TBLP078 | Lori Casselman: Lead by Asking

Mother, athlete, fitness advocate, a person who is passionate in giving back to her community. These are some of the qualities of today’s guest, Lori Casselman.

Lori Casselman is an experienced executive with a passion for building great teams while making innovation in the health and insurance sectors.

Today, Edwin and Lori discussed the importance of asking questions to your team members to received their highest level of performance. Lori shared her leadership style when she is new to the position and how you developed the members of your team to be the next leader.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Lori will walk us through the process of transition to broaden her horizon
  • What one leadership lesson she followed to ease her decision making
  • How building relationship helped Lori positioned herself as an emerging leader
  • What is the first thing Lori do when she takes on a new role
  • Creating a culture of caring shouldn’t be disconnected from creating a high-performance culture
  • Effective ways to develop team members to become business leaders

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Reading List

  • Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

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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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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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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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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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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