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Top of the Food Chain is all about having a growth mentality. Hosted by Will Silver and Tristen Ross, TOTFC Podcast aims to share the stories of individuals who have adopted this mentality and are climbing the food chain in the areas of sport, business, school, family, fitness, community, and life.

Latest Episodes

Michael Hopper - TOTFC Podcast #010

Michael is the owner of Highwayman in Halifax, NS. Follow us on Instagram: Highwayman: https://www.instagram.com/highwaymanhfx/ Michael Hopper: https://www.instagram.com/miguelhopper/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on April 5th, 2020

103 MINMAY 19
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Michael Hopper - TOTFC Podcast #010

Joanna Alphonso - TOTFC Podcast #009

Arguably the most decorated women's rugby athlete to come out of StFX, Joanna is on her way to graduating with a bachelor's of education degree from X. Her philosophy of a winning culture on the rugby field is going to translate into the classroom as she sets up today's generation of future leaders with the skills and tools to positively affect society. We loved this episode and think you will too. Follow us on Instagram: Joanna Alphonso: https://www.instagram.com/joannaalpho... Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 30th, 2020,

143 MINMAY 11
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Joanna Alphonso - TOTFC Podcast #009

William Donkoh - TOTFC Podcast #008

EMeet William Donkoh, As a former Pro basketball player, Will discusses some of the challenges players face as they climb the basketball food chain from high school to university & university to the Pros. We discuss misconceptions about work ethic, the difference between in season, offseason training & how it can take your game to the next level. Transferring programs is never an easy decision for a young athlete. Will sheds light on transferring from the Carleton Ravens to the St.fx X-Men, his perception on basketball players outside of the Carleton system, what led to his decision & how he went about it. He talks about the importance of understanding roles within a team structure, the struggles that come with expectations as a young, highly recruited player and how to manage these expectations while simultaneously trying to exceed them. Despite his success, Will’s journey has had its ups & downs. We talk in depth about his run-in with law enforcement & how it almost derailed his life, at one point he was ready to return to Ottawa and give up. Instead of running from the consequences of his decisions, he dealt with them & eventually overcame one of the most challenging times of his life. Fast forward to the present, Will is an assistant basketball coach for the X-Men and is about to graduate with a bachelor of education. Will is well on his way to helping educate our youth and future generations. Follow us on Instagram: Will Donkoh: https://www.instagram.com/donkoh6/?hl=en Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 28th, 2020,

127 MINMAY 4
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William Donkoh - TOTFC Podcast #008

Cauchy Muamba - TOTFC Podcast #007

ECauchy Muamba is a Congolese-born professional Canadian football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted 34th overall by the BC Lions in the 2010 CFL Draft and signed a contract with the team on May 25, 2010. Follow us on Instagram: Cauchy Mumaba: https://www.instagram.com/cauchymuamba/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 26th, 2020,

86 MINAPR 28
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Cauchy Muamba - TOTFC Podcast #007

Folu Adesanya - TOTFC Podcast #006

Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Folu is currently studying at the Schulich School of Law. Accomplished is a understatement, at just 22 years old, Folu is one year shy from earning her Law degree, while many of her peers are just receiving their undergraduate degree. Folu discusses the importance of her parents sacrifices & how they helped transcend into her early success. Parental success doesn’t always lead to normal childhood life. Due to her parents work, her & her sister found themselves moving city to city, before settling down in Peterborough. She explains how a strong foundation of support at home can help eliminate self doubt & help adolescents persevere despite uncomfortable situations. As a former athlete, Folu talks about the role sport played in her ability to succeed in school but even more so, her ability to flourish socially. Folu, a strong, smart, determined and kind woman is going to be exactly what society and the professional world needs. Follow us on Instagram: Folu Adesanya: https://www.instagram.com/foluad/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 25th, 2020.

