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#33 - Joshna Maharaj

#33 - Joshna Maharaj

2022-11-0301:19:22

Joshna Maharaj is a chef, two-time TEDx speaker, and activist. She believes strongly in the power of chefs and social gastronomy to bring hospitality, sustainability, and social justice to the table. Joshna is a regular guest on CBC Radio, a passionate public speaker, and co-hosts “Hot Plate,” a food and drink podcast. She was the recipient of Restaurants Canada’s Culinary Excellence Award in 2018. Her recent book, “Take Back The Tray,” is about her work building new models for institutional food procurement, production, and service. This book is a movement to reconnect food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in public institutions around the globe. It is a passionate story about how a chef tried to disrupt the institution in hopes for systemic change. In this conversation, we talked about food insecurity, the power of values & purpose, system change, everyday activism, staying motivated through adversity, paying invisible taxes, and unlearning hustle culture. Connect with Joshna: Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshnamaharaj Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshnamaharaj/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshna-maharaj-627772112/ Website: https://www.joshnamaharaj.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#32 - Declan Edwards

#32 - Declan Edwards

2022-09-2956:11

Declan Edwards is a thought leader in the field of happiness and the Founder of BU Happiness College–an award-winning social enterprise growing global happiness. An avid believer in the potential of people, Declan has seen firsthand that when people are equipped with the strategies to manage their minds and master their emotions, they make a positive impact not only in their own lives but also in the lives of those around them. It is this impact that he is passionate about spreading. As a published author, podcast host, and keynote speaker Declan is actively bringing the skillset of happiness back to the people and creating a world where people can thrive. When he isn't working, you'll find him hiking and spending quality time with his wife and their two dogs, or you'll find him playing either country music or acoustic covers of RnB classics on his guitar. In this episode, we talked about mortality, the link between love & happiness, country music vs. R&B music, hedonic vs. eudaemonic happiness, ego death, transcending GDP as a measure of success, color coding calendars, and making decisions that align with our head, heart, and gut. Connect with Declan: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/declan-edwards-bu-coaching/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bu.happiness.college Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bu_happiness_college/ AND https://www.instagram.com/declanedwards_bu/ Website: https://buhappinesscollege.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#31 - Jessey McGuire

#31 - Jessey McGuire

2022-09-0955:50

Jessey McGuire is an Australian educator and mindset coach. He has worked for the University of Newcastle D.I.C.E group researching Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies in Schools. He completed his teaching degree with honors and shortly after completed a Masters of Business Administration & Masters of Marketing. Today he is the founder of Mind by Design - a global personal development business and community for men and women who seek clarity, purpose, and accountability. Jessey is an expert at helping people get clear, feel confident in their own skin, and build the courage to take brave steps towards what they really want. In this conversation, we talked about looking within ourselves, the power of non-negotiables, navigating personal transitions, and several binaries: teaching versus coaching, scared versus sacred voices, thinking versus feeling, and the "how" versus the "what." Connect With Jessey Here: Instagram: https://instagram.com/mind_by_design  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessey-mcguire Linktree: https://linktr.ee/mind_by_design --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#30 - Alicia Robertson

#30 - Alicia Robertson

2022-08-2901:06:02

Alicia Robertson is a transformative life coach who helps people navigate massive change. She is the founder and CEO of Lemonade Life–a coaching business and community for women going through major life changes such as the loss of a loved one, career pivots, midlife uncertainty, divorce, and more. In just the past three years, Alicia has coached over 1,000 women and built a community of over 30,000 people. She is a sought after speaker and thought leader who has been featured on SiriusXM, Thrive Global and The Papaya Podcast. It's Alicia's mission to help empower people to thrive through change and build their best life. In this episode, we talked about rebounding from a divorce, navigating difficult change (such as layoffs or career pivots), burnout, living out and through your values, operating with love & kindness, and being perfectly imperfect. Connect with Alicia here: Website: https://www.lemonadelife.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lemonadelifecoach/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lemonadecoach Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelemonadelifecoach LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-robertson-17ba5a210/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#29 - Victor Godinho

