbach-a0304156/ Stacey Lee | https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-lee-88a86021/
01:11:27
May 20, 2021
Episode 300 | The Awakened Company with Catherine R. Bell | 14 May 2021
To learn more about Catherine and the work of The Awakened Company, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ The Awakened Company Website | https://awakenedcompany.com/ Instagram | @theawakenedcompany Twitter | @AwakenedCompany Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/awakenedcompany YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XwzGZacXitTYvb4NPdhgw LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-awakened-company/ §§§ Catherine R. Bell Email | catherine@awakenedcompany.com LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellcatherine/ §§§
01:14:51
May 14, 2021
Episode 299 | CoSquare with Vadim Lidich | 13 May 2021
Vadim has used the Covid period to build out his business, CoSquare, to help entrepreneurs incorporate their businesses, submit government filings, help them navigate a shift to a more on-line presence, provide input on their social media strategy and he even runs a podcast to draw about the successes (and failures) of entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses. §§§ To learn more about Vadim and how he is seeking to help entrepreneurs, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ CoSquare Website | https://cosquare.co/ Instagram | @cosquare.co LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/cosquare-inc/ §§§ Vadim Lidich Email | vadim.lidich@cosquare.co LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/vadimlidich/
01:08:50
May 14, 2021
Episode 298 | 5 Elements Martial Arts with Maeghen Cotterill | 13 May 2021
When most people win a championship at any level, they are pretty much satisfied. It is my view, that 11 world championship kickboxing & karate titles is not enough for Maeghen Cotterill and that when Covid open up across the globe and injuries have fully healed, Maeghen will continue pursuing more world titles. Of course, Maeghen’s athletic accomplishments were obtained in parallel to training thousands of students ranging from young children to adults of all abilities. Off the mat, Maeghen was recognized by Avenue Calgary in their annual “40 Under 40” awards and named to President of Team Canada for World Kickboxing and Karate Union To learn more about how Maeghen and her martial arts training school, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ 5 Elements Martial Arts Website | https://5elementscalgary.com/ Instagram | @5elementsma LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/5-elements-martial-arts/?originalSubdomain=ca YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVXC7Z7MmuaYUTHqYAK_plQ Facebook | @5elementsmartialarts §§§ WKU Canada on Instagram | @wkuCanada §§§ Maeghen Cotterill Instagram | @ninjagirlmma LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/maeghen-cotterill-1a3720b/
59:42
May 13, 2021
Episode 297 | Earth and Flowers with Tanis Gatzke | 11 May 2021
Although it is common for many people in Calgary to pivot from oil and gas into their own business, Tanis Gatzke decided her business would use no plastic, involve natural ingredients, reduce the impact of skin allergies, uses local products and create a product that virtually everyone uses on a daily basis. You guessed it, shampoo bars! Okay, perhaps not that easy to guess but an incredible story of creativity and innovation that has the ability to change the way we view washing our hair!  §§§  To learn more about this unique e-commerce business, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Earth and Flowers  Website | https://www.earthandflowers.ca/  Instagram | @earthandflowersca  Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/earthandflowersca  Email | info@earthandflowers.ca  §§§  Tanis Gatzke on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanis-gatzke-46646a46/
45:25
May 11, 2021
Episode 296 | Jason Ribeiro with Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce students | 6 May 2021
This is the 14th episode in which students from Calgary post-secondary education institutions have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business communities. §§§ In this episode, three students, Sigmund Holtz, Kyle Minato and Jonah Pandarinath, from the Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce faculty at the University of Calgary, are joined by Jason Ribeiro, Nationally-Awarded Researcher & Ph.D. Candidate To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast and their related activities, click on one or more of the links below: §§§§ Individual profiles on LinkedIn Jason Ribiero | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ribeirojason/ Sigmund Holtz | https://www.linkedin.com/in/sigmundholtz/ Kyle Minato | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyleminato/ Jonah Pandarinath | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonah-pandarinath-0a5422197/ §§§§ University of Calgary Website | https://www.ucalgary.ca/ Instagram | @ucalgary Twitter | @ucalgary LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/ucalgary/ §§§ Haskayne School of Business Website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/ Instagram | @haskayneschool Twitter | @haskayneschool LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/haskayne-school-of-business/
01:19:32
May 7, 2021
Episode 295 | Jason Tate with Computer Science students from University of Calgary | 4 May 2021
This is the 13th episode in which students from Calgary post-secondary education facilities have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business communities. §§§§ In this episode, two students, Aarti Barakale and Shanna Hollingworth, from the Computer Science department at the University of Calgary, are joined by Jason Tate, Chief Operating Officer of Bridgewater Labs. NOTE: Honorable mention extends to Aliya Mammadova, a student in the same faculty as Aarti and Shanna, that was unable to connect to this session. There is an open invitation for Aliya to join a similar podcast in the future! To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast and their related activities, click on one or more of the links below: §§§§ Individual profiles on LinkedIn Jason Tate | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jatate/ Aarti Barakale | https://www.linkedin.com/in/aartsb/ Shanna Hollingworth | https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanna-hollingworth/ §§§§ Bridgewater Labs Website | https://bridgewaterlabs.com/ Twitter | @BridgewaterLabs Instagram | @Bridgewater.Labs LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/bridgewaterlabs/ §§§§ University of Calgary Website | https://www.ucalgary.ca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/ucalgary/ §§§§ Women in Computer Science (U of C) Instagram | @wics.uofc LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/wicsuofc/
59:14
May 5, 2021
Episode 294 | Bob Sumner with Mount Royal University PR students | 3 May 2021
