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From farm to fish to fintech by
Michele Romanow spent her childhood on
She also co-founded SnapSaves, a mobile
a Regina, Saskatchewan farm, with chores that
couponing app, acquired by Groupon in June 2014.
included everything from mowing the lawn,
Romanow had already brought four successful
pulling weeds, and even changing car tires.
companies to the fore before her 28th birthday.
“There were no boy tasks or girl tasks. It was just
Among scores of business ventures, she currently
farm mentality, where there was work to be done,
heads financing platform clearbanc.com.
and you did it,” said the tech entrepreneur and the
youngest of TV’s Dragons’ Den judges.
Powerful Women in Canada, and was named
“Inadvertently, that turned out to be such a
as one of the Forbes Top 20 Most Disruptive
powerful message,” noted Romanow.
“Millennials on a Mission”.
She quickly learned she became the “scrappy
Today, Romanow is on the list of 100 Most
Pie caught up with Michele Romanow, to ask
woman who really built something from nothing.”
her about what makes a business tick, and where
Her business ventures began as a Queen’s
she likes to travel…
University student in 2006, when she opened up a
sustainable coffee shop. “It gave me the first sense
five years, could it be because many don’t realize
that I could build something.”
that they are obligated to do everything necessary?
Not long after, she and two friends launched
Since 80 per cent of businesses flop in the first
CEO isn’t ‘Chief Executive Officer’ it’s
Evandale Caviar, a start-from-nothing sturgeon
‘Chief Everything Officer.’ I think it’s hard to know
caviar business out of New Brunswick, “the
– there are a lot of reasons businesses fail, so it’s
craziest thing that three twenty one year olds
hard to put it down to one but certainly this is part
could come up with.”
You just have to do whatever it takes to succeed. I
Romanow and partners had to literally scout
out and hunt for fishermen, fishing boats and
believe there are people who keep hustling, they
haggle for licensing.
keep living one more day and eventually build a
big company out of that. I think that is just a really
The hands-on farm girl hauled sturgeon to
a manufacturing plant, where she did “all of the
important part. I think that you’re right. Most
processing – a really polite way of saying ‘getting
often people are not prepared to do what it takes to
the fish to the end product.’” In their first year,
win. They don’t appreciate how scrappy it’s going
they netted roughly $100,000. The recession
to be. They don’t appreciate that they are, literally,
hammered the business, but that didn’t deter the
going to have to do everything. If you are not ready
for that, it’s probably not the best choice.
In 2011, the launch of the discount ecommerce
You often talk about the rate of disruption. How
site, Buytopia.ca, had its humble beginnings at a
is that going to affect business?
convention booth - with merely a screenshot of the
website-to-be. It became one of Canada’s fastest
substantial now. If you look at the time of a
growing companies, with 2.5 million subscribers.
company on the S&P in 1952 it was 50 years; today
The rate of disruption is just so
it’s 20 years the average lifetime.
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So you are getting disrupted at double the rate you
We did this with a team of incredible people
used to be. I think you want to be trying to look
who were along for that journey in building it
at the solutions that are the most cutting edge.
with us. You have people that you’ve worked so
Artificial intelligence is up next.
closely with and you’ve solved problems that
We are already seeing radiologists with machines
– it seemed for the longest time – to be totally
that can do this much better than people who’ve
insurmountable. You did it with people you
been looking at broken arms and X-rays forever.
liked and really cared about. That brings you an
That does not mean we do not need people
enormous amount of joy.
anymore, it just means we are going to use people
There is nothing that can replace what a small and
in a totally different way.
mighty group of people can do. I think it is easy to
get caught up in all the struggles and why things
How can a company best position themselves
differently, amongst its competitors?
don’t’ work. But when you build a good team, it’s
If you are going to, for instance, build
an ice cream company, your start up doesn’t need
to be twice as good as what is out there already.
with or surround yourself with?
It needs to be ten times as good. That’s what your
standard should be. If things are like ‘eh, that’s a
lowest amount of drama.
little bit better,’ you have to change consumers’
There’s a lot in that. It’s not just an off the cuff
behavior, you have to market, you have to teach
statement. You are looking for talented, smart
people about your product, you have to do an
people who are incredibly hard working, don’t
enormous amount to get this in your hands. So, if
give up. And then you are looking for people
you are not going to be ten times better, you’re not
who are not there to make it constantly about
going to win.
themselves, constantly cause issues. It truly is
Look at Swell, the water bottle company.
that ratio. How talented you are versus how much
Water bottles have been around a long time.
People have been putting water bottles in
tradeshow bags since the beginning of time.
Nobody is short on water bottles at their house.
Swell comes out and they create a truly better
constantly paint the amazing vision of what is not
water bottle. It keeps things colder for three times
there, but what could be, and conceal their own
as long. It looks great.
fears. Because, the reality is when you lead, you
Now she’s able to create a multimillion dollar
have no idea what is next. As an entrepreneur,
company, but she truly has something better.
after ten years, I think my hit ratio has gone up a
It’s not just ‘not another water bottle’. Everyone
knows there is a huge market in water bottles, or
Maybe instead of one in five ventures working out,
ice teas, or ice creams, or whatever it is, but are
one in four ventures work out? You never quite
you really better than Häagen-Dazs? Because you
know the future.
are going to have to be to win.
The best leaders just have such a strong sense of,
‘I can see this, I can build this, I can sell this to
What is the thing that has brought you the most
So, what do you look for in the people you work The highest amount of talent for the
What differentiates a good manager, from a I think great leaders are able to
you, and I can actually hide the fact that I have That’s a good question. I think that
no idea what’s going to happen.’ It’s not an un-
ultimately, it’s been the teams that I’ve worked
genuine hiding. It’s that you need someone to say,
with that have been the best. It’s very easy – now
‘If this is going to happen I believe in it.’
that I’m a celebrity – to be about me, me, me, and I
Good leaders make good plans. They can rally
did this. I didn’t do all this on my own.
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"I think great leaders are able to constantly paint the amazing vision of what is not there, but what could be, and conceal their own fears"
Really great leaders just continue to see the future,
and not share their fears as they bring the team
along. Which is why it is so lonely as a leader.
I think top of my list was a safari in Kenya and
Tanzania. It was just so magical. The thing about
Behind the scenes Dragons' Den, what is some-
Tell me about your favorite travel destinations. I’ve been to so many amazing places.
thing that people might not know that goes on?
the safari that they don’t tell you is you are in
this jeep and you get so close to the animals.
We make fun of each other a lot. We
make fun of each other for falling into their own
The jeep is like an inanimate object. It’s like a
stereotypes. ‘We knew you’d say no to that one!’ and
shadow. It doesn’t feed the animals, it doesn’t
‘You just had to do that, didn’t you?’
interfere with them. So, you can be a perfect
These are really good fun. None of us knew each
voyeur into these animals’ lives. I loved that. I
other. There are deals that we’ve done together, and
did India ten years ago.
all of us really care about entrepreneurs. That’s one
I did it the year before Caviar. It was a magical
thing that really binds us together.
trip that I still take a lot of things away from.
We all got into that chair in a very different way –
It is just the ultimate place where you realize
very different professional accomplishments, very
you don’t need money to be happy. There’s so
different style. There was a totally different kind of
much spirit and joy, and colors, community. It’s a
really cool place. It can be a bit intense if you are
It’s really long days. We sometimes see twelve
not expecting it, but I was expecting crazy. So, it
pitches a day. So, you can imagine, on the twelfth
one, you’re just tired.
I did a really beautiful trip in Vietnam that I
absolutely loved, if you want something calm.
What is a common entrepreneurial mistake?
I think the first mistake is just not getting
going. That’s usually the one that I see the most.
To go to the rice fields, and Sapa, take a bike and ride. It’s just a really cool spot. Then, for work I do a lot of North American travel – lots of New York, lots of San Francisco, lots of Toronto.
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destination growth the heart of a city by
When Karen Dubeau, Barrie’s new Creative
of the Toronto Region on the way to the cottage,
Economy Director, steps into her office in the heart
have long since given way to an exciting new
of downtown, she’s effectively sitting down to
begin a day of storytelling with her team.
City that features world-class lifestyle amenities
“We’re responsible for bringing together
They’re discovering a dynamic, high growth
Barrie’s culture, arts, innovation and
coupled with one of the most vibrant economies in
entrepreneurship communities, helping them
connect, build capacity and flourish as our city goes
through this enormous growth phase. There are
opportunities for businesses and residents alike to
so many exciting initiatives in Barrie, the best way
collaborate and pursue new ideas in a burgeoning
to share what is going on is through stories of the
metropolis that has quickly grown to encompass
incredible people and exciting things happening
a vast array of platforms for innovators, artists
here," she says.
and entrepreneurs. Building on a long history
of original music, theatre and arts, and now
This department, a key part of the city’s Invest
Karen and her team are authoring
Barrie portfolio that aims to support economic
merging with technology startups and innovative
diversification and resiliency, is a welcome and
businesses, Barrie’s creative industries are
much needed voice to champion the vast potential
of one of Ontario’s largest and fastest growing
creative community has attracted more than $2
million in investments and grants, fueling job
“Over 70,000 people will be moving to the
In the last calendar year alone, the Barrie
region in the next few years, and the level of
creation and attracting attention at a provincial
investment and number of building permits
level. The Invest Barrie team at the city has
is breaking historic records. We’re one of the
harnessed partnerships to raise the profile of the
few cities undertaking large scale greenfield
city as a destination for innovation, including
development, and shovels are in the ground this
launching a public-private partnership for the
Sandbox Entrepreneurship and Knowledge
Exchange project. The Sandbox will be a place
Drawn at first by the appeal of affordable
housing, waterfront living, and close proximity to
and space for synergistic collisions to occur
Toronto and Muskoka, this influx of new residents
between existing businesses, startups, innovators
are quickly finding that any traditional perceptions
and technology leaders, helping businesses in
they may have had of Barrie as just the City North
Barrie to compete on the global stage.
