City of Champions
Rick Bronson @ The Comic Strip | The Life and Times of a Comedian

Rick Bronson @ The Comic Strip | The Life and Times of a Comedian

February 14, 2020

Rick Bronson has done it all in the entertainment industry. He's an award-winning comedian, TV Host, Writer, Producer, and the owner of Rick Bronson's 'The Comic Strip' in West Edmonton Mall. In this conversation, with special guest co-host, Derek Stone, Rick hilariously recounts his life as comic on the circuit, with tangents about Jewish Mothers, Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, and what he really thinks about political correctness.

Episode Links

Rick Bronson's The Comic Strip

Derek Stone

Telus World of Science Edmonton

Taproot Edmonton

Alberta Podcast Network

Evan Gallant | A Conversation About Alcohol and Drugs

Evan Gallant | A Conversation About Alcohol and Drugs

January 29, 2020

My guest today is Evan Gallant. Evan’s main gig is marketing, but he is also big in the Edmonton charity scene, working as the Community Director for the Urban Spirits Rotary Club and co-founding HEALYEG, an Edmonton-based non-profit. Evan’s an incredibly social guy. He’s funny, gregarious, and is always the life of the life of the party out in the Edmonton bar scene. However, Evan reached out to me to shed some light on the darker side of this scene. Evan opened up about his mental health struggles, his drug and alcohol abuse, and about it all came crashing down on him last year. Countless people struggle with these issues. Evan and I both know this will resonate with people, and we hope it helps.

Episode Links

Evan Gallant

HEALYEG

Urban Spirits Rotary Club

Taproot Edmonton

Inventures Canada

Alberta Podcast Network

Councillor Mike Nickel | Big “Value for Taxes” Guy

Councillor Mike Nickel | Big “Value for Taxes” Guy

January 22, 2020

Edmonton Ward 11 City Councillor, Mike Nickel, is a strong advocate for the effective utilization of tax dollars; In other words, he's trying to make your money go farther in government. He brings a lifetime of business experience to City Council, and the passion in which he talks about our city is evident and super inspiring. 

Episode Links

Councillor Mike Nickel | Blog | Twitter | Mike Check Podcast

Unit B Coworking

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Podcast Network

Kris Harvey | Take Me To Chvrch

Kris Harvey | Take Me To Chvrch

January 10, 2020

Kris Harvey is a guy a lot of you know and love. He’s a DJ, event promoter, and the owner and creative mind behind Church of John, one of the city’s most unique and vibrant nightlife spots. Kris is an entrepreneur and huge booster for the City of Champions.

Episode Links

Kris Harvey | Instagram

Chvrch of John

Seat Giant - Promo Code "APN"

ATB Entrepreneur Centre 

Alberta Podcast Network

Grant Fuhr | “I’m a hockey player but I’m here for golf”

Grant Fuhr | “I’m a hockey player but I’m here for golf”

December 16, 2019

Hall of Fame goaltender, Grant Fuhr, joins me on the podcast this week. Anyone who knows hockey knows Grant was a key member of the 1980's Oilers' dynasty, winning 5 Stanley Cups in his 10 seasons with the team. Grant went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, and St. Louis Blues, where he had a career resurgence in his mid 30's carrying the team to the second round of the playoffs before disaster (Nick Kypreos) struck, destroying his knee and forcing him to undergo a double ACL and MCL surgery, the first of its kind to that point.

Grant now spends his days on the golf course making the rounds on the pro-am circuit. His magnetic personality has bestowed upon him a diverse group of friends outside the world of hockey including legends like Jim McMahon, Marshall Faulk, and Charles Barkley. We had a chance to talk about the experience of making his documentary, his life after hockey, and some of his thoughts on the NHL today. We, of course, also spent time reminiscing about some of his favourite stories from his playing days.

