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Chatter that Matters. A show about human perseverance and the possibility that counters the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility.

Host Tony Chapman shares inspiring stories of people who make things happen regardless of seemingly impossible circumstances. We learn powerful life lessons that help us get where we want, need and deserve. Tony's guests include athletes, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, immigrants, refugees, survivors and leaders from across society.

In doing so, we learn life lessons that help us chase our dreams.

Chatter that Matters Tony Chapman

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 286 Ratings

Chatter that Matters. A show about human perseverance and the possibility that counters the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility.

Host Tony Chapman shares inspiring stories of people who make things happen regardless of seemingly impossible circumstances. We learn powerful life lessons that help us get where we want, need and deserve. Tony's guests include athletes, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, immigrants, refugees, survivors and leaders from across society.

In doing so, we learn life lessons that help us chase our dreams.

    Dr. Brian Goldman - The Care in Health Care

    Dr. Brian Goldman - The Care in Health Care

    Dr. Brian Goldman is a veteran ER physician and an award-winning medical reporter for CBC Television's The Health Show and The National. He's known across Canada as CBC Radio One's "House Doctor." Brian has a proven knack for making sense of medical baffelgab. He has two top-rated shows, White Coat Black Art and The Dose. 
    On Chatter that Matters, Dr. Goldman shares his journey from a young medical resident to seasoned physician, and how, including the loss of his sister to dementia, he learned that medicine is as much about human connection as it is about clinical expertise. He also offers his thoughts on what need to happen to care for our health care.
    Leanne Kaufman then joins the show to discuss the exciting work RBC Wealth Management is doing to support healthy ageing.  

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Janet Sherlund - Abandoned at Birth

    Janet Sherlund - Abandoned at Birth

    'Heaven is the Feeling One Leaves on Earth.'
    Abandoned at Birth. Join me this week on Chatter that Matters for the heart-wrenching and uplifting story of Janet Sherlund, author of Abandoned at Birth: Searching for the Arms That Once Held Me. Janet discusses the profound effects of adoption on her identity and self-esteem, sharing her lifelong quest to reconnect with her birth parents and uncover who she is.
    I cried when Janet discovered her adoption details, celebrated her life-changing reunion with her birth father and was sickened by the coldness of her birth mother. I also learned about the critical importance of understanding one's biological roots.
    As the episode unfolds, Janet's courage, resilience, and the complexities of love and family will move you. Ending on hope and positivity, this conversation celebrates the bonds that tie us together and the enduring power of understanding where we come from.
     
    This compelling episode will open your heart and touch your soul.
    1.  My opening
    2. [00:01:23]: Janet describes the compulsion to reconnect with her birth mother.
    3. [00:01:41]:  Janet Sherlund discusses why she wrote her memoir.
    4. [00:02:55]: Janet reads the prologue of her book, describing her drive to the adoption agency and her emotions.
    5. [00:04:38]: Janet learns important facts from her adoption file.
    6. [00:12:39]: Tony and Janet discuss her complicated relationship with her adoptive mother, Audrey.
    7. [00:21:28]: Janet talks about the importance of biological roots and the strengths she discovered through her DNA.
    8. [00:26:42]: The profound impact of meeting her birth father, Larry, and the unconditional love she experienced.
    9. [00:31:07]: Janet explains her ongoing desire to connect with her birth mother and the rejection she felt when the meeting finally happened.
    [00:43:22]: Reflections on the lessons from Janet's story, her adoptive and birth parents, and the powerful message about love and identity.
    My three takeaways. 
     
    To connect with Janet and to buy her book,   Abandonedatbirthbook.com

    • 47 min
    Avalon Wasteneys - Rowing for Olympic Gold

    Avalon Wasteneys - Rowing for Olympic Gold

    To build excitement for the Paris Olympics episode, I sit down with the inspirational Avalon Wasteneys, a Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist and a powerhouse in the rowing world. Avalon shares her journey from being raised in a family of world-renowned athletes to what it took to be part of a team that won Olympic Gold.
    From her early days as a competitive cross-country skier to putting her oar into the water, Avalon's lane is powered by resilience, passion, and unwavering self-belief.
    Avalon shares how she navigated ADHD, anxiety, and severe health issues like mono and chronic bronchitis to chase her dream.  
    My favourite quote from Avalon is:
    'My 'why' isn't about being the best in the world but discovering what's possible and becoming the best version of myself.'
    You will also hear from another Canadian phenom, Sam Effah, a two-time Canadian 100m Champion – turned brand marketer at RBC. Sam discusses what RBC is doing with the RBC Training Ground to help Canadian athletes pursue their dreams.
    It's a fantastic episode to share with your entire family.  
     
