35 episodes

The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert Gair Maxwell, explores real-life stories from leaders across the business spectrum. It’s an intimate discovery of how they shift between triumphs, struggles, failures, disruptions and future opportunities on a daily basis. Each episode is a revealing conversation about the life of business and the business of life; up close and personal in a way that leaves both the audience and the guest surprised by what they uncover.

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The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert Gair Maxwell, explores real-life stories from leaders across the business spectrum. It’s an intimate discovery of how they shift between triumphs, struggles, failures, disruptions and future opportunities on a daily basis. Each episode is a revealing conversation about the life of business and the business of life; up close and personal in a way that leaves both the audience and the guest surprised by what they uncover.

    Leading Mitochondrial Disease Advocacy and Research with Blaine Penny

    Leading Mitochondrial Disease Advocacy and Research with Blaine Penny

    In this episode of The Leadership Standard podcast, host Gair Maxwell and guest Blaine Penny discuss his current focus as the CEO of Lumiio Inc.—helping patient organizations, academic research groups, and pharmaceutical companies design world-class digital health programs to accelerate outcomes that impact patient care.

    Blaine’s involvement in rare disease advocacy and research began in 2008 with the tragic onset of mitochondrial disease in his then 4-year-old son, Evan. Today, Evan is a quadriplegic and is unable to talk or eat. No one knows what his future holds, but Blaine is committed to giving his son the best life possible. Motivated to help others going through similar experiences, Blaine co-founded the MitoCanada Foundation in 2009. Since then, they have raised over $4 million to advance mitochondrial medicine and are building a MitoCommunity connecting patients, scientists, clinicians, and industry.

    Blaine is a one-of-a-kind personality, who has been recognized for his achievements via Avenue Calgary Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, is the recipient of 6 Guinness World Records, and is an elite ultra-marathon runner competing on the international stage.

    Join us for an unforgettable conversation as we celebrate one of the most inspiring people in our world and someone who has made it his life’s work to make humanity better than he found it.

    ABOUT MITOCANADA
    MitoCanada is constantly developing resources to help protect, enhance and restore mitochondrial health. They introduce initiatives and opportunities to not only understand mitochondrial disease but inspire, empower and connect those in our community to enhance lives. Proudly advocating for those living with mitochondrial disease, MitoCanada funds essential research that is patient-focused and transformational.

    ABOUT LUMIIO
    Lumiio helps patient organizations, academic research groups, and pharmaceutical companies design world-class digital health programs to accelerate outcomes that impact patient care.

    About The Leadership Standard Podcast
    The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert Gair Maxwell, features in-depth conversations with subject matter experts all across the business spectrum.

    Featuring thought leadership and actionable insights to challenge your assumptions – and inspiring stories of business triumphs, struggles, and perseverance that provide a motivational push – every episode of The Leadership Standard is a revealing discussion about the life of business and the business of life.

    • 53 min
    Disrupting a Billion Dollar Industry | Toni Desrosiers, Abeego Founder & CEO

    Disrupting a Billion Dollar Industry | Toni Desrosiers, Abeego Founder & CEO

    This episode of The Leadership Standard podcast with host Gair Maxwell features an inspiring conversation with Toni Desrosiers—a Canadian entrepreneur who disrupted the billion-dollar plastic wrap industry by inventing the first reusable beeswax food wrap: Abeego.

    Becoming the trailblazer of a global movement, Toni has been featured on Dragon’s Den (watch her pitch here!), won the 2018 TELUS Trailblazer Award, had Abeego named the Best Reusable Food Wrap by America’s Test Kitchen, named a Woman of Influence, and so much more.

    Those 14 years ago, Toni Desrosiers was looking for a natural way to store her food and ended up discovering a way to disrupt the fully mature, billion-dollar industry of plastic wrap. Through extensive experimentation (and looking to lemon peels, cheese rinds, and onion skins for inspiration) she developed Abeego, the sustainable food wrap on a mission to “Keep Food Alive” by protecting it from air, light, and moisture while allowing it to breathe. The self-adhesive wrap can last over a year with proper care (hand-washed with cold water).

    HEAR TONI’S INSIGHT ON:


    [7:33] The difficulty of disrupting a billion-dollar industry & sticking to your gut
    [10:41] Why she made the intentional decision NOT to patent her invention
    [13:59] How she had to “Kill Her Darlings” and what this can do for business
    [18:02] How having a “typical male’s name” has given her the upper hand in some business scenarios (like Dragon’s Den!)
    [22:47] What advice she would give to other women on their entrepreneurial journey
    [30:49] Why Abeego is a B Corp certified company implementing socially and environmentally responsible practices into every aspect of business
    [23:35] Her definition of leadership

    ABOUT ABEEGO
    Abeego is the original reusable beeswax food wrap that keeps fresh food for longer than ever imagined. Sold online and in countries around the globe, it’s your ticket to reducing food waste at home. Learn more on the Abeego website here!

    • 48 min
    Why Technology Needs Gender Diversity with Kylie Woods

    Why Technology Needs Gender Diversity with Kylie Woods

    This episode of The Leadership Standard podcast with host Gair Maxwell features an inspiring conversation with Kylie Woods, empowering voice for women in tech and Founder of Chic Geek—a welcoming non-profit organization and community for women exploring technology and entrepreneurship. Named one of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, Metro News’ “Calgary Heroes”, and Alberta Venture’s “Need to Know”, Kylie is an avid learner, a tenacious question-asker, and an empowering voice for women in STEM.

    Where did Kylie’s goal to build gender diversity in tech stem from, you might wonder? Well, not only are there not enough women in tech, the industry is losing the ones it does have—women are 2X as likely to quit the tech industry as men. If this attrition could be reduced by even just a quarter, 220,000 women would be put back into STEM. Sitting at the intersection of retaining the current women in tech to create leadership positions and building role model opportunities to encourage the recruitment of more women, Chic Geek is creating an inclusive space where women’s careers and lives can thrive.

    Throughout this episode, Kylie provides insight on:


    How to raise capital for your small business
    Her biggest mistake as an entrepreneur and why it still brings her shame
    Why investing in relationships is critical
    Kylie’s experience in “The Messy Middle”—the moment when you realize you have come too far to turn around and look forward to see an impossibly long journey
    The impact Chic Geek has made on women in tech

    Sitting on the advisory committee for the Chiu School of Business Dean’s Strategic Advisory Committee at the Bow Valley College, The51 Community Council, the Calgary Innovation Coalition Board, and the Women’s Economic Recovery Advisory Committee with the Status of Women, Kylie is a thought leader in the technology gender diversity space.

    ABOUT CHIC GEEK

    Chic Geek exists to build gender diversity in technology. Through programs, events, services, and partnerships, they create connections that help intermediate women in technology achieve thriving and meaningful careers. Learn more on the Chic Geek website here!

    About The Leadership Standard Podcast
    The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert Gair Maxwell, features in-depth conversations with subject matter experts all across the business spectrum.

    Featuring thought leadership and actionable insights to challenge your assumptions – and inspiring stories of business triumphs, struggles, and perseverance that provide a motivational push – every episode of The Leadership Standard is a revealing discussion about the life of business and the business of life.

    • 50 min
    Leadership, Health, and the Lessons for Entrepreneurs with Yuri Elkaim

    Leadership, Health, and the Lessons for Entrepreneurs with Yuri Elkaim

    This episode of The Leadership Standard podcast with host Gair Maxwell features an inspiring conversation with Yuri Elkaim, NY Times Novelist and CEO of Healthpreneur®.

    Yuri Elkaim's journey into health and business was inevitable. After dealing with a host of health issues as a teenager, he eventually lost all of his hair at 17 years old to an autoimmune condition. This, along with his passion for sports (which led him down the path of playing professional soccer in his early 20s), propelled him into the health and fitness field.

    Yuri’s authentic and caring approach has allowed him to build a successful online health empire that went on to help more than 500,000 people to reach better health, while also providing him the platform to write 3 bestselling books and share his message on major media outlets like Dr. Oz and The Doctors. In 2018, he sold this health business after 13 years at the helm.

    Throughout this episode, Yuri reveals more about how his journey in the health and wellness industry began, how he approaches business and strategic growth in his own business and the businesses of his clients, and his tips for both successful and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    • 59 min
    Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work with Robin Bender

    Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work with Robin Bender

    This episode of The Leadership Standard podcast with host Gair Maxwell features a candid conversation with Robin Bender, Founder of Mega Health at Work.

    When thinking about the future of your business, creating strategies for employee satisfaction is one of the main pillars of growth. When leadership falls short on these demands, businesses often suffer from absenteeism, challenges with employee retention, lack of motivation, and an overall unhappy work environment.

    As an NCS Certified Corporate Consultant, Robin Bender and Gair Maxwell discuss how your organization can thrive by inspiring an inside-out approach to wellness and productivity. They also discuss how businesses can create a positive work environment that encourages employees to be more engaged in their jobs and life at large. Additionally, Robin provides tips for leaders who are trying to improve employee satisfaction in the workplace.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Must Continue with Darrell Fox

    Why Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Must Continue with Darrell Fox

    In our latest episode of The Leadership Standard podcast, host Gair Maxwell sits down with Darrell Fox, Senior Advisor at the Terry Fox Research Institute and younger brother of Terry Fox.

    It was on April 12th, 1980, that Terry dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean and proceeded to unite Canadians in a way never before, nor since, seen. When Darrell turned 17, he joined his brother Terry and his best friend Doug Alward on his Marathon of Hope in Saint John, New Brunswick.

    Terry Fox would cover 5,300 kilometers (3,339 miles) over 143 days before his cancer returned and forced him to stop running.

    By tuning in, listeners and viewers can expect to discover:

    •The origins of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope

    •How Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope proceeded to unite Canadians

    •The significance of September to Darrell Fox and the Terry Fox Research Institute

    •The opportunity for future generations to make a difference

    •How Darrell Fox defines the word "leadership"

    •The question that every leader should be asking themselves

    ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP STANDARD PODCAST

    The Leadership Standard, hosted by TEC Canada speaker and branding expert Gair Maxwell, features in-depth conversations with subject matter experts all across the business spectrum.

    Featuring thought leadership and actionable insights to challenge your assumptions – and inspiring stories of business triumphs, struggles, and perseverance that provide a motivational push – every episode of The Leadership Standard is a revealing discussion about the life of business and the business of life.

    • 59 min

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