Tag Archives: Toronto

Amin Kanji

Amin Kanji is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.

This is Episode #268 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Randell Adjei | Ontario’s Poet Laureate

Randell Adjei is Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Hailing from Scarborough, Randell is an author, spoken word artist, educator, community leader and entrepreneur. RISE Edutainment is a social enterprise which seeks to give opportunity to youth across the city.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • what exactly does a Poet Laureate do
  • who inspired Randell to take up poetry in the first place
  • graduating as his high school valedictorian after a less than stellar beginning
  • starting RISE
  • working with companies like Holt Renfrew
  • his involvement with the Scarborough Hospital Foundation’s Love, Scarborough initiative
  • his favourite things about Scarborough
  • and so much more!

Follow the links for more information:

https://www.lovescarborough.ca/

https://www.randelladjei.com/

https://www.riseedutainment.com/

https://www.ontariopoet.org/

This is Episode #266 of the Welcome! podcast.

 

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Adil Dhalla | Play Advocate

Adil Dhalla is a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Play Advocate. Currently, Adil is the Director of Community for Camp Reset.

Learn more about Camp Reset at https://www.thisisreset.org/copy-of-home.

Almost 12 years ago Adil co-founded a start up called My City Lives. On their first anniversary I asked Adil 5 Questions:

  • What motivates you to do what you do on a daily basis?
  • If you had 30 seconds to impart your wisdom on a classroom of soon-to-be graduates, what would you say?
  • In your opinion, what has been one of the most important technological developments over the past 12 months?
  • If you had a crystal ball, what would you say will be the most important technological development over the next 12 months?
  • Who is one of Canada’s tech stars and why?
  • In this episode we finish off with a new 5 Questions. Listen to the end to hear the questions and Adil’s answers.

This is Episode #265 of the Welcome! podcast.

 

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Aneil Gokhale | Toronto Foundation

Aneil Gokhale is the Director of Philanthropy for the Toronto Foundation. In his role he is responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio.  In this episode we discuss:

  • his work with the Toronto Foundation the Love, Scarborough fundraising initiative in support of the Scarborough Health Network Foundation.
  • how he switched from business and science to philanthropy.
  • his favourite things in Scarborough.
  • how young adults can become involved in philanthropy.
  • why Toronto is the best city in the world…for some people.

This is Episode #264 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Husein Madhavji: Donkeyhead

husein madavji donkeyhead
husein madavji donkeyhead

This is Husein’s second appearance on the podcast. In this episode Husein calls in from hot and sunny Dubai where rumour has it that it is cold at night. Husien stars in the new film, Donkeyhead.

Donkeyhead is a 2021 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Agam Darshi in her directorial debut. It stars Darshi as Mona, a woman tasked with taking care of her father with the help of her three siblings after he is diagnosed with cancer and his health starts to deteriorate.

This is Episode #262 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Anuk Karunaratne

Anuk Karunaratne is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Before the start of the 2021 regular season we sat down for a look back at the 2020 season as well as a look forward to the 2021 season and beyond.

This is Episode #255 of the Welcome! podcast.


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Al Strachan

Al Strachan and Karim Kanji talking about getting into a pillow fight!
Al Strachan and Karim Kanji talking about getting into a pillow fight!

Al Strachan is a member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Al is a best selling author of 6 books as well as a former sports writer with The Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette. His latest book is Hockey’s Hot Stove – The Untold Stories of the Original Insiders.

This is Episode #250 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer

Kris and Nigel are two of the nicest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with on this podcast.

Bit Playas is a comedy series on CBC Gem/Amazon Prime created by Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer – two friends/actors that met while working at The Second City Toronto. Season One deals with Race, Nerd Culture, Dating, Marijuana and navigating the Canadian Entertainment scene as actors of color. The show originally came out December 2019 and was just released this past summer on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK.

Here is the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzO9obrGwo&ab_channel=CBCComedy

This is Episode #243 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Dwayne Morgan

I spoke with Scarborough Walk of Fame inductee Dwayne Morgan less than two weeks after the brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We spoke about racism, privilege, the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s Black community and why they’ve been impacted more than others, and why we have measured hope for the future.

This is Episode #227 of the Welcome! podcast.

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