Category Archives: podcast

Episode #73: Ameet Nathwani

Ameet Nathwani had an improbable journey from dropping out of the University of Toronto to being the Creative Director and co-founder of Canadian e-commerce mattress company, Endy Sleep.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #71: Dawn Cuthbertson

Dawn Cuthbertson is a Managing Editor for the Global News website. In journalism for nearly 12 years, Dawn started out as a newspaper reporter with stints at The Observer in Sarnia, Ont., The Kingston Whig-Standard and Windsor Star before moving online with Microsoft, AOL and Huffington Post.

Dawn Cuthbertson with Karim Kanji

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #70: Zain Velji

In this episode Zain Velji and I discuss:

  • The 2017 Alberta provincial budget
  • The changing demographics of Alberta that has led to progressive mayors in Edmonton and Calgary and the NDP in Alberta
  • The Alberta Advantage
  • The Alt-Right in Canada
  • The “secret” to Naheed Nenshi’s electoral victory in 2010
  • And so much more!

Zain Velji and Karim Kanji

Zain Velji is an innovator, strategist, communicator and community volunteer and is the Vice President of Strategy at Northweather.

Before joining Northweather, Zain spent three years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a Senior Campaign Strategist specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy and behavioural economics.

Zain is the co-creator and host of the highly-rated political podcast, The Strategists which dissects the strategies of political campaigns, parties and governments and is the inspiration of the CBC Television and Radio panel of the same name.

Recorded in Calgary, Alberta.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #69: Raina Douris

Raina Douris is the award-winning radio host of CBC Radio 2 in the mornings. In today’s episode we talk about Raina’s career in radio from Ryerson to Q107 to getting fired from Corus and then leading the start-up Indie88 to now being the morning host on CBC Radio2 national morning show.

Raina Douris | Karim Kanji

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #68: Bruce Livesey

Bruce Livesey is a Toronto-based award-winning investigative journalist and documentarian. Currently the lead investigative reporter for the National Observer Livesey has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine, National Post, Toronto Star, The Gazette, The Walrus, Canadian Business, Canadian Lawyer and The Financial Post.

His most recent documentary on the Koch brothers ruffled feathers in the media establishment in Canada so much so that only an independent American outlet was willing to produce the short documentary.

Most recently a lawsuit brought on him by Conrad Black was finally dropped.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #67: Richard Peddie

Former President and CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and current Toronto Foundation Vice Chair, Richard Peddie returns to the studio. This time Peddie and Karim talk about how to make Toronto a more liveable and caring city.

richard peddie and karim kanji
Thanks to Gregg Tilston for this photo! Taken from outside Girth Radio studios inside Pacific Junction Hotel.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Black History Month

I want this podcast to matter. So when I have guests on I want one of two things to happen by the end of it. First, I want people to know a lot more about the person I have been speaking with. I think I’m starting to accomplish this. For example, people only know W. Brett Wilson as a former Dragon, a billionaire and someone who has endorsed Kevin O’Leary. However, if they listen to my conversation with him I truly believe they will know more about the person behind the persona.

Secondly, I want to discuss issues that are important. For example, I recently had my brother-in-law, Earvin Venzant on. We didn’t talk about his story but rather his insights and experiences as a Black American currently living in Canada.

So it upset me when I realized I was about to record podcasts during Black History Month without having a guest on to speak on this. And believe me, I tried. And I will continue to try. Why? Because I believe it is important for me (and by extension those who listen to the podcast) to understand the experiences of Black men and women in Canada. I want to know what they experience and what they feel. I also want to understand the work that Black Lives Matter is undertaking and why it’s important. For everyone.

While it is not a proper substitution, I will share with you 6 episodes with 5 different guests.

Episode #18 was with Morgan P. Campbell. Many of you may know him as a sports writer with the Toronto Star. In this episode we discussed racism in sports (specifically baseball), football and the issue of concussions, and even steroids in professional and amateur sports.

Episode #19 was with legendary broadcaster Spider Jones. In this interesting episode we talked 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.

Episode #22 was with community builder and activist, Segun Akinsanya. 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.

For episode #40 I was joined again in studio by Morgan P. Campbell. This podcast episode was recorded just after the Rio Olympics in Brazil. However, instead of talking about how Canada fared against the world’s best, we talk about how the media covered these games.

Episode #47 was with Desmond Cole of the Toronto Star and CFRB 1010. Cole’s work focuses primarily on social justice, equity, immigration, systemic racism, and poverty.

Episode #54 was with my brother-in-law, Earvin Venzant. He’s a Black American in Canada. And Earvin had some things to get off his chest about the recent election of Donald Trump as America’s next President.

As always you can listen to current and past episodes (or even better, subscribe!) via one of the links below:

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Episode #66: Salim Naran

Salim Naran and I have been friends for over 3 decades. After years of building technology solutions for companies in various industries, Salim Naran is now the co-founder and CTO of Canadian fintech startup, Borrowell.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #65: Sulemaan Ahmed

Sulemaan Ahmed is one of the parents behind the #NoFLyListKids initiative and the Principal of Servo Annex, which provides hands-on coaching to senior executives on how to use all digital platforms, social media and mobile tools.

Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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