TBLP032 | Michael Biskey: Innovate Through Research

Bringing more than 30 years of strategic leadership, operational excellence and professional integrity to his role, Michael is responsible for all aspects of Express Scripts Canada’s strategic development and operational activities, which aim to bring value to clients and patients by leveraging deep industry knowledge and worldwide best practices in pharmacy benefit management.

By taking client and patient interests to heart and employing his strategy and leadership skills, Michael has successfully positioned Express Scripts Canada as a leader in pharmacy benefit management. In doing so, he uncovered key issues facing Canadian health insurance plan members and sponsors and played a pivotal role in driving strategies to reduce prescription drug waste and promote better health outcomes to help employers and employees lower drug benefit costs and preserve their overall benefit plans.

Michael also plays an active role on the senior management team of our parent company, Express Scripts, the largest and most advanced pharmacy benefit management company in the world.

Prior to joining Express Scripts, Michael was Vice President of IBM Canada’s Business Consulting Services division for the Financial Services sector, the largest management consulting and integration services business in the Canadian Financial Services sector. In that role, he acted as a management consultant with many Canadian financial institutions with a focus on business and IT strategy.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Being effective at leading a company that serves 7 million Canadians every day
  • Why he changed roles mid-career to start from the bottom again
  • How he left the best job at IBM to leave for his current role
  • Innovating through behavioural sciences and through research
  • Why character and competence are key for leaders

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TBLP031 | Alan Fong: Path of Success is Through a Hurricane

Alan Fong is the Chief Technology Officer at Fleet Complete.  Alan brings over 20 years of experience building and developing innovative and high-growth technology companies, including technology leadership and execution to various verticals – healthcare, telecom, enterprise workload management.

With his progressive responsibilities in the software industry, Alan has helped create product value by understanding customer problems and building valued technology solutions that improve business outcomes and realizing hyper growth potentials.

Alan is also very involved in the startup ecosystem, a MARs Advisor and as an advisor and mentor to various startups, helping them focus to build for customer value and preparing them to rapidly scale. Alan holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How to successfully transition from key executive roles
  • The difference going from IBM to a small startup
  • What it means to work with “brilliant jerks”
  • How to apply the AWE Question to become a better listener
  • Know when to Pivot

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TBLP030 | Paul Struthers: Be Brave in Everything You Do

Paul Struthers is responsible for Sage’s overall business in Canada, working alongside Sage’s cherished network of customers, partners, and accountants. Before working at Sage, Paul spent 15 years at global software solutions company Amdocs, and prior to this managed the ERP consulting practice at RSA companies, where he also led and supported over 20 projects for small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he learned working within a consultative role earlier in his career
  • How to manage and lead a global marketing team across five continents for 18,000 employees
  • How to successfully transition from one global organization to another within key executive roles
  • Why he uses themes to motivate and bring his teams together

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TBLP029 | Kirstine Stewart: Be Ready to Learn

Kirstine Stewart will be speaking at TribalScale’s inaugural TakeOver Innovation Conference on October 2. TakeOver will bring together leaders from all communities to openly share how technology is inspiring innovation. You can purchase tickets to hear Kirstine and other digital leaders speak here

Kirstine is the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly Video views and 34 million monthly unique US visitors and is ranked (Alexa) #16 US website by traffic one below Instagram.

Until Fall 2016, Kirstine was the Vice-President of Media at Twitter, overseeing North American partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. She previously served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations as well as advertising business and partnerships.

Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was Senior Vice-President of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.

Kirstine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Transition to Leadership Program Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saïd Business School. She is also an alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an integral part of the World Economic Forum.

Most recently, Kirstine was named to Maclean’s list of the most powerful Canadians (just two places behind Justin Trudeau), to Toronto Life’s list of the most influential Torontonians and to Canadian Business’s 2015 list of the top 50 most powerful business people in Canada. She sits on the board of theScore.com and WOW Entertainment and is a member of the DMZ Advisory Council at Ryerson University. She is also

She is also author of the national bestseller Our Turn (Random House) – a business book that looks at opportunities for leadership today.Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How she started from the bottom as a “Girl Friday” to leading national and global organizations
  • What keeps her moving from great opportunities to other great opportunities
  • Why she wrote “Our Turn” at the time and how it has made an impact on others
  • What she does when she switches from one large organization to another

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TBLP028 | Vicki Saunders: There is NO right way

Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

Vicki is Founder of SheEO; a two-decade long initiative to dramatically transform how we support, celebrate and finance female entrepreneurs building new models, new mindsets and new solutions for a better world.

