TBLP 145 | Andrew Graham: Fintech Leader

Andrew Graham is an experienced leader who brings people and technology together to solve hard problems. He is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. With its free credit score and report monitoring, personal loans, and financial product recommendations, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. Borrowell is one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies approaching a million users. The company has received significant recognition, including being named to the Fintech 100, a list of the top 100 fintech companies globally compiled by KPMG, a “Company-to-Watch” by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program, and Canadian Fintech company of the year (2018).

This episode has one thing cleared out that being a leader entails an enormous amount of responsibility, especially at dealing with startup ones. Andrew shares his viewpoints on this matter, being the co-founder and CEO of Borrowell who led it from startup all the way to scaling it up to whatever possible growth it may reach. And together with the responsibility involved, he shares the strategies, practices, tips, and practical ways he could employ to stay on top of his game and reinforce the leadership skills he already possesses.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Challenges of leading a startup company
  • What nurtures his leadership skills and blindspots he discovers about himself
  • The benefits of executive coaching
  • Challenges faced by emerging leaders at this time
  • Creating financial products to lower financial stress

Links

Andrew on LinkedIn

Borrowell

Reading List

  • The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness – Ichiro Ishimi and Fumitake Koga

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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TBLP 144 | JP Chauvet: Lightspeed Leader

JP Chauvet is the President at Lightspeed, a hands-on, forward-thinking executive with proven ability to implement change and drive growth. He has this in-depth understanding of technology, product development, finance, and sales management.

He has years of operating internationally across North America, Europe, and Asia. He’s got a proven track record of achieving targets and completing on business initiatives with both large established software vendors as well as fast-growing start-ups. He is a strong leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team player qualities and enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

Today we have JP talking about taking rein of a startup company and scaling it up into a fully grown sales organization. This episode is not complete without him talking about strategies and effective processes and systems he put in place to bring the company to its newfound business growth. It may look like an overnight success to the outside world but the amount of work he put into it makes it all worthy of discussion too.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Turning around the “Jack of all trade” culture
  • How does he make people buy into the company’s vision
  • JP’s first 100 days on his role as Chief Revenue Officer at Lightspeed 
  • What are his key performance-driven and go-to-market strategies
  • What feeds his leadership skills

Links

JP on LinkedIn

Lightspeed

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Slingshot VoIP, a leader in business voip services

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 143 | Mike McDerment: Accounting Software Leader

Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, cloud-based accounting software that is used by 160 countries around the world and is currently ranked second in America.

Mike spent three and a half years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Outside of FreshBooks, Mike is a dad, a husband, a son and a brother. He is somebody who loves the outdoors. 

In this episode, he talks about the different roles of a CEO and its ambiguity around the role. 

Mike shares the leadership challenges that he had to overcome that became part of his development path in the earlier days.

He also discusses his knowledge on developing and growing as an effective business leader.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The three different types of CEO’s
  • Understand your CEO’s leadership style 
  • How to effectively work with your CEO given their leadership styles
  • How early challenges help create his development path
  • Why it’s important to foster a work-life balance for you and your employees

Links

Mike on LinkedIn

FreshBooks

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 142 | Alfredo Tan : Culture Innovation Leader

Alfredo Tan is the chief digital & innovations officer at WestJet Airlines where he is responsible for building a culture of innovation. He is also an industry professor and keynote speaker who is very passionate about science and technology. He describes himself as “someone who got lucky along the way.” 

When he’s not doing part-time lectures at McMaster University, he spends most of his time at home with his rescue animals. He also gives keynotes where he talks about cultural innovation and digital transformation. Alfredo loves going on vacation with his rescue animals and loved ones and plans to avail of the “work from Maui” which he himself implemented. 

Because of his hunger to learn and constantly improve, he went to Harvard school to do the AMP program earlier this year and is currently pursuing formal education in the legal framework which he doesn’t even need at this stage in his career. 

