Category Archives: Employee health

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 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.


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!


Success Leaves Clues: Ep. 37 ~ featuring Dave Jones, Senior Vice President Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial



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.


Starting with One: Ep. 31 – Health by Design with Kim MacFarlane



In this episode of Starting with One, Al & Robin speak with Kim MacFarlane, Group Assistant VP, Benefits Product & Digital Experiences at Manulife Global.  Kim summarizes Manulife’s exciting new philosophy promoting enhanced employee health and wellness through their proactive care model: Health by Design. This new plan helps clients navigate their own individual health journey using the latest in science and technology to deliver the right care, at the right time to each employee. This evolving strategy helps employers & business owners prevent long term absences and workplace disruptions while inspiring healthy habits.

“We enhance the lives of many, and it all starts with one…”

This episode is sponsored by Life & Legacy Advisory Group and Aria Benefits.


Starting with One: Ep. 24 ~ Success Leaves Clues – Vince Danielsen



We proudly introduce the first episode of our new Starting with One series: Success Leaves Clues, where we will take you on a journey of discovery as we learn about the inspiring lives of different people, from all walks of life, who share one thing in common – success! Join us as we relate powerful and motivational stories of adversity & triumph and learn how various definitions of success all lead to making a difference – in both your own life and the lives of others.

In this episode, Robin & Al welcome Vince Danielsen, Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeder and President & CEO of Wello, a Canadian virtual telemedicine service. Vince discusses his amazing path from cancer survivor to entrepreneur and describes how having a mission in life gives you the stability and purpose to overcome challenges while maintaining a positive mind space.

“We enhance the lives of many, and it all starts with one…”

This episode is sponsored by Life & Legacy Advisory Group and Aria Benefits.