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Leadership is a subtle talent. Our podcast series brings focus to the art of leadership. We provide a source of insight and advice from those who have successfully led people, teams, and organizations. On Leaders247 accomplished leaders share tips, lessons, and ideas for how to become an effective leader.
 
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Paul Chambers is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA). His extensive expertise in eCommerce and subscription dates back more than two decades, having been recognized by media outlets all over the globe. He is also the Co-Founder of Gentleman's Box, Core3 Solutions, Moka Boka, and Unity Management Systems. In this EP,…
 
Craig Morantz is the founder of Snack Conscious, a snacking company committed to giving the consumer the cleanest, healthiest, and tastiest snacks available. He is also an executive entrepreneur and turnaround CEO. In this one, we discuss Craig's COVID story, and what has happened to his business since March; reinventing a brand during a pandemic; …
 
John Warrillow is the founder of The Value Builder System, now used by thousands of businesses worldwide. He's the author of 3 books, including the best-selling Built to Sell recognized by Fortune as one of the best business books of 2011. John is also the host of Built to Sell Radio and an entrepreneur who has exited 4 companies. In this EP, we di…
 
Alan Smith is the co-founder of Strategyzer, an innovation company helping enterprises create new growth. The company's Business Model Canvas has been used by millions around the globe. In today's round 2 with Alan, we discuss the idea of investing in a portfolio of ideas; the real stats stemming from venture capital investments in start-ups; how e…
 
Tony Chapman is one of the youngest individuals inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, a testament to a storied career in the ad-agency world. Tony has spoken around the globe on all topics related to marketing, advertising, and branding. In this EP, we cover the latest Forbes global brand rankings; we also discuss the latest trends in retail…
 
Philip McKernan is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches globally. He is in high demand in the world of entrepreneurship as well as sports. In this amazing EP, we discuss the difference between control and influence; the state of relationships in the wake of the pandemic, why working parents are more patient with their clients t…
 
Fatima Zaidi is the co-founder and CEO of Quill, Inc. the world’s first one-stop marketplace and agency dedicated solely to podcasters, and brands interested in launching a show. In this episode, we discuss podcast industry stats and major trends; M&A activity including Spotify's acquisition of Gimlet, Anchor, and the Joe Rogan Experience; challeng…
 
In this special episode, we're checking in again with my colleague Adam Mutschler, who is based in Washington to get his take on what's happening one week after the US election. Adam is a Partner at The Kedar Group, and has a tremendous understanding of how leaders work in high stakes environments ranging in scope from startups to Fortune 100’s. He…
 
Dan Demsky is the co-founder of Unbound Merino - a clothing brand that has its nailed positioning around product quality, and lifestyle. In this EP we discuss Unbound's success with Facebook ad buys, why top entrepreneurs wear a "uniform", whether Amazon is going to move fast into luxury goods, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC Call your RBC Advisor or con…
 
Brian Mosoff is the CEO of Ether Capital (ETHC). In this EP, we discuss the recent bull run and the run-up in the value of both Etherium and Bitcoin; we also chat about Bitcoin and Etherium as safe-haven assets; the role of major exchanges; access points where individuals can invest in cryptocurrency, and more. EP Sponsor: RBC - to open an RBC depo…
 
Adam Mutschler is a Partner at The Kedar Group, and has a tremendous understanding of how leaders work in high stakes environments ranging in scope from startups to Fortune 100's. He is also a go-to for anything related to US politics. In this episode, we discuss the Presidential debates, Trump's COVID19 diagnosis, what election outcome increases t…
 
(In dedication) - John Ruffolo is the founder of OMERS Ventures and the co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He has invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 technology companies including Shopify, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and others. John also sits on the board of Canopy Rivers, Continuum Residential REIT and Ether Capital. In this …
 
David Priemer is widely recognized as a thought leader in the area of sales and sales leadership. Often referred to as the "Sales Professor", David helps organizations drive revenue growth, people development, and winning cultures by infusing the core principles of science, empathy, and execution into their sales operations. In this deep dive into …
 
This episode was recorded back in early March 2020, with Satish Kanwar, the current GM, and VP of Product at Shopify. Because things were developing so quickly related to the Coronavirus, we never did get a chance to release it, so here it is! Satish oversees the development of eCommerce, retail, and multi-channel shopping for over one million merc…
 
Isaac Langleben, is the co-founder of Open Farm Pet Food, one of North America's fastest-growing premium pet food companies. In this episode, we discuss the growth of the pet industry, and how Millenials have changed the entire market for pets and related products; we also discuss how shopping behavior has changed during the pandemic; Isaac's plan …
 
Steven Holmes is the President of GOBA Sports group, and the co-founder of Springfree Trampoline. In this one, we discuss how the virus has impacted Springfree's business, in particular, how it's bolstered demand for trampolines in every major market across the globe; how the company has responded to this shift to backyard play; GOBA's supply chain…
 
