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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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Code Ninjas Willowpark with Tyra MacDonald and Anthony Dang (episode 319) | 14 October 2021
In this episode, Mount Royal University students, Tyra Macdonald and Anthony Dang, shared their experiences of the first days of opening the new Code Ninjas franchise location in the Willow Park community of Calgary in April 2021.  As a marketing student at Mount Royal, Tyra has been able to apply a lot of her classroom theory into practical application including working on advertising and promotion matters with Willow Park Shopping Centre personnel and learning how to use Google Analytics to understand potential customer website visits.  Anthony shared that he did not learn coding until high school and thus understands how the students feel when they approach coding for the first time.  As a computer information systems student, Anthony is also learning to code, albeit at a more advanced level than some of his students.  §§§  To learn more about the Code Ninjas program and how they are helping to shape the next generation ot full stack developers, click on the links below:  §§§  Code Ninjas | Willow Park  Website | https://www.codeninjas.com/willow-park-ab-ca  Instagram | @codeninjaswillowpark  §§§  Code Ninjas | Franchisor  Website | https://www.codeninjas.com/  Instagram | @codeninjas  Twitter | @codeninjas  Facebook | @codeninjas  §§§  LinkedIn Profiles  Tyra Macdonald | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyra-macdonald-4845801a0/  Anthony Dang | https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-dang-5a9896195/  Code Ninjas | https://www.linkedin.com/company/codeninjas  Mount Royal University | https://www.linkedin.com/school/mount-royal-university/  §§§  Education | Learning | Coding | Learn to Code | STEM Education | Kids Coding | Coding is Fun | Kids Learning | Full Stack Developers | Software Engineers | Computer Science | Social Interaction | Marketing | Digital Marketing | Primary School | Middle School | Secondary Education | Post-Secondary Education | University | Colleges
47:41
October 16, 2021
Icon Dance Company – with owners, Chris and Jen Zacharias along with Lucia, Cara and Avery (episode 318) | 8 October 2021
Chris and Jen return to the podcast booth after a 2-year absence (refer to Episode 42 on 12 December 2019).  This time we were joined by two student dances, Lucia and Avery, and dance instructor Cara.  The other difference is everyone connected on Zoom.  §§§  This was a terrific session whereby the girls shared their experiences of dancing from home during Covid; Chris shared some changes over the last two years on marketing the business in the Calgary community; Jen shared how they were able to expand their dance community despite the Covid shutdowns; they all shared how famous choreographers and dancers from New York and London shared their routines, practices and dance moves on-line for free during Covid (when ordinarily such performances were limited to paid events or in-person classes).  This was a great chat. Thanks Icon Dance team! To reach out to Jenn, Chris and their team of dancers, click on the links below:  §§§  Icon Dance Company  Instagram | @icondancecompanyinc  Website | https://www.icondancecompany.com/  Facebook | @icondancecompanyinc  §§§  Dance Studio | Dancing | Ballet | Jazz Dance | Choreography | Competitive Dancing | Fitness | Health | Calgary | Calgary Small Business | Legacy Community | Walden Community | Calgary Business | YYC Business | South Calgary | Virtual Dance Classes | Ballet School | Primadonna | Performing Arts
47:36
October 9, 2021
Noel Thomas, Software Engineering student and founder of AERT (episode 317) | 25 September 2021
Noel shared the origin stories of his startup, AERT (pronounced "Art"), linked to the trauma his 6-year old brother experienced during Covid.  A finger caught from a house door being slammed on it.  Noel’s initial reaction was to Google to see what triage information was available and then call the 811 health line.  Conflicting information on line, a long waiting time on the phone and an hour long drive to the recommended hospital, provided the inspiration for Noel’s desire to use artificial intelligence to help families in need at the moment similar accidents (or traumatic events) occur at home.  As Noel explained, “…this is work in progress, I am still a student, afterall…”  To reach out to Noel and see if you can help provide the necessary anonymized data to feed his “AI-algorithm”, click on his LinkedIn bio below:  §§§  Noel Thomas LinkedIn Profile | https://www.linkedin.com/in/noelfranthomas/ Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary | https://schulich.ucalgary.ca  §§§  Life Sciences | Health Sciences | Medical triage | Health Data | Data Science | AI/ML | Python programming | No-code Low-code | Linux Software | Biometrics | Biometry | Svetlana Yanushkevich | Biometric Technologies Laboratory | Kids Can Code | Biomedical Engineering | Software Developer | Linux Operating system | Raspberry Pi | Linux-based system | BioScience | BioNTech | Pfizer | Synthetic Biology