#29 - Victor Godinho

2022-08-1801:02:32

Victor Godinho is a serial entrepreneur and wealth management & strategic financial planning professional. His work and insights have been featured by the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, HuffPost Business, Canadian Wealth Professional, Global News, CBC, and the Financial Post, among other notable media outlets. Victor is the Managing Partner at Kismet Wealth Group, overseeing the firm's strategic growth in their Wealth Management and Family Office services. Victor holds Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Investment Manager designations. Victor is also a recently published author. His first book, “Enterprise Your Wealth: How To Manage Your Wealth Like A Business,” is now available on Amazon. In this episode, we talked about the importance of paying it forward, growing up in Scarborough, wisdom from Jay Z, the hustler’s mentality, Parkinson’s Law, and doing whatever it takes to turn your dreams into reality. Connect with Victor here: Website: www.kismetgroup.ca Instagram: @kismetgrp & @officialvtag --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#28 - James Benham

#28 - James Benham

2022-08-1257:39

James Benham is a bootstrapped serial entrepreneur, corporate innovator, and investor focused on technology that transforms the world’s oldest industries. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of JBKnowledge, a multinational technology and consulting company founded in 2001 that develops industry-leading software for the largest insurance companies across the globe. He is also the Co-Founder of two insurance tech products: SmartCompliance and Terra. Prior to being focused solely on insurance, James built multiple technology products for the construction industry. His most successful, SmartBid, became the leading construction bidding software for general contractors worldwide, culminating in a multi-million dollar acquisition in 2018. With over 9,500 followers on LinkedIn, James is a sought-after consultant and speaker at the forefront of innovation, technology, sales, and business leadership. He is the host of The InsureTech Geek Podcast and has spoken at over 400 conferences in the last 15 years. His first book, Be Your Own VC: 10 Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control, is set to release this fall. James's first book: Be Your Own VC: 10 Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control, is set to release this Fall. In this episode we talked about the pain vs. control, entrepreneurship, persisting through overwhelming fear, compassionate leadership, the power of checklists, and the discipline and focus it takes to land planes—metaphorically, and literally. Connect with James here: Website: https://jamesbenham.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbenham/ Twitter: @jamesmbenham Instagram: @jamesmbenham --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#27 - Courtney Watts

#27 - Courtney Watts

2022-08-0251:50

Courtney Watts is a human-centred design strategist at CGI, bringing human-centred systems thinking and mindfulness together to help design teams and global enterprises alike solve complex problems. She completed her masters in international business at Hult International Business School in 2014, splitting her time in the program between Cambridge, and Shanghai. She's spent most of the last 8 years in global IT consulting enterprises and startups, including a glorious few years in Toronto. She returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and joined CGI back in October 2020. In addition to her work at CGI, she works with students at Carnegie Mellon University. The universe truly aligned for this conversation to take place. In this conversation, Courtney and Hamza talk about the love of language. They pick apart the concept of love and how that relates to fear. Are you team love or team fear? They talked about identity, the importance of healing and mindfulness at work. Courtney and Hamza touched upon things like stress and burnout and the importance of creating human-centred systems. With notes on Formula 1 racing and spirituality, it was a conversation everyone should hear at least once! Connect with Courtney here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wattscourtney/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#26 - Hamza Khan

#26 - Hamza Khan

2022-07-1801:00:43

Hamza Khan is a Democratic Strategist & political activist based in the Washington Metro Region's Maryland suburbs. He is also a frequent guest on national & international news stations to provide analysis & commentary on topics ranging from the environment to immigration & developing markets. Hamza is the founder of The Pluralism Project, an organization working to empower everyday Americans hailing from diverse narratives in our political process. He has previously consulted members of Congress & the US Senate on outreach strategies to immigrant populations & minority voters. He is a keynote speaker who has spoken at dozens of social & political events across the country. Hamza also has a background in speech-writing, with clients including ambassadors, political candidates, religious leaders & Fortune 500 executives. In this conversation, Hamza Khan and Hamza Khan discussed how their path crossed and what it is like to share the same name. They talked about an array of subjects such as Ms.Marvel, social justice, South-Asain identities, burnout, and believe it or not,  infiltrating FoxNews. Ultimately ending on a very poignant note about the importance of creating empathy and how your life can change, just one breakfast at a time. Follow Hamza here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hamzapolitics/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/hamzaskhan Newsletter: https://www.hamzakhan.me/subscribe More: https://linktr.ee/HamzaSKhan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#25 - Herbert Lui

#25 - Herbert Lui

2022-07-0101:03:34

Herbert Lui is an editorial director and author. He has been writing since he was 15. His work has appeared in publications like Fast Company, Hypebeast, and Quartz, and he later joined Lifehacker as a staff writer. His company Wonder Shuttle has advised teams at organizations such as the City of Toronto, Shopify, and Skillshare on their writing and publications. In this conversation, went deep into his latest book, Creative Doing and the impact it has had on both our journeys since the last time we spoke on the podcast. We also talked about generational trauma, death anxiety and what it means to have a “purpose” in life. It also wouldn’t be a conversation with Herbert if there wasn’t a little Kanye West in there as well. Follow Herbert here: Blog: https://herbertlui.net/ Newsletter: https://herbertlui.net/best-of-books Twitter: https://twitter.com/herbertlui Medium: https://herbertlui.medium.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/herbertlui --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
Earlier this year, I had the immense privilege of delivering a convocation address to the 2019 graduates of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) in Toronto, Ontario.  Inspired by The Toronto Raptors' crowning as 2019 NBA Champions, I urged graduates to contend with imposter syndrome and talk themselves into greatness. Here's the full audio for your listening pleasure. Links to the video and transcript are below. Remember: Be great. Talk yourself into it. FULL VIDEO: http://bit.ly/2J2eMme FULL TRANSCRIPT: http://bit.ly/2x9gXze --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#24 - David Ip Yam

#24 - David Ip Yam

2019-07-1201:12:01

David Ip Yam is the Project Director of Student Service Excellence at York University. He’s also the Co-Founder of Relationship Zen. By day, he’s an award-winning higher education practitioner and scholar with 10+ years of actively learning, facilitating, an co-creating personal, community, and professional mastery. And by night, he’s a martial artist and relationship strategist. He’s in many ways the perfect synthesis of all of the themes we’ve covered in the show thus far: multi-potentiality, self-awareness, confidence, perseverance, resilience, and discipline. In this conversation we talked about being intentional in relationships, the hidden power of martial arts, and cultivating a beginner’s mindset. We also talked about knowing when to stop, managing energy to adequately show up, and staying locked on the end goal. It was the perfect conversation to end this season, and I’m so glad you’re here for it. NOTE: I know, I know—the audio quality for our last three intros is awful. Kwaku and I are working on a fix and will announce on the @iia_podcast Twitter account once it's been fixed. Thanks for your patience! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#23 - Blair Smith

#23 - Blair Smith

2019-07-0401:16:39

Blair Smith is a Professor of Marketing and Digital Media at George Brown College. He’s also a Learning Experience Designer and Instructor at the Canadian Marketing Association. On the MBTI, he registers as an INTP—a combination found in only 3% of the population. What does this mean? He’s an ingenious problem solver, an innovation architect, and “the secret weapon”. Over his storied career, spanning across Robert Half International, General Mills Canada, Evergreen Canada, and more, Blair has won awards for mentoring, marketing innovation, and content marketing. His goal is to cut through the buzzwords, clickbait, jargon, and endless stream of tactics and tools to demystify marketing and digital media at its fundamental parts. In this conversation we talked about social media: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We also talked about slow and deep thinking, the importance of family, and rules for what goes into your calendar and what doesn’t. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#22 - Adam Rodricks

