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 

E15: Turning Water into Gold Innovation with Zac Young, COO of H2nanO

Zac Young is a Co-Founder and COO of H2nanO, providing next generation water treatment solutions for hard-to-treat contaminants. He is a Loran Scholar, former team member of nanotechnology start-ups Nicoya Lifesciences and Alchemy, and Nanotechnology Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo.

This is an extra special episode, as one of our listeners, Sylvie Spraakman nominated H2nanO as Canadian Innovator that is changing the game! Thank you Sylvie! 

“Figure out what your company really stands for and stands to do”

 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How H2NanO is using sunlight to create purified water
  • The importance of trying to hone in on what is the immediate thing to solve
  • Why engaging customers early is key to success in a business
  • Getting your Bill Gates cup of clean water moment
  • How to focus on what really matters during the start of the day

“Don’t bite more than what you can chew”

 

Resources Mentioned:

Key Habits

Find time in the morning to sit down and think about what it is I’m working that day, that week and that month.

Get back on track where you can have days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months pretty quickly if you’re not diligent about filtering out what is the need to get done versus the not necessary components.

Favorite Hotspots:  Kitchener Waterloo, Canada

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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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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!

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E06: Rob Catalano, Co-Founder of WorkTango is giving employees a voice and employers actionable insights

Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – a software platform that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2017 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, has had the privilege of speaking in over 30 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate business and HR leaders across the globe. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveller, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points for everything and anything! You can reach him at [email protected] or @RobCatalano on twitter.
 
Rob & I discuss how WorkTango’s software platform is creating real-time connection and empathy with employees that is transforming how we do business.   
 
We chat about numerous topics:
  • Using machine learning & sentiments to give a voice to employees
  • How Human Resources (HR) is evolving – 
  • Companies are being to treating employees as consumers
  • The art of getting Known – Liked – Trusted
  • And much much more….
 
Rob is truly known globally as a thought leader around Employee Engagement. In fact, by the time this episode airs, he’ll be on the stage somewhere in England delivering insights of how to engage & leverage the power of the modern employee. 
 
Resources Mentioned: 
 
You can reach him at [email protected] or @RobCatalano on twitter. He’s always available for a chat!
 
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