Calgary Business Podcast

Calgary Business Podcast

By Allen Wazny
Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting Calgary business owners, educators, influencers and other business leaders based in Calgary to discuss issues of importance to them.
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Episode 101 | SensorUp, Steve Liang, co-founder and CTO
Website of SensorUp: https://www.sensorup.com On Twitter: @sensorup Steve on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/steve-liang-198b44
30:04
March 13, 2020
Episode 100 | YWCA Calgary | Sue Tomney, CEO
To find out more about YWCA Calgary and its new headquarters on the edge of Inglewood in SW Calgary, follow this website link l https://www.ywcalgary.ca/ Check them out on Instagram: @YWCalgary On Twitter: @YWCalgary LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ywcacalgary Sue Tomney on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/sue-tomney-8a189010
28:41
March 10, 2020
Episode 99 | EducationMatters | Marilyn Field, Executive Director and Helen Nowlan-Walls
This was a unique podcast that took place in an historic Calgary landmark, Carl Safran Building, a former Calgary high school. To find out more about EducationMatters, follow this website link l https://www.educationmatters.ca Check them out on Instagram: @edmattersyyc On Twitter: @edmattersyyc LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/company/edmattersyyc/ Marilyn Field on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilyn-field-71587923/ Helen Nowlan-Wells | http://linkedin.com/in/helen-nowlan-walls-4325a427
37:02
March 10, 2020
Episode 98 | Calgary Arts Development, President and CEO, Patti Pon
To find out more about Calgary Arts Development, follow this website link l https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/ Check them out on Instagram: @CalgaryArtsDev On Twitter: @CalgaryArtsDev Patti Pon LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/patti-pon-3222056
53:17
March 9, 2020
Episode 97 | Liz Nandee, owner and designer, Basic Black Designs
To find out more about Liz Nandee and her interior design work, follow this link to her website l www.basicblackdesigns.com  Check her out on Instagram: @basicblackdesignsinc  On Twitter: @basicblkdesigns  LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/liz-nandee-41600719
29:34
March 9, 2020
Episode 96 | Vine Styles, Nathalie Gosselin, Chief Experience Designer
To find your favorite wine, craft beer and craft spirits, follow this website l www.vinestyles.ca Check them out of Instagram: @vinestylesyyc On Twitter: @vinestylesyyc
26:29
March 6, 2020
Episode 95 | Zelos Capital, founding partner and President, Gilbert Bong
To find out more about Zelos Capital here in Calgary, follow these links: Website: https://www.zelosglobal.com Company profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zelos-capital-ltd./ Gilbert Bong on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gilbertbong
31:06
March 5, 2020
Episode 94 | World Bier Haus, Joanne Andreopoulos, co-owner
To find your favorite beer and food, follow this website l www.1410bierhaus.com Check them out of Instagram: @world_bier_haus
24:26
March 5, 2020
Episode 93 | Bow Valley College, Digital and Emerging Media Course
Eileen Gaetz, instructor of the Digital and Emerging Media class referred to as “PREL2103”. This short podcast session was conducted to introduce the students to editing and distributing their own podcasts. Allen managed to interview a few of the students to learn the subject matter of their planned podcasts! To learn more about this course and other programs offered at Bow Valley College, click on this website link: https://bowvalleycollege.ca/ Follow Bow Valley College on Instagram: @bowvalley Reach out to Eileen Gaetz on LinkedIn to learn more about this innovative and practical course: http://linkedin.com/in/eileengaetz
06:51
March 4, 2020
Episode 92 | Soul Float Studio, co-founder Shannon Vander Meulen
To find out more about Soul Float Health follow these links: Website: https://www.soulfloat.ca Instagram: @soulfloatstudio LinkedIn Profile of Shannon: linkedin.com/in/shannon-vander-meulen-9a7ab5b0 Facebook: @soulfloatstudio
27:07
March 3, 2020
Episode 91 | Tash Marshall Bean, Authentic Instructor Training
To find out more about Tash Marshal Bean follow these links: Website: www.tashmarshallbean.com Instagram: @trainingwithtashie LinkedIn Profile: http://linkedin.com/in/tash-marshall-bean-7604b9ab Facebook: @trainingwithtashie
26:06
March 2, 2020
Episode 90 | Great West Radon with founder, Dorothy Bewernick
To find out more about Great West Radon, follow these links: Website: https://www.greatwestradon.com/ Instagram: @greatwestradon Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greatwestradon/ LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/jordan-bewernick-382ba446
29:42
March 2, 2020
Episode 89 | Prairie Dog Brewing with co-founder, Gerad Coles
To find out more about Prairie Dog Brewing, follow these links: Website: www.prairiedogbrewing.ca Instagram: @prairiedogbeer Twitter: @prairiedogbeer Facebook: @prairiedogbeer
45:22
February 28, 2020
Episode 88 | Career Vitality Services with founder, Brian Lambier
To find out more about Career Vitality Services follow these links:  Website: www.careervitality.ca  Instagram: @careervitality1  Twitter: @careervitality
38:20
February 27, 2020
Episode 87 | Communo CEO and co-founder, Ryan Gill
