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Taylor Jensen Hosts Cynthia Navarrete on the LIBI Podcast

Taylor Jensen Hosts Cynthia Navarrete on the LIBI Podcast

October 15, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

 

Taylor Jensen is a recent graduate from Mount Royal University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, along with a double minor in History and International Business. Her passion for environmental sustainability has taken her to Scotland where she studied sustainability practices in Cairngorms National Park. Through her studies at Mount Royal University, Taylor developed an interest in Social Innovation and human centred design. Taylor was recently selected as a member of the Student Changemakers Network where she plans to continue her research into the impacts of climate change on food sustainability.

Cynthia Navarrete has a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Calgary. Her experience as an environmental consultant in Canada and Peru exposed her to the contamination produced by the textile industry. In order to reduce the industry's negative environmental impact, she founded Jacaranda, a company that produces eco-friendly clothing made of natural fibers from cotton and alpaca. The company is in the process of Fair Trade certification. The knitted garments are made by a community of knitters in rural Peru.

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Episode Summary:
Cynthia Navarrete, owner and CEO of Jacaranda, talks about her journey from Environmental Engineer to startup business owner.  After seeing the impact that the textile industry had on the environment, Cynthia was inspired to create a line of eco-friendly yoga wear that focused on environmental sustainability and fair trade practices.

Quotes:

"The entrepreneurship community in Calgary and Alberta is amazing and supportive"

 "It’s like a roller-coaster" – on starting Jacaranda

 "We need to be a fair-trade town and we are working towards that"

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Inc.

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Christopher Drobot Hosts Anthea Sargeaunt on the LIBI Podcast

Christopher Drobot Hosts Anthea Sargeaunt on the LIBI Podcast

October 8, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Having worked and lived across Western Canada, Christopher has recently made a shift out of an 18 year career (with one company) in food retail management to now exploring Edmonton’s innovation ecosystem. His experience launching a store in a new market helped him realize his excitement around bring ideas into reality, and the power of a supportive network in making that happen. His time at Rainforest has been eye-opening in just how much is happening in the community to make things happen.

Christopher is currently involved in the Aquatic Biosphere Project, working on funds development for the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city of Edmonton; is working towards building a Machine Learning model with retail applications; and is completing the final courses towards his MBA. He is a husband, and a father of two homeschooled children. He sees parallels between the entrepreneurial path and homeschooling and is teaching his children how to unleash their inner entrepreneur as well.

Anthea Sargeaunt is a driven entrepreneur who constantly strives to learn and improve. She has alternated between entrepreneurialism and more traditional employment in industries such as accounting, insurance, and engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Alberta, and an MBA through Athabasca University. Her current venture, 2S Water, is focused on developing and implementing high-quality water sensor systems with easy to understand user-interfaces, to make water quality accessible to everyone.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics and Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Allan Marston Hosts Neeraj Gupta on the LIBI Podcast

Allan Marston Hosts Neeraj Gupta on the LIBI Podcast

October 1, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

This episode is hosted by Allan Marston.  Allan is a Father, Husband and innovator. Mr. Marston is a successful corporate executive heading up departments in Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources. As a serial entrepreneur Allan has over 18 years’ experience in the technology startup space and was the CEO of his own Silicon Valley company.  Previously Allan spent 25 years in the retail business and was with a company when it created Canada's first loyalty reward card program.  He has had several start-ups and successful exits and is currently the founder of Zenoshi.io where he is building a universal rewards program on the blockchain. 

Neeraj Gupta is an active angel investor, mentor and serial entrepreneur in Deeptech domain. Neeraj is an expert on Entrepreneurship, Angel Investment, Startup Ecosystem Building, Patent Consulting and Innovation Management. He advises several provincial and federal governments on cross-border trade, innovation and entrepreneurship.

He is Founder and Managing Director at Lawcubator, Founder & CEO at FormulateIP, Cofounder at Chapter.AI, co-founder of PanIIT Mentors,

Neeraj holds Bachelors of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Metallurgical and Material Sciences and Masters of Science Degree from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden in Scientific Computing and Mathematics. Neeraj is PGPX in General Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Neeraj is author of the book "Creating & safeguarding a strong Intellectual Property Portfolio" which was written in collaboration with SIDBI, Adelphi and KFW Bank Germany.

Quote(s):
"Canada is in the top 10 for both entrepreneurship and innovation."

Summary:
Discussion on patents and saving money using provisional patents. Also some insight into when and how startups should engage with angel investors. 

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Al Del Degan Hosts Jim Gibson on the LIBI Podcast

Al Del Degan Hosts Jim Gibson on the LIBI Podcast

September 24, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

I am hosting this episode myself.  For more than 20 years I have provided leadership and guidance in technology and software development. When I am not networking, making connections and trying to help out wherever I can, I follow my creative passions of graphic design and photography.

