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.

E17: Empathy… Understanding it at the heart of every communication with Chris McKillop, CEO and Co-Founder of Turalt

We are really honored today to have Dr. Chris Mckillop. She really knows her stuff and as a pioneer in her field. She earned her degree in artificial intelligence in the 1990’s. She have an MSc in human centered computer systems, a PhD in educational technology and she, of course, have researched and published tons of articles on emotional dimensions of learning. She has a long record of pioneering technological innovations to improve learning. Chris is really passionate about artificial intelligence, empathy and how it can help improve people’s lives. She incorporated her first company Turalt when she was 50 and is proud to be an older woman in tech advancing A.I. for the good.

Episode Overview:

Dr. McKillop explains to us what Turalt means. Turalt stands for, hero of ours, Alan Turing. “TUR” is Turing, “AL” stands for Alan then tweak the “T” on the end because Alt is very computerish and he basically gave us the foundations of artificial intelligence. Most people know about Alan Turing is from the imitation game and of people who understand what the Turing Test is. An interesting thing about the turing test is really all about what qualities of text-based communication would show, but you’re actually speaking to a human being rather than a machine and that is empathy.

A good way of describing email personality is looking at how you approach your natural tendencies and how you approach writing emails and how you perceive the tone of other people’s emails. So this gives you some fundamental understanding into what your email skills are and what you are doing. What we’ve also done is we have a plug-in that sits within your email system and that will give you real time feedback on your email. So it will show you how assertive you’re being, how empathic you’re being, and will look at the tone of it, clarity of it, how long it is. All those elements that we know from our own research and from the scientific research that has actually gone on before cause miscommunication and we can make predictions about what markers are going to potentially cause miscommunication. So that is like a real time as you’re typing out your email to help you and help you get the clarity of your message across and to help you get the correct tone across to minimize that communication breakdown.

Part of the frustration about the communication in the workplace is Email. Email is certainly a big problem. We are getting so much email. We’re spending about a quarter of our day on email communication and although companies abroad in other channels like slack, this email use is actually still growing three percent a year now. It is assured that more adoption of millennials and younger generations who are going away from email will at some point start reducing.

Communication is really problematic. Based on statistics, we are spending a quarter of our day on email communication. 64% of employees have actually sent or received an email causing anger or resentment. It’s a real problem and so much time is being lost. 300 Billion is lost annually in lost productivity from email alone. Now, some of that, we are getting a lot of spam. We’ve got to filter all our email, but a lot of that is the miscommunication and if we were much clearer in our communication and the tone was being perceived and if the message being preceded is correct then that is all going to be reduced.

What you’ll learn in his episode:

  • How Chris ended up in Canada from West Coast of Scotland.
  • How Chris and her co-founder turned their communication frustrations into a business.
  • How Turalt was launched
  • Billions of dollars are being lost due to miscommunications.
  • Turalt analyzes your email personality without looking at your emails.
  • How Turalt developed their Email Psychometric
  • Minimizing communication breakdowns from emails
  • Why sensitivity and awareness of the mental state is important in the workplace.
  • Workplace stress can impact on workplace mental health issues.
  • Mistrust can impact other people the negative kind of way.
  • How empathy must be present at the heart of every communication
  • How Chris manages to get over her impostor syndrome
  • Having an obsessive post it notes habit can make one productive.
  • How to take time to switch off  


  • When people have been very successful they forget the little things and how they overcome those little things.
  • Talk to people at all stages
  • Look at the big picture
  • Do something that you are passionate about.
  • People. Empathy. Communication
  • Life is too short. Don’t be afraid and go for it.

Productivity Tool:

Overview of the Company:

Turalt believes empathy is at the heart of our communication, and that technology can help us be more effective in increasing our empathy and emotional intelligence in the digital world. Our mission is to use our ‘technology of empathy’ to help humans be more human online. Our passion is to make the world a more empathic place.


E13: SomaDetect is the innovation that makes the impossible possible with Bethany Deshpande, CEO

Bethany Deshpande is the CEO of Soma Detect. She is a scientist turned entrepreneur who is providing dairy farmers with information that they need in order to produce the best milk.

She is from New Brunswick which have a great startup communities. It is very interesting how she end up becoming the CEO of one of the promising startups in agriculture when she didn’t grew in a farm and knew nothing about agriculture. She also mentioned that her father played an important role in the creation of the company and how her conversations with dairy farmers led her to find ways to improve their industry.

She also has insights on how entrepreneurship is not a sprint but a marathon. Startups are Calculus not statistics. There are lots of things she shed light on being an entrepreneur and making your own decisions to further what drives your business.

Find out on this episode – Ep13: SomaDetect is Innovation that makes the impossible possible.

What you’ll learn in this episode is:

  • Entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint.
  • Startups are calculus not statistics
  • When you are startup, it really doesn’t matter what the average is. It’s about your own decisions and your own numbers. That’s what drives your business.
  • The precise amount of number is so much important than the average.
  • There is a better milk in every cow at every milking.
  • Farmer Centric Design
  • Best Innovations come from the basement!

Resources Mentioned:

Can we expect the unexpected in 2018? Predictions of industry trends with Wayne Ingram, Country Managing Director of Slalom Consulting Canada

Wayne Ingram is the Country Managing Director for Slalom Consulting in Canada (www.slalom.com). He is also a member of Slalom’s 10 person Global Executive Board to drive an ambitious growth agenda for this 3600+ person team. He is initially tasked with building a Canadian team, starting with the Toronto practice. Prior to taking the reins to launch Slalom in Canada, Wayne held several Canadian, North American, and Global Managing Director roles at Accenture. Wayne has close to 30 years of experience in technology consulting, and large scale systems transformation, including those in the Ontario healthcare sector. He brings exceptional depth in stakeholder engagement, program management for complex IT initiatives. Wayne is a definite proud Canadian. We can learn a lot from Wayne, as he definitely knows what’s going on in the landscape.

In this episode, Wayne Ingram shares some thoughts and insights of what to expect in 2018.  How the world is shifting and how we see our competition becomes  global and we will be seeing Oligopoly at a global level.  He even shares how the consulting industry is also being disrupted.

Find out on this episode – Ep12: 2018…Can we expect the unexpected?

What you’ll learn in this episode is:

  • What to expect in 2018 – industry trends, skills and the global ecosystem
  • Understanding that we are on a global scale and we do not know who we are competing against as technology becomes more and more border-less.
  • There is more beyond us than behind us as we move forward and innovate leadership for others to follow.
  • Advice and tips for those entrepreneurs, innovators and management consultants to just follow your dreams. Find something you love and it will never be work. If you got it go for it.
  • Dissecting how competition works in different aspects.
  • Difference between big innovators (Big I) & the little innovator (Little I)
  • How the management consulting landscape is changing
  • How diversity & design thinking tie together
  • The importance of sharpening the saw
  • We are competing against our competition but the scary part is that the world is shifting. We will see Oligopoly at a global level.
  • For those aspiring consultants, you have to be a learner versus a knower because consulting is not for everybody and you have to bring your expertise everyday.
  • Telling those proud Canadians who are in other countries to come back and come home.

Resources Mentioned:

We are also proud to announce that WeWork Canada has become the official sponsor of the CanInnovateh Podcast. Our mission & values are the same. WeWork is a community of creators that aims to help companies grow by providing them with not just beautiful spaces, but also the benefits, amenities, and professional community they need to focus on their business. They have spaces globally and in Canada, they now have two locations in Toronto, and offices that opened up in Vancouver and Montreal! Visit wework.com for more information and you can book a tour!

Share the podcast with your friends & family. And of course,  please leave a review and nominate a Canadian Innovator. You can also join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanInnovateh/

E11: Innovator, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Creator… huh?

This episode explores the different dimensions and definitions of commonly used industry terms – entrepreneur, innovator, inventor and creativity. Is there a difference? What is the difference? How do they fit and tie into together?  Can you be an innovator and not be an entrepreneur?  Are all entrepreneurs innovators?  How can we apply innovation and creativity to our normal everyday lives? Our jobs? Our careers? Our dreams?    Take the 2018 challenge!  How are you going to innovate your 2018? How are you going to unleash your inner child and curiosity?
Resources Mentioned:
Share the podcast with your friends & family.  And of course,  please leave a review and nominate a Canadian Innovator. You can also join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanInnovateh/ 


E09: What Worked, What Didn’t and What’s Next!

As 2017 is coming to an end, I wanted to reflect on my journey so far. It’s been an interesting adventure. I know, I only launched the podcast in Oct 2017, but there are a lot of lessons that I wanted to share. Both professionally and personally.  2017 was a big year for me as I made some massive changes.  The bigger surprise was around my own personal development.
In this episode, E09 –  
  • I wanted to share the 2017 adventures 
  • My own surprising personal transformation
  • Walk through my own lessons of what worked and didn’t work
  • Plus, share my 3 big goals in 2018
2017 was another milestone year for me. I feel like I take a new adventure on every 10 years.  10 years ago, in 2007, I decided to move to England. I wanted to work and travel Europe. Did that for many many years.  Now, I’m back on Canadian soil and ready for my next adventure.
I have my own version of a bucket list that I need to experience. This time, it was to do something entrepreneurial. I’ve been working in big corporate worlds in the field of management consultancy for nearly two decades … From Accenture, to Rogers Cable to Amdocs. I’ve been a corporate bunny for quite a bit of my life.
I’ve always been on the side line, helping clients develop & shape their growth strategies, enabling innovation with their customers and employees, launching new systems and products and so on.  I’ve done this for many clients globally and learned a lot. I love learning.  The truth was, that I wasn’t learning much anymore. I’ve always had a fear of my brain elasticity no longer being stretched.  I was up to speed and had developed thought leadership and insights around industry and technological trends. I found myself teaching & coaching more than actually learning. The thing about my natural DNA is that I need to learn.. I’m curious about almost everything and anything.
So, in April 2017, I left the corporate world to start a new adventure.  I’ve always wanted to do something entrepreneurial and building something on my own. I wanted to play in the sandbox with other entrepreneurs. Learn by doing and on my own terms.  
I became a strategic advisor for a few start-ups, worked on a few Internet of things product launches and wanted to launch a podcast.    The originally intent of the podcast was to prove my mentor wrong and to show case Canadian Innovators that are changing the conversation.  This podcast has been one of the projects that has had me over the moon excited and fired up!
Developing & launching the podcast was an eye opening experience. I learned a lot and discovered more than I had originally bargained for.  I’ve always been able to build, define a vision for my clients. However, building and defining my own vision was hard.  
I fell victim to the Imposter Syndrome. For those that don’t know what Imposter Syndrome is, it’s a concept describing individuals who are marketed by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a‘fraud’. It is very real and really hard to overcome. It’s the internal struggle and our own inner voice that creates this syndrome. I never thought that I would fall victim to this syndrome. I’ve always been confident in my abilities for my clients. This was about me and my confidence for me. I never thought I would face this barrier. 
First, I had to recognize what I was going through. I have to thank my friend, Amanda for teaching me about the Imposter Syndrome.   Then I needed to CRUSH these inner fears. I used a lot of different tools and tactics that I used with my clients in Innovation workshops.   After talking to many others, I’ve noticed that this is growing in nature and many others are facing these fears.  So, in 2018, I plan on sharing those tools that I utilized, so that others can break through their own barriers.
Confidence doesn’t happen overnight.  This leads me to my next adventure that I didn’t see coming. Learning to take the microphone and having a voice!
I have learned a lot in 2017.  Here are a few of my lessons learned and that I’m going to apply in 2018.
Some things that I could’ve done better:
  • Having courage to have done this sooner!!!  That 5 seconds of courage is all I needed. 
    • Deciding to no longer be a corporate bunny
    • Finding my own voice 
    • Understanding my natural DNA – the things that truly make me happy
    • Launching the podcast and so on…
  • Asking for help – my goodness… I forgot the biggest and most important thing… asking for help.   Entrepreneurs become victim of the HERO complex all the time. I can do everything myself…. TRUTH IS.. we probably can.. but WHY?  No one became successful by themselves. Everyone needs support.  Well, I have finally taken steps to get help.  Ricky has now joined the CanInnovateh team and is going to be instrumental in helping build and drive the infrastructure. There are tonnes of requests to be on the podcast (I’m behind and slow on emails), editing takes a lot of time and so on… Ricky is going to be brilliant!  You’ll hear more about Ricky and his amazing bag of tricks, skills and tools.  I wish I had engaged him earlier to help.
  • Needed to learn when to say ‘YES’ and when to say ‘NO’.  The ‘WHEN’ part of that statement is key.  I genuinely want to help everyone… however it needs to be at the right time. I need to stay focused and not let others derail my goals.  So, I’m always happy to help, but the ‘WHEN’ doesn’t come at a sacrifice to my own goals. Sometimes, I’m like a little puppy that gets excited about EVERYTHING… 
Here are some things that worked well
  • Being out there in the industry & networking. I really enjoy meeting and learning from people. Getting out there in the industry and the different events has been really helpful in promoting the brand and building relationships.  These relationships were the early adopters that took a chance on being on my podcast as we were building visibility.
  • Getting a podcast mentor, Jeff Brown. He was amazing. I don’t have a media background, so I did get intimidated in launching a podcast (plus the Imposter Syndrome). You really need to have someone to talk to. 
  • Tapping into my natural DNA.  Taking the time to do an inventory check in what I really enjoy doing and what being part of has been instrumental.  Doing what I naturally enjoy doing has been key. 

2018 is going to be an exciting year. I have a goals for 2018. 

Rebrand CanInnovateh podcast – dropping the ‘h’ but giving it a little bit of face-lift.  I was able to test and try early and now it’s time to tweak and further enable the growth. We have already proven that Canadians can Innovate. We are now going to continue to focus on Innovators that are changing the the game. However, we are also going to create tools for others so that they can innovate their businesses to become more innovative. 

  • I took the corporate world lessons and applied it to small/medium sized businesses and then some concepts to start-ups. But I’m seeing is that there are lessons/tips from the business world that can shape our personal development.  For example,  Every business struggles with cash flow and I’m seeing that lots of individuals are struggling with the same thing.  Cash Flow is instrumental for any sized business.  How we manage our personal cash flow is going to be applied to our businesses. I’m going to create some tools to help others with this and many more. I’m going to create some training courses to help people succeed.
  • Give Back – I love volunteering and helping others, especially helping others change the direction in their lives. I’m going to look for a non-profit to volunteer in. Everyone deserves a 2nd or 3rd chance to change their lives
As 2017 comes to an end.. a new beginning starts… a new chapter
I really challenge each and everyone one of us…. To have 5 seconds of courage and do something differently.  There is no downside.   In 2017, The 5 seconds of courage has given me the courage to leave the corporate world, defeated imposter syndrome (for now), tapped into a creative outlet and continue to learn and grow.  
There will be no episode next week as I’m going to take some time to connect with Friends & Family.    
However, I do want to leave you with a few thoughts throughout the holidays:
  • Unleash your curiosity and see where it takes you
  • Embrace your inner child
  • Apply 5 seconds of courage 
Thank you all for being part of my journey and I’m really pumped for 2018.  Sending you all positive vibes and can’t wait to hear about your new adventures.
Remember, focus on growing our lives, not just our businesses… Have a very happy, healthy holiday season that is filled with love, curiousity and laughter!
Best Always,