Episode Links

Grant Fuhr | Twitter

Taproot Edmonton

Speaking Municipally

Alberta Podcast Network

Daniel Matishak | Building the Best, Badass Company Culture

Daniel Matishak | Building the Best, Badass Company Culture

November 20, 2019

Very special episode of the podcast with sharp and successful entrepreneur, Daniel Matishak, and co-hosted by former City of Champions guest and great friend, Derek Stone. This was recorded back in February 2019 when Derek and I played around with the idea of starting a new podcast. Ultimately our schedules didn't allow it, but Derek was kind enough to let me release this under the City of Champions banner. Dan is the founder of Mindable, a marketing optimization company. Dan’s had some incredible experiences like hanging on Necker Island with Richard Branson and attending Formula 1 in Monaco. This is a must listen for any burgeoning entrepreneurs out there!

Episode Link

Daniel Matishak - Instagram | LinkedIn

Mindable

Telus World of Science Edmonton - Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Love Alberta Forests

Alberta Podcast Network

Raj Dhillon | Physio, Fitness, and Don Cherry

Raj Dhillon | Physio, Fitness, and Don Cherry

November 13, 2019

Raj Dhillon is the co-owner of Pivotal Physiotherapy in Edmonton. He is a U of A grad and has been a practicing clinician for over 15 years. I was excited to sit down and record with Raj because he’s got an incredible outlook on life with a very intentional approach to his work, fitness, and family. He’s an inspiring guy who gives back to the community through his mentoring of the next generation of physiotherapists at the U of A and internationally through work abroad in 3rd world countries. As a child of immigrants to Canada, I had to ask Raj his thoughts on the firing of Don Cherry and response blew me away.

Episode Links

Pivotal Physiotherapy

Raj Dhillon

Alberta Forest Products Association

Alberta Podcast Network

Speaking Municipally

Assumptions

It's a Conspiracy!

Councillor Michael Walters | Climate, Development, and Homelessness

Councillor Michael Walters | Climate, Development, and Homelessness

October 24, 2019

Edmonton Ward 10 City Councillor, Michael Walters, joins me on the podcast this week. One of his Council Initiatives is Energy Transition and Climate Resilience for the city of Edmonton. We had a chance to discuss the city’s pragmatic and thoughtful approach to climate change. Among other things, Councillor Walters also brought a ton of insight to the conversation on homelessness in the city and river valley development.

Episode Links

Councillor Michael Walters | Twitter

Over a Barrel | YouTube | Facebook | VimeOnDemand

Alberta Podcast Network

Love Alberta Forests

ATB

Keegan Lowe & Jaynen Rissling | Paths to Playing Pro

Keegan Lowe & Jaynen Rissling | Paths to Playing Pro

September 18, 2019

It’s been just over 2 years since my brother, Keegan Lowe, joined me on episode 2 of City of Champions, so we had lots to catch up on. Joining Keegan on the episode this time is his childhood best friend, minor hockey teammate, and junior hockey rival, Jaynen Rissling. Jaynen spent last season playing for the Nottingham Panthers in England, redefining the term “non-traditional hockey market”, and this season he’s off to play for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

Episode Links

Keegan Lowe | Twitter | Instagram

Jaynen Rissling | Instagram

Alberta Health Services

Edmonton Community Foundation

The Well Endowed Podcast

Alberta Podcast Network

Arjen Colquhoun | The Canadian Flash

Arjen Colquhoun | The Canadian Flash

September 11, 2019

This week I’m pleased to introduce #17 on your Edmonton Eskimos, defensive back, Arjen Colquhoun. Arjen joined the Esks after a fantastic career at Michigan State, and a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Arjen is an energetic and enthusiastic personality, and a key part of our defensive corps. We got into a great discussion about what he wants to do when his playing days are over, and how he hopes to help as many young kids coming up in football as he can.

Episode Links

Arjen Colquhoun | Twitter | Instagram

Park Power

Unit B Coworking

Alberta Podcast Network