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By the time you finish listening to this sentence, technology will have removed another obstacle between you and your vision. Exponential progress in technology is assured, however right strategy to execute is in doubt. Welcome to the point of no return podcast, a show about the intersection of technology, strategy and the how leaders can increase their velocity.
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May 22, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Naomi Goldapple, Head of Alayalabs @ Alayacare.

An entrepreneur and digital strategist, Naomi is passionate about how new technologies and AI can build communities, commercialize products and solve real business challenges. With over 20 years of experience she has a reputation for being an innovator, corporate strategist and strong supporter of mentorship programs and the Montreal tech community.

Naomi leads AlayaLabs, the innovation backbone of AlayaCare, where she applies research in machine learning and optimization applications to elevate the AlayaCare client experience and drive business results.

Prior to AlayaCare, Naomi was one of the first employees at the dynamic start-up, Element AI. As one of its first employees she took a number of different roles and led the product and business development for AI products in the transportation and logistics vertical.

Demystifying the application of AI technologies is a topic Naomi speaks to regularly at conferences around the globe. That straight-talk approach is also what makes her an in-demand mentor and contributor to organizations like TechStars and Founder Fuel.

Building community is very important to Naomi and that can be seen in her volunteer and entrepreneurial endeavours. She founded and ran the award-winning Maman, bébé et café inc., a centre for young families where the adults could get fit, socialize, shop or get pampered while their children played in the state-of-the-art play area.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • The importance of both technology and a robust business model
  • Alayacare’s mission and how they help home care workers
  • Providing workflows for the public and private sector
  • Creating new opportunities with data.

 

Naomi is one of the sharpest executives I know. It was a real pleasure to reconnect with you despite everything going on. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

 

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May 8, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Andrew Boch, COO @ Busbud. Andrew Boch is an accomplished senior executive with more than 15 years of success in technology and high growth startups. Leveraging extensive experience in driving product development, optimizing financial systems, and constructing efficient teams, he is a valuable asset for startups navigating stages of growth and organizations seeking to more broadly scale their products. His broad areas of expertise include business development and growth, operational excellence, team development, internal structuring and leadership. He has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hopper and LevelUp which was acquired by GrubHub in 2018, in their largest public acquisition to date. Andrew received his A.B., or Bachelor of Arts, in History and Science from Harvard University.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • The nature of knowledge
  • Working at tech startups
  • The importance of OKRs
  • The challenges of working remotely

 

Andrew has a calm & cool demeanour that makes you just listen to what he says. He was generous with his time & insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Apr 24, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Zackary Lewis, Founder & CEO @ Say Allo.

Upon completing a successful tour in the United States Marine Corps as a Heavy Machine Gunner in the renowned “Walking Dead” battalion of the Infantry, Zackary utilized his leadership skills to launch Genesis Marketing Group, a company focused on building successful branding campaigns for companies throughout the United States. While simultaneously attending the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Zackary grew Genesis Marketing Group to over 130 employees with locations in Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After a successful exit of Genesis Marketing, Zackary founded GlobalTRACK Technologies, an asset tracking technology company allowing consumers to detect lost or stolen equipment utilizing the latest in GPS technologies.

In 2001 Zackary founded Liquid Compass, a premier Streaming Delivery Network to the radio industry. Focused on the streaming radio industry, Liquid Compass provided streaming services to thousands of broadcasters around the world to include Absolute Radio, Bonneville, Clear Channel (iHeartRadio), CBS, Entercom, Greater Media, Hubbard Radio, Lincoln Financial Media, Saga Communications and Salem Communications, to name a few. As Liquid Compass evaluated potential pathways to growth and innovation, Zackary spearheaded an important merger for the radio industry by combining its business and operations with another leader in the space, Triton Digital.

Following the acquisition of Liquid Compass, recent accolades include being selected as one of ten CEOs to successfully complete 101010.net's inaugural launch, and also being awarded as a Top 25 Young Professional in Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine.

Zackary is frequently asked to speak and moderate panel discussions on topics pertaining to streaming technologies, digital advertising, artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship.

Currently Zackary is evolving how people meet with Say Allo, an intelligent relationship discovery app.

