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Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Mark Shields Working with entrepreneurs through Business Link, Mark gets to spend his days helping people solve their problems. This can take widely different forms from client to client which really keeps him nimble in strategy. Mark is able to offer some particular strategy around financials through his time studying accounting and methodically pursuing a CPA designation.Sophia Tang ditched her comfy corporate executive career in pursuit of social entrepreneurship. Her goal is to reduce local food waste by food upcycling and help people like you to make conscious and compassionate purchases. Check out her delicious upcycled snacks at coRISE.ca and follow coRISEfoods on social media. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummarySophia Tang is a Social Entrepreneur and Founder of coRISE. She chats with Mark about food waste and her decision to start a company with a mission to end food waste by upcycling food in Alberta.Show Quote:"In Alberta alone, over 70,000 Kilograms of grains per day are wasted just in the brewing process.""One of the things that I really had to overcome was sustainable packaging ""Only 9% of all recyclable products in Canada, are actually recycled. Most end up in the landfill because the city doesn't have the capacity to process all of it."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Michael Chui Michael Chui enjoys learning about different perspectives and challenges assumptions through questions. He had a diverse career in finance and operations, technology (software), product management (product owner) and regulatory economics including times training as a locomotive engineer. His diverse experience allows him to look at complex ideas through multiple lenses and pinpoint its simplest core values. He is currently unlearning && re-learning how to build intuitive (web) applications and effective architecture solutions as a full stack developer. He is also volunteering with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta to help accountants better adapt to the latest in software and technology.Aymie Rondeau Aymie Rondeau is a Chartered Professional Accountant, entrepreneur and founder of The Curvy Shop. The Curvy Shop is a curated collection of the best in women's plus-size fashion. Aymie founded the company in 2019 after becoming frustrated trying to find high quality and modern plus-size fashion to meet her needs as a professional. When Aymie isn't hunting down the latest fashion trends, she can be found taking her chocolate Lab, Bentley on adventures, in her vegetable garden, or travelling and eating her way around the world.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryWe are talking to different leaders and innovators in the Alberta technology and startup ecosystem with past experiences in traditional finance roles. They'll talk about their experience in finance and startup, ideas, and their thoughts on a diverse career. Aymie leveraged her personal frustration (with a lack of clothing options) into a sustainable business (the Curvy Shop) - ultimately winning the inaugural ATB Financial Build Her Business crowdfunding competition. She shares her thoughts around the future of clothing and personal lessons navigating her diverse career that included public accounting, logistics, and bootstrapping her startup. The Curvy Shop (https://www.shopthecurvy.com/pages/about-us) Brene Brown (https://www.ted.com/speakers/brene_brown)Show Quote:"Being more open-minded to possibilities. I don't think in a world today where people can think of a career so rigidly and it can zigzag all over the place. Being more comfortable with risk in your career.""From a fashion industry standpoint, inclusion isn't something I can ignore. It all intertwines with my business model, so I am constantly reading to continue to educate myself the best I can."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Al Del Degan I am a proven leader with over twenty-three years of diverse experience designing, delivering, and supporting software and technology projects. I believe in giving back to my community and I enjoy networking and helping to grow Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. Creatively you will find me pursuing my passions of podcasting, photography and wood working along with the occasional round of golf.David Burtyn I am responsible for user growth and adoption of the Ruckify platform in western Canada. I have led the expansion team for Calgary through covid and now are looking to get more involved with the Calgary community to show how Ruckify can Help. Ruckify is the rent anything platform - Like airbnb but for stuff. We help people make money renting out items the already own to other members of the community to help them save money as well. We have a partnership with the United Way in Calgary to help get them laptops, cell phones and tablets to health professionals and their patients to help stay connected.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryDavid found out at the young age of sixteen that he had the gift of gab, and getting paid to just chat with people was a great way to make a living. Later the psychology of sales kept his interest and has taken him through a great career so far in sales and business development. Learn how David was relentless in making sure that he got hired on at a company called Ruckify.  A company that he felt was a great fit for his skills, and as far as he was concerned, he was going to make sure it was very successful. Also get to learn where the creative name for the company came from.Show Quote:"For the first time in a while I had defined that is what I want, I could see the potential, I could see what I could do with it""There is no such thing as a bad conversation about Ruckify, the more people we can educate, the more people we can help""A chicken plucker is on the platform... I have seen an inflatable unicorn suit... it's literally everything [on the Ruckify platform]"Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Michael Chui Michael Chui enjoys learning about different perspectives and challenges assumptions through questions. He had a diverse career in finance and operations, technology (software), product management (product owner) and regulatory economics including times training as a locomotive engineer. His diverse experience allows him to look at complex ideas through multiple lenses and pinpoint its simplest core values. He is currently unlearning && re-learning how to build intuitive (web) applications and effective architecture solutions as a full stack developer. He is also volunteering with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta to help accountants better adapt to the latest in software and technology.Dr. Byron Chu Byron has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data science projects. As a data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform and impact on every level of society: from education and the environment to the health issues we may potentially face.