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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TBLP021 | Justin Thouin: Learn How to Demonstrate Value

Justin Thouin is the Co-Founder and CEO of LowestRates.ca. Justin started the company in 2012 following a successful career as a Senior Executive with two prominent entertainment and technology organizations. LowestRates.ca provides Canadians with a fast and convenient way to save two of their most valuable assets – time and money. It’s a one stop shop for Canadians to compare offers on personal financial products quickly and efficiently from North America’s leading companies. To date, it has helped millions of Canadians explore their financial options.

In addition to leading LowestRates.ca, Justin also enjoys investing in early stage ventures and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He provides valuable insight into both what life as a corporate executive and an entrepreneur looks like.
He also created a thriving Executive Consulting practice before founding the company. Justin holds an Honours Degree in Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he was able to change and grow into 6 different roles within 10 years
  • Learn how to demonstrate your value that you bring in a company
  • Ensure that all stakeholders understand what excellence looks like
  • Make sure people know about your successes
  • Why bootstrapping is important on launching and building a company
  • The reason he would rather take a “B” plan with flawless execution

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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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