53:10
September 25, 2021
Dr. Nicole Byers, founder of Rocky Mountain NeuroSciences Inc (episode 316) | 9 September 2021
You may have heard the term “practice what you preach” -- Dr. Nicole Byers seems to have taken that personally. Not only does she operate a neuro-psychology practice for individual’s dealing with an accident or stroke that impacts their brain function, she also coordinates on-line courses, a podcast and confidence building bootcamps to help individuals in variety of areas including coping with stress, building self-confidence and improving their productivity on a daily basis. That is a sample of the wide range of tools available in her “psychology” tool box  §§§  To learn more about the activities of Dr. Nicole Byers, click on one or more of the links below:  Website | https://www.drnicolebyers.com  Instagram | @ drnicolebyers  Podcast “The Bold Life” (on Apple) | https://apple.co/3trOaSK  LinkedIn Profile | https://www.linkedin.com/in/drnicolebyers/  §§§  Mental Health | Clinical Psychology | Neuro Psychology | Calgary Clinic | Calgary small business | Alberta Health Services | Calgary Health Services | Mental Health | Health and Wellness | Stress | Anxiety | Self-esteem | Self-awareness | Education and Training | Canadian Mental Health | Canadian Psychology | Mental Habits | Healthy Habits | Work from Home | Work-life balance | Patient HM - Henry Molaison | Epilepsy | Seizures | Medial Temporal Lobe | Dr. Brenda Milner | Neuro-McGill University | Hippocampus | Memory Impairment | University of Saskatchewan | College of Alberta Psychologists
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September 10, 2021
KASTx Ventures co-founder Mark Starratt (episode 315) | 24 August 2021
Mark combined his professional investment expertise with a family medical condition around a rare brain disease to start a life sciences venture fund with co-founders, Gord Anderson and Dr. Lawrence Korngut. The combined expertise of the founding team makes them uniquely placed to assess and evaluate startups at the ideation stage — including at the research level in the University labs.  Such initial startups currently include:  Modelis Inc with a focus on drug discovery for rare and genetic diseases  Lumiio Inc with a focus on health-related data collection  AazeinTx with a focus on oral treatments for acute asthma attacks  Pure Life Carbon and its focus on agricultural products that increase crop yields while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  §§§  To learn more about the work of KASTx Ventures, click on one or more of the links below:  KASTx Ventures  Website | https://kastxventures.com  LinkedIn page | https://www.linkedin.com/company/kastx-ventures/  §§  LinkedIn profile of KASTx founders  Mark Starratt | https://www.linkedin.com/in/markstarratt/  Gordon Anderson | https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-anderson-b101735b/  Dr. Lawrence Korngut | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-korngut-64b99137/  §§  Website of selected portfolio companies  Pure Life Carbon | https://purelifecarbon.com  Lumiio Inc | https://www.lumiio.com  AazeinTx | https://aazeintx.com  Modelis Inc | https://modelis.ca  §§  Healthcare | Life Sciences | Healthtech | Biotech | Pharmatech | Biotherapeutics | Research & Development | Universities and Colleges | BioPharmaceuticals | Pharmaceuticals | BioScience | Medicine | NeuroScience | Neuromuscular | Health clinic | Neurology | Hotchkiss Brain Institute | Dataffinity Health | Cumming School of Medicine | Wealth Management | Family Office investments | Angel Investors | Philanthropy | Venture Capital | 
01:10:50
August 25, 2021
Ellie Bianca Beauty with founder, Evelyne Nyairo (Episode 270) | 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/
