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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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Peter Faist is Founder and CEO of Staffy, Solving Staffing Challenges for Hospitality and Healthcare

Peter Faist is Founder and CEO of Staffy and maintains a reputation as a bon vivant. He has diverse experience for some of the largest and most technically complex companies in North America. Prior to founding Staffy, he was the President of NetCon1, an elite Network and Security consulting firm. Peter is a graduate of Next Founders, a judge for Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and has appeared on BNN’s The Disruptors where Staffy finished in the top 5 of the season. Peter studied Computer Programming at Sheridan College, and completed one year of culinary training at George Brown. Peter’s passion for changing the hospitality landscape has enabled Staffy’s success in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York. Staffy is a new app that takes a radical approach to solving staffing challenges within the hospitality and health care sectors. By creating a first of its kind on-demand marketplace, businesses can quickly and efficiently connect with contractors to meet their immediate, short-term or long-term staffing needs. For skilled workers in the hospitality and healthcare industries, Staffy provides the opportunity to pick up shifts tailored to their experience and schedule.

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Moving Healthcare Records Forward Around the World with Mark Genuis, President and CEO, ICE Health Systems

Mark Genuis, Ph.D, is President and CEO ICE Health Systems, based in Calgary, Alberta. With a healthcare background including providing work as a practicing psychologist and leading a research institute for five years, Dr. Genuis is passionate about excellence in healthcare, knowledge transfer and learning. Combined with a healthy addiction to technology, he leads the conceptual and practical development of ICE, an entirely new generation of electronic health record and management systems.

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Max le barbier, fondateur de KRWN discute des enjeux liés à la croissance de ses entreprises dans ce podcast animé par Sylvie Bougie!

Designer de mode vie, Maxime Bellemare (Max le Barbier) est constamment à la recherche de nouvelles manières d’apprendre, de travailler et de vivre mieux. Née à Québec, présentement à Montréal, il est tombé en amour avec l’inconfort après avoir expérimenté la vie dans différentes cultures tel qu’à Miami, Toronto ou sur une île en Grèce. Fondateur de KRWN-chaîne de 9 salons de barbier et marque de produits cosmétiques pour homme, Co-fondateur de CUBAN ASHES-Boutique E-commerce d’accessoires de cigares et Co-fondateur de Lakehouse Group-Agence Marketing et Solution E-commerce aux entreprises.

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Leveraging Peer-to-Peer Lending for Social Good with Marc-Antoine Caya

Marc-Antoine Caya is CEO and Founder of GoPeer, Canada’s first consumer peer to peer lending platform. He is a passionate socially responsible investor and innovator. His experience includes working as an investment banker at one of Canada’s largest bank where he was involved in many securities offerings and corporate M&A advisory mandates. He holds a Masters of Sc. in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics.

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Jean Brassard est président et fondateur de Nemesis Intelligence, qui révolutionne l’industrie minière souterraine en arpentant et en traitant des fichiers numériques 3D=

Détenteur d’un baccalauréat en architecture, M. Jean Brassard à toujours oeuvré dans le domaine des relevés et de la documentation. Depuis l’obtention de son diplôme en 1989, il a mené plusieurs activités reliées aux technologies de prise de données, que ce soit par la fondation d’une entreprise spécialisée dans les relevés photogrammétriques qu’il a dirigé pendant plus de 10 ans ou son implication actuelle dans une firme oeuvrant dans la métrologie utilisant la numérisation laser. Il a en outre été président du comité scientifique des relevés et de la documentation d’Icomos Canada pendant quatre ans et a donné plusieurs conférences sur les méthodes et processus de prise de données. M. Brassard est présent dans le secteur de la numérisation laser depuis 1998 et a à son actif plusieurs projets importants réalisés dans des domaines aussi variés que la culture, le divertissement et depuis quelques années, l’industrie lourde et les mines. Au cours des dernières années, M. Brassard a développé une grande expertise des relevés et du traitement de fichiers numériques 3D pour des clients comme RTA, RTFT, RTA Énergie, IOC, Graymont, ELKEM, Bombardier ainsi que les plus importantes firmes d’ingénierie. Il a fait partie d’une équipe qui a développé un outil de métrologie de pointe composé d’un robot industriel et d’un capteur laser.

Actuellement, les efforts de M. Brassard portent sur le développement de Nemesis Intelligence, compagnie qu’il a fondée en 2013 et qui propose la plateforme Prometheus qui s’annonce comme la prochaine technologie de rupture pour les mines souterraines. Nemesis Intelligence intègre aujourd’hui l’intelligence artificielle pour une approche résolument tournée vers le mouvement des « mines 4.0 ».

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Spirited Entrepreneur Matt Crowell Encourages Us to Slow Down, Buy Local, and Don’t Let Amazon Win

Matt Crowell is a passionate Entrepreneur and out of the box thinker. Matt founded GetintheLoop, on an $800 budget fresh out of playing professional hockey in Europe.

Matt and his team, alongside a group of advisors, has grown GetintheLoop into a technology platform that brings local consumers together with bricks and mortar businesses in communities across Canada.

Matt holds a Masters in Innovation from Antwerp Management School and a Bachelors of Science, Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

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Jesse Berger, Former Banker Turned Author, Gives the Lowdown on Bitcoin

Jesse Berger is the author of Magic Internet Money: A Book About Bitcoin. He spent over 10 years working with large financial institutions in Canada, including roles in retail banking, investment advisory, management consulting, and market research. He graduated from McGill University in 2006 having studied economics and philosophy, and he received his MBA from Ryerson University in 2015. There, he led the winning team of The Economist’s MBA investment case competition, topping more than 25 schools from around the world. In 2018 he became a certified blockchain professional, and he is currently an independent consultant based in Toronto.

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