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This green ammonia production system will change our world

Ian Clifford is CEO of FuelPositive Corporation, a leading Canadian cleantech company. Ian has had a career pathway filled with various ventures, including co-founding businesses and now leading FuelPositive, but what has driven all his career decisions has been his love for environmentalism, technology, and marketing. Ian’s passion is advocating for change in some of our most polluting and challenging sectors. FuelPositive is committed to providing commercially viable and sustainable, “cradle to cradle” clean energy solutions, including carbon-free ammonia (NH3), for use across a broad spectrum of industries and applications. Decentralizing the production of key growing components like green ammonia for farmers is the key to sustainability and fighting climate change. If farmers produce green ammonia on their own farms — then they are in control and they are using a carbon-free ammonia production system. Today most use grey ammonia and it is a serious polluter because of the way it is produced with fossil fuels and because it has to be shipped thousands of miles to get to most farms.


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Getting Hybrid Work Right: Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Economic Growth in Canada

Stephen Harrington, Partner; National Leader for Workforce Strategy and Future of Work Advisory, Deloitte Canada.

Stephen is Deloitte’s National Leader for Workforce Strategy and Future of Work Advisory and has been a writer and speaker on the future of work since 2011. With 20 years’ experience in Consulting, Stephen leads transformations in workforce strategy to fundamentally get at changes in work, workforce and workplace to fuel business strategy. Stephen’s experience spans from strategy to design – he helps clients set workforce strategy to fuel business strategy, and then designs programs not simply to chase elusive ‘best-practice’ but to craft implementation solutions to meet the unique needs of client’s and their employees.


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The three steps you need to win are to crawl, walk, run

Ronald W. Thomson is a film and television industry veteran with Canadian, U.S., and international experience. Ron is the founder and president of global business development firm Cameron Thomson Group Ltd. with focus on media, entertainment, and tech ventures. Cameron Thomson is based in Toronto, London, Lake Como, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Taipei. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Nice Media Studios LLC, an independent media content company focused on the acquisition / origination, development, packaging, production & financing of premium television shows and movies for global audiences. Ron is considered a transformative thinker who has proven time and again his ability to lead companies to sustainable growth, with a legacy of experience in securing capital for companies in the global media / entertainment and technology communities. Ron also serves as CEO and Director of Canada’s Liquid Media Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: YVR). Liquid Media is a business solutions company empowering independent intellectual property (IP) creators. Liquid’s end-to-end solution will enable professional video (film/TV and video game) creation, packaging, financing, delivery, and monetization, empowering IP creators to take their professional content from inception through the entire process to monetization.

His experiences at Cameron Thomson led him to his appointment as Liquid’s CEO, where he was charged with the company’s business development. He spearheaded the successful recalibration of Liquid’s business model into a business solutions company for independent creators of professional video (film / television), carving out a distinct niche and offering in the marketplace.


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Pivoting from a career in the financial industry to being an entrepreneur

Robin Kovitz is the President & CEO of Baskits Inc., one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. Baskits designs, manufactures and delivers unique and luxurious gifts across Canada and the US. With over 50,000 customers from around the world, Baskits makes the art of gifting quick and easy through its online stores, catalog/call center, warehouse, and retail locations. In 2020, and again in 2021, Baskits was recognized as one of the Top Growing Companies in Canada by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.

Prior to acquiring Baskits in 2014, Robin worked in private equity on the buyouts of mid-sized companies and as a Summer Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where she led a part of a large-scale cost reduction project at a Canadian bank. She also played an active role in the sale of her family’s western Canadian food manufacturing and distribution businesses. She began her career in Mergers and Acquisitions investment banking at CIBC World Markets and was recognized with the Chairman’s Award in 2005.

As a sought-after speaker and commentator on “Entrepreneurship through Acquisition”, digital retail and the topic of “Mompreneurship” Robin frequently serves as a guest lecturer at both the Yale School of Management and the Harvard Business School. She and/or Baskits have been featured in a number of leading publications, including: Forbes, House & Home, Elle Canada, Canadian Business, Huffington Post, Style at Home and on Global News, Your Morning Show.

Robin currently serves as a consultant to the Admissions Marketing team at the Harvard Business School and as a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University where she was a Rutherford Scholar. In 2017, and again in 2021, she was recognized as a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner. In 2021, Robin received the Women of Inspiration Award from the Universal Womens Network. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.


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NextGen Perspective: Built Environments, Smart Cities & NFT’s

Ebony Walsh is an Architectural Designer, enthusiastic about innovation and technology. She is currently an intrapreneur for a company in Toronto, Ontario in Design Research & Data. She splits her time between Canada and Brazil working as a digital nomad.

