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Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting Calgary business owners, educators, students, influencers, artists, non-profit executives and other business leaders based in Calgary to discuss issues of importance to them. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I managed to reach out and interview several founders, entrepreneurs and investors across Canada and the globe including individuals from Victoria, Kamloops, Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener, Kelowna, Dubai and Moose Jaw..

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Calgary Business Podcast Allen R. Wazny

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Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting Calgary business owners, educators, students, influencers, artists, non-profit executives and other business leaders based in Calgary to discuss issues of importance to them. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I managed to reach out and interview several founders, entrepreneurs and investors across Canada and the globe including individuals from Victoria, Kamloops, Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener, Kelowna, Dubai and Moose Jaw..

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    Code Ninjas Willowpark with Tyra MacDonald and Anthony Dang (episode 319) | 14 October 2021

    Code Ninjas Willowpark with Tyra MacDonald and Anthony Dang (episode 319) | 14 October 2021

    In this episode, Mount Royal University students, Tyra Macdonald and Anthony Dang, shared their experiences of the first days of opening the new Code Ninjas franchise location in the Willow Park community of Calgary in April 2021. 

    As a marketing student at Mount Royal, Tyra has been able to apply a lot of her classroom theory into practical application including working on advertising and promotion matters with Willow Park Shopping Centre personnel and learning how to use Google Analytics to understand potential customer website visits. 

    Anthony shared that he did not learn coding until high school and thus understands how the students feel when they approach coding for the first time.  As a computer information systems student, Anthony is also learning to code, albeit at a more advanced level than some of his students. 

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    To learn more about the Code Ninjas program and how they are helping to shape the next generation ot full stack developers, click on the links below: 

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    Code Ninjas | Willow Park 

    Website | https://www.codeninjas.com/willow-park-ab-ca 

    Instagram | @codeninjaswillowpark 

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    Code Ninjas | Franchisor 

    Website | https://www.codeninjas.com/ 

    Instagram | @codeninjas 

    Twitter | @codeninjas 

    Facebook | @codeninjas 

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    LinkedIn Profiles 

    Tyra Macdonald | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyra-macdonald-4845801a0/ 

    Anthony Dang | https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-dang-5a9896195/ 

    Code Ninjas | https://www.linkedin.com/company/codeninjas 

    Mount Royal University | https://www.linkedin.com/school/mount-royal-university/ 

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    Education | Learning | Coding | Learn to Code | STEM Education | Kids Coding | Coding is Fun | Kids Learning | Full Stack Developers | Software Engineers | Computer Science | Social Interaction | Marketing | Digital Marketing | Primary School | Middle School | Secondary Education | Post-Secondary Education | University | Colleges


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    • 47 min
    Icon Dance Company – with owners, Chris and Jen Zacharias along with Lucia, Cara and Avery (episode 318) | 8 October 2021

    Icon Dance Company – with owners, Chris and Jen Zacharias along with Lucia, Cara and Avery (episode 318) | 8 October 2021

    Chris and Jen return to the podcast booth after a 2-year absence (refer to Episode 42 on 12 December 2019).  This time we were joined by two student dances, Lucia and Avery, and dance instructor Cara.  The other difference is everyone connected on Zoom. 

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    This was a terrific session whereby the girls shared their experiences of dancing from home during Covid; Chris shared some changes over the last two years on marketing the business in the Calgary community; Jen shared how they were able to expand their dance community despite the Covid shutdowns; they all shared how famous choreographers and dancers from New York and London shared their routines, practices and dance moves on-line for free during Covid (when ordinarily such performances were limited to paid events or in-person classes). 

    This was a great chat. Thanks Icon Dance team! To reach out to Jenn, Chris and their team of dancers, click on the links below: 

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    Icon Dance Company 

    Instagram | @icondancecompanyinc 

    Website | https://www.icondancecompany.com/ 

    Facebook | @icondancecompanyinc 

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    Dance Studio | Dancing | Ballet | Jazz Dance | Choreography | Competitive Dancing | Fitness | Health | Calgary | Calgary Small Business | Legacy Community | Walden Community | Calgary Business | YYC Business | South Calgary | Virtual Dance Classes | Ballet School | Primadonna | Performing Arts


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    • 47 min
    Noel Thomas, Software Engineering student and founder of AERT (episode 317) | 25 September 2021

    Noel Thomas, Software Engineering student and founder of AERT (episode 317) | 25 September 2021

    Noel shared the origin stories of his startup, AERT (pronounced "Art"), linked to the trauma his 6-year old brother experienced during Covid.  A finger caught from a house door being slammed on it.  Noel’s initial reaction was to Google to see what triage information was available and then call the 811 health line.  Conflicting information on line, a long waiting time on the phone and an hour long drive to the recommended hospital, provided the inspiration for Noel’s desire to use artificial intelligence to help families in need at the moment similar accidents (or traumatic events) occur at home. 

    As Noel explained, “…this is work in progress, I am still a student, afterall…” 

    To reach out to Noel and see if you can help provide the necessary anonymized data to feed his “AI-algorithm”, click on his LinkedIn bio below: 

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    Noel Thomas LinkedIn Profile | https://www.linkedin.com/in/noelfranthomas/

    Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary | https://schulich.ucalgary.ca 

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    Life Sciences | Health Sciences | Medical triage | Health Data | Data Science | AI/ML | Python programming | No-code Low-code | Linux Software | Biometrics | Biometry | Svetlana Yanushkevich | Biometric Technologies Laboratory | Kids Can Code | Biomedical Engineering | Software Developer | Linux Operating system | Raspberry Pi | Linux-based system | BioScience | BioNTech | Pfizer | Synthetic Biology


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    • 53 min
    Dr. Nicole Byers, founder of Rocky Mountain NeuroSciences Inc (episode 316) | 9 September 2021

    Dr. Nicole Byers, founder of Rocky Mountain NeuroSciences Inc (episode 316) | 9 September 2021

    You may have heard the term “practice what you preach” -- Dr. Nicole Byers seems to have taken that personally. Not only does she operate a neuro-psychology practice for individual’s dealing with an accident or stroke that impacts their brain function, she also coordinates on-line courses, a podcast and confidence building bootcamps to help individuals in variety of areas including coping with stress, building self-confidence and improving their productivity on a daily basis. That is a sample of the wide range of tools available in her “psychology” tool box 

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    To learn more about the activities of Dr. Nicole Byers, click on one or more of the links below: 

    Website | https://www.drnicolebyers.com 

    Instagram | @ drnicolebyers 

    Podcast “The Bold Life” (on Apple) | https://apple.co/3trOaSK 

    LinkedIn Profile | https://www.linkedin.com/in/drnicolebyers/ 

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    Mental Health | Clinical Psychology | Neuro Psychology | Calgary Clinic | Calgary small business | Alberta Health Services | Calgary Health Services | Mental Health | Health and Wellness | Stress | Anxiety | Self-esteem | Self-awareness | Education and Training | Canadian Mental Health | Canadian Psychology | Mental Habits | Healthy Habits | Work from Home | Work-life balance | Patient HM - Henry Molaison | Epilepsy | Seizures | Medial Temporal Lobe | Dr. Brenda Milner | Neuro-McGill University | Hippocampus | Memory Impairment | University of Saskatchewan | College of Alberta Psychologists


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    • 58 min
    KASTx Ventures co-founder Mark Starratt (episode 315) | 24 August 2021

    KASTx Ventures co-founder Mark Starratt (episode 315) | 24 August 2021

    Mark combined his professional investment expertise with a family medical condition around a rare brain disease to start a life sciences venture fund with co-founders, Gord Anderson and Dr. Lawrence Korngut. The combined expertise of the founding team makes them uniquely placed to assess and evaluate startups at the ideation stage — including at the research level in the University labs. 

    Such initial startups currently include: 

    Modelis Inc with a focus on drug discovery for rare and genetic diseases 

    Lumiio Inc with a focus on health-related data collection 

    AazeinTx with a focus on oral treatments for acute asthma attacks 

    Pure Life Carbon and its focus on agricultural products that increase crop yields while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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    To learn more about the work of KASTx Ventures, click on one or more of the links below: 

    KASTx Ventures 

    Website | https://kastxventures.com 

    LinkedIn page | https://www.linkedin.com/company/kastx-ventures/ 

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    LinkedIn profile of KASTx founders 

    Mark Starratt | https://www.linkedin.com/in/markstarratt/ 

    Gordon Anderson | https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordon-anderson-b101735b/ 

    Dr. Lawrence Korngut | https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-korngut-64b99137/ 

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    Website of selected portfolio companies 

    Pure Life Carbon | https://purelifecarbon.com 

    Lumiio Inc | https://www.lumiio.com 

    AazeinTx | https://aazeintx.com 

    Modelis Inc | https://modelis.ca 

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    Healthcare | Life Sciences | Healthtech | Biotech | Pharmatech | Biotherapeutics | Research & Development | Universities and Colleges | BioPharmaceuticals | Pharmaceuticals | BioScience | Medicine | NeuroScience | Neuromuscular | Health clinic | Neurology | Hotchkiss Brain Institute | Dataffinity Health | Cumming School of Medicine | Wealth Management | Family Office investments | Angel Investors | Philanthropy | Venture Capital | 


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    Ellie Bianca Beauty with founder, Evelyne Nyairo (Episode 270) | 15 March 2021

    Ellie Bianca Beauty with founder, Evelyne Nyairo (Episode 270) | 15 March 2021

    Evelyne Nyairo enthusiastically shared the origin story of how an extended oil and gas trip in Chad resulted in pivoting to her own business of producing sustainable and socially conscious skin care products.  

    To learn more about Ellie Bianca Beauty, click on one or more of the links below:  

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    Ellie Bianca Beauty  

    Website | https://store.elliebianca.com/
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    nstagram | @elliebiancabeauty  

    Facebook | @EllieBianca   

    Twitter | @EllieBiancaInt  

    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/elliebiancabeauty/  

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    Evelyne Nyairo on LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/evelyne-nyairo-a67bb85/

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    Health and Beauty | Natural Products | Skincare | Women in Business | Women Founders | Female Founder | Omni-Channel | Consumer Products | Face Cream | Hand Cream


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