Paul Van Ginkel is a well-known and successful artist in Calgary known for his paintings depicting horses and western imagery such as cowboys and natives. He also is known for his paintings of flamenco dance and of Venice. On this podcast, Paul talks about juggling the artistic side of his personality with his business sense. Examples of his work can be found on his website.
Alexandra Nestertchouk is a serial entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in business management and technology. She has a Business Management Degree and background in Computer Science. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, she moved to Canada 11 years ago. Over the years leading to establishing HopKidz. Alexandra was in a sr. management position for a vibrant Boutique IT Consulting firm in Toronto. However she always knew she will not continue as “9-5 employee”. Alexandra has started and ran few little things as a side-hustle while she was searching for the Big idea. Alexandra is a mother to a now 2.5 year boy, Cosmos. Once her maternity leave came to an end, becoming the founder and CEO of a tech startup was a natural step. Fun fact: Alexandra comes from a family of strong women with entrepreneurship running in their blood – every woman in her family is now a business owner, including her 81yo grandmother.
Gifty Serbeh-Dunn founded Shea Butter Market in 2003 to create an all-natural beauty product while supporting widows and their families in Ghana to climb out of poverty. Gifty believes that her business is a force for “good” and by doing business right means that everyone benefits; from the widows in Ghana who make the Shea Butter for a premium price, to the consumers who buy her high-quality products.