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryIn an online article, the business publication Forbes recently discussed the importance of teaching K-12 students “computational thinking”. Computational thinking is a way to solve complex problems by breaking them down into steps and finding trends and patterns. In this episode, Rainforest Alberta host Michael Chui chats with Dr. Byron Chu, project manager and data scientist for the Callysto program. Byron talks about why it’s important to teach students computational thinking and what Callysto is doing to bring computational thinking into Grades 5-12 classrooms across Canada. About Callysto, Callysto is a free, online learning tool that helps Grades 5-12 students and teachers across Canada learn and apply in-demand data science skills, including data analysis, visualization, coding, and computational thinking. The online tool’s interactive learning modules are available in a variety of subjects – from math to history – and are aligned with existing curriculums. The Callysto is federally-funded and is led by the non-profit organizations Cybera and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. Callysto: https://callysto.ca/ Callysto Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPdq1SYKA42EZBvUlNQUAng Cybera: https://www.cybera.ca/ Jupyter notebook: https://jupyter.org/ Forbes article: "Stop Calculating And Start Teaching Computational Thinking" by Tom Vander Ark. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2020/06/29/stop-calculating-and-start-teaching-computational-thinking/#3f1856d83786Show Quote:"Computational thinking in combination with data science and open data is a very powerful phenomenon...where industries can share a lot of the knowledge to come up with solutions to apply to teach and educate. ""In the student's first hackathons, we had challenges on Pokemon, Spotify, and Alice in Wonderland. Books can be turned into data. Words can be turned into data. We had a whole exploration of what you can do with natural language processing, even though (the students) don't recognize they are doing natural language processing."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Adam Ludgate Adam is a technical leader who is involved in the startup/tech community and is enticed by new and innovative ways of solving problems with technology. He has worked previously with the likes of IBM Canada, AOL UK, tech startups in London's 'Silicon Roundabout' as well as with a variety of oil & gas software firms in various software development and leadership capacities.Nicolas Beique Nic is a tech entrepreneur who founded and built Helcim from the ground up. Helcim is Nic's passion. He spends his days working with his incredible team, as they build amazing payment experiences for their merchants. https://www.helcim.comPlease be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryLearn about Nicolas and his ability to keep his eye out for problems and then implement creative solutions to help businesses with their ecommerce and financial technology requirements through his company Helcim. The fintech industry is complicated and filled with dinosaurs who are slow to change and implement new technologies.Show Quote:"When you start out as an entrepreneur at a very young age, you don't have resources, you don't have experience, you don't have money, but you do have time."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Michael Chui Michael Chui enjoys learning about different perspectives and challenges assumptions through questions. He had a diverse career in finance and operations, technology (software), product management (product owner) and regulatory economics including times training as a locomotive engineer. His diverse experience allows him to look at complex ideas through multiple lenses and pinpoint its simplest core values. He is currently unlearning && re-learning how to build intuitive (web) applications and effective architecture solutions as a full stack developer. He is also volunteering with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta to help accountants better adapt to the latest in software and technology.Matt Lee Matt’s experience coalesces at the intersection of business, finance and technology. With a career spanning 18 years, Matt has worked with venture capital firms, multinational financial institutions, and technology startups from Alberta to Silicon Valley. He has extensive experience in assisting management teams with capital raising and operational assessments and has a keen sense of what’s needed to succeed in business. Currently, Matt is a product manager at Certent, Inc., focusing on software solutions for private company CFOs.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryI am talking to different leaders and innovators in the Alberta technology and startup ecosystem with past experiences in traditional finance roles. Matt Lee shares his thoughts around finance (as an operation specialist who is very specialized in finance) and product management (is a founder who has access to a capital pool) in both traditional and startup space. Book liked by Matt: Alchemist By Paulo Coelho https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144590-the-alchemistShow Quote:"Success is all about doing. You are going to fail, it will be painful at times. If you don't do it, you'll just sit there and wonder for the rest of your life. ""Investors care about the metrics around how this is going to work. You got to have something to prove the market is willing to pay for. Having something cool is good. Having something someone will pay for is best.""We don't have a lot of Series C and Series D (ventures) yet. We're starting to grow out. In five years, we're going to see more companies in Series C and Series D funds. (Alberta) has the advantage as there is government money chasing ideas here. We just need to increase that velocity at the startup side."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Trevor Prentice Trevor Prentice has nearly a decade of experience managing and advising on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, commercial agreements), and is the founder and lead Intellectual Property Strategist with IP Link. Trevor has a BSc in Physics, a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, and a Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Trevor is refreshingly not a lawyer and as such, he will help you understand and optimize your intellectual property protection strategy from a business perspective.Allie Knull Allie Knull, RPR CPHR Candidate - Bio Allie’s passion for talent management has spanned her eighteen-year career. Although her career started with nation-wide companies, Allie’s recent focus is helping small business owners master their talent management. She has experience in all things human resources related for companies from one to 80,000 employees. Allie is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Candidate with CPHR Alberta and a Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) with the Institute of Professional Management. She is a Top Recruiter™ in Canada 2019 Award winner placing 10th overall and currently sits on the NPO Collective board in Edmonton.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryIn this episode, Trevor and Allie discuss how Allie “accidentally” got into human resources, how she became an entrepreneur and her opinion of typical resume based hiring processes. We also discussed improved techniques for hiring and getting hired, including some intriguing stats.Show Quote:"Typically speaking, the job postings are only representative of 11% of available jobs. 11.""Dare I say, I think 40 hour work weeks might be done.""Even though I'm still a very outgoing individual, I still get nervous going to networking meetings and I think that's the one thing that people need to understand."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Mark Shields Working with entrepreneurs through Business Link, Mark gets to spend his days helping people solve their problems. This can take widely different forms from client to client which really keeps him nimble in strategy. Mark is able to offer some particular strategy around financials through his time studying accounting and methodically pursuing a CPA designation.Brett Colvin Brett is a lifelong entrepreneur and leader. Before becoming a lawyer, Brett owned a successful painting business and lead the University of Alberta varsity soccer team to countless victories. After law school, he worked at Canada’s largest law firm as a corporate lawyer for 4 years. He saw first hand every day that most people need legal help but can’t afford it. They don’t qualify for Legal Aid, but the typical firm rates are simply out of reach. Determined to find a way to fix the crisis, Brett left the world of corporate law and started building a team with the shared goal of changing the world. Today, he's the CEO and Co-founder of Goodlawyer, an online marketplace dedicated to helping people find the legal help they need.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show Summary:   Show Quote:Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound DesignEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Graham Sucha Graham Sucha has worked within the Calgary business community for nearly 15 years. He has spent the past year working for a tech not-for-profit following a four year stint where he served as the MLA for the constituency of Calgary Shaw.Lori Farley Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary.   Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments. INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing.   IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding.   Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryLori Farley discusses her experience in the not-for-profit innovation scene, where she has worked to create an inclusive ecosystem, with a focus on social justice and driving local businesses to be successful.Show Quote:"We need to work as locally as possible to create global businesses so those resources leak into the community not out of the community. "“We have the idea that arts is part of the innovation ecosystem, so artists are part of our ecosystem. So the way artists think about innovations and creativity need to be brought into the tech industry.”"Each of the co-founders have a very strong social justice-social impact vein. So we are doing the business development piece like most other people do... but we are coming at it from an impact first perspective."   "I thought that I had to be the normal, and turns out that my normal is what other people need"Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Lori Farley Lori Farley Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary. Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments. INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing: IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding. As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs. She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia.Toni Guffei After getting an Economics degree from the University of Alberta, Toni began her career in B.C. as a Statistical Analyst at Vancouver Airport where she tracked aircraft stats used to justify the need for a third runway. After the project was approved, she took on the role of managing the marketing for 13 airports within the province by promoting their leased and licensed air terminal space. After 8 years in the transportation industry, she went back to school at the University of Victoria where she completed a master’s degree in business majoring in Marketing. She relocated to Calgary in 2002 and worked within the tech sector for several years while running own consulting practice: Ratio Marketing Inc. Her practice has successfully evolved its marketing research, strategy, and planning services for businesses in Canada and the U.S., and has expanded from the technology sector, into construction, education, hospitality and B2B industries. In 2013 she launched Ratio Reports - a Do It Yourself Strategic Marketing program for small businesses who want to learn how to build their own measurable, marketing plan of action. She hosts training workshops on a range of marketing topics from How to Get Customer Feedback to Digital Marketing Advertising – always with a focus on strategic methods. Working with young entrepreneurs is one of her passions. Toni is a Professor at Mount Royal University and teaches Digital Marketing online for the University of Calgary.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.Show SummaryToni Guffei sees a pattern of three things going on with entrepreneurs, business owners, and decision makers related to marketing: Protecting: businesses are pulling back on spending, shutting down, and retreating. Need:Some marketing, to have a presence, otherwise there may be a perception that they are going under. Promoting: businesses increasing promotion because there is a necessary need for what they have to offer e.g. health and wellness. Need: Promotion of what they're doing, or how they are adapting. Pivoting: businesses changing their product and their service offering completely; like the brewery that has pivoted into temporarily, of course, making hand sanitizers. Some are doing a hard pivot to totally different products and services. Need: Re-messaging for temporary pivots, and rebranding for new offerings. Resources: The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber “I think it's a must read for entrepreneurs because he talks about the basics of what you need to know, and one of the concepts that he speaks of is, how every business owner