E27: Exploring the learning potential of the brain with Learning Pirate’s Owner and Founder, Lauren Waldman

Where the science of learning and the whimsical meet

Speaker Bio:

Lauren is a CTDP (Certified Training and Development Professional), has certification in the Fundamentals of Neuroscience (Harvard), is currently working on a certificate in Medical Neuroscience (Duke), is a Designated Communication Coach and Trainer, and is an advisory board member of the NCCA (National Communication Coaching Association of Canada).

She taps into the science, and fun of learning while maintaining a sharp approach with an intense dedication to the success of others.   Her current focus in the studies of neuroscience and how the brain learns, has played an eminent role in helping individuals and corporations navigate through the creation of what she calls “Learning Legacies.” These studies have also given rise to strategies relevant to the confusions and challenges, of the current cross-generational workforce. 

Episode Overview

The pirates followed her throughout her entire life that’s the story of how the company and learning pirate happened.

Lauren had been working for so many different magical people and it wasn’t until three years ago that she was in a conference for training professionals. She was introduced to the neurosciences through a keynote and she used her pirating skills to commandeer the keynote speaker as her mentor.

Her eyes were opened to the value and the understanding of how learning professionals should be using the science of neuroscience and how the brain learns to create better designs and obviously create better learning experiences for clients and learners.  The benefits that we get to it as just humans from brain health alone is quite amazing.

What you’ll learn from this episode

  • Best advice is always focused on the things that you can really do well and reach out to others. For those that are because it’s more valuable for your time.
  • There are scientific facts and fundamental truths to how the brain learns. 
  • Technology has literally changed the way of the brain and it’s not necessarily for the better
  • There are physiological effects that are changing the composition of the brain because of technology it’s something that we need to take seriously and learn how to slow down
  • Sometimes you need to speed up to slow down and, in this case, slow down to speed up
  • Meditation
  • Educators are the part of the only profession that changes brains every day
  • Your small stuff is someone else’s big stuff.
  • Learning Metacognition – thinking about what you are thinking about

Resources mentioned

Book: David A. Sousa – How the Brain Learns

Course: Dr. Barbara Oakley – Learning how to learn

Twitter:   @learningpirate

Events: Horse Shoe Tavern

Company Overview:

Learning Pirate provides strategic, forward-thinking learning solutions based on the fundamentals of neuroscience and how the brain learns. It helps navigate the creation of learning legacies within new and growing companies. It expands/grows employees personal and professional minds/cognitive abilities through methodically planned learning experiences. It taps into individual’s curiosity seeking minds and helps create the map for their learning journeys.

E26: Talking about the importance of Supply Chain with fellow podcaster, Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, CITP, CCI

Speaker Bio:

Sarah stands at the forefront of international trade with expertise in the global logistics industry, working with the private sector to build, develop and increase efficiencies in their supply chains. She has spent the past 20 years working in logistics and supply chain, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for ICECORP Logistics Inc, a privately owned 3PL.

Throughout her 20-year tenure in Supply Chain, Sarah has gained a reputation for her passion in helping employees and clients learn about increasing efficiencies and building cost-effective supply chains including international transportation, customs & compliance, cross dock solutions, and warehousing.

Sarah has been a leader and mentor, managing sales and marketing teams through motivation, thought leadership and being hands on. Sarah also created an internship program that resulted in hiring most of the students from the program once they finished school. The program included teaching students about the industry and special projects to be completed during the internship.

Episode Overview:

A supply chain is everything from purchasing to the last mail delivery and everything in between. It is not to be confused with logistics. Logistics is just the small part of that. It is the transportation piece. Sarah explains that they want to come up with a simpler way for shippers to be able to move their goods around the world. This episode talks about different subjects that are relevant to supply chain while revisiting Sarah and Sapna’s Cannabis Episodes on their own podcasts. Sarah’s episode can be found below while Sapna’s episode is linked HERE.

