TBLP011 | Jim Love: The Artist and Generalist

My guest on this episode is Jim Love. Jim is CIO and Chief Content Officer at IT World Canada. Over the past 4 years, working with his partner Fawn Annan, President of IT World Canada, Jim has worked to make IT World Canada one of the leading digital publishers in the B2B space and a case study in digital transformation.

In addition to his work as a business and technology executive, Jim is also a well-known writer who published in leading publications in Canada and internationally. In his role as Chief Content Officer for IT World Canada having overall responsibility for all editorial and commercial content. He facilitates large and small session with technology and business executives across the country, supervises the research done by IT World Canada and heads the digital content production.

Jim continues to publish both topical items and his research into strategic technology and marketing in Canada and abroad. He is also an award-winning playwright and musician and he continues to publish.

Equally, at home in technology and line of business roles, over his 35-year career, Jim has held senior level positions in financial services, consulting and publishing. He has worked in software development, operations, sales, and marketing.

In consulting, Jim has held senior level positions in management consulting at Ernst and Young and as a Global Vice President for DMR Group (now Fujitsu). In these roles and in his private consulting practice he has worked with everything from large multi-nationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, to governments and government-owned companies in Canada and around the world. Jim has led large assignments in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Human Resources, Marketing, Technology, Mining and Natural Resources and Government.

Jim has been part of the faculty at the University of Waterloo and York University. He continues to teach an online course in Management Consulting for the Certified Management Consultant’s Association (CMC Canada) and he is a member of the technology curriculum committee at McGill University.

His work has taken him to Asia, Europe, West Africa as well as all across North America from Canada to the US to the Caribbean.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How being a generalist has helped him succeed as a leader
  • Understanding what business problems you are trying to solve
  • Explaining how we are in the middle of a significant change and why it is important to keep on learning
  • Technology does not exist without a purpose
  • On being nominated for  Juno Award

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TBLP010 | Mark Organ: Leadership using the Scientific Method

My guest today is Mark Organ, the founder, and CEO of Influitive, helping companies mobilize their advocates to produce massive increases in referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more.

Mark first revolutionized B2B marketing as the founding CEO of Eloqua (ELOQ), the world leader in marketing automation software, which was acquired by Oracle for $871M. In between, he was a go-to-market consultant for SaaS companies in North America and Asia.

Mark has also helped over a dozen software companies successfully go to market in asymmetrical or disruptive ways as a consultant and entrepreneur.

With an M.S. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University and a passion for understanding human psychology, Mark is a dynamic speaker with a unique vision centered not only on business success and technological.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason why budgets are moving from the CIO to the CMO
  • How he was able to lead the team to work with no pay for 9 months and not drawing a salary for 2 years
  • The importance of backing your business with data
  • What he means when he says “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”
  • Why leaving Eloqua relieved of the burden of leadership
  • Motivation is the key activity we do as an entrepreneur and leader
  • Why companies go through waves of growth and focus
  • The reason why Toronto is a great place to grow and scale a company

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TBLP009 | Malgosia Green: Leading with Honesty and Transparency

Malgosia Green serves as the chief product officer at Top Hat and has been with the company since 2013. She leads the product management, user experience, and design teams for Top Hat’s web and native mobile products.

Green is an entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in edtech. Prior to joining Top Hat, she was CEO and co-founder of LearnHub, which grew to be the #1 education site in India, helping connect Indian students with higher education opportunities in India and abroad.

Green has been named as one of Canada’s 20 Young Women in Power by Canadian Business Magazine and listed as one of the women in tech worth following by Betakit. She is an active speaker within the edtech, startup, and women in tech communities.

Green holds a B.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How serendipity played a role in landing her current leadership  position as the Chief Product Officer at Top Hat
  • Working with people and helping them find the right career path
  • What her product teams do on their week trips to ensure customer usability, opportunities, and challenges
  • How to ensure you find deep empathy for the customer as a product team
  • What she learned starting, scaling, and selling her company Savvica
  • Her challenges managing and leading her Savvica’s team that was located in India
  • Pros and Cons starting and building a business with her husband
  • Why she doesn’t like to read business books
  • How she uses places like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim Museum to help and inspire her
  • Why she thinks that taking risks is essential to growing your career

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TBLP008 | Wayne Berger: Shadow of the Leader

It is my pleasure to introduce Wayne Berger on this episode. Wayne is Executive Vice-President of Regus Canada, the world’s largest shared workspace and co-working provider. Regus is leading a workplace revolution in Canada and around the world helping people and organizations conduct the best work of their lives from where they want and how they want, all the while immersed in a vibrant community.

Over the past 20 years, Wayne has served in executive leadership roles in both Canada and the United States in developing national go-to-market strategies, working alongside best-in-class consulting firms such as McKinsey, and building top-performing businesses, including leading an unprecedented growth plan that has doubled Regus’ footprint in Canada in less than three years. All with an unwavering passion for helping people go to bed on Sunday excited about Monday so they can achieve their ultimate goals.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Wayne leads an organization of hundreds of dedicated team members supporting over 100 shared workspace locations and co-working facilities from coast to coast under both their Spaces and Regus brands. Regus’ locations span across over 40 cities in Canada, from Victoria, BC, to Halifax, NS, and are part of a global network of over 3000 locations in over 120 countries to serve all clients globally.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he was able to lead and double the number of locations from 50 to 101 in less than 3 years
  • Challenges on managing and leading his employees across the country spanning 40+ cities
  • Taking calculated risks to listen to customers and growing the organization
  • How he believes in marrying aspiration and operational efficiencies to help his customers focus on their core competencies
  • What he learned from growing from a sales representative to leading sales organization
  • How he lead his team through the acquisition transition with the “Shadow the Leader” philosophy
  • How coaching his daughter’s soccer teams help him improve as a leader

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TBLP007 | Eva Wong: Advancing Women Tech Leaders

My guest on this episode is Eva Wong. Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a Canadian fintech lender that offers personal loans, free credit scores, and personalized product recommendations.

Eva’s career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF, Maple Leaf Foods, UNDP and Oliver Wyman. She has studied or worked in the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

She was named one of “9 Canadian Women Changing The Game” by Elle Canada magazine, one of “30 Women in Canadian Tech Worth Following” by BetaKit and a finalist for “Fintech Woman of the Year” by LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech.

Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business. She enjoys food blogs and baking projects with her two kids.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How her organization is providing FREE credit scores to all Canadians
  • Credit card debt, 30-40% of Canadians carry a balance every month
  • Take your credit scoreOne of the largest cellular phone equipment (hint: your LTE data streams go through their equipment)
  • What she learned by traveling with Mayor John Tory on a business Trade mission to the UK
  • What she learned about going to her first FinTech conference
  • Why she has decided to be more visible on women entrepreneur panels
  • Her thoughts on building awareness for an exclusive workplace
  • Creating a proper job description that identifies with everyone (aka “ninjas”)
  • How she got to run a startup without any technology or entrepreneurship background

As mentioned, to get your credit score for free, click the link below (sorry, only available in Canada, at this point)

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TBLP006 | Greg Friesen: Learn from Your Suppliers and Customers

Greg Friesen is the Vice President of Product Management at DragonWave. Greg is responsible for global product management across DragonWave’s complete portfolio of products.

Greg has 19 years experience in senior product management roles, network design, planning, and engineering, including his current role at DragonWave and previous roles at Nortel Networks, Innovance Networks, and Fundy Telecom.

Greg has authored numerous papers and magazine articles in and has spoken at numerous industry conferences. Greg also holds 2 granted patents and has 3 pending applications in the networking area.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • One of the largest cellular phone equipment (hint: your LTE data streams go through their equipment)
  • What his biggest challenge leading a team and company from $3M to over $100M plus global business
  • How he learned how to adjust his leadership style as the company grew and scaled
  • How working at McDonald’s at a young age helped him shape his career
  • Find out what his “healthy addiction” is
  • What he learned from his largest customers and suppliers
  • Find out where the vision of the future comes from

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TBLP005 | Humza Teherany: Innovate by making other people successful

On this episode, I speak with Humza Teherany.  Humza has over 20 years in driving Technology and Business Strategy; while directly contributing to both top and bottom line results.

Compass Digital Labs began as an innovation team within a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Attracting talent from many different industries and disciplines, the dynamics of the team became part of the winning recipe.

With the mandate to drive the best possible experiences, Compass Digital Labs builds innovative solutions across industry verticals; from senior living to students, hospitals, corporate offices, sports & entertainment and beyond.

