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Better the Pond---PondCast

By Warren Barry
Speaking to amazing people doing incredible things to lead the charge of generosity, and to tell their stories of what they are doing to Better The Pond!
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#42 Pondcast with Andre Brisson

Better the Pond---PondCast

#51 Pondcast with Sophie Blais
Sophie is creating some serious ripples in the pundit Wealth Co. Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, Sophie was always curious about what makes tick, how they were different, and how to embrace those differences.  Now an HR guru, Sophie is doing the same thing at Wealth Co. by meeting people where they are and helping them grow and develop... their way.  She leads the team at Wealth Co. by trusting her gut, seeing obstacles as opportunities, and knowing that it is not about her, but about others.  Thank you for being YOU, and what you do to Better the Pond!
May 25, 2022
#50 Pondcast with Kathleen Smiley
I'm kinda scrappy!!  Kathleen is a natural storyteller, a gift handed down from her father.   Kathleen was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, and moved around the prairie provinces and was always inspired by her mother who was the family cheerleader.  As you will discover, Kathleen is empathetic, dramatic, expressive, and unapologetically authentic. Kathleen's talent is in understanding people, making connections, and creating an inclusive community.  Kathleen and local laundry Better The Pond through their giving garments campaigning plan to donate more than $1,000,000 to charity.  That's worth talking about!!
May 11, 2022
#49 Pondcast with Justin Breen
There are not a lot of people that I know who would jump out of a plane without a parachute, but James is one of them.  The son of a World War II war hero, James lives his life with no excuses, and is clearly a Dad first, business second kind of guy.  To the point that he only wants to talk to 0.1% of the population, so that the other 99% of the people don't take time away from his family.  Justin connects people in a way that is exceptional, powerful, meaningful, and gets results.   Operating from a give to give to those who get it mentality is Justin's way to Better The Pond. If you are a Dad, be a Dad, if you are an Entrepreneur, be an Entrepreneur. Win in life and family first, business second. Thank you for everything that you do to Better the Pond Justin.
May 04, 2022
#48 Pondcast with Amreesh Khanna
A son of immigrant parents, Amreesh learn all about community, mentoring,  helping others, and making an impact.  People would come see his father for guidance, inspiration, and education.  Years later, Amreesh doing the same for others in the dental industry. It doesn't stop there.  Amreesh has helped create the shine dental clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for inner city families. His present endeavour is the Cause to Smile campaign to support such worthwhile causes as the women's outreach centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  This is only the beginning.  This Pondcast will definitely make you smile!!
April 06, 2022
#46 Pondcast with David Graham
Who wouldn't want to change the life of a child? David is passionate about kids, community growth, and empowering kids to be themselves, take risks so that they can go out into the world and create ripples. David was once asked the question ' Why do you do what you are doing?"  This question, combined with his experiences of going to camp put him on his path to where he is now, leading Brigadoon Village in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  If you want to listen to someone who is doing some world class to Better The Pond, listen to David Graham.
February 09, 2022
#45 Pondcast with Verna O'Neill
Know you value and be kind to others.  This prairie girl who discovered her dream job has always had a passion for helping entreprenuers and local business.  Learning from her immigrant father, she saw first hand what hard work, innovation and determination can do to grow a community.  Verna has the super power of empathy. Really caring and seeking to understand what others need in order to be successful. She does this everyday at Community Futures Sunrise to help businesses and the community grow. Have a listen to how Verna and her team Better the Pond!
January 26, 2022
#44 Pondcast with Randy McCoy
I don't know a kid growing up every said "When I grow up, I want to be a CFO" From Randy's humble beginnings in DouglasTown and Gaspè, Quebec, Randy just had a way with numbers. He could just magically see how everything came together with ease. Even his parents and grand parents were in awe of his wizardry with numbers.   Randy is all about community and is a master communicator, as well as a natural teacher.  He is Bettering the financial Pond through Junior Achievement Canada by teaching grade 8 students financial literacy. He also helps through the Community Collect Network by volunteering for the financial literacy program, and is also the financial wizard for Ottawa Therapy Dogs helping mental health issues in youth, schools, and rehabilitation centres.   Thank you Randy.