Communo was described by Heidi Lacey, Office Manager as “a talent optimization platform”. That summation barely scratches the surface on the innovation and creativity behind the Communo business! To find out more about Communo, follow these links: Website: www.communo.com Instagram: @communohq Instagram: @ryangillshares Twitter: @communohq Ryan Gill LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/ryandgill
26:50
February 26, 2020
Episode 86 | Village Brewery, Stefan Horsky, co-founder
To find out more about Village Brewery, follow these links: Instagram: @villagebrewery Website: www.villagebrewery.com Twitter: @villagebrewery
31:45
February 26, 2020
Episode 85 | GAM Tech, Adrian Ghira, Managing Partner
To find out more about GAM Tech, follow these links: Website: https://www.gamtech.ca LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gam-tech/ Twitter: @GAM_Tech_CA LinkedIn profile of Adrian Ghira: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianghira/
29:08
February 25, 2020
Episode 84 | Brain Mechanics Foundation, Karim Delgado, CEO, Director of Product and R&D
To find out more about Brain Mechanics Foundation, click on this website link: https://www.brainmechanics.org/ https://www.brainmechanics.io Instagram: @brain_mechanics LinkedIn profile of Karim: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kdelgado/
43:56
February 25, 2020
Episode 83 | :AM CLEANING YYC, Owner and operator, Mariya Podeyko
To find out more about all natural cleaning, click on this website link: www.amcleaning.ca Instagram: @amcleaning_yyc
30:27
February 25, 2020
Episode 82 | Calgary Food Bank, CEO James McAra
To find out more about how you can learn more about activities of the Calgary Food Bank, follow this website link: https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com Instagram: @calgaryfoodbank Twitter: @calgaryfoodbank LinkedIn profile of James McAra: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmcara/
1:13:37
February 24, 2020
Episode 81 | Marlo Brausse, founder of Barre Body Studio
Marlo has built this energetic and modern workout studio in a re-purposed brick warehouse in the Ramsay area of Calgary. To find out more, click on this website link: https://barrebodystudio.com/ Instagram: @BarreBodyStudio Twitter: @BarreBodyStudio
25:52
February 21, 2020
Episode 80 | Tyrone Mellon, CEO of Mellon Real Estate Inspection
To find out more, click on this website link: http://www.mellonrealestateinspection.com/ Instagram: @mellon_real_estate_inspection
28:32
February 20, 2020
Episode 79 | Yin Sung, owner of Sucre Patisserie & Cafe
To find this quaint cafe in southwest Calgary, click this website link: https://sucrecafe.com/ Instagram: @sucrecafeyyc
19:05
February 20, 2020
Episode 78 | Alex Sulkin, CEO and founder of E.O.I. Technologies
Alex has taken his understanding of “off the shelf” sensors to create a complete technical solution that combines hardware software, data and cloud capabilities to be applied to monitor conveyor systems used in the food processing industry To learn more, follow this link to the E.O.I Technologies: www.eoi-technologies.com LinkedIn Profile of Alex Sulkin: http://
24:12
February 19, 2020
Episode 77 | Lisa Maric, Owner of Distilled Beauty Bar
Lisa Maric has created a real sense of community in this quaint social house located in the heart of Marda Loop and Garrison Woods community. The Distilled Beauty Bar and Social House combines coffee, food and personal aesthetics to create a wonderful customer experience. How wonderful? As Lisa explained “...some guests will stay for two or three hours...” To learn more, follow this link to the Distilled Beauty Bar and Social House website: www. https://distilledbeautybar.com/ Instagram: @distilled_beautybaryyc
40:31
February 19, 2020
Episode 76 | Karen Judge, Founder of “A Dose of Happiness”
Karen is a serial entrepreneur that has successfully transitioned from running her “Studio Gorgeous” business for 13 years to writing a book to starting her latest venture “A Dose of Happiness” right in the heart of downtown Calgary in Bankers Hall. To learn more, follow this link to Karen’s website: www.getadoseofhappiness.com Follow Karen on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenjudgeadoseofhappiness/ Instagram: @doseofhappinessyyc
28:51
February 13, 2020
Episode 75 | Jackie Rainforth, President of Rainmakers Business Solutions
Jackie shares her experiences from working as a sales and marketing executive in the plumbing business to starting her own business to writing a book titled “The Badass Guide to Superstar Selling”. To learn more, follow this link to Jackie’s website: https://rainmakersgroup.ca Follow Jackie on: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackierainforth/ Instagram: @jackierainforth Twitter: @jackierainmaker Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainmakersgroup.ca
35:21
February 12, 2020
Episode 74 | Stan Peake, founder of InSite Performance Coaching
Stan Peake is obsessed with removing the barriers to business growth, and empowering leaders to transform their organizations into the powerhouses they should be. To learn more, follow this link to the InSite Performance Coaching website: https://www.insiteperformancecoaching.com Follow Stan and his team on: Instagram: @coachpeake Twitter: @yourbizcoaches Twitter: @stanpeake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InSitePerformanceCoaching/
39:46
February 12, 2020
Episode 73 | The Harvest Hub, Sean Fillion, co-founder
