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The Ambition project is a series in which Jonathan Hafichuk interviews successful and ambitious Calgary entrepreneurs about their struggles as a business owner, what they’ve had to overcome on their journey to success, and valuable insights for other entrepreneurs.

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The Ambition project is a series in which Jonathan Hafichuk interviews successful and ambitious Calgary entrepreneurs about their struggles as a business owner, what they’ve had to overcome on their journey to success, and valuable insights for other entrepreneurs.

    Heidi McKillop - A Stranded Nation

    Heidi McKillop - A Stranded Nation

    Heidi McKillop is a former Calgary waitress turned documentary film producer. With no film experience and her only initial budget being from tips, Heidi was able to produce a high-quality, passion-fuelled documentary on the obstacles faced by the Alberta oil and gas industry.
    Watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_ZPFJ2eAUw
    "The environment is arguably the most debated topic of modern Canadian politics. The use of hydrocarbons has become a central political discourse within Canada. The decision to build a national pipeline to meet international demand has left Canadians divided and uncertain. A Stranded Nation is a documentary about our national interests, a competitive oil and gas sector, and the benefits it provides to all Canadians."
    The Ambition Project features ambitious Calgary entrepreneurs and talks about their struggles and what it has taken them to become successful. The series is intended to be a source of entertainment, motivation, inspiration, and education for up-and-coming business owners and entrepreneurs.
    Learn more about the series here: https://www.symbolsyndication.com/the-ambition-project/
    Learn more about Flagship Business Brokers: https://flagshipbrokers.ca
    Learn more about Business Link: http://businesslink.ca

    • 45 min
    Lazar Radulović - Building Serbia's Largest Food Distribution Business

    Lazar Radulović - Building Serbia's Largest Food Distribution Business

    In this episode of the Ambition Project, we deviate a little bit from the usual Calgary entrepreneurs. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Lazar Radulović while visiting family in Canada, founder of M&L International which is the largest food distribution company in Serbia and one of the largest in Eastern Europe. In this interview we talk about the differences in doing business in Eastern Europe, the challenges posed by harsh economic conditions and the differences in lifestyle. We hope you enjoy our interview with this highly successful businessman and restauranteur. 
    We hope you enjoy this interview and local Calgary podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review on Itunes or Spotify.

    • 6 min
    Patrick Chiu - Trico Communities & Trico Group

    Patrick Chiu - Trico Communities & Trico Group

    In this interview Jonathan Hafichuk sits down with Patrick Chiu who is the general manager of Trico Communities and the president of the Trico Group which is an umbrella over the Chiu family companies including Trico homes. Trico homes was started by Wayne Chiu and is one of the most prominent home builders in the Calgary area with 150+ employees and builds over 250 houses a year.
    In this interview we discuss a wide range of topics including aspiring to take over a massive family business and the doubts that come along with that, ongoing education to better run a large company, systems and processes, facing racism, doing social good while being profitable and why Trico Homes became a b corp. We also talk about dealing with the stress and the loneliness of being in upper management and being an entrepreneur.
    Learn more about Trico Homes: https://tricohomes.com/
    We hope you enjoy this interview and local Calgary podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review on Itunes or Spotify.

    • 42 min
    Megan Stanley - Founder of Dogma Training and Pet Services

    Megan Stanley - Founder of Dogma Training and Pet Services

    Megan Stanley is the founder of Dogma Training and pet services. Through Dogma (which she has run in Calgary for 14 years), she promotes responsible dog training and and is an advocate for reward based training opposed to punishment based training. She also sits on the board of the Canadian Association of Professional Dog trainers and was formerly the chair of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She often speaks internationally on dog training topics and is striving to have the industry regulated in Canada. 
     
    In this interview we delve into a variety of topics ranging from how she went from working in web design to becoming a dog trainer, the impact the minimum wage increase had on her business as well as how she deals with the stress and the struggles of managing 20 employees. 
     
    If you’re looking for a dog trainer in Calgary, we highly recommend you check out Dogma: https://www.dogmatraining.com 
     
    We hope you enjoy this interview and local Calgary podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review on Itunes or Spotify.

    • 45 min
    David Allwright - Dean of Business and Technology at Bow Valley College

    David Allwright - Dean of Business and Technology at Bow Valley College

    In this interview, Jonathan Hafichuk talks to Dr. David Allwright, the Dean of Business and Technology at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. They cover a wide range of topics including how the Chiu School of Business works with entrepreneurs, benefits and shortcomings of traditional post-secondary, David’s history working in energy and for the Hudson’s Bay Company as well as how AI is becoming the future of education. 
    We hope you enjoy this interview and local Calgary podcast. Please subscribe and leave us a review on Itunes or Spotify.

    • 52 min
    Robert Price - Revolutionizing Real Estate with Bode Canada

    Robert Price - Revolutionizing Real Estate with Bode Canada

    Robert Price is the founder and CEO of Bode Canada which is an online real estate brokerage that makes selling real estate simple, transparent and more economical.
    Robert was a former executive at Axia FibreNet and worked with them in the telecommunications space for over 11 years before they sold to Bell. He also comes from an entrepreneurial family with his father being the former CEO of Husky before starting Axia. With an amazing executive team at Bode Canada, there is no question they will do big things and change the course of real estate in Canada. 
     
    Learn more about Bode Canada at: https://www.bodecanada.com/
     
    The Ambition Project features ambitious Calgary entrepreneurs and talks about their struggles and what it has taken them to become successful. The series is intended to be a source of entertainment, motivation, inspiration and education for up and coming business owners and entrepreneurs. Now available as a podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
    Learn more about the series and watch or listen to episodes here: https://www.symbolsyndication.com/the...
    Learn more about Flagship Business Brokers: https://flagshipbrokers.ca
    Learn more about Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar: http://www.cafegravity.com
    Learn more about Business Link: http://businesslink.ca
    Learn more about the BBB: https://www.bbb.org/en/ca/ab/calgary

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Millz_Skillz ,

Inspiring

Found so many nuggets of inspiration, thanks so much for setting up all these interviews! Keep up the awesome work.

@evnmacdonald ,

Great guests

Such fresh content, loved the podcast with Graham from Tool Shed!

J_ko_ ,

Ambition squared.

It’s simply evident how much work and attention to detail went into the production of these podcasts. Very well done Jon, looking forward to many more!

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