December 01, 2021
#43 Pondcast with Layna Haley
When someone tells me that they want to help single mom's and their children around the world, they have my attention. Layna is all about community, connecting, constant growth, and leaving a legacy of love. You may have heard the saying that you cannot pour from an empty cup, but Layna's vision is to have people's cups so overflowing that they have to pour from their saucer. Layna is the visionary who started Kaleo Collective and is helping single mom's and their children and is bettering the pond for future generations. I am inviting you to spend some time with Layna Haley.
November 03, 2021
#42 Pondcast with Andre Brisson
How do you fight an invisible opponent? For 40 years Andre fought his ADHD, but has now made his invisible opponent visible.  After many years being the odd duck and not fitting in, he realized that this aspect of himself wasn't something that was wrong with him, it wasn't the enemy. It is what made him who he was, and how it was a strength. He is giving high performing  people with ADHD a voice through his company Tactical Breakthroughs and his soon to be released podcast - The Impulsive Thinker.  Thank you Andre for helping us in our impulsive pond!
October 20, 2021
#41 Pondcast with John Kay
He has lived the life of a design squiggle. Nothing has ever been in a straight line for John Kay. His life has been a consistent squiggly path of learning and adventure. He started out as an odd duck in London, Ontario Canada, and after years of being bullied in school, he migrated out west.  John is the owner and CEO of Realize Strategies in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. John continuously throws pebbles in the pond and through his collaborative work with mission driven organizations, he is making a tremendous impact on the world.  Thank you John, for everything you do to #betterthepond
September 29, 2021
#40 Pondcast with Kim McConnell
From farmer to successful owner in the marketing and advertising industry. Kim McConnell started with humble beginnings on the family farm in Hamiota, Manitoba Canada. He left the farm to go to university where he got a degree in agriculture, then saw an opportunity to help people in the agriculture community through media and advertising.  Kim's incredibly strong belief in community is admirable, and his passion is infectious. Kim  sits on many boards, helped establish the Top 70 over 70, and the Intergen Organization that helps mentors you entrepreneurs in Calgary, Canada. This are only some of the many ways of what Kim does to Better the Pond!  Thank you for creating so many ripples Kim!
September 15, 2021
#39 Pondcast with Chris Shields
From humble beginnings in Wakefield, England, Chris's grandmother showed him the value of a strong work ethic, food as medicine, and caring for our planet. Chris went to university to become a doctor, but at the last minute decided that this was not his path. The food industry is what lit him up, and is now leading the way in the meatless protein based food industry. Force for good is the mantra of Lovingly Made Ingredients, and that they are! Lovingly Made Ingredients has donated enough product for 500,000 meals for the First Nations communities and other people in need. Chris, I must say that I am very Pea-leased to have you as a guest and thank you for everything that you do to better the pond!
August 18, 2021
#38 Pondcast with Theo Fleury
Stand by the net and I will get you the puck.  As a kid playing hockey in Russell Manitoba, his job was to set up other players for success.  Interesting enough, it is the same thing that he is doing today.  Theo is helping keep peoples flames lit by instilling confidence, understanding and compassion.  Theo's tumultuous past has provided him the gift of adversity, courage and vulnerability which provides people the gift to do the same. Theo is creating truly magical ripples in our pond.  Thank you Theo for being such a great example of what we can do to help those who struggle to help themselves.  #betterthepond 
August 04, 2021
#37 Pondcast with Hugh Caines
Never waste a moment is Hugh's mantra.  A fisherman's son on the Newfoundland Coast turned plastic recycler to save the planet. Hugh's humble beginnings and a strong sense of community has weaved throughout his life and has driven his belief in people, passion and purpose.  Hugh grew up wanting more, being more, and is not only doing that for the people in his company, but for the world. Clean River recycling is making a serious impact on our pond.  Thank you Hugh for what you do to #betterthepond
July 21, 2021
#36 Pondcast with Byron Brooks
Cold beer and collabortition.  Got your attention yet? Byron is all about Collaboration, leadership, and community.  An avid reader and learner, Byron graduated with honours from the University of Life. Byron is all about building relations, building buildings, and innovating new ways of doing business. His high school guidance counsellor told that he would be lucky if he would make it to community college.  This ended up being the best thing that he could have told him as that is what inspired him to be doing what he is doing today!  Byron is continuously creating ripples by helping his community grow, inspiring and leading those around him to be come better and helping organizations like the YW Hub assisting women in need, and created designers, builders, and brews and creating collaboration in industries where only competition existed (thus collabortition).  Thank you for everything you do to #betterthepond Byron.  Cheers!! 
