TBLP014 | Suzanne Grant: The Art of the Possible

I am excited to share the conversation I had with Suzanne Grant. Suzanne’s experience is characterized by breadth and depth leading in technology, military, non-profit, health and creative fields. She has won awards and commendations at each stage of her career and attributes her success to authentic leadership, strategic thinking and collaboration.

Suzanne served in the Canadian Forces as an engineering officer. She bootstrapped a strategic communications agency and publishing house, The Art of Business, in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, where she also founded Qatar’s favourite award-winning print and digital publication, Qatar Happening.

Suzanne has hired Steve Wozniak and Tim Sebastian, and partnered with Serena Williams and the Queen of Qatar. She has been interviewed on Al Jazeera TV, CBC Radio, Global Media, Rogers TV and multiple international print titles. She launched a national sports team, and organized powerboat world championship launches. She advised Virgin Health Bank on patient reach and executed Accenture’s launch in a new country.

Suzanne’s most cherished accomplishments include leading grassroots movements. She founded and spearheaded a Canada-wide charity campaign for Rwandan orphans in 1994. In 2007 she founded Spirit of Empowerment, a historic catalyst event for young professional Arab women. Back home in 2012, Suzanne introduced a global initiative at Startup Canada to encourage a more global outlook amongst Canada’s entrepreneurs. She helped to create and lead a global youth entrepreneurship fellowship, a partnership between Cambridge University and Startup Canada.

Suzanne is a generous community contributor and global citizen. She has a BSc, Physics from Carleton University and studied entrepreneurship at St Lawrence College. She has been awarded the Canadian Decoration for long-term service to Canada, received a commendation from the Military, was named Local Hero by the city of Kingston and has won a Startup Canada Innovation Award and a Microsoft Web Award.

Suzanne’s mantra is The Art of the Possible.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Leading a mission of hope with the Diamond Eye
  • What leadership training was like in the military
  • Why she likes reading biographies and what can be learned from them
  • How she successfully built a company in the middle-east
  • Her passion and drive to continually give back

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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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