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.
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.
Their shared belief in the power of mindfulness, to unleash the human potential and improve mental health, inspired entrepreneurs Sheba Zaidi & Genevive Savundranayagam to launch Mahara Mindfulness, setting them on a path to create meaningful products and experiences that offer people a stepping-stone into a world of mindful practices and personal transformation. Their first product, The Human Being Journal, was developed as a direct response to the pandemic to help people gain much needed perspective and for those looking to level up, manage stress and maximize their potential. Its amazing success is a testament to creating a product that resonated with what the market needed most right now.
Considered a tech innovator and thought-leader in marketplace businesses, customer experience and scaling businesses, Diana Goodwin is Founder & CEO of MarketBox, a sales and scheduling e-commerce platform, designed to boost sales for service businesses with mobile and virtual workforces. She has won numerous business awards including Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Telus $100,000 Small Business Challenge and brings her passion for technological adaptation to the conversation.
Self described serial entrepreneur Ben Zlotnick has founded a number of technology startups as well as traditional businesses and shares his passion for working with and/or advising startups, while connecting people across all business platforms. He is Founder & CEO of Eden, a company that provides on-demand and subscription-based professional property services through a mobile or web app, offering property owners quick access to a team of insured expert contractors. ‘Cause no one wants to shovel 6ft of snow on their return home from the tropics!
Erica Rankin describes herself as “a bit of a weir-dough.” Founder & CEO at Bro Dough, Erica took her passion for her favourite childhood treat and turned it into a growing business, creating a unique product for consumers who prioritize their health & fitness goals but still want to indulge in a tasty nutritious snack. Her vision was to create a world where someone can eat an entire jar of cookie dough and still feel good about themselves – proof that with a little entrepreneurial spirit, you can have your dough, and eat it too!
Dean Benard’s passion for inspiring change and developing innovative strategies have led him on a mission to build a coaching platform for guiding others to excel as investigators, conflict resolvers, and leaders. A 17+ year entrepreneur, Dean has earned a reputation as an expert in investigations and mediation and is routinely sought after for speaking engagements, mentoring and training. He share’s his experience and challenges with Robin and Al and discusses the driving forces that led him to become a highly successful 17+ year entrepreneur.