Sean took his experience as a real estate developer and combined it with his love of farming to delve into the world of “controlled-environment agriculture” or CEA. To learn more, follow this link to the Harvest Hub website: http://theharvesthub.ca/ Follow them on: Instagram: @theharvesthub Twitter: @theharvesthub
28:22
February 11, 2020
Episode 72 | Vicki Knott, CEO and co-founder, Crux OCM
Vicki shares a brilliant story of how one day she was working in a pipeline monitoring control room and the next day (metaphorically) she was traveling to Oslo, Norway to attend a Techstars Energy accelerator. To learn more, visit the Crux OCM website : https://www.cruxocm.com/ LinkedIn profile of Vicki: http://linkedin.com/in/vicki-knott-p-eng-00b0ab27 Twitter: @cruxcom
27:18
February 10, 2020
Episode 71 | Son of the Pharaoh, Jacob Adly, family-owned business
This family-owned business has done an amazing job at recreating what can only be described as a typical Middle East retail shop. Jacob and his parents truly understand the products they are selling for Calgary and international customers. To learn more, visit their Instagram pages: @sonofthepharaoh @realegyptianpapyrus The link to their website: https://sonofthepharaoh.com/
26:56
February 7, 2020
Episode 70 | The Dandelion Cafe, co-founder, Bryce Currie and partners Raven, Andre and Jules
Bryce Currie, one of the co-founders of The Dandelion Cafe, took me through the origin story of the cafe and yoga studio — located just off the beaten Inglewood path and close to Scotsman’s Hill in the Ramsay district of Calgary. Instagram: @thedandelioncafe_ Website: https://the-dandelion-cafe.myshopify.com/
23:04
February 7, 2020
Episode 69 | Briana Loughlin, founder of PlasticFreeYYC
Briana started her journey in 2017 as a blog writer in order to share the message with others. Briana takes pride in impacting her family, friends and relatives but simple ideas like “a plastic free month” or “don’t take your plastic to work” days (okay, I made that last one up!) will easily spread to others. To learn more about the programs and initiatives of Briana Loughlin and her team at PlasticFreeYYC, follow one or more of the links below: Instagram: @plasticfreeyyc @zerowastefestyyc Twitter: @plasticfreeyyc Website: https://plasticfreeyyc.com/
23:20
February 6, 2020
Episode 68 | Alex Putici, founder of Work Nicer Coworking
Work Nicer provides a real community for startups and small businesses to share common resources and work in a thriving hub of activity that really defines the term “coworking”. Instagram: @worknicer Twitter: @worknicer Website: https://www.worknicer.com/
35:48
February 5, 2020
Episode 67 | Kyle Chow, owner of Plant and Recess in Inglewood
Set in the heart of Inglewood, Kyle Chow has built two cozy businesses: Plant and Recess. Words can hardly describe the care and attention Kyle and his team have taken to ensure the experience of their customers takes precedence. Instagram: @plantshopyyc Twitter: @plantshopyyc Website: www.plantshop.ca
21:44
February 5, 2020
Episode 66 | Conrad Ferrel, CEO and founder of True Büch Kombucha
Conrad and his wife, Louisa, have taken the trendy kombucha tea drink to the next level in Calgary. From his Chartered Accountant roots, Conrad has branched out into the world of entrepreneurship with his True Büch beverage drink. To learn more, visit the True Büch Kombucha website: http://truebuch.com Twitter: @true_buch Instagram: @true_buch Finally, check out Conrad’s LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/cferrel
24:30
February 4, 2020
Episode 65 | Kyla Zalapski, founder of Fitness Evolution
Kyla took me through her life as a political science student that did not want to go to law school and search land titles on micro fiche. Kyla has spent a number of years in the health and fitness industry working with amateur and pro athletes. This work recently lead to Kyla working on mental health issues. To learn more, visit her website: www.fitnessevolution.ca Twitter: @fitnessevolyyc Finally, check out Kyla’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/kyla-zalapski
41:29
February 3, 2020
Episode 64 | Steve and Zoe Klintberg Nagy, Co-founders of Spin for Life and Rocket House
Steve and Zoe understand what it means to combine their efforts in events management with drama, performing arts, tech, nostalgia, and creativity, to name a few. That probably explains how they can transcend their work at RocketHouse into an fundraising event, Spin for Life, for the Canadian Cancer Society. To learn more, visit the Rocket House website: https://rockethouse.ca/ and the Spin for Life website: https://spinforlife.ca/ Instagram for both: @rockethouseinc @spinforlifeyyc Finally, check out Steve’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-klintberg-nagy-52b9453a/
34:50
January 31, 2020
Episode 63, Bridgeland Distillery, co-founders Jacques and Daniel
Jacques and Daniel have masterfully converted the retail showroom of this former furniture seller located just off Edmonton Trail and Memorial Drive. To learn more about this unique business: Find them on Instagram: @bridgelanddistillery Website link: https://bridgelanddistillery.com/
28:42
January 31, 2020
Episode 62 | Matthew Rai, General Manager, Lina’s Italian Market
Within seconds of walking into the market, anyone will understand the user experience (or UX) will be terrific. Lina’s Italian Market is a thriving Mediterranean experience that Matthew and his team have curated with a combination of staff, fresh ingredients and reliable suppliers. You can find out more about Lina’s Italian Market on their website: https://linasmarket.com/ You can follow their posts on Instagram: @linasmarket