In 2017, gShift Labs, a Barrie-based tech
company, was recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, while motorcycle giant Suzuki Canada moved their warehouse and employees from Richmond Hill to the City’s south end. FreshSpoke, a local company disrupting the wholesale food distribution system, was just awarded a Premier’s Award for Agri-Innovation excellence, and OneMoreStory Games was tied for
"Over 70,000 people will be moving to the region in the next few years, and the level of investment and number of building permits is breaking historic records. We're one of the few cities undertaking large scale greenfield development, and shovels are in the ground this spring".
#1 best PC Games by Toronto Game Devs.
Talk Is Free Theatre, an innovative and original
To keep track of all the success stories, a
producer of immersive theatre experiences, just
hashtag #CreativeBarrie has been developed for
secured a $650,000 Trillium grant to expand their
social media users.
immersive programming and engage youth.
are filling up quickly. The city by the lake, anchored
From food entrepreneurs, online game
For Invest Barrie, the chapters of Barrie’s story
developers, high-end technology companies
by its vibrant downtown and bustling with activity
working with content platforms and
beyond their office window, keeps them busy.
cryptocurrencies, disruptors in the health
innovation space and new manufacturing
will be centre stage as people discover and
companies, Barrie’s business community is
experience the next evolution of the city.
diversifying and growing at a rapid pace.
It is a clear sign that Barrie’s creative industries
"NORTH" OF THE NORTH Chef Marco Ormonde by
Mandy Johnson |
There are many things that punctuate the
One such establishment is The North. The
culinary experience in our thriving city. One such
owner and executive chef, Marco Ormonde, is
landmark is the thriving culinary community. Not
a visible supporter of the culinary scene and all
only do we have great restaurants with exciting
it has to offer. The very name suggests that our
gastronomic delights, we also have a group of
geographical location is unique and it speaks to
restaurateurs that care about the city and each
the northern culture. The fare is anything but
other, that are involved in our festivals and events,
ordinary but the vibe is steeped in loyalty and
and support each other to create an exciting
familiar relationships. The North’s achievements
dining experience for our “own” and anyone
are the culmination of perfect “ingredients.”
fortunate enough to be visiting this great region.
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Marco chose Midland to invest in his latest
vision of whole, quality food and will open “The Maple”. Steeped in the same dedication to great cuisine, The Maple Canadian Pub will be a family friendly establishment that will appeal to all those that appreciate real food prepared from scratch. The menu will be “Canadiana” and representative of the northern town and our Canadian roots, but offer that elevated culinary integral experience on the dining horizon. Marco’s vision is clear and the space will be an indigenous reflection of our signature “North.” This organic modernism will speak to a unique experience: stone and wooden plates, barnboard, and steel all reminiscent of the comfort of a summer get together in the depths of Algonquin.
In addition to the quality food, Marco
will be sharing his talent for home grown talent too. Mentorship is as important to Mr. Ormonde as the ingredients he carefully selects for his menu. Saundra Vezeau has been working with Chef Marco since the inception of her career and will be overseeing the new venture in Midland. “Training the right people is key. Growing the chefs of tomorrow is important. I am fortunate to have some great people that understand the overriding mission of my business – great food that is home made.” Marco will still be a great part of The Maple and will be on location most mornings/ nights. The Maple will be an extra demand on time, for sure, but the entrepreneur’s vision
Marco’s success has hinged on a passion to
is clear and exciting. The Maple will be more
create food that is locally sourced, prepared with
than just good food, there will also be live
the utmost passion and artfully presented. The
music to entertain during the later part of the
same applies to the people Marco surrounds
week. It will speak to our senses and our sense
himself with: passionate staff that honour the
mission of this establishment. “When you have
great support, the loyalty and vision are unified,”
culinary purveyors add up to a recipe for
says Chef. Hence, it made perfect sense to share
success. Now, the residents of Midland have
this and create another culinary establishment.
the fortune of enjoying great food infused with
our own Canadian signature.
Relationships with food, future chefs and
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A Culinary Philosophy
FunDoozies gives you the best in Cheese, Vegetable, Meat, and Chocolate Fondues with a Table Side Grill. Have great conversations and fun while you eat at a comfortable pace with your friends and family!
Fondue — THE FRENCH WORD FOR “MELTED” —
was popularized in Switzerland in the 1930’s as a way to increase domestic cheese consumption (a surplus was amassed due to a lack of international demand following World War I) The tradition travelled abroad in the ‘50s, spreading first as a dynamic new menu option to the cafes of France, and then further afield thanks to a determined awareness campaign spearheaded by the Swiss government. And today this melted deliquesce is providing Barrie an exciting culinary choice. FunDoozies Bar & Eatery, the brainchild of local restaurateur Paul Phillips, opened its doors downtown and offers guests not only a trendy spot to enjoy a vivacious meal, but an entire culinary philosophy steeped in the traditions of the fondue. Each table comes equipped with a grill and two fondue pots, permitting foodies to cook the best in cheese, meat, veggies, breads and chocolate to their desired temperatures. Yet it’s as much about atmosphere as it is food choices. Evenings at FunDoozies are routinely complimented by live music, unique events and flaming drink displays, while the warm buzz of people relishing their company and cuisine percolates in the background. Enjoy an evening with your friends playing with your Food.
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Making Waves by
There was a time when North Americans
“So, he gave me some of the phytoplankton to
might have bristled at putting seaweed in their
try myself, and I ate it, and it pretty much changed
mouths, in the days before nori made its way to
my life overnight,” said Hunter, explaining that his
these shores. Today, nori, and its compatriot sushi,
lifelong allergies and migraines have been non-
existent since that day.
Now, one man is trying to bring another marine
food to the masses, and this time, it’s … microalgae.
to find where phytoplankton could be harvested
Thanks to Blugenics Innovations Ltd, it has
and mass produced, leading him to a man named
turned what is already a food for krill, shrimp, and
Carlos, in Cadiz, Spain, who had been growing the
whales, into the newest “superfood” for human
marine food for ornamental aquariums.
he was trying to sell his phytoplankton to the
Also called phytoplankton, it’s packed with
Hunter was determined, scouring the Internet
“He thought it was kind of interesting because
omega fatty acids, vitamins A, C, D and K, beta
aquarium market, and then all of a sudden this
carotene, dietary fibre, antioxidants, calcium,
guy from Canada calls him and says, ‘I think it is
magnesium, selenium, iron and protein.
medicine, and I’m going to eat it,’” joked Hunter.
David Hunter, the driving force behind this
His late mother, as a nurse, helped people
revolutionary product, was inspired to produce
recover from their health conditions, seemed a
phytoplankton after hearing of its powerful effect.
fitting homage to call the new product after her,
Karen, and “because ‘marine phytoplankton’ is
He had a friend who had cultivated
phytoplankton, because he thought it would
pretty unsexy to market.”
be a natural feed for shellfish sold to high-end
a pharmacist in Sackville, New Brunswick, who
eschewed his Pepto Bismol for acid reflux, for
When he fed the shellfish the phytoplankton,
The first “guinea pig” given the mixture was
they grew twice the size. The story, however,
Karen. It worked so well that he bought a ton -
became a little bit deeper. The friend ate the
$5,000 worth, and purchased Karen for seven of
phytoplankton, and he claims it was responsible
for curing his diabetes.
cultivated in a state-of-the-art facility, certified
And yet, the story becomes even deeper.
Approved by Health Canada, Karen is
Not long after, the friend was diagnosed with
according to strict global food safety protocols
mesothelioma cancer, which would eventually
HACCP and ISO 22,000.
require surgical lung incisions. Again, he ate the
After its launch in 2015, it took just two years for
Karen to be the fastest and best selling nutritional
supplement among distributors, with $2 million
Doctors at the operating table, to their
amazement, noticed the cancer had been staved off.
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No surprise, given how popular it has
development of phytoplankton, in clinical
become with NHL players, marathon runners,
trials, to have it widely accepted for its healing
bodybuilders, nurses, professors and the list
properties amongst the medical community.
an interesting use for it.