#22 - Adam Rodricks

2019-06-2751:53

Adam Rodricks is the Senior Manager of Social Media & Community at KPMG. His claim to fame in the world of social media and blogging came in 2007 when he reluctantly sold his blog after being served with a cease and desist. The important takeaway from the ordeal was validation: he could make an impact (and a career) through engaging conversation. Adam is a 2-time “Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Blogger to Watch” and a previous winner of the National Rogers Marketing Competition, for which he also held the title of best undergraduate speaker in Canada. He’s spent the last decade growing the social properties of Canada's most prominent brands, managing all aspects of their digital marketing strategy including social listening, management of social media channels, crisis comms and social media programs. His work as a social media influencer has been featured on CBC, CTV, Yahoo, BNN, DigitalJournal.com, MaximumPC, WhatCulture.com, staples.com, and nintendo.ca In this conversation we talked about the power of social media, the state of the internet, and rebounding from failure. We also talked about balancing your time, the importance of exercise, and having multiple focal points. --- NOTE: Unfortunately we've been having some audio issues. As such, the intro is a little hard to hear (and we're going to fix that as soon as we can). However, the actual episode sounds great! Also, we recorded this episode during the NBA Playoffs—enjoy our optimistic predictions for our beloved Toronto Raptors! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#21 - Megan Ramwa

#21 - Megan Ramwa

2019-06-2001:00:18

Megan Ramwa is the Founder & CEO of Sonder Toronto. Her desire to create “something bigger than herself” has always been at the forefront of her career. Megan graduated from the Law and Business program at Ryerson University. Shortly after graduating, she became a marketing and communications professional at a top Bay Street law firm where she was involved in many strategic initiatives such as the Canada 150 campaign and launching the firm’s first Instagram account. While juggling her 9-5, Megan continued to exercise her creativity on theawkwardadult.com - a personal blog that explored what it meant to be a young adult. In addition, Megan has launched a fashion and sustainable-tech company (Sonder Toronto), and has collaborated with local entrepreneurs to produce content. Megan is also involved with the Martin Family Initiative as a mentor to Indigenous high school students and was a marketing advisor to FLOCK - a project focused on providing women with the resources and support to explore entrepreneurship. In this episode we talked about disrupting fashion, balancing full time work and entrepreneurship, and finding deeper meaning in your work. We also talked about immigrant parents, avoiding burnout, and dealing with failure. It was a fun and easy conversation that covered a lot of ground.   Joining me as a co-host today is Megan’s business partner, Aishah Shihabdeen. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#20 - Sheliza Jamal

#20 - Sheliza Jamal

2019-06-1301:15:15

Sheliza Jamal is an educator, speaker, and equity and inclusion coach. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied the impact of arts in education, leadership in social change organizations, education entrepreneurship innovation, and educational policy through the lens of systemic inequities. Sheliza also holds an Honors BA in Theatre and BEd from York University and is starting her PhD at OISE, University of Toronto in the Department of Social Justice Education. Sheliza brings over a decade of experience in public education teaching and designing and implementing programs and services aimed at addressing inequitable outcomes for underserved communities. Sheliza has a background in theatre performance and education and often uses theatre-based techniques to develop a sense of embodied empathy and engage participants in dialogue about oppression. Sheliza is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and a K-12 Inclusion Learning Coach with the Toronto District School Board where she supports students, teachers and leaders in programs that foster equity and inclusion to meet the needs of diverse learners. In this conversation we talked about building confidence, managing imposter syndrome, and unconscious bias. We also talked about equity, diversity and inclusion, casual racism, and the negative effects of social media. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#19 - Gregg Brown