 

 

 

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he left the Marines to become a serial entrepreneur
  • Lessons he took from the army
  • Traveling to Vietnam and the insight he had on that trip
  • What’s wrong with online dating today and his personal story
  • His plans to compete with Say Allo in a crowded space
  • Raising money and attacking a big market

 

Zackary often travels to Montreal and I was happy that he took the time to sit down with me. He’s humble despite many past successes and I took away a lot from this interview. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Apr 9, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Stephan Morency, Head of Investments @ Fondaction. Stéphan Morency has more than 15 years of experience as a private equity fund manager and entrepreneur specializing in enterprise corporate strategy consulting.

He founded 2 companies and managed them from inception to divestiture.

He currently works at Fondaction, a 2B+$ fund dedicated to sustainable development, as Chief Investment Officer.

He is primarily active in the impact investment sectors targeted by Fondaction and related to climate change, sustainable agro food transition and land revitalization. He is also serving as board member for several organizations including Transition Energetique Quebec. 



On the show, we spoke about:

  • Finding purpose in his work 
  • How he decided to focus on sustainability
  • The importance of impact investing
  • Fondaction’s mission, vision and investment thesis
  • Thinking beyond the crisis  

 

I learned a lot about impact investing, sustainability and the post-Covid-19 world by talking with Stephan. He was very generous with his insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Mar 27, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Alexandre de Brébisson, Founder @ Lyrebird.ai and PhD student at MILA. Alexandre is one of the founders of lyrebird.ai, a startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, RedPoint Ventures and YCombinator (S17). He is also a fourth-year PhD student at the MILA lab in Montréal under the joint supervision of Professors Pascal Vincent and Yoshua Bengio (my interest in neural nets started back in 2008 when he coded LeNet-5 in Maple (!)). Before his PhD, he studied at Imperial College under the supervisions of Professors Murray Shanahan, Giovanni Montana and Mauricio Barahona.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he started building websites at a young age
  • His interest in speech synthesis and the ethical impact
  • Optimization speeds with natural language processing
  • Going viral around the world

 

Alexandre is a brilliant and super humble entrepreneur. The technology he is developing is literally stuff from science fiction. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Mar 13, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Pascal Pilon, CEO @ Landr. Pascal Pilon is a veteran tech entrepreneur, CEO and investor, is currently running LANDR, the world's leader in music post-production and digital content management. He actively supports new entrepreneurs in Quebec through YUL Ventures, a fund he created and manages since 2013, investing in great founders leading technology companies that are in the early days of their commercialization effort. Pascal is a software engineer by trade with an MBA from HEC Montreal, and is the recipient of several awards, including CNBC’s Upstart 25 (in 2017), Deloitte's Fast 50 (2018 and 6 times over the last decade), Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst & Young (Quebec, 2009), Investissement Québec’s CEO of the Year Award (2009) and Réseau Capital’s CEO of the Year Award (2011).

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How Pascal got interested in entrepreneurship
  • Launching and his exit from Averna
  • Investing in MixGenius and the opportunity he saw
  • Landr’s growth, strategy and diversified revenue streams
  • Their ambition to help artists succeed

 

Pascal is one of the most successful Canadian technology entrepreneurs. He was generous with his time and insights, I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Feb 28, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Hector Pantazopoulos, CRO & Cofounder @ SourceKnowledge and Deborah Kilpatrick, VP Marketing & Cofounder @ SourceKnowledge.

 

Deborah Kilpatrick is the co-founder and VP of Marketing at SourceKnowledge. SourceKnowledge helps e-commerce brands ignite sales by advertising their products on premium digital channels. The company uses proprietary algorithms and machine learning software to traffic campaigns, with the resulting data made transparent and available to its customers through online analytics and order ID reporting. Because of this data driven audience segmentation process, SourceKnowledge can target and constantly refine the most effective ad delivery for its customers.

Hector Pantazopoulos is the CRO & Cofounder @ SourceKnowledge. Hector has over ten years of experience in the online advertising and marketing industry in a business development role. He has deep expertise in video advertising, affiliate marketing, and online retail.