Those who have consumed Karen have
In the interim, one restaurateur has found
claimed it has minimized the symptoms of
digestive issues, inflammation, fibromyalgia,
proprietor of The Inn at Bay Fortune on
Best selling cookbook author, and
arthritis, migraines, colitis, and skin issues as
Prince Edward Island, Chef Michael Smith,
psoriasis and eczema.
is using it in his recipes that call for a smoked
It is widely available, in powder, tablets,
oyster taste, therefore consumable by people
cosmetic lotion, in drug stores and health food
with shellfish allergies.
stores, such as Canadian Drug Mart, Rexall,
Pharmasave, and Guardian pharmacies.
phytoplankton becomes as ubiquitous as
Who knows â€“ maybe itâ€™ll be no time before
According to Hunter, Blugenics Innovations
Ltd is leading the innovation, research and
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THE FINE TUNED Barber Lounge
Tamara Rossignol |
Daniel Di Tommaso, owner and operator of Vintage Throne Barber Lounge, met with Pie to discuss the formative process of curating a fine-tuned barber lounge. Located in the heart of downtown Barrie, Vintage Throne exudes the energy of a luxurious space within a masculine barbering environment. Daniel, along with his wife and partner Sabrina, make one thing clear from the beginning of the conversation, family is at the center of everything they do and everything they want their clients to be a part of.
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Having moved to Barrie in 2009 after owning
When you come in for a service, Daniel says the
and operating numerous salon and spas in the
commitment to these three questions is where he
Greater Toronto Area, the couple desired to
starts his relationship with his clients: "We want
rebuild their careers with a business that gave
to know your name, we want to know who you
them a better work-life balance. Vintage Throne
are, and we want to know what you do.” Although
evolved from the need for a lifestyle that allowed
at first this may seem like a courtesy, all of these
for more creative independence and that could
intimate details are crafted into the services that
exist in a laid-back lavish atmosphere. Daniel's
will best fit the individual client.
extensive and diverse twenty-five years of styling
background and ongoing position as Canadian
experience for all of their customers by catering
Artistic Lead with Sebastian Professional laid
not only to their barbering needs, such as cuts and
the foundation for the high-end services Vintage
styles, but also facial services like hot towel shaves
Throne provides. Runway shows with Gwen
and beard lineups that leave them feeling whole
Stefani, Stella McCartney, Boy George and Greta
again. Daniel, his right-hand barber Michael and
Constantine, and styling for New York Fashion
the rest of his team, believe everyone is deserving
Week as well as Bono's wife, Ali Hewson, also
of a personal experience and will receive a full
bring large-scale style, vision and sophistication to
spectrum of services once they enter the doors.
"Every client is serviced from beginning to end,"
However, being closer to home and getting the
Vintage Throne looks to maximize the
family involved was the motivational force for the
transition into a more cultivated creative setting.
Operating onsite, the Daniel Academy offers
Daniel and Sabrina love that they've fostered a
local courses, workshops and specific training in
locality where their family and yours can come in
everyday salon and barbering skills. “Continued
and feel at ease. As for the kids, Sabrina says, "They
education available to salons across the region
know life is different. We're not driving one to two
reinforces the community ties that are being
hours just to get home. Their schedules reflect our
created,” explains Daniel.
availability now, and they love this place.”
you can see them working on mannequin heads
Since their opening in 2015, Vintage Throne
Education also plays a role for Vintage Throne.
At Vintage Throne, barbers evolve daily. In fact,
has jumped into becoming a part of the local
perfecting their craftsmanship in the Academy.
community family. Participating in local events,
Everyone here has their own touch. Their passion
wellness events and philanthropy has only helped
for achieving the best skills and implementing
further their genuine desire to operate more than
them back into the services provided in their
just a business – they’ve become a familiar face
own establishment speaks volumes to the kind
and welcoming space. "Let's not just be people that
of business, values and sense of community that
moved here. How can we become a part of Barrie?
Vintage Throne reflects. As Daniel said, Vintage
We want to be a part of this community,” say the
Throne strives to showcase barbering at its best. It
is a family establishment looking to learn from and
positively touch every person they meet by sharing
Stepping off the local downtown street into
Vintage Throne, you’re instantly greeted with an
a true love for the craft and the essence of running
ambience that emits a blend of welcoming, warm
a well-rounded, loyal and local business.
and well-tailored notions.
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Through hope and determination
Finding The Warmth (FTW) is a year round
When in Toronto, they saw there was (and
apparel company, which came to life from the
is) a homeless crisis; yet rarely do you see youth.
simple idea of mixing fashion and warmth.
When Alexa was in grade school, she came across
a magazine article covering the homeless youth in
FTW was created by two Canadian sisters,
Kacie Statia and Alexa Schopfer who have a love
Toronto. This article stayed with her to this day,
for all things fashion.
and due to this, FTW has made it their mission to
raise awareness, and give what they can to youth
FTW was established in December of 2017
when Kacie was in pursuit of a hat which was both
and young adults in need.
warm, and fashionable. Each FTW hat, regardless
of style or colour, all have a fleece lining.
to as many shelters and organizations as they can.
What makes FTW unique? Other than the cozy
It is FTW's goal to grow and with that, donate When each donation toque arrives at Covenant
lining, each hat purchased allows FTW to donate
House Toronto, each hat is individually wrapped
a toque to Covenant House Toronto. Covenant
and labelled with an FTW logo, the same logos on
House Toronto is Canadaâ€™s largest agency serving
the retail hats. This represents FTWâ€™s message of
at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth.
hope and determination to those youth and young
adults wearing the FTW toque.
Why Covenant House Toronto? Alexa had an
idea and mission, to find a way in which they could
give back to the community and those around
want to find warmth in the summer as well, right?
Now warmth is not only for the winter, we all
them. Growing up in Scarborough, Kacie and
FTW has many summer options and a year round
Alexa frequented Toronto.
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THIS KINDA LIFE
Greater Challenges Paul Koziorowski John Linkert Salon make up Kim Andrews, Shoppers Drug Mart, Prince William Way photos hair
Apryl Munro and Sarah Lajeunesse have
It allowed them to work from home around
always worked within labels and titles. They
their kids' schedules but still do videos in the
were TV news reporters, they were women,
city they loved. Focusing on local people, local
wives, and then they became moms. That last
events and local issues, but from a unique
one was the one they liked the most, but it came
female perspective, TKL was hard to put in a
with greater challenges.
box. They were compared to Mommy Bloggers,
identified as local media, considered a talk
“In TV news it's hard to be both a career
woman and a mom,” Apryl says of her time
show to highlight the community. Now they
juggling her job at Breakfast Television and
embrace all the titles that come at them.
raising her son. “I would be at work in the
middle of the night and miss all kinds of things
are not as black and white as they are on TV,
when Cooper woke up in the morning. I loved
TKL found that there was some freedom in
my job, but I loved my family more.”
not being stuck to a label like TV show or vlog
that identifies them. Except for one that they
Sarah had the same conflict. Working
In the age of digital media where the rules
very long days at a production company in
steadfastly believe in: REAL.
Markham, her family would eat dinner at 7pm
when she got home, or worse, eat without her.
TKL is how real it is,” Sarah says. “And that's
what we strive for every day. If it's not real and
“Our family needed balance, and in my head
“We hear all the time what people like about
I had to figure out how I could be a mom and
not offering a window into our own female
still do the job I loved.”
issues and struggles, then we're not doing our
jobs. I wish someone out there told me I'd be
That would come in 2016, when the two
founded This Kinda Life, a lifestyle vlog based
peeing my pants all the time after having kids!”
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This Kinda Life produces three to four videos
TKL has teamed up with 93.1 Fresh FM,
a week using the ladies' skills in broadcasting,
producing online content for the Fresh Mom's
and is shared through social media. The women
say they chose that platform because people were
getting their information through Facebook and
people are embracing it,” Apryl says. “For us, it
Twitter more than the traditional ways. From the
allows us to have more in our lives. We can be
get-go, the community caught on. Their weekly
Apryl and Sarah: Moms, wives, friends, women,
chat shines a humourous spotlight on their world
business owners, community members at all the
behind the cameras, and one segment called Keys
same time. Not just one or the other. It's exactly
to the City of Barrie with Pratt Homes, brings local
the balance we were longing for.”
events to life, and is popular among viewers.
these pioneers of Barrie's digital media wave
The mix of community coverage, entertaining
“TKL is a labour of love and it's so great that
This Kinda Life may not fit into one box, but
dialogue, their unapologetic realness, as well as
prefer it that way!
tips and tricks with local businesses have made
You can see more of TKL online at tklmedia.ca
This Kinda Life a hit. It only continues to grow.
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Things Change "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat". by
Mandy Johnson |
Sometimes, there are those rare moments that
Not a second thought or feeling of regret. It
offer a clarity of vision that you know things will
was my time.
be different tomorrow. The very thing that most
defines us does not serve us well. That’s not to
is exciting again. They say, when you close a
say the lessons learned, the skills acquired, the
door another one opens. In my case, “openness”
relationships built are for naught. It’s just that you
has created space for many new things. My real
aren’t living the greatest expression of yourself.
estate license has paved the way for me to join my
Those “epiphanies” reminded me that I was off
husband, Ross Harris, in his established real estate
course, that I lacked balance and that there was
practice. I am able to confidently tap into a wealth
more “out there” for me.
of experience working with customers, vendors,
Hence, came the hard work of investing in
trades and the many years of relationships I have
the changes that I wanted for myself. We all have
created over the past two decades. Whether new
to work, but I definitely had a different vision of
or existing, those relationships will be built on
what my future “work life” would look like. More
trust, honesty and professionalism. That is part
time: for family, for health, for a new career, for
of me, it’s organic and it’s fulfilling. All those
whatever “my openness” had to offer. The lack
‘benefits” and skills will migrate with me to my
of balance I had operated in was all consuming,
unhealthy and occupied far more than the “finite
moments” I had left. I was ready. That meant
free ourselves from the things that make us stuck.
leaving a role as an Asst. Warehouse Manager
I know it sounds cliche, but aging is more about
for a Fortune 500 company, changing my work
a relationship with yourself. My younger self
relationship after 24 years, going back to school
offered an energy that enabled me to raise a family,
and rethinking who I was and what I wanted. I
create a career, and, generally get stuff done. I
can say, with assurance, that it was probably the
evaluated my success by the volume of work I
biggest gift I could give myself.