This is the 12th episode in which students from Calgary post-secondary education facilities have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business community. §§§ In this episode, two recent graduates (Grace Quinn and Paul Lesage) and a 3rd year student (Eliza Balkwill) from the Faculty of Business and Communications at Mount Royal University, were joined by Bob Sumner, Director of Media Relations and Business Development at Parker PR here in Calgary. §§§ To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below: Individual profiles on LinkedIn Bob Sumner | https://www.linkedin.com/in/rmsumner/ Eliza Balkwill | https://www.linkedin.com/in/eliza-balkwill-450b7317a/ Paul Lesage | https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-lesage-1994-07-02/ Grace Quinn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/grace-e-quinn/ (Including her Instagram business account @allthingsgq_ ) §§§ Parker PR Website | https://parkerpr.ca/ Instagram | @parkerpr including Bob @newsbobb Twitter | @parkerprca Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/parkerprca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/parker-pr-corp./ §§§ Mount Royal University Website | https://www.mtroyal.ca/ Instagram | @MRULife LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/mount-royal-university/
01:01:56
May 3, 2021
Episode 293 | Crossroads Law and Coach My Case with Marcus Sixta | 29 April 2021
This was an engaging and eye opening conversation on the growing problem associated with “self-representation” in cases of family law and associated legal matters around mediation, arbitration and court proceedings. §§§ To learn more about Crossroads Law, Coach My Case and the innovative approach Marcus Sixta and his team have taken to providing legal advice, click on one or more of the links below: Crossroads Law Website | https://www.crossroadslaw.ca/ Facebook | @Crossroadslaw Twitter | @crossroads_law LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/crossroadslaw/ §§§ Coach My Case Website | https://coachmycase.ca/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/Coach-My-Case-575098336515827 Instagram | @coachmycase Twitter | @coachmycase1 LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/coachmycase/ §§§ Marcus Sixta on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcus-m-sixta-64698545/
01:01:55
April 30, 2021
Episode 292 | Lana Rogers with Mount Royal University PR graduates | 28 April 2021
This is the 11th episode in which students from Calgary post-secondary education facilities have engaged in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the Calgary and Edmonton business community.  §§§ In this episode, graduates from the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University, Lauren Trelford, McKayla Saint Cyr and Earl Webb were joined by Lana Rogers, Founder and Director of Lana Rogers PR + Media Consulting in Calgary.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Lana Rogers | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lana-rogers-58491023/  Lauren Trelford | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-trelford-5ab9b9122/  McKayla Saint-Cyr | https://www.linkedin.com/in/mckayla-saint-cyr-3a18b780/  Earl Webb | https://www.linkedin.com/in/earl-webb-010a37155/  §§§  Lana Rogers PR Website | http://www.lanarogerspr.com/  Instagram | @lanamrogers  Twitter | Lana_Rogers  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/lana-rogers-pr-media-consulting/  §§§  Mount Royal University  Website | https://www.mtroyal.ca/  Instragram | @MRULife  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/school/mount-royal-university/
01:00:54
April 29, 2021
Episode 284 | Level Playing Field founder, Darby Lee Young | 14 April 2021
There was a lot to be inspired from my chat with Darby, which includes her various national awards for recognition of her business leadership and influence as a women. What stood out most for me is how Darby and her team are truly seeking to level the playing field for individuals with all kinds of disabilities, not just those in a wheelchair!   §§§   To learn more about a business model that will forever change the way you view accessibility, click on one or more of the links below:   Level Playing Field   Website | https://www.levelplayingfield.ca/   Instagram | @lpfaccessibility   Facebook | @levelplayingfieldinc   Twitter | @level_pfagency   LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/level-playing-field-inc-/   §§§   Darby Lee Young on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/darby-lee-young/
01:10:30
April 27, 2021
Episode 291 | Arts Commons, President and CEO, Alex Sarian | 23 April 2021
Alex and I covered a lot of ground in our chat, including some terrific comparisons he made between the Arts Commons and the Lincoln Centre in New York City, where he worked for several years.  Alex commented that Calgarians are “hungry for experiences” which the team at Arts Commons continues to provide the local community through its online and digital offerings, in absence of being able to fully offer live performances.  §§§  To learn more about Arts Commons, click on one or more of the links below:  Arts Commons  Website | https://artscommons.ca/  Instagram | @yycarts  Facebook | @yycARTS  Twitter | @yycARTS  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/artscommons/  §§§  Alex Sarian on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexsarian/
01:11:32
April 24, 2021
Episode 290 | StockAlgos with founder, Trevor Bergeron | 23 April 2021
Since StockAlgo is literally only a weeks-old startup, Trevor has plenty of time to build out his idea of “Democratizing Trading” for everyone  §§§  To learn more about StockAlgos, click on one or more of the links below:  StockAlgos Website | https://stockalgos.com  StockAlgos on Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/company/stockalgos/  §§§  Trevor Bergeron on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevor-bergeron/
49:09
April 24, 2021
Episode 289 | Connect4Commerce with founder, Bruce Tannas | 23 April 2021
Bruce started his business in 2020 during the Covid pandemic and really provides inspiration for other entrepreneurs that are waiting for the “gate” to open. Bruce even provides insight for his former colleagues at Alberta Economic Development that has equal application to many of the small business across Alberta. One such recommendation was for governments and businesses to try and look “beyond the emergency” when they plan for the future.  §§§  To learn more about Connect4Commerce and some of the ways Bruce and his team can help, click on one or more of the links below:  Connect4Commerce  Website | https://www.connect4commerce.ca/  Facebook | @connect4commerce  Twitter | @c4commerce  Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/company/connect4commerce/  §§§  Bruce Tannas on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-tannas-a3875728/
01:04:51
April 23, 2021
Episode 288 | Depth, a chat with CEO and founder, Josh Udall | 22 April 2021
Josh started “Depth” as a means to help companies improve the digital experience of the users of their website. Not just build websites, but seek to focus on the visual design to build out a whole experience for customers of their clients. §§§ To learn more about Josh and his user experience focused startup, Depth, click on one or more of the links below: Depth Website | https://www.depthxd.com/ Instagram | @depthxd Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/company/depth-experience-design/ §§§ Josh Udall on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-udall/
55:01
April 23, 2021
Episode 287 | Jube School | chat with Jonathan Love and Karen Youngberg | 21 April 2021
