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Success Leaves Clues: Ep 64 with Stacie & Justin Howe of The Kimberley General Store



Entrepreneurs Stacie and Justin Howe run two thriving businesses…the Kimberley General Store & Justin’s Oven, tucked side by side in the incredibly scenic rural village of Kimberley, ON (just north of Flesherton). Housed in the historic, original building built in 1905, the General Store offer locals and tourists alike an amazing selection of fresh baked treats, rich hot coffee, full sourdough bread, jams, and in-house pies as well as seasonal homegrown produce, homemade soups, hearty sandwiches, local products, curiosities, general sundries, and fresh organic goods. Justin’s Oven serves locally sourced, organically fresh meals and Friday Night wood fired pizza has become quite the rage!! The couple has learned to balance their personal and business relationship while sharing resources and adapting their unique skill sets to keep up with the incredible growth in both their community and enterprises.

Success Leaves Clues: Ep 61 with Chief Strategy Officer Zach Lindop & Chief Design Officer Michael Ross of Effortless Admin



Effortless Admin is a fully digital software solution, that provides employers with a unified interface for managing their employee benefits. Chief Strategy Officer Zach Lindop & Chief Design Officer Michael Ross discuss how they were able to find a unique point of entry for Effortless Admin and how technology design has changed in the last 15 years to better engage clients while increasing streamlined functionality. The platform has grown into an ever evolving enterprise application capable of supporting any group benefits products, delivering a great experience, and keeping up with changing trends in the Canadian market. Throughout this journey, they’ve tried to stay true to one core belief—to make the software fun and effortless to use—and to deliver exceptional customer support.

Sponsored by Aria Benefits and Life & Legacy Advisory Group


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 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.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 55 with guest Curtis Hollister, COO at Phzio.com



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.


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 52 with guest, Michael Ash, Integrated Strategy Director at The Local Collective



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.


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 48 with guest Nick Spina, Founder & CEO of LiveFit Foods



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.


Success Leaves Clues: Ep 47 with guest Clint Israel of Cameron’s Brewing Co.



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.