I have to admit, the feeling of unpredictability
In the end, we can all identify with the need to
There is no “colour” when operating in that
What impresses me? - Independent thinkers,
honesty, self-effacing people, entrepreneurs,
creativity, compassion, dreaming, art, great coffee,
While I was investing in everyone else, I had
certainly dishonoured the balance that was so
humour (preferably laced with sarcasm).
crucial to my wellbeing. I think we just prioritize
things differently as we age. And you are honest
an end to everything: relationships, jobs, marriages,
about what makes you happy, what makes you
youth, etc. It’s what we do “in between” chapter one
“tick”. You are not fooled by the inauthentic in
and the last chapter that defines “our book”. One
your world and you certainly, respectfully, have
a bigger say in the way things affect you. There
are those times where, perhaps, big changes are
fulcrum of my life. I am a homebody, for sure. I
not possible (at that exact moment) but if you
love to write, read, enjoy my yoga practice and being
are patient, you can plan your way to where you
in nature. I love to create, daydream and discover
want to go. So, after the decision to make some
new challenges. I love to be around positive people.
big moves, came the equally challenging effort
I find it interesting to hear people’s history, what
of being a student while managing a family, a
makes them tick. Gratitude.
demanding job and well, just life. Fast forward.
Mission accomplished! Hard? Yes. Impossible?
feeling good is my barometer. That means a good
No. Oh, and sidebar….feels sweet when you feel
sleep, some sweat time on the mat, staying physically
in control of your choices! What can I say, things
and emotionally balanced. Taking care of yourself
requires a little investment but it’s a matter of
priority. Feeling good is palpable. It’s internally
Time - There is something more “real” about
time. Without being fatalistic, I think age reminds
Single best realization? There is a beginning and
What is important to me? - My family is the
Is beauty important to me? Sure, I think that
motivated with little regard to the external metrics and impact.
you of the finite journey we are on. Time invested well and enjoyed is fantastic. Unstructured time
We dwell in the realm
is important. But time that wears on you, ages
of infinite possibilities.
you and genuinely becomes part of what you have to do - the obligations and mindless routine - is dangerous.
Money - There comes a point where you have
enough. It’s not that you couldn’t use more, spend more, earn more. It’s just not, proportionately, bringing you more happiness. That was a big one for me. I realized, I have enough. That moment alone was freeing enough to give me permission to create a new career.
Personal inventory - sometimes you have to
clear out the “toxic”. Food, habits, people. If an experience doesn’t add value, then you are trading time and your personal investment on something that is costing you your mental, physical or spiritual health. It your responsibility to manage those things and give/or not give it space.
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Feel the way you want to feel photo
If you’re like Mandy, every so often you find
Knowing how you actually want to feel is the
yourself reflecting on your personal and business
most potent form of clarity that you can have.
goals. More specifically, what are you willing to
It’s time to turn traditional goal setting inside out
do to become a happier, healthier, more inspired
and start creating some serious goals with soul.
version of yourself?
You meditate on questions like: What have I
Foster helps women find clarity in their innermost
always wanted to do? Where have I always wanted
feelings and teaches them how to create goals with
to go? What have I been most successful at? What
soul using principles from Danielle Laporte’s best
have I been too afraid to attempt but arm ready to
selling book, The Desire Map.
As a Desire Map Facilitator and Coach, Mandy
You reflect on your recent journey and dream
up plans for a brighter, more fulfilling year ahead. Bucket lists. Quarterly objectives. Strategic plans. Big dreams. Goals – lots of goals – and plans to achieve them.
But, hold up, if you dig deep and really think
, M= 21, Y= 18, K= 0
PMS= 503C about it, you’re not actually chasing that goal,
“I get so much pleasure out of empowering women to love themselves deeply – starting with their heart, tapping into their love, and bringing PMS= 503U their core desired feelings to life,”
that goal PMS= Cool Gray 10U 7, M= 50, Y= you’re 48, K= 16chasing the feeling that achieving PMS= Cool Gray 9C will give you.
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Blissful. Empowered. Connected. Affluent. Vibrant.
Workshops begin with getting clear on what
So what if you first got clear on how you
you already have in your life, what you are grateful
actually wanted to feel in your life, and then
for, and where you are dissatisfied. You’ll get clear
you laid out your intentions? What if your most
on the root of your desire and create a map of how
desired feelings consciously informed how you
you want to feel in five areas of your life. From that
plan your day, your year, your career— your life?
place of clarity, you’ll be guided to discover and
declare your core desired feelings. It’s the kind of work that leaves you feeling lighter.
So, how do you want to feel?
Desire Map workshops led by Mandy Foster
are tailored to goal getters and seekers, and offered in group settings, virtually or one-on-one. Learn more at www.mandyfoster.ca
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Passion Project by
Mandy Hayes |
Do you have an injury that never quite
goes away even though you’ve tried numerous treatments? Do you have a child that is dealing with recurrent growing pains or athletic
injuries? Or are you just frustrated because
with clients of all ages and abilities, coming from
pain and stiffness is getting in the way of an
all over Southern Ontario. They love sports and
active life? If the answer is yes, Resolution
work with athletes ranging from National Team
Physiotherapy can help.
to weekend warriors. They love helping the entire
family stay healthy: treating babies with torticollis,
Resolution Physiotherapy truly loves
Resolution Physiotherapy proudly works
what they do. They get to help people, just
children ranging from toddlers to adolescents with
like you, resolve pain and return to full
growth and athletic related injuries, health-focused
function. Their team consists entirely of post-
parents, and grandparents who are adamant about
graduate qualified, extensively experienced
staying active and healthy.
physiotherapists who are passionate about
helping their clients get back to the things
expresses wonder when they finally feel relief from
they love as quickly as possible. This passion is
pain that has been with them for years that they
apparent in all the post-graduate training that
thought would never go away.
their team has completed, including Advanced
Manual Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy,
and treatment will vary as every client is unique, a
Graston Technique, Soft Tissue Release,
few techniques that help clients the most include
Active Myofascial Release, Active Dermo-
Gunn IMS, Advanced Manual Physiotherapy, and
Myofascial Cupping, Dry Needling, Women’s
Active Dermo-Myofascial Cupping (ADMC).
Health, and Gunn IMS. They are also proud to
have Physiotherapists who have attained the
many people, there are circumstances when these
highest certification in Manual Physiotherapy
types of treatments are ineffective. If you have pain
and Sports Physiotherapy in Canada, and who
which has lasted longer than a month and has not
now act as mentors within their clinic and
recovered with manual treatments or exercise, you
across the province.
may have ‘neuropathic dysfunction’.
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What makes their day is when a client
While their Physiotherapy ‘tool box’ is diverse
Although traditional manual therapies help
Neuropathic dysfunction occurs when the nerve
Below your fascia are your muscles. Chronic
becomes unhealthy, which commonly occurs in
low level inflammation or inactivity can cause
the fascia layer to become adhered down onto
the muscles. Although the muscles are usually
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a treatment
that specifically addresses neuropathic dysfunction, quite stretchy, their mobility will be limited if targeting and improving the health of your nerves,
the inflexible fascia layer sticks to them. ADMC
allowing for pain relief - even with longstanding
uses cups attached by air suction to pull on the
chronic pain or athletic based injuries. Resolution
fascial layer separating it from the muscles.
physiotherapists are all trained in IMS and often
Once the fascial layer has been fixated by the
use this as a successful first line treatment with
cups, Resolution uses active motion to pull on
their clients. Once the nerves are healthier, they
the muscle layer and release it from the fascia.
then progress to using Advanced Manual Therapy,
After the cups come off, clients feel a noticeable
ADMC, and many of the other therapies in their
improvement in mobility.
extensive toolbox with greater success.
satisfied clients that Resolution Physiotherapy has
Advanced Manual physiotherapists have
It is through referrals from their healthy and
completed post-graduate training and are
won both the Barrie Readerâ€™s Choice Award and
recognized as Fellows of the Canadian Academy
the Barrie Consumer Choice Award, and has been
of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), after
able to grow from a clinic of one physiotherapist
they attain the highest manual Physiotherapy
in 2010 to a busy clinic of seven physiotherapists
certification in Canada. Resolution Physiotherapy
today. If you have a new injury or have pain that
has numerous FCAMPT physiotherapists and the
has lasted longer than it should, the team at
rest of the team is working towards completion of
Resolution is here to help.
this highly-respected certification. They combine joint mobilizations and manipulations for the spine and peripheral joints, active and passive myofascial release techniques, core strengthening, and proprioceptive training with the goal of resolving pain and restoring function for their clients.
Resolution also has great success with Active
Dermo-Myofascial Cupping (ADMC). Below the layer of skin and fat that covers your body is a layer of fascia, that is very stiff and has very little stretch.
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dr. barb Beauty Innovator by
Mandy Johnson |
Back in the early 2000’s, Dr. Barb Loiskandl was a
recognizable figure on CKVR TV bringing information on the “new science” of medical aesthetics and leadingedge laser technologies. “That was a lot of fun,” Dr. Barb reminisced. Those early discussions have remained a big part of her business today. Fast forward twenty years, Dr. Barb’s business, Laser Health Works, has two locations (Barrie and Midland) and continues to be an innovator and offer mentorship in this branch of medical aesthetics/self improvement. That early vision enabled Dr. Barb to see the value of these services and the need for safe, qualified and leading edge medical aesthetic technology for our area.
When we think of self improvement/living well, we think
of the obvious: exercise, sleep and eating healthy. Many of us have already incorporated those things into our lives and are reaping the benefits of living a wholesome lifestyle. But that is only part of the way we experience the best version of ourselves. Enter Laser Health Works. The clinic only uses the best equipment, lasers and technology. Dr. Barb personally travels all over North America to test, train and select first class equipment for her office. Safety is number one and, of course, effectiveness is priority. Lasers are not all the same and there is also no regulation regarding who uses them. For that reason alone, it is crucial that you are working with medically trained professionals like the LHW team. Dr. Barb and her trained staff are there to take their clients to the next level of “looking and feeling good”.
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Optimizing the best features of each client
The role of educator is evident in our discussion
is as much art as it is science. LHW helps with
both regarding Laser Health Works and Dr. Barb’s
enhancing each person’s natural beauty, not
take on balance and well being. It was refreshing
to hear that she too struggles with schedules, with
family, work and making time for self care. Dr. Barb
“There are so many effective technologies
that we have available, it’s really up to the client
is rather self-effacing and modest regarding her
where they want to focus,” mentions Dr. Barb. The
“mark” here in Simcoe.
success, and results, really come from listening to
what each client says, what their expectation is,
and her husband Dr. Rainer Loiskandl created
the time frame they are willing to invest in and,
Mikey’s Place for Autism in Midland. These phil-
of course, budget. The consultation and initial
anthropic efforts were born from the personal
discussions with a client are critical. From
and community need for education and support
there, the team can create a plan, set an expectation
for families and children living with autism. It’s
and begin treatment.
the bigger connection to community in which she
operates that reminds us of her mission to improve
It is no surprise to hear how the business has
In addition to her successful clinic, Dr. Barb
evolved over the years. Dr. Barb explained the
not only individual lives but those of many others
cross section of clients that seek the help of her
too. It is easy to see that the momentum of Dr.
clinic. First, and most obvious, is a group that is
Barb’s success is in her enthusiasm, honestly and
looking to “restore” their skin to a more youthful/
passion for helping people.
rested condition, clients, perhaps in their
40’s that are looking to “maintain” their skin/
again. There have been a lot of changes in
features. Armed with even more information
the beauty business over the years. The
regarding the benefits or regular skin care, this
technology and the information can be difficult
group of clients is a growing part of the LHW
to navigate. Working with a team that’s on top of
business. Now there are the millennials, armed
leading edge information, that has received the
with the most information, that are looking
highest level of training and is an ethical provider is
for “preventative” treatments. The success of Dr.
invaluable. There is a reason that Dr. Barb and her
Barb’s practice is the information and time that is
team at LHW have been a household name for two
invested in all that seek to benefit from her years
decades. They have helped us age well over the
of expertise, regardless what your personal
years by putting our best face forward.
It’s great to help clients find themselves
aesthetic goal is.
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CHRISTIE BRINKLEY Timeless Body, Timeless Beauty by
“Stunning” and “Christie Brinkley” have been synonymous for decades. After
appearing on hundreds of magazine covers since the 1970s, supermodel Christie Brinkley still remains an ageless blonde beauty with an attitude of gratitude. In 2017, sixty-three-year-old Brinkley posed beachfront for Sports Illustrated, with daughters Sailor (18) and Alexa Ray (31), all in alluring swimwear. Her eternal appeal, undoubtedly, is among the reasons Allure and Men's Health named Brinkley one of the most attractive women of all time. As told to Haute Living, her flair for blending chic, elegance and everyday style means enjoying Gianvito Rossi footwear, Saint Laurent apparel, and still being a “jean girl”, loving labels like Rag & Bone or J Brand. She’s a model entrepreneur.
Focused mainly on health and wellness, her ventures have included Christie
Brinkley Authentic Skincare, her own line of hair extensions and wigs called Hair 2 Wear, a partnership with Total Gym, and her own line of eyewear.
No surprise from a woman with age-defying looks, in Feb. 2018, the fashion icon
launched a cosmetic line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty - which she dubbed "Brinkley basics". She says the products are cruelty-free, and foolproof to use.
If that weren't enough for the powerhouse entrepreneur, Brinkley's also busied
herself with her branded line of Organic Prosecco called Bellissima, that includes a brut, a rosé and a zero-sugar prosecco.
According to Brinkley, the vineyard in Italy has been untouched by chemicals for
over forty years, and the beverage contains no animal by-product clarifiers, so common among wines.
“We really care about our environmental footprint.”
Perfectly supporting her lifelong ethos of good living, she published Timeless
Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great. In the New York Times bestseller, she shares secrets about diet, fashion and makeup.
Pie asks the Uptown Girl about business sense, how to look great, and what’s in
store for the future...
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pie: What are things people can do to look as
Two: You’ve got to feel good. The way to feel good
youthful as you?
is to have a healthy diet. I can’t emphasize this
christie: One: Gratitude.
I think that when you
enough: you truly are what you eat.
approach everything – find a way to be grateful.
Myself from about age 13, and my children, were
No matter where you are, no matter what is going
fed a vegetarian diet.
on in your life, especially in hard times – and we
I call it a ‘Rainbow Diet’. I try to put as many
all have them – if you can still reach for that thing
colours as I can in my diet, and in my children’s
that you have to be grateful for. Mine always
and my family’s diet. That way you are getting
starts with the top three: Alexa, Jack, Sailor (her
an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins and
minerals. Organic, as well, is very important. I
If I know they are happy and healthy, I just can’t
know that it can be costly, but if we all just say
feel sorry for myself anymore.
we’d rather pay for it now than pay for it with our
When you approach life with that spirit,
health, it’s really important.
everything else falls into place, including the look
Third is exercise.
on your face, the energy you project.
Fourth is skin care. I’m trying to get the word out
That’s the number one thing that people notice
now about oxybenzone. It’s one of the ingredients
about you – the energy you bring with you when
in a lot of sunblock.
you come into a room. You can have everything
It’s now in our oceans, and it is one of the major
else perfect, the perfect wardrobe, the perfect
things destroying the coral reefs. The health of our
hair, the perfect skin and make up and all of that,
oceans is directly related to the health of our air.
but you come in with a dark cloud around you, it’s
Oxybenzone is so strong that if you had a shot
not going to help.
glass in a pool, it would kill a coral reef if you had a coral reef in the bottom of your pool. We all need to check for that ingredient.
My daughters always say to me that it is my positivity that they love. I hear them in interviews saying that they are grateful that I've taught them to always look at the bright side, the sunny side. But I think, maybe it's just the fact that, I don't know, that I just kind of keep on ticking. -Christie Brinkley 72 PIE DIGEST
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What advice could you impart to new
I’ve associated myself with good products, and
products that I believe in. So, I think I’ve created a
trust, and a happy quality to the things that I do.
think it is really important to choose
wisely. The way that I choose my projects are,
I ask myself, ‘If I do a TV commercial for this
product, could it be mistaken for a public service
of making this world a better place. Try to make
announcement?’ In other words, will that product
every encounter you have with somebody a
make someone happier, healthier, more satisfied in
smiling one, and leave them happy they came
some way or more confident, will it improve their
across you that day.
life in some way?
Totally, have an attitude of gratitude. I’m always
If I can answer ‘yes’ to my question, then I know
saying to them that expression ‘bloom where you
I’m onto something. My Total Gym will make you
healthier, stronger, better. My Bellissima will make
I just love that expression because I really believe
you happier. My skin care will keep your skin
it is the key to a happy life.
healthy, and return it to good health. My eyewear
will make you cuter, and you’ll see better. My
Hair 2 Wear: if your hair is thinning or broken off,
is my positivity that they love. I hear them in
or if you want to feel more stylish – you want to go
interviews saying that they are grateful that I’ve
from short hair to long hair – you can have more
taught them to always look at the bright side, the
flexibility to your life. You can get out the door in
sunny side. But I think, maybe it’s just the fact that,
five minutes and get to what really matters, time
I don’t know, that I just kind of keep on ticking.
What is Christie’s best parenting advice? always tell them: Find your own way
am a role model to young women because: daughters always say to me that it
with your family and your kids, or your work at the office.
I love people who make it their goal in life to make you laugh. -Christie Brinkley
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What is something left on your bucket list?
quite a few things, actually. There’s
The biggest privilege of my life ever was to get to be on Broadway and play Roxie Hart, and get
still a lot of traveling I want to do. There’s still
people to laugh. I was told at the stage door that I
places I want to hike, places I want to go and do –
was one of the funniest Roxies.
sailing trips, hiking trips.
But anyway, it was during a moment at SNL – one
I still want to be fluent in Italian. I can speak
of the rare, rare moments – when people were
fairly good Italian for food and shopping. I do
like, ‘I’m not sure about the writing right now. You
speak French. I went to Le Lycée Français in Los
don’t have enough experience, and if it’s not good
Angeles, and when I was in school one year, I took
writing, you won’t know how to deal with it.’
Italian in French – which is a great way to learn
I don’t want to critique the show. Let’s just say
Italian because of the similarities. Sometimes I
I made the wrong choice to do something else.
find myself in Italy speaking French and doing ‘et’
I look back at that every time and I think, how
at the end of it.
in the world did I not just grab that opportunity
I would love to be able to converse. Oh, and
and do it? I guess I just secretly loved the show
Portuguese too, because I love that language. I
so much that it made me afraid. I just know that
think it’s so beautiful.
if I ever had the opportunity to do it again, that’s
something that I would definitely jump at the
Something you would have done differently?
was asked to host Saturday Night Live. I
chance. That’s a Bucket List come true.
love people who make it their goal in life to make you laugh.
Find your own way of making this world a better place. Try to make every encounter you have with somebody a smiling one, and leave them happy they came across you that day. -Christie Brinkley
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COWBOYS & HEROES by
He played counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the heart-racing TV show 24, and played the US president in the heart-pounding drama Designated Survivor. But like an unexpected plot twist, Kiefer Sutherland began crooning about heartbreak and heartache as a real-life country-western singer. With silver-screen credits in Stand By Me, Flatliners, Lost Boys, and A Few Good Men, Kiefer added to his repertoire the silver-bullets of spurs, Stetson, and a gee-tar. In 2017 his highly successful North America and Europe-wide Not Enough Whiskey Tour supported his debut album, Down In a Hole. Pie Magazine asked Kiefer about his newfound passions, and what people can expect from the actor-turned-musician. pie:
How would you compare being a musician, to the
experience of being an actor? kiefer:
Well, itâ€™s funny. I spend more time trying to
explain the similarities. What I love about acting, and what I love about music is very similar. I love being able to tell a story. The delivery of that is massively different. When you do a play, you want to keep the audience riveted in their seats. At the end of the performance, if they've enjoyed it, they express their enjoyment. When you are playing a music show, you want people out of their seats, and you want them to move, and you want to them to have more a kinetic experience. But at the root of it, you are still trying to tell a story.
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The songs that I write, I believe, have a beginning,
middle, and an end, and there is a story to that.
yourself through music?
You want to make that connection. So I guess
dynamically, the biggest difference is when I play
think at the root of that, it’s just more personal.
music with my band, I feel an incredible sense of
Whether it was 24 or Lost Boys or Stand By Me,
energy when we are playing. I want to convey that
those are all characters, and were written, and
to the audience, and have them feel that at the
they really have nothing to do with me except that
I portray them.
I think that is the biggest difference, is it’s
But the songs that are on the record, those are
immediate and tactile. When I’m doing something
all personal stories about my life - all except for
like Designated Survivor, I am doing something
Shirley Jean, which was a story.
that is much more internal, and the audience
Look, I am fully aware that a lot of people come
will see it almost a month later. A show is a much
to the show … and wanted to see a huge crash.
more energetic and immediate experience. pie: How, and when, did you know you wanted to
The audience may have a preconceived notion
record music, and become a performer?
preconceived notion of the audience.
If it goes really well, hopefully we realize that we
I would have to say it was the last minute.
Why is it so important for you to express It’s a different way to tell a story, and I
of what they are coming to see, and I may have a
I had 25 songs that I had written that I wanted to
have a lot more in common than you might think,
record, and really send to Sony or BMI, and see if
and that kind of shared experience is, from my
I could get other artists to do them.
point of view, has been really special for me.
And I recorded three songs with a really dear
There’s personal interaction in those songs about
friend of mine named Jude Cole.
me having a broken heart, me losing a friend who
And he said “I think these songs are so you, and I
passed away, me struggling with certain aspects
like the way that you are performing them, I think
of my life, and I talk about that with the audience,
you should make a record.” Being so aware the kind of trappings and cynicism
and it is much more of a meaningful performance. pie: As you know, the music industry is very
of any actor doing music, I said "no way".
crowded. How you would best describe how you
He took me out later that night and we had a
positioned you and your music differently?
couple of drinks and somehow it sounded like a
trying to fill a stadium, and I am not trying to sell
So we agreed to record a few more, and I wasn't
a million records. Don't get me wrong. I would
happy with the idea we would just send them off
love to be able to play a stadium, and I would love
to BMI or Sony.
to sell a million records.
I was really happy with the way he was helping
But it is not why I did this. I can play a bar. If I get
me make them sound, and we went forward from
a crowd around me with a few songs, I am happy.
there. So it was a weird thing. It was almost like I
My goals are different that a younger musician
backed into it. I never sat down and consciously
where this is their life, and this is how they make
said “Oh God, I want to make a record.” But then
their living. They have a requirement and goals
what ended up happening, I really did fall in love
that would be different than mine.
with playing live. And that’s really what I enjoy the most, and it took off from there.
I feel like I am creating because I am not
What do you hope audiences experience in
I wrote a couple songs about people that I
have lost, and people who have passed away
too early in their life. Anybody out there in the
We are all going through this life
audience who has to deal with the loss of a
So if you write a song about being heart
loved one, that song is meant to let them know
broken, that song is meant to go out to
that they are not alone in going through that.
someone who has been heartbroken, and
There's a comfort in that. And that's what
realizes that they are not alone, that you are
music has been to me all of my life. That is
going through this thing together.
something I would love to do for an audience when we play live.
Brand Storytelling by
Emma Reagan |
For six years, the filmmakers at FlyPress have been trailblazing a new
standard in corporate video. Directed by Richard and Amy James and their growing team of creatives, FlyPress prides themselves on authentically telling brand stories. Their approach takes a close look under the hood to see what drives companies and the people behind them.
Founded in 2012, FlyPress got its first big platform from an unlikely source,
when a simple video of their daughter donating her hair to cancer patients went viral.
The video, titled Emily’s Hair, quickly struck a cord with viewers and
caught the attention of many daytime programs including The View and The Doctors. Twenty million plays later, it was clear that even simple stories can wield great influence. “That experience really affirmed to us the power behind storytelling,” Amy says. “We realized that people are genuinely interested in connecting with each other through common and relatable circumstances.”
That human connection was something they noticed was missing in the
world of corporate video, and was what ultimately led FlyPress to dedicate themselves to being brand storytellers. “We saw a need and realized we could bring great storytelling to corporate video. Corporate videos felt flashy and impersonal. They had less to do with the people and passion behind the business and more about their services and products,” Richard explains.
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The best part of this is that we get to meet so many individuals that are passionate about what
they do and that is so inspiring
To challenge this, FlyPress have made it their goal to bring authentic and
relatable content to businesses wanting to share their unique stories. “We
believe one of the reasons companies choose video is because they recognize that consumers want to know more before they buy. A video is a great way to show your people, your space, your philosophy and products.”
FlyPress creates videos for people to connect with their audiences in a
way that goes beyond traditional parameters by changing the narrative from an advertisement, to an exploration of the passion and motivation behind a company. “We can easily find information about services and products in this online generation, but buyers and consumers now want to make human connections and trust the people they are going to do business with,” Amy describes. "This is why video storytelling is such a powerful way to market your business.”
And that storytelling cannot be done without authenticity - a central
theme at FlyPress. “We want there to be a consistency between the viewers’ understanding of the company after watching the video and what they will truly experience when they personally engage with the company.” Authenticity also encompasses the standard FlyPress holds for themselves by refusing to produce video that doesn’t represent their detailed approach to their own diverse array of clients, who keep their job so interesting.
“The best part of this is that we get to meet so many individuals that are
passionate about what they do and that is so inspiring,” Richard says. “We are always looking for the story - what is the history, where did they come from, why are they passionate about what they do? These are the elements that viewers connect with. Real human moments.”
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!XAM DIAMONDS Staying Ahead of the Curve
Sophisticated to no end, the Brenner brothers
Today, customers don’t want just a piece of
have built up a reputation of being prominent
diamond, but a kind of illustration to their life
lifestyle diamond experts with real experience
story. Reflections of preferences, traits of character
or love stories, many people want to capture their
emotions and happy moments.
With over thirty years in the diamond
industry and a rich heritage that traces back to
the diverse country of South Africa, Jeffrey and
dedicated team uses those preferences to enhance
Terry Brenner founded ‘!XAM Diamonds’ -a term
an individual’s piece with our one of a kind
derived by the San people meaning a ‘unit’ or
craftsmanship,” says Terry Brenner.
‘community’- in 2011.
Africa, !XAM’s outlook on design sets them
Stepping into their downtown Toronto
“We all have personal tastes and needs, and our
With diamonds that travel from Southern
headquarters, one is automatically transported
apart from the growing crowd of designers in
into a modern space with plush clean-lined
the industry. There are several aspects that
furniture that meets deco style elegance. Their
puts them ahead of trends, which includes the
collection is beautifully presented on lighted
Brenner brothers’ desire to provide quality and
three-foot showroom pillars. If ever there were
comfortable pieces that people will want to wear.
diamonds that dispel the myth that classically
Most importantly, their cohesive team’s ability to
modern pieces equal austere and cold, this place
carefully execute their clients’ ideas is what puts
them ahead of the curve.