Ebony is an exponential thinker – curious, actively adaptive to our social and technological advancements and her personal purpose and “why” is to advance optimal human experiences through infrastructure design. Her entrepreneurial ambition is to make hardware – our built environment (architecture and smart cities) as efficient and user-friendly as software; and she is looking to connect with like-minded startups.

Ebony is also co-leading a community of change-makers to create their first NFT campaign that will be the gateway investment to events, programs – and perhaps in the future, a purpose-driven hybrid digital-physical coworking | coliving village.


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Full-service media squad helping real estate agents showcase their personal brand

Laura Stewart is the Co-Founder of FTGU Media, a full-service media squad helping real estate agents showcase, through content, their personal brand. Laura is able to reverse engineer what agents are looking for, because she herself is an agent. In just 6 years, Laura has been promoted to Vice President of the #2 Real Estate sales team in Canada for Royal LePage and has subsequently helped over 700 buyers, sellers and investors every single year.


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Entrepreneurs Require a Sense of Audacity. Do You Have What It Takes?

Graham Wong, Founder & CEO, Lauft Inc. Graham loves being a creative entrepreneur. The former founder and principal of Toronto-based ad agency Urban DNA has over twenty years of experience building and deploying brand strategies for some of Canada’s best known brands including Nike, Fujitsu, City of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Health and CAMH (and many others). His work in UX strategy extends across a multitude of industries and in 2006, he introduced Canada to mobile proximity marketing.

Check out his new coworking space project at www.lauft.work


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Wes Hall of Dragons’ Den invites you to submit your pitch and gives some helpful tips

Dragons’ Den and Canada’s Podcast have partnered to give away 3 golden tickets to pitch to the dragons! Get your golden ticket to Dragons’ Den today by uploading your 60-second video pitch to our entry page at https://canadaspodcast.com/dragonsden. The best 3 elevator pitches will get a golden ticket to audition to the Dragons’ Den producers.

Wes Hall is Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors. He is the newest Dragon to the Den – Canada’s first Black Dragon. He has been married for 30 years and is father of five kids. Wes was originally from St. Thomas, Jamaica and he immigrated to Canada at 16 years old. Raised by his grandmother in a tin shack with 13 siblings and no running water, Wes is truly a self-made Canadian dream success story. His favourite sports team: the Toronto Raptors. Wes is very into fitness (yoga, pilates, peloton, treadmill, weights, all sports). Wes is known for his generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others with a number of impactful charitable initiatives, and serves as a Board Member of the SickKids Foundation, Pathways to Education, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and The Black Academy. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors at Huron University College. Wes is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. He has also changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean and Canada, donating both his money and time. In 2015, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 received an Honorary Doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.

Maybe you can join him and begin your success journey. Take a listen to the podcast. Give us your 60-second video pitch and who knows, you might get to meet the Dragons. The best 3 elevator pitches will get a golden ticket to audition to the Dragons’ Den producers. Go to https://canadaspodcast.com/dragonsden and make your pitch.

Decarbonizing Your Business with Dr. Jamie Stephen

This episode with Dr. Jamie Stephen will provide information on the decarbonization solutions that entrepreneurs can consider as they build and grow their businesses. Now more than ever, there are expectations for companies to integrate carbon-conscious decisions into operations. Dr. Stephen will specifically discuss how the forest sector can support the most effective decarbonization efforts that business can adopt.

The efforts that will be focused on include:

  • Building with wood – carbon capture through wood infrastructure
  • Thermal energy – heating buildings sustainably which is the largest climate liability for businesses
  • Bioenergy carbon capture and storage – options for permanent CO2 removal from the atmosphere

Dr. Jamie Stephen is Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources, an energy and resources consulting and project development firm based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He has managed bioenergy and cleantech projects for a broad variety of clients including national and provincial governments, utilities, airlines, manufacturers, investment funds, First Nations, and technology developers. Projects have focused on industrial growth strategies, facility feasibility, technology deployment hurdles, policy options, and investment prioritization.

Originally from Saskatchewan and the UK, he holds a PhD in Forestry (bioenergy techno-economics/strategy) and a Masters in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia and a BSc(H) in Life Science from Queen’s University.

Learn how you can become net-zero at https://www.forestryforthefuture.ca/


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The Commissioner of Competition discusses the importance of competition for business in Canada

Matthew Boswell was appointed Commissioner of Competition on March 5, 2019, for a five-year term. He first joined the Competition Bureau in January 2011 and served in various senior management positions throughout the organization, leading merger reviews and directing major investigations targeting criminal cartels, abuse of dominance and deceptive marketing practices.

Before joining the Bureau, Mr. Boswell worked in a private practice in Toronto, served as Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, and was a Senior Litigation Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he primarily prosecuted securities fraud and related matters.


To learn more about creating an effective compliance program, visit http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_04456.html


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