23:43
January 30, 2020
Episode 61 | Meghan Huchkowsky, co-founder of Doodle Dogs
The origin story is brilliant. Sister and brother co-founders. Oil and gas professional that pivoted into the world of entrepreneurship. Doodle Dogs focuses on pet foods and accessories but also is becoming an educator on the benefits of nutrition and pet health. To find Doodle Dogs on Instagram: @doodledogsyyc To find out more about the two Doodle Dogs locations in Calgary, visit their Website at: https://www.doodledogsboutique.com/
19:56
January 27, 2020
Episode 60 | Amber Craig, VP Marketing of Four20 Premium Market
Surprises are usually meant for birthday parties and anniversaries. Four20 markets themselves as a premium cannabis retailer and that was not obvious from their Instagram feed! Amber did a terrific job of introducing me to the cannabis focus of Four20 and their unique approaches to marketing their Calgary retail stores before opening a branch in each community. To find Four20 Premium Market on Instagram: @four20yyc To find out more about Four20, visit their Website at: http://www.420pm.ca/
25:31
January 24, 2020
Episode 59 | Natalie St Hillaire, founder of Yoga Nova Studio
Finding your “dharma” (not “darma”) is really the only way to describe the yoga studio that was founded by Natalie St. Hilaire in the Altadore community (edge of Mardaloop) in Southwest Calgary. To find Yoga Nova Studio on Instagram: @yoganovastudio and Natalie: @natsthilaire Website link: https://yoganovastudios.com/
29:16
January 23, 2020
Episode 58 | Jyoti Gondek, Ward 3 Councillor, City of Calgary
From University of Calgary Adjunct Professor to Councillor for the City of Calgary (Ward 3), Jyoti Gondek shares how her prior experiences have helped her to understand the day to day activities of running and managing the municipal affairs of a local government. Find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jyoti-gondek-491270132/ City of Calgary Website link: https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/default.aspx
21:38
January 22, 2020
Episode 57 | Carrie Korithoski, co-founder of The O.T. Brewing Company
What an experience visiting the O.T. Brewing facility in the Blackfoot industrial park in southeast Calgary! Carrie and Mike Korithoski have mixed nostalgia with beer drinking alongside the micro-brewery distillation process in the back warehouse. There is boundless creativity around the premises that only enhances the experience of enjoying a brew. Find them on Instagram: @otbrewing_co Website link: https://otbrewingcompany.com/
20:23
January 22, 2020
Episode 56 | Phil Robertson, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Driving to the Phil & Sebastian coffee shop located in the basement of the old Simmons Building reminded me of how long I have been away from Calgary. The cafe (or barista) has real charm and character. I truly appreciated learning the origin stories behind an #iconic #Calgary brand that literally did not exist when I last resided in Calgary. Thanks Phil! Instagram: @philandseb Website link: https://philsebastian.com
39:27
January 21, 2020
Episode 55 | Aubrey Blair-Pattison, CEO and co-founder, Ammolite BioModels
Aubrey shared the origin story of how her Masters thesis pivoted from focusing on the spine to focusing on the knee. Aubrey and the Ammolite BioModels team have constructed a synthetic model of the knee to help not only sports medicine and physiotherapy specialists but also medical professionals as they train in the “competencies” related to the knee. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubrey-blair-pattison-67161152/ Website link: www.ammolitebiomodels.com
29:50
January 21, 2020
Episode 54 | Terry Booth, Audit Partner, RSM Canada, Calgary office
Terry has always brought an incredible level of energy and dynamics to his approach to professional services. I learned that first-hand during my tenure with EY Calgary; 25 years later has not changed a thing. A pleasure to obtain Terry’s view on the CPA profession and the increasing importance of tech in his work and that of the clients of RSM Canada. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-booth-b428205/ Website link: http://www.rsmcanada.com/
25:33
January 20, 2020
Episode 53 | Dino Falvo, founder of Amato Gelato in Kensington Area of Calgary
Dino brings a generation of experience in the restaurant and gelato business in Canada. Dino relocated to Calgary from Vancouver to initially sell gelato to restaurants and hotels to starting his own cafe to create more awareness for the general public. Instagram link: @amatogelato Website link: https://www.amatogelatocalgary.com/
25:02
January 20, 2020
Episode 52 | Annie Cole, founder of Muttley Crue YYC
Annie is a 20 year veteran in the pet care industry and in 2009 decided to start her own facility. Annie and her team make an effort support to local Calgary suppliers and be an eco-friendly business owner. Instagram link: @muttleycrueyyc Website link: https://www.muttleycrue.ca/
25:41
January 17, 2020
Episode 51 | Hafiz Mitha, CEO and Co-founder, PlayCity app
Hafiz went from trying to find a tennis partner on the empty tennis courts connected to his apartment building to executing a plan to create a fully functioning app to bring link-minded sports enthusiasts off their phone and onto the court. Link to website: https://www.playcityapp.com/ Link to Instagram: @playcityapp LinkedIn Profile of Hafiz: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hafiz-mitha/
