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This is the It Takes a Village C-Tribe Podcast where we talk with successful and emerging leaders to analyze and dissect the various people, tricks, and hacks that have helped them get to where they are today.

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Tom Viinikka, Co-Founder and CEO of AlignVR - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase are a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Tom Viinikka (Veen-ika), Co-Founder & CEO, AligVR Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe Bio: Tom Viinikka is an Edmonton-born serial entrepreneur. He started his first busin...

92 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Tom Viinikka, Co-Founder and CEO of AlignVR - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Encouraging Collaboration in the Digital Future - C-Tribe Media and Influencer Launch Panel

Preface: The fourth industrial revolution is blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological spheres. This complex transformation is changing the way we do many things, it is shifting the power dynamics, and requiring that more transparency be shared by our leaders and influencers. What are the steps needed to allow all sides to elicit trust between one another? How can we encourage more collaboration between individuals, public and private sectors and other convening powers to address key challenges and opportunities relevant to our local, national and international communities? Panelists: Marc Beckles - Sr. Director, Youth Strategy & Innovation, RBC Robert Tyndale - Founder, Version Me Media Tom Sides - Technology Partner, Dentons Interviewer: Mack Male - Co-Founder, Taproot Edmonton Show notes: Mack Male: The first industrial revolution was around the late 1700s and was really centred around mechanization and the steam engine. The 2nd industrial revolution was a cent...

83 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Encouraging Collaboration in the Digital Future - C-Tribe Media and Influencer Launch Panel

Daniel Matishak, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindable - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

EPreface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today.The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Daniel Matishak (@danielmatishak), Co-Founder & CEO, Mindable Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe, and VP of Canadian Operations, AutonomIQ Show notes: "So much of the experience is dependent on who you’re with, what you did, etc. Any place can be an adventure if you get those two things right. I like doing risky things so last year, For example, I went to Bali and I walked with some Komodo Dragons. I was so fired up. I have pictures with local Balinese people—for some reason they wanted a picture with me and the Komodo Dragons—and we’re giving a thumbs up next to these beasts. In my head I’m thinking “man these things are so fast and dangerous and if this animal just turned around and took a chomp out of my leg” The shitty thing is once they bite you, it’s pretty serious because of all the bacteria in their mouth. It’s stuff like that that just get your heart going and at the end of it, you’re like “holy man, I’m so happy that I didn’t die!” Travel is number one. I have this conversation in my office a lot; for example, last year I was gone for four months. When you’re a growing and young company, for your CEO to be gone for four months, they really didn’t understand why I travel. A big reason is I get so inspired by understanding how the world works and understanding why things happen the way that they do. To me, traveling doesn’t mean just going and relaxing somewhere and getting drunk for seven days, but it just means getting a chance to understand a new culture and how the world works. To me that’s the most inspirational thing I could ever do. " Bio: Founded in 2010 by Daniel Matishak (@danielmatishak), Mindable is one of the most exciting digital publishing companies in the personal transformation space. Mindable invested in an idea that they were passionate about and grew from a basement operation, to being ranked one of the top 2,000 websites in the world (Alexa.com). Mindable was voted as one of the fastest growing tech companies in 2015 (Deloitte), coming in at #14 of the Top 50 in Canada, and #122 of the Top 500 in North America! How have they pulled this off? One strategy that has paid off is a mostly remote workforce, that enables the company to attract top talent not just from their own backyard, but from across the globe. There are, of course, challenges that come with a dispersed team like Mindable’s. Namely – how do you maintain the right culture when more than half of their staff never sets foot in the office? Over the years Mindable has had the opportunity to tap into some of the most interesting markets and as mentioned, have found success and passion publishing authors, articles, and products in the self-discovery and personal transformation space. This massive market grants Mindable a digital playground to publish content, test new ideas and connect with a valuable network of unique individuals.

55 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Daniel Matishak, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindable - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Nisha Patel, City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today.The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Nisha Patel (@anothernisha), City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe, and VP of Canadian Operations, AutonomIQ...

56 MIN2019 SEP 21
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Nisha Patel, City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Dr. Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase are a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business (https://www.kylemurray.com) Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe Bio: Dr. Kyle Murray is the Vice De...

54 MIN2019 SEP 20
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Dr. Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout - How a fresh look at taking payments online is sweeping the FinTech space

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up too are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes “As an entrepreneur it takes every opportunity, and every advantage you can get to be successful. Obviously, the probabilities and the statistics are against you when you’re building a company. The most impactful people for me were the people that helped in the very early days of the business. The thing about these people is I actually don’t really kn...

48 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout - How a fresh look at taking payments online is sweeping the FinTech space

Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer and Usui Reiki Teacher - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up too are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer & Usui Reiki Teacher, Vanesa Flynn (website) Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes "After losing everyone and everything that was close to me, I had to rely on myself. Looking back, that was so important to my journey and it was what I needed because that was my catalyst for my change. If I didn’t have that happen in my life, I would’ve tried to do what was inauthentic to me. I really think that my journey has he...

129 MIN2019 AUG 14
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Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer and Usui Reiki Teacher - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations at Vev Design

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations, Vev Design Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes “I felt like an alien a lot of the time. I think it’s because of the way I carry myself, and the way I dress, and the fact that I have an accent. There’s a lot of factors that make me alien-ish. Sometimes it’s challenging because it feels like you have to prove something and you have to work 10x harder in order for them to believe you, trust you, trust your ability, and that you’re good at what you do… but I think it’s [the tech industry] going in the right direction and it’s obviously a conversation that needs to be had.” Malin's final research paper on How Might Changes in the Fashion Industry affect of the Role of a Project Manager at Fashion Scout Brands mentioned: Vev Design, Holzweiler, Saks Potts, Sara Toronto Bio: A fashionista turned tech businesswoman, Malin (@malincornelia) graduated with First Class Honours at Winchester University (UK) studying fashion and business, worked as a PR executive for Scandinavian fashion success Holzweiler. Just recently she moved across the Atlantic Ocean to establish a design enterprise software called Vev Design in the North American Market; all by the age of 22! Malin has had an unconventional path to where she is now, working retail floors to afford contact lenses, to making lunch for 30 + people and 16 hour work days (as an intern you do whatever you have to do), just to be part of the art that is fashion. Her well-connected network offered her the opportunity to scale the Norwegian Startup, Vev, abroad. Malin is a firm believer in young leaders, and thinks the best way to describe her (and her career) is ‘a jack of all trades’.

74 MIN2019 AUG 7
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It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations at Vev Design

It Takes A C-Tribe Village: Issac Olowolafe, Founder of Dream Maker Inc.

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Isaac Olowolafe, Founder at Dream Maker Inc. Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes "It's a trickle down effect: if there's one member of the family that has changed their mindset for the better, then during family gatherings and holidays — when family is together and conversations are happening — the conversation is now changing because of the type of mindset those individuals have. Now you're making an impact within other families. We've seen that happen in so many different instances where one person has a connection to me [Isaac Olowolafe] or Dream Maker, and that person has, let's say, three siblings and some extended family, that one person now can impact close to 60 people... as you can see there's definitely a lot of change that we're doing." Bio: Isaac Olowolafe Jr. (@DreamMakerTO) is an award-winning real estate entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. Isaac’s corporation, Dream Maker Inc., successfully operates multiple divisions including a brokerage, real estate development, wealth management, property management, education, private equity and insurance. The Development division celebrated the completion of the first major mixed-use development (condos, townhomes, retail) called Dream Residences at Yorkdale, located directly across from Yorkdale Mall, and has more developments underway across the GTA. Through his love of sports, Dream Maker Developments became the jersey sponsor of the Men and Women National Basketball Team and will be participating in the 2019 World Cup in China. Isaac received a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has received numerous awards and recognition, including a Harry Jerome Business Award, an Enterprise Business Award by Planet Africa, an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Business Leadership Award by Leadership and Governance Canada Inc. and a Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation and Toronto Board of Trade Award. In addition to his membership in the Ryerson Innovation Circle, Isaac made a generous donation which named the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab in Ryerson’s iconic Student Learning Centre. Recently Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Funded the launch of the 1st Black Tech Incubatorout of Ryerson DMZ, The Black Innovation Fellowship, along side with the launch of Dream Maker Ventures Fund.

45 MIN2019 JUL 31
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It Takes A C-Tribe Village: Issac Olowolafe, Founder of Dream Maker Inc.

It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Shaaz Nasir, Digital Director at Microsoft

Preface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Shaaz Nasir (@shaaztastic) Show Notes “Coming back to the myth of meritocracy, I really do believe it does take a village to raise one person and that you didn’t make it on your own. When you do become that crazy rich CEO and you only pay 2% of your taxes, society made you; how about you turnaround and help society.” Shaaz (@shaaztastic) has over 10 years of work experience in government and business sectors as a digital change management practitioner. He’s the Director of Digital Transformation at Microsoft and also the founder of Mind This Magazine He has worked with academics at The North-South Institute, leading government bureaucrats with 3 Canadian Federal Government Agencies, senior lobbyists at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and with established entrepreneurs at Shopify. With Accenture Strategy in the Middle East, he helped lead major transformation change management projects that spanned across sectors and included smart nation strategies, crowdsourcing public policy programs and helping both countries and companies embrace the digital economy in UAE and Saudi Arabia. He led the ICT portfolio with Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service in New York City which aims to help usher in a new era of commerce between USA and Canada through empowering Canadian startups to win in the USA and globally. Dream Horder, Richard Reeves The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs, James Bloodworth Mind This Magazine (https://www.mindthismagazine.com/) Shopify This episode is brought to you by the C-Tribe Festival. C-Tribe re-imagines the festival experience with the goal of bringing together innovative and creative people and proactive thinkers. By integrating a business conference with music performances, trendy fashion shows, intimate roundtable discussions, culinary experiences, wellness sessions, and artistic activations. C-Tribe curates inspiring environments that help catalyze action. This episode is also brought to you by AutonomIQ: leveraging AI to remove the biggest bottleneck when building software. Without getting too technical, AutonomIQ teaches computers and algorithms to test your software so that your most expensive engineering talent doesn’t have to.

80 MIN2019 JUL 22
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It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Shaaz Nasir, Digital Director at Microsoft
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Tom Viinikka, Co-Founder and CEO of AlignVR - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase are a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Tom Viinikka (Veen-ika), Co-Founder & CEO, AligVR Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe Bio: Tom Viinikka is an Edmonton-born serial entrepreneur. He started his first busin...

92 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Tom Viinikka, Co-Founder and CEO of AlignVR - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Encouraging Collaboration in the Digital Future - C-Tribe Media and Influencer Launch Panel

Preface: The fourth industrial revolution is blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological spheres. This complex transformation is changing the way we do many things, it is shifting the power dynamics, and requiring that more transparency be shared by our leaders and influencers. What are the steps needed to allow all sides to elicit trust between one another? How can we encourage more collaboration between individuals, public and private sectors and other convening powers to address key challenges and opportunities relevant to our local, national and international communities? Panelists: Marc Beckles - Sr. Director, Youth Strategy & Innovation, RBC Robert Tyndale - Founder, Version Me Media Tom Sides - Technology Partner, Dentons Interviewer: Mack Male - Co-Founder, Taproot Edmonton Show notes: Mack Male: The first industrial revolution was around the late 1700s and was really centred around mechanization and the steam engine. The 2nd industrial revolution was a cent...

83 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Encouraging Collaboration in the Digital Future - C-Tribe Media and Influencer Launch Panel

Daniel Matishak, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindable - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

EPreface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today.The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Daniel Matishak (@danielmatishak), Co-Founder & CEO, Mindable Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe, and VP of Canadian Operations, AutonomIQ Show notes: "So much of the experience is dependent on who you’re with, what you did, etc. Any place can be an adventure if you get those two things right. I like doing risky things so last year, For example, I went to Bali and I walked with some Komodo Dragons. I was so fired up. I have pictures with local Balinese people—for some reason they wanted a picture with me and the Komodo Dragons—and we’re giving a thumbs up next to these beasts. In my head I’m thinking “man these things are so fast and dangerous and if this animal just turned around and took a chomp out of my leg” The shitty thing is once they bite you, it’s pretty serious because of all the bacteria in their mouth. It’s stuff like that that just get your heart going and at the end of it, you’re like “holy man, I’m so happy that I didn’t die!” Travel is number one. I have this conversation in my office a lot; for example, last year I was gone for four months. When you’re a growing and young company, for your CEO to be gone for four months, they really didn’t understand why I travel. A big reason is I get so inspired by understanding how the world works and understanding why things happen the way that they do. To me, traveling doesn’t mean just going and relaxing somewhere and getting drunk for seven days, but it just means getting a chance to understand a new culture and how the world works. To me that’s the most inspirational thing I could ever do. " Bio: Founded in 2010 by Daniel Matishak (@danielmatishak), Mindable is one of the most exciting digital publishing companies in the personal transformation space. Mindable invested in an idea that they were passionate about and grew from a basement operation, to being ranked one of the top 2,000 websites in the world (Alexa.com). Mindable was voted as one of the fastest growing tech companies in 2015 (Deloitte), coming in at #14 of the Top 50 in Canada, and #122 of the Top 500 in North America! How have they pulled this off? One strategy that has paid off is a mostly remote workforce, that enables the company to attract top talent not just from their own backyard, but from across the globe. There are, of course, challenges that come with a dispersed team like Mindable’s. Namely – how do you maintain the right culture when more than half of their staff never sets foot in the office? Over the years Mindable has had the opportunity to tap into some of the most interesting markets and as mentioned, have found success and passion publishing authors, articles, and products in the self-discovery and personal transformation space. This massive market grants Mindable a digital playground to publish content, test new ideas and connect with a valuable network of unique individuals.