Brian Smith, is the founder of Ugg, one of the biggest global footwear brands. He is back on the show for a second time to discuss his pivot out of public speaking in the wake of the pandemic, and his latest start-up; we also discuss key lessons from Brian's book, The Birth of a Brand; his experience navigating through recessions; why Brian ultimat…
 
Bruce Linton is the former Chairman, Founder, and CEO at Canopy Growth. In this EP, we discuss his departure from Canopy, and what he plans to do next; his philosophy around the 3 P's, and why each is critical to hypergrowth; the role of leader, vs. CEO; the commercialization of Cannabis both in Canada and in the US; the role of psychedelics as the…
 
Philip McKernan is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches globally. He is also in demand in the world of entrepreneurship as well as sports where he works with individual athletes as well as professional teams. In this interview, we discuss the difference between control and influence; the state of relationships in the wake of th…
 
John Ruffolo is the founder of OMERS Ventures and the co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He has invested over $500 million of capital in over 40 technology companies including Shopify, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and others. John also sits on the board of Canopy Rivers, Continuum Residential REIT and Ether Capital. In this EP, we discuss Can…
 
Marc Antoine Bovet, is the co-founder and CEO of Oatbox. Focused on delivering healthy breakfast cereal products to consumers in North America, Oatbox delivers direct to subscriber doors on a monthly basis. Things have changed in a big way as a result of the pandemic. In this EP, we discuss Oatbox's demand crunch, how team culture has improved desp…
 
Vanessa Iarocci is the CEO & President of McCarthy Uniforms, Canada’s largest public sector school uniform manufacturer & distributor. With schools closed due to COVID-19, McCarthy has pivoted to manufacturing PPE at scale, serving custodians in the workplace and on the front lines. We discuss how Vanessa's company has executed this phenomenal shif…
 
Jay Berard is the founder and CEO of Jagger, a modern headhunting firm that works with companies to help them find the right people to accomplish their goals. In this EP, we discuss who is hiring, and the state of recruiting during COVID-19; how companies are onboarding new employees (virtually), how to land a job in today's market; whether big tic…
 
Shant Mardirosian is the founder of The Burger's Priest - which sold to Recipe Unlimited in 2017. Shant's new restaurant initiative, called the Fourth man in the fire, is taking shape in ways he couldn't have imagined in a food scene plagued by a global crisis. In this one, we discuss Fourth Man's unique business model, the death of the food critic…
 
Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award-winning design entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, and founder of 21Toys; a company that has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Bloomberg, ... her invention, The Empathy Toy was praised by TIME magazine as a “technology that is reshaping the future”. In this conversation, we discuss how 21Toys has gone from a compa…
 
In this first episode of our special series focused on businesses and their founders navigating these unchartered waters, we are in conversation with Founder/ CEO of Kognitive Marketing Josh Singer. In this conversation, we are focusing on how Kognitive has gone from millions in revenue to near zero, and from 546 employees down to 20 as a result of…
 
Chris Ronzio is the founder and CEO of Trainual, a leading SaaS company helping fast-growing businesses automate their onboarding and training by documenting every process in one simple system. In this episode, we get into the origins of the Trainual, whether a start-up's geographical location matters, the concept of tool overload, email hacks such…
 
Lisa Owen, is the co-founder at one of Canada’s most promising e-commerce businesses, Rent Frock Repeat. Lisa's team is turning the retail model on its head, and leading the sharing economy while ensuring women across Canada of any age, race, or economic status have the opportunity to access amazing fashion while also reducing their collective carb…
 
Ben Gallacher is the Chairman, and co-founder of Performance Phenomics — a health care company at the edge of stroke and concussion research. Drafted to the NHL in 2010, Ben played Division I NCAA hockey, before graduating from the University of Massachusetts and then subsequently pivoting away from a career in hockey in favor of entrepreneurship. …
 
Scott Marcaccio is the Co-Founder and CEO of the budding lifestyle physical therapy brand, Myodetox. Through the power of a brand-first approach and an industry-leading social media strategy, Myodetox has forged partnerships with global brands including Nike, Equinox, and Lululemon. In this EP, we discuss the pull of Instagram as a customer acquisi…
 
Shant Mardirosian, is the founder of The Burgers Priest - arguably the biggest Canadian burger success story in recent memory, and a chain that has changed the entire culture of the food scene. Shant, a dedicated Christian, went from pastoral ministry into entrepreneurship, and his story is unbelievable. In this episode, we get into Shant's journey…
 
Cameron Herold is a lifelong entrepreneur, and the head of the COO Alliance, the largest global network for the second in command. In this conversation, we dive into the differences in personality traits with respect to CEOs and COO's, leadership topics such as conflict management, and getting to inbox zero; why meetings are often unproductive, how…
 
In this special 60th EP, we chat with Dani Lipkin, Innovation Sector Head for Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV). In this deep dive into technology IPO's, we discuss steps to a public offering, the right company profile, common misconceptions about going public, some of the Canadian tech unicorns that went public early…
 