Each of the elegantly displayed sets of
For !XAM Diamonds, their ability to turn their
jewelry are accompanied by ancient artifacts or
clients vision into a reality is where they show
colourful yet rugged pieces of mountain rock
years of unmatched experience.
from ethical Southern African diamond mines.
The combination of old and new show adoring
and engineering, the emphasis they put into
statements that embody timeless stories.
personalization and innovation is a clear
distinction from their competitors.
The mission behind !XAM Diamonds focuses
From their consultations, design technology
on personalization to create lustrous looks
that strengthens the brand’s lovingly detailed
step of their project tailored to the objectives of
their broad and well-versed clientele.
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The team at !XAM focuses on keeping every
But their jewelry doesn’t get recognition
“Designs of our pieces continue to evolve and
through traditional means like flashy marketing
the needs of consumers are always changing, and
campaigns. !XAM Diamonds strive to make its
that’s what keeps us passionate about the diamond
most effective advertisement someone wearing
industry and the future of our business,” says Terry.
their pieces. “We believe there’s nothing that
speaks more for your diamonds than having
as the pieces they hand create. The team hopes to
someone else wear it,” says Terry. Their
continue to push the envelope on well-crafted, well-
expansion into Vaughan, Ontario is proof of
designed architectural diamonds through insightful
exploration and intriguing collaborations that
intersect arts and culture.
As for the brothers behind the brand, Jeffrey
The future of !XAM Diamonds looks as bright
and Terry say working with great people, beautiful merchandise and their equally unique clients on a daily basis is what makes !XAM Diamonds achieve incomparable results.
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Everything Abstract and Beautiful by
Ahmed Saleh |
In an age of post-realism representational
Through the use of paint and colours in his
paintings, the renowned artist Zarum has a stark
sometimes life-size paintings, Zarum doesn’t hide
abstract style that separates him from the pack.
away from what his art is and where its destiny
With a critical eye for what is often described
lies. Instead, he embraces it with a free-spirited
by others as ‘mystical intersecting original’,
flare that has an equally profound effect to the
he expertly captures subtle nuances from his
viewer whether through a digital image or from
taking in the actual paintings in person.
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What makes Zarum unique apart from his
To further accomplish this goal, every detail
originality is that painting is not the only form
inside was given a borderless element, from the
of art in which he practices. As a sculptor,
open concept kitchen to the glass panel staircase,
woodworker, musician, composer and vocalist,
through to the glass fireplace; segregation was not
Zarum holds a captivating style in his art that
an element that was practised in the making of
critics say provide “a blend of mystical, sensual
and emotional outreach.”
With a decision to make each corner of the
The passion in his art -whether it’s with
home shine with contemporary architectural
the use of a brush, a pallet knife, or his bare
details, the space complements the calm and
hands- addresses conventional ideologies of love,
serene feel of the lake. What goes unnoticeable
beauty, sexuality, and relationships. As his work
is Zarum’s ability to precisely pick out the
continues to grow and is exposed to audiences in
appropriate pieces of art from each of his critically
Canada, the US and Europe, it's his ability to draw
acclaimed collections in order to add, but never
inspiration from around the world that has made
clash, with the decor of his waterfront property.
his work commercially viable - a dream that many
artists have, but few reach.
create is for others to enjoy and such is the case
As a lifetime globetrotter, and a lifelong
with this masterpiece waterfront property. Zarum
learner, Zarum has understood that his detail-
has placed this property on the market for others
intensive pieces require a space that can inspire
to enjoy as he plans to build his next home on his
the brutal, bold, lively and provocative expressions
nearby Casa Lago Estate, the largest waterfront
that his admirers have grown to adore. “When I
estate of its kind on Lake Simcoe.
paint it's part heart, part brain. I want someone
who is looking at my painting to think and not just
he’s at home or abroad- to set a flurry of ideas
see a picture. I want them to delve a little deeper,”
for Zarum to begin to create. His ‘Lip Series’ of
paintings for example, were created during a trip
After years of painting and living abroad in
to Monaco. A sudden inspiration while sketching
countries like Holland and Spain, Zarum returned
turned into a week of isolation in his hotel room
to Canada and sought a location to paint that
as he developed the nucleus of over a dozen
would hold an inspirational as well as tranquil
setting for him. Having discovered a lakefront
property not more than a short one hour drive
than someone able to finely stroke colours on
from downtown Toronto, Zarum quickly set
a canvas. For Zarum, an artist is someone who
about creating yet another masterpiece, this time
can find ‘the art’ in whatever they do -whether
in a landmark house of his design. The result
they’re in finance, food, fashion, or in the tech
is a unique modern house with magnificent
sector- artistry says Zarum “is the ability to create
panoramic views of the lake through walls of glass
something from nothing.”
that is stately yet cozy.
-from his instant flashes of imagery that take him
“I wanted the space to be at one with the
However, true artists know that what they
It only takes the smallest instance -whether
However, for Zarum, an artist is deeper
The core qualities that Zarum holds deep
water,” says Zarum. Stepping through the front
into a creative utopia for weeks to his ability to
door you feel as though the house is floating on
never run out of colour, to the pride he holds in
being able to truly commit to a vision he believes in- is what makes him a true artist with original and collectible works.
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“The twelfth in the LIP Series”
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“That which lies within us all. The other side of us all which we seldom if ever expose or share with others. Sometimes bright, often dark.” Its original size is 90 x 90cm (Approx. 35x35inches). It is from the FACES Series of paintings. PIE DIGEST 93
â€œA play on the two primal but opposing complementary principles of the Yin and Yang in the being of Woman.â€? Its original size is 130 x 97cm (Approx. 51x38inches). It is from the FACES Series of paintings. 94 PIE DIGEST
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“Another variation on the flamenco theme expressed in a large canvas of almost 2 metres in height. In this painting I have given the guitar the ’soul’ which it deserves as the primary element in flamenco music.” Its original size is195 x 114cm (Approx. 76x44inches). It is from the LINEAR Series of paintings. PIE DIGEST 97
Kelly Lazar, CGA, CPA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Forest Hill Real Estate Brokerage Inc., Brokerage 416-930-0787 - sellinglakesimcoe.com
David Wagman, SALES REPRESENTATIVE/MANAGING PARTNER Forest Hill Real Estate Brokerage Inc., Brokerage 416-414-0007 - sellinglakesimcoe.com
MILLIONAIRES ROW 15 Pemberton Lane, Shanty Bay
Inspired by renowned artist Zarum, this magnificent landmark
6 bedroom 8 bathroom waterfront estate is located on 260 ft. of prime Kempenfelt Bay “Millionaires Row” (With an adjacent 100ft. lake frontage available). Located in Oro-Medonte, Kempenfelt Bay is a 14.5 km (9.0 mi) quiet, long bay that lleads into the city of Barrie, Ontario. Part of the historic Trent-Severn Waterway it is as deep as 40 metres (135 feet) in places, and is connected to the larger Lake Simcoe.
It is known for its ice fishing and huge lake trout. Located just 60
minutes north of Toronto, 10 minutes to downtown Barrie, and 20 minutes south of Orillia. The south shore location delivers cooling on-shore breezes and amazing sunrises. Access to this property is off of Range Road with private road access. It boasts a separate bachelor loft giving you 13,000 sq. ft. of spacious elegance, enhanced by a poolside cabana and double boathouse that features an outdoor roof-top patio perfect for entertaining. Constructed using triple layer steel siding with decorative longboard aluminum that is trimmed with black granite capping, this home is truly a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. Soaring ceilings, wallto-wall windows with fabulous views from all principal rooms, a grand entryway, stunning heated salt-water pool, 12 seat state-ofthe-art theatre plus an elevator to transport from floor to floor. This is all seamlessly merged with over 20 cutting edge security surveillance cameras and a Sonos sound system throughout.
This is a 1.49 acre beautifully landscaped property and fully served
with an in-ground watering system. The lot is a balance of mature trees, lawn and beautiful gardens. The circular driveway with center garden, plus guest parking area creates a gracious and welcoming arrival, and is logistically efficient. Survey is available.
The waterfront also includes a double boathouse and docks with
remote controlled marine rails, multi-tiered waterfront decks with outdoor fireplace.
Water supply for the property is a Drilled well with a Sewage
system that is Large-capacity, and has a fully-inspected and approved septic tank and tile bed. There is Alternative Power supplied by a 70kw Generac generator.
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This is a fabulous location one hour from Downtown Toronto and 7 minutes to the Simcoe Regional
Airport with daily 19 minute flights to Toronto Billy Bishop Airport. With GO train service to Union Station Toronto, this "Hamptons of the North" location is ideal for those who want to work in the city while enjoying a love of watersports, boating, fishing, nature, theater and the arts, fine dining with local chefs, entertaining and family time.
Situated only 20 minutes to some of Canadaâ€™s top golf courses. In the winter you can enjoy snowshoeing along the Oro-Medonte Trail or on Kempenfelt Bay, downhill skiing at Horseshoe Valley, Mt. St. Louis, Snow Valley, cross-country skiing at Hardwood Hills, ski-doo on nearby trails, or quiet family times by your outdoor heated saltwater pool or an after dinner drink by your outdoor wood-burning fireplace.