This podcast was packed full of creative ideas! Jonathan and Karen shared some terrific stories of how people of all ages across the Alberta community — not just Calgary and Edmonton — can participate in the Jube School programs.  §§§  To learn more about the Jube School, click on one or more of the links below:  Jube School  Website | https://www.jubeschool.com/  Instagram | @jubeschool  Facebook | @jubeschool  Twitter | @jubeschool  §§§ Podcast guests on LinkedIn  Jonathan Love, Executive Director, Alberta Jubilee Society | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanlovevo/  Karen Youngberg, Cultural Development Specialist, Alberta Jubilee Society | https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-youngberg/
01:09:25
April 22, 2021
Episode 286 | Friday Sock Co, founder and floor sweeper, Adam Thompson | 20 April 2021
Nobody anywhere has ever had a pair of socks go unmatched or maintained a drawer full of missing socks — until now. Friday Sock Co was established to solve the challenge of mis-matched socks. Friday Sock Co allows you to purchase your new pair of socks with the sole purpose of the socks not matching one another - BEFORE they are removed from the packaging!  §§§  To learn more about the Friday Sock Co, click on one or more of the links below:  Friday Sock Co  Website | https://www.fridaysocks.com/  Instagram | @fridaysockco  Facebook | @fridaysockco  Twitter | @FridaySockCo  Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.ca/fridaysockco/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/friday-sock-co/  §§§  Adam Thompson on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamryanthompson/
34:52
April 20, 2021
Episode 285 | Inqli founders, Rebecca Kirstein Resch and Sven Resch | 16 April 2021
Although the foundation for Inqli started with grade 9 students and the Rethink Thinking program (now a Foundation), Rebecca, along with her co-founder and husband, Sven, are building a community that connects students of all ages (“lifelong learners”) with a network of mentors.  §§§  To learn more about Inqli and its creative business model, click on one or more of the links below:  Inqli  Website | https://www.inqli.com/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/inqli/  §§§  Rethink Thinking Foundation  Website | https://rethinkthinking.ca/  Facebook | @rethinksummit  Twitter | @rethinksummit  Instagram | @rethinksummit  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/rethink-thinking-the-summit/about/  §§§  Rebecca Kirstein Resch on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccakirstein/ Sven Resch on Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/svenresch/
01:09:22
April 17, 2021
Episode 283 | Robert Price with Haskayne Master of Management candidates | 12 April 2021
This is the 10th episode in which students from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary, engage in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the business community.  In this episode, Master of Management Candidates Brielle Pelletier, Nicholle Grunsky and Mariah Wilson, were joined by Robert Price, CEO and co-founder of Bode Canada in Calgary.   §§§   To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:   Individual profiles on LinkedIn   Robert Price | https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-price-903652b/   Brielle Pelletier | https://www.linkedin.com/in/briellepelletier/   Nicholle Grunsky | https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholle-grunsky/   Mariah Wilson | https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariahleewilson/   §§§   Bode Canada   Website | https://www.bode.ca/   Instagram | @bode.canada  Facebook | @Bode.Canada   LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/bode   §§§   Haskayne School of Business | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/  University of Calgary | https://www.ucalgary.ca/
01:08:58
April 13, 2021
Episode 282 | Chris Lavin with Haskayne MBA students | 1 April 2021
This is the 9th episode in which students from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary, engage in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the business community.  In this episode, Master of Business Administration students, Shobhit Dixit and Suhas Lal were joined by Chris Lavin, MNP Regional Managing Partner, Advisory Services.  §§§ To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Chris Lavin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-lavin-6601903/  Shobhit Dixit | https://www.linkedin.com/in/shobhit-dixit-a3a63412/  Suhas Lal | https://www.linkedin.com/in/suhaslal/  §§§ MNP  Website | https://www.mnp.ca/  Twitter | @MNP_LLP Instagram | @MNPLLP  Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/MNPLLP/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/mnp/  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/
01:05:55
April 2, 2021
Episode 281 | North Water Canada with co-founders, Saawan Logan and Linda Cheung | 30 March 2021
Bottled water has been around for many years but Saawan and Linda found two key factors missing from the majority of the options available on the market in Canadian shops: a truly Canadian bottled water and a metal re-usable container. North Water Canada provides a unique solution to both of those aspects and does so through a new manufacturing facility in North East Calgary.  §§§  To learn more about ordering your Canadian bottled water from North Water Canada, click on one or more of the links below: North Water Canada  Website | https://drinknorthwater.com/  Instagram | @drinknorthwater Facebook | @drinknorthwater  Email | info@drinknorthwater.com  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/northwater/  §§§  Saawan Logon on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/northwater/  Linda Cheung on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-cheung-a4b0046a/
57:11
March 31, 2021
Episode 280 | My Normative with CEO and co-founder, Danika Kelly | 29 March 2021
This is one of those business cases that is easily validated from one or two individuals. My Normative originated due to the existing products available on the market not meeting the needs of at least two women: Danika Kelly, and her co-founder, Renee Kokts-Porietis. That validation appears to have been sufficient to allow My Normative to scale to reach a significant number of women, starting with the key age range from 18 to 35.  Machine learning, combined with empirical data, should provide the necessary informational tools to scale across the globe. Danika and her team appear to be content with tackling the North American market — for now!  §§§  To learn more about My Normative, click on one or more of the links below:  My Normative  Website | https://mynormative.ca/  Instagram | @my.normative  Facebook | @mynormative  Twitter | @mynormative  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/mynormative/  §§§  Danika Kelly on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/danika-kelly-wellness/
45:19
March 30, 2021
Episode 279 | Greenery Office Interiors with President and Owner, Jo Young | 25 March 2021
