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Welcome! Episode #23: Khadija Cajee

The following article was originally posted on Girth Radio.

On Saturday February 20, 2016 Khadija Cajee joined Welcome’s Karim Kanji at PodCamp Toronto for a special one our interview in front of a live audience.

Khadija Cajee | #NoFlyListKids | Karim Kanji

Khadija Cajee’s six year old son, Syed Adam Ahmed, has been on Canada’s DHP (Deemed High Profile) for as long as she and her husband, Sulemaan Ahmed, can remember.

During this conversation Karim and Khadija discuss the following:

– How a single tweet led to a series of tweets that led to real public discourse.
– When did Khadija and her family find out their son was on the DHP list?
– How many kids under 18 years old are on the DHP list in Canada?
– What is Khadija doing to shed light on this issue?
– Will kids under 18 ever be off the DHP list?
– What is #NoFlyListKids and how can people become involved?
– What liberties are we willing to give up for the sake of security?
– What is Minister Goodale doing to ensure that children are not on the DHP list?

For more information on #NoFlyListKids please visit the website.

Khadija Cajee | #NoFlyListKids | Karim Kanji

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Welcome! Episode #22: Segun Akinsanya

The following article was originally posted on Girth Radio.

Published on: February 14, 2016

Segun Akinsanya is a motivational speaker and community activist. Formerly the Executive Director of Bright Future Alliance, Segun is now the founder and CEO of Currant. Currant is a co-operative looking to build sustainable businesses and communities.

Segun also happens to be a convicted criminal having served time for manslaughter.

Listen to this inspiring conversation.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #21: Adam Mintz

The following article was originally posted on Girth Radio. 

Published on: February 11, 2016

Adam Mintz is the founder, President and CEO of Toronto-based apparel company, Athletes Collective.

In this episode we chat about Adam’s foray into entrepreneurship, his background in fashion, why he has always wanted to own his own business, how Athletes Collective began, his failed Kickstarter campaign and how he rose from the ashes to build an advisory board and obtain some seed money.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #20: Romana Kassam

This was originally posted on Girth Radio on February 2, 2016.

In the 20th episode of Welcome!, Karim Kanji talks with entrepreneur Romana Kassam about life travelling Europe and Africa, climbing Kilimanjaro, dealing with East Indian parents and their expectations of their daughter, working corporate life and her decision to stop participating in the rat race to start her own business.

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Welcome! Episode #19: Spider Jones

The following was first published on Girth Radio on January 28, 2016.

In this interesting episode, Karim Kanji and Spider Jones talk about:
– Spider’s upbringing in Detroit and Windsor during the heyday of Motown
– Spider’s early career in amateur boxing
– How the Spider met George Chuvalo
– How the Spider ended up sparring with Muhammad Ali and helped him prepare for his first title defense against Chuvalo
– Spider’s past and future radio career
– Spider’s best-selling book and upcoming movie
– Spider’s Believe To Achieve Organization

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #18: Morgan P. Campbell

The following post was originally posted on my Girth Radio-Welcome! page last week. Take a look at it HERE.

Morgan P. Campbell is an award-winning sports writer with the Toronto Star. He has written about the Canadian Football League, MMA, Boxing, Baseball and even rugby. In this episode we talk about Campbell’s journey playing football with Northwestern University to writing for Canada’s largest daily newspaper.

We discuss racism in sports (specifically baseball), football and the issue of concussions, and even steroids in professional and amateur sports.We also discuss the future (and current state) of newspapers.

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Welcome! Episode #17: Sammy Younan

This post was originally posted on Girth Radio on January 5, 2016.

Sammy Younan has his own IMBD page, has been nominated for an Oscar (or at least a movie he worked on has), is a published author and has interviewed Dallas Green (City & Colour and Alexisonfire), Gerry Dee, and many others. He is also an entrepreneur and the curator for Girth Radio.

Enjoy!

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#TBT with Ryan Holmes of HootSuite

The following post was originally published on Girth Radio on December 31 2015.

This podcast was originally recorded in May 2011 as part of the XConnect series.

Ryan Holmes is the CEO and founder of Vancouver-based HootSuite. What started as a simple social media dashboard has now grown into a billion dollar company. Take a listen to one of the early interviews with this Canadian startup success story.

Welcome! Season One

Season One of my latest podcast project, Welcome!, is now in the can. Welcome! is designed to showcase conversations with members of Toronto’s creative community. They can be musicians, artists, and even entrepreneurs. Essentially, anyone who lives or works in Toronto that is doing interesting things.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing serial entrepreneurs, agency executives, teachers, designers, musicians, and even someone who was running for office in the last federal election.

I’m looking forward to Season Two of Welcome! You can expect to hear from people whom you know. And many that you don’t know. However, there is one thing you can expect: The conversations will shed light on the lives, success and failures of these people. I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I will enjoy bringing it to you.

Remember to follow my episodes of Welcome! on Girth Radio. You can also follow me on the Welcome! MixCloud station.

Season One episodes:

#16 – Ian Chalmers

#15 – Steve Hulford

#14 – Mark Farmer #2

#13 – Dan Demsky

#12 – Laura Casselman

#11 – Toronto Mike 

#10 – Farid Kassam

#9 – Kevin Kennedy

#8 – Uncle Neil

#7 – Gregg Tilston

#6 – Hessie Jones

#5 – Andrew Jenkins

#4 – Kerry Morrison

#3 – Laurie Dillon-Schalk

#2 – Mark Farmer

#1 – Karim Awad

Welcome! Episode #16: Ian Chalmers

This episode was previously published on Girth Radio on October 30, 2015.

Ian Chalmers is the Creative Director of Pivot Design Group and an avid collector of watches, mobile phones, wearables and a pre-historic hammer.

You can follow Ian Chalmers on Twitter @chalmers.

You can follow me on Twitter @karimkanji.

Enjoy!

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