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Liam Byrne is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, and passionate about helping others succeed. In 2016 he founded the Entrepreneurial Development Conference and Expo, a national event that toured across Canada helping small businesses learn skills for growth. He is now the CEO and Founder of Enterpriser Canada, a media company that is the hub for Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneurs, and the Host of The Enterpriser Podcast.

He has been mastering the craft of marketing and communication for two decades and has shared his knowledge on the stage alongside Emmy winners, TED speakers, Fortune 500 Executives, Federal Politicians, and New York Times Best Selling Authors. He is a published author, social media influencer, and contributor for Forbes Magazine and has been featured in Startup Digest, Atlantic Business Magazine, Business Voice, and has been a finalist of ABM’s Top 50 CEO, and EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year.


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The three steps you need to win are to crawl, walk, run

Ronald W. Thomson is a film and television industry veteran with Canadian, U.S., and international experience. Ron is the founder and president of global business development firm Cameron Thomson Group Ltd. with focus on media, entertainment, and tech ventures. Cameron Thomson is based in Toronto, London, Lake Como, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Taipei. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Nice Media Studios LLC, an independent media content company focused on the acquisition / origination, development, packaging, production & financing of premium television shows and movies for global audiences. Ron is considered a transformative thinker who has proven time and again his ability to lead companies to sustainable growth, with a legacy of experience in securing capital for companies in the global media / entertainment and technology communities. Ron also serves as CEO and Director of Canada’s Liquid Media Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: YVR). Liquid Media is a business solutions company empowering independent intellectual property (IP) creators. Liquid’s end-to-end solution will enable professional video (film/TV and video game) creation, packaging, financing, delivery, and monetization, empowering IP creators to take their professional content from inception through the entire process to monetization.

His experiences at Cameron Thomson led him to his appointment as Liquid’s CEO, where he was charged with the company’s business development. He spearheaded the successful recalibration of Liquid’s business model into a business solutions company for independent creators of professional video (film / television), carving out a distinct niche and offering in the marketplace.


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What it takes to lead the entertainment industry

A driven and enthusiastic go-getter, Mike Anderson has been making waves in the entertainment industry for decades. After completing studies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and Ryerson University’s Event Management Program, Mike joined the NAIT Students Association’s team as Entertainment Marketing Manager.

After gaining industry experience, in 2005 Mike was up for a new challenge and decided to launch Trixstar – a 360-degree live event management & consultation firm that activates both city and rural markets with fairs, festivals, concerts, brand activations as well as celebrity and speaker events. Working alongside organizations that want to create brand awareness, generate excitement and raise funds through impactful events and unique experiences, Trixstar now operates out of Nashville, Calgary, and Edmonton supporting clients and events all over North America.

The scope of Mike Anderson’s career as an event management expert has attracted the attention of peers, international celebrities and the media who have celebrated him as one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40′′ as well as one of the “Top 50 Alumni” of his college (NAIT) over the last 50 years. He was also nominated as “International Talent Buyer of the Year” at the International Entertainment Buyers Association Industry Awards in Nashville. His foresight and careful planning allowed Trixstar to not only survive the pandemic in the face of public health restrictions, but adapt to provide safe live events that also created jobs. This adaptability and progressive thinking is what keeps Mike Anderson leading the entertainment industry.


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Edmonton’s source for things to do, eat and know each week

Linda Hoang is one of Alberta’s leading social media strategists and bloggers. As a strategist, she’s delivered social media training to hundreds of participants across a range of industries and has helped public, private, and non-profits big and small develop strategies and content plans to help achieve the organization’s goals and objectives. As a blogger, Linda regularly partners with tourism boards and businesses to create engaging written and visual content. Linda is the co-founder of Stop Race-Based Hate, an anti-racist education tool, and she is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival, the only event of its kind in Alberta.


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Wes Hall of Dragons’ Den invites you to submit your pitch and gives some helpful tips

Dragons’ Den and Canada’s Podcast have partnered to give away 3 golden tickets to pitch to the dragons! Get your golden ticket to Dragons’ Den today by uploading your 60-second video pitch to our entry page at https://canadaspodcast.com/dragonsden. The best 3 elevator pitches will get a golden ticket to audition to the Dragons’ Den producers.

Wes Hall is Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors. He is the newest Dragon to the Den – Canada’s first Black Dragon. He has been married for 30 years and is father of five kids. Wes was originally from St. Thomas, Jamaica and he immigrated to Canada at 16 years old. Raised by his grandmother in a tin shack with 13 siblings and no running water, Wes is truly a self-made Canadian dream success story. His favourite sports team: the Toronto Raptors. Wes is very into fitness (yoga, pilates, peloton, treadmill, weights, all sports). Wes is known for his generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others with a number of impactful charitable initiatives, and serves as a Board Member of the SickKids Foundation, Pathways to Education, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and The Black Academy. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors at Huron University College. Wes is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. He has also changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean and Canada, donating both his money and time. In 2015, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 received an Honorary Doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.

Maybe you can join him and begin your success journey. Take a listen to the podcast. Give us your 60-second video pitch and who knows, you might get to meet the Dragons. The best 3 elevator pitches will get a golden ticket to audition to the Dragons’ Den producers. Go to https://canadaspodcast.com/dragonsden and make your pitch.

Farm-to-table and the growing passion for gathering around the table

Chanelle Belliveau’s Farm-to-Table NB was a beautiful project built out of her work experience and a growing passion for gathering around the table.

