Category Archives: podcast

Storytelling with Global TV’s Liem Vu – Welcome! Episode #29

This post was originally published on June 7 2016 on Girth Radio.

Former Scarborough resident Liem Vu joins Karim Kanji to discuss:

  • Growing up in Scarborough to Vietnamese immigrants
  • The pressure that children of immigrants face in obtaining a professional designation
  • How Liem found his passion for storytelling
  • Liem’s newspaper career
  • Liem’s broadcast career starting with MTV Canada and now with Global TV’s The Morning Show.

Welcome! Episode #28: Georgia Sapounas

Georgia Sapounas is a former Canadian and World Champion figure skater and current Senior Manager of Digital Marketing for Team Canada (Canadian Olympic Committee).

In this episode we talk about her journey from a child wanting to be in the Olympics to being on the women’s team figure skating team at the Canadian and World Championships. We also chatted about her retiring from elite athletics and getting into digital and social media.

Today, Georgia heads up strategy and planning for Team Canada’s digital and social team.

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Welcome! Episode #27: Arturo Marcano

This podcast was originally published on: May 31, 2016 on Girth Radio.

Arturo Marcano is a Toronto-based author who writes about the problems in Latin American countries caused by the globalization of baseball, specifically Major League Baseball (MLB).

In this hour-plus long conversation Marcano shares with us:
– how MLB has helped shape the cycle of poverty in the baseball-talent rich nations of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic
– why this same problem doesn’t exist in Mexico or Japan
– why there are not a lot of players in MLB from Mexico
– the upcoming battle between Cuban baseball and MLB
and much, much more!

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #26: Sonya Gill

This podcast was originally published on: May 10 2016 on Girth Radio.

Sonya Gill is a serial entrepreneur, former ad agency owner and executive, author, social media and Pr professional, fitness model and Tim Hortons employee. Wait! What?! Yes!

You need to listen to this conversation!

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Sonya and I discuss dropping out of university, lying to her parents about grad school, moving to Toronto as a single South Asian woman with no job, her life in broadcast media, how women should deal with trolls (online and off), her agency Youzus, buyer’s remorse, her new app, what she’s doing with Tim Hortons, and SO MUCH MORE!

My favourite podcasts (updated) (again)

With the popularity of the Serial podcast, the genre has indeed exploded. And because of that explosion my Stitcher app has become filled with more podcasts than I have time to listen to. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in my podcast playlist.

Somebody Knows Something by CBC.

Under The Influence by CBC.

CBC Radio 3 Podcast.

Spark from CBC.

Song Exploder.

The Digiday Podcast.

Canadaland by Jesse Brown.

Birds All Day.

Undisclosed: The State Vs. Adnan Syed.

Serial.

Freakonomics Radio.

This Week In Startups.

Stuff You Should Know.

This American Life.

Toronto Mike’d Podcast.

WTF with Marc Maron.

And don’t forget, for now, you can listen to my show, Welcome!, on Mixcloud.

 

Welcome! Episode #25: “Showdown” Joe Ferraro

This blog entry was originally Published on: May 3 2016 on Girth Radio.

There is one person responsible for helping to grow the sport of MMA (and the UFC) more than any other person in Canada: Showdown Joe Ferraro. Showdown would host UFC Central on Sportsnet and The FAN radio network.

Today, his contribution to MMA is relegated to monthly duties hosting Titan FC shows in Florida.

In this episode, we discuss how Showdown got involved with in the fight business, his time covering the sport and what led to him leaving the airwaves in Canada. Showdown also reveals his thoughts on the GOAT MMA/UFC fighters; will GSP ever fight professionally again; the Conor McGregor issue and much much more!

Enjoy the show!

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Welcome! Episode #24: Darrell MacMullin CEO BitGold

Originally Published on: April 26 2016

Darrell MacMullin is the CEO of one of Canada’s fastest growing public companies, BitGold. In this hour long conversation we talk about Darrell’s journey from Chapter’s in the early days of e-commerce in Canada to his roles with eBay Canada, PayPal Canada and now BitGold.

This is a must listen to conversation for all entrepreneurs and those interested in fintech.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Season 2

Season Two of Welcome! is now in the bag. Welcome! was 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.

This season I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing media personalities, a former boxer who once sparred with Mohammed Ali, entrepreneurs, someone who climbed Kilimanjaro, a convicted murderer as well as the mother of a child who is on Canada’s Do Not Fly List.

I’m really looking forward to Season Three 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 Two episodes:

#23 – Khadija Cajee #NoFlyLisyKids

#22 – Segun Akinsanya

#21 – Adam Mintz

#20 – Romana Kassam

#19 – Spider Jones

#18 – Morgan P. Campbell

#17 – Sammy Younan

 

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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