Best Friends Turned Business Partners Ahsan Raza and Kumail Meghani Are Joining Forces to Make IDEA Lab Kids a Household Name in the GTA!

Ahsan Raza and Kumail Meghani join Devina Bhojwani, CEO of IDEA Lab Kids to chat about their goals.

After seeing a need for more hands-on education for kids to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math subjects (#STEM), they decided to bring IDEA Lab Kids, a household international franchise, to the Greater Toronto Area. At the time, both men were on their own career journeys. Raza in real estate, Meghani in accounting and education. But they both saw a need and demand in the market for premium #STEAM education. So they bought the rights to become area developers for all of #GTA and now after 2 years, have sold 2 locations (Richmond Hill and Oakville) that are up and running and 2 more scheduled to open in 2021 (in Pickering and Stouffville). The duo now plans to open up 15 locations in Toronto through strategic franchise expansion.

Raza and Meghani still hold their full-time jobs but have carved out time on the weekends, evenings and every other hour of free time to work on IDEA Lab Kids and expand it further. They discuss why they chose to fuel this concept in a crisis, and how they will help the community. IDEA Lab Kids’ CEO Devina Bhojwani can discuss bigger picture plans the brand has to continue pivoting and growing across Canada.

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Brandy Gallagher, ‘Place-making’ entrepreneur invites communities across Canada to ‘Go Village’

Brandy Gallagher (BSW, MA) is one of the original founders and developers of O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE, Shawnigan Lake (Vancouver Island) BC. She is one of the designing ‘creatixes’ dedicated to outreach projects (local and International), and the development of O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE as a demonstration/model sustainable village. Her sustainable land management planning and ecological design work has made her the main proponent behind the Canadian precedent setting rezoning which has allowed for the legal/political/community framework containing multi-use allowances for ecovillages and shared land projects across Canada. Born and raised in community her life work has been focused around the development of ‘Sustained Community’. She is also the developer of TOPIA: The Sustainable Learning Community Institute which operates onsite at OUR ECOVILLAGE. With a deep compassion for people and place Brandy works with other communities/projects to find their way through regulatory and legal processes which challenge the development of legitimate models of land use, alternative building, ownership and governance. The intention to have individuals & communities step aside from their rank & roles to enter into a more connected sense of community building is at the heart of her work. She provides these services through her business “Sustainable Community Solutions Consulting – SC2”.

Her published work is a documentary titled “Creating TOPIA: The Journey of Developing a School of Sustainable Community Building.” She is also featured in the movie “Escape From Suburbia” and the documentary “Peak Moments: Creating the Impossible”. Look for the wide variety of articles written, and web based interviews documented in relation to her work.

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Nancy Wood is a creative writer who has written five non-fiction essays, prose and books for little kids and recently published The Magical Power of Color

Nancy Wood was a senior business communications specialist in Toronto for several years. In her “rewirement” years in B.C. she has toiled to transform her business-style writing into more creative writing – non-fiction essays, prose and books for little kids. She has written five books for kids, but it was not until an interesting opportunity came her way last year, that the first one of her books, The Magical Power of Color was published.

Nancy prefers writing to marketing and so getting the book in the hands of kids has been a bigger challenge. If anyone thinks it is a piece of cake to write a short book for kids, Nancy has learned that the old adage, “If I had time, I would have written a shorter letter,” really applies when it comes to books for kids.

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Alexandre Vézina, auteur de 6 livres, entrepreneur-conseil, conférencier et cofondateur de la Clinique d’accompagnement entrepreneurial du Québec

Sylvie Bougie a eu la chance de s’entretenir avec Alexandre Vézina (, auteur de 6 livres, entrepreneur-conseil, conférencier et cofondateur de la Clinique d’accompagnement entrepreneurial du Québec. Dans ce podcast on aborde notamment son meilleur conseil aux entrepreneurs, sa routine et son processus d’écriture! A écouter et partager dans vos réseaux” #entrepreneur #Quebec

Alexandre Vézina est résident de Pont-Rouge au Québec et est entrepreneur-conseil. Il est actuellement associé principal et cofondateur de la Clinique d’accompagnement entrepreneurial du Québec qui offre des programmes d’accompagnement structurés pour les entreprises en développement et en croissance de moins de vingt employés.

Depuis près de quinze ans, Alexandre a accompagné et conseillé des milliers d’entrepreneurs de la francophonie canadienne. Sa mission : propulser les entrepreneurs et améliorer leur situation, que ce soit lors du démarrage, du développement ou de la croissance de leur entreprise.

Il est également l’auteur de six livres d’affaires qui outillent les entrepreneurs au quotidien.

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Meti Basiri, CMO of ApplyBoard, Discusses How He’s Grown His Company During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coming to Canada from Iran for post secondary studies, Meti Basiri, Co-Founder and CMO of ApplyBoard, Massi, and their eldest brother Martin, experienced the challenges international students face trying to access education. ApplyBoard was founded—out of these shared experiences—to streamline the student application process. Meti and Massi were recently featured on three Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Lists. Since ApplyBoard’s founding in 2015, the staff has grown to nearly 400, raised CAD $172 Million and last year were named Canada’s fastest-growing technology company by Deloitte. They have helped over 100,000 students around the world with their academic journey, and have grown to become the world’s largest platform for international student recruitment to Canada, The United Kingdom, and The United States.

Gary Parmar Discusses why Cleaning is an Essential Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2015, Gary Parmar and his brother, with a long family history of expertise in cleaning services, decided to put their skills, knowledge and determination into a company that could truly impress. From helping their parents with their own cleaning business even at a young age, EcoGiants has grown into a large crew of professionals – offering up to 50 workers per project available to their clients 24/7.

Olivia Wong Discusses her Business Prototype Thinking Labs, Disaster Relief and Offers Help for Entrepreneurs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Olivia Wong is a former emergency disaster responder living in Vancouver, BC. She was one of the first international aid workers deployed to the frontlines of the Fukushima nuclear radiation disaster in 2011. She has shared essential lessons learned from managing a crisis through hands-on examples from her past work with the UN, UNHCR, International Rescue Committee, and the US State Department. Since leaving nonprofit work, she has merged her past experience in the field of crisis management with Prototype Thinking Labs, a breakthrough innovation method born at Google X, and has trained large corporations such as Google, General Mills, Capital One, Mastercard, L’Oreal, Lululemon and more. In Vancouver where she resides, she has been a mentor to startups in the Vancouver startup community and during COVID-19 has been helping other entrepreneurs and small business owners launch new income streams in 36 hours. Prototype is offering a free 75-minute training to help small business owners & entrepreneurs launch new income streams in 36 hours. To date, they have helped 400 people in less than 3 weeks! Free 75-minute Interactive Webinar:

Scott Stirrett Founder and CEO of Venture for Canada Discusses How the COVID-19 Pandemic May Impact New and Future Entrepreneurs

Scott Stirrett is the Founder and CEO of Venture for Canada, a national charity that develops entrepreneurial leadership skills in young Canadians. In 2019 over 350 young Canadians from coast to coast accelerated their careers through Venture for Canada’s programs. Previously, Scott worked on a cross-product client experience team at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City. He was recognized by The Inspire Awards as the 2018 Telus LGBTQ Innovator of The Year and last year was named by Future of Good as one of its 21 Young Impact Leaders. Scott is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Evan Gilbert

With a partial BCIT degree, investing 7 months working in the corporate world with Rogers, several years working hospitality with the Vancouver Canucks, Evan Gilbert set his mind on living life as a Digital Nomad traveling around the world while engaging technology to establish a niche helping real estate professionals invest wisely in their online content, presence and sales process. He is on a mission to revolutionize the advertising industry by delivering the best online resources for you to succeed in paid traffic! Within his digital marketing agency in Vancouver, he is also developing an education and training program to help other business decision makers & entrepreneurs get started with their own successful advertising campaigns on social media. Learn more about his business on the Block E Media website.

Andrew Gordon Discusses the Cannabis Industry and His Retail Cannabis Chain Kiaro

Andrew Gordon is a shareholder of Kiaro, which is a cannabis retail brand, and derives from the Italian “Chiaroscuro”, meaning to emerge from darkness into the light. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Community. He specializes in organizational development, public affairs, community partnerships and industry performance. Andrew has a degree in Political Science from UVIC, and is a graduate of BCIT’s Non-Profit Management Program. Andrew has successfully led the community integration efforts for a number of private retailers across Canada, and has worked with a diverse array of patients, consumers and regulators to build accountable, community-responsive and financially sustainable cannabis retail models. Galvanized by the prospects of cannabis legalization in Canada, Andrew is passionate about working with community stakeholders across the country to help reduce social stigma, and abate pharmaceutical drug dependence within communities.