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Michelle Zatlyn wants you to check your assumptions & never let a crisis go to waste

Michelle Zatlyn is co-founder, President and COO of Cloudflare, the Internet security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare is a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NET). Prior to co-founding Cloudflare, Michelle held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. Michelle sits on the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Foundation Board. Michelle has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and was part of Marie Claire’s 7th Annual New Guard. She holds a B.S. degree, with distinction, from McGill University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded the Dubilier Prize for Entrepreneurship.


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Social Impact Investing is fast becoming the most sought-after financing for entrepreneurs

Social Impact Investing combines purpose AND profits and is powering the biggest, boldest, bravest ideas building technology for good. Investing in entrepreneurs addressing the biggest challenges by connecting them with the resources and capital they need to thrive is a strategy deployed by future-focused corporations committed to communities.

In our podcast today, Leah Nguyen talks about Telus – once primarily renowned as a communications company and now diversified in health, education, agriculture and the environment; and how this progressive corporation is leveraging the power of technology and social impact investing to drive better social outcomes and economic growth.

You’ll learn what sectors the Telus Pollinator Fund funds, what size and level of investment they make, and how global companies can access the fund if there is a dire t or indirect benefit to Canadians.

Leah is an Investment Director for the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, which brings a dual-lens approach to investing in the next generation of startups that are leveraging technology to build solutions that drive positive social, health, and/or environmental outcomes. She drove the strategy and execution for launching the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, and now leads sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities that align with the Fund’s key areas of focus. Leah is active in the startup ecosystem, mentoring entrepreneurs and aspiring VCs, and regularly participates in speaking engagements and as a judge in pitch competitions.

Prior to launching the Pollinator Fund for Good, Leah held different roles at TELUS. Most recently, she was with TELUS Ventures, one of Canada’s longest standing and most active corporate venture funds where she helped to identify and source investments to drive growth into new markets while also serving as a strategic advisor to other TELUS business units.

Before TELUS, Leah was a management consultant with Accenture and a project manager at lululemon athletica. Outside of work, Leah stays active with her husband and three kids, serves as a board member for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, and volunteers with the parent advisory committee at her children’s school. She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University.


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Learn how to accelerate your online presence to get past your competition with Erica Hakonson

Erica Hakonson is the award-winning entrepreneur at the helm of the B2B digital marketing agency, Maven Collective Marketing. Hakonson has been awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Silver Award by the international Stevie Women in Business Awards, Editor’s Choice by the CanadianSME National Business Awards and Top Small Business Female Executive Bronze Award by DataBird Business Journal.

Leading the team of “Mavens”, primarily female technology marketing consultants, alongside long-term clients, Maven Collective Marketing has been awarded a MarCom Gold B2B Website Award, Website Category Winner for Ragan Content Marketing Awards, 2X dotComm Gold for B2B Website & Website Creative/Copy, as well as the Standard of Excellence Award for B2B Website by the WebAwards.

Beyond Maven Collective, Hakonson also co-founded a new Vancouver-based B2B SaaS company, Orchestry, to Make Work Simple with transparent governance, adoption tools and self-service provisioning for organizations in Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online and across Microsoft 365.


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Connie Stacey is the Owner of Growing Greener Innovations, talks about the future of energy storage – Edmonton – Canada’s Podcast

Connie Stacey is the Owner of Growing Greener Innovations (GGI), a Canadian energy technology company focused on engineering and manufacturing batteries, battery management systems, and battery energy storage solutions for residential, commercial and industrial customers. GGI holds the patent for stackable battery packs that can be clicked together like LEGO™️ to meet any power demand, without the aid of a technician. It’s this technology that forms the basis of the GRENGINE™️ Power System. In addition to its patented battery technology, GGI is further developing its Smart Switch, a smart battery/grid management system that will address issues such as peak shaving, voltage optimization, load balancing, charge/discharge optimization, and time-of-use, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, lower overall energy use, longer-lived batteries and substantial cost savings for large-scale energy users in high-fee regions.

Recently the company won the first prize of $50,000 from The Forum’s Pitch for the Purse competition. The Forum was previously known as Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.