Founded in 2009, SourceKnowledge is headquartered in Montreal with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles and clients around the world. Deloitte ranked SourceKnowledge as one of the fastest growing companies in the North America Technology Fast 500 in 2014 and 2015.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How they launched Source Knowledge and the drive behind it
  • The evolution of their business model
  • Importance of the open web
  • Moving to a cookie less world
  • Eschewing venture capital funding

 

I learned a ton from talking with Hector and Deborah. They shared some great insights into building a business and about the Adtech industry.  

 

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Feb 14, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Marine Thomas, Editor in Chief @ Les Affaires

She has been working in writing since 2016 as an editor in chief in various media organizations.

Marine is driven by a desire to offer our readers relevant and high-quality content, whether in paper or digital form. In addition, she acts on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Women's Y - YWCA Montreal since 2014. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Board.

Previously, she was editor-in-chief at Revue Gestion - HEC Montréal, editor-in-chief of Inspiro Media and deputy editor-in-chief of Premieres en Affaires. Marine has a Masters in Culture and Media Management (Press and Publishing Specialty) from Sciences Po (Paris).

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • The acquisition of Les Affaires
  • The importance of diversifying revenue sources as well as quality journalism
  • Putting the client at the center of a transformation
  • Where media is headed

 

Marine leads the most prestigious business publication in the province. She shared some great insights on the future of media and leadership. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Feb 7, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Joe Meadows, Co-Founder & CEO @ Opslock.

Joe is a worksite safety entrepreneur. He started his career as a mariner and quickly moved up the ranks to become Chief Mate at McDermott International. He saw an entrepreneurial opportunity to help prevent workplace incidents and decided to launch his own startup.

He co-founded Opslock which builds tools to save lives at work.

Opslock is empowering employers to proactively avoid disasters by revolutionizing the way activities are planned, monitored, and controlled. Their platform allows even the harshest and most remote operations to go completely paperless, ensures OSHA compliance, while machine-learning and predictive analytics get the right information to employees at the right time - enabling smarter, safer operations.

They raised financing from world class investors and are growing quickly.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he became a master mariner
  • Moving up the ranks and eventually became second in command upon a large ship
  • Starting Opslock and seeing the opportunity in worker’s safety
  • How he met his co-founder in unusual circumstances
  • The massive global market for their product
  • Raising funding from the world’s top investors

 

Joe is on the verge of building a truly global business. He’s deeply passionate about his industry and shared some great insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Jan 29, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Martin Enault, COO @ Felix & Paul Studios.  

Martin has over 16 years of experience between executive roles and being an entrepreneur, and is now COO for Felix & Paul Studios. He also wants to change how the world sees social issues, and particularly around mental health.

Previously, he was part of C2.biz for five years, and it truly changed his perspective on the world. He hopes to help inspire others in seeing that we can, and should, reshape the future. He has been blessed with dyslexia, anxiety and depression, and it’s changed the way he sees the world. He sees it these as a positive force, as they make him a better person, and enables him to see the world from a different perspective.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he got started in entertainment
  • Growing C2 from a startup to a global phenomenon
  • Where he sees the future of VR
  • The issues of mental health and what people can do it
  • Practical advice for those affected by depression or anxiety

 

Today’s episode has been a long time coming. I look up to Martin and admire him tremendously. He has the courage to tackle a massively important issue.

 

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Jan 17, 2020

On this week’s show, we spoke with Thibaud Marechal, VP Growth @ Kn0x

Thibaud is currently VP Growth at KNØX, a Bitcoin custodian designed for institutions backed by investors such as Fidelity and Initialized Capital. 

Previously, he was Head of Platform at Real Ventures, a $330M early-stage VC in Canada (investor in Blockstream, 1confirmation, Bitaccess, Breather, Element AI, Mindbridge and League). Ran FounderFuel, Canada's most active venture accelerator (80+ deals including Bus.com, Transit and Sonder), investing $100k per company. 

In 2015, he co-founded & led the McGill X-1 Accelerator to bring medical, engineering and computer lab research to market with a shoe-string budget.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Launching McGill X+1 
  • His time spent at Real Ventures and helping launch their crypto practice 
  • Decentralized vs. centralized finance 
  • Scarcity of trust in organizations
  • His active Twitter presence

 

Thibaud is the smartest person I know in the crypto space. Even though we don’t always share the same opinion, I love debating him. Enjoy the conversation!

