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Author: Leon Goren, PEO Leadership

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Leon Goren, President and CEO of North America's premier peer network and advisory community, PEO Leadership, brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community, and help us think through the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In short segments, Snippets delivers answers to important questions and provides inspiration and uplift in a time of change. Learn more at https://peo-leadership.com/.
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Leon sits down with Michael Sherrard,  recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers, to talk about the return to work, both in terms of legal mandates but also social and moral ones: how do we best support our employees health and safety, while seeking to build company connection? Michael also wades into the murky waters of vaccine mandates and whether or not such measures are needed or legally possible. Acclaimed for his broad range of expertise and strategic excellence, Chambers Global® says “Michael draws praise for satisfying the needs of even the most demanding clients and his specialist knowledge of union contract and negotiation issues where he is described as “exceptional” and impresses with his “phenomenal” work.”Michael is frequently published and asked to chair or speak at international and national conferences. He is the recipient of several awards including the Construction Institute of Canada’s Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction, USports Lester B. Pearson Award, and Canadian Franchise Association Volunteer Leadership Excellence Award. Sherrard Kuzz LLP is one of Canada’s leading employment and labour law firms exclusively representing the interests of employers. Recognized nationally and internationally our team is consistently named among Canada’s Top 10 Employment and Labour Boutiques (Canadian Lawyer®), Canada’s Leading Employment & Labour Law Firms (Chambers Global®, Best Lawyers®, Who’s Who® and Legal 500®) and Repeatedly Recommended (Lexpert®).If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Scott Cooper made the move a year ago from Molson Coors to the start up, truss beverages, to reimagine what the cannabis market could look like. An experienced business leader, marketer and innovator with a track record of breathing new life into businesses & brands and unlocking new opportunities, Scott brings great insight into his new chosen path and what kinds of generational opportunities and limitations he faces in changing the landscape of cannabis-infused beverages. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Les Mandelbaum, CEO of Umbra and long-time member of PEO Leadership has not only been predicting the reinvention of the retail industry, he and his global team have been executing their vision of a digital economy for many years. Umbra has transformed itself from a primarily retail-driven platform to one of the world’s leading houseware companies with e-commerce accounting for more than 50% of their overall sales.  An incredible story of a company reinventing itself, listen to Les as we speak about the future of retail, the hybrid workforce, and the pressure to increase prices.  If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Keith Beckley, CEO of Novx Systems, long-time member of PEO Leadership, physicist, engineer and climate activist, talks passionately about his “night gig” – following the EV industry. Keith took delivery of the 2nd Tesla Model S in Canada and spends his nights actively learning everything about EVs and the energy industry. Thinking about purchasing a new or used combustion engine vehicle in the coming months? Be sure to listen to this interview. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
What is it like to work in the family business? How do you make it your own and work with confidence and autonomy? Jason Goemans of Goemans Appliances joins Leon to talk about how his mentor and father, the late and great Tony Goemans, enabled him to succeed in his role. Jason also discusses how his business has adapted and grown tremendously amidst a real estate boom.  https://www.goemans.com/home/If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Master cyclist and longtime PEO member, Tim Collins, joins Leon Goren on the Snippets podcast to talk about the world of recruiting - now in the period of looking beyond the pandemic. Tim is the CEO and founder of Stafflink is a boutique IT staffing company in Toronto, Canada, which helps companies hire mobile web developers, project managers, data analysts and IT staff.If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Leon Goren speaks with GNI's CEO, Bill Maginas, who made the transition in the fall of 2020 from the large multinational Johnson Controls to the Canadian firm, Great Northern Insulation. Bill discusses the challenges and opportunities of making the switch and what his experience has been working with fewer resources and bringing new employees onboard. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
President & CEO of Church + State, Robin Whalen, joins Leon to talk about the past year in her business and how companies are differentiating themselves by moving past marketing cliches and offering their customers a clear vision and set of values. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Many of our members are wondering how government relief spending may change what happens at tax time.  Leon Goren speaks with Sam Tabrizi of RSM to figure out what the next 12-24 months might look like for addressing the deficit, including changes to Capital Gains and other measures.  With more than 12 years of experience handling key taxation portfolios, including specialized roles focused on personal, corporate and real estate tax, Sam provides his clients with tactical solutions to address their business needs. In his recent roles at accounting, tax and business consulting firms, Sam has served as a trusted advisor to private companies on a broad range of tax matters including estate planning, complex tax structuring, tax compliance and transaction tax advisory. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peo-leadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
As the national chief operating officer of RSM Canada, Rhonda Klosler oversees the firm’s finance, human resources and growth initiatives. In a conversation with Leon about how she has envisioned leadership in the COVID era, Rhonda brings years of experience in keeping core to the mission of a company, while being open to the new ideas brought forward. In addition, Rhonda leads the Toronto office in her role as office managing partner and executes the firm's growth plans in the Toronto market. Rhonda is a graduate of Brock University, and a CPA, CA, having earned her designation in 1993. That same year, she joined the predecessor firm, and was made a partner in 2001. In 2012, Rhonda completed the Harvard Business School Professional Services program.If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peoleadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
After joining Salus Global Corporation, Malcolm Eade implemented a vision and culture for success that grew business bookings to an unprecedented $15 million. Together, they instituted a robust performance management system and concentrated organizational focus towards excellence in customer experience. In today's Snippets, Leon Goren speaks with Malcolm about how his company, the 'pit crew' of healthcare, transitioned into a hybrid model to better serve his clients and make a safe environment for his employees. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peoleadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Retail is Sandra’s bread and butter. With her hands-on leadership style and ability to execute on ideas, she is a trusted advisor to C-Suite executives and a consistent catalyst for growth. Sandra lives the truth that strategy without action is meaningless—partnering with leaders to build momentum and get to action fast – she leads internal and external campaigns that get people excited and engaged. And while she is serious about results and the momentum she and her teams work to capitalize on, she is committed to keeping the work fun.If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peoleadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Leon Goren speaks with Sarah Beech, who serves as the Area President of Gallagher, about the misconceptions and mistakes employers make when considering how best to engage and retain their employees. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peoleadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Leon Goren speaks with Alison McLean who serves as the Business Executive Officer for Nestlé Nutrition and responsible for all aspects of the business in Canada, as well as a member of PEO Leadership about the coming challenges in the fall and winter, as well as how leaders can continue to build their company and onboard new members at a distance. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Please reach out to Kelly May kmay@peoleadership.com If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Leon Goren speaks with Kim Ades, the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach and mother of 5, Ades is recognized as one of North America’s leading experts on performance through thought mastery.If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Leon Goren speaks with Mike Kessel, the President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and is responsible for the growth of the Canadian facility, strategic partnerships and enterprise value creation. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In this Snippets, Leon Goren speaks with Matt Lisowski, Vice President and General Manager of the Canada Consumer Group at Intuit, Canada and a member of PEO Leadership. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In today's Snippets, Leon Goren speaks with PEO Executive Advisor Leslie Ferrari. Ferrari is a multi-dimensional business leader with a proven track record of delivering year over year growth within the North American manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. She is known as a strategist, change agent and collaborative partner in making things happen within complex and competitive settings.Leslie’s career to date has prepared her to spearhead continued development and profitability in a variety of executive roles. She has taken on and successfully met challenges in senior positions spanning Sales, Operations, General Management and Human Resources – culminating in the role of CEO for ABM Canada. This unique combination of expertise and experience enables her to view diverse performance levers and effectively dissect business issues, turning potential obstacles into opportunities for bottom-line impact.Her list of accomplishments includes leading Canadian Operations of Levi Strauss Canada to a top 5 ranking in North America over 30 US facilities, transforming its Sales and Merchandising to think differently about customers in delivering profitable products and services. Between 2003 and 2102, Leslie worked her way from the VP HR to the COO of Polytainers Inc., leading and supporting the manufacturer to grow to $170MM in revenue. She also took Toronto Hydro Energy Services, an entrepreneurial start-up, from nothing to delivering 80% of the organization’s revenue within 2 years.If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In a longer episode of Snippets, PEO Leadership's Leon Goren speaks with PEO Executive Advisor, Miguel Gonsalves, about Black Lives Matter, responding as leaders to calls for equity and inclusion, as well as recognizing our own role in Canada to be responsive to rather than avoidant of racial discrimination and oppression. With a distinguished track record in both public and private sector companies, Gonsalves has developed a unique skillset within the high tech wireless communications industry. He is known as an influential leader with a history of building exceptionally growth-oriented businesses. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
PEO's Leon Goren speaks with the founder of ThinkOn, Craig McLellan, about their company transformation, how they developed a core set of values and brought virtual employees together in a community. McLellan also discusses burn out across many industries, with employees working longer from home. ThinkOn delivers critical data management and information asset protection solutions that help companies optimize their IT infrastructure investment. If you’re interested in one of our The Way Forward live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. If you’d like to listen to some of our past webcasts, we have recordings on our COVID-19 resource page (https://peo-leadership.com/covid-19-resource-centre/). Guests have included University of Toronto’s Janice Stein, Harvard’s Rosabeth Kantor. We’ve talked about such topics as mental health, rent negotiations, the stimulus package and a host of others. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
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