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Al Del Degan Hosts Robin Daultani on the LIBI Podcast

Al Del Degan Hosts Robin Daultani on the LIBI Podcast

December 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.

Robin Daultani is a Dreamer. Doer. Passionate about technology and its impact on people. Lifelong learner. Not afraid to challenge the status quo. Doesn't like the word ordinary unless served with extra. Passionate about wildlife & travel.

Nicerr is a unique meeting+giving platform that enables people to meet experienced professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and subject matter experts by giving to charities of the experts' choice.

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Episode Summary:
Al and Robin have a chat about mentorship, being an entrepreneur, and how the difficulties you go through in your past help to shape the person that you become.

Quotes:

"The things that are important in a corporate culture, are not important in a family business."

"People want to help people, but they are drowning in information."

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Sam Galaviz Hosts Jose Azares on the LIBI Podcast

Sam Galaviz Hosts Jose Azares on the LIBI Podcast

December 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 Sam Galaviz is an open minded individual always willing to take new challenges. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Sonora in Mexico. Sam immigrated from Mexico to Canada in 2009 and quickly realized that opportunities in Canada were everywhere for people with strong work ethics and who were willing to go the extra mile.

With that in mind, he founded a Construction Company which he successfully sold after 7 years in business. The sale allowed Sam to pursue other ventures and opportunities while connecting with other entrepreneurs and share ideas.

His current venture is Outworks which provides nearshoring solutions. Besides restlessly looking for new ventures and interesting people he loves traveling and good coffee.

Jose Azares is a serial entrepreneur in the tech and hospitality industry, currently owns an inclusive restaurant chain, REGRUB (Burger backwards), in Canada. Previous to founding REGRUB, he founded a software startup developing project management specifically for the Pre Commissioning and Turnover phase of Oil and Gas Companies. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Engineering, and an MBA from McGill University. Recently graduated from the Global Startup Program managed by Singularity University in Mountain View, California.


His current venture is Nidum, an impact startup creating VR training modules for high turnover industries and consolidating this training content into an inclusive employment platform that will empower the community.

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:
Jose Azares learned for himself that inclusion is a very important aspect of the success of a company.  Now using Virtual Reality to train employees in high turnover industries, he hopes to help establish opportunities for people that would have otherwise had difficulty being successful.

Quotes:

"I had a vision, I didn’t know how I was going to get there I was just basically embracing whatever was coming"

"You get what you put in"

"If you have the passion and the commitment, you’ll figure it out"

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Terry Rock on the LIBI Podcast

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Terry Rock on the LIBI Podcast

November 26, 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. 

Dr. Terry Rock is working to bring innovation to the core of the Calgary and Alberta economies. He is a passionate promoter of Calgary’s potential and has an extensive entrepreneurial and strategic leadership background.

Terry’s previous experience has covered a wide variety of contexts and industries including Principal of Rock Strategy & Leadership, Executive Director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association, and Strategic Advisor to Alberta Music Cities. He was also the founding CEO of Calgary Arts Development Authority. Terry brings diverse experience in consulting for high-potential technology ventures, government relations, marketing and sector development, all critical to CTI in its work to establish Calgary as a global innovation hub.

Terry currently works with many Calgary-based boards including the TELUS Calgary Community Board, the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Board, and the board for Hillhurst United Church. He has previously sat on the founding board of cSPACE Projects, and was the Chair of the AIESEC Canada Inc. board where he had been their President.

Terry holds a PhD in Management with a focus on Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.

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:

Join us as Terry Rock, President and CEO, of Platform Calgary, discusses the organisation’s role in helping Calgary transform into a global hub for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Quotes:

"We need a thriving and connected ecosystem, and where we are as a city, we are well positioned"

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 Kyle Handfield on the LIBI Podcast

Christopher Drobot Hosts Kyle Handfield on the LIBI Podcast

November 19, 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 DrobotChristopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see.

Kyle Handfield is founder and Managing Director with Ventrify Inc. With a background in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, Kyle worked with several organizations – including overseas – before eventually founding Ventrify here in Edmonton. His view and vision are that innovation is not looking at problems differently, but finding solutions to problems that nobody knows exist. As a hardware producer and startup, Kyle and the team at Ventrify aim to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to the real world, collaborating with clients from design all the way through to manufacturing overseas. A private pilot as well, Kyle finds ways to see things from a different perspective.

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.

Show Summary:

Kyle went to Asia and back - and in the process realized what he could make right here in Edmonton. Follow along to learn about how a humble product design and manufacturing firm has global aspirations.