  I nstagram | @elliebiancabeauty   Facebook | @EllieBianca    Twitter | @EllieBiancaInt   LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/elliebiancabeauty/   §§§   Evelyne Nyairo on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/evelyne-nyairo-a67bb85/ §§§ Health and Beauty | Natural Products | Skincare | Women in Business | Women Founders | Female Founder | Omni-Channel | Consumer Products | Face Cream | Hand Cream
01:03:34
August 13, 2021
Julie Shipley-Strickland, Senior Investment Adviser, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth (Episode 314) | 12 August 2021
Several key take-aways from this podcast include:  Fintech and traditional banking will remain in place to give people the option to choose (not “or” but “and”)  Traditional investing methods (via broker) and new self-trading platforms (such as Questrade) will provide individual investors with the options to do both  Keeping up with rapidly changing investment landscape requires a lot of reading, being open, selective podcasts, short and efficient articles and most importantly, relying upon experts (such as investing in digital assets like Crypto-currency)  To learn more about Julie Shipley-Strickland and her work as a wealth advisor, click on one or more of the links below:  §§§  LinkedIn Profile | https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-shipley-strickland-8a435347/  Website | https://advisor.wellington-altus.ca/julieshipleystrickland/  Email | julie.shipley-strickland@wprivate.ca  §§§  Wellington-Altus | https://www.wellington-altus.ca/ §§§ Investments | Insurance | Retirement | Post-Retirement | Wealth Management | Financial Security | | Trust | Piece of Mind | Education | Emotional Journalism | Investing | Money Management | Savings | Freedom-55 | RBC | Royal Bank of Canada | Wisdom | Mid-Life Wisdom School | FinTech | Chip Conley | Gary Vaynerchuk | Risk Management | Sir Ken Robinson | Masters of Scale podcast
01:00:46
August 13, 2021
SokoLocal app with Founder and CEO, Nikhil Sonpal (episode 313) | 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/ §§§ Ecommerce | Geolocation | Geomapping | Local business | Small business | Technology | Innovation | Shop Local | Buy Local | Spend Local | Calgary startup | Calgary small business | Calgary retailers | Canadian retailers | Canadian e-commerce | Calgary e-commerce | Support local | Edmonton business | Vancouver business | Eat local | Local shopping | on-line shopping | Entrepreneur | Founder | Startup | Avenue Magazine | CTV Calgary | CTV Morning Live | Rocky Mountain Soap Company | Crave Cupcakes | The Plant Place in Cochrane
01:15:06
June 23, 2021
Mount Royal University, Work Experience Program with Daniel Santiago (episode 312) | 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
Endeavor Technologies with CEO and founder, Brad Reiser (episode 311) | 17 June 2021
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
Virtira, with CEO and founder, Cynthia Watson (episode 310) | 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
Wood’s Homes with Clinical Coordinator, David Williamson (episode 309) | 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
Athennian with co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Josh Malate (episode 308) | 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/ §§§ Legaltech | Careers in law | Legal profession | Legal careers | Legal technology | Legal innovation | Paralegal professionals | Contract automation | Office automation | Legal software | Cloud-based legal software | Law firm | Law student | Faculty of Law | Legal professionals | Corporations | Legal counsel | General counsel | Corporate Secretary | Incorporation | Legal services | Small business | Calgary startup | Calgary business | Canadian startup | Canadian business | Tech startup | Creativity | Innovation 
54:09
June 16, 2021
Cherry Health app with Founder and CEO, Jordan Vollrath (episode 307) | 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/ §§§ Healthcare | Health | Medical professionals | Medical community | Healthtech | Medical clinics | Physicians | Doctors | Med students | Medtech | Life sciences | Bio sciences | BioTech | Job search | Locum network | Patients | Nurses | Hospitals | Healthcare facilities | WebMD | Online medical advice | Medical advice | Medicine | Pharmacy | Pharmaceuticals | Therapeutics
01:00:09
June 15, 2021
