Bridging the gap between renters and landlords

Mark Hawkins talks about how Rentfaster.ca evolved from a small local website to a national brand by stressing customer service

Bridging the gap between renters and landlordsMark Hawkins is president and owner of Rentfaster.ca. What is RentFaster? When did it start and how does it work? Hawkins: Technically, Rentfaster.ca is an Internet listing service (ILS), but really it’s a website that’s designed to help landlords and renters connect. Rentfaster.ca started in 2003 and has evolved over the years to really help…

Falling in love with barbecue

Jack Thompson of BroBBQ.com talks about the necessity of a slow and patient, yet spontaneous approach to grilling

Falling in love with barbecueJack Thompson is founder of BroBBQ.com. What is BroBBQ and what do you do? Where are you located? When and why did you start this up? Thompson: BroBBQ is my brainchild, dedicated solely to all things BBQ. We are located in Texas. BroBBQ started February 2018 and I decided to start it just because BBQ is…

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distance

The long drive golf champion and motivational speaker encourages people to recognize their passions and pursue them

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distanceLisa “Longball” Vlooswyk is  an eight-time Canadian long drive champion, keynote speaker, golf/travel journalist and golf entertainer. Tell me about Lisa Longball. How, why and when did you start this venture and what you do? Vlooswyk: Well I wear many hats as Lisa Longball. I compete at a world-class level in the sport of long…

Building a good corporate culture starts at the top

Organizational psychologist Laura Hambley talks about how to make workplaces and people more productive and engaged

Building a good corporate culture starts at the topLaura Hambley is an organizational psychologist based in Calgary. She is president and co-founder of Work EvOHlution, founder of Canada Career Counselling and president/founder of the Leadership Success Group. What is Work EvOHlution and what does it do? Hambley: Work EvOHlution helps leaders, teams and individuals thrive when working apart. We are a team of…

Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental health

Connie Jakab of Movement with a Message talks about addressing mental wellness concerns at home and in the workplace

Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental healthConnie Jakab is a mental health speaker and owner of Movement with a Message. Tell me what Movement with a Message is all about? Jakab: Movement With A Message is about building community, courage and compassion in our society. We do this through school workshops, mental health presentations with our National Hope Talks division (nationalhopetalks.com),…

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to Hollywood

The Shatner Universe executive talks about developing entertainment projects and working with an icon, William Shatner

Fred Jung’s incredible journey from Calgary to HollywoodFred Jung is president of acquisitions and development of Shatner Universe LLC in North Hollywood. Can you explain your journey on how you got from Calgary to Los Angeles in your career? Jung: Boy, it really has been an incredible journey! Growing up in Calgary in the early ’70s, I was always intrigued with the entertainment…

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli

For either her strengths or weaknesses. The owner of the Italian Centre Shop will keep building the business based on her family's traditions

You’ll hear no apologies from the Italian Centre’s Teresa SpinelliTeresa Spinelli is owner of the Italian Centre Shop. Tell me how you came to be running the business? Spinelli: How I came to run the business is really because of family misfortune. Very traditional Italian family and my brother was supposed to take over the business. Unfortunately, he passed away just before his 33rd…

The many voices of Doug de Nance

Voice artist, skybox announcer and on-the-floor host of live events across the globe

The many voices of Doug de NanceDoug de Nance is a voice artist, skybox announcer and on-the-floor host of live events across the globe. Tell me what you do and the range of services you’ve been hired to do over the years? Doug: My brand – When he speaks, it’s an event – really covers what I do. I call it voice…

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppers

Traditional retailers must learn to be obsessed with their customers, says executive Carrie Kirkman

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppersCarrie Kirkman is a senior retail executive, and formerly past president and chief merchant of Sears Canada. What are the key things you learned from the Sears experience? Kirkman: Too many to count. Most importantly is how critical it is for an organization’s leadership to be looking and planning far, far ahead to ensure that…

Shaking things up and raising the profile of clients

Diana Ruff, founder of She Devil Productions, talks about how to make an impact in an increasingly visual world

Shaking things up and raising the profile of clientsDiana Ruff is founder of She Devil Productions. What’s She Devil Productions and when did you start the company? Ruff: In 2012, I was heavily involved in broadcast, media production and documentary work. Most of this was for various other production companies and I said to myself it’s my turn. I’ve done well for others,…

What a great brand can do for your organization

Author Denise Lee Yohn talks about developing an emotional, meaningful, valuable connection with customers and employees

What a great brand can do for your organizationDenise Lee Yohn is a brand leadership expert, speaker and author of the bestselling book What Great Brands Do and the new book FUSION. Why is building a great brand important? Lee Yohn: In today’s cluttered, competitive marketplace, you need to stand out, get noticed and be perceived as different from others like you. You…

Sticking with a successful growth model

Andrew Witkin of StickerYou talks about how and why an e-commerce venture can succeed with a storefront

Sticking with a successful growth modelAndrew Witkin is founder and president of StickerYou. What is StickerYou and can you give me a history of the company? Witkin: StickerYou is an online platform for ordering custom die-cut products – notably stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos, etc. We launched in 2010 in Toronto with the first e-commerce technology that empowered people with…

Buying, enhancing and holding real estate

Anthony Giuffre of Avenue Living Asset Management talks about learning to succeed by running under the feet of the giants

Buying, enhancing and holding real estateAnthony Giuffre is founder and CEO of Avenue Living Asset Management. Tell me how Avenue Living started. Giuffre: In the mid-2000s, my business partner and I were reviewing multi-family real estate investment. There were already some major success stories in the buy, enhance value and hold arena, like Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust, Mainstreet Equity…

Andrea Holwegner’s pursuit of healthiness

Health Stand Nutrition Consulting: achieving health without guilt or complexity

Andrea Holwegner’s pursuit of healthinessAndrea Holwegner is a nutrition and corporate wellness expert, food industry consultant, professional speaker and CEO (chief energy officer) of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. Tell me about your business and what you do? Holwegner: We specialize in achievement of health without guilt or complexity. We don’t just give you advice on what to eat,…

A will gives you control of your affairs after your death

Sandy Lyons of Grant Thornton Ltd. explains that, when you die without a will, any prior verbal wishes to family and next of kin can be set aside

A will gives you control of your affairs after your deathSandy Lyons is a licensed insolvency trustee with Grant Thornton Ltd.’s consumer insolvency team in Calgary. Why do so many people not have a will? Lyons: It can be a matter of cost, not wanting to look at and plan for end of life, a lack of understanding and knowledge of what steps must be completed…
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