It is good to note that there is a big gap between accelerator and funding programs, especially in Canada. For startups, you need to be at a certain stage to be able to utilize the funding programs where sometimes it’s just not possible. The grant side in Canada is not easy to navigate. There is a big gap whether they will provide the grant to your company or not. Those were one of the many challenges startups face. Sarah explains with great enthusiasm the challenges and how to deal with them.

Listen to the episode and learn Sarah’s tips on handling accelerator and funding programs. Learn also the difference between Canadian programs compared to it’s US counterpart.

What you’ll learn in this Episode:

  • Excited about working with other innovators in this space and how the players in the supply chain are responding to change
  • Hard work and asking a lot of questions pays off. The courage to just ask opens doors that you can’t even imagine walking through.
  • Get out there, start talking about it and ask people. See what their thoughts are. You’re going to get NO’s but you’re going to get YESSES.
  • Most technology company takes a lot of money to be able to start
  • Think about your board of advisers. Having an adviser who’s been where you are can help you save money with some of the documentation that’s needed especially on the startup side.
  • On the accelerator side, make sure that you read the fine print and have a discussion with them about every single point why they should be taking a percentage of your company.
  • Really make sure to ask questions and that you are comfortable with the company because again, you are giving away some shares in your business. This is going to affect potential investment rounds down the road
  • Life is lived forwards and understood backward a quote by Soren Kierkegaard
  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Success didn’t come until his forties for Stephen Colbert. (Podcast Episode of the show notes).
  • List writer – writes lists upon lists but not too many lists. Write tasks for every working day of the week.
  • Yoga Morning and a Gratitude Journal every night are a good routine.
  • How Meditation helps your focus.

Resources Mentioned:

Productivity Tool: Pen, Paper, and an Agenda

Podcast: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Podcast Episode: Let’s Talk Supply Chain: The Cannabis Supply Chain

Podcast: School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

Podcast Episode: School of Greatness: Cultivate a Monk Mindset – Jay Shetty

Shows: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Show Episode: Super Soul Sessions: Stephen Colbert

CEO: Nova Spivack

Website: Magical

Mentor COO: Ken O’Brien of Gemini Shippers Group

Website: Gemini Shippers Group

Hotspots: Primal Cravings

Email: [email protected]

Website: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Website: SHIPZ Logistics Simplified

Twitter: @LetstalkSChain

Instagram: @letstalksupplychain

Instagram: @be_victoryus

Twitter: @sarahcaroline88

LinkedIn: Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

LinkedIn: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Company Overview:

Sarah’s dedication to excellence in the field has resulted from a combination of hands-on experience while obtaining her CITP designation, FIATA Diploma, and CIFFA certifications. Sarah continues this dedication as a Board Member for FITT (Forum for International Trade Training), Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC) committee member and just recently in 2016/2017 was the chair for the FITT planning committee for their well-recognized 25th Anniversary celebration and conference. In her spare time, Sarah lends her time to her local Habitat for Humanity and has experience with Media, live TV, and interviews.

E25: Design your own Masterchef experience in your own kitchen, Gil Eiges, Co-founder of Manjya

A Personal Chef is not just for the rich and famous

Speaker BIO:

Gil Eiges was born in Jerusalem, Israel.  He has lived in four countries around the world. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he started his career as a management consultant and worked at Amdocs leading various large business and marketing teams. Gil co-founded Manjya along with business partner Mia Andrews, which is an online bidding marketplace that connects chefs with individuals and businesses who need catering either at home or for large and small events. He consults and sits on advisory boards for several start-ups. He’s also an advisor to the MaRS Institute, a launchpad for innovation based in Toronto.

Episode Overview:

How do you get tasty, healthy food when you don’t have the time or ability to do the cooking?  Or if you want a special experience to offer to your guests? Or if you want a special date night in your own home without doing the work?  You turn to Manjya.

