Erica Rankin describes herself as “a bit of a weir-dough.” Founder & CEO at Bro Dough, Erica took her passion for her favourite childhood treat and turned it into a growing business, creating a unique product for consumers who prioritize their health & fitness goals but still want to indulge in a tasty nutritious snack. Her vision was to create a world where someone can eat an entire jar of cookie dough and still feel good about themselves – proof that with a little entrepreneurial spirit, you can have your dough, and eat it too!
Dean Benard’s passion for inspiring change and developing innovative strategies have led him on a mission to build a coaching platform for guiding others to excel as investigators, conflict resolvers, and leaders. A 17+ year entrepreneur, Dean has earned a reputation as an expert in investigations and mediation and is routinely sought after for speaking engagements, mentoring and training. He share’s his experience and challenges with Robin and Al and discusses the driving forces that led him to become a highly successful 17+ year entrepreneur.
As Senior Vice-President of Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial, Dave Jones leads Canada’s largest provider of group benefits for over 23,000 organizations, covering over three million Canadians and their families. He joins Robin & Al for a timely conversation surrounding the mental health crisis faced by many this past year, as business owners work diligently to remove barriers to mental healthcare services for their employees. Leadership committment is crucial to the development, implementation, and sustainability of workplace initiatives, especially those related to healthcare.
Ghassan Halazon’s ability to remain patient & resilient is just one of the inspirational driving forces behind his success. Founder and CEO at Emerge, recognized as Canada’s Fastest Growing E-Commerce Startups on the Startup 50 A list of top growth Companies in Canada, Ghassan is a decorated e-commerce entrepreneur with a decade worth of scaling some of Canada’s most coveted e-commerce brands. He keeps it authentic with Robin & Al as he relates his unique perspective and lessons learned throughout his entrepreneurial journey.
Recognizing the inspirational efforts of Women in Leadership, Al & Robin welcome guest Fatima Zaidi, Founder & CEO of Quill for Podcasters, with over ten years of experience in business development, marketing, and strategy. Named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 under 30 marketers and brand developers, Fatima regularily shares her knowledge as a media commentator and speaker all while guiding enterprise level marketing teams looking to better understand and capitalize on the world of podcasting. They say a good leader not only inspires their team, but also the world!
Channeling his passion as a tradesman into building a thriving & successful company, Craig Ryan, President of Versatile Millwrights, epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit. He joins Robin & Al for a conversation on what made him strive to achieve his business goals and how he avoids stress by time spent doing the things he loves most.
With an unwavering belief in supporting folks who suffer from conditions that conflict with alcohol consumption, Terry Donnelly, CEO of Hill Street Beverage Company, produces some of the world’s best-tasting, alcohol-free and cannabis-infused wines and beers. These incredible products have won numerous medals and accolades including three Gold Medals, two Silvers and one Bronze at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, a prestigious Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Challenge, and the Retail Council of Canada’s Grand Prix award. Facing life’s challenges with a half-cocked grin, Terry brings over twenty years experience managing public companies, with a background in marketing, sales, and brand building and explains how entrepreneurs can harness brand power to turn their companies into global leaders – with a glass of wine or an ice-cold beer in hand.
“We enhance the lives of many, and it all starts with one…”
This episode is sponsored by Life & Legacy Advisory Group and Aria Benefits.
Talk about a turning point! Named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30, Erin Bury went from a degree in journalism and career in marketing to the autonomy of entrepreneurship as founder & CEO of estate planning startup Willful. The online platform makes it affordable, convenient, and easy for Canadians to create a legal will online, providing simplified end of life planning services.
Erin discusses her enterprising path with Robin and Al and describes her growing passion for empowering families while promoting awareness, education and technical innovation as we get ever closer to the precipice of the greatest generational wealth transfer in history.