 

Jim Gibson is an Entrepreneur, Innovation Strategist, and author.  Jim is passionate, experienced, and an infinitely curious entrepreneur, Jim shares his cautionary tale of innovation and disruption in a human world in his book: Tip of the Spear, the product of his life’s work - spanning over 30 years at the forefront of technology and change.

Jim has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, a B.Comm from the University of Toronto, and holds his Certified Management Consulting Designation. Jim lives in Calgary, Canada with his family, and travels the world sharing his experience, business acumen, and startup wisdom.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

Episode Summary:
This episode is loaded with content from a summary of Jim Gibson’s life history through to the origin story of Rainforest Alberta through to why Jim Wrote his first book “Tip of the Spear” and a look at the future of technology and digital disruption.

Quotes:

"I will never forget, being in Shanghai doing simultaneous translation of Mandarin and English announcing our new product and I just had this out-of-body experience thinking... what the heck am I doing here?"

"What we have to be much better at, and exponential at, is the innovation of ways"

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Lori Farley Hosts Carol Sun on the LIBI Podcast

Lori Farley Hosts Carol Sun on the LIBI Podcast

September 17, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

This episode is hosted by Lori Farley.  Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary.

Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments.

INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing:

IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding.

As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs.

She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia.

Carol Sun epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail in the networking and communication realm. As a graduate in communication from Royal Roads University, Carol finds her self tapping into her skills in helping businesses in the Calgary area grow and become success stories within their industries. As a connector, an executor, and a communication specialist, she is responsible for implementing and streamlining business marketing, funding and operations strategies.  She also helps clients increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers. When Carol isn’t working, she takes her passion even further by working with new entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas, organize their operations, connecting them with a solid foundational network and mentoring them to be successful! She provides sweat equity to small tech start-ups, which speaks loudly to her love for her community. Carol is most known for her great motivational and inspirational support.

*Assets – Business Development, Strategic Management, Operation Management, Human Resources, Project Management, Marketing and Design and a passion for entrepreneurs.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Inc.

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Al Del Degan Hosts Brydon Gierl on the LIBI Podcast

Al Del Degan Hosts Brydon Gierl on the LIBI Podcast

September 10, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

I am hosting this episode myself.  For more than 20 years I have provided leadership and guidance in technology and software development. When I am not networking, making connections and trying to help out wherever I can, I follow my creative passions of graphic design and photography.

Brydon Gierl has been working in the liquid cooling field for 20 years. Prior to Co-founding CoolIT Systems Inc. he worked in various capacities in construction and fabrication industries learning valuable lessons as a first time business owner operator. Currently in his position as SVP of Product Development at CoolIT Systems he is back to where his creative talents are best exploited and a work ethic born on the family farm serves the company well.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

Episode Summary:
Brydon talks about how CoolIT came into existence and the difficulties and lessons learned along the journey from a couple guys trying to solve a problem to an international technology company working with some of the tech giants of data centres.

Quotes:
“Most of the people we have here are far smarter than I’ll ever be.”

“[After being in business for a long time] you can get stuck, you can get complacent, you can think we used to do it this way, and that is a dangerous place to be. You gotta open your eyes and listen to people around you.”

“Never be afraid to be the dumber one in the room.”

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Inc.

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Lori Farley Hosts Dustin Poole on the LIBI Podcast

Lori Farley Hosts Dustin Poole on the LIBI Podcast

September 3, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

This episode is hosted by Lori Farley.  Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary.

Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments.

INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing:

IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding.

As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs.

She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia.

 

Dustin Poole has a passion for going beyond sustainability. With a background in Aeronautical Engineering Technology, he began following his entrepreneurial ability at an early age. He has over 15 years of business experience in the area of solar and sustainable technologies, permaculture techniques, creative thinking, art, and design. In 2014, he co-founded Eclipse Sustainability Projects and opened The Solar Store. The first of its kind in Canada, it provides the solar industry with a wide range of products and services for commercial, residential, and industrial clients available through a retail showroom and training centre.

Dustin has acted as VP of Business Development for Green Metrics since June 2018, and President of The Meta Space, launched in June 2019. Green Metrics is dedicated to catalyzing an energy efficiency market in Alberta through the delivery of a digital platform that supports and enables building data analytics and decision making about building retrofits. The Meta Space is a disruptive technology collaborative environment in downtown Calgary that was formed by a group of companies wanting to work together on large projects, facilitate rapid innovation, and provide business mentorship to support new local talent and integrate them into future projects.

Dustin is a founding board member of Passive House Alberta and the GO Technology Foundation. Passive House Alberta is part of a global network dedicated to promoting a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in buildings. The Generating Opportunities (GO) Technology Foundation is a non-profit social enterprise anticipating and integrating disruptive technologies. Dustin also acts as Co-Lead of EMCO Energy, a local energy company created by GO that reinvests the profits from retailing electricity and gas to Albertans for supporting local tech development and community projects.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Capturing Legacies Inc.

