81: Sue Newton & Mike Davies | HUM

Sue Newton and Mike Davies - HUM

Sue Newton and Mike Davies - HUM

Meet Sue Newton and Mike Davies with Health Upwardly Mobile (HUM) in Calgary. HUM is an integrated health and wellness company helping those who are suffering from addiction, mental health challenges, and chronic pain. 

In this discussion, Sue and Mike explain addiction and addictive thinking. They show how addictive thinking works and how it is not limited to one group of the population. They share some eye-opening statistics highlighting how common addiction is in our modern-day world and how we can all be more empathetic towards those that are struggling with it. 

Also, they share some great strategies and first steps for those that are interested in the recovery journey. Finally, Sue and Mike share their personal stories and how they find balance.  

Health Upwardly Mobile

HUM on Facebook

80: Mitch Jacobsen | Rviita Energy Tea

Mitch Jacobsen - Rviita Energy Tea

Mitch Jacobsen - Rviita Energy Tea

Meet Mitch Jacobsen, CEO of Rviita Energy Tea. Mitch and his co-founders have created a new generation of energy drink built on an incredible set of values. Rviita is a low calorie, naturally caffeinated, refreshing beverage to fuel your productivity. Also, Mitch and his team have designed an innovative, low carbon footprint, recyclable package. 

By trade, Mitch is an engineer and he has an amazing story of how Rviita came to be. They have built their company on an amazing set of values and Rviita very focused on personal development. 

In this chat, you will learn about the Rviita story and Mitch provides some great advice for anyone looking to branch out and build a business. 

Support Rviita through the ATB BoostR

Rviita ATB BoostR

Learn more about Rviita Energy Tea



79: Alexander Ford | Measurable Genius

Alexander Ford

Alexander Ford

Alexander Ford is the President and CEO of Measurable Genius, Calgary’s only polymathic services agency. Alexander has been pursuing his dream of helping entrepreneurs and business owners find their story, acquire new leads, and scaling their businesses since he first became an entrepreneur at age 12.

By combining strategic consulting, information technology, and marketing services, Alexander and his team convert challenges into opportunities other experts, specialists, consultants, or gurus have been unable or unwilling to solve.




78: Stacey Foley | Business & Brand Coach, Speaker

Stacey Foley Calgary

Meet Stacey Foley! Stacey is a business and development coach for creatives with a focus on women, a personal brand strategist, professional speaker and educator. Stacey is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to business strategy and she also shines when it comes to personal growth. 

In this episode, Stacey shares her powerful personal story and provides actionable steps for anyone looking to improve their business, brand, self-image, and overall life skills. Enjoy this discussion with Stacey Foley. 




77: Jennifer Lussier | Eff Academy

Meet Jennifer Lussier, founder of Eff Academy and the previous President of AnyQuip. If her name sounds familiar, it is because she is a returning guest. Jen was previously on Episode 20 when she was the CMO of AnyQuip.   

Jennifer Lussier - Calgary

Jennifer Lussier - Calgary

Jen is an amazing Calgary entrepreneur who recently worked through closing the doors of AnyQuip. The business ran into some challenges over the last year and they were forced to make the difficult decision to shut down the business. In this real chat, Jen openly shares what happened with AnyQuip and the lessons she has pulled from this. 

As a result of this, Jen opened the doors to Eff Academy. A cool business built on openly sharing your failures through badges that we can proudly wear. 

Reach out to Jen Lussier




76: Marie Paquin | Coastal Bliss

Marie Paquin - Coastal Bliss

Marie Paquin - Coastal Bliss

Meet Marie Paquin, the owner of Coast Bliss, a spa company that actually comes to you. In our current world, consumers are looking for on-demand services bought to them. From groceries, mechanics, vets, and more, we prefer these services to come to us. Coastal Bliss is bringing an extensive list of spa services right to your house or business. 

Marie started this company as a single mother out of the back of an old Buick and has built the company into a rapidly expanding company in Calgary. 

In this podcast episode, Marie tells the story of where her idea came from and shares how she built her company. Also, she shares some amazing life and business lessons for everyone. 




@coastalblissyyc https://www.instagram.com/coastalblissyyc/



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76: Brian Owens| Calgary International Film Festival

Brian Owens Calgary

Brian Owens Calgary

Meet Brian Owens, the Artistic Director of the Calgary International Film Festival. The CIFF is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and there are endless events around Calgary for everyone. Brian was most recently the Artistic Director of the Nashville Film Festival where he was able to double the size of the festival! 

In this chat, Brian explains what can be expected at the CIFF and how to make the most of the exciting week. Also, you will learn how Brian found his way into film and a few of his favourite flicks! 

Calgary International Film Festival

September 18-29, 2019

75: Amanda Hamilton | Amanda Hamilton Designs

Amanda Hamilton -  Amanda Hamilton Designs

Amanda Hamilton - Amanda Hamilton Designs

Meet Amanda Hamilton - an entrepreneurial interior designer turned community collaborator. Amanda is celebrated for her tenacious and “no bullshit” persona and this year she is celebrating 10 years of business in Calgary (she started her design studio in the middle of a recession) and recently created a new start-up called Palette Archives (providing accessible design to the masses). She has received numerous accolades for her work including the Silver Stevie Women Entrepreneur of Canada, and Avenue’s Top 40 under 40.

Amanda started as an interior designer by trade but has become a community leader in Calgary. She can talk about how she has succeeded in business over the past 10 years - taking her traditional business and expand it to create other revenue streams.

Amanda Hamilton Designs

Palette Archives


74: Reuben Bullock | Reuben and the Dark

Reuben Bullock - Reuben and the Dark

Reuben Bullock - Reuben and the Dark

Reuben and the Dark is a Calgary-based Indie Folk band and the lead singer Reuben Bullock. His amazing band was recently chosen to contribute their musical talents to various soundtracks for some of TV’s most compelling high profile dramas (Handmaid’s Tale, Grey’s Anatomy, The Highwayman, etc.  - see full list below). They also recently announced a new song, You and I  and also just announced that they will be doing a special performance at the Coca Cola stage at the Stampede this year - for the first time ever they will be playing at the Stampede in their hometown - officially opening the Stampede music festivities on July 4th. 

In this episode you will learn about Reuben’s path in music and his songwriting process. You will also learn about what it’s like to be on stage and play to thousands of people and what Reuben does for fun!

Reuben and the Dark


The Handmaid’s Tale - Season 3 trailer

Song: Humankind (digital single) *Original song

Grey's Anatomy - Season 15 finale - here

Song: What A Wonderful World (digital single) *Cover of Louis Armstrong Song

The Highwaymen - Netflix film trailer

Song: Hallelujah (from Arms of a Dream)

The Virtues - Channel 4 (UK) Season 1 trailer

Song: Hurricane (from Arms of a Dream)

The Glass Castle - film trailer

Song: Black Water (from Funeral Sky)

073: Amber Romaniuk | Amber Approved

Amber Romaniuk

Amber Romaniuk

Amber Romaniuk is an Emotional Eating, Digestive and Hormone Expert who helps professional women achieve optimal health through mindful eating, self-care and overcoming self-sabotage with food. Her podcast “The No Sugarcoating Podcast” has over half a million downloads and she has appeared on local TV 50 times in the last three years alone.

Amber overcame her own emotional eating after gaining and losing more than 1000 lbs and spending over $50,000 on binge foods and spending 5 years balancing her hormones and digestion. Now she helps others achieve Body Freedom™ so they have the confidence and health to create amazing lives.


Podcast "The No Sugarcoating Podcast" www.amberapproved.ca/podcast

Follow me on Instagram @amberromaniuk

071: Shayleen McHugh | The Light Journey

Shayleen McHugh - The Light Journey

Shayleen McHugh - The Light Journey

Shayleen McHugh is a female entrepreneur and owner of The Light Journey. Her goal is to provide women in Alberta with natural and therapeutic self care that they can enjoy in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

The Light Journey - Calgary

The Light Journey - Calgary

Her company offers a variety of holistic products and services that encourage mindfulness and self awareness which help women feel healthy, balanced and whole. “The stress and routine of daily life can leave women feeling depleted and disconnected from themselves, their families and their values”, says owner and intuitive Reiki master Shayleen McHugh. “By giving women the tools for self care they can relax and heal mind, body and spirit.”

Shayleen McHugh has been a professional Reiki Practitioner since 2016 and has been working with women in the community of Calgary. Using a variety of relaxation techniques, guided intuition and healing touch, it is Shayleen's goal to provide women with an alternative to conventional health and wellness practices.

In this episode, Shayleen shares her inspiring journey and provides a clear explanation of how Reiki works. She also provides a number of fantastic resources for everyone living a busy life. Enjoy this chat with Shayleen, a Calgary based female entrepreneur and all around amazing person!

Reach out to Shayleen

The Light Journey





070: Salima Stanley Bhanj | Humainologie

Salima Stanley Bhanj - Humainologie

Salima Stanley Bhanj - Humainologie

Salima Stanley Bhanji is the founder and CEO of Humainologie - an organization that uses art, including film, to spread empathy, increase inclusion, and reduce discrimination. They have just opened the Humainologie retail store (in the 17th Avenue district), which is an interactive space that promotes empathy and inclusion through a media gallery and local merchandise. All of the carried brands have a social conscience/initiative.

Be sure to join in on the fun at Empathy Week (June 1 -8, 2019)


To watch some of our films: humainologie.com/films

Instagram: @spreadempathyYYC

Facebook & Twitter: @humainologie

To see the full program of events for Empathy Week (June 1-7), go to humainologie.com/empathyweek

To volunteer with Humainologie, get in touch: hello@humainologie.com

069: Jen Carlson | Thirsty Naturals

Jen Carlson - Thirsty Naturals

Jen Carlson - Thirsty Naturals

Jen Carlson’s new 100% natural skincare line for teens, Thirsty Naturals, launches as her second business since Canada’s leading baby food brand, Baby Gourmet. Carlson’s entrepreneurial drive has grown with her children’s age - first ignited through her baby food brand when they were infants, and now through her teen-specific hygiene line today as they journey through adolescence.

