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conversations with leaders.

conversations with leaders.

By Mike Desjardins
My name is Mike. I have conversations with leaders as part of my lifelong pursuit of becoming a stronger leader.
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Episode 011 - conversations with leaders - Yabome Gilpin-Jackson - Decolonizing & Rebuilding
Yabome Gilpin-Jackson and I talk about decolonizing and rebuilding, Black Lives Matter, Canadian Residential Schools, Colonial education, and what taking action looks like from an individual perspective today. Video version here: Here are the links that we mentioned in the podcast: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad: Murray Sinclair Podcast on Indigenous Deaths: NYC 1619 Project: U of A Program: Indigenous Flag:; Canada History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women: Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: Anti-Black News in Canada:
August 18, 2021
Episode 010 - Georgianna Lee - Mental Health at Work
Georgianna and I talk about how to have the mental health conversation at work and how to show-up with empathy as a leader.
May 25, 2021
Episode 009 - conversations with leaders - Jay-Ann Gilfoy - Social Purpose Lending
Mike and Jay-Ann talk about Vancity Community Investment Bank, the first and only social purpose lending bank in Canada that's also a B Corp. We talk about what it means to be leading a start-up bank that has social and environmental change are part of their financial model.
April 29, 2021
Episode 008 - conversations with leaders - Brenda Rigney
Brenda Rigney and I talk about her passion around Three Uniques: her discovery through years of coaching leaders that each person has their unique skillsets that truly create a significant differentiator for them if they decide to focus on them. Video version available on youtube:
February 10, 2021
Episode 007 - conversations with leaders - Curtis Christopherson
I chat with Curtis Christopherson on what it was like to pivot his chain of personal training gyms, Innovative Fitness, through Covid, and the subsequent genesis and launch of
January 13, 2021
Episode 006 - conversations with leaders - Tana Heminsley - Authentic Leadership
Tana Heminsley ( and I talk about Authentic Leadership and her third book on the topic.  Find all of her books here (non-affiliate link):
October 28, 2020
Episode 005 - Dan Pontefract - Lead Care Win Book
Mike and Dan talk about his fourth book, Lead Care Win, available Sept 29th, 2020. Video version on YouTube:
September 24, 2020
Episode 004 - Conversations with Leaders - Kristy O'Leary - BCorp and Impact Businesses
An engaging conversation with Kristy O'Leary from Decade Impact ( about all things B Corp and Impact Business.
August 20, 2020
Episode 003 - Dr. Gillian Simonett
Dr. Gillian Simonett and I talk about Workplace Burnout ( why treating the individual and having them go back into the same system/environment that caused their burnout just doesn't work and what leaders can do about it. Book: Essentialism by Greg McKweon:   Book: The Purpose Effect by Dan Pontefract: Muse Brainsensing Meditation Headset:   Spire Belly Breathing Monitor:
July 20, 2020
Episode 002 - Yabome Gilpin-Jackson
Yabome Gilpin-Jackson and I talk about racism, white supremacy, anti-racism, and allyship. Follow Yabome at: Here is are the two blog posts we refer to in the podcast: 1. 2. Here is the book we speak about: Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad: Here is the course that my team and I at ViRTUS are taking:
June 29, 2020
Episode 001 - Ken Sim
Ken Sim and I talk about entrepreneurship, leadership, city politics, and leading through Covid-19.
June 26, 2020