should know about every aspect of their business. They should know about how to run the finances, they should know how to do the operations and the development of the products and services, they should know how to do their marketing.”Show Quote:"As a professor I teach the foundations of marketing, and it's really about the target market. What is the market wants, and how do we tie in the product, price, place, and promotion aspect of marketing into the business goals.""Marketing, in many cases, you know, is half science, half art, part psychology, that's my made up Yogi Berra, quote :)""I think was 84% of respondents said that if [a brand] came across as trying to salvage something, and not being community oriented, that [respondents] would not use that brand, again, forever” [what you do during this time is going to have a long term enduring impact on your brand]"Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound DesignEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.Trevor Prentice Trevor Prentice has nearly a decade of experience managing and advising on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, commercial agreements), and is the founder and lead Intellectual Property Strategist with IP Link. Trevor has a BSc in Physics, a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, and a Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Trevor is refreshingly not a lawyer and as such, he will help you understand and optimize your intellectual property protection strategy from a business perspective.Sophia Fairweather Sophia Fairweather is a very interesting leader and award winner in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She is a Board member to AWSN.org, a Policy Influencer, an Entrepreneur, and an Inventor . Sophia's online presence can easily be found on Google by Googling Sophia Fairweather, going to Twitter / LinkedIn, or her Site StartUpBySophia.com/products. She has won 6 Awards and many other recognitions: Canada 150 Women of Inspiration Award, ASTECH Award, Manning Innovation Award Alberta, TECVenture Award, ATB BoostR Award, and Alberta's Leaders of Tomorrow Award. For her efforts she has been recognized in both the Alberta Legislative Assembly, the Canadian Senate and the Parliament of Canada; as well as being invited to speak and present. Sophia is a very motivated youngster who is using STEM Innovation to get youth and especially girls in to Technology and Engineering as well as leadership by opening doors, role modeling and setting an example to both parents and youth. She is showing that "Innovation does NOT Discriminate" and is for everyone regardless of age, lifestyle, and culture. She herself has created and sold 4 products, her favorites being the Windshield BandAid, Funcro, and now an Air Quality System which is new new and is still in R&D .... and is looking for partners to assist other youth like her . Her happiest moments have come from influencing parents and youth about "What is possible !!" and showing them 'That they are not alone !!!"; as well as influencing the Government of Canada to open up an $11 million dollar fund and grant process for girls in STEM which is opening up more doors for girls like her though the Minister Maryam Monsef's announcement in the Budget Implementation Act."Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:    Show Quote: "If you have an idea and it doesn’t work, use the good parts to start something new." "Even if they do fail, they can do things with that failure. Failure is just a way of showing you can get better at something." "If you do go to an event, if you have a booth, or if you’re up on the stage presenting. It’s good in general but it’s especially good for youth because then you’re taken more seriously."Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound DesignEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Lori Farley Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary. Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments. INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing: IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding. As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs. She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia. Brad Gaulin, P.Eng., MBA, is the Chief Evolution Officer of CEvO Solutions Inc.. Brad is an evolutionary change agent & executive team coach that has been transforming organizations for over 12 years as a consultant, & for over 35 years as a professional, executive & serial entrepreneur. Brad empowers leaders & their teams to consciously change & grow by combining a proven agile change process with a conscious (sustainable/ESG) business philosophy. Clients can leverage his extensive experience in strategy, innovation, growth marketing, organizational design, operational excellence, team building, leadership & cultural transformation. He honed these skills in the upstream energy sector, pipelining, engineering, industrial products/services, automation & information/web technology.Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:    Show Quote: Credits...This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! MagazineEpisode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound DesignEpisode Music: Tony Del DeganCreator & Producer: Al Del DeganSystem Engineering Sponsor: Kris Chase - PODMaster 2020  
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Graham Sucha has worked within the Calgary business community for nearly 15 years. He has spent the past year working for a tech not-for-profit following a four year stint where he served as the MLA for the constituency of Calgary Shaw. Dafne Canales Lees has spent nearly two decades working as an entrepreneur, business strategist and marketer. She currently serves on several boards in Calgary and runs Spartan Spark Inc. which helps organizations navigate the digital marketing space. Her most recent endeavor has been the launch of "Project Lemons to Lemonade" which interviews experts who share knowledge and bring hope to the global business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  We all faced setbacks that can derail our goals, however sometimes we can leverage these setbacks to create new opportunities for ourselves and the community around us. In this podcast Dafne Canales Lees shares some of her experiences as a marketer, business strategist and entrepreneur. She will discuss her own setbacks and how she is using the lessons learned to help individuals and businesses navigate the challenges faced due to COVID-19. Show Quote: "We're going to create this awesome platform called Project Lemons to Lemonade and were going to help other companies get visibility and talk about how we can support each other and learn from each other... I find in times of trouble it's always great to reach out to a community and see how we can be helpful."  Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.   