55 episodes

Mission Critical is a podcast hosted by Bay Street Bull Editor-in-Chief Lance Chung about the purpose and values that drive today's most inspiring leaders. From innovative entrepreneurs to cultural game-changers, each episode will introduce you to someone new who is defining their community and redefining the status quo.

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Mission Critical is a podcast hosted by Bay Street Bull Editor-in-Chief Lance Chung about the purpose and values that drive today's most inspiring leaders. From innovative entrepreneurs to cultural game-changers, each episode will introduce you to someone new who is defining their community and redefining the status quo.

    Leah MacNab (Managing Director, NBA Canada): How to Lead a Sports Organization With Empathy and Impact

    Leah MacNab (Managing Director, NBA Canada): How to Lead a Sports Organization With Empathy and Impact

    If you’re a basketball fan and a Canadian, few experiences will ever be able to match what happened in the summer of 2019. In the best-of-seven playoff series, the Toronto Raptors (Canada’s only basketball team) went on to defeat two-time defending and six-time NBA championship winners the Golden State Warriors. It was a season of many firsts, including the first championship win for the Toronto Raptors, as well as the first win by any NBA team based outside of the States. It was also a barometer of basketball’s growing influence within Canada’s sports culture ecosystem, historically dominated by hockey. 

    Much of that influence can be attributed to the efforts made on the ground and from the offices of NBA Canada, led by Managing Director (and this episode's guest), Leah MacNab. 

    The first woman in the Managing Director position in Canada, Leah’s responsibilities are no small undertaking. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen the development and growth of the league’s business in Canada, including television and digital media, marketing and retail partnerships, licensing, special events, and basketball development. Under her leadership and tenure, the league’s revenue and marketable database in Canada have grown significantly.

    In the third installment of the Mission Critical Live podcast series, Lance was joined by Leah in front of an intimate audience of entrepreneurs and leaders at Toronto’s Clio social club to talk about advocating for yourself, what responsibilities an organization like NBA Canada has to its community, and the ways in which the league is leveraging technology to drive a more streamlined fan experience.

    • 41 min
    Ian Rosen (President, Harry Rosen): How to Lead a Family Empire Into the Future

    Ian Rosen (President, Harry Rosen): How to Lead a Family Empire Into the Future

    There are a handful of consumer brands here in Canada that have established themselves as captains of their respective industries. Iconic institutions that have not only withstood the test of time but have also known how to adapt and evolve with the changing tides of culture and commerce. Harry Rosen is one of them. 

    Take a stroll in any high-end mall, financial district, or along a luxurious retail promenade here in Canada and chances are, you’ll see one of their instantly recognizable shopping bags, stuffed with garments from today’s most revered menswear brands like Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Loro Piana, Zegna, and more. And despite their ascent to the top of the industry, Harry Rosen has managed to operate as a family business since they were established by their namesake founder in 1954. Fast-forward to 2022 and they’re still at the top of their game. From outfitting Prime Ministers and NBA legends to dressing today’s most stylish men, their influence is sizeable. 

    On this episode, Lance is joined by Ian Rosen, President, COO, and third-generation leader at the iconic institution. In the second installment of our Mission Critical live podcast series, Ian joined Lance in front of an intimate crowd of entrepreneurs and leaders at Toronto’s Clio social club to talk about his style essentials, leading a heritage brand into the future, and the key to successfully working with your family.

    • 45 min
    Khushboo Jha (CEO, BuyProperly): How to Fast Track Your Path to Homeownership

    Khushboo Jha (CEO, BuyProperly): How to Fast Track Your Path to Homeownership

    When it comes to real estate, everyone has an opinion on the matter. To buy or not to buy? Invest now or wait for the bubble to burst? Rent or own? And let’s not even get started on these interest rates…

    One thing that remains largely unanimous is the increasing difficulty of being able to tap into the market, to get your foot in the door and assume the mantle of property owner. That’s where today’s guest, Khushbhoo Jha, comes in. 

    The CEO of Toronto-based tech startup, BuyProperly, Khushboo and her team are revolutionizing the real estate landscape by democratizing access to ownership. Through a model known as fractional investing, real estate investors can buy into properties in a way similar to buying shares or stocks of a company, except that company, in this case, might be a one-bedroom condo in Toronto or a multi-residential complex in Houston.  

    In the very first installment of our Mission Critical live event series, Lance speaks with Khushboo at Toronto’s Clio social club in front of an intimate crowd of entrepreneurs and leaders about leveraging the power of technology to solve problems, fractional investing in real estate, and how Canadians can get started on their homeownership journey. Enjoy!

    • 49 min
    Brad Wilson (CEO, Ace Hotel Group): How Can Hotels Foster Cultural Communion?

    Brad Wilson (CEO, Ace Hotel Group): How Can Hotels Foster Cultural Communion?

    Hotels are so much more than places where we choose to rest our heads. Traveler or not, today they serve as cultural institutions—multi-hyphenate anchors within our communities that serve as a destination to break bread, share drink, collaborate, inspire, build, and forge cherished memories.

    Brad Wilson is the CEO and co-parter of Ace Hotel Group and the brand’s in-house creative agency Atelier Ace. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re a group of hotels known for their charm, collaboration, and whimsicality, choosing to open new locations in cities that serve as hubs of innovation and art. In his opinion, today’s leading hotels serve not just as a place of room and board, but as destinations for discovery and curiosity that facilitate cultural communion. 

    On the heels of their first foray into Canada, Lance sits down with Brad to talk about good hospitality, how hotels bring community together, and, of course, the Ace Hotel Toronto. Enjoy!

    • 45 min
    Rami Atallah (CEO, SSENSE): How to Influence Culture Using Technology

    Rami Atallah (CEO, SSENSE): How to Influence Culture Using Technology

    Rami Atallah is the CEO and co-founder of SSENSE, a technology platform that focuses on nurturing emerging talent while simultaneously championing today’s most powerful and established luxury brands.

    What started as part of his computer engineering graduate thesis, Rami founded SSENSE alongside his brothers, Firas and Bassel, to address the needs of the new generation of consumers. They wanted to build a platform that was, in his words, "interesting, pushed boundaries, and leveraged the internet to reach a global customer base."

    Today, the company has a valuation of over $5 billion, carries 1,600 brands ranging from Gucci to Balenciaga, and employs over 1,750 people in permanent positions.

    An immigrant from Syria, Rami’s journey is one that exemplifies the power of harnessing diverse perspectives and skill sets, and using your work as a springboard for talent in order to usher a new generation of leaders. 

    Recorded live at the SSENSE headquarters in Montreal on set for our 50 most impactful companies cover shoot, Lance sits down with Rami to talk about his immigrant and entrepreneurial journey, how he uses his engineering background to solve problems, and the future of luxury, commerce, and culture. 

    • 37 min
    Ryan Serhant (Founder, SERHANT.): What Will the Real Estate Brokerage of the Future Look Like?

    Ryan Serhant (Founder, SERHANT.): What Will the Real Estate Brokerage of the Future Look Like?

    Like any other industry that has remained largely unchanged in the way it operates and functions, it’s an exciting time to talk about real estate right now. Not just because of how hot this or that market is or rising interest rates, but because of the increasing impact that technology and innovation are having on the sector. Real estate agents are, by any measure, entrepreneurs. And entrepreneurs love to solve problems. Just ask Ryan Serhant.Ryan made a mainstream name for himself thanks to his starring role in the Bravo series Million Dollar Listing New York and its spin-off Sell It Like Serhant. Yet as one of the world’s most successful real estate brokers, his credentials surpass the bright lights of the Bravo production. He’s also the founder of SERHANT., a vertically-integrated mega brokerage comprising an in-house film studio, technology platform, education arm, and marketing division. In his view, the future of real estate goes far beyond just selling a property. It’s about utilizing technology, creating media, and forging real human connections. On this episode, Ryan and Lance discuss his approach to real estate, how technology is impacting the sector, and what the brokerages of the future will look like. Also, what’s a low-rent habit? 

    • 18 min

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