TBLP052 | Randy Frisch: Content Experience

Randy holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. He brings an entrepreneurial and customer-focused background to Uberflip with leadership experience.

One of the hats he wears is being President and CMO at Uberflip. He oversees the strategy, operations, sales and execution of Uberflip’s solution. A marketer at heart he focuses on understanding the customer needs and provide solutions which simplify access to content in today’s digital era.

After his day at Uberflip, Randy is a husband and a father to three kids. He got two boys who love hockey and a daughter in the middle. On his spare time, you will catch him coaching a hockey team as a way to bond with his two boys. His little girl loves to dance, that he ends up joining a father-daughter dance on one of her recitals.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Uberflip started
  • The importance of building a solution to people’s desire
  • Boss Vs. Leader
  • Discover the new meaning of HUSTLE
  • Find out what is an Entrepreneur according to Randy
  • What is one trait you need to have before jumping to a leadership role
  • What is Content Experience

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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 sponsor

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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

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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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 now the President at TribalScale, formerly 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 the author of the national bestseller Our Turn (Random House) – a business book that looks at opportunities for leadership today.

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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TBLP018 | Jeff Cates: Connect at the Heart

Jeff Cates is the President and CEO of Intuit Canada, a software development company that produces premier brands such as TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint. Under Jeff’s leadership, Intuit Canada has risen to become one of the top places to work in Canada, as ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute. He is responsible for helping the company become recognized as the nation’s undisputed financial solutions leader in every market it serves, by leading a team of over 400 employees dedicated to simplifying the business of life.

Cates joined Intuit in 2011, with a background that includes innovative marketing, partner management and entrepreneurship. Previously, Cates worked at Apple Canada leading their commercial business, and Hewlett Packard as vice president of their consumer division. He earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a bachelor of commerce degree from McMaster University.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What it took to become the best place to work in Canada
  • How to connect with employees hearts and passions
  • The impact that HP and Apple had on him
  • What Canada must do to improve the startups and entrepreneurs
  • His involvement with Startup Canada and how he met Victoria Lennox
  • His passion on Financial Literacy and making it a movement

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