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Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas - the Rainforest podcast showcases those who are contributing to and / or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Rainforest Alberta is a world-class community of dreamers and doers, connected by a common goal of making Alberta fertile ground for building, developing, and growing innovative ideas into sustainable ventures. https://rainforestab.ca

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Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas - the Rainforest podcast showcases those who are contributing to and / or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta. Rainforest Alberta is a world-class community of dreamers and doers, connected by a common goal of making Alberta fertile ground for building, developing, and growing innovative ideas into sustainable ventures. https://rainforestab.ca

    Val McCarty Hosts Stephen Leber (Affiliate Marketer) on the LIBI Podcast

    Val McCarty Hosts Stephen Leber (Affiliate Marketer) on the LIBI Podcast

    Supporting small business and startups. The struggle is real, Stephen has resources, resources, resources!

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-176-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Val McCarty is in the business of helping organizations visualize, communicate, and execute strategy in real time. Her studies were acquired at both University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University, and encompassed Management, Education, and Human Services, with an aim to continue learning. Her previous experience includes the Financial Sector, Fitness Sector, and Early Childhood Education.  When Val is not at work you can find her outside with her grandkids, or looking forward to the next live jam.

    Guest:  Stephen Leber
    Has been selling tech for over 30 yrs. He got involved in start ups and realized that a lot of them need help with resources. Stephen teamed up with the businesses that provide the best value, and he passes along those services to help start ups and small businesses.

    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.



    Show Links:

    Pocketed (https://hellopocketed.io/)
    Boast (https://boast.ai/)
    Thin Air Labs (https://www.thinairlabs.ca/)
    Kudosee (https://kudosee.com/)
    Ownr (https://www.ownr.co/)

    Show Quotes:

    "I'll just throw a couple of statistics out there. 20% of businesses go broke in the first year. 60% of businesses fail in three years and there's 7,000 businesses that go bankrupt each year in this country. A lot of that could have been avoided if they had the right resources."

    Credits...

    This Episode Sponsored By: New Idea Machine

    Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

    Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan

     

    • 28 min
    Jen Morrison Hosts Samantha Woods (Kaizen Education Services) on the LIBI Podcast

    Jen Morrison Hosts Samantha Woods (Kaizen Education Services) on the LIBI Podcast

    Brains. We all have one. Yet, many of us have never had the chance to explore how our own unique brains work, function, and learn/interact with the world. Join Jen and Sam as they dive into all things brains, learning, entrepreneurship, team, family, loss, and hope. Buckle up for this one!

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-175-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Jennifer Morrison is InceptionU’s learner champion. She has over 11 years of experience as an educator and received her Masters of Educational Leadership from High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, CA. Jen possesses extensive experience in project-based and experiential learning and design thinking. 

    Jen spent many years teaching middle and high school students which provided her with a foundational love of learning and passion for exploration and personal growth. Following her natural curiosity and growth mindset, she honed her leadership skills and dove deep into project based learning during her time at High Tech High.

    As the Learning Catalyst and Lead Program Designer with InceptionU, Jen provides valued leadership, guidance, meaningful connections and an engaging learning environment. She is deeply dedicated to each of the learners and their success. As Simon Sinek says in The Infinite Game, “what good is it having a belly if there's no fire in it? Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work.” 

    Guest: Samantha Woods thrives on helping people be better at work, school and life. For the past two and a half decades, Samantha Woods has served as an inspiring leader to children and adults across the country. She has explored the far reaches of the educational spectrum - teacher to administrator to executive skills coach & now Founder and Director of Kaizen Education Services.

    Utilizing her experiences and nerdy obsession with neuroscience, learning and the brain, Samantha has become a recognized and well-respected authority on executive functioning skills. She has created a comprehensive curriculum in conjunction with a specific style of executive skills coaching and is excited to collaborate with corporations to help their adult learners manage their learning and lives. 


    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.