 

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Dec 27, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Mark Sherman, Founder & CEO @ Media Experts. Mark Sherman is the founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Media Experts. He has guided the agency from its creation in 1981 to its current position as Canada’s largest independent media services company.

 

A recognized leader in the Canadian advertising community, Mark is regarded by agencies and customers alike as a strategic advertising thinker, and by the media selling community as a relentless negotiator. His approach to media, coupled with a unique techno-acumen, has also earned Mark the reputation of media futurist.

 

Mark has instilled in the Media Experts team a “customer first philosophy”. He has bred a group of media professionals who go far beyond the conventional to create effective media solutions for our customers designed to build their businesses and maximize customers’ return on their advertising investments.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • His first job in radio
  • Launching Media Experts
  • Their not-so secret competitive advantage
  • Competing on a global stage
  • The importance of giving back

 

Mark has been a mentor and a person I’ve always looked up to. I’m thrilled that he accepted to sit down for the interview. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Dec 13, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Julien Smith, Co-Founder & Chairman @ Breather. Julien has spent the past 10 years riding waves of technology as they have grown in importance. This ability to read trends, alongside his ability to express ideas clearly, have allowed him to work with some of the most important names on the web. He has created work that has reached over a million people, in several languages, and made several million dollars in the process for individuals and groups.

 

His current venture, Breather, is an on-demand space company he built from the ground up starting in 2012. It has been covered by CNN, Fast Company (twice), TechCrunch, The Verge, and a ton of other publications, all unanimously positive. They have raised over $73M USD from some of the best investors in the world, and they are growing fast.

 

As Breather's CEO, he was responsible for hiring world-class talent, raising funds, directing strategy, finding locations, building partnerships and much more.

 

Prior to this, he was a New York Times bestselling author of business and marketing books. He and his co-author were among to the first to write books about social media as a phenomenon.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he went from being a thought leader to a founder
  • Writing about social media in early days
  • Getting the idea and launching Breather
    Deciding to resign as CEO
  • The importance of storytelling

 

I’ve admired Julien for a long time and was thrilled to have him on the show. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

 

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Nov 29, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Brie Code, CEO & Creative Director @ Tru Luv.

Brie Code is the CEO and creative director of TRU LUV, a Toronto-based studio that makes AI companions. Their companions are built on a framework of deepening friendship, not increasing challenge or complexity, to help people relax and grow. They think they are a key part of the future of interactivity. TRU LUV’s first companion, #SelfCare, is one of Apple’s Best of 2018 Trends of the Year selections. 

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How Brie got into gaming 
  • Her journey in self-discovery and finding her next move
  • The concept of tend and befriend
  • Focusing on psychological growth

 

I was blown away by Brie’s philosophy and approach in her startup. She’s a great entrepreneur and seems to be just getting started. I really hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Nov 15, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Jay Hébert, Co-Founder & Partner @ Elevent

Jay has always been driven by his curiosity, his love of people and his passion to overcome challenges. When he was 21, his boss walked out just months before their main event. In a panic, he was asked to replace him. He did – for another five years. Soon after, another challenge came knocking: he landed a job at the marketing communications company, Cossette, to help lead their still-growing sponsorship division. He not only survived but excelled. And the experience propelled him to where he is today: over 15 years of experience in marketing communications and co-founder of the next-generation sponsorship agency, Elevent. He has successfully crafted alliance marketing initiatives, held leading roles at major institutions, like BMO Financial Group, developed high-visibility sponsorship programs for the Olympics, and built and managed prestigious partnerships for international and national corporations alike, including General Motors, Group, Saputo, TELUS and many others.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he got started in the marketing world
  • How the “show must go on” in the world of sponsorships
  • Launching his own agency but not having a master plan
  • Avoiding a conflict of interest in his business model
  • The importance of cause marketing

 

Jay was authentic and honest in this interview. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Nov 8, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with JP Chauvet, President @ Lightspeed

JP Chauvet has been President since 2016. Having joined in the role of Chief Revenue Officer in 2012. He became a member of the board of directors in 2013.

Prior to joining Lightspeed, JP Chauvet held various leadership positions at Atex Group across Europe and Asia where his last role was CEO, EMEA. Prior to Joining Atex, JP Chauvet was the VP, Sales and Marketing of Nstein Technologies and from 2000 to 2005, he was the VP, Sales and Marketing of IXIASOFT Technologies Inc.

