Snippets with Leon Goren

Snippets with Leon Goren

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/.

Episodes

December 22, 2023 15 mins

In this Snippets episode, David King, Senior Managing Director for Canada and South America at Robert Half—the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions and business consulting firm—takes us on a deep dive into the post-pandemic landscape of talent recruitment and labor markets. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions for your organization.

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Ready to enhance your investment strategy? Tune in as Leon sits down with Liam O’Sullivan, Principal Co-Head of Client Portfolio Management at RPIA. An expert in alternative investments and risk management, Liam shares insight on managing an investment portfolio, current market paradigm shifts, the crucial role of fixed income, and the importance of differentiating between high-grade and high-yield bonds. 

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In this episode, Leon chats with Dan Carmichael, the president of Whitecap. Dan tells us about his motivations for leaving a 20-year-long big corporate job at Dell Technologies to join the small business world. Leon and Dan discuss staying on the forefront of emerging technology and Dan gives advice to business leaders on getting involved with AI.

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Bryan Jaskolka is a serial entrepreneur and the visionary founder and CEO of the CMI Financial Group. Bryan is a driving force in the Canadian private lending and mortgage financing industries and has been recognized for his leadership and innovation. CMI is Canada’s premier private mortgage lender, a leading provider of mortgage funding and investment solutions, and one of Canada's fastest-growing companies.

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Abby Gnanendran is the CEO and co-founder of Earth Rated, a B Corp-certified company that provides dog lovers with eco-friendly poop bags. In this Snippets episode, Abby tells us how Earth Rated grew from a direct-to-consumer ‘pet project’ to serving 4.5 million people daily worldwide.

Earth Rated stands out with its dedication to a supportive, performance-driven work environment. Abby and Leon discuss leading with integrity and why...

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Brian Cotter is the President of Durham Artificial Grass (established 2018) and Lloyd’s Grounds Management Professionals (established 1963). He and Leon discuss the lessons he’s learned growing a family business and the effects of climate change, employee shortage, and COVID-19 on both his well-established business and new but rapidly growing business.

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Glenn Poulos is the Co-Founder, Vice President, and General Manager of Gap Wireless Inc. He has 30 plus years of experience in sales and has started and sold two successful companies.  He has also just published his first book 'Never Sit in the Lobby: 57 Winning Sales Factors to Grow Business and Build a Career Selling.' In this episode, Glenn and Leon discuss the book-writing process and go through three of his sales fac...

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Leon sits down with Peng Lin, CEO and founder of VIVA Scandinavia, a consumer-centric glassware and accessories brand. Peng has a wealth of experience in manufacturing high-end products and managing consumer and sales data. Peng and Leon discuss Peng's unique background, his entrance into the glassware market, and why Kickstarter is such a powerful tool for product design and development.

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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. 

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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 changi...

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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 t...

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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 st...

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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.
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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. 

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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.

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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.
 
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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...

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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.
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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, transition...

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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 r...

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