It’s like having your own Masterchef in the kitchen, delivering a culinary experience that you’ve designed!  A Personal Chef is not just for the rich and famous, it’s accessible to everyone! 

Gil Eiges co-founded  Manjya which is an online market for chefs and caterers.  Clients just enter their desired experience and their budget, and Manjya makes magic happen.   Different chefs provide menus based on the clients’ requirements. All clients need to do is go online to  Manjya and post their request, including food preferences, and various chefs and caterers who are available will bid on the client’s business.  Clients will get to see all of the different offers in one place. Simple, easy and FUN!

Manjya, in partnership with the Canadian Personal Chef Association, is helping people host events, follow a diet or just eat healthy exactly the way they want. Submit a request for what you want, when and where you want it, and let the bidding begin.


What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • People have a lot of food sensitivities and allergies that need to be taken into consideration
  • Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans
  • Circumstances are going to change, and you’ve just got to be ready for every change that comes along and takes it with a smile
  • You can design an experience through food
  • Meditation generally helps one to be sane
  • Word of mouth is still having an impact 
  • You can’t ignore the personal touch even in a such a modern, automated digital world.


Resources Mentioned:

Productivity Tool: Fiverr


Website: Manjya

Book:   The Four Hour Body By Tim Ferriss

Podcast:  How I built this by NPR

Podcast: Start-up School by Seth Godin

Hotspots: Bar Buca

Hotspots: Pearl Diver

Email: [email protected]


Company Background:

Manjya is an online marketplace that connects businesses and individuals on one side, to chefs and caterers on the other. So if you’re having a party, a dinner party, a wedding, an event at the office, or if you just need food for the week because you’re too busy to cook, this is what  Manjya can help you with.  Clients don’t need to go through a lot of menus and offers, or numerous chefs profiles. Clients can actually go online with their requests and chefs will get back to them with bids which include menus and quotes. You can chat with the chefs, you can negotiate, and then you can choose whatever you like.



E24: Empowering people to host, artists to earn & tour, and fans to enjoy the shows with Laura Simpson, Co-founder and CEO of Side Door Access

Micro-Gigs. Everywhere. All the time.

Speaker Bio:

Laura Simpson is one of the Co-founders and CEO of Side Door. She is a living large, DNA music pumping through her veins, music industry professional. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also founded The Syrup Factory, which began hosting house concerts in 2011, offering strategies and services to artists in 2015. She’s also been an organizer in the art scene since she was 14 years old going to all ages shows and then eventually taking live music photography and freelancing. She was writing about shows and artists, becoming a journalist for seven years with CBC and Roger’s Radio. Eventually, she found her way back to the music world and has been involved in numerous initiatives from working as an Expert Development Program Officer and Communication Manager for Music Nova Scotia. She’s also worked with the Halifax Jazz Festival, the CAPACOA, and the East Coast Music Association. In 2015, Laura even mentored with some top-tier music marketing team at Blackbox in LA. She’s even juried for Music Nova Scotia, The Halifax Pop Explosion, CBC Music Search Light competition and the Juno’s. She’s now one of the co-founders and the CEO of Side Door, where they have a dream of making things better for touring artists and live music fans.


Episode Overview.

Side Door Access was started with the welfare of the artists and the fans enjoyment deeply in mind.  The business is built on tech to make it easier for artists who are trying to find places to tour and to have better profit margins. When it started, they located venues that are low overhead, including houses, cafes, bookstores, churches and people who want to offer that space for a show. The platform offers a split so that the artist gets the majority of the revenue, and a portion is offered to the host to cover costs and then Side Door takes a typical booking fee. Side Door is building the tech so that they can try to create an almost like a Tinder-style match between the host and the artist. Using their preferences, they put in the details and instantly they’re going to get back basically a match for a show they could play at the location at this time.

it’s an automatic contract that’s made and the two parties decide what they want to do with that show and they’re off to the races. Side Door does all the ticketing, helps with the promotion and, supports them with best practices. One of the founders is a host herself. Laura’s Co-founder is Dan Mangan who is a Juno award-winning artist in Canada and he built his career on doing house concerts and now he’s doing huge concerts. They have seen both sides of that process. They wanted to find a way to make it a little bit easier for artists who are constantly struggling to make a living with all their touring.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • The people are the resources. You don’t think about it unless you talk to those people.
  • A network can give you ways to structure your business or ways to finance the company.
  • The company survives and thrives based on trust by influencers.
  • Not every company wants to be a Unicorn but a zebra which is like the strong and steady
  • Staying true to your personal philosophy and motivation for doing it.
  • Take advantage of scheduling tools to make things easier
  • Walk the dog every single day for an hour keeps clear your head
  • Moving outside and being outside in the fresh air is close to meditation and makes you more productive later during the day.
  • Steadying and maintaining the philosophy and that motivating factor which keeps you going forward.

Resources Mentioned:

Productivity Tool: Podio

Productivity Tool: Calend.ly

Website: Side Door Access

Website: Haligonia

Conference: Dazzle Con

Book: Chris Hadfield’s The Astronaut

Book: Tiffany Haddish’s The Black Unicorn

Book: Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Hotspots: Agricola Street Brasserie

Hotspots: The Seahorse and The Marquee

Hotspots: Seafood at Nova Scotia

Twiter: @novascotiamusic

Company Overview:

Side Door is a startup in BETA phase. We give audiences instant access to intimate and unique events happening right in their own neighborhoods. Artists match with hosts who turn their private homes, businesses or alternative spaces into venues while we manage the ticketing fairly and transparently.

Our goal is to create a direct-to-audience gigging economy, trimming overhead and making touring financially feasible even for emerging acts. We want to foster connective tissue between people in tactile offline shared experiences.


E23: Becoming a beacon for rich educational and cultural experiences in French, is Groupe Media TFO’s CEO, Glenn O’Farrell.

A public catalyst in offering promising solutions for the Francophonie.

Speaker Bio:

GLENN O’FARRELL, ICD.D, is a digital-innovation-driving CEO in the Canadian media industry. Glenn doesn’t think inside or outside – he thinks without a box. Glenn uses the power of new technology, creative partnerships, and international reach to transform traditional media into relevant, influential, high-traffic global platforms. He instinctively embraces the power and value of diversity. He consistently challenges the status quo to improve and grow outcomes for stakeholders.

A native of St-Malachie, Québec, Glenn is a technology enthusiast, runner, amateur singer-songwriter and inveterate fan of the Montréal Canadiens. He studied economics, law, business and corporate governance at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Université Laval in Québec City, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. and at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is a member of the Québec Bar, Canadian Bar Association and Institute of Corporate Directors. Glenn is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and contributing thought leader on digital media in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Europe.

In his current role as CEO of Groupe Média TFO, a public educational media enterprise located in Toronto, Glenn has led TFO’s transformation from a small-scale minority-language community broadcaster to one of the world’s leading digital providers of French language educational content – with an aggregate global audience of several hundred million across an array of innovative media platforms. Under his leadership, TFO developed and launched industry-leading, immersive virtual reality production studios to create new digital generations of educational content. In its dynamic new form, TFO has become an international educational content distributor/exporter. As well as leading TFO as its CEO, Glenn has also served as Executive Producer of films, television series, and award-winning educational digital content series.

Episode Overview:

Groupe Média TFO was originally a television channel. It was offering French-language educational programming across a whole spectrum of offerings from the very young to middle age to the older student population in a manner that was all about giving French language learners in Ontario an opportunity to have access to media content to help them in their learning journey.

About six years ago, Glenn and his team were tasked to basically turn it around from being a traditional classical analog media service into something that would very much embraced the digital opportunities.

Today, Groupe Media TFO launched itself into a new culture of being a digital media enterprise with all the educational content intact. They are helping promote content for the Francophones not just in Canada but across the globe where the French language is being used.

What You’ll learn in this episode:

  • We would love to do more but we have limited means. Although we are getting developing access to new funding platforms and funding sources as we make our product available to new places, but we still have modest means, so we must make choices at the end of the day and where we try to make our choices is where we think we can have the most strategic impact on the journey.
  • TFO and Industry, Custom Co-production formulations for Television and Internet, TV Broadcast, Internet Broadcast, Financing and distribution of content, acquisition, and development of content.
  • There’s no reason why anybody should stop dreaming about things that are important to us. learn from the things where you don’t succeed. Learn from those failures.
  • Canada has a great educational brand internationally. People look at Canada and say, these people have a strong credential.
  • Learning in one of Canada’s official languages and happens to be the minority language.
  • Try to do a lot of reading early in the morning as a personal habit
  • Keeping your eye open on as many of the breaking trends as you can.
  • There have been studies across the world that have proven when children learn a second language or third language, no matter what it is, they are increasing their capabilities in a whole bunch of different ways.

Resources Mentioned

Book: Whiplash

Book: The Four by Scott Galloway

Book: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

Website: MIT Media Lab

Website: French Web

Website: World Economic Forum

Website: IDELLO

Website: Group Media TFO

Restaurant: La Buche Restaurant

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glennofarrell/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlennOFarrell


Company Overview:

Groupe Média TFO is a must-see destination for audiences seeking innovative educational and cultural content in French. It offers stimulating experiences and recognized content, at the forefront of digital learning. 


E22: Launching a crowdfunding source that utilizes the strength of blockchain with Co-Founders, Sam Kawtharani and Derek Manuge of Corl.

True growth begins when interests of entrepreneurs and investors are aligned!

Speaker Bios:

Sam Kawtharani spent Over 10 years in product development, strategy, and marketplace lending. Previous Head of Product at IOU Financial (Startup to IPO, TSX:IOU). Contributed to $500+ million in small business originations. Current Advisor at Lend Mart and Fundica. Member of the Product Beta Committee at Founders Beta. Holds a master’s degree in Quality Systems Engineering from Concordia University.

Derek Manuge was formally educated as a mathematician but have an active interest in a broad number of subjects, namely finance, statistics (machine learning), programming, physics, software engineering, automation, IoT, the blockchain, and other innovative technologies. He works as a quantitative consultant, where his focus is providing model development, model validation, and quantitative advisory services for financial institutions.

Episode Overview:

Sam Kawtharani and Derek Manuge build Corl with the strong sense of making it easy for companies to access fast, fairly priced, and entrepreneur-friendly growth capital while providing investors with greater peace of mind. They have launched the idea as a Hassle-free and without giving up equity. By merging a previously under-utilized and innovative investment structure with the strength of blockchain, they are proud to provide founder friendly growth capital to help entrepreneurs and investors reach their strategic and financial objectives.

Sam and Derek’s contrasting backgrounds molds a fluid partnership that allows them to incorporate their expertise better than most partners we have ever seen. They work so well, and they embraced their differences with the respect that only they both possessed. It’s awesome and magnetic. Their energy and enthusiasm further prove to us why Corl is what it is today.

Enjoy listening and be amazed at how these two worked wonders on Crowdfunding by tapping into the world of the blockchain.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • There is a lot of things going on in Canada, go out there and network
  • Pivot is what’s going to push your product forward.
  • How a government can potentially tax at source using the blockchain technology.
  • There is a worldwide business model for credit and banking that we take for granted.
  • How to make the most out of the blockchain model.
  • Highlighting Steve Jobs’ Philosophy – Build it, they’ll come.
  • Understand the gap in the market.
  • How work-life balance and meditation can help you focus.
  • People are criticizing your product, or your idea doesn’t mean they’re few or your product is bad.

Resources Mentioned:

Productivity tool: Slack

Influences: Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs

Programs: Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Book: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Hotspots: City of Montreal

Hotspots: City of Toronto

Website: www.corl.io

Twitter: @getcorl

Email: [email protected]

Company Overview:

Corl’s philosophy is simple, entrepreneurs should have access to the capital they need to successfully grow their businesses at their own pace. We like to consider ourselves as your long-term partner. We establish a relationship with your business. That’s why we call it Capital-as-a-Service; making capital available to companies as and when they need it. At Corl we know that when the interests of entrepreneurs and investors are aligned, that’s when true growth begins.


E21: Reintroducing the Spark of Meaningful Class Discussions with Bobby McDonald of Parlay.

Speaker Bio:

Bobby McDonald is born and raised in Stouffville, Ontario. He spent four years studying at McGill University, worked in finance and software sales before starting Parlay full time in early 2017.

Episode Overview:

Parlay is an education technology tool with a simple goal. It is to reintroduce discussions into the classroom in a modern 21st century way. This helps teachers encourage students to have meaningful, measurable and inclusive discussions.

Parlay was conceptualized when Bobby and a close friend were looking around. Bobby was studying business, his friend was studying politics, and they ask themselves why we are not having conversations about the events and ideas that are shaping our world in the world of business and politics. It’s not like they were studying theoretical physics or anything. These were things that had real tangible, real-world consequences and real-world events and ideas that they could draw upon and there was none of that in the classroom and the existing discussions that did happen in the classroom were on old cumbersome discussion thread style forums that the students were not engaging and none of them really enjoyed it.

So, there was a clear lack of discussion in the classroom and there’s a lack of connectivity to the real world. There’s a lot of students who ask themselves, why am I learning this? And they had been doing that pretty much throughout all our education. So, from those two simple and common problems. The original idea for parlay was born. It’s taken many different twists and turns.

Bobby also talks about the Increasing polarization and Increase in technology specifically social media which makes everyone more isolated which is termed, Eco chamber.

The government would be wise to create a program that connects aspiring and tech entrepreneurs with teachers, students, and classroom. Sit those two together to investigate their ideas. Canada can be a huge hotbed for educational technology.

Teaching the young generation to actively seek out different opinions can make them be thoughtful and humble contributors to our society.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Teaching the young generation to actively seek out different opinions can make them be thoughtful and humble contributors to our society.
  • How his habit of no electronics past 10 pm has helped him focus. He doesn’t want to be stuck on the screen before bed.
  • Find a way to inexpensively have as many people as possible experience what your product will do before you ever spend money on the line of code.
  • At some point, you’re just going to have to pull the trigger. It’s never going to be comfortable but follow your gut.
  • Follow your gut, pull the trigger and never look back.
  • Start interviewing your customers or potential customers
  • Don’t spend money until you absolutely have to.
  • If you can meet with triumph and disaster, treat those impostors just the same
  • Confidence is important, but honesty goes a long long way.
  • Never underestimate the power of honesty.
  • Doing some mockups, some hi-fidelity mockup walkthroughs to start your business.

Resources Mentioned:

Wireframing Tool: Balsamiq

Customer Messaging Tool: Intercom

Entrepreneurship Programs: OCE Smart Start Program

This is Water Commencement Speech – Kenyon College Class of 2005 by David Foster Wallace

Poem: If by victorian stoic poet named Rudyard Kipling

Startup Launch Program –  Founders Institute

Startup Community: DMZ Startup Community

Hotspot: City of Montreal

Twitter: @parlayideas

Facebook: @parlayideas

Email: [email protected]

Company Overview:

Parlay is for any teacher that wants students to engage in substantive conversations. Typically, this starts in Middle School and continues right through to the end one’s education. Sometimes Literature teachers use Parlay RoundTables to discuss books. Sometimes Science teachers use Parlay to discuss the morality of gene augmentation. Sometimes Politics teachers use Parlay to host mock debates. Sometimes History teachers use Parlay to peer review theses. Wherever students can learn through discussion, Parlay can be found.





E20: Protecting & Securing your Privacy around the Blockchain World with Laila Paszti of GTC Law Group

Laila Paszti is an attorney in GTC’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Business & Technology Transactions and Privacy groups. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other technology-related transactions, with an emphasis on software code audits and big data platform diligence. She also advises clients on privacy and security compliance  and cross-border transfers of data. Prior to joining GTC, Laila was a member of the IP, Technology, Food & Drug Regulatory, and Payment & Cards practice groups at Torys LLP. Before law school, she held positions as a software applications engineer at ExxonMobil and Capstone Technology where she designed and implemented machine learning (AI) software solutions to optimize industrial processes. Laila holds a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, where she was a law review editor. She is admitted to practice in New York and Ontario (Canada).  Laila is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C).

Episode Overview:

Laila shares her expertise in helping us understand the very principles of blockchain on how it will transform our lives and how it’s going to do this. It will also change the way we interact with the database and the way we do business. It is a shared database with entries that cryptographically linked and that gives it one of its core powers that it’s immutable, it doesn’t change.

She also talks about the importance of privacy, security, and how blockchain can help with the anti-money laundering legislation. Utilizing open source software

She reminds us that blockchain is a code. Eventually, you want to either sell that code and obtain more money so you can grow your business. People are going to look at your asset and wanting to know how much it’s valued and if you have the wrong type of open source code, which requires you to maybe distribute part of your software for free, that’s not going to make your investors very happy.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • When everything becomes so complex and constantly changing, remind yourself, How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
  • Planning your day the night before, so when you get up in the morning you hit the ground running!
  • Get comfortable with math because it’s the middleman in the system.
  • Look at patent strategy. patents are very neat way to secure your investment in your technology. This is my technology. You’re not allowed to use it without a license. And you know, ultimately that helps you get a better price or get better investment.
  • Internet took us parkway and I think the blockchain will take us the rest of the way.
  • Bitcoin is skyrocketing, but we need to be talking about issues like the self-sovereign identity that the 2 Billion unbanked people in the world and how we can open up new markets to include these people in the economy.
  • You have to multitask because there’s only so many hours in the day, but you have to keep up with the pace of technology.


Resources Mentioned:

Company Overview:  GTC was founded in 2002 on the belief that the traditional law firm model should be redefined in order to attract the most innovative legal minds and truly partner with clients. We created a distinctly different firm, organized to be as efficient and nimble as the growth enterprises we serve.

E19: Taking the Lead in buying and selling in the Agricultural Trade is Alain Goubau, Co, Founder, COO and CFO of Farmlead.

Reinventing the phone call and how grain marketing is done.

Speaker Bio:

Alain Goubau who is the Co-founder and COO and CFO of FarmLead an online grain marketplace were farmers and grain buyers can buy and sell any type of green. Alain, also has extensive project management and operations experience as a field engineer throughout Europe and Asia and as a co-founder at Alta Arrows, energy’s a telecom infrastructure startup based in Boston. He’s also previously worked with Mckinsey and company in the agribusiness team and of course, Alain is raised on a farm in eastern Ontario.

Episode Overview:

Farmlead makes the grain trade easier than the way it, traditionally, was. It is a business to business marketplace where buyers and sellers can list what they’re either looking to buy or sell, negotiate with each other, come to terms and then manage transactions. Offering innovative procedures to make grain trade as efficient and easy as possible, Farmlead makes a lot of sense because it is a tool that would help sellers connect with the potential buyers for the grain they’re trying to sell.

FarmLead brings together thousands of grain sellers and credit-checked buyers, online. Watchlists allow you to immediately receive notifications when a grain you are looking to buy or sell gets listed. This creates more opportunity for your offer. It puts you ahead of your usual market whether you are selling or buying. This mobile app offers to provide exclusive market research, price visibility, grain testing, reduced brokerage fees and risks at the tip of your fingers. This app marketplace can save you time, money and energy.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Making sure you stay close to your customers which is very important.
  • Discovery is part of the equation. Not always knowing what lies ahead or what to do is part of the equation
  • Learning to really have the discipline or be able to realize faster that you’re in one of those situations and pull yourself back when you’re tempted to either hire someone that isn’t exactly right or to make excuses for someone that just isn’t fitting for whatever reason
  • Doing things that don’t scale when you’re trying to change the way an industry approaches things.
  • Eat your own dog food, which is how we stopped the entire company for a full hour, once a month and everyone gets on our mobile apps, a web version of our application, and tries to buy and sell Grit.
  • Alain mentioned one of Bill Gates’ quote “Customers that don’t like your product or that aren’t happy are the ones that learned, that teaches you the most about your product.”

Resources Mentioned:

Book: 7 habits of highly effective people

Facebook: FarmLead

Twitter: @thegoubs

Twitter: @FarmLead

LinkedIn: Alain Goubau

Website: FarmLead

Delight: Maples and making Maple Syrup

Overview of the Company:

FarmLead aims to facilitate greater equality, efficiency and transparency in grain marketing. Our online grain marketplace allows farmers to find more buyers and identify the best possible deal, while grain buyers easily access and identify the grain for sale in their desired location.


E18: Shedding light on the Cannabis Industry is Steven Looi, Director of Origination and Strategy for White Sheep Corp.

Steven Looi is a serial entrepreneur with experience in IT, urban agriculture, and retail. A flexible and adaptable operator with extensive industry network and product expertise. He has a track record of deploying his creativity and innovation in disruptive industries. Steven has created new companies in both Canada and China, ranging from a video game, art outsourcing, to soil-less food production, to pharmacy patient management systems. He has worked security for a hip-hop group, The Roots, received a Parliamentary Award for his urban farm, and is a Provincial shot-put champion. Outside the office, Steven’s interests include technology, web culture, sustainable agriculture, personal growth, and development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business.

Episode Overview:

As North America continues to expand into additional legal medical and adult-use cannabis jurisdictions, there is a huge gap between growing demand and limited supply, estimated in the billions of dollars. This opportunity is very bright for Canada as a Global Leader in Growing Cannabis.

In this episode, Steven Looi sheds light on what is going on in Canada’s Cannabis Industry and its importance in the global market. He shares the coming legislation processes and the excitement of having pot delivered right in front of your doorstep. It’s a crazy idea but with the government’s support and the right companies, we are heading in that direction.

Cannabis has a lot of applications and uses. It can help with anxiety, mental health, PTSD & Brain Conditions, Pain Management & relief, cancer and diseases, and many more. There are lots of innovations, software applications, and services as well as a booming economic sector that comes along with it. Companies are tapping into the potential of Cannabis and Canada is a world leader in terms of distribution and other technological breakthroughs.

What you will learn in the episode:

  • Opportunities for Cannabis after legislation in Canada
  • How the current regulation works in Canada regarding recreational pot
  • The difference between the regulation of Pot in Canada and in the US.
  • What innovations are made with pot now that pharmaceuticals are involved
  • How the black market plays a key role in working out the right market structure
  • How to eliminate the black market’s role in the industry
  • How government plays a huge role in distribution and legislation
  • How Canada plays an important role in the global market
  • What “Cottaging” in Canada means
  • What programs are being offered by the government of Canada to help startups
  • Showing Determination and tenacity – It’s the guy that’s still standing wins
  • Guarding against burn out and making sure you have balance because it’s a marathon, not a sprint
  • Talking to everybody when you can and learning as much as you can.
  • Taking advantage of the free software that’s out there.


Company Overview:

White Sheep is operating both medical and adult-use cannabis companies in multiple jurisdictions and investing in a wide range of industry leaders that support the cultivation, processing, and consumption of the highest quality cannabis products.