23:03
January 16, 2020
Episode 50 | Caleb Clark, Hook + Ladder, Chief Strategist and co-founder
What an appropriate name for a marketing and branding company. Caleb and his team understand how to approach the market, irrespective of a companies product or service. Some real old school ideas mixed with new school way of approaching marketing in the new digital economy. Link to website: http://www.hldigital.ca/ Link to Instagram: @hookandladderdigital Caleb’s LinkedIn Profile: https://bit.ly/362Ejp0
26:18
January 16, 2020
Episode 49 | Kevin Boyles, CEO and General Manager at Calgary Winter Club
What happens when you take a former Canadian Olympic volleyball player and appoint him to manage a private fitness center? You end up with a community of members that enjoy a variety of social and fitness activities to make the Calgary Fitness Club a real part of the lives of members and their families. Thanks Kevin for sharing this hidden gem on the base of Nose Hill in northwest Calgary! Link to the CWC website: https://www.calgarywinterclub.com/Mobile/Home.aspx Link to the CWC Instagram: @calgarywinterclub Kevin’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/kevin-boyles-6bb40438
19:52
January 14, 2020
Episode 48 | Kerri McGrath, President & CEO of International Ultrasonic Technologies Inc
Chemistry, shipping, sulphur, heavy oil and technology all play a part in this innovative company, International Ultrasonic Technologies (or IUT), located in the Foothills industrial park of southeast Calgary. In a combination of technical, oil & gas and business terminology, Kerri enthusiastically introduces IUT to the Calgary Business podcast listeners. To learn more, click on the IUT website link: http://internationalultrasonics.com/ Kerri’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/kerri-mcgrath-91264a24
27:26
January 13, 2020
Episode 47, Perry Toms, CEO and Co-founder of Steeper Energy
This hidden gem of a company is poised to disrupt the way we view waste and the everyday biomass all around us. Link to website: http://www.licella.com LinkedIn profile of Perry Toms: http://linkedin.com/in/perry-toms-4567666
34:15
January 10, 2020
Episode 46 | Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development.
This was an excellent discussion with an individual that I would classify as knowing the “macro” and “micro” issues faced by Calgary businesses. Mary provided her insights on key life sciences, agri-business and talent initiatives the team are working on including much broader matters such as foreign direct investment and trade. Link to website: https://calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/
25:55
January 9, 2020
Episode 45 | RNDSQR founder, Al Devani
I travelled to the Calgary community of Altadore to meet the founder and CEO of RNDSQR, a real estate developer and inner city community builder. Al Devani wowed me with his vision for the next steps to the connected home — a connected community. Truly fantastic! Link to website: https://www.rndsqr.ca/ Link to Instagram: @rndsqr_
24:57
January 7, 2020
Episode 44 | Tyler Chisholm, CEO and co-founder, clearmotive marketing group
In this episode, Allen meets with Tyler Chisholm to learn about his journey from flying airplanes to navigating through the intricate world of marketing and advertising. clearmotive website: https://clearmotive.ca/ Instagram: @tylerchisholmyyc @collisionsyyc @theyjustgetit LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/tylerchisholm
25:33
December 18, 2019
Episode 43 | Bodega Brands, CEO Zack Lister and VP Taylor Davies
This podcast goes retro and the days of trying Tequila as a teenager came hauntingly back as Zack and Taylor walked through the origin story of the “Hecho” Tequila Soda Link to website (Bodega Brands): www.siphecho.com LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/zack-lister-287b8228
17:49
December 13, 2019
Episode 42 | Icon Dance Company, Jen and Chris Zacharias
In this episode, Allen had the pleasure of meeting with Jen and Chris, the founders and owners of the Icon Dance Company, a newly established business in the Legacy Community of South Calgary. Instagram and Facebook: @icondancecompanyinc Website: www.icondancecompany.com
17:59
December 12, 2019
Episode 41, Paul Varella, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University
This was a fantastic Podcast! Paul walked me through the new and old parts of Mount Royal University and outlined some of the exciting “hidden gem” programs up at the Campus. Link to MRU websites: www.mru.ca www.mru.ca/business Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: https://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/Business/Institutes/InstituteInnovationEntrepreneurship/index.htm  MRU graduate Oxford University prize: https://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/MediaRoom/Newsroom/roisin-dillon-research.htm Paul Varella LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/pvarellac
25:12
December 11, 2019
Episode 40 | Victoria Bradbury, CEO of Pendragon Construction Services
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the pleasure of interviewing Victoria Bradbury, the Chief Executive Officer of Pendragon Construction Services and a Board member for two companies: Canada Land Company and the British and Commonwealth British Association of Canada.
19:34
December 10, 2019
Episode 39 | Lorie Abernethy, MEOW Foundation Executive Director
In this episode, Allen had the pleasure of learning about the origins of Meow Foundation and the unique ways Lorie and her team have adapted the business model of the foundation. Link to the website: www.meowfoundation.com Link to LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/lorie-abernethy-5991b78
24:34
December 9, 2019
Episode 38 | Pete Smith, CEO of Strata Health in Calgary
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Pete Smith, the CEO of Strata Health. Real interesting to learn that their health SaaS has been around since 2002 — well before the IPhone! Website link: www.stratahealth.com LinkedIn Profile: http://linkedin.com/in/peter-smith-9375362
23:06
December 9, 2019
Episode 37 | Sarah McAllister, CEO and founder of Go Clean Co
In this episode, Allen Wazny met with Sarah Bronwin, the founder of Go Clean Co and Go Dog Co talks about starting up in Calgary from 2018 to 2006, Instagram handles: : @godogco @gocleanco Websites: www.godogco.com Www.gocleancoyyc.com
19:59
December 6, 2019
Episode 36 | CIBC Chestermere, Darren Blasetti & Oleks Prysyazhnyy
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the benefit of having both Darren Blasetti (CIBC Branch Manager) and Oleks Prysyazhnyy (Personal Banking) on the Podcast. Darren and Oleks talked about the incredible changes in Chestermere along with the changes in digital banking and readily available banking-related information online. Both Darren & Oleks talked of the importance of building strong relationships with individuals and business owners in the Chestermere community. Link to CIBC website: https://www.cibc.com/en/cibc-websites.html Link to Darren’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/darren-blasetti-933b6443 Link to Oleks’ LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/oleksandr-prysyazhnyy-cfa-a7903282
20:49
December 6, 2019
Episode 35 | Tammy Oliver-McCurdie, CEO and founder of Lockdown Calgary
In this episode, Allen Wazny had fun visiting the LockDown Escape Rooms facility just down the road from Chinook Mall. This was truly fun!! To learn more visit: www.lockdowncalgary.ca Tammy’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/tammy-oliver-mccurdie-b2285a27 Instagram connection: @lockdowncalgary
16:24
December 5, 2019
Episode 34 | Barbara Spain, Executive Chef / Owner of Cleaver and Gringo Street Restaurants
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the chance to meet with Barbara Spain and learn the origin story of how she came to Calgary from Ireland 6 years ago to set up the Cleaver restaurant. She then opened the Gringo Street restaurant, right next door, a few years later. Barbara also shared the story behind the “50 seats and a Cow” description on her Instagram profile. The secret is on the walls! To learn more of this trendy “Irish” restaurant: www.cleavercalgary.com To learn more of the Peruvian themed restaurant: www.gringost.com Instagram links for both restaurants: @cleavercalgary @gringostcalgary
14:57
December 4, 2019
Episode 33 | Shannon Pestun, Director of Women’s Entrepreneurship at ATB Financial
In this episode, Allen managed to track down Shannon Pestun and learn about the key initiatives established by ATB Financial for Calgary women entrepreneurs. Shannon also happens to be on the Board of Governors at Mount Royal University To learn more, this is the link to the ATB website: https://www.atb.com/personal/ This is the link to Mount Royal University website: https://www.mtroyal.ca/ This is the link to Shannon’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-pestun-03601b7/
19:30
December 2, 2019
Episode 32 | Pamela Draper, CEO and President, Bitvo Inc
In the episode, Allen had the unique opportunity to meet Pamela Draper, the President and CEO, a crypto-currency exchange here in Calgary. Link to website: https://www.bitvo.com/ Linked profile: http://linkedin.com/in/pamela-draper-3b39017
19:36
November 29, 2019
Episode 31 | Mike McAra, CEO and co-founder of RealOffice360
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Mike McAra and finds out how low oil prices allowed him to pivot from his geology roots to co-found a successful tech startup in the Calgary real estate sector. Mike’s website link can be accessed here: https://realoffice360.com/ Mike’s LinkedIn profile is here: http://linkedin.com/in/mikekmcara
22:36
November 28, 2019
Episode 30 | Desiree Bombenon, CEO of Surecall
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the pleasure of chatting with Desiree Bombenon, the CEO and Chief Disruption Officer of Surecall. Desiree talked through the early days of how pagers were initially disrupted by cell phones to what is today a complete offering of corporate communication solutions for startups to large organizations. Link to website: https://surecallcc.com/ Link to Desiree Bombenon LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/desireebombenon
26:01
November 27, 2019
Episode 29 | Lourdes Juan, founder and Executive Director of Leftover Foundation in Calgary.