Originally Released: Nov, 2018 Mike Gettis, is the CEO and co-founder of Endy, Canada's fastest-growing vertical e-commerce company and market leader in the online mattress space. In this EP, Mike and I discuss his move from oil and gas into entrepreneurship, Endy's approach to growth vs that of its American rival Casper's, what businesses can lear…
 
Dan Debow was CEO and a co-founder at Helpful.com, a startup backed by Bessemer Ventures that was acquired by Shopify in 2019. Prior to Helpful, Dan co-founded Rypple which was acquired by Salesforce. He is also a founding Partner of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and an early investor …
 
Today we welcome Dan Watt the Chief Operating Officer and a Senior Vice President Broadband Communications Systems at L3 Harris Technologies. Dan is an experienced senior executive and turn-around artist. Dan is often called into the most difficult business situations to revive them. Dan has over 26 years of service with L3 and L3 Harris Technologi…
 
Mitchell Stern, is a co-founder of Station - a Canadian category leader in cold brew coffee, and a beverage company at the forefront of quality and functionality. In this EP, we talk about the company's rise of its amazingly popular Station Cold Brew coffee, how Mitch and his other co-founders came to the CPG world without any prior industry experi…
 
Farhan Thawar is currently VP, Engineering at Shopify after the acquisition of helpful.com, where he was co-founder and CTO. He is an avid writer and speaker, recently named one of Toronto's 25 most powerful people. In this episode, we discuss Farhan's journey growing Helpful.com, his approach to finding and hiring talent, the shortcomings of doing…
 
Chad Olin is the founder of Cuba Candela. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, Olin decided to pursue his passion for travel, launching CUBA CANDELA in 2016. And, in this EP we talk about his transition from Wall Street to entrepreneurship, meditation self discovery, and insulating yourself from negative emotions, the history of the…
 
Michael Hyatt is the co-founder of BlueCat Networks, which was sold to Madison Dearborn Partners, of Chicago, IL. He serves as a board member and director of BlueCat, and ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs. Michael also sits on the Board of Advisors of Georgian Partners, one of Canada’s leading venture capital firms and was a recipient of t…
 
Nadeem Nathoo, is the co-founder of of The Knowledge Society (TKS), a human accelerator focused on exponential technologies as tools to solve humanity’s most important problems. His ultimate goal is to completely rethink the way young people learn and develop globally. In this episode, we dive into "learning 2.0", social media use, philosophies aro…
 
What is it like to grow a company out of your basement into an asset worth $1 Billion? SOTI Inc., is the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions. The business has 17,000 enterprise customers supported by offices all over the globe - and, surprisingly, has never raised venture capital. In this episode, we discuss …
 
About 1/9 earn a living in sales, yet most enter the workforce without any kind of sales training at all. In today's encore episode, we are diving back into the topic of sales, with Mike Bosworth, a seasoned author, and thought leader within the field. We talk about the power of stories and use cases in a sales context, what signals to look for to …
 
Strategyzer is a content beast, with best-selling books, technology platforms, an app, online training, in-person workshops and of course, the Business Model Canvas itself, which is used by millions of entrepreneurs and enterprises around the globe. In this episode, the company’s co-founder Alan Smith, discusses how he went from the agency world, t…
 
Melanie Travis, is the founder and CEO of Andie Swim, one of the fastest growing direct to consumer brands on the web. In this EP, Melanie discusses her shift into entrepreneurship from a background in film and comparative literature; the pain points surrounding the traditional women's swimwear shopping experience; the importance of a good manufact…
 
Saud Juman is the founder, and former CEO of Policy Medical - a company he birthed in his mother's basement over 17 years ago. In this episode, we get into Saud's duties as a founder and then CEO, and why those two roles are very different; his motivation for selling the business; how the company prepared itself for sale; why Saud wanted an all cas…
 
Originally aired: Jan 3, 2018 In this episode, Aussie entrepreneur Brian Smith, founder of global enterprise UGG boots, shares his story about starting UGG with less than $500, and an idea to bring sheepskin to California. Brian shares his early stories about raising cash in the 80’s, why understanding finance is key, and how the universe conspires…
 
Jesse Horwitz is a co-founder and co-CEO at Hubble, one of America’s fastest growing direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies. Hubble is a new brand of contact lenses, founded on the basis of offering high quality, affordable lenses. Horwitz and his co-founder Ben Cogan have helped Hubble grow exponentially, and extend the brand's footprint around t…
 
Dan Demsky, is a co-founder at Unbound Merino - one of the fastest growing direct to customer apparel brands on the web. In a world dominated by fast-fashion, Unbound is slowing things down by producing timeless, versatile pieces that are designed to last. In this episode, we discuss the company's amazing start on Indiegogo, what it took to create …
 
Josh Hix, is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Plated. To date, Plated has shipped millions of meals to over 95% of the United States. Now partnered with the Albertsons, the company has created the first truly omni-channel meal kit experience. In this episode, we discuss the origins of the company and the growth of the meal kit space, the company's …
 
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