JP Chauvet also serves on the boards of directors of Coveo Solutions Inc., a provider of AI-based search technologies, and Alaya Care Inc., a cloud-based home care software solutions provider.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Understanding the value of a customer
  • Building a high performance culture
  • Retail is the new black
  • Lightspeed’s remaining opportunity (hint: it’s massive)
  • How his role has evolved over time

 

JP is one of the most impressive tech executives I know. He shared some great unconventional wisdom. I hope that you enjoy the episode!

 

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Oct 25, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Francois Lafortune, Founder and CEO @ Diagram. Francois Lafortune is an entrepreneur and investor with fifteen years experience in building businesses in the financial technology sector. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diagram Ventures, a $85m venture builder that co-founds technology companies pursuing transformative innovation in the financial, insurance and healthcare sectors. Francois is also a Partner of Portag3 Ventures, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Québec, he sits on Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s advisory committee on Open Banking; and he is a member of the AMF’s Technological Innovation advisory committee.

Prior to founding Diagram, he co-led the Canadian Business Technology practice at McKinsey & Company. Francois holds an engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How he started companies at the age of 13
  • What he learned in consulting
  • The idea behind Diagram and building a Fintech ecosystem
  • Validating ideas quickly and prototyping
  • Working with incumbents and disruptors

 

François is in the empire building business and Diagram is already creating world-class businesses. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Oct 11, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Sylvain Carle, Partner @ Real Ventures

Sylvain Carle has spent the last two decades living and breathing emerging technologies. Though he didn’t study computer science, Sylvain has been tinkering with computers for years, and spent most of his career as a startup entrepreneur at the confluence of media, technology and networks. A self-proclaimed nerd, socialist and pragmatist, Sylvain believes in technology as a means to change the world, and loves investing in ideas and people to transform industries. Before joining Real Ventures in 2014, Sylvain was CTO and co-founder at Messagia, Interstructure, Praized and Needium, and also worked as Senior Developer Advocate at Twitter in San Francisco. As a Real Ventures pre-seed partner, Sylvain plays a key role in nurturing the local tech ecosystem, and also works closely with their portfolio companies.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Being a self-learner
  • The concept of failure
  • Working for Twitter pre-IPO
  • Real Venture’s Orbit Fund and Front Row Ventures
  • Fostering a community and ecosystem
  • The concept of “Conscious Leadership” and impact investing

 

Sylvain was very generous with his time. I learned a ton from spending time with him. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Oct 4, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Laurent Simon, Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation @ HEC Montreal. Laurent Simon is a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montréal. He created and teaches a master’s-level course on innovation management and received an award for pedagogical excellence in 2005. His research focuses mainly on innovation-minded projects, knowledge management and how creativity is managed in various settings. He is the co-founder and co-director of Mosaic, HEC Montréal’s creativity and innovation hub focusing on research, knowledge transfer and dissemination. He is regularly called on by private, public and parapublic organizations to provide his insight into these topics.

 

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Creativity in the video game industry
  • Can creativity be taught?
  • How universities need to reinvent themselves
  • The innovation value chain
  • The summer school on management of creativity – Mosaic which be co-founded

 

Laurent is an incredibly interesting professor and shared some great insights about creativity. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Sep 20, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Claudine Labelle, Founder and President @ FitSpirit. Claudine is a social entrepreneur and former elite athlete who founded FitSpirit to encourage a generation of teenage girls to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. With the support of prominent partners, she is spearheading far-sighted efforts to promote physical activity and healthy eating. The impact has been major: to date, FitSpirit has reached more than 150,000 young women in Quebec and Ontario. In addition to achieving success for FitSpirit, Claudine’s hard work and energy have earned her numerous awards and recognition from her peers in the philanthropic and social enterprise communities.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Finding her passion to help teenage girls
  • Being a competitor in the cycling world
  • Her non-profit’s mission and the impact they create
  • How they partner with the corporate world

 

It was the first time I met Claudine and she was a true inspiration. She approaches her non-profit like a business and shared some great insights.

 

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Sep 13, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Caroline Codsi, President & Founder @ Women in Governance. A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline Codsi has had a successful career in the corporate world of over 25 years including the past decade in VP and SVP roles within major organizations.