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Julie Gaudry discusses how to attract talent and keep employees happy with RBC Insurance’s Group Benefit Solutions

Julie Gaudry leads a team with overall responsibility for the product development and strategic direction for RBC Insurance’s Group Benefit Solutions (GBS). With a focus on innovation and thought-leadership, the team is committed to differentiating RBC Insurance through product and service enhancements that make it easier for employers to manage their group benefit programs so they can best support the health and wellness of their workforce.

Through Group Benefit Solutions, business owners and their employees have access to a range of flexible solutions: A state-of-the-art wellness program, employee assistance program, virtual healthcare, mental health support services, life, disability, health and dental insurance and more.

For more information, visit rbcinsurance.com/group-benefits or contact one of their Group Benefits Advisors at 1-855-264-2174.


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Renaud Laliberté est avocat à son compte. Il nous parle de son parcours d’entrepreneur mais aussi de l’importance pour lui de l’équilibre travail et vie de famille!

Renaud Laliberté est avocat à son compte. Il nous parle de son parcours d’entrepreneur mais aussi de l’importance pour lui de l’équilibre travail et vie de famille! Une entrevue qui nous fait méditer sur ce concept! A écouter!

Me Renaud Laliberté a fondé son cabinet Services juridiques Laliberté inc.. Il est un nom reconnu dans les secteurs internationaux du logiciel et de la fabrication, grâce à des années d’expérience obtenues dans des cabinets juridiques de premier rang, à des postes de direction juridique, et en tant que conseiller juridique en interne pour des entreprises du Fortune 500.


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George Boutsalis Wants You to Chase Your Dreams, Work for Yourself and Blaze Your Own Trail!

Quite simply George Boutsalis likes to create, likes to build, likes to read and likes to run. And he likes to run businesses. He has grown up in the family cleaning business, which currently services locations throughout the GTA and across Ontario, covering more than 30 million square feet, 24 hours a day – 365 days a year. George is now heading out into a new venture Cast App Inc., an anonymous, voting-based #socialmedia platform.


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Christian Genest, le fondateur de Buddha-Station et du groupe SushiTaxi

Pourquoi c’est important de bien cerner et appliquer les valeurs de l’entreprise? Notre host Sylvie Bougie s’entretient sur ce sujet avec le fondateur de Buddha-Station, Monsieur Christian Genest. On y aborde aussi des sujets comme les récents défis d’opérer dans l’industrie alimentaire en temps de pandémie, le succès de Sushitaxi et l’importance d’être authentique! Christian, merci pour ta grande générosité!

Christian Genest, 45 ans, père d’une adolescente, amateur de gin-tonic et maniaque de boxe à en avoir fondé un OBNL. Il a fondé le groupe Sushitaxi en 2000 avec 500$ sur sa carte de crédit et revendu en 2016 alors qu’il comptait 19 restos et plus de 350 employés. Il collabore comme enseignant à l’école d’entrepreneurship de Beauce et à l’institut du leadership de gestion. Sa mission est de changer la façon dont les gens mangent en entreprise avec son nouveau projet Buddha-Station.

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The Importance of Embracing a Non-Linear Path to Success with Sahar Saidi

Sahar Saidi is the Founder and CEO of LUS Brands, a direct-to-consumer premium hair care brand for curly hair. Sahar completed her MBA at the University of Toronto and upon graduation applied for several corporate executive jobs, but had no success. Driven by motivation and a personal challenge, she decided to embark on a different path, one that would lead her to become the CEO of her own company.

The problem Sahar set out to fix was truly personal. “Growing up, I used to hate my curly hair. I would always beg my mom to straighten it. I finally started to embrace my hair’s natural texture when I was around 15 years old. Fast forward 20 years and having tried virtually every product on the market, I still had not found anything that actually worked,” she explains, on the why behind starting LUS. “I used to spend hours every single day doing my hair, and needed multiple products. I was tired of it and wanted to create a true ‘All-in-One’ product that simplified my hair care routine.”

Sahar wanted to prove to other entrepreneurs that you can start from nothing and bootstrap your way to a hyper-growth, profitable business. “It took blood, sweat and many tears (literally) to get the company to where it is today,” says Sahar, “but it’s definitely the accomplishment that I’m most proud of, so far in my life.”

Based in Toronto, LUS Brands launched in January 2017 offering a 3-step system product line, customized for different curl types. The brand has since added 3 new products to its line. LUS (which stands for ‘Love Ur Self’) encourages women of all ages and ethnicities to embrace their own natural and unique features, instead of altering or masking them.


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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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