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The future of fashion with Lisa Lawrence

Lisa J Lawrence – Co-founder, President and designer. Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and design from the University of Alberta. She has managed a variety of rapid growth retail and entertainment businesses in both the fashion and art industries. She has in depth experience in design and is the creator of all the collections for Lawrence Scott Atelier. She oversees all operations and is the heart and soul of LAWRENCE SCOTT INC. Lisa is currently located in Ottawa where she runs a remote team of predominantly of women who have complete autonomy over when and where they work.


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Creating a time saving, economical, customer focused car washing experience

Chris Friesen currently serves as the President & CEO of Mint Smartwash, a company that owns and operates a chain of exterior express car washes predominantly in Canada and one location in the United States. Mint Smartwash is now the largest Express Car Wash chain in Canada with seven washes open and an eighth scheduled to open in July. Chris is a born and raised Calgarian.

He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Upon graduating from the University of Alberta in 2003. Friesen spent nearly 10 years working in the oil and gas upstream sector. In 2013, he joined his father Don Friesen in the family office, the Friesen Group of Companies, and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the family office. The Friesen Group is involved in several active and passive investments including several operating companies in a variety of sectors. Don Friesen, was a founder of Hazco Environmental Services Ltd., which sold in 2004, and was an industry leader in environmental contracting and cleanup across Western Canada. The Friesen’s were introduced to the Express Car Wash model by their now partner, Taylor Nelson, who is based in Lethbridge and serves as Mint Smartwash VP of Construction and Facilities. Chris’s interest in the car wash business comes from a family legacy of clean fanatics and a passion for efficiency and optimization. Mint Smartwash is not just a regular old car wash. The key differentiator is the ability to effectively wash cars at speed. Mint can wash between 180 to 200 vehicles per hour.


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Blending traditional methods of soapmaking with modern-day science

Tanya Zurock, founder of Wild Prairie Soap Company, first began making natural soap in her quest to find better solutions to help resolve her young children’s dry and sensitive skin. Thanks to her upbringing on a Canadian farm, she used her knowledge of natural and organic ingredients to create soap that was not only effective but provided a better, natural alternative to commercially manufactured soap.

Over 20 years later, Tanya and her team continue to change the landscape of the natural personal care industry by redefining what consumers should expect from the experience of using exceptional soap and other nurturing body care products. Her now-grown children continue to be her best test subjects!

Today Wild Prairie Soap Company products can be found in retail locations across Canada, as well as in major department stores and on e-commerce sites in Japan. It is also now in South Korea.


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We had no idea eating salad could be so dangerous

In October 2018, their two-year-old son was infected with E. coli during the romaine lettuce outbreak. It was one week from the first sign that something was wrong until the day he died.

Brad and Kristin Bell had no idea that eating a salad could be so dangerous. And they were shocked to find out how widespread this problem is. Leafy green vegetables now cause more E. coli outbreaks than any other food, including beef.

With the spirit of Cooper in their hearts, they put everything they had into a new solution – they partnered with Freight Farms to create 4 Acres Hydroponics – their startup that creates a carefully controlled indoor environment to grow greens year-round with no pesticides or herbicides – for their family, community, and as advocates for food systems reinvention.

In this podcast, they touch on three key ideas:

  1. Is mass-produced food killing us?
  2. Three things you can do today to get access to safe, healthy food.
  3. Basic information for starting your own micro-impact hydroponic foods innovation project.

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You’re as qualified to start a company as anybody!

Raymond Luk is changing the face of entrepreneurial finance as founder and CEO of Hockeystick. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded Flow Ventures and Year One Labs. He recently published his first book, Pitching a Leap of Faith. Raymond is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurs and hosts a weekly live workshop called Pitch Lab to help entrepreneurs improve their pitch. He is also a classically trained musician and pilot. In his own words he is more concerned about following his passions than trying to fulfill someone else’s view of his life. He walks how he wants.


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Cannabis 101 With Industry Expert, David Marcus

David Marcus is an industry expert in all things cannabis, with over 25 years of experience and successfully lobbying the Federal Government to include hemp-based CBD in their cannabis regulations. David Marcus is the founder and president of two Canadian cannabis companies: Natural Emphasis and ABIDE. Natural Emphasis was founded in 1995 with a focus on the newly re-emerging hemp industry. ABIDE was incorporated in 2013 to take advantage of Canada’s new cannabis laws. ABIDE is a Health Canada licensed cannabis cultivator and processor focused on outdoor, sun-grown cannabis in Ontario. WholeHemp, a family of hand-crafted, locally-grown and produced full-spectrum CBD products was launched by ABIDE to licensed Ontario Cannabis Retailers through the Ontario Cannabis Store in the spring of 2021.


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Running On All Cylinders is Not for the Faint of Heart

Jay Hall is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold various entertainment companies including TicketTote. He has seen the pure joy that can come with entrepreneurship and has lived through some near-life-ending circumstances while maintaining his businesses. This journey has not been for the faint at heart but when running on all cylinders, he and his team drive creative goals while engaging in community activism.


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Finding the Balance in Partnership with Health Coaches Marjie Richardson and Kelan Smith

Nutrition Coaches, Marjie Richardson and Kelan Smith are co-founders of High Peak Nutrition. High Peak Nutrition is a Canadian nutrition coaching company rooted in food psychology. Empowering people with a customized one-on-one approach to supporting responsible weight management, High Peak Nutrition’s programs are built to reduce inflammation and create hormonal balance to promote long-term wellness.


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Taking risks and starting from scratch with Vincent Cheng

Vincent Cheng was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and presently resides nearby Ajax, Ontario.

Although Vincent calls Canada his home, he has explored 32 countries across the globe. This exploration has anchored his connection to diverse cultures formulating a deep understanding of humanity at large. Since 2013 Vincent has traveled to Japan annually and lived with a Zen Buddhist monk in a 600-year old temple until COVID-19 prohibited travel in 2020.

Vincent’s accomplishments are just as diverse as his travels. He began his career as an electrical engineer in 2004, and a year later, alongside this, Vincent began his quest of conducting orchestras, choirs, and operas. He coached and conducted hundreds of amateurs and professionals across Canada, the USA, Europe, and the Middle East in voice and musicianship. Feeling a deeper calling, Vincent retired from engineering to fully devote his pursuit to the music profession. In 2012 he sold all his possessions and booked a one-way ticket to Berlin, Germany; from there he conducted operas across Europe and won 3rd prize in the 2013 International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In 2014 he returned to Canada and began his studies in psychotherapy, meanwhile continuing his conducting career as an ongoing passion.

These diverse worlds of work and life experiences have built upon one another and connect as a whole. They are what led him to develop ‘Heal The Source’, a method that helps people fast-track their own healing based on their need for change and development. It is through this one-of-a-kind approach that Vincent’s intuitive leadership and integrity shine through. His visionary way of thinking and his intriguing ability to motivate and inspire is what guides him in serving others through Heal The Source to heal the world!

When he is not traveling, you can find Vincent passionately enjoying culinary arts, creating cuisines of all types. He also revels in hiking, reading, meditating, piano and organ playing, and of course singing.


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Solving Agriculture’s Puzzles – Respect the Past, Grow the Future

Kristjan Hebert has combined his love of finance with his passion for farming. Born and raised on a family farm in Saskatchewan, Kristjan obtained his CPA with Myers Norris Penny and then returned to the Moosomin area to farm with his family. Today, he is the managing partner of Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a large grain and oilseed operation in Saskatchewan. At HGV he enjoys solving agriculture’s puzzles in order to fulfill HGV’s purpose of “Respect the past, Grow the future.”

Widely thought of as one of the brightest young minds in agriculture today, Kristjan received the Top Producer Award in 2020 and was recently honored as a Climate Positive leader in agriculture.

He is also the co-founder of Maverick Ag – providing custom-designed lending, accounting and insurance solutions to producers.

Kristjan enjoys coaching hockey and traveling with his wife Theresa, son Bentley and daughter Ivy.


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