Jeff LaFrenz with InceptionU, Evolve program learners (episode 306) | 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/ §§§ Technology | Innovation | Career pivot | Retooling | Reeducation | Upskilling | Full stack developer | Back end developer | Front end developer | Artificial intelligence | Machine learning | Data science | Data analytics | Robotics | Project Management | Construction | Construction management | Supply chain | Construction Workfronts | Change order automation | Construction automation | AI/ML | ReactJS | MondoDB | Python | Software engineer | Coder Bootcamp | Agility Software | Augmented Reality | | Virtual Reality | AR/VR | Mixed Reality | Industrial automation | Finch | Supply chain innovation | Instrumentation and controls
01:13:13
June 10, 2021
Numi Health with Founder and CEO, Peter Verburg (episode 305)| 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
Alitta Tait with Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce students (episode 304) | 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/ §§§ Venture Capital | Talent management | Career advice | Harvest Ventures | Startups | Staffing | Technology | Innovation | Recruiting | Career pivot | Career change | Skip the Dishes | Founders | Co-founders | Canadian business | Canadian prairies | Alberta business | Saskatchewan business | Manitoba business | NEO Financial | Proptech | FinTech | Real Estate | Learning and development | Human Resources | Community | Partnerships | Local hiring | Calgary startup | Calgary small business | Calgary technology | Calgary students | Student careers | Student life | Internships
01:04:45
June 9, 2021
Yr Plans with John Kenny and Sangita Prasad (episode 303) | 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/ //// End
01:03:26
May 28, 2021
Marr Media Group, a chat with Tessa May Marr (episode 302) | 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
SVR Law with Abram Averbach and Stacey Lee (episode 301) | 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
The Awakened Company with Catherine R. Bell (episode 300) | 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/  /// END
01:14:51
May 14, 2021
CoSquare (now Paperstack) with Vadim Lidich (episode 299) | 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/ §§§  UPDATE: As of 19 July 2021, Vadim provided an email newsletter update to the CoSquare community that the company name has been changed to Paperstack to focus on self-employed entrepreneurs.   Vadim also announced that he co-merged his bookkeeping app (referred to as Minance) and appointed Assel Beglinova) as CEO.  From that date, Vadim will shift his focus to act in the capacity of CTO & CPO
01:08:50
May 14, 2021
5 Elements Martial Arts with Maeghen Cotterill (episode 298)| 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 opens 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 the 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
Earth and Flowers with Tanis Gatzke (episode 297) | 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
Jason Ribeiro with Haskayne Bachelor of Commerce students (episode 296) | 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
Jason Tate with Computer Science students from University of Calgary (episode 295)| 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/
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May 5, 2021
Bob Sumner with Mount Royal University PR students (episode 294) | 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
Crossroads Law and Coach My Case with Marcus Sixta (episode 293) | 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
Lana Rogers with Mount Royal University PR graduates (episode 292) | 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/ §§§ UPDATE: In June 2021, Lana Rogers PR and her team re-branded to "Gentle Lion Communications".  Please follow these links to learn more: Website | https://www.gentlelion.ca/ Instagram | @gentlelioncomms LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/gentlelioncomms/ §§§ Public Relations | Media Relations | Social Media | Investor Relations | Digital Marketing | Sales and Marketing | PR Careers | Marketing Careers | Communication Careers | Branding and Awareness | Online presence 
01:00:54
April 29, 2021
Level Playing Field founder, Darby Lee Young (Episode 284) | 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
Arts Commons, President and CEO, Alex Sarian (Episode 291) | 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
StockAlgos with founder, Trevor Bergeron (Episode 290) | 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/
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April 24, 2021
Connect4Commerce with founder, Bruce Tannas (Episode 289) | 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 go