With user experience designers, mobile and back-end developers, digital and social marketing, data scientists and field service technologists, Compass Digital Labs is a leader in consumer innovation, bringing start up thinking into large enterprises across North America.

Before Compass, Humza worked at Allstream, the biggest enterprise telecommunications company in Canada, where he was Director of Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture. Humza has also held various technical and management roles at Bell Canada.

Humza is an invited keynote speaker at various North American conferences every year focused on technology, innovation, and driving business results. Humza has built strong technology and business partnerships with top organizations across the globe. This network allows him to innovate creatively and quickly, accelerating business objectives.

Humza has an undergraduate degree from York University and holds various professional training accreditations from both the Schulich School of Business and the Niagara Institute. Humza also serves as the President of the CIO Association of Canada.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Show business results very early on, not just technology “What are you going to do with the technology” — get involved in sales process
  • How running a startup in university helped him grow
  • What he learned from doing everything from software development to hardware infrastructure
  • Learning the business, how to help businesses grow to differentiate himself
  • How he developed his personal brand by harnessing the business mindset and technology background
  • Trial and error, when you can contribute to grow and drive business, the rest of the opportunities come with it
  • Why you should find ways to make other people be successful
  • How he collaborated with marketing leadership to drive change
  • Find out how to drive business results wherever you are in your career
  • How family values and structure helps him guide his leadership style
  • How and why he joined CIO Association and ended up President

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TBLP004 | Paul Teshima: Company Culture Trumps Strategy

Paul is the CEO and Co-founder of Nudge.ai, a modern sales platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide sales teams with actionable insights on their target customers.

He is a successful technology executive who has run Services, Customer Success, Account Management, Support and Product Management teams.

As part of Eloqua’s executive team, Paul helped lead the company from $0 to over $100 million in revenue, then through IPO and a successful acquisition for $957 million by Oracle.

He’s a firm believer that company culture trumps strategy every time, and that storytelling is an essential part of creating a business. He has a successful track record as a leader with a strong focus on sales and customer engagement.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why he is leading Nudge with a product first strategy
  • Hear his personal experience taking Eloqua to $100M
  • His thoughts on the difference between great managers and great leaders
  • Why he believes culture trumps strategy and  betting on people
  • What is the biggest thing he learned from taking a company public
  • Why it’s important to have a Customer Success Manager first
  • How he is finding work-life balance while running a startup
  • What he does when he finds awesome talent
  • How you get your team to ask you the right questions

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TBLP003 | Bobby Umar: Business Leadership through the Heart

My guest on this episode is Bobby Umar.  He is one of the most prolific, heart-based leaders in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brene Brown, John Maxwell and Robin Sharma.

Bobby is a 4x TEDx speaker, and one of the top tweeters in the world, with over 400,000 followers. He has been named the 2nd best business coach to follow on Twitter and the 4th best leadership influencer according to Kred.

Bobby is an international author of two books, including a #1 best seller, and is a Huffington Post contributor. He hosts a weekly tweetchat called “The Power of Connection” that has reached over 65 million impressions weekly.

To date, his social media influence has garnered over 1 billion impressions. Bobby was also named a “2015 Speaker to Watch” by the National Speakers Bureau and Global Speakers Agency. Most recently, he was named a Top 7 Networking Guru to follow.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he evolved from personal branding to social media, to a leadership coach
  • Why business leaders should share on social media
  • What drives him to constantly create new and amazing  content
  • Why being a TEDx speaker/public speaking is important skill as a thought leader
  • How to practice and become a better public speaking
  • Why exploring and dabbling is key to find out what you want to do to find focus
  • Getting into “super daddy mode” to find balance and focus

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TBLP002 | Victoria Lennox: Building an Innovation Nation

So happy to have Victoria Lennox on today’s episode.  She is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, the national rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs.

Victoria is recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns.

As the catalyst for Startup Generation and the host of Startup Nations, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organizations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organizations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities. Countries around the world are also working to emulate Startup Canada’s methodologies and activities, viewing the organization, under Victoria’s leadership, as the best practice in fuelling entrepreneurship culture.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How she changed focus from her career in policy and politics policy to leading an innovation nation of entrepreneurship in Canada
  • How Startup Communities grows and fosters leaders of tomorrow
  • What she learned when she was undergoing chemotherapy
  • Her leadership style and how she empowers her teams
  • How she is launching projects and programs to support women
  • What she started after traveling with the Governer General of Canada

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