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.
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.
Michael Ash’s strategically creative ideas were a bit ahead of their time and he learned very quickly as a young graduate that the road to success is definitely not straight. Fortunately, he never gave up on his dreams, no matter what walls he came up against, eventually landing as brand and marketing strategy director at The Local Collective. Having recently won a Grand Prix at the Shopper Innovation + Activation Awards with Local, Michael has worked on advertising campaigns for some of the worlds most famous brands and startups, such as Cadillac, Mercedes, Mazda, Samsung, truLocal and Pizza Pizza to name a few and he remains focused on his mission to help client partners unlock the power of brand building through innovative digital marketing.
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.
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.
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!
Nick Spina began his dynamic entrepreneurial journey shovelling snow and mowing lawns for his neighbours as a teenager to bar-tending/managing in his early 20’s to owning and operating hospitality companies at the tender age of 23. He launched LiveFit Foods, Canada’s leading, fully-cooked, chef-prepared meal service in 2015, starting with just 100 meals a week and 2 employees. Fast forward to 2021 and LiveFit now boasts 200+ employees, serving over 50,000 meals every week.
Brimming with positivity and entrepreneurial spirit, Clint Israel, President of CAMERON’S Brewing Company brings his upbeat style to the conversation, discussing his recipe for preparation & success during the perplexity of the pandemic lockdowns. His focus, initiative and unwavering belief in himself, his company and employees, propelled Cameron’s forward into new and exciting opportunities of customer service & growth.
Elizabeth Dimovski is not only a talented dental professional, she cares deeply about her clients. Her life’s purpose is to help people heal anyway she can so throughout the pandemic she has focused her practice on helping her clients nurture their mental health as much as caring for their dental health. She touches on her passion for connecting with the many people she meets, self improvement, meditation, as well as taking care of yourself & those around you.
In this episode, Al & Robin introduce Kelsey Boyer, an inspirational CCF certified Leadership Coach and the Founder of Women’s Leadership Accelerator. Kelsey has created a 90 day mentorship program for aspiring and current female leaders looking to up level their confidence, effectively manage their energy, and gain more clarity on their purpose so they can reach their potential and thrive in their careers. She shares her unique entrepreneurial journey as well as her passion for coaching personal awareness & growth.