Show Quote:

"Trust in trying opportunities! If you continue to try stuff, you’ll land on your feet and find that thing that you want to wake up for" 

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics 

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Jaime Wood on the LIBI Podcast

Peter Beaudoin Hosts Jaime Wood on the LIBI Podcast

November 12, 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.

 

Jaime Wood is the co-founder of Fanoramas, a fan engagement company in the sports tech sector. She's built her career in Digital Strategy working for some of the worlds biggest brands and has a background in innovation clusters, market research, and data and analytics. 

https://fanoramas.com/  

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:
Jaime discusses her founder journey from starting Fanoramas, taking part in the Junction accelerator and the process to build their international sales plan.

Quotes:

"We are planting a lot of seeds, we want to be global out of the gate…"

"People are eager and want to help you succeed and will help to get you the answers to succeed.  That is the level of support that exists in this city…"

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 Mike Zouhri on the LIBI Podcast

Christopher Drobot Hosts Mike Zouhri on the LIBI Podcast

November 5, 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 DrobotChristopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see.

Mike Zouhri is a serial entrepreneur who has applied his infectious energy towards solving problems in fields as diverse as non-profit housing, image processing, publishing, fashion, and now legal services. Mike describes his unifying theme as “projects that are interesting, creative, and that (hopefully) advance the social good”. Mike has received numerous accolades over the years, such as a Top 40 Under 40 Edmonton from Avenue Magazine, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and an Edmonton Excellence award. Having graduated from the University of Alberta after studying Neuroscience, and having worked on his projects from here as well, Mike is truly connected to the community. Mike’s current venture is called Painworth (painworth.com), which seeks to streamline and simplify injury law.

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.

Show Summary:

Mike finds himself in the word of injury law by accident, and applies his entrepreneurial flair to what turns out to be a Really Big Problem, and becomes an access-to-justice advocate along the way.

Show Quote:

"Just jump in and do it - there’s no better way to learn!" 

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics 

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Al Del Degan Hosts Kevin MacDonald on the LIBI Podcast

Al Del Degan Hosts Kevin MacDonald on the LIBI Podcast

October 29, 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.

Kevin MacDonald started his first company at 19 years old. Since that time, He has had a very successful career as an entrepreneur in high tech. Today, he balances mentorship and business advising for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for growth and acquisition. Kevin has been instrumental in many mergers and acquisitions in technology. Throughout his career, and ongoing today, Kevin is a subject matter expert for sales, marketing, communications, and operations for large corporate companies as well as tech startups.

Visit Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies for a unique and unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

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:
Kevin takes us through his fascinating career path from being a 19-year-old entrepreneur in university through various roles in communications and marketing for industry leading technology companies, before finally retiring at a young age to become a mentor and investor in the startup and small business community. Kevin has a lot of great advice for new business owners and can tell you what a properly cooked dove tastes like in Texas.

Quotes:

"Don’t drink the Kool Aid"

"You have to get over your own ego"

"Never be afraid to fail"

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Workhaus Core

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

Christopher Drobot Hosts Zachary Storms on the LIBI Podcast

Christopher Drobot Hosts Zachary Storms on the LIBI Podcast

October 22, 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 DrobotChristopher Drobot is a passionate cheerleader for the potential of the Edmonton region. Although not directly an entrepreneur himself, his extensive experience in business operations and now mortgage lending help focus his excitement on the ideas that can see the city grow. He is involved in the push to bring a world-class aquarium to the city, is completing an MBA, and – together with his wife – homeschools his two children. The parallels between entrepreneurialism and homeschooling have been many, and he sees an overarching lesson in both: you have to create the world you wish to see.

Zachary Storms is first and foremost a scientist, but beyond that he is a builder: a builder of companies, a builder of business, and a builder of community. He is involved with Fitset Ninja as their Director of Growth, and was just recently invited to become the Scientist-in-Residence at TEC Edmonton where he supports the development of world-changing ideas and the creation of world-leading anchors for Edmonton’s innovation community. As part of the latter, Zachary was the organizing force behind the very event where we are recording today, Startup TNT. Seeing an opportunity to bring people together and to grow the community even more, Zachary took the initiative – as he often does - to make something happen.

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.

Show Summary:

Live From Polar Park...it’s Startup TNT! Zack Storms shares his unique path through scientist, Director of Growth for a fitness startup, and community-builder extraordinaire!

Show Quotes:

"I just tried to build something that I wanted to see in the world, and I invited others to share it with me" 

"We as entrepreneurs need to be the ecosystem... we need to do the things that we say we want to see"

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics and Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan 

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.

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:
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.

Credits...

This Episode Sponsored By: Levven Electronics and Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Graphic Design: Mackenzie Bedford

Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan