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Indigenous-owned ethical, sustainable and natural hair care products from Edmonton

Vanessa Marshall was born and raised in a small town in northern Alberta. She has two kids and a loving husband. She grew up in a sustainably oriented family and taking care of the earth and its animals has always been a passion of hers. She leads a plant-based lifestyle and does her best to reduce her carbon footprint whenever possible. She is passionate about her family and business and loves to spread kindness. Jack59 is an Indigenous-owned and operated company located in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. They believe in the highest quality ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible. Their passion lies in creating amazing hair products and their mission is to provide amazing hair days while reducing people’s carbon footprints.


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Growing Ancient Grains for Healthy Eating

John Schneider is owner of Gold Forest Grains, a family-owned and operated farm located north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County. The Schneider family descendants have farmed in Sturgeon County since 1884. The company says it is proud to offer the highest quality flour as they put lots of love and careful attention into growing these grains. They hope people enjoy their flour as much as they enjoy bringing it to consumers.


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From a stay-at-home mom with a sweet tooth and big ambitions to a well known confectionary brand!

Kathy Leskow, Founder of Confetti Sweets, was a stay-at-home mom with a sweet tooth and big ambitions. She started off baking cookies in her home kitchen and selling them at local farmer’s markets. In 2014, Kathy secured a storefront for Confetti Sweets in Sherwood Park and now employs a team of 25. Kathy has expanded her reach in Alberta and now sells her cookie mix at grocery stores throughout the province. During the pandemic, she branched out and founded Confetti Collective where they sell curated local food from small producers. Kathy has a commerce degree from the University of Lethbridge with a major in marketing and has experience in the event planning and hospitality industries. She is no longer found scooping cookie dough and baking, but working on growing the business and seizing all opportunities that come her way.


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Bitcoin education, consumer protection and the decentralization of financial services

As President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Bitcoin Well, Adam O’Brien is a leading advocate for education, consumer protection and the decentralization of financial services. In 2013, Adam bought his first Bitcoin, and after seeing the growth potential within the space, he purchased and installed bitcoin ATMs at strategic locations across Canada. Given the exponential growth of the market, he founded Bitcoin Well (formerly known as Bitcoin Solutions), which is the first publicly traded bitcoin ATM company in the world. Adam serves as Co-chair of the Fintech Committee for the Canadian Blockchain Consortium, Canada’s largest non-profit network of blockchain companies and influencers. He is recognized as a true visionary in the field and strives to bring bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to the mainstream making them easy, approachable and accessible for all.


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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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Ed DePrato life-long entrepreneur shares how his unique business model is proving to be a winner

Ed DePrato is a life-long entrepreneur. His ability to see great opportunities, tenacity, and willingness to put in sweat equity have led him to his most recent venture of launching Sweetly Real Estate in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ed offers his advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, what traits he sees in himself that make him a great entrepreneur, and discusses how Sweetly has worked well for Edmonton home buyers during the pandemic.


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Giselle Denis is a Performance Painter Engaging People in the Process of Her Work

Giselle Denis is a performance painter at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada & the Raffles Hotel Dubai in the UAE. She enjoys engaging people in the process of her work answering questions about where she gets her inspiration and about her creative process. All the work she creates live is for sale and guests often purchase her art on the spot while she is making it before their eyes.

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Kirk Zembal, Co-Founder of Blindman Brewing, Creates Craft Beer Using the Best Local Ingredients That Support the Places and People of the Area

Kirk Zembal is co-founder of Blindman Brewing based in Lacombe, Alberta. Blindman Brewing has a small taproom located in Lacombe, with their beer distributed throughout Alberta and beyond The create innovative, quality, flavorful craft beer using the best local ingredients that support the places and people of the area.

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Former Olympian Jamie Salé on Dealing with COVID-19, and the Connection Between Sports & Business

Jamie Salé, former Olympic gold medalist and world champion in figure skating, is a motivational coach and speaker in Edmonton. She talks about being an entrepreneur, the connection between sports and business, and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada’s Podcast Host Mario Toneguzzi Reflects on His Time in Quarantine with COVID-19

Mario Toneguzzi, our Calgary host, talks about some of the lessons he’s learned working in quarantine with COVID-19. Great perceptions which we can all learn from.