     
    To learn more about RBC Training Ground, click here: https://www.rbctrainingground.ca.
     
     

    • 47 min
    Emma Beehler - Her Beautiful Autistic Mind

    Emma Beehler - Her Beautiful Autistic Mind

    Emma Beehler - Her Beautiful Autistic Mind. In today's episode of Chatter that Matters, we challenge perceptions about neurodiversity. Society often views neurodiverse individuals through a lens of limitation versus exploration.
    We overlook the extraordinary contributions of neurodiverse minds to our world. From scientific breakthroughs to artistic masterpieces, many of our advancements have been through their unique lens onto our world.
    Joining me are Emma Beehler, a remarkable young woman who is exceptional in math and music and a world-renowned competitive cheerleader, and her parents, Brian and Natalie. Emma offers profound insights into how she views the world and how the world views her.
    Listening to Emma, you'll discover how we can all learn and grow from her insights, why she is a crusader for positive change, and why we value her beautiful autistic mind.
     

    • 59 min
    John Ruffolo - Canada, It's Time.

    John Ruffolo - Canada, It's Time.

    Canada. It’s Time. On our country's birthday, I break my show format to discuss what we need to do as a nation to pursue our future. This future is not a distant dream but a reality we must actively shape, marked by purpose, passion, pursuit, and laddering to prosperity and peace.
    I begin the show with my take on Canada and why we need to create a magnetic culture to attract the best and the brightest to stay in Canada and come to Canada to shift from a passive, reactive and negative mindset to one brimming with ambition and destiny.
    Next, we hear from two outstanding Canadians who offer their unique perspectives: John Ruffolo, a leading figure as the founder of Maverick Private Equity and a catalyst for positive change in shaping Canada's new economy, and John Stackhouse, who heads RBC's Economics and Thought Leadership group, influencing the organization's work on economic, technological, and social issues.
    Each offers powerful and profound thoughts on creating the opportunities and standard of living that we need, want and deserve.  
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone deeply invested in Canada and its future—and the future of all democracies. It is not only easy to listen to, but it also discusses, shares, and explores a wealth of topics.
    Happy Birthday, Canada. It's time to unwrap our future.
     

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Derek Blais - A Tale of Two Peoples

    Derek Blais - A Tale of Two Peoples

    You will soon hear why I found Derek Blais an exceptional guest. He has the spirit of youth but with the presence and insights of an elder. Derek's journey embodies the spirit of Chatter that Matters by sharing how he overcame circumstances to chase his dreams but change his world and ours for the better.
    Derek speaks candidly about his struggles and triumphs, including the pivotal moment of embracing his Indigenous identity and the profound impact of a life-threatening and then-changing motorcycle accident. 
    I begin the interview by sharing Derek's mantra - "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken," setting the tone for exploring authenticity, truth and reconciliation. Derek's mother is a victim of the sixties scoop, where Indigenous babies and children were taken from their parents and communities and placed in primarily white and middle-class homes. Derek's Father is Canadian, and Derek draws upon the tales of his two peoples to help shape who he is, why he matters and how through storytelling he can bring about positive change.
    Derek's international award-winning and groundbreaking project, Missing Matoaka, challenges the romanticized Disney portrayal of Pocahontas by telling the true story, a tale of tragedy and heartbreak, while also calling for justice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
    Today, at LifeLong Crush a boutique advertising agency, Derek is a creative leader who works with his team to tackle many societal and brand issues.
    It is a fantastic tale of two peoples, with many lessons to be discovered and learned, all wrapped within his brilliant creative mind.
     
    To learn more about LIFELONG CRUSH - https://www.lifelongcrush.com
     

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

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Chapman + Gladwell is 1+1=3

As always Tony takes a unique way into the conversation and unearths some terrific insights and true gems. This time from one of the most impactful sociologists of our time. Bravo!

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The Good Stuff

Tony gets to the good stuff with brilliant curation and genuine interest. Always a great listen.

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Stacey Curtis Interview

I was inspired and in awe of Stacey’s positive approach to a life that would have defeated many, yet she continues to radiate light to all around her. I think anyone listening to her story will be so inspired. For those of us who have enjoyed a charmed and healthy life, we will be inspired to not take anything for granted and to try to be the best we can be for ourselves and others. For those who are enduring troubled lives now, they will I am sure find hope and inspiration in her words to press on and to cherish each moment and all the people trying to help them along the way. Thank you so much for sharing her story and her optimism. Your compassionate and insightful interview was a gift.

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