Jo shared an incredible 44-year story of how the Greenery Office Interiors team has been an active participant in ensuring the downtown Calgary office community understands the term “BioPhilic Design”. Jo shared some pretty unique projects that clients have chosen including a “Living Wall” and a “Moss Wall”.  §§§  To learn more about Jo Young and her “green thumb”, click on one or more of the links below:  Greenery Office Interiors  Website | https://greenery.ca/  Instagram | @greenerycalgary  Facebook | @greenerycalgary  Twitter | @greengaljo  Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.ca/greeneryyyc/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/greenery-office-interiors-ltd/  §§§ Jo Young on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-young-7a209315/
54:54
March 27, 2021
Episode 278 | Tree Picks with founder, Adam Chiasson | 25 March 2021
Although the average guitar pick is likely no more than 1mm thick and not much bigger than a Canadian quarter, there is nothing small about the backstory behind the wooden guitar pick company, Tree Picks, that Adam Chiasson started here in Calgary.  We mostly chatted about the multiple instruments that he plays, learning guitar on YouTube and the importance of music to families in Nova Scotia. I did not expect to “pick” these topics but the discussion was fascinating!  §§§  To learn more about selecting the right pick for you, click on one or more of the links below:  Tree Picks  Website | https://treepicks.com/  Instagram | @treepicks  Facebook | @treepicks  Twitter | @TreePicks §§§ Adam Chiasson on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-chiasson-a4405573/
01:04:16
March 26, 2021
Episode 277 | Sugar Water Events with founder, Kyo | 24 March 2021
This podcast was a journey that was simultaneously recorded on Zoom whereby Kyo (Kyo-Jean Simon Chung) shared his origin story of working in his parents cafe, “You & I Cafe”; travelling to Europe and acquiring an appreciation for liqueurs, wines and spirits; working with coffee traders in Mexico and Guatemala; mixing drinks at the twice yearly weekend events coordinated by Market Collective.  Those “social” experiences are captured in the “pop-up” events management business Kyo has been running since 2015. This is where my journey began. Kyo had shipped me a “Cocktail” kit in advance of our “Zoom-Cast”. Just before the one hour mark, we focused on the cocktail kit and Kyo walked me step by step through the process of mixing an amazing cocktail comprised of Gin, Lemon Juice, Raspberry sugar water, egg whites and ice. The added touch was rubbing the lemon peel along the outside edge of the glass to capture the citrus scent as you tip the glass for your first sip.  §§§  To learn more about mixing your own cocktails and how to book your Sugar Water Events experience, click on one or more of the links below:  Sugar Water Events  Website | https://sugarwater.bar/  Instagram | @sugarwater.bar  §§§  Kyo on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyo-jean-simon-chung-b3990366/ You & I Cafe website | https://youandicafe.com/
01:38:20
March 25, 2021
Episode 276 | memoryKPR with CEO and founder, Jessica McNaughton | 24 March 2021
When I invited Jessica onto the podcast, I never expected she would be competing as a finalist (against 4 other startups) at the Saskatchewan Investment Summit organized by Valhalla Angels and StartupTNT on 18 March. Since I subscribe to the StartupTNT newsletter (published by CEO and founder, Zachary Storms), I was pleasantly surprised to see the memoryKPR team on the list of the 5 finalists. After a series of presentations by each of the 5 startups and a key note speech by Paul Allen, the founder of Ancestry.com (all on Zoom), imagine my further surprise to witness Jessica and the memoryKPR platform (KPR pronounced “keeper”) being selected as the “winning” startup! That memory is truly a keeper! To learn more about Jessica and the origin story behind memoryKPR (and a good reason why her little startup on the Saskatchewan prairie won top prize), click on one or more of the links below: §§§ memoryKPR Website | https://www.memorykpr.com/ Instagram | @memorykpr YouTube | http://bit.ly/3w0icOq Facebook | @memoryKPR Twitter | @memoryKPR LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/memorykpr/ §§§ Jessica McNaughton on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicamcnaughton/
42:50
March 25, 2021
Episode 275 | Vicki Knott with Haskayne Master of Management candidates | 24 March 2021
This is the 8th episode in which students from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary, engage in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the business community.  In this episode, Master of Management candidates, Emma Duffy, Carmen Massel and Hailey Leonardis were joined by Vicki Knott, CEO and co-founder of Crux OCM.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Vicki Knott | https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicki-knott-p-eng-00b0ab27/  Emma Duffy | https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmagduffy/  Carmen Massel | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmassel/  Hailey Leonardis | https://www.linkedin.com/in/hailey-leonardis/  §§§  Crux OCM  Website | https://www.cruxocm.com/  Twitter | @cruxocm  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/crux-ocm/  §§§ Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/
47:50
March 25, 2021
Episode 274 | Confluence Law with founder, Catherine McAteer | 23 March 2021
After a short career in oil & gas and a shift into law school, Catherine managed to take her years of experience working in various legal roles to successfully run her own law firm since late 2014 with a focus on employment and immigration law. To learn more about the Catherine and her law firm, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Confluence Law  Website | https://www.confluencelaw.ca/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/confluence-law/  §§§  Catherine McAteer on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-mcateer-09717920/
49:57
March 24, 2021
Episode 273 | Harish Consul with Haskayne Master of Management students | 22 March 2021
This is the 7th episode in which students from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary, engage in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the business community.  In this episode, Master of Management students, Sam Goldberg, Alex McKenzie and Brock Weston were joined by Harish Consul, President and CEO of Ocgrow Group of Companies, a venture capital investor and real estate developer.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Harish Consul | https://www.linkedin.com/in/harish-consul-23701910/  Sam Goldberg | https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-goldberg11/  Alex McKenzie | https://www.linkedin.com/in/mckenzie-alexander/  Brock Weston | https://www.linkedin.com/in/brockweston/  §§§  SOLA Calgary (a real estate project of Ocgrow Group)  Website | https://solacalgary.com/about-us/  Twitter | @solacalgary  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/
01:03:38
March 22, 2021
Episode 272 | Decor & More with Bryan Bell & Erin Bjorkstedt | 18 March 2021
Growing up, most kids have their mom to tell them to clean up their room or do their homework. Bryan’s mom went a little further. She let the “creative” side of the Bell family unleash in the unfinished basement of their family home in Ontario; that became the foundation for helping companies plan their corporate events.  After 31 years, Bryan continues to hold the creative torch as his mother continues to manage through a prolonged health matter.  Leslee Bell, on behalf of all of the guests and listeners of Calgary Business Podcast, allow me to extend thoughts, prayers and best wishes for a speedy and "creative" recovery! §§§ To learn more about the Decor & More story, click on one or more of the links below:  Decor & More  Website | http://www.decorandmore.com/