86 MINAPR 20
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Folu Adesanya - TOTFC Podcast #006

Shelby Weaver - TOTFC Podcast #005

Shelby is a former Halifax Grammar school student and decided to pursue her goals of being a student-athlete at StFX University. A former standout basketball player at the Grammar School, Shelby quickly learned life doesn’t always go as planned after her athletic career was cut short due to a Severe knee Injury. Shelby details the struggles of being removed from not only the sport but the culture as well, which to that point had been a major part of her identity. With a degree in business, Shelby took a leap of faith by moving to Toronto, Ontario shortly after graduating from StFX University. Fast forward 10yrs later, Shelby has been working for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and is an NBA champion as a Player Development Coach for the Toronto Raptors, & has recently began her own journey within entrepreneurship. Head to instagram & check out @mackhouseinc, a self serving sneaker customization studio, located in the city of Toronto. Shelby is a friend but even more, Shelby is a strong female leader in a professional sports market, a youth mentor & a newly emerging entrepreneur. Follow us on Instagram: Shelby Weaver: https://www.instagram.com/shelbylweav... Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 24th, 2020

84 MINAPR 13
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Shelby Weaver - TOTFC Podcast #005

Shanieka Wood - TOTFC Podcast #004

EShanieka Wood is currently a Law student at Dalhousie University. Originally from Ajax, Ontario, Shanieka was recruited to play basketball for Saint Mary’s University. Unsure of what Nova Scotia had in store for her, she packed her bags, left behind her parents, younger siblings & moved out East to Halifax, N.S. Unlike many of her peers, Shanieka did not return to play for her 5th year of basketball, instead after graduating with a degree in criminology she decided to take her education even further by applying and being accepted into the Schulich school of Law. Currently she’s in her second year of law school & has recently accepted an articling position for a local Law Firm. Being the first of her family to receive an undergraduate degree, her desire to be a role model extends not only for her siblings, but for many other young people. In episode #004 we discuss topics such as, the importance of structure & balance, diversity, how impactful a mentor or strong role model can be & many other interesting topics. Follow us on Instagram: Shanieka Wood: https://www.instagram.com/shansantana/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 22, 2020.

106 MINAPR 7
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Shanieka Wood - TOTFC Podcast #004

Christian "TBear" Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 pt2

EEpisode 3 is a two-part episode where we sit down with former StFX standout basketball player Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw. In part 2, we shift the focus and energy of the episode from a casual, relaxed conversation about Bear's life and passions, to an energetic conversation surrounding societal pressures and perspectives mainly around the black community. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en TBear: https://www.instagram.com/tour_guide_teddy/ Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 22nd, 2020.

67 MINMAR 31
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Christian "TBear" Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 pt2

Christian T-Bear Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 (pt1)

EEpisode 3 is a two-part episode where we sit down with former StFX standout basketball player Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw. In part 1, it's all about T-Bear's story and where he came from, how he started playing basketball, and his journey from high school to the pros. As someone who only knows the "legend" of T-Bear and his success, this episode is an incredible inside look on how T-Bear thinks and operates. In part 2, we shift the focus and energy of the episode from a casual, relaxed conversation about Bear's life and passions, to an energetic conversation surrounding societal pressures and perspectives mainly around the black community. •3 x Provincial High School Champion. •3 x AUS All-Conference. •2 x AUS MVP. •2 x 1st Team U-Sport All-Canadian. • Member of Team U-Sports. • Stfx 3rd All-Time in Points @ Stfx. • Stfx 2nd All-Time in Assists @ Stfx. • Pro Basketball player. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en TBear: https://www.instagram.com/tour_guide_teddy/ Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 21, 2020.

162 MINMAR 31
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Christian T-Bear Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 (pt1)

TOTFC Podcast #001 - Travelling from the UK to Canada Amidst the Coronavirus

In the first episode of the TopOfTheFoodChain Podcast, Will Silver and Tristen Ross speak on Tristen's experience after travelling home from London England during the coronavirus outbreak. Tristen was living in London for the last 5 months as a server at a restaurant in Central London. From being laid off work, to how the airports felt on his journey home, and now beginning his 14-day isolation from family. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 18th, 2020, the first day of Tristen's isolation.

40 MINMAR 25
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TOTFC Podcast #001 - Travelling from the UK to Canada Amidst the Coronavirus

Latest Episodes

Michael Hopper - TOTFC Podcast #010

Michael is the owner of Highwayman in Halifax, NS. Follow us on Instagram: Highwayman: https://www.instagram.com/highwaymanhfx/ Michael Hopper: https://www.instagram.com/miguelhopper/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on April 5th, 2020

103 MINMAY 19
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Michael Hopper - TOTFC Podcast #010

Joanna Alphonso - TOTFC Podcast #009

Arguably the most decorated women's rugby athlete to come out of StFX, Joanna is on her way to graduating with a bachelor's of education degree from X. Her philosophy of a winning culture on the rugby field is going to translate into the classroom as she sets up today's generation of future leaders with the skills and tools to positively affect society. We loved this episode and think you will too. Follow us on Instagram: Joanna Alphonso: https://www.instagram.com/joannaalpho... Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 30th, 2020,

143 MINMAY 11
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Joanna Alphonso - TOTFC Podcast #009

William Donkoh - TOTFC Podcast #008

EMeet William Donkoh, As a former Pro basketball player, Will discusses some of the challenges players face as they climb the basketball food chain from high school to university & university to the Pros. We discuss misconceptions about work ethic, the difference between in season, offseason training & how it can take your game to the next level. Transferring programs is never an easy decision for a young athlete. Will sheds light on transferring from the Carleton Ravens to the St.fx X-Men, his perception on basketball players outside of the Carleton system, what led to his decision & how he went about it. He talks about the importance of understanding roles within a team structure, the struggles that come with expectations as a young, highly recruited player and how to manage these expectations while simultaneously trying to exceed them. Despite his success, Will’s journey has had its ups & downs. We talk in depth about his run-in with law enforcement & how it almost derailed his life, at one point he was ready to return to Ottawa and give up. Instead of running from the consequences of his decisions, he dealt with them & eventually overcame one of the most challenging times of his life. Fast forward to the present, Will is an assistant basketball coach for the X-Men and is about to graduate with a bachelor of education. Will is well on his way to helping educate our youth and future generations. Follow us on Instagram: Will Donkoh: https://www.instagram.com/donkoh6/?hl=en Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 28th, 2020,

127 MINMAY 4
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William Donkoh - TOTFC Podcast #008

Cauchy Muamba - TOTFC Podcast #007

ECauchy Muamba is a Congolese-born professional Canadian football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted 34th overall by the BC Lions in the 2010 CFL Draft and signed a contract with the team on May 25, 2010. Follow us on Instagram: Cauchy Mumaba: https://www.instagram.com/cauchymuamba/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 26th, 2020,

86 MINAPR 28
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Cauchy Muamba - TOTFC Podcast #007

Folu Adesanya - TOTFC Podcast #006

Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Folu is currently studying at the Schulich School of Law. Accomplished is a understatement, at just 22 years old, Folu is one year shy from earning her Law degree, while many of her peers are just receiving their undergraduate degree. Folu discusses the importance of her parents sacrifices & how they helped transcend into her early success. Parental success doesn’t always lead to normal childhood life. Due to her parents work, her & her sister found themselves moving city to city, before settling down in Peterborough. She explains how a strong foundation of support at home can help eliminate self doubt & help adolescents persevere despite uncomfortable situations. As a former athlete, Folu talks about the role sport played in her ability to succeed in school but even more so, her ability to flourish socially. Folu, a strong, smart, determined and kind woman is going to be exactly what society and the professional world needs. Follow us on Instagram: Folu Adesanya: https://www.instagram.com/foluad/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 25th, 2020.

86 MINAPR 20
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Folu Adesanya - TOTFC Podcast #006

Shelby Weaver - TOTFC Podcast #005

Shelby is a former Halifax Grammar school student and decided to pursue her goals of being a student-athlete at StFX University. A former standout basketball player at the Grammar School, Shelby quickly learned life doesn’t always go as planned after her athletic career was cut short due to a Severe knee Injury. Shelby details the struggles of being removed from not only the sport but the culture as well, which to that point had been a major part of her identity. With a degree in business, Shelby took a leap of faith by moving to Toronto, Ontario shortly after graduating from StFX University. Fast forward 10yrs later, Shelby has been working for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and is an NBA champion as a Player Development Coach for the Toronto Raptors, & has recently began her own journey within entrepreneurship. Head to instagram & check out @mackhouseinc, a self serving sneaker customization studio, located in the city of Toronto. Shelby is a friend but even more, Shelby is a strong female leader in a professional sports market, a youth mentor & a newly emerging entrepreneur. Follow us on Instagram: Shelby Weaver: https://www.instagram.com/shelbylweav... Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthe... Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 24th, 2020