55 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Daniel Matishak, Co-Founder & CEO of Mindable - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Nisha Patel, City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today.The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Nisha Patel (@anothernisha), City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe, and VP of Canadian Operations, AutonomIQ...

56 MIN2019 SEP 21
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Nisha Patel, City of Edmonton Poet Laureate & Canadian Individual Slam Champion - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Dr. Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface: The origins of the phrase are a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, game-changers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business (https://www.kylemurray.com) Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Chairperson, C-Tribe Bio: Dr. Kyle Murray is the Vice De...

54 MIN2019 SEP 20
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Dr. Kyle Murray, Vice Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout - How a fresh look at taking payments online is sweeping the FinTech space

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up too are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes “As an entrepreneur it takes every opportunity, and every advantage you can get to be successful. Obviously, the probabilities and the statistics are against you when you’re building a company. The most impactful people for me were the people that helped in the very early days of the business. The thing about these people is I actually don’t really kn...

48 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Johnathan Holland, Founder & CEO, SmartPay Checkout - How a fresh look at taking payments online is sweeping the FinTech space

Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer and Usui Reiki Teacher - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up too are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer & Usui Reiki Teacher, Vanesa Flynn (website) Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes "After losing everyone and everything that was close to me, I had to rely on myself. Looking back, that was so important to my journey and it was what I needed because that was my catalyst for my change. If I didn’t have that happen in my life, I would’ve tried to do what was inauthentic to me. I really think that my journey has he...

129 MIN2019 AUG 14
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Vanesa Flynn, Energy Healer and Usui Reiki Teacher - It Takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast

It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations at Vev Design

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations, Vev Design Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes “I felt like an alien a lot of the time. I think it’s because of the way I carry myself, and the way I dress, and the fact that I have an accent. There’s a lot of factors that make me alien-ish. Sometimes it’s challenging because it feels like you have to prove something and you have to work 10x harder in order for them to believe you, trust you, trust your ability, and that you’re good at what you do… but I think it’s [the tech industry] going in the right direction and it’s obviously a conversation that needs to be had.” Malin's final research paper on How Might Changes in the Fashion Industry affect of the Role of a Project Manager at Fashion Scout Brands mentioned: Vev Design, Holzweiler, Saks Potts, Sara Toronto Bio: A fashionista turned tech businesswoman, Malin (@malincornelia) graduated with First Class Honours at Winchester University (UK) studying fashion and business, worked as a PR executive for Scandinavian fashion success Holzweiler. Just recently she moved across the Atlantic Ocean to establish a design enterprise software called Vev Design in the North American Market; all by the age of 22! Malin has had an unconventional path to where she is now, working retail floors to afford contact lenses, to making lunch for 30 + people and 16 hour work days (as an intern you do whatever you have to do), just to be part of the art that is fashion. Her well-connected network offered her the opportunity to scale the Norwegian Startup, Vev, abroad. Malin is a firm believer in young leaders, and thinks the best way to describe her (and her career) is ‘a jack of all trades’.

74 MIN2019 AUG 7
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It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Malin Pettersen, VP of North American Operations at Vev Design

It Takes A C-Tribe Village: Issac Olowolafe, Founder of Dream Maker Inc.