    Show Links:

    Kaizen Education Services (http://www.kaizeneduc.com)
    Dana Kerford (http://www.seriouslybadasswomen.com/dana-kerford)
    Dr. Aaron Goodarzi (https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/departments/bmb/profiles/dr-aaron-goodarzi)
    Dr. Ross Greene (https://drrossgreene.com/)

    Show Quotes:

    "We are all just walking brains, and we all have different ways. Our brains are functioning in different ways. And it's up to us to understand that. And so IQ can't be a measure of, and I know a lot of people will disagree with me about that, but after 20 something years of working with brains of all ages, it just doesn't matter. It's what you know about yourself and your potential."

    "[Regarding Entrepreneurship being like surfing] like I couldn't get up on the board and then I'm face planting and I can't even find my bathing suit at one point. Like where, where did that go? Right.  I was like, what happened to the birds chirping and the, and the sunset and the like I'm covered in sand and grazes. And I think maybe that is a great analogy for, you know, you have this vision of what it's all going to be like, and then, you know, you have this experience and you

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Val McCarty Hosts Ken King (Boost Innovation) on the LIBI Podcast

    Val McCarty Hosts Ken King (Boost Innovation) on the LIBI Podcast

    Val and Ken have a discussion about measuring the intangible and how A.I. can be used to determine how you really feel compared to how you answered quesions in a survey.

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-174-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Val McCarty is in the business of helping organizations visualize, communicate, and execute strategy in real time. Her studies were acquired at both University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University, and encompassed Management, Education, and Human Services, with an aim to continue learning. Her previous experience includes the Financial Sector, Fitness Sector, and Early Childhood Education.  When Val is not at work you can find her outside with her grandkids, or looking forward to the next live jam.

    Guest: Ken King is the Founder and CEO of Boost Innovation, which he pivoted to after running the Boost Institute for culture training and development. Prior to this he worked with diversity and inclusion consulting company AMPED2Play in Cochrane, AB, Canada. Previous to this he spent 8 years as a collegiate basketball coach and instructor. 

    Ken’s formal education is in Physical and Health Education (BPhEd) and Performance Psychology (MPsych) as well as multiple certificates in organizational culture, structure, analysis, and more. Informally, Ken has spent extended time teaching himself various methods of software development, business development, and marketing. 

    Ken was originally born in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He attended undergraduate school there and where he also began working as a high performance basketball coach at a young age with Ontario/Canada Basketball. Upon becoming a full time college instructor and coach the idea of organizational culture improvement captivated him and he began to build various models that would assist post secondary culture. Through his role there, he was invited to consult with external organizations that were looking to find unique ways to build their culture. This is how he began to look at the various ways that data is collected and applied in these settings and why it is such a key focus for him today.

    Ken lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his Fiancé, two dogs, and their horse. He enjoys staying active in his spare time, watching his favourite teams (Dallas Cowboys, Toronto Raptors/Leafs/Blue Jays), and playing his drums. In the Spring/Summer he also enjoys supporting his Fiancé in her barrel racing career. 

    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.



    Show Links:

    Boost Innovation

    Show Quotes:

    "Doing better, being better, being real. These are all kind of things that probably come back to my dad a little bit, come back to people who've influenced me and come back to really what I think leads to success."

    "if it's a human experiencing something, we are trying to create novel ways to measure that using tech."

    Credits...

    This Episode Sponsored By: New Idea Machine

    Episode Music: Tony Del Degan

    Creator & Producer: Al Del Degan

     

    • 27 min
    Kevin Dahl Hosts Jenna Galloway (Wymbin & Fledge) and Shanika Abeysinghe (Platform Calgary) on the LIBI Podcast

    Kevin Dahl Hosts Jenna Galloway (Wymbin & Fledge) and Shanika Abeysinghe (Platform Calgary) on the LIBI Podcast

    Kevin, Shanika and Jenna talk about their experience and advice as startup founders, what motivated them to launch their startup and the supports available for new founders though the Alberta Catalyzer program.

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-173-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Kevin Dahl is a geek at heart. He loves technology and is fascinated by its impact on society. Kevin's background is peppered with senior roles in business development, sales, product development, operations, and HR. Kevin started building companies while studying at the U of S, and he continued that entrepreneurial drive by jumping into a startup right after graduation...and never looked back. 

    After moving to Calgary Kevin had the opportunity to work as a community builder at then Calgary Technologies Inc - and ultimately returned to industry as a founder and early employee in several startups over the years. He's also been a volunteer with numerous industry groups, and is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs in Calgary's growing tech sector. 

    Kevin is currently a Director in Plug and Play’s Alberta office, where he leads their Sector Agnostic AI/ML program and co-leads their Sustainability and Clean Resources program.

    Guest: Shanika Abeysinghe is a recovering founder and advisor at Platform Calgary.

    She fills her free time with EACH+EVERY, an organization that aims to reduce preventable overdose deaths and help build a more fair and compassionate community by adding the voice of businesses to accelerate drug policy reform.

    She is also host/producer of Get Checkered, a podcast all about Formula One, and serves on the community council for The51.

    Guest: Jenna Galloway is the Founder and Managing Director of Wymbin, a youth wellness and education studio located in Inglewood, Calgary. The studio offers a Licensed Preschool & Kindergarten program, camps, and offerings that support families in allowing their children to thrive during the most crucial developmental years. Wymbin provides comprehensive school wellness programs and professional development opportunities to schools and organizations in Calgary. Wymbin also has development a Yoga Alliance recognized Teacher Training Program and has trained over 800 instructors throughout North America. For more information please visit www.wymbin.com.

    Jenna is also the Founder of BEAM Foundation- a registered charity that provides free access to programs that support wellbeing for young people who may not otherwise have these opportunities. BEAM stands for Balance, Empower, Action, and Movement. Through the provision of programs that integrate physical literacy and emotional competency, BEAM partners with Alberta organizations to support them in providing opportunities for all youth to thrive. For more information please visit www.beamfoundation.ca. 

    After 10 years of experience within the health, education, and wellness industries in Calgary, Jenna identified a gap in the market where Education Technology can be used in a preventative approach to building capacity in young students ages Kindergarten to Grade 3. She is currently working with a team to develop an EdTech platform that can be used at home and in school settings that will build social-emotional competency and functional capacity within young students so that they can face the challenges of daily life with resilience and the ‘tools’ they need. For more information, please visit https://www.fledge.health/.

     

    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcast

    • 31 min
    Al Del Degan Hosts Pam Draper (Bitvo & Pateno) on the LIBI Podcast

    Al Del Degan Hosts Pam Draper (Bitvo & Pateno) on the LIBI Podcast

    The world of finance has not changed much until 2009 when blockchain and cryptocurrencies began to change the way we look at money. Pam Draper leads a company that has embraced this new technology and made it simple and accessible for all Canadians.  

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-172-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Al Del Degan I have been involved in software development for more than 25 years. I have started companies, lead companies and worked for companies - doing many different things. I am honored to be considered a leader in Alberta's innovation ecosystem, and I give back as much, and often as I can. When I am not working or podcasting, you will find me pursuing my passions of photography, crypto investing, and wood working along with the occasional round of golf.

    Guest: Pamela Draper is the President and CEO of Pateno Payments Inc., a firm that provides development solutions in the payments space, as well as the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a crypto asset trading platform launched in Canada in 2018. Prior to joining Pateno and Bitvo, Pamela spent approximately 14 years with top tier Canadian banks, in the areas of corporate and investment banking. Most recently Pamela held the position of Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Capital Markets group in Toronto where she was responsible for assisting North American corporate clients raising capital in public and private markets. Pamela obtained an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Current voluntary positions include acting as a Director for the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women and for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. Pamela also serves as an Advisory Committee Member to Rallie, a financial technology company on a mission to get more women investing.


    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.



    Show Links:

    Bitvo
    Pateno Payments
    The Quadriga Scandal

    Show Quotes:

    "a lot of cryptocurrency platforms we're looking for banking in Canada. And the main one of the time was a company called Quadriga. A lot of people are very familiar with Quadriga, but if you're not Google it, or there's actually an interesting Netflix series on it now called "Trust No One". And it became infamous for the founder, Gerald Cotten, disappearing to India and dying in India of Crohn's disease, so the story goes. But when he did so he took with him $250 million of customer crypto assets."

    "A lot of the crypto asset trading platforms when they started, they started more from the tech perspective and the tech is, is definitely important, but there's a whole side of things from a safety and security perspective that comes from being experienced in handling other people's funds and learning the regulations, which at the time when we started, there were no regulations. Now we're actually a heavily regulated business."

    "his speech was so what I needed to hear. So if anyone else needs to hear that, there going to be crazy highs and crazy lows? And the crazy highs can follow the crazy lows by milliseconds a day or a year."

    "cryptocurrencies get kind of a bad rap, but I think of you could sign up for BMO Investor Line Platform or Quest Trade, et cetera. And by a junior mining or a junior oil and gas stock, or some other emerging technology, and be just as at risk as if you're buying any of the cryptocurrencies"

    Credits..

    • 23 min
    Jen Morrison Hosts Shane Fast (Athennian) on the LIBI Podcast

    Jen Morrison Hosts Shane Fast (Athennian) on the LIBI Podcast

    What challenges are you currently facing in your business? Do you have a reluctance to engage with legal workflows and processes? This week Jen digs in with Shane Fast, Co-Founder and Director of Cloud Security at Athennian. Athennian takes the out of control and complex to automated, efficient, and smooth. With cloud-based entity management, Athennian frees legal teams from manual processes, allowing organizations to scale their entities without scaling their overhead. Learn more about Shane's background in tech, how Athennian came to be, and what's next for this company with big impact.

    For the transcription of this episode please visit: https://www.rainforestab.ca/yyc-blog/podcast-episode-171-transcription

    Thank you for listening to the Leaders, Innovators and Big Ideas podcast, supported by Rainforest Alberta. The podcast that highlights those people who are contributing to and/or supporting the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.

    Host: Jennifer Morrison is InceptionU’s learner champion. She has over 11 years of experience as an educator and received her Masters of Educational Leadership from High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, CA. Jen possesses extensive experience in project-based and experiential learning and design thinking. 

    Jen spent many years teaching middle and high school students which provided her with a foundational love of learning and passion for exploration and personal growth. Following her natural curiosity and growth mindset, she honed her leadership skills and dove deep into project based learning during her time at High Tech High.

    As the Learning Catalyst and Lead Program Designer with InceptionU, Jen provides valued leadership, guidance, meaningful connections and an engaging learning environment. She is deeply dedicated to each of the learners and their success. As Simon Sinek says in The Infinite Game, “what good is it having a belly if there's no fire in it? Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work.” 

    Guest: Shane Fast likes building things and helping people. Working in tech since 2016 has given him the chance to do lots of both. So far, Shane's career has been very rewarding, because of that he wants to keep going and pay it forward. Shane hopes to see the tech ecosystem in Calgary continue to grow and thrive.


    Please be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. If you are interested in being either a host, a guest, or a sponsor of the show, please reach out. We are published in Google Podcasts and the iTunes store for Apple Podcasts We would be grateful if you could give us a rating as it helps spread the word about the show.



    Show Links:

    Athennian
    Shane's article on interviewing 100 people

    Show Quotes:

    "We [Athennian] serve to give superpowers to paralegals and legal teams across North America."

    "We landed on a few key things that have been built into our values and hiring process. The three big things are diligent builder, focused creatives, and ambitious learners. There are built in contradictions which is intentional to ensure that we are conscious about growing our team with a balance of skills, energies, and mindsets."

    "I tell people about the original sins in our codebase all the time. While we have solved a lot of them, dealing with technical debt is always a bit unfortunate and at the same time, they provide great growth opportunities for our team."

    "The software industry keeps you humble. You have to be adaptable and flexible, especially as an entrepreneur."

    "The 7262 Conference was inspired by a production outage last year. We gathered as a team, all the engineers on one call, and the only error we had was error 7262. While it's an inside joke and we were all humbled by the experience, it is representative of our team coming together and collaborating to figure things out. In this spirit is why we have named and created the Athennian 7262 Conference."

    Credits...

    This Episode Sponsored By: New Idea Machine

    • 49 min

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