  Instagram | @decorandmore.inc  Facebook | @decorandmoreinc  Twitter | @DandMEvents  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/decor-&-more-inc./  §§§  Bryan Bell (President) on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-bell-ab31454/  Erin Bjorkstedt (Team Lead, Calgary) on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinbjorkstedt/
55:55
March 19, 2021
Episode 271 | Chamberlain Real Estate Group with owner, Jared Chamberlain | 17 March 2021
When it comes to real estate, I always remember the line “Location, Location, Location”. In today’s world of social media and traditional media, it is difficult to get the attention of anyone, let alone a real estate buyer. It is Jared’s view that when it comes to location and attention, you “…cannot have one without the other…”  Although I later learned (from Google) that this line comes from a classic Frank Sinatra song, “Love and Marriage”, it is my view that Jared and his team understand the importance of not only matching the attention of their customers with the location they are seeking to live in, but also to take into consideration their eventual experience (s) when they take possession of their new home.  Maybe Marcus and Diane and the hundreds of other families helped by Jared over the years will share those experiences in the podcast booth!  To learn more about the Chamberlain Real Estate Group, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Chamberlain Real Estate Group  Website | https://www.chamberlaingroup.ca/
 Instagram | @chamberlaingroup  Facebook | @chamberlaingroup  Twitter | @ChamberlainGrp  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-chamberlain-group-calgary-ab/  §§§  Jared Chamberlain on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaredc/
53:35
March 17, 2021
Episode 270 | Ellie Bianca Beauty with founder, Evelyne Nyairo | 15 March 2021
Evelyne Nyairo enthusiastically shared the origin story of how an extended oil and gas trip in Chad resulted in pivoting to her own business of producing sustainable and socially conscious skin care products.  To learn more about Ellie Bianca Beauty, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Ellie Bianca Beauty  Website | https://store.elliebianca.com/
  Instagram | @elliebiancabeauty  Facebook | @EllieBianca   Twitter | @EllieBiancaInt  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/elliebiancabeauty/  §§§  Evelyne Nyairo on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/evelyne-nyairo-a67bb85/
01:03:34
March 16, 2021
Episode 269 | Haskayne MBA students with Patty Miller, HR & Leadership expert | 12 March 2021
This episode is the 6th episode in which students from the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary, engage in a Q&A session with an industry expert from the business community.  In this episode, MBA students, Sudeepta Mohapatra, Kavya Piduri and Nadia Lachman are joined by Patty Miller, CPHR, providing expertise in HR, Business Consulting and Business Coaching.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Patty Miller | https://www.linkedin.com/in/millernethr/  Nadia Lachman | https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadialachman/  Kavya Piduri | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kavyapiduri/  Sudeepta (Su) Mohapatra | https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudeepta-su-m-a6523631/  §§§  MillerNet HR Website | http://www.millernet.ca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/millernet-hr-solutions-inc-/  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/  The Leadership Circle | https://leadershipcircle.com/en/  The Women’s Web | https://www.womensweb.in/s/?q=sudeepta%20Mohapatra
01:07:58
March 13, 2021
Episode 268 | Project “Projekt” with Community Chair, Jeni Piepgrass | 10 March 2021
Jeni shared the origin story of Project “Projekt” after I stumbled upon the creative work of Keli Pollock on Instagram. Keli happens to be the Creative Chair for “Projekt” which is a new platform for “of-the-moment” art and design and its first "Project" include projecting selected artwork from 60 local artists outside of the Glenbow Museum during the Chinook Blast in February 2021.  To learn more about the work of Jeni and Keli related to Project “Projekt” , click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Project “Projekt”  Website | https://www.projectprojekt.ca/home
  Instagram | @project_projekt  §§§  Keli Pollock on Instagram | @made_by_pollock  Jeni Piepgrass on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenipeep/
31:33
March 11, 2021
Episode 267 | The Gourmet Pantry with co-founder, Priyanka Malhotra | 10 March 2021
Priyanka, and her husband, Robin, have a passion for food including creating unique blends (or “Fusion Food”) to share with their growing food community. Through her company, the Gourmet Pantry, Priyanka aims to support locally grown and sourced gourmet products prepared by small, family-owned businesses by making them more accessible to consumers through her e-commerce platform. This includes fresh Canadian maple from the Hutchinson’s Farm in Nova Scotia!  To learn more about The Gourmet Panty and their famous "Maple Curry Chicken recipe" , click on one or more of the links below: §§§  The Gourmet Pantry  Website | https://gourmetpantry.ca/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/gourmetpantry/
  Instagram | @gourmetpantryyyc  Facebook | @gourmetpantryyyc  Hutchinson’s Farm | https://www.hutchinsonacres.com/  §§§  Priyanka Malhotra on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyankamalhotra/  Robin Malhotra on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinmalhotra/
47:13
March 11, 2021
Episode 266 | Bridgewater Labs, Jason Tate, Chief Operating Officer | 10 March 2021
It is one thing to work for a company working on cool projects for global companies like NASA but it is another to work for a company that at the same time, seeks to maintain a strong internal culture to motivate its staff. One example is the creativity around using Slack to allow its diverse work force to learn another language in one room, chat with their European colleagues in another or relax with videos uploaded in yet another separate room. Not to mention, some of the cool local companies that Bridgewater Labs has worked with (and continues to work with) that have also been past guests of this podcast including PLAYCity, ICWhatUC and InspiredGo  To learn more about the exciting (and fun) work of Bridgewater Labs, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Bridgewater Labs  Website | https://bridgewaterlabs.com/  LInkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/bridgewaterlabs/
  Twitter | @bridgewaterlabs Instagram | @bridgewater.labs  §§§  Jason Tate on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jatate/
56:13
March 11, 2021
Episode 265 | Haskayne Master of Management, Director, Candace Moody | 9 March 2021