July 07, 2021
#35 Pondcast with Nicole Sinclair
Let me hold the ladder.... Nicole figured out that true leadership wasn't about climbing on top of others heads to get to the top, it was about holding the ladder so that others could succeed.  Three words capture the essence of todays guest, community, belonging, and contribution.  I can help with that is the never ending quote that continuously comes out of Nicole's mouth. Growing up in the woods of Sorrento British Columbia, her all time happy place was the park where everyone would gather and create community.  Christmas was straight outa Who-Ville. Working in a homeless shelter, then in business and marketing, serving and retail, and if you see a trend here, it's all about serving others.  Nicole's true talents are shining through as she rolls out The Brokers Care Campaign through the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan.   PS. She is also a puppy foster. Nicole, Thank you for everything that you do to #betterthepond!  You make the world a better place!
June 23, 2021
#35 Pondcast with Kevin Bulmer
The days listening to his transistor radio as a child led Kevin on his journey to be a place of certainty for others, and helping them find their north star.  The No Schedule Man is here!! An off the cuff remark lit a fire in Kevin that could not be put out. As Kevin wisely states, you can't find your treasure by following someone else's map.   Kevin helps small and medium size businesses discover their story, and helps them fly like a phoenix and race like a turtle.  You will have to listen  to understand what this means.  Thank you for everything you do to Better the Pond, Kevin!
June 09, 2021
#34 Pondcast with Ruth-Anne Marley
Growing up in an atheist home, at the age of 7 years old, Ruth-Anne would sneak out of the house and go to Sunday School.  She has always felt a guiding hand leading her along life's journey. She has always felt the need to create inclusion, do more, be better, and leave people better than she found them.  Living my best life everyday is Ruth-Anne's motto.  She continues to better the pond everyday at TEC Canada, but has also left her mark in Haiti, Columbia, Dominican Republic and other locations world wide. Thank you Ruth-Anne.
May 27, 2021
#33 Pondcast with Tim Schultz
Tim has this uncanny ability to see around corners.  Always innovative and looking for different ways of doing things helped create his company Local and Fresh. Born and raised in Filmore Saskatchewan, Tim got a taste of entrepreneurship and what it meant to follow your passion.  Tim is all about helping young people develop their entrepreneurial skills and confidence, and helping people eat healthy local food. Thank you Tim for continue to create ripples and #betterthepond.
May 12, 2021
#32 Pondcast with Dave MacLean
"Our happiness best grows when transplanted in the soil of other peoples lives!"   Dave speaks on whole-hearted leadership and his business philosophy of "Prosperity for Purpose" .  "Meant to be Spent" is his  philosophy of life and leadership.  The list of what Dave has done to #betterthepond is extensive and truly inspiring.  He is the epitome of what this Pondcast is all about.  Thank you for continually creating ripples.
April 28, 2021
#30 Pondcast with Cindy Radu
Hang on for this adventure with Cindy Radu.  Just try it!!!!   How will you ever know if you don't try???   Here is someone to listen to who has done it all.  World traveller, mountain climber, accountant, lawyer, author, speaker, and I could go on, and on, and on..... Cindy has felt the highs of being on top of the mountains, and has experienced the lows of well below the surface.  All these experiences have contributed to her ability to #betterthepond for mental health and women of courage.