Preface:The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Isaac Olowolafe, Founder at Dream Maker Inc. Interviewer: Sahr Saffa, Founder at C-Tribe Society and VP of Canadian Operations at AutonomIQ Show Notes "It's a trickle down effect: if there's one member of the family that has changed their mindset for the better, then during family gatherings and holidays — when family is together and conversations are happening — the conversation is now changing because of the type of mindset those individuals have. Now you're making an impact within other families. We've seen that happen in so many different instances where one person has a connection to me [Isaac Olowolafe] or Dream Maker, and that person has, let's say, three siblings and some extended family, that one person now can impact close to 60 people... as you can see there's definitely a lot of change that we're doing." Bio: Isaac Olowolafe Jr. (@DreamMakerTO) is an award-winning real estate entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. Isaac’s corporation, Dream Maker Inc., successfully operates multiple divisions including a brokerage, real estate development, wealth management, property management, education, private equity and insurance. The Development division celebrated the completion of the first major mixed-use development (condos, townhomes, retail) called Dream Residences at Yorkdale, located directly across from Yorkdale Mall, and has more developments underway across the GTA. Through his love of sports, Dream Maker Developments became the jersey sponsor of the Men and Women National Basketball Team and will be participating in the 2019 World Cup in China. Isaac received a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has received numerous awards and recognition, including a Harry Jerome Business Award, an Enterprise Business Award by Planet Africa, an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Business Leadership Award by Leadership and Governance Canada Inc. and a Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation and Toronto Board of Trade Award. In addition to his membership in the Ryerson Innovation Circle, Isaac made a generous donation which named the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab in Ryerson’s iconic Student Learning Centre. Recently Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Funded the launch of the 1st Black Tech Incubatorout of Ryerson DMZ, The Black Innovation Fellowship, along side with the launch of Dream Maker Ventures Fund.

45 MIN2019 JUL 31
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It Takes A C-Tribe Village: Issac Olowolafe, Founder of Dream Maker Inc.

It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Shaaz Nasir, Digital Director at Microsoft

Preface: The origins of the phrase is a mystery. It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb that spirited from African or Native American cultures. The phrase translates into saying that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment. The thought leaders, gamechangers, and innovators that we look up to are often impacted by the same thing: they’ve been exposed to people, environments, and interactions that have helped shape and define who they are today. The It takes a C-Tribe Village Podcast aims to identify, dissect, and celebrate the unsung heroes, things, and experiences that have impacted the greatest minds of our generation and how these individuals are paying it forward for those to come. Guest: Shaaz Nasir (@shaaztastic) Show Notes “Coming back to the myth of meritocracy, I really do believe it does take a village to raise one person and that you didn’t make it on your own. When you do become that crazy rich CEO and you only pay 2% of your taxes, society made you; how about you turnaround and help society.” Shaaz (@shaaztastic) has over 10 years of work experience in government and business sectors as a digital change management practitioner. He’s the Director of Digital Transformation at Microsoft and also the founder of Mind This Magazine He has worked with academics at The North-South Institute, leading government bureaucrats with 3 Canadian Federal Government Agencies, senior lobbyists at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and with established entrepreneurs at Shopify. With Accenture Strategy in the Middle East, he helped lead major transformation change management projects that spanned across sectors and included smart nation strategies, crowdsourcing public policy programs and helping both countries and companies embrace the digital economy in UAE and Saudi Arabia. He led the ICT portfolio with Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service in New York City which aims to help usher in a new era of commerce between USA and Canada through empowering Canadian startups to win in the USA and globally. Dream Horder, Richard Reeves The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs, James Bloodworth Mind This Magazine (https://www.mindthismagazine.com/) Shopify This episode is brought to you by the C-Tribe Festival. C-Tribe re-imagines the festival experience with the goal of bringing together innovative and creative people and proactive thinkers. By integrating a business conference with music performances, trendy fashion shows, intimate roundtable discussions, culinary experiences, wellness sessions, and artistic activations. C-Tribe curates inspiring environments that help catalyze action. This episode is also brought to you by AutonomIQ: leveraging AI to remove the biggest bottleneck when building software. Without getting too technical, AutonomIQ teaches computers and algorithms to test your software so that your most expensive engineering talent doesn’t have to.

80 MIN2019 JUL 22
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It Takes a C-Tribe Village: Shaaz Nasir, Digital Director at Microsoft
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