This episode is a natural extension of the Q&A podcast sessions with Master of Management students and industry experts that preceded this episode.  Candace Moody shared the origin story, in her capacity as Director, of this very young Masters program that started in 2019. The Master of Management is geared towards non-management students that participate in a robust 10-month program which provides them with practical and real-life experiences to utilize when entering the work force.  To learn more about the Haskayne School of Business Master of Management program, click on one or more of the links below: §§§  LinkedIn Profiles  Candace Moody | https://www.linkedin.com/in/candace-moody-cpa-ca-b186b024/  Haskayne School of Business | https://www.linkedin.com/school/haskayne-school-of-business/  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/  University of Calgary website | https://www.ucalgary.ca/
01:11:22
March 9, 2021
Episode 264 | Haskayne Master of Management w Neeraj Gupta, tech expert | 8 March 2021
This is the 5th episode in a series I started in which a trio of students, from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and an industry expert from the business community engage in an open Q&A discussion session.  In this episode, Master of Management students Dora Tamas, Shamus Westra and Cassidy Sullivan are joined by entrepreneur, angel investor and technology strategist, Neeraj Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer at Attabotics and Chief Advisor for Technology and Innovation Investments at Invest Alberta.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles on LinkedIn  Neeraj Gupta | https://www.linkedin.com/in/neeraj-gupta-16648a1/  Dora Tamas | https://www.linkedin.com/in/doratamas/  Shamus Westra | https://www.linkedin.com/in/shamus-westra/  Cassidy Sullivan | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassidy-sullivan/  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/  Attabotics website | https://www.attabotics.com/  Invest Alberta website | https://investalberta.ca/ Alberta IoT website | https://albertaiot.com/
01:07:07
March 9, 2021
Episode 263 | Haskayne Master of Management with Evan Hu, entrepreneur & tech expert| 4 March 2021
This episode is the 4th episode in a series I started in which a trio of students from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an industry expert from the business community engage in an open Q&A discussion session. In this episode, Master of Management students, Amit Patel, Maxwell Chen and Aditya Bhandari, are joined by entrepreneur, angel investor and tech expert, Evan, founder of AltoSante, Founding Partner of Creative Destruction Lab, Board member of Platform Calgary and Technology Alberta.  To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Individual profiles  Evan Hu on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanhu61/  Amit Patel on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/amit-patel-calgary/  Maxwell Chen on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxwellcgwchen/  Aditya Bhandari on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/adityabhandariab/  §§§  AltoSante  Website | https://www.altosante.com/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/altosante/  §§§  Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/  Creative Destructive Lab website | https://www.creativedestructionlab.com/  Technology Alberta website | https://technologyalberta.com/
02:15:14
March 4, 2021
Episode 262 | Sunshine Village with Kendra Scurfield | 4 March 2021
Kendra provided a unique perspective on how many Calgarians take (or have taken) the Rocky Mountains for granted and yet within 90 minutes from the Calgary International Airport, you can have a wild and safe experience that is readily attainable. As Kendra further pointed out, Covid has made us slow down and re-examine what is important to us including family, friends and the close proximity of the mountains to the Calgary community. To learn more about Sunshine Village, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Website | https://www.skibanff.com/about-us LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/sunshine-village-ski-&-snowboard-resort/ Instagram | @SunshineVillage Twitter | @SunshineVillage Facebook | @SunshineVillageResort §§§ Kendra Scurfield on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendra-scurfield-96397b37/
36:28
March 4, 2021
Episode 261 | Zane Novak, Founder of ZKO Oilfield Industries | 2 March 2021
Zane Novak has several decades of business experience (from construction to oil & gas to family estate services) and non-profit work (from volunteer activities with children to providing strategic direction for elderly support services) which he plans to draw upon if successful in his campaign to be elected as the Mayor of the City of Calgary in the October 2021 elections.  To learn more about Zane Novak and his plans for Calgary, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Websites | https://www.zane4mayor.ca/ and https://www.calgary2point0.ca/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/zane-novak-98b75032/  Twitter | @zane4mayor  Facebook | @ZaneforMayor  Instagram | @zane4mayor
01:07:33
March 2, 2021
Episode 260 | Inn from the Cold | Tim McGowan and Jennifer English | 1 March 2021
Since 1997, Inn from the Cold has been helping Calgary families at risk of being homeless by providing supportive housing and emergency shelter. In addition to housing, Inn from the Cold works with local partners to provide food, clothing, education and other basic necessities. To learn more about the work of Tim, Jennifer and their colleagues at Inn from the Cold, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Important links to access “Inn from the Cold”: Websites | https://innfromthecold.org/ and https://onesmallgift.ca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/inn-from-the-cold/ Twitter | @innfromthecold Facebook | @innfromthecold Instagram | @innfromthecold §§§ Tim McGowan on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/timhmcgowan/ Jennifer English on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-english-a581b961/
01:01:04
March 2, 2021
Episode 259 | Shona Reilly, Trade Manager, Trade Acceleration Program | 26 February 2021
Shona Reilly brings a high amount of energy and true passion to the Trade Acceleration Program (or “TAP”) that is designed to help entrepreneurs, startups and business owners with exporting their goods or services outside of Canada.  Get the tools, connections and knowledge you need to take your business into new markets. The TAP team understands the challenges businesses are facing and is available to provide support in a number of areas:  Give business owners customized, face-to-face coaching and advice  Help them navigate the complex global trade ecosystem  Give them access to a network of experts and thought leaders  Help founders and their staff become familiar with international best practices Help them develop and set up an export plan  §§§ To learn more about the work of Shona and the TAP program within the Calgary Economic Development (“CED”), click on one or more of the links below to important TAP and CED links:  TAP Website | http://bit.ly/2NGUMfm  CED Website | https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/calgary-economic-development/  Twitter | @CalgaryEconomic  Facebook | @CalgaryEconomic  Instagram | @LifeinCalgary  §§§  Shona Reilly, Trade Manager | https://www.linkedin.com/in/shona-reilly-42182460/
01:19:58
February 26, 2021
Episode 258 | TerraHub founder, Dan Giurescu | 25 February 2021