Adam Ludgate is a technical leader who is involved in the startup/tech community and is enticed by new and innovative ways of solving problems with technology. He has worked previously with the likes of IBM Canada, AOL UK, tech startups in London's 'Silicon Roundabout' as well as with a variety of oil & gas software firms in various software development and leadership capacities.Mark Botkin is a Biochemistry Grad of U of S, has spent time at prominent U of A labs doing medical research. He’s been part of a number of challenging start-ups primarily designing computers and software for communications and construction. Mark became knowledgeable in 3D modelling which has allowed him to model & design a bicycle seat to give people a choice other than the traditional saddle. Product website: https://www.xenomorphix.com/ Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  Mark & Adam dive into detail about Mark’s design of a new style bicycle seat which is a form of a mini-bench instead of a traditional style bike saddle. They discuss the value this new design provides, as well as challenges in getting the product to market. Show Quote: "Unlike a traditional bike saddle, I've created something that is comfortable to sit on, while also being able to pedal!"    Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. This episode is hosted by Michael Chui.  Michael learning about different perspectives and challenging assumptions through questions. He has had a diverse career in finance and operations, software and technology, and regulatory economics - including time training as a locomotive engineer and a product owner.   His diverse experience allows him to look at complex ideas through multiple lenses and pinpoint the simplest core values. He is currently unlearning & re-learning how to build intuitive web applications and effective architecture solutions as a full stack developer. Michael is also volunteering with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta to help accountants better adapt to the latest in software and technology. Paige Lennox is serving as a Registered Nurse for 25 years and working with patients and families in Acute Critical Care, Addictions and End-of-Life Care. She witnessed many heartbreaking stories: - Loved ones who don’t know where to turn to get their dying parent the dignity they deserve. - Critically ill individuals who can’t get an appointment with a doctor. - Patients sent home too soon when they’re not strong enough and have no one to care for them. She also experienced a personal healthcare challenge when supporting her mother through a two-year struggle with terminal cancer. This reminded her over and over again of just how overwhelming health issues can be. These experiences developed her passion for helping patients and their families navigate the medical system. Paige created Canadian Health Advocates Inc. (CHAI) as a way to assist patients, loved ones and ageing adults during a health crisis, on both an emotional and practical level.   Her professional and personal experience enabled her to bridge the gap between the medical community and the patient. Because she knows the system from both the patient perspective and from the healthcare practitioner’s, she is able to use that knowledge to empower others. When she is not working, you will find her playing the banjo and climbing mountains (but not at the same time). Article mentioned: Telehealth’s future is bright. Here’s what it’ll look like in 2025   Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  Health advocacy is a niche idea in Canada despite its popularity in the U.S. healthcare system. Paige explains what is health advocacy and how her team helps Canadian better navigate our health care system through health advocacy and telehealth. Hear Paige shares her journey from a registered nurse to the founder of Canadian Health Advocates and what she learned from an accelerator program in B.C. Show Quote: "We follow up on referrals and tests that have been done. We don't give hands-on care. We act as consultants to help people navigate the healthcare system."  "Know your limits. Know what you know and know what you don't know. Be brave enough to ask a lot of questions." "More people we let know about (health advocacy) and more people can get access to help." Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Christopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see. Ruthann Weeks is the founder of Harmony In The Workplace Ltd. She is a tireless forward thinking crusader whose efforts have helped to bring the importance of an abuse-free work environment to the forefront of public awareness. She is also a gifted corporate keynote speaker who delivers a powerful message about today’s workplace challenges to senior executives and decision makers. Starting off as a Certified Information and Referral Specialist in the human service sector, Ruthann went on to graduate as a Human Resource Manager. She also obtained her CMHA certification as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. Along the way, Ruthann discovered that the more she learned about workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and psychological safety, the more she wanted to improve the workplace environment for everyone. That’s when she first established her social enterprise to foster safety in the workplace by addressing violence and harassment through practical education and risk mitigating strategies. In keeping with her desire to build corporate social responsibility into her business model and in furtherance of her grand vision to help create safe spaces for those fleeing abuse, Ruthann donates a portion of all revenues to domestic violence prevention initiatives. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  Ruthann shares how she took disappointment and one negative experience at a previous employer and turned it into fuel to start out in another direction entirely – finding ways to help others prevent some of the same experiences she encountered. Not only did she spend time building up her business over the past four years, but has found ways to pivot as COVID began, developing coursework and seminars that continued to move her business forward digitally. Her optimistic approach, and positive mindset enable her to help businesses thrive. Show Quote: "Make an appointment with your disappointment – schedule it, put it in your calendar [...] and then get refocused."  "When someone’s in the right position for them, they feel it in their core. If you feel energized by your work, you’re on the right path" "We’re all in the same storm, but not in the same boat [...] now more than ever is the time to be gracious towards others." "You must invest in yourself, you have to. Rather than a scarcity mindset, to be an entrepreneur you have to have an abundance mindset."   Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Lori Farley Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary. Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments. INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing: IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding. As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs. She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia. Rachneet Randhawa. I'm Rachneet and my hometown has always been Calgary. I have noticed that we are often not taught to find "our voice" before "we speak." Schooling doesn't teach us that – not entirely. I've also always been a wanderer and have wanted to be a travel bug. It was a couple of trips to India to see the family growing up that I was shocked to see a country ridden with both a) poverty and b) pollution and also culture shock towards my South Asian heritage and roots. I always reflected on: what more can I do for my community? Having this unique point of view of being Canadian and coming from a different culture, I realized that there was so much more I need to see, learn and experience from other countries, states and cities across the globe. I have attended and represented Initiatives of Change (Canada), a peacebuilding forum and the completed the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) of Initiatives of Change, USA. I also had the chance to network with an alumnus of CSP of over 1000 people from 109 countries. It was an exhilarating experience I was grateful for. Because of it, I am now able to assess the adversity in old and destructive narratives and have a proactive approach to becoming a problem solver. For instance, our epidemic of domestic violence in Calgary is regardless of culture, creed, tradition, or socio-economic status and overlooks the malevolence of gender disparity of power and control within intimate partner violence. My internship with Impact Calgary and Intonovus Canada was an eye-opening experience because for once I began to see what I can offer my community rather than what it can offer me. And most extraordinarily of all - we as youth can be the change we wish to see in the world through social impact and social entrepreneurship. What is the most fascinating is the social impact not only addresses the triple bottom line of People, Profit and Planet but has the grit and ingenuity to change people's values, attitudes and behaviours - the most powerful transformation of all. As a generation of millennials, we are falsely associated with a sense of entitlement and status oriented. This is because we are not taught how to use our potential capability in a dignified and humbling way and become changemakers. So what is my story? Well, I am for a career in law/journalism and social enterprise. What does that exactly mean? I want to combine my interests in writing and mediography to pursue solutions of innovation for sustainability, women's rights and security and the way we can use social media to realize the everlasting benefits of the "giver's gain." One everlasting piece of advice I would tell youth graduating from university/college nowadays is to be open to the possibilities and to make decisions out of love and not fear. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  How this millennial, has been learning to use her potential capability to become a changemaker through entrepreneurship. Show Quote: "I think things aren't going to change until people my age, they've realized that, it's really, the resources are inside of them. It's not really somewhere out there. There's a lot of potential in your own city, they don’t have to look halfway across the country."    Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Christopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see. Shelvie Fernan moved to Edmonton when she was 20 years old fresh from the Philippines. She was finishing her degree in Bachelors Of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering when her entire family decided to move to Canada.  She worked as a manager of a clothing retail store for a year then she decided to pursue her degree in Business Administration Major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Throughout post-secondary, Shelvie was a student leader serving as a club executive for the Filipino Students Association. She also competed in various case competitions representing NAIT. Prior to graduation, Shelvie got a job offer by Manpower Alberta as the Job Placement Consultant of TECHCareers. This experience exposed her to the local tech ecosystem and introduced her to Rainforest. A few months into the job, Shelvie decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream by starting Fly and Fetch. She is currently the CEO of this early stage start-up leading her team and tasked with business development, sales, and operations. Victoria Celi was born and raised in Ecuador, where she worked for the Government  in topics related with eradication of poverty and redistribution of wealth. She founded a company whose mission was to promote ventures and facilitate their access to the national market. This experience helped her to discover her passion for entrepreneurship, so she decided to move to Canada to improve her knowledge and skills in this field. Currently, she is studying a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NAIT, and is the co-founder of Fly and Fetch, an online Peer-to-Peer Shipping Marketplace that connects travelers, with extra luggage space, and shippers who need to send a package abroad. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  This is the story of how one idea will often lead you to another – or how you need to recognize when opportunity is actually knocking on your door. Shelvie and Victoria were both talking about a different business that Shelvie had started up, and upon encountering a problem in that business that would be easily solved through paying a friend who was travelling...a business was born! Hear the story of idea to product – and the backgrounds of the two entrepreneurs themselves – for an “obvious” idea (that no one is doing!) that these two energetic entrepreneurs decided to bring to life in a formalized way. Show Quote: "Rainforest was one of the first places where I really felt comfortable to speak up and share my ideas"  "Our travellers are going to be really attached to their community – because there will be that sense of trust" "Because a lot of the travellers are going to be from the same backgrounds, it’s more than just about the products that are being shipped – it’s like we speak the same language, being able to reminisce about “home”, wherever they are trying ship." "Before, when I had started a company in my home country, it was me and my co-founder, and we didn’t have any insight from outside. Here in Edmonton we feel so much more supported by the community as a whole." "Be open to change: you need to be versatile, you need to be agile. Things will happen that you don’t expect, but don’t give up" Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.   