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Starting with One: Ep 14 – Special Edition – Looking for the Silver Lining with Ian Ash



Ian Ash, co-founder of market research agency DIG Insights, joins Robin and Al in a discussion addressing the changing consumer landscape during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Ian reviews the findings of DIGs ongoing tracking studies which take a deep look into consumer responses to COVID-19 and how this has impacted behaviours and perceptions. Looking for new ways to innovate and adopting new attitudes in the current environment is the key to economic advantage & recovery.


Starting with One: Ep 12 – Special Edition – ‘Understanding the challenges of temporary layoffs’ with Rich Appiah



Many businesses are resorting to temporary layoffs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, causing real anxiety for both employers and employees concerning what will happen next. Employment lawyer Rich Appiah joins Robin and Al to better explain the challenges and misconceptions surrounding temporary layoffs, as legal rights and Common Law rules continue to be tested.


Starting with One: Ep11 – SPECIAL EDITION – A slow return to the ‘Next Normal’



In today’s episode, Robin and Al are joined by Ian Ash – a Co-Founder of Dig Insights, one of Canada’s fastest growing companies – in a conversation summarizing business strategies and realistic expectations as we head towards an uncertain future. Ian discusses the reality of managing staff remotely, adapting to change, and overcoming the barriers to recovery. We hope you enjoy it.  Stay well. Stay safe!


Starting with One: Ep10 – Minimizing the impact of Passive Income Rules with Louis Isabella



Louis Isabella joins Robin and Al to discuss the impact of Passive Investment Income rules on small business owners and the investment strategies that can ensure you’re staying on-side of the rules while reducing/managing your taxable income.


Starting with One: Ep9 – SPECIAL EDITION – Survive & Thrive with Lori Cammerota



In this special edition of Starting with One, Lori Cammerota of Open Doorz Strategy joins Robin and Al to discuss the immediate challenges that business owners are now facing due to the global crisis brought on by the Coronavirus outbreak. How do we look past the ‘doom and gloom’ and begin to stabilize ourselves and then others who depend on us? A new level of leadership will be required to help us find positive opportunities and remain optimistic while adjusting to our new reality.


Starting with One: Ep7 – “Never Outlive your Money” with Scott Edgington



In this episode, industry expert Scott Edgington returns to discuss the benefits of guaranteed income streams with Al & Robin. The discussion includes longevity risks, the challenges of investment inflation, annuities and lifetime income benefits as well as the importance of talking with an advisor so you won’t outlive your money!


Starting with One: Ep6 – Group Retirement Programs with Alex Bertola



Join Al & Robin as they discuss Group Retirement Programs with Alex Bertola of Manulife Financial.  Learn the difference between the 3 plan types and how benchmark reports can help enhance employee participation & contributions, while better addressing the different needs of your company and employees. It’s no longer One Size Fits All!


The Benefits Corner: Episode 29-James Malliaros



How do you create “magic” in your corporate culture, and how do you actually get employees excited and talking about their benefit plans?  Tune in to hear how today’s guest did just that, and in a fairly short amount of time to boot!   James Malliaros is the Managing Director for myWorld Canada.  A self proclaimed “citizen of the world”, it is quickly evident that James’ global career has prepared him well to implement best practices that he has encountered on his journey.  In a world where companies are fighting for talent, it’s easy to see why employees at myWorld have embraced their new program.  I enjoyed this conversation immensely.  I hope you enjoy it. RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 28-Alex Bertola Manulife



What have you always wanted to know about Group Retirement Plans but have been too afraid to ask?  Well, let me introduce you to your new best friend, Alex Bertola.  He has been Account Executive at Manulife for the last 13 years.  Alex has had exposure to both U.S. as well as Canadian programs.   As such, his experience has made him a great resource to both advisors as well as their clients.  Be sure to tune in to find out what types of plans exist today, as well as the pro’s and cons of each.   We also chat about the “right time” to implement a plan and what’s in it for both employers and employees.  Finally, you’ll hear us joking around about putting Alex in a boardroom with a whiteboard, trust me, you want to see the magic in person.  He’s certainly one of the reasons I enjoy this industry so much….you meet some great people along the way.  I hope you enjoy it! RB


The Benefits Corner: Episode 27-Julie Gaudry RBC Insurance



As Head of the Group Life & Health business at RBC Insurance, Julie leads a team with overall responsibility for the product development and strategic direction for RBC Insurance’s Group Benefit Solutions.  With a focus on innovation and thought-leadership, her team is committed to differentiating RBC through product and service enhancements that make it easier for clients to lead a healthy lifestyle, manage their benefit programs, and return to health if faced with a serious medical condition.  This is an episode you won’t want to miss.  From learning about Julie’s unique journey in wellness and healthcare, to current innovations in employee benefits, to where she feels the industry as a whole is headed in the near future.  I had such a great time chatting with Julie.  I hope you enjoy it. RB