When does blockchain technology became ubiquitous like making a Zoom call on your laptop or settling your credit card statement using a mobile app? Maybe when your digital identity remains with you when you change jobs? At least, that is just one of the use cases that the TerraHub team are executing using blockchain technology. It is clear that after chatting with the founder, Dan Giurescu, this is just the beginning!  To learn more about the work of TerraHub, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  TerraHub key links:  Website | https://www.terrahub.work/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/terrahubcreds/  Twitter | @terrahub_creds  §§§  Dan Giurescu, Founder | https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-giurescu-terrahub/
01:03:17
February 26, 2021
Episode 257 | Arbor executive team: Alex, Abdullah, Ben and Danny | 25 February 2021
From an ATB sponsored hack-a-thon in early 2020, the Arbor business has quickly evolved such that the team is ready to disrupt how consumers shop — not just in Canada but across the globe. Arbor is a social impact platform that aligns a consumers spending habits with their values by providing information on a company’s ethics, its product cost, and its product accessibility. The Arbor Index will provide Arbor customers key facts about a company’s corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, diversity and locality, To learn more about the work of Arbor, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Arbor key links: Website | https://www.yourarbor.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/your-arbor/ Instagram | @yourarbor Twitter | @yourarbor Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/Arbor-103945048086898 §§§ Arbor team on LinkedIn: Alex Todorovic, CEO | https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-todorovic-a3bb49135/ Abdullah Choudry, Co-founder and CBDO | https://www.linkedin.com/in/abdullah-choudhry-85b34ba7/ Ben Grande, Chief Technology Officer | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-grande-259499101/ Danny Grande, Co-founder | https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-grande-75ab43154/
01:08:02
February 26, 2021
Episode 256 | Haskayne MBA Students with Matt Wilson | 24 February 2021
This episode is the 3rd in a series I started in which a trio of students from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an industry expert from the business community engage in an open Q&A discussion session. In this episode, Master of Business Administration (or MBA) students, Jagbir Randhawa and Bo Feng, are joined by angel investor and venture capital founder, Matt Wilson, Founder and Managing Director of Allied Venture Partners. To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Matt Wilson on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattwilsonyyc/ Matt Wilson on Twitter | @MattWilsonYYC Jagbir Randhawa on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jagbirpal-randhawa-b0b40518a/ Bo Feng on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bofeng20/ §§§ Allied Venture Partners Website | https://www.allied.vc/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/allied-venture-partners/ Twitter | @alliedVC §§§ Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/
01:01:46
February 25, 2021
Episode 255 | David Low, Executive Director, Victoria Park BIA | 24 February 2021
David did a terrific job walking through (or actually talking through) and describing many of the merchants, businesses and restaurants that comprise the Victoria Park BIA (or Business Improvement Area). There is a lot to unpack in this episode which included a number of “quotations” some of which David took personal credit for and another in which he was quick to provide accolades to John F Kennedy. To learn more about the work of David and the tremendous opportunity he believes exists not only within the Victoria Park BIA but across the City of Calgary, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Victoria Park BIA Website | https://www.victoriapark.org/about-bia LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/victoriaparkbia/ Instagram | @vicparkyyc Facebook | @vicparkyyc §§§ David Low on LInkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-low-1481a222/
01:11:43
February 25, 2021
Episode 254 | Avanti Software, Co-CEO’s David Owen Cord and Amin Lalani | 23 February 2021
Technology continues to democratize many day to day business functions and payroll is no exception. In fact, the Avanti Software team has managed to move a lot of the day to day functions from the Human Resource managers desk into the cloud. As Dave and Amin described “…our clients no longer need the filing cabinet…”  To learn more about the work of Avanti Software and how they have “Democratized the HR Function”, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Avanti Software:  Website | https://www.avanti.ca/  LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/avantisoftware/  Instagram | @avantisoftware  Facebook | @avantisoftware §§§ Co-CEO’s on LinkedIn: David Owen Cord | https://www.linkedin.com/in/dowencord/ Amin Lalani | https://www.linkedin.com/in/amin-lalani/
01:06:09
February 23, 2021
Episode 253 | Digital Nature Media (DGN), founders Connor Finlayson and Jacob Martens | 20 February 2021
Connor and Jacob have combined their passion for photography and videography with formal training in digital marketing, communication, cinematography and multi-media in a company that is well placed to help small businesses improve their digital footprint and maybe learn some basic principles that are deemed common knowledge to them both. To learn more about the work of Connor and Jacob and their company, Digital Nature Media, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Digital Nature Media: Website | https://www.digitalnaturemedia.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/digital-nature-media/ Instagram | @digitalnaturemediayyc Facebook | @digitalnaturemediayyc §§§ Connor Finlayson LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/connorjfinlayson/ Instagram (photography) | @connorjfin Instagram (film) | @connorjfilm §§§ Jacob Martens on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-martens-563ab71a9/
01:17:20
February 21, 2021
Episode 252 | Broken Pencil Studios, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Guillermo Chan | 19 February 2021
When Guillermo Chan decided to name his animation, design and illustration studio “Broken Pencil”, it was his view that art helps to heal the mind of stress and anxiety because “…we are all a little broken in some way…” To get a first hand look at Guillermo Chan’s creativity with drawing and animation, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Broken Pencil Studios: Website | https://www.brokenpencilstudios.ca/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/broken-pencil-studios/ Instagram | @brokenpencilyyc Facebook | @brokenpencilyyc §§§ Guillermo Chan on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/g-chan/
01:14:54
February 20, 2021
Episode 251 | Oscar Bonilla Jr feat. Malka Labell | 18 February 2021
To find out more about the activities of Oscar Bonilla Jr and Malka Labell, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Herbal Goods Website | Herbalgoods.ca Instagram | @herbalgoodsco Oscar Bonilla Jr on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/oscar-bonilla-jr-742401b4/ §§§ Malka Labell on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/malka-labell/ Green Green Generation company | https://greengencompany.com/ The Green Book | https://greenbook.site/