Vicki has co-founded and run 4 ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley including Zazengo (an online platform for consumer and employee engagement for Fortune500 companies focused on sustainability), KidsNRG/The NRG Group (which went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2000) and Impactanation, a global consulting firm focused on engaging youth to tackle the grand challenges we are facing.

Vicki was recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, alongside Marissa Mayer, Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, and Michelle Obama. In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. She has spoken regularly at events around the world including; The World Economic Forum in Davos, Women of Influence Series in Canada, TEDx Conference, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs events and the Tallberg Forum.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she is leveraging from a culture of radical generosity to support women entrepreneurs
  • How to build high-performance teams
  • What she means by “constantly cleaning out her closets”
  • What she asks someone who she just connects with to grow her network

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TBLP027 | Cody Green: Leadership is a Work in Progress

Born in Salmon Arm, B.C., founder and Co-CEO Cody Green started the online auto financing company in 2010 after working as a car salesman in Saskatoon.  Cody stopped selling cars to pursue the venture in 2010, which he named Canada Drives.

In 2016, Canada Drives, placed first PROFIT 500 list as Canada’s Fastest-Growing Company. Cody was recently named among Canada’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40. Millions of Canadians continue flocking to Canada Drives to help them buy cars.

Canada Drives is on track to facilitate nearly $1 billion in loans this year, with $400 million loaned to Canadians so far. Canada Drives’ revenue grew 12,686% from 2011 to 2016.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he saw being a car salesman that made him decide to start his own business
  • Why he moved the business to Vancouver while it was still small
  • The pros and cons of sharing the CEO role and how decisions are made
  • The importance of ethos when building and growing a company

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TBLP026 | Jodi Kovitz: Move The Dial

Jodi Kovitz is a passionate innovator, relationship builder, revenue generator, and connector. She is the is the CEO of AceTech Ontario. She is also Founder of #MoveTheDial, a movement founded in January 2017 to advance women in tech and Just Say Hello, her passion project through which she teaches people how to build transformative business relationships.

She regularly speaks and writes on innovative business development strategies, advancing women in tech, networking and women’s business development opportunities in Canada and the United States.

Jodi serves on the SickKids Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet to raise $1.3B to transform children’s health leading an innovative technology sector strategy, serves on the advisory board of Rosenzweig & Company, Maple Corporation and Mediseen and Mayor of Toronto John Tory’s Toronto Innovation Council.

Prior to joining AceTech Ontario, Jodi spent 5 years at Osler generating revenue, building an alumni program, creating an associate training program and coaching 450+ lawyers on BD strategy and relationship building.

Jodi previously practiced law, and after she obtained her business degree at Ivey, living in Milan studying international business, worked in marketing at a technology start up that went public, worked in leadership development at a bank and consulted for a top-tier global consulting firm. Just Say Hello is Jodi’s passion-and-joy project.

Jodi’s recent press includes Globe and Mail, BNN, Toronto Star, Digital Journal.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What she saw in her first event at AceTech Ontario and why she created the #MoveTheDial Campaign
  • Why you must live with the “Just Say Hello” mindset
  • How she walked away from a 10-year career in law
  • What she learned coaching 350+ associates across Canada on creating business
  • The buzz and excitement around Elevate Toronto

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TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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TBLP024 | Chris Eben: Growth Through Diversity

Chris Eben is a Managing Partner at TWG, a software consultancy with holistic expertise in digital strategy, product design and engineering. He is a mentor, speaker and active investor with a portfolio of more than 20 startups throughout the US and Canada.

Chris joined TWG after a lengthy career running product teams in the Enterprise Software Market, focused on Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management. He’s worked for startups and with large organizations and has helped to build teams in Silicon Valley, London, England and his hometown of Toronto.

At TWG, he leads a growing team of over 100 product managers, designers, and engineers that work with innovators from funded startups to large enterprises building software used by millions. Chris holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The power of software as a change mechanism
  • Why targeting recognizable brands helped them grow
  • What the first acquisition meant for the company
  • How looking back at career experience and choices helps
  • Growing through diversity

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TBLP023 | Aaron Parker: Success Through Self Awareness

Aaron Parker is the podcast host that has seen true patterning as to what makes entrepreneurs and thought leaders successful.

We talk about being a business owner, marketing and sales, starting a podcast, and the similarities that he sees from his successful guests.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What he is learning from the guests of his podcast
  • How to launch a successful podcast
  • What are his secrets to sales and marketing
  • Why he believes people shout meditate to be successful

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