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Christopher Drobot Hosts James Kierstead on the LIBI Podcast

Christopher Drobot Hosts James Kierstead on the LIBI Podcast

August 27, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

Another episode from Edmonton hosted by Christopher Drobot.  Having worked and lived across Western Canada, Christopher has recently made a shift out of an 18 year career (with one company) in food retail management to now exploring Edmonton’s innovation ecosystem. His experience launching a store in a new market helped him realize his excitement around bring ideas into reality, and the power of a supportive network in making that happen. His time at Rainforest has been eye-opening in just how much is happening in the community to make things happen.

Christopher is currently involved in the Aquatic Biosphere Project, working on funds development for the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city of Edmonton; is working towards building a Machine Learning model with retail applications; and is completing the final courses towards his MBA. He is a husband, and a father of two homeschooled children. He sees parallels between the entrepreneurial path and homeschooling and is teaching his children how to unleash their inner entrepreneur as well.

James Kierstead is a lifelong entrepreneur with a commitment to innovation, excellence, and enhancing people’s lives. He has led multiple businesses, and successfully grew a local manufacturing company to a large international presence. His current role as President at Levven Electronics sees him responsible for managing the vision and growth of the company as they carve a new path in wireless, intelligent building systems. James is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, the A100, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, and he was the driving force behind bringing Rainforest AB to Edmonton. James believes in success through collaboration and through giving of himself.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics and Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Pieter Boekhoff on the LIBI Podcast

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Pieter Boekhoff on the LIBI Podcast

August 20, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

This episode is hosted by Peter Beaudoin.  Peter manages strategy and partnerships for an innovative alliance of energy companies committed to reducing environmental impacts through collaborative R&D efforts. Peter worked for more than 20 years in Asia building and investing in a variety of businesses. His most recent role outside of Canada was with the World Wildlife Fund, where he was the Chief Executive Officer of WWF China, based in Beijing. Prior to that, Peter lived in Hong Kong for 15 years working in the technology industry.

Pieter Boekhoff is the 2018 Manning Innovation Award Finalist, 2016 Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year (Prairies), one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2014), Mount Royal Horizon Award Winner (2014), One of Canada’s 10 “Mentor Rock Stars” (2013), Globe and Mail Top 20 up and coming Entrepreneurs (2012), Breakout Business of the Year Finalist (2012), Small Business of the Year Finalist (2013).

Pieter has a Computer Science Degree with a Minor in Entrepreneurship and is the Founder of Nobal Technologies, a technology company bent on changing the way people interact with their world. Nobal's primary focus is the development, distribution and sale of their flagship product, The iMirror™.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

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This Episode Sponsored By: Zinc Ventures

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Lori Farley Hosts Stephanie Hackert on the LIBI Podcast

Lori Farley Hosts Stephanie Hackert on the LIBI Podcast

August 13, 2019

Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta.  The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

This episode is hosted by Lori Farley.  Lori’s business and voluntary commitments curate and facilitate: connections, relationships, and opportunities for social change through entrepreneurship, partnerships, and alliances between various sectors around the globe including Community development, Arts, Disability, Education, and Technology. Lori is involved in numerous ventures related to social innovation and socio-economic development including Intonovus Canada and Impact Calgary.

Lori is involved in supporting cross-sector social and economic development with a mission of sharing and mobilizing time, money, resources, energy, talents, and best practices that align to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), B Corp standards (B Corp) and IRIS metrics (IRIS), all designed to measure the social, environmental and financial performance of companies and investments.

INTONOVUS Canada is a not for profit designed to partner with those advancing social impact, social enterprise, and impact investing:

IMPACT CALGARY is a social business venture launching coworking, ‘impact first’ business development, and access to funding for social entrepreneurs and benefit businesses. These ventures include foci on social impact technologies (such as Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)), parentpreneurship (child and family-friendly professional work spaces), and crowdfunding.

As part of her passion for rural-urban economic corridor development, she is working to replicate economic diversity in Alberta through rural tech hubs.

She is also a partner in business that supports producers, processors, and manufacturers of Alberta agri-food s to access markets in China and Southeast Asia.

Stephanie Hackert is Growth Manager Western Canada at VanHack.  Stephanie has worked over 10+ years in the career management field, Human Resources and Business Development, ultimately gaining experience in Intercultural Management, Corporate Consulting and Coaching. She supports change management processes and takes pride in leading projects. She is a huge people-person, and value connections while building long-term relationships.

She has always been focused on putting her passions and skills to good use by supporting organizations and projects she really cares about; whether it’s volunteering in Bolivia, discovering people's dreams and empowering them to reach their goals or driving diversity and inclusion initiatives to create greater cultural awareness and inclusive workplaces.

Stephanie is always striving to bring 100% to the work she does while thriving in growing, and innovative organizations. She loves taking on new challenges and exploring the world. She has had the opportunity and privilege to have lived in 3 different continents and travel through more than 40 countries. In her spare time, you will find her outdoors, travelling or meeting new people.

Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out.  We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts.  We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Zinc Ventures

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan