E16: Earn Our Fav Loyalty Rewards to Make the Healthy Choices Stick! With CEO, Andreas Souvaliotis

Andreas  Souvaliotis who was the founder of the world’s first eco rewards program and more recently the world’s first public wellness rewards initiative in partnership with the government of Canada called carrot rewards, has been recognized globally for his achievements in influencing and rewarding behaviour changes on a mass scale. Andreas is a prominent Canadian leader and an advocate for Canadian & innovative approaches to social change particularly around the areas of public health promotion climate change awareness and citizenship.

Episode Overview:

Carrot Rewards actually gives you rewards based on one your favorite loyalty rewards and whether it is yourfavourite programs like Aeroplan® Miles, SCENE®, Petro-Points™, More Rewards®, and Drop.

We get to challenge ourselves and Carrot Rewards give us tips about different pieces whether you’re counting your steps, your food, whatever it is, it actually helps us with those different things and becomes a bit of a game for us. So it began from kind of like a core health and wellness message around the app.

Carrot Rewards is a new way to try and deliver wellness to Canadians compared to the traditional methods that have been used all over the world. So when you think of how we have tried to convince our fellow citizens not just in Canada but in any country to live a little bit healthier so that everybody saves a lot of money down the road and when they get old.

The app is free but not only is it free, you actually get a whole bunch of your favorite points just for putting it on your phone.

The important thing about Carrot is that it’s actually not aimed at the healthy segment of the population it’s aimed at the whole population. Carrots messaging is appropriate for every single Canadian. The app doesn’t say come to Carrot because you love being healthy or because you love being financially healthy. The app says come to Carrot Rewards because it will give you more points.

For those that are looking for something to kind of help you with your own resolutions or areas that you want a change of 2018 definitely take a look at this and listen to this episode.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What Carrot Rewards is all about and how this app can be a huge part of everyday lives.
  • How the rewards convince people to live a little bit healthier
  • How Carrot Rewards became almost like an aggregator of rewards
  • Understanding core health and wellness
  • How to do things better easier and faster and then get rewarded for it.
  • How to take advantage of our addiction to mobile phones using this app
  • How to be productive, passionate and focused towards your goals
  • Why lunch is an important part of the day.
  • How to transform lunch as an extended part of work.
  • The app can be a helpful source of guidance four your new year’s resolutions.
  • The things that makes us different are actually the things that make us successful.
  • Too often in our quest to fit in and to live normal, we end up quashing those very things that could make us special.

Resources Mentioned:

Overview of the Company:

Carrot Rewards is a free Canadian mobile application that motivates Canadians to adopt healthier behaviors, eat better, be more physically active, and take care of their mental health by rewarding them with their favourite loyalty points. Created in partnership with the federal government, Carrot harnesses Nudge Theory to guide people through the stages of behaviour change, and currently has over 650,000 users in Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador 

E14: Turning Vision boards into financial reality with Rona Birenbaum, Co-founder of Viviplan

Rona Birenbaum, co-founder of Viviplan and the winner for the 2017 DMZ BMO FinTech Accelerator. She is also the founder of Caring for Clients, one of Canada’s first fee for service financial planning firms. She is also recognized as a wealth professional woman of influence in 2017. A financial columnist for the Medico Post.

Viviplan offers technology to help speed up the financial planning for every stage in life, from early career to early mid-life to pre-retirement, retirement and other goals.  Can turn those dreams, hopes and visions, into reality.  All you need is a little planning to achieve your life goals!

What you will learn in this episode:

  • You are the reflection of who you surround yourself with
  • How slow & steady wins the race
  • Conservative estimations in your business & life matters
  • Financial reflections are important at every stage of our lives from early career, early mid-life, pre-retirement and retirement
  • Design your future
  • Vision boards can become financial reality

Tools and Media Mentioned:

 

Viviplan is a business built to serve a very particular need. To deliver affordable, high-quality and trustworthy financial planning to Canadians

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And of course,  please leave a review and nominate a Canadian Innovator.

You can also join our Facebook group and we always love receiving email!   [email protected]

 

E10: Gamification and sprouting our money cycles with Matt Hernandez, Founder of Save with Sprout

Matt Hernandez, founder of Sprout Financial talks about how Canadian household debts has been consistently increasing and how millennials are missing the key financial literacy. Save with Sprout combines gamification to help consumers manage their money cycles.

Matt is an avid traveler, and has back packed through most of Asia and have a goal of hitting every continent. He even taught English in South Korea for 3 years. Matt is a former accredited Financial Advisor and have been in the Financial Industry for 5+ yrs and now is bringing Sprout Financial to live. 

What you’ll learn in this episode is:
  • How Canadian household debts has been consistently increasing & how millennials  are missing financial literacy
  • How Sprout Financial is applying gamification to help consumers manager their money cycles
  • How to eat your Frogs First
Sprout Financial is looking for BETA testers!  Apply here – http://savewithsprout.com/
 
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. We are in the season of giving!  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/ 

E08: Going for the Gold with Anthony Lacavera

Anthony Lacavera discusses his new book, ‘How We Can Win’. He discusses how the technological change is about to disrupt a Canadian economy and outlines what Canada needs to do as a country to WIN!  It’s an enlightening discussion that definitely makes us all pause and think! Anthony shares his findings of how Canadians need to get ready to embrace the change and what we can do to be ready for the future. His book ‘How We Can Win’ provides great insights of how Canada can really start to go for the GOLD and not settle for the Bronze medal. How we as Canadians need to start to change our mindset. What all Canadians must do to ensure our future prosperity. 
 
Anthony Lacavera was the founder and former CEO of WIND Mobile (now known as Freedom mobile in Canada). Anthony Lacavera is currently the Chairman for Globalive Capital and the Author of How We Can Win. As a venture capitalist, Anthony has a significant stake in dozens of startups in Canada as well as the United States. As a mentor and investor, he is heavily involved in accelerators and incubators, including MaRS, Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), NEXT Canada and the DMZ at Ryerson University. Anthony has done business in more than thirty countries, ranging from producing plays on Broadway to raising almost CAD$2 billion in private capital. He is a regular television commentator and speaker on artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and the telecommunications industry. Anthony is also the author of How We Can Win: and what happens to us and our country if we don’t” published by Penguin Random House Canada (October, 2017). He was educated at the University of Toronto.
 
In this episode, Anthony shares:
 
  • The WiND Mobile story and how he sold his company to Shaw Communications for $1.6 billion ($1.3B USD)
  • Why he calls the WiND mobile sale a failure
  • Tips on how Canada can win globally
  • Which industries to focus on
  • Entrepreneurial tips & lessons learned
  • And other little gems…
 
Anthony is a wealth of information and also shares a secret passion of his.. Episode 8, How We Can Win
 
Resources Mentioned: 
 
 
CONTEST: 
Courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada, we are giving away TWO copies of his book to our lucky listeners
 
How you can win a copy of Anthony Lacavera’s new book – ‘How We Can Win: and what happens to us and our country if we don’t’.  This contest is currently  open to everyone . The contest will go up on Thurs Nov 7th at 6pm EST and run for a week till Wed Dec 13th at midnight EST. We will notify the two winners and announce it on Thurs Dec 14th, 2017.  
 
Answer one of two questions:
  1. How do you think we can Win in Canada? or 
  2. What are the best Canadian brands?  
 
 There are two ways to enter:
  1. On the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CanInnovateh/
  2. You can also email me at [email protected]. or [email protected]
  3. Bonus Entries (3) – if you email me with a screen shot of your rating and review.  
We are also proud to announce that WeWork Canada is 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. We are getting to the season of giving!  And of course,  please leave a review on wherever you listen to the podcast and nominate a Canadian Innovator. You can also join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanInnovateh/ 
 
The party is just getting started!

E07: Reshaping & redefining the online meat industry with Marc Lafleur, CEO of TruLocal

Marc Lafleur, the CEO of TruLocal. Marc is a University of Waterloo graduate looking to explore how different technologies and innovations can be applied to help build businesses throughout different industries. TruLocal is an Ontario based company that redefining the online meat industry with delivering organic (Hormone Free, Antibiotic Free) and locally sourced meat right to your door step! They offer a range of different meat products (www.trulocal.ca)

Marc & I chat about meat industry. I also discover on the podcast, that he’s a serial entrepreneur and he openly chats about lessons learned. We also chat about numerous topics:

* How TruLocal is evolving the meat industry
* The importance of identifying the right niche
* How to optimize your sales & marketing funnels
* Tales and lessons from his past ventures
* And much much more….

Marc is a wealth of knowledge and really shares some amazing insights

Resources Mentioned:

CONTEST:
You can win a holiday basket (https://trulocal.ca/christmas-gift-ideas) from TruLocal, worth $99 that has 5 AAA Striploin steaks delivered to your home! The contest is only open to Ontario residents. How you can win the TruLocal Holiday gift basket, a $99 Value that has 5 AAA Striploin Steaks (No added hormones and antibiotic free). delivered to your home! This contest is currently only open to Ontario residents only. I’ll be notifying the winner on Thurs Dec 7th, 2017.


There are two ways to enter:
1. On the Facebook page – leave a comment on which industries you’d like to hear more about or nominate a Canadian Innovator
2. You can also email me at [email protected] or [email protected]
3. Bonus Entries (3) – if you email me with a screen shot of your rating and review.

Ongoing: Open to all Canadian residents – if you send me a screen shot of your rating & review, I’ll send you a coffee from Coffee’s on Me (Ep 2).

I do have a new contest coming next week that will be open to all global listeners! So stay tuned….

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. We are getting to the season of giving! 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/

E05: Eliminates food waste & helps feed the hungry.. A winning formula with Ben Walters, CEO & Co-Founder of the Feedback App

“It’s a shame that beautiful things go to waste” Ben Walters, CEO & Co-Founder of the Feedback App. 
 
Ben Walters, the CEO & Co-Founders of Feedback App. Ben graduated from McGill University and worked four years primarily in the US in management consulting. Ben was doing well from a financial perspective, but he felt like he was missing something. He eventually developed the concept Feedback with his cousin & co-founder, Josh. The Feedback App is helping restaurants minimize billions of dollars in restaurant food waste. Consumers can buy food at off-peak time to help restaurants to minimize the end of day waste.
 
Ben Walters will be sharing:
  • How the Feedback App managed to find the right WIN-WIN-WIN business model;
  • Some great start-up tools that we should leverage;
  • How they are on a mission to help reduce billions of dollars of wasted food The Feedback App where everyone wins!
When you dive into this episode, it’s sure to melt your heart.  Win-Win-Win. Helping restaurants reduce food waste, providing consumers with deals during off-peak restaurant hours and paying it forward! It’s an episode that will warm your heart! 
  
Call to Action: Nominate your favourite restaurant and help them become a hero.  You can email Ben at [email protected]
 
Resources Mentioned:
WeWork Canada: https://www.wework.com/
Ryerson DMZ
Pulse Project Management: http://www.pulse.ms/
Phone #: 416.805.7771
 
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. We are getting to the season of giving!  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/ 
This is our podcast!  Looking forward to chatting with you next week.
 
Best Always,
Sapna

Ep 02: Elastic Thinking’s Anti-Consulting principles, is changing the way we do business

Elastic Thinking

Yves Le Goff & Jake Philips, co-founded Elastic Thinking. Both have extensive experience in the big corporate technology industry, along with extensive experience in the start-up world. They are now focusing on helping Small -Medium businesses gain a competitive advantage with their CTO as a service and the start-up packages. They are disrupting the typical consulting models.

Elastic Thinking will be sharing:

  1. How CTO as a service is enabling Small-Medium sized businesses to become disruptive
  2. How they are lowering the barrier to entry for new start-up companies and
  3. even tips about VCs and boot-strapping

Resources Mentioned:

Podcast Episode 01: Privacy, the foundation of your freedom featuring Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She has consulted with Facebook, the European Union and many other on privacy concerns. She is currently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Her Privacy by Design framework is now the International Standard and has been translated into 39 languages. Dr. Ann Cavoukian has won numerous awards such as Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada Top 10 Women in Data Security & Privacy, Power 50 by Canadian Business, Top 100 Leaders in Identity.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian will be sharing:

  1. How her privacy by design framework has become the international standard
  2. She’ll show us how to create a new competitive advantage
  3. And even, how Steve Jobs avoided being tracked

Resources Mentioned:

  1. Equifax Breach – http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/equifax-canada-cyberbreach-1.4296475
  2. Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET): http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/27009/324331.pdf
  3. Book: Feel the Fear & Do it Anyways – affiliate link -> http://amzn.to/2zCXjvo
  4. GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation: http://www.eugdpr.org/
  5. Danah Boyd – NY University – https://tisch.nyu.edu/itp/itp-people/faculty/adjuncts/danah-boyd
  6. Homomorphic Encryption: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3196121/security/how-to-make-fully-homomorphic-encryption-practical-and-usable.html
  7. International Council on Global Privacy & Security by Design: https://gpsbydesign.org/
  8. Privacy-Protective Surveillance – http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/27009/324331.pdf
  9. Twitter – @AnnCavoukian
  10. Email – [email protected]
  11. Restaurant – Mayrik – https://www.mayrik.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast Episode 0: We CAN Innovate, eh!

Sapna Malhotra

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Episode 0, provides an overview of what inspired me to start this podcast.  What pushed my buttons? What got me all fired up?

This is a 4 minute audio.. short and sweet that will also get you passionate about supporting our Canadian Innovators.

I would love to hear your thoughts & comments.  More importantly, if you know someone that is great and that should be on the podcast. Let me know! We want to feature them.  This is our podcast! Tooting the horn and supporting our Canadians that are trying to make a difference!

We also have launched a Facebook group, to build a community. To discuss/challenge and help each other become even more successful!

Here is to supporting and helping our Canadian Innovators achieve even more success!:) . Let’s show the world, that we CAN Innovate, eh!

Best Always,

Sapna