Episodes

Dr. Christina Bjorndal: A Mental Health Conversation Through the Lens of a Suicide Survivor

April 6, 2021

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders using a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual approach. Havi…

Traci Bateman: Growing Up Without Mom

March 30, 2021

Branding only works if you truly believe in what you put into the world. Traci Bateman knew what she wanted to contribute from a young age after losing her mother to breast cancer at 14 years old; a lifelong journey of welln…

Sunita Sumaru: Why a Positive Dialogue with Yourself is a Game Changer

March 23, 2021

Her name is Sunita Sumaru, and she is an Edmonton-based makeup artist and the owner of Sen Studios. Sen is a makeup studio that provides makeup services and makeup education that will empower you to find your own personal st…

How Garrett Lombardi Saved a Woman’s Life Simply by Showing Up

March 16, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode is of a sensitive nature and deals with suicide. Garrett Lombardi was a 20 year old pre-medicine student from San Diego on a date with his girlfriend when a day full of unexpected circumstances …

Lazina McKenzie: Community Builder, the Entrepreneurial Spirit and the Road Less Travelled

March 9, 2021

Lazina McKenzie is in love with entrepreneurial spirit. She loves working with organizations and teaching people. It was in 2010 when Lazina got one of those goose-bumpy, this-is-what-life’s-about moments. She was volunteeri…

Emily Cave on Love, Loss, and Life with Her Late Husband Edmonton Oiler Colby Cave

March 2, 2021

No one could possibly imagine the surprise and pain of your spouse passing at age 25 suddenly, under any circumstances. Emily Cave has lived it, and is stepping into The Inner Circle to share her story. Colby Cave was a forw…

A Cancer Diagnosis: Hillberg and Berk CEO Rachel Mielke Shares Her Journey with Cervical Cancer

Feb. 23, 2021

In January of 2020, Rachel Mielke received a cervical cancer diagnosis, which set her on an onerous personal journey toward recovery during a year of global suffering. During this trying year, she was able to find respite in…

The Powerful Perspective on Black History Month & International Women’s Day from Paulette Senior.

Feb. 16, 2021

Paulette Senior is President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Paulette started her career on the front li…

He Doesn’t Have a Heartbeat or a Pulse, but Chef Brad Smoliak is Winning the Battle Against Heart Disease

Feb. 9, 2021

Brad Smoliak: lover of all thinks starting with “F”! Family, friends, food, fine wine, and most of all, fabulous wife! Born at the General Hospital with Transposition of the Great Vessel, and shockingly survived after some …

New Procedure Might Reverse Sleep Apnea in Patients with Dr. Tammarie Heit

Feb. 2, 2021

Dr. Tammarie Heit was a nurse for 10 years and worked in cardiovascular, thoracic, plastic surgery and intensive care. Wanting to make more of an impact, she decided to go into dental school. She has spent the last 25 years…

MmmathMania! An Exciting New Resource to Help Parents, Teachers and Kids with Math

Jan. 26, 2021

Vanessa McLeod is the founder and CEO of MMMathMania, an online math teaching resource that utilizes games as a learning tool for children. She has been teaching for almost 20 years, mostly at the grade 2 or 3 level, but has…

Look Good, Feel Better: Dee Diaz Helping Female Cancer Patients through a Difficult Journey

Jan. 19, 2021

Dee Diaz leads Look Good Feel Better (LGFB)- Canada’s only charitable organization dedicated to the appearance related impact of cancer and its treatment for women and teens. Mobilizing supportive health care for women so th…

Resilience Might Not Be Exciting, but it Separates Businesses and Leaders.  How Resilience Helped Lara Murphy Build Her Success

Jan. 12, 2021

Lara Murphy is the co-founder and director of business development and strategy of Calgary’s Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. (RMC), where she has managed numerous multi-million-dollar projects in corporate, commercial, health …

Kristina Williams: From Lawyer to CEO, to Honorary Consul for Sweden, to Mom: Life is a Continuum of Learning

Jan. 5, 2021

Kristina Williams was named the President and CEO of AEC in 2014, and oversees the management of the $350 million Alberta Enterprise Fund with its 19 venture capital fund investments and the underlying portfolio of more than…

A Perfect Nightmare: Karen Gosbee’s Glittering Marriage and How It Almost Took Her Life

Dec. 29, 2020

Karen Gosbee is an author, advocate against domestic violence, and mother who has been through the full spectrum of life's hardships. She had it all: the successful husband, beautiful kids, big house and a white Range Rover;…

Mandy Trapp: December 21st is the Great Transformation. Are you ready?

Dec. 20, 2020

This week's episode is a special one; Jupiter and Saturn will appear so close together on December 21, 2020 that it will seem almost as though they are a single star. According to The Planetary Society, they have not been th…

In the Know: How Sarah Benken Created an International Community of Like-Minded Women

Dec. 15, 2020

Sarah Benken is passionate about supporting women, specifically high-achieving businesswomen that are overworked and lacking community with like-minded women. 𝑾𝒉𝒚? Because she has been there - in the wrong rooms, stretched t…

Jess Tetu's Courage and Perseverance: Leaving Home at 15 to Becoming one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Dec. 8, 2020

Jess Tetu is a Canadian serial entrepreneur making waves across the country in the beauty and spa industry while making an impact on her community through her dedication to philanthropy! Overcoming adversity at a very young …

Bill and Candice Farrell: Love, Legacy and Doodles

Dec. 1, 2020

Candice and Bill Farrell are breeders of Goldendoodles, located on the outskirts of Red Deer, Alberta. Their ultimate goal is to produce happy, healthy, loving and well-socialized family pets. Candice and Bill take their dog…

Burn Survivor Kelly Falardeau’s Empowering Story: From Near Death to Success

Nov. 24, 2020

Dedicated to making a difference, Kelly Falardeau has used her life challenges as a burn survivor as the voice and inspiration to help re-define the definition of beauty. She is an international speaker known for encouraging…

From Start-Up to Game Changer: The Woman Behind Absolute Combustion International

Nov. 17, 2020

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building, and fostering inclusion in the …

Talking Sex with Dr Jess: Questions You Want Answers To

Nov. 10, 2020

Dr. Jess O’Reilly is a sex and relationship expert with a background in education. Her research and passion involves teacher training in sexual health; she volunteers in schools and universities to help bring better sex & re…

Advice for Starting and Running Your Own Business From a CEO with Marcela Mandeville

Nov. 3, 2020

This week, we welcome Marcela Mandeville to the Inner Circle. Marcela has explored the world of business through a globally focused business undergraduate degree, designation as a Certified International Trade Professional a…

A Simple Need Turned Into a Brilliant Business with Claire Theaker-Brown

Oct. 27, 2020

Edmonton, Alberta-born Claire Theaker-Brown founded Unbelts in 2011 with two ambitions: creating quality jobs for under-employed seamstresses in her Shanghai neighbourhood, and perfecting pant-fit for people of all shapes. T…