#19 - Gregg Brown

2019-06-0601:18:10

Gregg Brown is the founder of Change Ready Leadership and the best-selling author of Ready, Set, Change AGAIN! An award-winner in the fields of leadership and change, Gregg helps leaders and teams seize opportunities, create positive change and elevate their effectiveness in the workplace. As an international keynote speaker, he engages his audiences to help them break out of status quo change management thinking and discover people-centric approaches that actually work. His work has been featured nationally and internationally in media such as Entrepreneur, Global News, iHeart Media, HR.com and on CTV’s The Social. In this conversation we talked about the power of calmness, personal leadership, and elite public speaking. We also talked about structured downtime, relaxation practices, and getting in the zone. It was an inspiring conversation that got me to consider all that it would take to unlock a new, higher level of performance. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#18 - Danny Tseng

#18 - Danny Tseng

2019-05-3001:02:25

Danny Tseng is the Co-Founder of Syllable Design, an interior design and architecture firm. As a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects, Danny thoughtfully crafts buildings with rigorous detail and creatively maneuvers around restrictive parameters to create the best possible design solution. His main role at Syllable Design is leadership in design direction and production quality assurance. Working on key projects such as a major office building renovation, Danny is the driving force of design exploration within the firm. Previously, he used to work at some of Toronto’s largest firms—Quadrangle and Moriyama & Teshima Architects—having exposure to fine detailing and concept development on key projects around the GTA. Danny graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the University of Toronto completing a Masters of Architecture. In this conversation we talked about professional transitions, moments of change, and burnout. We also talked about deadlines, sugar & caffeine, and work-life balance.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#17 - Daniel Breez

#17 - Daniel Breez

2019-05-2301:08:24

Daniel Breez is the Finance Manager of Caudalie Canada and the Founder of Measured Growth CPA in partnership with Accodex Partners, an accounting technology firm. In his early years, Daniel had a strong passion for music and arts, and until the age of 20, he competed and performed professionally in ballroom dance. After that, he took on guitar and singing lessons and continues to put on live performances in his spare time. After graduating from the Schulich School of Business, Daniel felt lost, as most people do, and was unsure of what his next steps should be. It was at this point that he found a strong passion for fitness, nutrition, and psychology. This led to a huge transformation not only for the body but also for the mind. After completing his CPA CA requirements, Daniel co-founded IMPACTx Toronto, a live interview series for a community of young entrepreneurially-minded individuals. It was this passion for entrepreneurship that led Daniel down a path to pursue his own accounting practice to help impact-driven businesses succeed. In this conversation we talked about pushing through slumps, starting a business, and getting inspired. We also talked about adherence to the process, nutrition and supplements, and productivity systems in general (and in detail). It was a gem-filled conversation that gave me the inspiration to get back into some good habits that got me here in the first place. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#16 - Brione Wishart

#16 - Brione Wishart

2019-05-1601:22:14

Brione Wishart is a Toronto based film director, producer and the founder of TrepFuel and ARTLEE Creative Agency. His work stems from a love of Cinema, Music, and Storytelling. Known for his ability to create visually engaging content and beautifully crafted work that captures something real and authentic in every subject, Brione's talent for cinematic storytelling is evident in all of his work. His work includes a wide variety of clients such as Porsche, Samsung, Under Armour, Bacardi, Huawei, eBay, Capital One, Gillette, Hasbro, Kitchen Aid, and The Alzheimers Society. In this episode we talked about hip-hop moguls, ownership, and entrepreneurship. We also talked about fatherhood, burnout, and hip-hop. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
#15 - Kelly Foss

#15 - Kelly Foss

2019-05-0901:11:25

Kelly Foss is the co-host of the Millennial Minimalists Podcast and the co-founder of IMPACTx Toronto, a monthly mindset-focused event series supported by Shopify Toronto. Kelly's professional experience includes managing partnerships, events and content marketing for brands including Air Canada, Iconink Hospitality, and Diversio AI. Today Kelly is overseeing partnerships and events for Bang & Olufsen Toronto. Kelly graduated with honours from Western University Canada and has worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.  In this episode we talked about minimalism, the fashion industry, and creating communities. We also talked about travel, inspiration, and eliminating distractions when it comes to your time, energy, and attention. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hamzakhan/support
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