The Lawless podcast is my answer to unravelling drive, motivation and the forces that have brought about exceptional lives.
They are my curated conversations with people of interest who have pushed back from conventional business and are sharing stories and legacies in the making.
People who value innovation, sustainability, art and expression over a predetermined level of success.
Join me every week where I introduce people from start-ups, to artists, athletes, bureacrats, philanthropists to thriving business owners who have done it on their own terms.
In memoriam // Jan Phelan
In memoriam a re-release of my fourth podcast with Momma Jan. Jan Phelan, Mother to Sarah talks about little Sarah and her gracious journey to be the woman she became to be on skis and off. She was a bright light and pioneer for woman in freestyle skiing. She successfully lobbied the IOC to have the event included in the Olympic program for 2014. She was a five-time Winter X Games gold medallist and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005.
Celeste Pomerantz // 4 Season Athlete
I sat down with Celeste this spring, and then the world moved in all different directions, and I’m just getting this out now. My apologies, but it’s worth the wait, and I’m happy to report that I’m back for another batch of podcasting… hoping for a weekly installment. But we’ll see.
Celeste lives in Squamish, BC, where we recorded this, and I came into this conversation a bit hot on her Sailing ski trip in Norway because I had just watched ‘Wavy 2’ on YouTube.
It’s a ski documentary backed by her sponsor Black Crows, where she and Niko Schirmer sail to the northern Norwegian island of Svalbard and ski under arctic conditions.
You’ll want to see it… maybe watch it now so we don’t give away spoilers.
Celeste is an easy conversation, she has a lot of honesty, depth and an understanding of the world that I love, and we talk about her work doing her master’s in energy renewables, climate change, getting injured, how she pitches projects that get her fired up amongst other things.
She’s a four-season athlete, a scientist and good on bikes and skis, and I’m sure anything she puts her mind to.
Juliette Pelchat // She Stands Sideways
Juliette Pelchat is a force on a snowboard, but it was her work with RWK // Real Wild Kittens that touched me the most! A Girl Shred Movement to promote female involvement in male dominant sports.
Watching her and her sister empower girls on skateboards and in life makes me excited for the future.
I was very excited to see that she won the Sarah Burke scholarship this year. I know that Sarah would be proud …
She’s got a lot of insight and drive far behind her eighteen years and I think we can thank her parents for giving us Juliette. She’s incorporated a company, has her eyes set on the olympics, being a pilot, blowing up the backcountry and continuing to connect with every generation of snowboarding.
I look forward to following the sisters as they continue to challenge and propel eachother forward.
Ian MacKay | Humanitarian | Critical Care Nurse
With dozens of overseas deployments in the wake of natural disasters, wars, and both underserviced and politically charged areas of the world.
One of the biggest takeaways from this interview comes from looking at people at a human or individual level, beyond their conditioning or current events. Empathy and compassion are two things we should embrace locally and globally.
I gained a lot of perspective about life and death beyond my very privileged existence, and I love how curious Ian is about people and learning. Plus, we talk about the multi-billion dollar industries that are fueling and creating a lot of these gaps in human rights.
We don’t solve the world's problems, but we talk about some of them, which is a beginning.
I hope this episode encourages you to broaden your worldview.
Claire Buchar on Life, Bikes, Adversity & Growing as a Human
Claire and I were born in the same year, the year of the horse, and according to the Chinese zodiac, it symbolizes Power, beauty, and freedom—all qualities I see in Claire. I’ve been looking at Claire for two decades. We used to work on the same block in Whistler, and I’ve always thought of her as a gentle being. And I always thought she was gentle until she straddles a bike… but upon interviewing her, I realized that her true strength and longevity come from her smooth style. Claire is calculated and artful in how she lives, bikes and speaks.
She had a great amount of loss in her teenage years and channelled all of that into being a racer, biker, mentor and friend. I know adversity is what shapes us… but many of her stories break my heart a little. And I know that is life, and nobody exits with a fully intact heart.
This is an hour of real talk with Claire Buchar, and I feel we’re just scratching the surface. A second part is probably growing somewhere.
Chris Christie // Firefighter + Mountaineering Action Photographer
By the time you listen to this, Chris Christie will be three weeks out from retirement as a career firefighter in West Vancouver. He’s 53 years old, has the fitness level of a man half his age, and is a talent behind the lens, and I’m excited to see what comes next as the pension kicks in.
From the outside looking in, he’s managed to almost seemingly merge an early life as an athlete into a first responder and then adventure photographer rooted in expeditions. These three things have allowed him to have longevity in his trajectory.
Being a first responder, you are witnessing society more deeply and helping people at the very lowest moments of their lives. I enjoyed hearing his empathetic approach to helping people in terrible situations and improving them slightly.
He’s very honest and humble, and one line he said that affected me was… “You cannot change the course of life.” This conversation has inspired me to have more conversations with our aging population.
He also talks a lot about vortexes.
I hope you enjoy going into the mind of a mountaineering action photographer that thrives in moments of adversity during expeditions.
Deep and meaningful conversations
I discovered this podcast because Delaney Zayac is my friend's cousin and I had the pleasure of meeting him 2 years ago at his farm in Pemberton. Neadless to say I got hooked. The interviews are spot on and very meaningfu,l and all the guests are incredibly interesting people. Everyone should listen to it!
This podcast makes long drives fly by. Andrea always asks the right questions and has a natural talent for honest conversation.
I stumbled upon your podcasts I think through Taylor Godber’s episode - from then on I was instantly hooked! I listen to it when I’m stuck in Vancouver traffic and it seems to calm me through the stressful time I’m standstill and not moving for some reason. All the episodes that I have listened too, I’ve always learned something or left inspired about something new! Keep them coming :)