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Lourdes Juan and learns about the numerous profit and non-profit activities that she is involved in within the Calgary community. This includes co-founder of Moonlight Market Foundation, founder and executive director of Leftovers Foundation, CEO and director of Soma Hammam & Spa, and director of Hive Developments. Unfortunately we did not have time to focus on all of these activities and the links below should provide more details that the podcast could not. Link to Leftovers Foundation website: https://rescuefood.ca/ Link to Soma Hammam & Spa: www.somacalgary.com Link to Hive Developments: www.HiveDevelopments.ca Link to FreshRoutes: www.FreshRoutes.ca Link to Moonlight Market: www.Moonlightmarket.ca  This is the link to Lourdes’ LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lourdesmercedesjuan/
22:04
November 27, 2019
Episode 28: Lancy Qiu, CEO and Co-founder of iWare Travel
In this episode, Allen had the pleasure of meeting with Lancy to learn the origin story behind her travel insurance platform. Link to website: Www.iwaretravel.ca Link to Lancy’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/lancy-qiu-iwaretravel
15:07
November 27, 2019
Episode 27 | Tanya Eklund, The Tanya Eklund Group
In the episode, Allen Wazny has the pleasure to meet with Tanya Eklund, the managing director of The Tanya Eklund Group and learns the origins of an exciting 19 years in the Calgary Real Estate community. With amazing energy, Tanya shares her journey of the changing landscape in Calgary real estate. Link to Tanya’s website: http://www.tanyaeklund.net Tanya’s Instagram handle: @tanyaeklund Link to Tanya’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/tanyaeklund
18:09
November 26, 2019
Episode 26 | Rick Hu, CEO and founder, Vivametrica
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the pleasure of chatting with Rick Hu, the CEO and founder of Vivametrica, a health analytics company focused on predictive tools for insurers and wellness program providers. Link to website: https://www.vivametrica.com/ Linked to Rick’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/drrickhu
29:15
November 26, 2019
Episode #25 | Justin Bobier, Owner and President, Crystal Creek Homes
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the chance to learn about how Crystal Creek homes has managed to weather the Calgary “economic storm” and continue building homes for the Calgary community. Link to website | www.crystalcreekhomes.ca LinkedIn profile of Justin Bobier | http://linkedin.com/in/justin-bobier-480246a
13:10
November 22, 2019
Episode 24 | Brad Vescarelli, Marsh Canada in Calgary, Canada Energy and Power Leader
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with lawyer turned insurance expert, Brad Vescarelli, who is the Canada Energy and Power Leader with Marsh here in Calgary. Link to Marsh corporate website: https://www.marsh.com/ Link to Brad’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-vescarelli-83312950/
17:56
November 21, 2019
Episode 23 | Stephen King, CEO and Founder, CMO4Hire
In this episode, Allen Wazny has an energetic discussion with Stephen King, the founder and CEO of CMO4Hire, and learns some unique aspects of digital marketing in the Calgary community. These are his website links: www.cmo4hire.com www.dbmms.io This is the LinkedIn to his LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/stephenking13
24:24
November 20, 2019
Episode 22 | Dominique Fraser, CEO and Founder of TeamFund
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the pleasure to meet and then chat with Dominique Fraser Landry, the President and CEO of TeamFund.ca, an innovative approach to helping amateur sports teams raise funds. This is a link to the TeamFund website: http://www.teamfund.ca This is a link to Dominque’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/dominique-fraser-landry-0aa1b962 Link to podcast: https://bit.ly/35fBNvz
17:28
November 19, 2019
Episode 21 | Irfhan Rawji, founder and CEO of Mobsquad; partner with Relay Ventures VC
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Irfhan Rawji, the founder and CEO of Mobsquad, an innovative idea to attract software engineers and match them with their clients with local and “near-shoring” capacity. This is a link to the company website: https://www.maverickscalgary.io/mobsquadcafe. This is a link to the Venture Capital firm in which Irfhan is a partner: http://relayventures.com/
19:25
November 12, 2019
Episode 20 | Dr Brad Donaldson, VP Academic at SAIT
In this episode, Brad Donaldson shares his views with Allen Wazny on how SAIT, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, prepares graduates to work in the current world. In his view, SAIT’s industry linkages are critical “…we are moving from industry telling educators what they want in graduates to now asking for us to help them figure it out…”. This is a link to Professor Donaldson’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/brad-donaldson-edd-8b6335. This is a link to the SAIT website: https://www.sait.ca/
17:40
November 8, 2019
Episode 19 | Allan Marston, CEO & Founder of Zenoshi Inc
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Allan Marston, a Calgary entrepreneur who has moved from the corporate boardroom to a technology-focused company he founded, Zenoshi Inc. This is a link to Allan Marston’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/allanmarston. To learn more about Zenoshi Inc, visit the company website: http://Zenoshi.io
29:26
November 7, 2019
Episode 18 | Brian Kroeker, President of Little Rock Printing
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Brian Kroeker, CEO of Little Rock Printing and learns about the secret sauce to make this Inglewood, Calgary based printing business thrive in an era of PDF’s and digital documents. To learn more about the company, follow this link: www.theallinprinter.com Brian Kroeker LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/brian-kroeker-b32bb61b
26:50
November 6, 2019
Episode 17 | Yuen Ip, COO at CPA Alberta
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the unique opportunity to learn about the key issues faced by Yuen Ip in his role of Chief Operating Officer with CPA Alberta, formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. To learn more about CPA Alberta, follow this link: https://www.cpaalberta.ca/ Yuen Ip LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/yuenip
32:04
November 5, 2019
Episode 16 | Chat with Gary Davies, President of e=mc2 events in Calgary
In this episode, Allen Wazny had the opportunity to meet with Gary Davies, the President of events management company, e=mc2 events, Gary is also the founder of the “Best of Calgary”, a survey platform that has grown from 3000 annual participants to what is expected to reach 30,000 or more this year. To learn more about the e=mc2 events, follow this link: https://emc2events.com/ LinkedIn profile of Gary Davies: http://linkedin.com/in/gary-davies-24692a2
18:13
November 5, 2019
Episode 15 | Interview with Allan Fogwill | part 1 of 2
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Allan Fogwill, the President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) to gain his perspective of the current business climate in Calgary and the effects on the oil and gas industry. Allan Fogwill shares his thoughts on the innovation and creativity that has come out of the sector over a long period of time — not just the past few years. To learn more about the work of Allan and the CERI team, follow this link: https://ceri.ca/
17:27
October 30, 2019
Episode 15 | Interview with Allan Fogwill | part 2 of 2
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Allan Fogwill, the President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) to gain his perspective of the current business climate in Calgary and the effects on the oil and gas industry. Allan Fogwill shares his thoughts on the innovation and creativity that has come out of the sector over a long period of time — not just the past few years.
