The Canadian Leaders and Influencers Podcast offers casual interviews with leaders and mavericks of Canadian industry, community and business. The listener gets a candid, deep-dive into a wide variety of topics from inspiring Canadians.
Curt Harnett, Former Olympian, Chef de Mission 2016 Rio Olympics, 2015 Pan Am Games, Toronto
It is our role at The CLiP to find a diverse selection of guests that lead or influence in various sectors of our communities. Curt Harnett, our guest in today's episode, offers both. You might know him as a former Olympian, known for his cycling sprinting, or from his quintessentially 80’s hair shampoo commercial. You might have also heard his name or witnessed his leadership role as the Chef de Mission for the Canadian teams at the Rio Olympics and the Pan AM games in Toronto. In our discussion, we talk a good deal about rebranding. One day you are an athlete, the next day you are not. How do you pick up your tool box of skills and move to the next thing, what ever that might be? This discussion is relevant way beyond athletics - all of us find ourselves in constant states of change. How do you pick yourself up to re-purpose when you need to? How do you leverage the good days when you have them? How do you harness the power of failure as you move forward? Enjoy this and much more during this episode of The CLiP.
Michael Redhill - Author, 2017 Giller Prize winner
Michael Burns, CEO - Invictus Games
This episode features Michael Burns, CEO of the Invictus Games. Michael provides insight into the trials and tribulations of launching an epic sporting event. In September 2017, the Invictus Games will be broadcast to millions of Canadians plus millions more around the rest of the world. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the unconquerable spirit of our military men and women as they participate in these games. Michael also provides insight into True Patriot Love, the organization behind the Invictus Games. Listen in to this podcast as Michael, who has been working very hard to prepare, shares with us the experience he has had over the past two years bringing these games to Canada.
Martha McCabe, Canadian Olympian & Founder, Head to Head
We are very excited to announce our guest, Martha McCabe. Two-time Canadian Olympic Swimmer, Canadian swim captain in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and Founder of a new organization called Head to Head. With a huge appreciation for swimmers’ hard work, perseverance, and dedication, we were excited to hear Martha’s story.
In this episode, we get into what sparks that Olympic drive, how support systems are crucial to success in any field, and the difficulty transitioning from a career as a professional athlete into the 'real world.’ Lastly, we talk about Martha’s new organization Head to Head, designed to pair Olympians with young athletes and sport teams. This provides financial support to retired Olympians as well as a mentoring outlet for young athletes.
Season 2, Episode 9: Janet Ecker, Former Politician, President, Kilwaughter Consulting
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Janet Ecker is the former Minister of Finance of Ontario, and the first woman to deliver a budget in the province. She was also Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social services and Government house leader. Before a life in politics, she had a role as a director of policy for the College of Physicians and surgeons of Ontario. She currently sits on a wide range of public and private boards, agencies and government advisory committees and is a fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute and a member of its national counsel. In 2016 she received the Order of Canada and is one of the founders of Equal Voice a national multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.
We had a candid and educational interview about leadership, the difference between public and private decision making, and Canada's political position. We loved Janet's passion and energy and hope you do as well.
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Lisa Lisson - President of FedEx Express Canada
Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Express Canada, sits down with us in this episode of The CLiP. Lisa’s life seemed perfect: she had married her high school sweetheart, applied her marketing degree to a position at FedEx Express Canada, and risen to become a Vice President, and later President, of the company. One night, after putting their four children to bed, her husband, Patrick, marvelled that their lives seemed perfectly happy.
Just a few hours later, everything changed. Assumed the job first female,
One moment Lisa was sleeping beside Patrick, and the next, she was kneeling on the floor beside his unconscious body frantically administering CPR. Patrick had had a massive heart attack and was in a coma, and the doctors were blunt: there was no hope. But for the next two years, Lisa stood by his side and awaited a miracle, while continuing to balance life as a high-powered executive and mother of four.
In this episode, we discuss Lisa’s inspirational story about how she rose to the top in a man’s world, and triumphed over adversity to lead a fulfilling life, living each day with purpose and gratitude.
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