Jen Carlson’s entrepreneurship began 13 years ago when she saw a gap in the market for healthy and flavourful baby food for her own daughter. Thus, Baby Gourmet was born -  an organic, gourmet baby food line that helped develop the palate of little ones. As her children grew, so did Carlson’s recognition of the lack of quality products for their age and stage of life (see her blog post on this here). Her children are now young teens, and are the reason that Thirsty Naturals has come to fruition.

Jen is knowledgeable on talking about all things entrepreneur, raising children, and dealing with the often sensitive topic that is teen hygiene

Thirsty Naturals Instagram

068: JD Gagnon | Scotch & Ramen Media

JD Gagnon - Scotch & Ramen Media

JD Gagnon - Scotch & Ramen Media

Meet Calgary's JD Gagnon. After running several successful startups and businesses, JD founded Scotch and Ramen Media in 2017. With a background in digital, social, and commerce marketing, he saw there was a major gap in the marketplace for medium-sized companies who needed the in-house experience from an outside team. Passionate about processes, systems, and optimization, he is the champion of this carefully selected team of marketing and branding experts. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, he is a husband, father of three and official “rainmaker” of Scotch & Ramen.

Scotch & Ramen Media





067: Alex Putici | Work Nicer Coworking

Alex Putici

Alex Putici

Meet Calgary’s Alex Putici, Founder of Work Nicer Coworking. Alex is an entrepreneur, community builder, charity group co-founder, investor, and advisor. Alex is an amazing Calgarian and he has built Alberta’s largest coworking space. Work Nicer has grown to 4 locations across Alberta, spanning both Calgary and Edmonton. Alex and the members of Work Nicer have created an environment that inspires entrepreneurs, builds community, and helps businesses grow. In this episode, you will learn all about the growth of Work Nicer Coworking and Alex provides some fantastic advice for those that are growing a business. Also, you will learn all about Alex’s other ventures as well as his thoughts on the future of coworking. Don’t miss this awesome chat with Alex Putici.

Alex Putici

Work Nicer Coworking

066: Jason Smith | Bow Developments

Jason Smith - Bow Developments

Jason Smith - Bow Developments

Jason M. Smith - he is an entrepreneur and the founder of Bow Developments, a community-minded development company currently developing the first multi-family building in the historic and sought-after neighbourhood of Scarboro, Scarboro 17.

In this chat you will learn from Jason Smith

  • How he harnessed his entrepreneurial spirit and took the scary but necessary leap.

  • How he dealt with the fears and naysayers and make his passion his career.

  • How to choose a team wisely without letting one's ego get in the way.

  • How his negative experience with his original business partner led to a positive growth in his entrepreneurial spirit and drive.

  • The daily practices Jason uses to function at the efficient and effective level that his business demands.

065: Bruce Fikowski | GetAssist

Bruce Fikowski

Twice beating cancer inspired tech CEO Bruce Fikowski to take a calculated leap of faith and launch Get Assist, Inc. GetAssist is the 100 percent private social network that connects individuals with one another and with local businesses to share information, advice, ideas and the sort of help that improves everyday life.

“We’re all a little tired of connecting for the sole purpose of connecting,” Bruce says. “These days online users want connections that lead to results. They could include private message boards among parents for youth hockey teams, professionals collaborating on projects or simply finding contractors to fix stuff around the house.”

He embodies all of the great qualities of true leaders, including empowering employees to solve problems, supporting failure, prioritizing family first, leading by example, paying staffers to volunteer in the community and providing financial assistance to associates when needed (even as far as buying a salesperson a car when her own broke down.)

064: Nathan Chan | Proud Fertility

Nathan Chan Calgary

In this Calgary podcast, you will meet Nathan Chan. Nathan is a proud single intended parent. He is a 33 year old single dad by choice via surrogacy and egg donation. It took him 8 years to finally meet his child Nanette who is 6 months old and was born via Nathan's 6th gestational surrogate.

In this episode, you will learn all about Nathan's journey to fatherhood and Nathan offers some great advice for anyone looking to embark on the journey to becoming a parent through surrogacy and egg donation. 

Learn More:
- http://proudfertility.com
- http://proudfertility.com/2017/04/28/fulfilled-family-dreams-surrogacy/
- http://proudfertility.com/2018/11/29/the-best-things-about-being-a-single-dad-by-choice/
- http://proudfertility.com/in-the-news/

Follow Proud Fertility: @proudfertility

063: Dave Byrns | The Introverted Networker

David Byrns - Introverted Networker

On this week's episode of Ideas and Stuff, you will meet Dave Byrns. Dave runs The Introverted Networker and he is a speaker, trainer, and author. 

We all know the importance of networking in business and in life but what do we do if we are on the introverted side? In this chat, Dave Byrns provides some actionable strategies for you to start networking on your own terms. 

Introverted Networker

You will also hear Dave's amazing story about how he founded The INtroverted Networker. 

Learn more about Dave: