Ep. #4 - Jeff Lohnes on Toronto vs. Halifax, Being a Great Speaker, and Becoming an Entrepreneur

This episode’s guest is Jeff Lohnes, a native of Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, who is the co-founder of Talent Bureau – a speakers bureau and creative talent management firm. He has been booking, managing and coaching speakers for over 12 years.  Jeff is also the Curator of TEDxToronto, a volunteer role leading the selection and coaching of all speakers.

Outside the office, Jeff is a proud east coast transplant to Toronto, athletic enthusiast - which he says means he is ‘mediocre at most, passionate about all’ - and started an online donair spice company, Drunken Sailor, to make the staple east coast product more readily available. It’s now carried in 85 Sobeys stores across Atlantic Canada.

In this episode we cover his early interest in business, why he chose to move to Toronto, how he deals with so many different types of people, what makes a great speaker, and more.

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Ep. #3 - Rob Barbara on VC in Atlantic Canada, Management Principles, and Keeping Options Open

Today’s guest is Rob Barbara, who is currently a Managing Partner at Build Ventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a venture capital firm focused on emerging companies based in Atlantic Canada. 

I know Rob primarily through sailing, which he has pursued competitively for most of his life.  We cover his decision-making process through university and his career, why he didn’t enjoy investment banking, how his startup went, and the thesis behind Build Ventures.

I have yet to have a conversation with Rob that isn’t entertaining, and this one was no exception.  We had a couple technical difficulties to start with, but things really get rolling after that.

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Ep. #2: Greg Jarrett on Finding a Business Idea, Founder Institute, and Sharing the Journey

This episode's guest is Greg Jarrett, who is the founder and CEO of STACK.aero, which develops cloud-based solutions typically powered by the Salesforce Platform for aviation and logistics companies.

Greg has worked as a charter salesperson all over the world, before turning software developer for the business aviation community, and he’s passionate about helping business aircraft operators stay at the front of the technology curve.

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Ep. #1: Dave Culligan on Finding Balance, Exploring Your Interests, and Making Something Every Day

Dave is a 25-year-old filmmaker and digital strategist who was born, raised, and is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this episode we get into his early motivation, mentorship, some things that are currently important in his life, like gratitude, and finally, the new project he’s going to be kicking off in 2018.  

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