50:60
February 19, 2021
Episode 250 | Susan O’Brien, Net Worth Thinking | 17 February 2021
Susan combines a 23-year career as a BMO Nesbitt Burns wealth advisor with a customized approach to providing financial advice to individuals and their families. Susan seeks to have “money conversations” clients and potential clients that are “relevant” to their situation and circumstances. In a world that is continually “Cash-less”, that conversation will differ if it is with your child deciding on a how to “pay” for a new mobile device or considering the implications of whether grandma will obtain “in-home’ care or move to an assisted-living home.  To find out more about Susan and her innovative and collaborative approach to wealth management, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Susan O’Brien Group Website: https://www.networththinking.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/net-worth-thinking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/networththinking A New Way Forward book: https://www.amazon.ca/New-Way-Forward-Wealth-Management/dp/1949639398 Will I run out of money in retirement? Find out in a quiz: https://www.networththinking.com/calgary-retirement-planning/ Free book! https://www.networththinking.com/a-new-way-forward-for-wealth-management/ Upcoming Webinars: https://www.networththinking.com/webinar/ Google Page: https://g.page/susan-o-brien-group-calgary?share Media Kit: https://www.networththinking.com/media-kit/# §§§ Susan O’Brien on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-o-brien-/ Amazon link to Susan’s book “A New Way Forward For Wealth Management: Net Worth Thinking” | https://amzn.to/2OQrwmP
01:06:19
February 18, 2021
Episode 249 | SouperSpudz, owner, Liz Small | 16 February 2021
Liz Small and her daughter, Chloe, have taken the idea for a food truck, which originated from her late husband before he passed away, and made it a reality.  They offer Calgarians freshly-made soups and baked potatoes, sourced from local Alberta Farms and suppliers. When Covid lockdown scuppered their launch plans for the venture, it required a shift from their planned school and office deliveries to making their gluten free, nut free soups available to customers, delivered directly to their homes. The pair pledge to donate a percentage of each sale to charitable causes of personal importance including women and children at risk and suicide prevention. To find out more about Souperspudz and the future plans of this mother-daughter entrepreneur team, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Souperspudz website | https://www.souperspudz.com/ Souperspudz on Instagram | @souperspudz
01:03:19
February 18, 2021
Episode 248 | AO'C Designs, Founder and designer, Alyssa O’Connor | 16 February 2021
It is comforting to learn that amongst the advancement of technology in the field of graphic arts, particularly with the suite of tools available from Adobe, Alyssa O’Connor learned to work with offset printing machines and ink during the 2-year program she attended at SAIT. Combine that with a knack for scrap booking as a child, there is real charm in the work of AO'C Designs and the approach Alyssa takes to helping her clients.  To find out more about AO'C Designs, click on one or more of the links below:   §§§   AO'C Designs website | https://www.aocdesigns.ca/   AO''C Designs on Instagram | @_aocdesigns
44:14
February 17, 2021
Episode 247 | EVT Bikes, Founder and e-commerce entrepreneur, Mike Light | 16 February 2021
Mike likes to focus on trends that meet the customer needs. As a 20-year old, Mike started with his “Grow Kit” in 2016 to allow consumers to grow cannabis in their home. That startup earned him an appearance on CBC’s Dragon’s Den  In 2019, Mike decided to offer electric bikes to Calgary consumers when he started EVT Bikes, an electric bike that is great for students to make their way around campus and collapsible to take on trips to the mountains. In 2020, Mike added inflatable paddle boards to his e-commerce site and is already taking pre-orders for the 2021 lake season!  To find out more about EVT Bikes, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  EVT Bikes website | https://evtbikes.ca/  EVT Bikes on Instagram | @evtbikes  §§§  Grow Kit on Dragon’s Den | https://bit.ly/2M096io
57:46
February 17, 2021
Episode 246 | Tanisha Cherry, “Welcome to Clubhouse” | 15 February 2021
Although the Clubhouse app is quite new, Calgary-native Tanisha Cherry was able to expertly navigate me from the “hallways” into the chat rooms. Tanisha provides practical advice on how to create your bio (or biography) on Clubhouse and recommendations on who to follow (or not). The idea is to “hop” Into chat rooms and “hop” onto the stage to create attention to what you are doing “outside of the club” — namely on other social media platforms or in your business. Tanisha also highlights the feature that allows users to provide feedback on their experience with using the app to the Clubhouse creators.  Just in case the podcast is not enough, you can also find out more about Tanisha’s activities in and outside of the Clubhouse by clicking on one or more of the links below:  §§§  Tanisha Cherry website | https://www.tanishacherry.com/  Tanisha Cherry on Instagram | @tanisha.cherry  Tanisha Cherry on Twitter | @tanishacherry  Tanisha Cherry YouTube channel | https://www.youtube.com/tanishacherryy  Cherry Lounge podcast (on Apple) | http://apple.co/37huV4o  §§§  Tanisha Cherry on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanishacherry/
01:07:04
February 15, 2021
Episode 245 | Haskayne MBA Students with Allie Knull | 12 February 2021
This episode is the 2nd of a new series I started in which I bring together a trio of students from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an industry expert from the business community. Master of Business Administration (or MBA) students Jagbir Randhawa, Bo Feng and Kenedy Assman are joined by Allie Knull, founder and CEO of ResumeFree in Edmonton. After a short introduction, the students engaged in a terrific Q&A session with Allie. To learn more about the individual guests on this podcast, click on one or more of the links below: §§§ Allie Knull on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/allieknull/ Jagbir Randhawa on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jagbirpal-randhawa-b0b40518a/ Bo Feng on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bofeng20/ Kenedy Assman on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenedyassman/ §§§ ResumeFree website | https://goresumefree.com/ River City Recruiting & HR | https://rivercityhr.ca/ Haskayne School of Business website | https://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/
57:52
February 13, 2021
Episode 244 | Master of Management Students with Alitta Tait | 12 February 2021
Today’s episode is part of a new series I started in which I bring together a trio of students from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an industry expert from the business community.  Master of Management students Cassidy Sullivan, Dora Tamas and Omar Razavi are joined by Alitta Tait, head of partnerships at Harvest Builders here in Calgary. After a short introduction, the students engaged in a terrific Q&A session with Alitta.  To learn more abo