TBLP047 | Heather Shantora: Composure Under Pressure

As the CEO of PT Healthcare and InnoCare, Heather oversees a $50+ million national healthcare company and under her leadership, both organizations have solidified their position as Canadian health care leaders focused on the development of innovative healthcare technology and patient-centered care. She credits this success to her team and her commitment to creative thinking; a willingness to challenge the status quo; authentically caring for and empowering teams; and an entrepreneurial skill set firmly focused on value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why it doesn’t matter what industry you work in, it’s what you uniquely bring
  • How living in Paris as an “immigrant” opened her eyes
  • What it means to take on more responsibility
  • Why she enjoys reading business articles like Harvard Business Review

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TBLP046 | Alexander Peh: Be Willing to Listen

Alexander Peh, a passionate technology focused FinTech leader, with international experience in the payments, digital commerce, software development and media industries.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at RBC.

Before RBC, he led Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Inc based in Canada and the UK.

An active startup advisor and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on Advisory Boards at the MaRS Discovery District and The BC Tech Association.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What brought Alex from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, UK, to finally Canada
  • How he adjusts when he moves organizations
  • What it means to live by the “open, honest, and direct” mantra that
  • Why he looks at life in 2-3 year chunks now

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TBLP045 | Diane Kazarian: Leadership Is About Others

Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and National Financial Services Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) which includes Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Insurance, Real Estate and Private Equity sectors in all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory). She is also PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader.

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Diane specializes in the banking sector in the development and monitoring of legal and reputational risk policies, procedures and processes, regulatory compliance and credit risk management processes. She has extensive experience of IFRS, US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations.

In 2013, she was a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA and CPA, and is fluent in Armenian. She speaks at a variety of client events, and teaches courses aimed at the directors’ community at the Rotman School of Management and frequently interacts with the press on emerging issues in Financial Services. Diane often speaks and is an active participant and advocate of Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the Board of Bryant University and Kingsway College School.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Diane believes you have to focus for 3-5 years before moving on
  • How she supports the growth of women leaders in the organization
  • What it takes to learn about new opportunities in the company
  • What she does when moving onto new roles and opportunities

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TBLP044 | Sheetal Jaitly: Start With An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Sheetal Jaitly is the Founder and CEO at TribalScale, a software design and development company in Toronto.  Sheetal is a 13 year veteran of the tech industry. In the late 90’s Sheetal worked in mobile right out of high school where he was part of the Palm Pilot launch with USRobotics in Canada.

When Sheetal joined Xtreme Labs, as the Director of Business Development for Media, he quickly expanded the Media vertical for the organization and became a well-known figure within the industry.

As Xtreme was acquired by Pivotal Software, he expanded his reach as he took Telecommunications and IoT under his belt. In his current role as CEO of TribalScale, Sheetal is applying his business development skills to quickly scale the young IoT and mobile development company.

Outside of his day-to-day role, Sheetal is an avid investor in the technology space as well as a volunteer and member on the BoD for the Ontario Association of Food Banks.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How selling photocopiers door-to-door helped him grow
  • What it meant to be a thought leader within the media vertical
  • Why he saw the acquisition from Pivotal Labs as an opportunity to grow
  • How they are growing and leading TribaScale at a rapid pace

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TBLP043 | Dalia Asterbadi: Learn to Conquer Challenges

Dalia Asterbadi hails from a family of technology entrepreneurs. Dalia is the CTO of Verve.ai, Chief Data Scientist at JONES and Chair of CriticalStateLabs, focused in machine learning and augmented intelligence since 2012.

As a respected marketing technologist and inventor of a patented augmented intelligence platform, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data science.

Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups to make a dent in the technology and business ecosystem through collaboration and value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why real insight needs to come in the form as a surprise
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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TBLP042 | Peter Reitano: Grow and Elevate All

Over the last 10 years, Peter Reitano, CEO of Abacus, a performance Facebook ad tech/agency, has worked directly with some of the worlds largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award-winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US.

Peter is also the co-founder of Bellwether, a not for profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders in Toronto’s startup, tech, media, and advertising space for collaboration and innovation.

He also sits on the Canadian Marketing Association’s digital council, the lead instructor at Bitmaker teaching digital marketing, and invests in early-stage startups (focussing on E-com), and on the board of several companies/startups advising on growth.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he learned growing a marketing agencies worldwide
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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Happy New Years from Edwin Frondozo

Happy New Years everyone!

As I start the year from Slovakia (see the picture above of the High Tatras that I took on a drive through the country), I thought I would take the time to shout out my ideas for the new year and also discuss 3 episodes from last year that I thought were noteworthy.

I am thinking of launching a voice box service where listeners can call in and ask specific questions.  The call will be recorded and played back in the episode.  It’s one of the ideas and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Key episodes I talk about are listed here:

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What I thinking about the podcast this year
  • Handpicked episodes to listen too

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Happy Holidays from Edwin Frondozo

Happy Holidays everyone!

Taking the time to give thanks to all my listeners as I reflect back on the amazing year.  From the concept of the podcast; to launching it within 2 months; to insightful conversations with inspirational business leaders; to the Silver Award for Best Business Podcast at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards/

I also share one of the books that I read that lead me to launch the business leadership podcast (hint: see reading section).

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What I am grateful for
  • Why I launched the podcast
  • What I am looking forward to

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TBLP041 | Matthew Hollingshead: Be Vulnerable

Matthew is a 20 year veteran of the digital media space including video games, digital advertising and software development. He is currently the founder and CEO of Hifyre a growing custom software developer based in Hamilton, ON.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it was like being employee number one of a fast-growing company
  • Why he believes in slow and steady growth
  • Why he believes being vulnerable is key to growth

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TBLP040 | Alyssa Furtado: Diversity of Thought

Alyssa Furtado is a passionate entrepreneur, financial expert, digital marketer and educator and is the CEO of RateHub.ca, the leading Canadian financial comparison site for mortgage rates, credit card deals, deposit rates and insurance. She has been regularly featured as a financial expert on CTV News, BNN, Global News, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Alyssa graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in business and math. She worked for two years for a US-based consulting firm where she realized a need in Canada for transparent online resources in the personal finance space and a platform to compare products; there were already three companies in the United States fulfilling this market. Alyssa thus co-founded RateHub in 2010 and has spent the last seven years building products that help Canadians make smart financial choices.

She has grown RateHub.ca from 1 to over 50 full-time employees.  She and her co-founder, James Laird, also launched its own in-house mortgage brokerage, CanWise Financial. Alyssa’s expertise in search engine optimization and digital marketing has been a key factor in RateHub.ca’s success, driving hundreds of thousands of users to the site each month.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a management consulting job to start Ratehub.ca
  • Why she focused on SEO for the first 6 years
  • What are the key actions Alyssa takes to help her grow the business
  • How she is learning to overcome “imposter’s syndrome”

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