Connor Curran is one of the co-owners of Local Laundry, a Canadian made garments company that uses clothing as a vehicle to build community. Connor started Local Laundry four years ago after Googling: ‘How To Start A T-Shirt Company’ and watching a YouTube video. Now Connor works on Local Laundry full time with a commitment to donate over $1 Million to local charities across Canada. Local Laundry can be found in over 20 stores across Canada and is heralding the importance of supporting Canadian manufacturing.
Steve Mesler is CEO and Founder of Classroom Champions, a non-profit that brings together children and the world’s best to mentors to teach kids the skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. After winning an Olympic Gold Medal in bobsled at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, Steve was inspired to bring the values, lessons, and experiences he and his fellow Olympic and Paralympic athletes had gained through sport into classrooms. Since creating Classroom Champions, over 180 athletes have taught more than 1 million students about goal setting, perseverance, and teamwork to support their mental health, wellness, and academic achievement. Listen in as we chat with Steve about being a social entrepreneur!
Louis Stack is President and Founder of Fitterfirst, a Calgary-based company leading the world to better balance with a wide selection of balance and wellness products. The company has been operational for the past 35 years and prides itself in providing exceptional customer service and staying up to trends in the health sciences. The overall goal of the company is to improve every customer’s optimal health through the use of specially designed products. Their mandate is, balance is the essence of movement; movement is the essence of life.
Shauna MacDonald is Principal and Founder of Brookline Public Relations, one of Canada’s leading boutique PR agencies. Starting her career in Boston and following in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps, Shauna launched Brookline in 2004 after serving as Vice President and Managing Director of Western Canada for an international public relations firm, as well as the Marketing Communications Practice Leader for its Canadian operations. Now in its 15th year, Brookline delivers creative ideas, solid results, and a fresh approach (as a non-billable agency!) to countless brands across Canada, defining new industry standards for excellence and delivering newsworthy and memorable moments.
Wendy Giuffre is the President and Principal Consultant for Wendy Ellen Inc. She is also the co-author of The Only HR Best Practice You’ll Ever Need. Wendy provides a grassroots, common sense approach that helps her clients to simplify their people management and create healthy, sustainable workplace cultures where people love to come to work. She is also a sought-after HR expert for the media, keynote speaker and contributor to various HR specialty print media. Wendy consults with small to medium-sized organizations in all industries based in and around Western Canada and US affiliates.