Iâ€™m your Realtor.
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What sets Jon MacNeil apart from other contractors is his kindness, integrity and his positive disposition. It is apparent that building productive, transparent and openly communicative relationships are the foundation of his business and personal values. -Mike Windle, Project Manager, Level Design
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MacNeil Construction by
Stu Lynam |
"I’d love to teach. Either a shop or trade class. Something where I could instill the knowledge I’ve acquired in the field of construction onto others. I feel skills like using a hammer, truly working with your hands and building something you can step back and be proud of, are being lost in our younger generations." Led by founder and namesake Jon MacNeil, the team at MacNeil Construction are one of the most respected firms providing building services across Simcoe County. While the focus of the business is construction, over the years Jon's expertise has evolved to include a wealth of entrepreneurial acumen, complimented by a profound sense of gratitude and purpose.
What is your company known for?
MacNeil Construction is known for drywall/
There were factors that would’ve stopped most from trying, but I took them, learned from them,
taping. As a company we have years of experience
built upon them, and continue to learn each day to
in the drywall trade, but we offer so much more. We have grown to be able to take any space and
be a better me and a better company. pie: What have you realized running your own
rework it in any capacity to suit a client’s needs. pie: What sets your company apart?
company? jon: That we are in charge of our own happiness.
Each of us has it within us to be happy, whether
MacNeil Construction is just a name. What
sets us apart are the people that make up the
that be through achieving a personal goal, having
company. Each of us brought specific skill sets,
like minded people around you or helping
beyond drywall, to the table. We shared them with
someone when they need it. Whatever you find
one another elevating all of our skill sets to new
brings you happiness, hold onto it, build upon it
levels. pie: How would you describe your style of doing
and grow. pie: Why is Philanthropy important to you?
a young age. I was taught by my Mother and
My style of business is ‘Old School Meets
It’s something that I have had in me from
New School’. I learned to make deals on a hand
Father to appreciate those around you and to
shake at the age of eighteen, which is the same
‘pay it forward’. My company helped with a
mentality I’ve tried to carry into my 30’s. My fav
clothing drive for both the Busby Centre and The
quote is something my Grandfather once told me,
Samaritan House. We were also fortunate enough
“If someone offers you money, you stick out your
to be able to donate fifty turkeys to the Barrie
hand and say thank you.” He was a smart man.
Food Bank at Thanksgiving.
[Laughs] pie: What is your biggest achievement?
on solid ground.
My biggest achievement is starting my
As for the future, it's a bright path for Jon and
his team, as he and his business grow -
company when the odds were against me.
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SHINING BRIGHTLY Alliance Electric photo
If you’re a woman transitioning into a
I was put off by the "Get it done fast, I don't care
traditionally male-dominated skilled trade at
how" attitude, and it led me to consider going into
the entry-level, and in just a few years you have
business for myself. I wanted to be able to take
established yourself as a successful entrepreneur in that very same industry, you must be doing
more time to complete jobs properly and safely. pie: How often should owners have their house's
electrical systems checked or upgraded?
That’s the top line and guiding philosophy of Jen
Ellins, a Simcoe County success story who exudes
setups in very good condition and newer ones in
experience and independence as the founder and
owner of Alliance Electric.
The main thing is to have any electrical work
We sat down with Jen to chart her unlikely
performed by a qualified electrician and address
journey from equestrian trainer, to one of the region’s most successful and sought after
any issues as soon as possible. pie: You're in an industry that is dominated by men;
do you ever encounter resistance or skepticism from
clients who perhaps expect a stereotypical gang of
How did you get started in the electrical
There really is no time limit. I've seen older
business, and what attracted you to it?
guys with hardhats and lunch pails to show up?
The short answer is I didn't want a desk job! I
Of course there are occasions when I show up
was training standard bred race horses and it was
and clients say something along the lines of, "Oh, I
fun, but I knew I couldn't make a very good living
thought they were coming to do the job today, not
quote it?" Some are mildly surprised when I say,
A friend mentioned that a local electrical company that he was working for would be hiring
"Yes, I will have it done today." pie: What advice would you give to other
soon. I threw in a resume and after two interviews
I was hired! pie: What inspired you to build your own company?
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Don't take short cuts. It looks bad on all of us
as contractors and business owners.
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PHILLIP MOORE The Sophisticated Property Manager by
Shawn Gibson | photos Jeff Buchanan
Phillip Moore launched Carpe Diem Asset and
Unfortunately, he has seen too many other
Property Management Inc in 2013. But, he wanted
businesses lose sight of these elements, focused
it to be something different, something better and
too much on the bottom line.
a higher level. It became evident to him that there
was a void to fill: a need for a local sophisticated
Management is somewhat of a thankless job.
property management company - and Moore
When you do everything right, very rarely do
believes Carpe Diem is just that.
you receive a thank you. But when something
goes wrong, you hear all about it. I think it’s our
In order to stay one step ahead, and continue
“It’s tough to do, especially when Property
to strive for excellence, by the company’s fifth
proactive attitude, and keen focus on customer
anniversary, Moore invested a considerable amount
service, that adds a lot of value, and separate us
of resources into additional training of staff,
from the rest.”
improved SOP’s, upgraded hardware and software,
Even a look at his office is symbolic of The
and a new and improved website. He continues
Sophisticated Property Manager’s attention to
to boast a vibrant social media, print, and radio
detail, and the care he places in pleasing the
customer. It’s the hard wood floors, designer
kitchen, and a glass curtain wall that rounds out
Putting his money where his mouth is, he paid
for his assistant to become a Certified Property
Manager, and a member of the Canadian Real
Estate Institute. Additionally, he enrolled in
faces is educating his clients.
courses to obtain his Real Property Administrator
“Most people think property management is easy,
and it’s just a matter of picking up the phone to
“If you are going to be a part of this profession, it is
call a repair man. And I suppose there’s probably
important to have the correct education, and be a
property managers out there that operate at that
part of the associations in this field,” he notes.
level,” he notes.
Though it’s not just about the education or tools -
which anyone can acquire with time and money.
maximization through keeping costs down, while
retaining tenants, is challenging. It’s knowing
It’s about his professional approach to his
Moore says one of the biggest challenges he
Carpe Diem is much more comprehensive. ROI
business. For him, it’s a combination of “exemplary
about environmental assessments and hazards, and
conduct, accountability, a finely-tuned moral
how to avoid them. It’s preventative maintenance
compass, and always doing what is right - even if
programs, and health and safety compliance issues.
it means losing money.” As part of that work ethos,
Supplier manuals that are audited to insure WSIB
he will not let more than 24 hours go by without
clearance certificates and insurance policies are
returning a phone call.
current. It’s using contractors that don’t over
“People just want updates. Delays happen all the
promise and underachieve. And it’s especially
time, but as long as the lines of communication are
about the inspection of work performed.
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â€œI believe dressing well is important, as it is part of the first impression people have of you.â€? These, and other examples, might go a long way in explaining how by 2018, Carpe Diem oversaw a million and a half square feet of industrial, commercial and multi-residential real estate, throughout the Greater Barrie Area. PIE DIGEST 111
“It’s not what you expect, it’s what you inspect!”
There are operating statements, budgeting
says Moore firmly.
reports and TMI (taxes, maintenance and
Risk management is also major these days, and he
insurance) reconciliations that need to be
says that most landlords do not even know how
completed and completed properly.
much liability they are responsible for.
and challenging world of property management.
In some cases, landlords can be held criminally
Moore didn’t always work in the ever changing
responsible (as can the property manager),
At first glance you probably wouldn’t imagine that
so Moore stresses the need for experienced
Moore’s first career was on the runway.
“I don’t actually like talking about it,” says Moore humbly.
With so much on the go, it’s a wonder how Moore manages it all. His hard work ethic probably comes from growing up with two over-achieving parents who grew a small, two person, part-time, corrugated packaging company from their garage in Baxter, to a medium sized business which now employs 250 people. Moore also learned the importance of quality customer service from his parents. “I try to remind myself of my humble beginnings, of my parents’ customer service skills, of my father’s ability to be fair - even if it meant costing a little extra - all the while trying to mimic my mother’s effortless classiness. It’s a tough balance, especially when you might not always have the answers your clients want to hear.”
Phillip Moore is the owner of Carpe Diem Asset & Property Management Inc. He is a licensed Realtor at Sutton Incentive Realty Inc. with a focus on ICI. He is a member of the Committee of Adjustments and a contributor to his favorite charity The Christmas Cheer.
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“I had moved to Hong Kong to pursue a job
“I never thought my modeling career would do
in corporate finance after university when SARS
anything for me once I moved home, but as it turns
struck. I was told to return to Canada, but instead
out, I’m now leveraging my international network
took a casting at Elite Model Management, on
to begin a new development venture,” Moore says.
advice from a friend, and the next thing I knew I
His plans include the first development just South
had a contract. It was surreal.”
of Barrie, and expanding internationally from there
Moore sported the likes of Calvin Klein, Armani,
under a new brand.
Dunhill and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few.
For Moore, the focus always has been, and always
He even landed a credited role in the feature
will be, on striving to be outstanding in his field,
and going above and beyond in every possible way.
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