84 MINAPR 13
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Shelby Weaver - TOTFC Podcast #005

Shanieka Wood - TOTFC Podcast #004

EShanieka Wood is currently a Law student at Dalhousie University. Originally from Ajax, Ontario, Shanieka was recruited to play basketball for Saint Mary’s University. Unsure of what Nova Scotia had in store for her, she packed her bags, left behind her parents, younger siblings & moved out East to Halifax, N.S. Unlike many of her peers, Shanieka did not return to play for her 5th year of basketball, instead after graduating with a degree in criminology she decided to take her education even further by applying and being accepted into the Schulich school of Law. Currently she’s in her second year of law school & has recently accepted an articling position for a local Law Firm. Being the first of her family to receive an undergraduate degree, her desire to be a role model extends not only for her siblings, but for many other young people. In episode #004 we discuss topics such as, the importance of structure & balance, diversity, how impactful a mentor or strong role model can be & many other interesting topics. Follow us on Instagram: Shanieka Wood: https://www.instagram.com/shansantana/ Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 22, 2020.

106 MINAPR 7
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Shanieka Wood - TOTFC Podcast #004

Christian "TBear" Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 pt2

EEpisode 3 is a two-part episode where we sit down with former StFX standout basketball player Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw. In part 2, we shift the focus and energy of the episode from a casual, relaxed conversation about Bear's life and passions, to an energetic conversation surrounding societal pressures and perspectives mainly around the black community. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en TBear: https://www.instagram.com/tour_guide_teddy/ Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 22nd, 2020.

67 MINMAR 31
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Christian "TBear" Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 pt2

Christian T-Bear Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 (pt1)

EEpisode 3 is a two-part episode where we sit down with former StFX standout basketball player Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw. In part 1, it's all about T-Bear's story and where he came from, how he started playing basketball, and his journey from high school to the pros. As someone who only knows the "legend" of T-Bear and his success, this episode is an incredible inside look on how T-Bear thinks and operates. In part 2, we shift the focus and energy of the episode from a casual, relaxed conversation about Bear's life and passions, to an energetic conversation surrounding societal pressures and perspectives mainly around the black community. •3 x Provincial High School Champion. •3 x AUS All-Conference. •2 x AUS MVP. •2 x 1st Team U-Sport All-Canadian. • Member of Team U-Sports. • Stfx 3rd All-Time in Points @ Stfx. • Stfx 2nd All-Time in Assists @ Stfx. • Pro Basketball player. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en TBear: https://www.instagram.com/tour_guide_teddy/ Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 21, 2020.

162 MINMAR 31
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Christian T-Bear Upshaw - TOTFC Podcast #003 (pt1)

TOTFC Podcast #001 - Travelling from the UK to Canada Amidst the Coronavirus

In the first episode of the TopOfTheFoodChain Podcast, Will Silver and Tristen Ross speak on Tristen's experience after travelling home from London England during the coronavirus outbreak. Tristen was living in London for the last 5 months as a server at a restaurant in Central London. From being laid off work, to how the airports felt on his journey home, and now beginning his 14-day isolation from family. Follow us on Instagram: Will Silver: https://www.instagram.com/thetopofthefoodchain/?hl=en Tristen Ross: https://www.instagram.com/t_ross4/?hl=en Will is the founder and creator of Top of the Food Chain with an education in kinesiology and a background of high-level sports performance. He's used his background and passion for fitness to create custom programs specifically designed his clients. A 5-year varsity basketball player for St. Francis Xavier University, Will's story is built on the foundation of working his way from the bottom and proving the doubter's who didn't believe in him. Tristen is a close friend of Will's who is a recent graduate of St Francis Xavier University too. He also played 4 years for the school's varsity basketball team. Tristen attended high school in Vermont when he was just 13 years old in hopes of playing division 1 basketball some day. After returning home and graduating university, he decided to move to London, England in hopes of becoming uncomfortable once again as he was while attending boarding school. Together, Will and Tristen share a passion for fitness, growth, and the importance of being uncomfortable. This podcast is a platform for us to have conversations with those who share the same passion and see it from a different perspective. This episode was shot on March 18th, 2020, the first day of Tristen's isolation.

40 MINMAR 25
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TOTFC Podcast #001 - Travelling from the UK to Canada Amidst the Coronavirus
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