With a background in holistic nutrition and culinary nutrition, Chanelle was deeply passionate about making the connection between where our food comes from, and how it got to our plate. This lead her to work on an organic farm, to make that connection, learn, and finalize the cycle of farm-to-table.

Chanelle has been teaching cooking classes locally in Moncton and Cap-Pele, NB, since 2016.

Cooking classes themes and recipes varies from month to month, all with the purpose of highlighting local ingredients, farmers and producers.

Her team’s farm-to-table outdoor dining experiences only started last year, but with a bang! They hosted our first dinner in beautiful Cocagne, NB, with a small intimate group of 25 people. The goal with the outdoor dining experiences is really to show guests directly where their food comes from, and then experience the ultimate farm-to-table meal, enjoying the ingredients collected from the farm during dinner.

Farm-to-Table NB is focused on serving New-Brunswickers – currently in the Greater Moncton area and surroundings – but looking to expand to various locations all across New Brunswick in the new year!


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Changing the landscape for Canadian songwriters

Brittni Noble is a songwriter from Vancouver, Canada who has been performing in front of audiences with her R&B influenced vocals and original songs since she was 12 years old. Brittni went on to graduate from Vancouver Community College’s Jazz and Contemporary Voice program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Music and proceeded to teach children, private voice lessons and musical theatre for three years in Vancouver. In 2015, Brittni earned a scholarship to Berklee School of Music where she studied Songwriting and Vocal Performance before moving to LA and attending Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Songwriting. While studying at LACM, Brittni worked as a Digital Marketer at LA-based record label, Three Seventy Music Group. She also Interned at 411 Music Group to learn more about the music publishing industry and which is where the idea for be noble was born. Brittni moved back to Vancouver in 2019 and worked as the Head of Music and Voice at a Marketing and Advertising agency until the pandemic hit. With this sudden shift in her life, Brittni decided to pursue her passion of music publishing and helping other songwriters, launching be noble in January 2021 while continuing to work as Head of Creative for the same Marketing and Advertising agency. Brittni looks forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise she has gained through her education and work experiences with other songwriters to help further their careers and act as their partner, champion and advocate.


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Agir en fonction de ses valeurs par Jessie Nadeau

S’investir dans des projets en lien avec ses valeurs, vouloir changer le monde et être une girlboss pour Végane, mais pas plate! Voici quelques éléments abordé par Jessie Nadeau avec notre host Sylvie Bougie. PS Un scoop se retrouve dans le balado, vous voulez pas manquer cela 🙂

Jessie Nadeau a grandi en Beauce avant de déménager à Québec pour ses études en cinéma. Elle a poursuivi son parcours en psychologie à l’université, pour renouer ensuite avec son amour des arts en suivant plusieurs formations d’acteurs à Montréal, Vancouver et Los Angeles, ainsi qu’une formation intensive en Filmmaking à New-York.

Après une grosse prise de conscience concernant les impacts de l’agriculture animale sur la planète et des habitants, elle a entamé une transition vers un mode de vie plus écolo et est devenue une fervente défenderesse des droits des animaux. Elle a décidé d’allier sa passion pour les arts à ce mouvement qui l’anime. Son désir d’un monde plus juste l’a aussi motivé à faire tout en son pouvoir pour faire avancer plusieurs autres combats de justice sociale et environnementale. Elle a réalisé des courts-métrages et vidéos engagés qui façonnent son activisme, en plus d’oeuvrer en tant que scénariste, metteure en scène, animatrice, réalisatrice et actrice sur plusieurs autres projets.

Après sa participation à Occupation Double, Jessie a eu la chance d’obtenir une belle tribune et une communauté grandissante. Trouvant important d’utiliser cette nouvelle visibilité au profit des causes qui lui tiennent à coeur, elle a co-fondé l’entreprise « Végane, mais pas plate! » afin de rendre l’alimentation végétalienne plus accessible.


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The future of events is hybrid, with Loren Maisels

Loren Maisels, CMP is Founder & President of LOMA Marketing Agency – an events experience firm that creates holistic strategies for events that meet the strategic, creative and experiential goals of their clients and partners.

As a detail-oriented and results-driven leader, Loren has focused her 15+ year career on B2B events marketing and demand generation! With experience in both agency and corporate environments, Loren has planned numerous ROI-driven events for companies including Vision|Co, Accenture, Achievers and Great Place to Work.

A Toronto native, Loren found herself in San Francisco, California in 2011, spearheading SaaS company Achievers’ events expansion strategy. Among other key tactics, results-driven events paid off and the company was ultimately acquired by Blackhawk Networks in 2015. Upon returning to Toronto in 2016, Loren founded LOMA Marketing Agency.

Loren graduated from Ryerson University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and minoring in International Relations. She achieved her CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) designation in July 2011 and continues to stay active and current on all global issues and trends within the marketing and event communities.


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Mark Kondrat wants you to discover craft beer across Alberta at festivals and events

Mark Kondrat, CEO, Alberta Beer Festivals, produces beer festivals in the province – Calgary International Beerfest, Edmonton Craft Beer Festival, The Mashing (Calgary & Edmonton), Banff Craft Beer Festival and The Jasper Beer & Barley Summit. He’s been working with breweries, agencies and restaurants since 2005 to promote the craft beer industry in Alberta. He’s a serial entrepreneur with other ventures such as Pitched Tent Coffee and a podcaster.


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