Caroline founded Women in Governance in 2010 (aka La Gouvernance au Féminin), a non-for-profit organization with mission to encourage women to develop their leadership, advance their career and sit on boards. She dedicates her life to all matters relating to the access of women to executive roles and board positions in the corporate world in Canada as well as women’s equality rights everywhere in the world.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How war shaped her worldview
  • Two key principles: authenticity and audacity
  • How she operates her non-profit as a business
  • Encouraging women to enter into STEM
  • Her ambitious goal of creating an industry-wide certification

 

Caroline is an inspiring entrepreneur that took a huge leap to start her non-profit. She is incredible inspiring and I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

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Aug 30, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Marie-José Lalande, President & CEO @ Kinessor. Relationship facilitator, passionate about management and telecoms, Marie-José is at the head of Kinessor, a company specializing in professional services and telecommunications consulting. Kinessor has a large professional team technically qualified in network, communication (voice, instant messaging, virtual meeting, etc.), wireless, security and data centers. Customers rely on their services for reliability, integrity, skills and efficiency. They can support their clients or support their telecom projects regardless of the desired technology

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • How she leads the firm with intuitive decision making
  • The growth strategy of the firm
  • The talent challenge
  • Learning how to delegate
  • How continuous improvement lies at the heart of the company.

 

Marie-José is very modest despite the success of her company. I hope you like the conversation!

 

Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

 

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Aug 16, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Martin Aubut, Vice-President Transformation & Strategic Innovation @ Cogeco. Martin is a pragmatic digital marketing executive and entrepreneur, with 20+ years of experience. He is known for transforming organization toward consumer centricity by leveraging data & digital capabilities. He is now acting as Vice-President of the Transformation Office and Strategic Innovation at COGECO Connexion one of the Largest Canadian Telecommunication organizations.

In the last 7 years, he led with success L’Oréal Canada successful Digital ACCELERATION, as CDO (Intrapreneur). He built with his team advanced E-Commerce, CRM & Data Science practice leverage around the world.

He had the chance to work on building the foundation of the Innovation lab focus on Artificial Intelligence, leveraging Deep learning and machine learning technics for L'Oréal World.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • What it means to be an intrapreneur
  • Focusing on the customer journey
  • The challenges of business transformation
  • The role of data in a transformation
  • His framework of people, tech and process

 

Martin is a true intrapreneur and has been able to repeatedly achieve success with every company he’s worked with. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

 

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Aug 2, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Marc-Antoine Ross, CEO & Co-Founder @ dfuse

He has a passion for building teams and is constantly evaluating those he meets to figure out how they can bring their skills to the multitude of projects that he touches. From there, he figures out what he needs to do to make their talent shine. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started his first company at 21. He has co-founded three successful companies, two of which were acquired by major tech companies and the last one was acquired by Intel. Marc-Antoine is very well known in the tech community, personally advising several startups and mentoring companies through Founder Institute and FounderFuel. He is also an ambassador for United Way and has raised significant donations from the tech community.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • Dropping out of school to work on his business
  • Being a co-founder of several successful companies including PasswordBox
  • Being a first time CEO and what he’s learned so far
  • His new startup in the blockchain space and the problem they are trying to solve

 

Marc-Antoine was generous with his time and was very transparent. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

 

Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

 

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Jul 19, 2019

On this week’s show, we spoke with Louis Duchesne, Executive Vice-President & General Director @ Cossette Quebec. Originally from Montreal, where he attended McGill University, Mr. Duchesne spent six years working for Nurun before being recruited by Cossette in Quebec City, where he served as General Manager of the interactive division before being named Vice-President of the integrated agency in 2009. Since 2013, he has also held the position of Senior Vice-President of Cossette in Quebec, heading up national accounts such as General Motors, La Maison Simons, Office du tourisme de Québec, CAA-Québec and Gaz Métro.

 

On the show, we spoke about:

  • The changing business model of agencies
  • The importance of talent
  • Transition a traditional agency into a digital one
  • How the media landscape has changed
  • The hype of data

 

I really enjoyed meeting Louis and discussing with him topics that are close to my heart. Louis was very generous with his time and insights. Enjoy the show!

 

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