Category Archives: Business Leaders

Success Leaves Clues: Ep 60 with CEO & Founder, Emmanuel Efraimidis



Emmanuel Efraimidis is a serial entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of The Complete Group of Companies, one of the largest and fastest-growing HVAC and Energy Management Organizations providing integrated solutions and unparalleled expertise in concentrated areas of energy services. He shares the key components of his success with Robin and Al, as well as explores the obstacles and challenges every entrepreneur faces when the stakes are high. Emmanuel brings with him over 25 years of executive leadership experience with Fortune 100 organizations, spanning various industries including energy management, telecommunications, construction, and software. Emmanuel’s passion is centred on being a market leader and creating long-term value and excellence for both clients and employees alike.

Sponsored by Aria Benefits and Life & Legacy Advisory Group


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 59 with martial artist, business owner, podcaster, & author, Eliot Marshall



Retired American mixed martial artist, Eliot Marshall, Owner/General Manager at Easton Training Center, understands the struggle that many of us face today. He has always been a fighter—from overcoming the bullies and bigots who targeted his heritage, to using his martial-arts prowess to become part of the UFC—but beneath this badass exterior, and despite his success as a business owner and coach, Eliot has dealt with crippling anxiety, insomnia and depression. Relying on support from his friends and family in conjunction with on-going therapy, he has been able to overcome his anxiety and now seeks to share his journey and inspire others.

In his book “The Gospel of Fire,” Eliot shares his story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. In this candid conversation with Robin, Eliot shares some of these experiences as well as the tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair.

Sponsored by Aria Benefits and Life & Legacy Advisory Group


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 58 with guest Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR



Robin welcomes guest Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR who brings nearly two decades of marketing and technology experience to the table. The whole concept of work is changing, and BambooHR is right in the middle of it all. From recruitment and onboarding to performance management and employee engagement, the BambooHR cloud platform is a leading end-to-end system for the entire employee lifecycle for small to medium-sized businesses. Amy talks about the many unique workplace initiatives at BambooHR, part of their employee experience evolution, as well as the importance of holding themselves accountable to each other and their customers.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 57 with guest Evan Hallward, Co-founder and CEO at Aboard



Evan Hallward, Co-founder & CEO at startup Aboard, subscribes to the idea that technology will continue to shape and change this world for the better. As someone who feels most at home surrounded by people, he aims to be on the forefront of how we use technology and digital services to connect better, work better, and live better. He and his business partner started Aboard in 2019 to address the often missing or painfully unengaging onboarding experiences many employees receive. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that a solution to enable better employee experiences, from their 1st day to the day they offboard, was essential. Aboard is an employer branded platform that facilitates and delivers better new hire experiences by automating communications and tasks so you can spend more time connecting with your people.


SPECIAL EDITION – Ep 56 – The Legal Considerations of Return-to-Work Vaccine Policies – with guest, Employment Lawyer, Rich Appiah



The debate over vaccines continues to be a divisive topic that touches on our most basic interactions with one another. Employment Lawyer Rich Appiah provides guidance and answers to many questions surrounding the legal requirements & obligations pertaining to this issue. Business owners must continue to make difficult decisions regarding the health and safety of their employees. Communication is key, as is building a community of workers & colleagues who genuinely lookout and care for one another.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 54 with guests Karim Nassar and Ali Reyhany, Co-Founders, Mednow.ca



Mednow.ca is a virtual care startup revolutionizing the pharmacy experience across Canada. Mednow connects modern consumers with local pharmacies for a fast, safe, and free experience without ever having to leave their homes. Founded in 2019 by Ali Reyhany and Karim Nassar, Mednow is pairing virtual access with exceptional care giving patients access to a network of pharmacies across Canada, free at-home delivery of medications (and all pharmacy products), a specialized PillSmart system that packages prescriptions and vitamins by date and time, as well as access to telemedicine virtual care. In part due to the pandemic, Mednow is at the forefront of delivering solutions that are not only responding to present day demands, but are also leading the way to new and innovative virtual health services for the future.


SPECIAL EDITION – Starting with One: Ep. 53 with guest Al McDonald, Co-Founder & Partner, Life & Legacy Advisory Group



In this special edition of the Starting with One Podcast, Robin Bailey interviews his business partner & co-host, Al McDonald whose passion for riding has taken him far beyond the roads and pathways of Ontario. More importantly, Al is joining other cyclists across Canada in the Great Cycle Challenge – one of the biggest cycling events across Canada – committing himself to ride 500km throughout August while raising funds to end childhood cancer. Every hill he climbs and every kilometre he pedals will be to honour young lives lost and to stand with those brave kids still fighting to survive. These kids won’t give up, and neither will he.

To donate please visit Al’s Great Cycle Challenge page: https://greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/AlMcDonald – All funds raised go to support the work of SickKids Foundation to provide care, develop treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.

Brought to you by Life & Legacy Advisory Group* & Aria Benefits.

*Life and Legacy will match every donation up to a total of $1500 so please join the fight in helping to end kids’ cancer. 


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 51 with guest Vino Jeyapalan, Founder & CEO at Kabo Fresh Dog Food



With a knack for establishing new and highly successful ventures, Vino Jeyapalan’s newest entrepreneurial start-up, Kabo, has become Canada’s largest direct-to-consumer fresh dog food brand. In his conversation with hosts Robin and Al, Vino talks about his mission to improve the life of dogs while advancing opportunities and innovations in customer experience as he aims to expand Kabo.co beyond its own line of pet food into the pet health space. No stranger to the world of solutions management, Vino spent over 8 years working in scaling consumer product startups at Facebook and Instagram that led to him being awarded Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2016.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 50 with guest, CEO Jeff Cates of Achievers



Jeff Cates, CEO and President of Achievers, an industry-leading employee engagement solution provider that accelerates a culture of performance, joins Robin and Al for a conversation detailing his passion for the start-up industry and advocacy efforts for entrepreneurialism. After being named CEO in April 2019, Jeff quickly led Achievers to new product and global growth. Jeff’s expertise for creating environments where employees can do the best work of their lives has helped Achievers receive multiple employer awards: Top 50 Best Workplaces™ in Canada, Best Workplaces™ for Women, and Best Workplaces™ for Inclusion.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 49 with guests Zack Brown & Valentina De Castris, of Dialogue Healthcare Services



Robin & Al welcome guests Zack Brown, Vice President, Sales & Valentina De Castris, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Dialogue Healthcare Services, a virtual primary care platform founded with the mission to improve wellbeing by reducing barriers to quality care. As the largest and fastest-growing telemedicine company in Canada, Dialogue provides convenient, virtual access to a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals for Canadian companies who care. By empowering employees to be proactive about their physical and mental health, businesses can reap the significant benefits associated with happier and healthier employees. A benefit that is more important than ever!