In this episode, Alfredo explains the different perspectives of what innovation could mean and restate the importance of focusing on what matters. He also shares the challenges he’s faced when he started building a culture of innovation. Alfredo discussed the importance of having mentors and things that he could have done differently if he was to ask his 20-year younger self. 

Don’t miss this very interesting topic about cultural innovation and the many lessons that you will learn about leadership. 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How changing the mindset can help solve problems.
  • Alfredo’s guiding principle in his team
  • How having a mentor can guide you in making big decisions
  • Why it’s important to keep on learning and improving
  • The importance of taking the time to enjoy the journey more

Links

Alfredo on LinkedIn

WestJet Airlines

 

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 141| Carmine Cinerari : Management Leader

Carmine Cinerari is the President of Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. and guides the vision and strategic direction of the company’s operations in Canada.

He has sucessfully steered the company through a number of strategic shifts in business domains, operating models, and corporate strategy. His hands-on, collaborative approach has fostered a culture of teamwork, customer focus and valued business partner relationships.

At an age and tenure in his career, one of his biggest hobbies is just to keep learning and seeking opportunities to learn new things and connect with people that can perhaps teach him new things. He has found renewed interest in reading and staying current on technology and social trends and he travels a lot on business and with his family.

This episode has a lot that you can take away from. Carmine shares his wisdom, especially around his management style. He believes in using tools that help one become a better leader and he shares that one, too, about mindfulness and strengthening one’s business stamina.

And never to be missed are his arsenal of helpful thoughts and insights about leadership in terms of honing it as well as exercising it especially in the most trying times.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How meditation helps expands the levels of your knowledge and consciousness and become a better leader
  • What to look out for in Sharp Company in terms of keeping up with innovation and technology
  • How immersing himself in Japanese management style taught him a different side to leadership 
  • Why the need for transparency and communication during a company’s turbulent times
  • What he means by “the lines between sales and marketing today I think are far more blurred in a good way”
  • What important traits people look up to in leadership

Links

Carmine on LinkedIn

Sharp Canada

Reading List

  • The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 140 | The First 100 Days with Alan Fong

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-Tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Alan is responsible for spearheading the product strategy and vision Dealer-FX business architecture, field deployment and product management. Alan has over 20 years of executive experience in large global companies such as IBM and several software start-ups. He’s succeeded in driving complex projects involving multiple partner organizations with disparate technologies from the initial concepts to the final delivery, and was a finalist for Canadian CIO of the Year in 2019.

A graduate from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Computer Engineering, Alan believes deeply that technology is the key to solving many of today’s problems.

With extensive expertise in cloud-based solutions that are both mobile-friendly and regulatory-compliant, Alan also has deep experience with telematics providers and connected mobility platforms. Alan also serves as a Lead Advisor with the Toronto MaRS Discovery District, the world’s largest urban innovation hub.

In this episode, Alan shares his experience onworking with a recruiter to find executive opportunities..

Also, he discusses the importance of meeting the key people in the organization.

Lastly, Alan shares his vision for Dealer-FX.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Foundational research, how did this help Alan to have a smooth transition in a short period of time
  • How important it is to meet key people to the organization
  • The biggest challenge he is having on his first 100 days
  • Why investing with one-on-one conversation with your team members are critical part of his first 100 days
  • Work-Life balance tips from Alan

Links

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 139 | The First 100 Days with Eric Wright

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-Tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Is it hard for a new CEO to transition both industry and role at the same time? That’s what Eric Wright, our guest in this episode, faced during his transfer from Info-Tech Research Group to LexisNexis Canada.

Wright is Chief Executive Officer of LexisNexis Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Eric leads the organization in its continued development of trusted content, leading-edge technology, and workflow solutions for legal professionals.

Prior to joining LexisNexis in August 2018, Eric was Senior Vice President at Info-Tech Research Group, where he was responsible for the delivery of advisory services and commercial activities within the Technology Research division. He led the organization’s transformation from a product focus on written research to a service focus on advisory and SaaS solutions. Eric was previously Info-Tech’s head of operations, where he led the Legal, Marketing, Sales Operations, Information Technology, and Human Resources teams.