April 14, 2021
#29 Pondcast with Jo Beach
Tell me that I can't!!! These are only words of motivation for Jo.  Born and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and the youngest of 5, Jo always found her way of getting things done!  Wickedly smart and full of creativity, Jo found her way into the fashion world, and now owns and operates Cedar & Vine clothing.  Jo believes in the slow fashion model to reduce landfill waste of clothing.  She is also restoring a historic building in Weyburn to create business opportunities in her community.  Jo exemplifies what it means to #betterthepond.  Thank you Jo!
March 31, 2021
Pondcast with Erin Pheil
Taking out the boulders in the stream that are getting in the way of being your best self is Erin's passion, Being bullied as a little girl, and going through unexplained debilitating pain and depression guided her to have her breakthrough moment. This is what drove Erin to help so many others get through their mental blocks, and in turn, better the pond!!  Thank you Erin, for your compassion, empathy, and for every single ripple that you create in the pond!!!
March 17, 2021
Pondcast with Mike Orechow
Calgary born and raised, this guy is the real deal!  Mike is just an all around great guy, and would give you the shirt off his back before you even asked.  Mike's very simple golden rules, work hard, be honest, do good for others.  Graham auctions is always supporting local community programs such as the Girl Guides, local sports teams, and they regularly donate clothes for those in need.  Mike is a guy who lives the #betterthepond movement.
March 03, 2021
Pondcast with Joop Stroes
A self proclaimed misfit, Joop see's the strengths in people versus their weakness or dysfunction. From across the pond in North Holland, he has not only helped in his own backyard, but also in South Africa and the Philippines. Nope understands that it costs nothing to be kind, and to have gratitude to what we already have. Nope is always creating ripples in the pond, which have gone well beyond the pebble he threw in.
February 17, 2021
Pondcast with Amy Bruske
How do you define success was the pivotal question that changed Amy's life.  Born in Argentina, then moving to Brazil, and then landing in Arizona, Amy always felt like the odd duck for being a woman wanted to lead and have a professional career.  Now, the president of Kolbe Corp., and author, speaker and trainer, Amy discovered that doing things her way and the freedom to be herself became her definition of success.  Amy is passionate about helping people, especially helping youth discovering their instinctive talents.  She believes that creating these ripples are what will continue to go out and better the pond!
February 03, 2021
Pondcast with Candyce Fiessel
Just be wild!!  Candyce lives her life as it is a gift.  Full of adventure, curiosity and drive, she started tarted working at the age of 13, and never stopped.  She now runs 3 organizations, and is a woman to be reckoned with.  Going through a major trauma and having an acquired brain injury, Candyce has used this as fuel to do well for others.  Candyce exemplifies what we can all do to better the pond.  Thank you Candyce!!!
January 20, 2021
Pondcast with Ken Braget
An inspiring episode about how someone can take a negative and turn it into a positive.  From being adopted at the age of 2 and not meeting his father until he was 34, to his ADHD being both a blessing and a curse, Ken leads a very successful business and the only indigenous led company in his field.  Ken created the Don't Scrap- Give Back Program, the True North Strong Foundation, and he directly supports the community of Fort McMurray.  Thank you Ken for doing what you do to Better The Pond!!
January 06, 2021
Pondcast with Tim Beach
"Laughter is an instant vacation" The inspiring and wise words of Tim Beach confirms why everyday is a celebration at Charlesglen Toyota.  From the heart of the prairies and the land of living skies of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tim learned the value of hard work and dedication to doing what needs to get done.   With a love affair for automobiles, Tim has spent his entire career in the industry now operating an award winning dealership in Calgary Alberta.  Thanks for remaining to be a Rider fan Tim!  Tim's energy is contagious, and he believes that everyone matters, therefore celebrating everyday is how Tim does his part to Better The Pond. 
December 23, 2020
Pondcast with Jamie Mason Cohen
Sometimes what you think is your biggest weakness becomes your greatest strength. Jamie's sensitivity guided him to be an incredible teacher, author, speaker, and facilitator.  Jamie believes in being of value to others, and he lives this belief in his work of helping leaders through grapho-therapy, and his Saturday Night Leaders program.  His book "Live From Your Class- Everything I learned about teaching, I learned from Saturday Night Live" is an Amazon best seller.  Jamie is presently working ion a project to help a 1,000,000 people, now, that is how you #betterthepond.  Thank you Jamie!
December 09, 2020
Pondcast with Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy, the surrogate mother of peoples dreams. Growing up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, she learned the richness of family, community, creativity, and play.  Heather travelled the world,  became the first female in Canada to be on the Forbe's Coaches Council, and started her own business Authentically, and she never stops.  Heather contribution to #betterthepond is helping women in Rwanda get skills and  financial backing to become business owners, and always lighting up a room when she walks in.  Thank you Heather, you were a great guest.  This is one worth listening to!
November 26, 2020
Pondcast with Brady Johnson
Good Better Best. Never let it rest. Til your good gets better, and your better gets best!  Words of wisdom from Brady's mom that she has learned to live by.  Brady has embraced her "odd duckness" and turned it into her confidence, understanding, and leadership abilities. Brady has an incredibly big heart and helps people live happier and healthier lives and therefore creates the ripple effect for everyone around her. She is presently bettering the pond by her 30 days of giving, have a listen.  Thank you Brady!
November 12, 2020
Pondcast with Jeff Alpaugh
Creating the worlds most dangerous shirts is nothing to be taken lightly.  Jeff's military background mixed with his business education, and layering in his incredible sense of style is what makes him the successful entrepreneur that he is today.  His mantra of thank about it, be about it is how he lives his life.  He provided masks to his local school not only to keep kids and teachers safe, but also to make them feel equal. Through tough times, Jeff still gets out there and find the time to #betterthepond.  Thank you Jeff!
October 21, 2020
Pondcast with Tim Rogers
I thought that when the motivation guru's told me that failure is one of the greatest gifts, I thought that they were full of sh%$#.  Now I get it.  From ball boy with the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club, to falling into the restaurant business, Tim has a fantastic story of how some of those defining moments in life can change everything, and we can't explain why. Thank you for all you do to #betterthepond Tim, and for being a fantastic guest. 
October 08, 2020
Pondcast with Lisa Longball Vlooswyk
Hitting a golfball 350 yards, 2 feet, 2 inches is the least that Lisa is capable of doing.  An elementary school teacher, turned golf teacher, to keynote speaker.  You can watch Lisa wake surfing in a housecoat, goalie gear, and Toronto Raptor gear catching the attention of TSN and Pepsi.  Lisa's energy is contagious, and it rolls out in every aspect of her life.  Listen to how Lisa gets to better the pond by inspiring people to find their greatness.  Thank you Lisa, it was an honour. 
September 17, 2020
Pondcast with Jason Kolevski
The gift in the ugly box, that is what Jason calls it when the so called negative events of your life turn into gifts.  This was a great pondcast full of nuggets of wisdom.  Business mentor, coach, and incredible human being, Jason Kolevski, or J.K. tells his story and what he is doing to #betterthepond.  Thank you Jason! 
September 02, 2020
Pondcast with Leah Reddig
Author, speaker, life coach and entrepreneur, Dr. Leah Reddig tells her story of living in Kenya, Dubai, and eventually Germany, and the lessons along the way.  Her belief in reciprocity, helping people live their true purpose is how Leah leads the charge of generosity, and the pond is better with her in it!  Thank you so much Leah! 
August 26, 2020
Pondcast with Dave Carroll
Dave Carroll who single handedly took on United Airlines after they refused to take responsibility for breaking his guitar.  With a small budget and a camera, Dave took to YouTube with his song United Breaks Guitars and became the #1 watched video on YouTube.  Dave is an award winning singer-songwriter, author, and speaker who inspires others through storytelling.  Dave's compassion was palpable, and knows what it is all about to #betterthepond. 
August 19, 2020
Pondcast with Brian Patafie
Keynote speaker, author, and laughter mixologist.  Brain tells his story of getting knocked down, getting back up, and wanting to leave fingerprints on the moon.  Thank you Brian for everything that you do to #betterthepond.
August 12, 2020
Pondcast with Gair Maxwell
International speaker, author of 2 fantastic books, and shameless Calgary Flames fan, Gair Maxwell talks about his story, the bumps along the way, what he learned, and what he has done to #betterthepond.   Thank you Gair! 
August 05, 2020
Pondcast with Caileigh
An amazing story with a young girl who suffered from epilepsy and seizures, to her wish coming true at Disneyworld, and what she is doing to #betterthepond.  Her response is to just throw glitter on it, I think it is much bigger than that.  Thank you to Caileigh and her Mom, Melissa for everything that they do to #betterthepond.  This was a very fun Pondcast. 
July 29, 2020
Pondcast with Mark Schmelinski
Through the Co-Vid 19 pandemic, Mark and his wife Katie from The Everyday Kitchen took 100% of their profit and raised $50,000 to support their local community.  They truly believe that all profitable businesses should give back to the community that supports them.  Not only do they make great doughnuts, they are amazing people doing incredible things.  Thank you Mark!!  You and Katie #betterthepond
July 22, 2020
Pondcast with Shawna Burkhart
The CEO and Founder of The Honest Edge,  who is a amazing coach and counsellor,  wickedly smart, engaging, and who is one to help people sit in the fire to help them transform and grow.  Shawna gets to #betterthepond by helping people unload their burden to give them freedom and happiness.  You have to listen to what Shawna has to say. Brilliant! 
July 16, 2020
Better the Pond- Pondcast with Brian Burkhart
Brian Burkhart- Best selling author of Stand for Something, Founder and Chief Word Guy of Square Planet Productions tells his story, and what he is doing to #betterthepond.  My wish is to have more people like Brian on the planet, round or square, I'm good with it.   Listen in to hear what he has to say.  I hope that you leave inspired, and create your own ripples.  
July 08, 2020
Better the Pond- Pondcast with Bill Greuel
From a farm boy in Bruno Saskatchewan, to working in the Ag Sector for Government, now the CEO of Protein Industries Canada, a supercluster leading the way to help the agriculture industry in Western Canada.  Listen to what Bill has to say about running a structural work culture to a values based work culture and what he is doing to better the pond for his people.
July 01, 2020
Better the Pond - Pondcast with Kendal Netmaker
Kendal grew up on SweetGrass First Nations Reserve, from there he became a 4X Entrepreneur of the Year, winner of the Canada Top 40 under 40, a best selling author of the book Driven to Succeed, owns the successful clothing line Neechie Gear, and loves working with businesses to solve big problems.   Hear what Kendal is doing to #betterthepond
June 24, 2020
Better The Pond - Pondcast with Mark Heise
 Mark Heise from Rebellion Brewing Company talks about the amazing things they are doing  to lead the charge of generosity in Regina.  Not only are they do amazing things to help the community, they make great beer!
June 19, 2020
Better The Pod- Pondcast with Stu Starkey
Listen to what Stu Starkey of Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving Company is doing to better the pond in their community and beyond.  Stu was inspiring, and helped me learn about the strength and courage when facing a disability.
June 19, 2020
Better the Pond- Pondcast with Edward Fitzgerald
International keynote speaker, film producer, and entrepreneur Edward Fitzgerald talks to us about how his acquired brain injury, although extremely difficult, was really a gift, but it helped him trust his instincts.  It was his doctor who told him that he had plateaued, that launched him forward.  We also talk about his mission to transform 3 billion lives.  
June 10, 2020
Better The Pond Pond-Cast with John Wellington
Listen to what John Wellington has to say about helping people see in the dark. 
June 02, 2020