Jade Alberts is the Founder of Peer Guidance and a Business Strategist / Entrepreneur / Connector / Investor that Tells It Like It Is. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes you have to let go to grow, so contact him to set up an Honest Meeting. Jade enjoys building trusting relationships with "Handshake Honesty." He has a genuine passion for both people and businesses. Honesty, Authenticity, Networking, Connecting, and Sharing are the pillars of his belief system. Join Jade on his Facebook Live “Telling It Like it Is” Interview every Wednesday 9:30am MST. It's a 15-minute discussion that shares Small Business Owners' stories. www.PeerGuidance.ca   www.facebook.com/JadeAlbertsConsulting Derek Fraser is a seasoned and energetic executive who is committed to enlarging the pool of financial resources to fund the changes in our world worthy of investment. Committed to a donor-centred approach to realizing impact and philanthropic success. Derek possesses an expert level of knowledge with years of service to many organizations, and delivers results quickly. Stressing the importance of stewardship in all philanthropic activities and an advocate for it at all levels. Fostering and maintaining significant relationships worldwide through a genuine interest in donors, their families and the broader philanthropic sector. Ardent supporter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Donor Bill of Rights, and the AFP Code of Ethics demanded for membership in AFP. Let's make this HAPPEN! Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  One of the pillars of Rainforest Alberta is "Giving Back".  In this episode, Jade speaks with seasoned executive and philanthropist, Derek Fraser about the importance of philanthropy and ethics. Show Quote: "The opportunity to reach out to people because often you’re afraid to ask for help"  "People Care about you and your longevity"   Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Christopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see. Mack Male is a dedicated community-builder who has given back through thousands of hours of board, committee, and volunteer work for more than a dozen different organizations. Along his own journey in the technology space, he was involved early in the pre-DotCom boom, and has continued to grow and evolve along the way. Today, he is co-founder of Taproot Media, and has received numerous distinctions over the years such as Top 40 under 40 from Avenue Magazine, and one of Alberta’s Next 10 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine. He is also deeply involved in the tech community in Edmonton, and shares an interest in municipal politics – a subject on which he co-hosts his own podcast, Speaking Municipally. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  Mack shares with us his story within the Edmonton tech community – from early days in the pre-DotCom area, through to now. Along the way, he shares some great words of wisdom regarding how to make your venture “stick”, while also advising people to recognize when the time is right to move on. As a co-founder of Taproot Media, he has seen the value of going “all-in” on a project, and the results that can come through focused efforts. Mack’s journey is one of questions, and of an appreciation for good journalism – of truly getting to the bottom of things. Thankfully for us, there’s always another question to ask, and Mack and Taproot Media are there to find the answers. Show Quote: "Cadence and frequency are really important, it builds habit and expectation from your audience – if you show up and continue to work at it, it’s bound to pay off."  "First and foremost we wanted to build a really successful business. We figured if we could make something work here, then we could have an impact on media and journalism worldwide." "The decentralized network of people within the community is far more successful than having one wayfinder. You need to try things, talk to new people, and be open to making new connections – that’s how the most successful people stay open to opportunity." "You don’t need to be a 22-yr-old white man living on ramen to build a company. That’s the person we see in pop culture, but that’s not consistent with who is actually able to do something. You just have to go out and start something. That’s it." Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. I am hosting this episode myself.  I am a proven leader with over twenty-three years of diverse experience designing, delivering, and supporting software and technology projects. I believe in giving back to my community and I enjoy networking and helping to grow Alberta’s innovation ecosystem.  Creatively you will find me pursuing my passions of podcasting, photography and wood working along with the occasional round of golf. Jade Alberts is the Founder of Peer Guidance and a Business Strategist / Entrepreneur / Connector / Investor that Tells It Like It Is. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes you have to let go to grow, so contact him to set up an Honest Meeting. Jade enjoys building trusting relationships with "Handshake Honesty." He has a genuine passion for both people and businesses. Honesty, Authenticity, Networking, Connecting, and Sharing are the pillars of his belief system. Join Jade on his Facebook Live “Telling It Like it Is” Interview every Wednesday 9:30am MST. It's a 15-minute discussion that shares Small Business Owners' stories. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Episode Summary:Krista is a talented drummer and music teacher, but she is also a magazine publisher.  The story of how Community Now Magazine came to be is interesting enough, but what the magazine strives to do in the community is outstanding.  Quotes: "We're not talking to each other, we stay in our industry. Not-for-profits talk to not-for-profits, but they need business, education and innovation. Same for business, we need the not-for-profits and the community and education to make everything work." "The Rainforest is one of the best community places you can go for business because it really truly represents helping each other, without expecting anything back. And it allows you to use your skills to help other people move forward." "We all need to share everything to help each other grow... to support each other, and help inspire others to do really cool things." Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Christopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see. Jay Downton is a local entrepreneur and community advocate, whose own personal philosophies line up well with Rainforest AB’s ethos. Describing himself as simply a “Passionate Edmontonian”, Jay maintains a humble approach. However that belies his true impact in our community as he is the President of Oodle Noodle, Co-founder at the Nation Network (Oilersnation, et al), and Co-Owner of The Little Brick Cafe and the River Valley Company. While his experience has been one of “failing forward” at times, he has been a serial entrepreneur for years, and is a believer of the importance of community in building business. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary:  Jay walks us through his early beginnings from business opportunities (and failures) in his college days to share with us how he followed his passions to reach the community through his work. While he has companies across digital marketing, the restaurant industry, and construction and development, all of them are centered on the idea of bringing people together – with Edmonton as the focal point. Jay’s motivations are based on community-building, and he gets excited by people finding connections with each other. “We’re missionaries” he says, “to slowly turn the world into Edmonton fans.” Show Quote: "All roads lead to Edmonton. We are doing what we can to make Edmonton a Global 10"  "I’m a believer in building a business that you’re passionate about – if you don’t have that passion, you’ll have nothing to keep fueling you through the tough days." "Building those networks and communities is how we win together...you might have seven ideas, but they might not all work, and they might come together and work around that one winning idea to make Edmonton a better place for winning ideas to grow." Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. I am hosting this episode myself.  For more than 20 years I have provided leadership and guidance in technology and software development. When I am not networking, making connections and trying to help out wherever I can, I follow my creative passions of graphic design and photography. Krista Malden is the publisher of Community Now! Magazine.  She is Exploring and connecting the community one story at a time. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Episode Summary:Krista is a talented drummer and music teacher, but she is also a magazine publisher.  The story of how Community Now Magazine came to be is interesting enough, but what the magazine strives to do in the community is outstanding.  Quotes: "We're not talking to each other, we stay in our industry. Not-for-profits talk to not-for-profits, but they need business, education and innovation. Same for business, we need the not-for-profits and the community and education to make everything work." "The Rainforest is one of the best community places you can go for business because it really truly represents helping each other, without expecting anything back. And it allows you to use your skills to help other people move forward." "We all need to share everything to help each other grow... to support each other, and help inspire others to do really cool things." Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Community Now! Magazine Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. This episode is hosted by Kate Day. Kate is a Freelancer providing Voice Over, Audio Editing, and Podcast Support as KD Sound Design. With 12 years experience in Radio Broadcasting as a producer, she offers businesses a new option of marketing via podcasting and adds that extra polished finish to any project needing audio processing. Micah Louison is the 25 year old founder of the start-up Home In A Bag. His entrepreneur Journey started after entering the concept for Home In A Bag into a business idea pitch competition. The inspiration for Home In A Bag came from the experience at the age of eight after his birthplace of Grenada was devastated by a Category 5 hurricane which caused his family to move to Canada. With the guidance of mentors he’s met through the Rainforest, he has overcome the hurdles that come with building a tech startup. With this help he’s been able to make effective entrepreneurial decisions which got him to be featured by the United Nations Inspiring Youth Day. Micah is hoping to change the world with Home In a Bag. Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Show Summary: Home in a Bag is inspired from experiences Micah has had in disasters and with the help of the Rainforest has become a reality. We discuss the birth of the idea and how it has evolved to today’s version plus what’s next. Show Quote: "I just started talking about Home in a Bag to EVERYONE. Everything was about HOME In A Bag! … I found as I added to it, the imagination of others... started building on it. Then it turned into Home in a Bag: It’s a portable sleeping bag/Tent that’s built into a camping backpack. It is a home that fits into a bag." "Rainforest has been instrumental in EVERY SINGLE STEP… it's the consistency of having my imagination validated on a weekly basis that kept it going."  Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core Episode Audio Editing: Kate Day - KD Sound Design Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. I am hosting this episode myself.  For more than 20 years I have provided leadership and guidance in technology and software development. When I am not networking, making connections and trying to help out wherever I can, I follow my creative passions of graphic design and photography. Matt Templeton has a Masters of Science where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Computing. He became a partner at Associated Research, where he spent almost 15 years perfecting his product development skills. He holds multiple patents on a range of products both in Canada and internationally. His first start-up was a Health and Safety company which he grew to nearly 30 employees and over 3 million in annual revenues.  As discussed in this episode: A great book on leadership and creativity is "Creativity Inc." by Ed Catmull Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show. Episode Summary:Matt and I dig into the concept of "the generalist" and how being curious and having an insatiable desire to learn, as well as genuinely being interested in people can be a super power for entrepreneurs. Leadership and people skills are so much more important than technical skills when you are trying to run a company. Quotes: "If anyone's ever had sort of an office mom, you know you love them... they are critical" "Enjoy your passion, and learn lots and lots of different things, but a little bit of strategy and a little bit of forethought goes a long way" "When I was young, I overvalued the technical skills though. I wish I had started earlier on... leadership stuff, working with people, learning how to work well with people" Credits... This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Episode Music: Tony Del Degan Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 
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rainforestalberta
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Started
Feb 19th, 2019
Latest Episode
Sep 15th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
86
Avg. Episode Length
36 minutes
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