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.
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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.
Curtis Hollister is a global entrepreneur and innovator who has successfully grown a number of technology start-ups. As the COO of Phzio.com, the world’s most advanced virtual care platform for physical therapists, his current focus is on evolving health care using digital technology to improve patient outcomes. He joins Robin and Al for some thought provoking commentary on his expertise in technology, his broad experience with public markets, and his love of creative digital media to help brands, like Phzio, win new audiences.
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.
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.