On this episode, he shares how he faced the challenge of entering a new industry as he took on the role of CEO.

Also find out how his communicative approach led to many quick wins for the organization.

Lastly, listen to how he is shaping a new vision for LexisNexis Canada.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Two specific areas Eric focused on his first 100 days
  • The critical role of his predecessor for the success of his first 100 days
  • What Eric do on the first 30 days that have him made aware of the challenges he has to face in the organization
  • How to create real employee engagement
  • Subject matter or credibility, discover how Eric faced this challenge he faced on his first 100 days

Links

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 138 | The First 100 Days with Erin Bury

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-Tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Can a husband and wife run a startup together? Find out Erin Bury’s answer as she and Brian dive deep into her role as CEO at Willful, the startup founded by her husband.

Bury graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program and soon after was involved with Sprouter, which formed a huge community of startups in the Toronto area and beyond.

She used that experience and a long list of high-profile speaking opportunities to try her own hand at entrepreneurship. Erin was hired to be the managing director of 88 Creative and then earlier this year she moved on to become the CEO of Willful. Willful is an online estate planning tool that wants to help change the conversation that millennials have around death.

Discover in this episode the pros and cons of working side by side as an executive with your spouse.

Also, find out how you can be a professional support for your spouse during challenging times.

Lastly, learn how Erin managed her first 100 days as a startup executive.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason Erin did not join Willful at the very start
  • How she negotiate with the founder, who was also her spouse, about taking over the role of CEO
  • Is there an unfair advantage to being married to the company’s founder
  • How Erin solidify Willful’s vision and communicate to their staff where the company is going
  • What are the critical tasks Erin has to take on when she started on her new role

Links

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 137 | The First 100 Days with Denis Gaudreault

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-Tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Will trading roles help the organization head become better people and leader? Find out in today’s episode.
 
Denis Gaudreault is a French Canadian. He is the country manager for Intel’s Canada and Latin America region.
 
This year he took part in an internal exchange program. He went to France, and a French executive named Erwan Montaux came to Canada. Dennis spent five months in Paris as Intel’s enterprise and public sector director.
 
On his short stay in France, he was able to assess a different type of market, focus, and customer base, which is far more different on what he sees in Canada.
 
Today, you will hear Denis shares how he faces a new challenge not only by a change of location but of trading roles.
 
Also, find out what are his wins during his stay in France and how he accomplish it. 
 
Lastly, for all executives, learn the habits he built to become one of the emerging leaders of his generation.
 

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Tips for a successful first day on your new job
  • The importance of having foundational preparation in a new role
  • What are the challenges while inside a workplace diversity
  • How to establish credibility as a leader
  • Discover Denis’ framework for leadership

Links

Reading List

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Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 136 | The First 100 Days with Dave Penny & Andrew Wertkin

This is a special collaboration mini-series with Info-Tech Research Group co-hosted with Brian Jackson.

Previously BlueCat’s Chief Product & Technology Officer, Andrew Wertkin will share how he find the right person to replace him. And for Dave Penny, the new Chief Technology Officer, landing a new job at a new company is always a fresh start.

We are so honored to have two gentlemen in the middle of their first 100 days.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Andrew works closely with BlueCat’s CEO and executive team to chart BlueCat’s course as it continues to build market share.

As CTO, David oversees BlueCat’s engineering teams as they build on the company’s vision for a dynamic, open, scalable, secure, and automated DNS environment in every enterprise network.

Listen to this episode as Andrew and Dave unravel their challenges, mistakes, and their plans to achieve success on their first 100 days.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Find out how Andrew and Dave got their new role
  • Discover their preparation for their new role
  • Andrew and Dave sharing their vision for the company and how they help each other achieve it
  • Learn how Andrew handed off his position to Dave without stepping on his toes
  • What is Andrew’s critical role as Dave’s predecessor
  • The kind of support Dave received to get quick wins during his first 100 days

Links

Reading List

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Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Info-tech Research Group

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.