11:32
October 30, 2019
Episode 14 | Jason Arrell, Principal of Queen Elizabeth High School
In this episode, Allen Wazny speaks with high school principal, Jason Arrell, and manages to draw out his unique thoughts on the importance of secondary education in preparing students for their future in the Calgary business community
21:42
October 30, 2019
Episode 13 | A visit to the Apple Store in Market Mall
In this episode, Allen Wazny shares his enthusiasm for the energy and atmosphere that is felt when visiting the Apple Store
02:33
October 29, 2019
Episode 12 | Dr David Allwright, Dean of Business and Technology, Bow Valley College
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with David Allwright, Dean of the Business and Technology Department at Bow Valley College in downtown Calgary.
32:45
October 24, 2019
Episode 11 | Neeraj Gupta, founder of Lawcubator Technologies Inc
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Neeraj Gupta, a dynamic founder / co-founder of several tech companies here in Calgary. Allen learns the origin story of Lawcubator Technologies, which Neeraj founded in 2016 and two other companies which he co-founded, FormulateIP (in 2007) and Chapter.AI (in 2018). To learn more about Neeraj, follow this link to his LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/neeraj-gupta-16648a1
26:22
October 21, 2019
Episode 10 | Steve Wheatcroft, CEO and Founder of ULS Maintenance and Landscaping
In this episode, Allen Wazny manages to speak with Steve Wheatcroft, the Founder and CEO of ULS Maintenance and Landscaping, a local Calgary business established in 1989 with 250+ employees and an operating fleet of 100+ maintenance vehicles.
14:38
October 21, 2019
Episode 9 | Terry Rock, CEO of Platform Calgary
In this episode, Allen Wazny meets with Terry Rock, the President and CEO of Platform Calgary. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the entity has been in operation for nearly 40 years providing Calgary founders a base in which to grow and scale their business. Link to Platform Calgary website: https://www.platformcalgary.com/
24:45
October 18, 2019
Episode 8 | Interview with Oleks Osiyevskyy, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
In this episode, Allen seeks to understand the origin story of the Entrepreneurial Program at Haskayne’s School of Business at the University of Calgary. The interview with Oleksiy goes a long way to accomplishing this task as he expands on what got him started as a professor, what changes has he seen since commencement and what key issues does he feel will impact the program in the coming years.
34:39
October 15, 2019
Episode 7 | Interview with Adam Pekarsky, founder of Pekarsky & Co
In this episode, Allen Wazny speaks with Adam Pekarsky, the founding partner of Pekarsky & Co, a search and recruiting firm in Calgary. Allen seeks to find out what prompted a law student to enter the field of recruiting. And I have to say the photo of Gordie Howe on the conference room shelf caused goose bumps on my arm! Legendary.
28:36
October 10, 2019
Episode 6 | Conversation with Dr. Bob Schulz, Haskayne School of Business at U of C
In this episode, Allen Wazny speaks with Professor Bob Schulz in what can only be described as “electric” and informative
16:23
October 5, 2019
Episode 5 | Interview with Luther Salvan, Uber driver
In this episode, your host ALLEN WAZNY chats with Uber driver to find our more about the issues he faces in the Calgary community.
11:51
October 4, 2019
Episode 4 | Jaana Woiceshyn, Professor, Haskayne School of Business
In today’s episode, Allen Wazny meets Jaana Woiceshyn, Professor at the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, Faculty of Management. Allen seeks to understand the changes that Jaana has seen over the last 30 years since he graduated in 1989. This is a link to Jaana’s business articles posted on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/376JSog This is a link to her book “How to be Profitable and Moral: A Rational Egoist Approach to Business” published on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qPXJP2
27:35
September 30, 2019
Episode 3 | Darrell Cohen of “Darrell Cohen Law Office”
In this podcast, your host Allen Wazny seeks to gain a small business lawyer’s perspective on the Calgary business community. Darrell talks a little bit about what got him into law. He also shares his ideas on the differences between the downtown office core and the “Belt Line”. Terrific insight!
22:47
September 25, 2019
Episode 2 | Craig Nieboer, CFO of Pipestone Energy Corp
Your host, Allen Wazny, seeks to learn about what Craig has done since returning to Canada after a long career in Russia and Azerbaijan. Craig shares his wisdom of working in the capital markets for the past 10 years and how the markets tend to reward “cash flow” for oil producers. Craig provides some further insight as to where oil prices will head in the future. Link to website: https://pipestonecorp.com/ LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/craig-nieboer-3b71a3169
14:40
September 18, 2019
Episode 1 | Gord Hobbins, Founder, Entrepreneur and Business Owner, Gord’s Running Store
In this Episode, your host Allen Wazny speaks with Calgary retailer, Gord Hobbins, owner and operator of Gord’s Running Store. Allen and Gord discuss what got him started, how long he has been in business, what are the changes he has seen over the years and what he views as important in the future.
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September 17, 2019
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September 16, 2019