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A Powerful Conversation with Sarah Haider

A Powerful Conversation with Sarah Haider

July 23, 2019

Sarah is an American activist, speaker and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA). Born in Pakistan and raised in Texas, Sarah spent her early youth as a practicing Muslim, leaving religion in her late teens. 

Today, Sarah advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and works to create local support communities for those who have left Islam. In addition to freethought, Sarah is particularly passionate about civil liberties and women’s rights. 

Sarah has been profiled and featured in numerous magazines, news outlets, and shows including The Economist, Slate, BBC, Global Journalist, Quillette, National Review, the Daily Beast, and NPR. 

A Powerful Conversation with Mark Sakamoto

A Powerful Conversation with Mark Sakamoto

July 10, 2019

I love meeting people who never identified as just one thing.  Mark Sakamoto is definitely one of those people.  He started out as a lawyer and soon after began working in the music industry.  From there he went on to become a political advisor.  In between he decided to write a book that ended up winning the annual Canada Reads competition.  Today, he is an award winning entrepreneur investing in digital health, digital media and real estate.  I recently had the chance to have Mark on my podcast and if you take a listen you will see that it’s a conversation with many exciting twists and turns that will have you laughing and learning along the way! 

A Powerful Conversation with Ali Hassan

A Powerful Conversation with Ali Hassan

May 28, 2019

In addition to wrangling some of Canada's most talented comedians as host of LAUGH OUT LOUD, Ali Hassan is also a stand-up comic and actor.

Previously the lead comedy panellist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Hassan has recurring characters on Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Man Seeking Woman (FX) and Game On (YTV).

Hassan has also acted in the films Breakaway, French Immersion (Canadian Comedy Award nominated) and GOON (a TIFF Top Ten movie, Canadian Screen Award nominated). He brings nine years of experience performing stand-up comedy all over Canada, at clubs in the U.S. and in the Middle East. In 2012, Hassan performed at both the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and JFL42 in Toronto, and he has performed twice at the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival in Jordan.

A Powerful Conversation with Julie Daniluk

A Powerful Conversation with Julie Daniluk

May 7, 2019

Holistic Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show, now shown in over 78 countries. Her award-winning bestseller, Meals That Heal Inflammation, has helped over 100,000 people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great. Julie's latest book, Hot Detox, was the number #1 Canadian health book in 2017 with 11 weeks on the bestseller list.

She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, and is a resident nutrition expert for The Marilyn Denis Show.

A Powerful Conversation with Laura Beauparlant

A Powerful Conversation with Laura Beauparlant

April 12, 2019

Owner + Creative Director + Branding Expert + Speaker

 

In her 20 years as a designer and 14 years as an entrepreneur, Laura has learned that aligning purpose with brand design is the key to success in business. She prides herself in finding fun and creative solutions to help aspiring and established entrepreneurs become happy, confident and prosperous business owners.

Laura says her business is built on the solid relationships she has created and fostered with clients and suppliers. At the end of the day, she is a people person. She loves to create chemistry with the people in her life and the most important element in fostering those relationships is communication. She listens attentively, coaches directly, and understands profoundly.

Laura is also an award-winning public speaker, offering inspirational and passion-filled presentations on branding and design to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Toronto is Laura's home, but the world is her inspiration.

A Powerful Conversation with Jamil Jivani

A Powerful Conversation with Jamil Jivani

March 26, 2019

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. With research and teaching appointments at Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and low-income families. He is also the founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project, a public education organization leading initiatives related to policing, racial profiling, democratic participation, voter turnout and economic development.

Jamil’s change leadership is informed by his personal journey of empowerment from being a failing high school student and working as a dishwasher, to attending the most exclusive law school in the world. Coming from a single parent household, as a youth he nearly fell into many of the traps that send young men on a detour away from success. It is this experience that propelled him into activism, focusing on issues such as bridging the gap between police and communities, overcoming the radicalization of youth, and encouraging young people to achieve success. His TEDx Toronto talk, How Racial Profiling Hurts Everyone, Including the Police, has been viewed over 110,000 times.

Jamil is the director of law and policy at Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization founded to develop solutions to the issues raised in J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, and has volunteered with youth organizations in Kenya, Egypt, and Belgium.

Jamil’s work in disadvantaged neighborhoods in North America and Europe has led him to appear on BBC, CBC, CTV and TVO. His writing has been published by The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and Huffington Post.

Jamil graduated from Yale Law School in 2013, and formerly served as President of the Yale Black Law Students Association. While at Yale, Jamil worked for Senator Cory Booker in New Jersey, as a Connecticut high school teacher, and as a Manhattan corporate lawyer. Since graduating, he has practiced corporate law in Toronto at Torys LLP, and was named the 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. He was also a 2016 recipient of th eThompson Reuters’ Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

Jamil’s first book, Why Young Men, was published in April, 2018.

A Powerful Conversation with Ruari Fairbairs

A Powerful Conversation with Ruari Fairbairs

August 21, 2017

Ruari is an entrepreneur, Senior Oil Broker running the number 1 JET desk & co-founder of the OYNB movement. He gave up drinking in the face of incredible peer presure, thinking he would lose his edge as one of the Top brokers in the world. He soon realized it was quite the opposite. Spurred by this life changing experience he and Andy Ramage, another broker, have created the OYNB movement. 

Ruari speaks about improving all aspects of your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. After 2 years alcohol-free Ruari now drinks in total control. He is passionate about helping people change their relationship with alcohol using their 30, 90 & 365 day challenges.

A Powerful Conversation With Franziska Iseli

A Powerful Conversation With Franziska Iseli

December 23, 2015

Franziska, winner of the prestigious award ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’, is a leading marketing strategist with an eagle eye for good marketing and a sixth sense for positioning and branding. She is a true visionary.  She brings the secrets and experience of the advertising and marketing industry to small business. No challenge is too big for her, she loves getting people to think bigger and aim higher.  Fun and Swiss quality (Franziska grew up in Switzerland) are a given when working with her. She has an amazing ability to forecast and execute strategies with precision results like a Swiss clock.  A sharp-witted humour and high levels of cheekiness that can bring anyone to tears (of laughter), the ability to speak five languages and a desire to have everything done yesterday ensures Basic Bananas is at the forefront of marketing worldwide.  Franziska is the co-author of ‘Bananas About Marketing – How to Attract a Whole Bunch of Clients’ and regular contributor to various business magazines.  Being a passionate social entrepreneur and philanthropist, Franziska loves contributing to different social causes. http://www.basicbananas.com  Twitter: @FranziskaIseli 

A Powerful Conversation With Susan Stewart

A Powerful Conversation With Susan Stewart

December 23, 2015
Susan is a comedian, author, and speaker who offers a unique combination of humour and inspiration aimed at helping people see the lighter side of life. To learn more about Susan, visit www.susanstewart.ca  Twitter: @SusanIStewart 
A Powerful Conversation With Stephen Shapiro

A Powerful Conversation With Stephen Shapiro

December 23, 2015

Stephen Shapiro cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he has accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them. http://stephenshapiro.com/  Twitter: @stephenshapiro