INVALUABLE TIPS FROM THE WORLD'S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS.
HOSTED BY GARY KALACI
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On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Greg Bryk, a Canadian actor, producer, writer, coach, and keynote speaker known for his work in both film and television. Greg is one of Canada’s most compelling and versatile actors with starring roles in over 110 films, television shows and video games
Some of Bryk’s award-winning and more memorable roles include his work in the films History Of Violence, Poor Boys Game, Deadliest Sea, Ad Astra, Code 8, and My Spy. Television credits include the harrowing CBC/BET mini-series The Book Of Negroes, the critically acclaimed @Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, JETT for HBO/Cinemax, SyFy’s Bitten, Wynonna Earp and The Expanse, @CBC’s Caught, Global’s Mary Kills People, as well as Frontier and V Wars for @Netflix. Bryk also lent his talents and his likeness to the iconic antagonist, Joseph “The Father” Seed in the all-time best-selling Ubisoft produced video game Far Cry 5.
Greg talks about his early moments as a young actor that shaped his career. He delves into his philosophies on acting, passions, hobbies, professional communication, and how an actor's skillset empowers his everyday life.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Gordon D. Giffin, partner and global vice-chair emeritus in Dentons, the world's largest law firm.
With 30 years of experience in the practice of law and government service, Gordon’s practice at Dentons continues the trend, focusing on international transactions and trade matters, government procurement, energy regulatory and policy matters, corporate governance and crisis counseling, federal and state regulatory matters and public policy. Having previously served as Ambassador of the United States to Canada from August 1997 to April 2001, he also managed US interests in the world's largest bi-lateral trading relationship, as well as US collaboration with Canada on global issues in international fora.
The recipient of a number of honorary degrees granted by Canadian and US universities and several awards that recognize outstanding achievement, this episode sees Gordon share his career journey and the skills his experiences have honed. Turning to leadership, he also shares some hard-won wisdom and valuable advice for those who seek success in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Ian Urbina, the founder and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project.
Before founding the organization, Ian spent 17 years as a staff reporter for The New York Times, during which time he received a number of esteemed awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Ian has also received an Emmy nomination, and recently, his second George Polk Award for International Reporting with The New Yorker. In 2019, he published The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times bestseller about lawlessness at sea, the movie and TV rights for which were purchased by Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In this episode, Ian talks about the most formative moments of his impressive career. He also dives into the reality of investigative work at sea and the challenges that come with it.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Denis Giangi, the president of Rolls-Royce Canada.
Having started his career at Rolls-Royce as a Tax Manager in 1999 and reaching the position of president in 2016, Denis talks about what his more than 24 years at Rolls-Royce have been like, including some of his biggest learnings. He touches on some of the challenges he has faced throughout his career and how he was able to overcome them.
A 2023 Fellow of the Ordre des CPA du Québec, Denis speaks about leadership, and his methods for bringing an organization together through a shared vision and mission.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Michael Casia, the president and managing director of Organon Canada.
With more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Michael talks about his career, and the experiences that brought him to where he is today. A major part of Michael’s role is the promotion of an inclusive culture and he shares why this is important. Additionally, Michael speaks to his belief in the need to foster technological innovation within teams and organizations.
Michael reflects on his experiences working abroad, and what this has taught him.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Dr. Samantha Nutt, who founded and serves as president of War Child Canada.
Dr. Nutt talks about what inspired her to get involved at the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises and how she remains motivated. She also gives advice to those seeking to make a change in the world and see an idea realized.
We also hear about Dr. Nutt’s belief in the importance of the rule of law and access to justice as the next frontier of international humanitarian assistance, and the potential for each and every one of us to be a leader.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks Perry Dellelce, founder and managing partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.
Specializing in securities, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions, Perry’s expertise has made him a trusted advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, executives and corporations, and gained him recognition in The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Perry reflects on the 30 years since founding Wildeboer Dellelce LLP and shares his secrets to success. He also talks about the importance of getting involved in organizations and endeavors that have a positive impact, and gives advice to students and new lawyers who hope to accomplish success.
On the latest episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Laurie Lanoue, Office Managing Partner for Montreal at McKinsey & Company.
Laurie has worked across many sectors, including advanced industries, medical devices, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods. Much of her work is focused on helping clients implement organization-wide operational excellence programs, develop strategies, and transform procurement.
In this episode, Laurie shares her expertise, and speaks about how she’s overcome challenges while remaining positive. We also learn about her experience completing an MBA at the University of Oxford, the importance of apprenticeship, and why community and civil society movements sit near to her heart.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Andrée-Claude Bérubé, executive vice president and general counsel at SNC-Lavalin.
With a great deal of international experience, Andrée-Claude has developed a reputation for innovation and a belief that legal teams can transform themselves to follow the direction a business is going.
Andrée-Claude shares her career journey, highlighting key moments, and gives her thoughts on the best thing young lawyers can do to accomplish success and fulfillment in both their careers and their personal lives.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Al Varney, the President of PowerON Energy Solutions and Group Leader of the CEO Global Network.
Prior to joining PowerON, Al had an esteemed career spanning 33 years at Xerox, which saw him at the helm of the organization in executive roles in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Al discusses the challenging decisions he has had to make along the way, and what leadership principles are worth prioritizing to lead a team to success, sharing key pieces of advice for all aspiring leaders of tomorrow.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Chad Aboud, former General Counsel and Law Firm Lawyer. Other than his legal background, Chad helps people build more inspiring and fulfilling careers through business advisory and consulting, also being a TEDx Speaker.
Chad discusses his career evolutions, legal insights, public speaking development, and a deeper look into his mindset.
Chad covers a large range of topics that will help viewers get exclusive advice and personal knowledge.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Leila Rafi, who is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the field of corporate law, as well as being known as a part of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Aside from being a lawyer, Leila also has a background in teaching as an adjunct professor at Queen’s University.
Leila discusses her upbringing, the pivotal moments in her career, building professional relationships, and challenges in the legal profession.
All in all, Leila covers a large range of topics that will help viewers get a deeper understanding of the world of law.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci speaks with Leo Martellotto, who is a Harvard graduate and the president of Junior Achievement Americas, a successful NGO dedicated to inspiring and preparing the youth for the future of jobs.
Leo discusses his upbringing, the key moments in his career, entrepreneurial advice and debunks myths surrounding non-profit organizations.
From challenges that he’s faced in his career to motivational advice, Leo covers a large range of topics that will help viewers get a deeper understanding of the business environment.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci talks to Jacqueline Sanz, a financial services compliance, risk, and governance expert and the Managing Director Canada for Risk and Compliance a Protiviti.
In a career spanning three decades, Jacqueline has headed risk and compliance departments at several notable organizations, and has designed compliance frameworks and operational processes to mitigate risks.
She gives insightful advice based on her experience, and provides some amazing advice for budding professionals pursuing a career in risk and compliance.
On the sixth episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci talks to Caroline Codsi, a Canadian businesswoman who is the president and founder of Women in Governance, a non-profit organization.
Caroline talks about her early childhood in Lebanon, her move to Canada, and her business success, as well as the challenges of running one of the country’s top organizations for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Give it a listen to learn more about Caroline’s experiences and learn some amazing tips about management and networking.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Gary Kalaci interviews Norman Steinberg, the Vice-Chair of BFL Canada and the former Chair Emeritus of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Norman recently joined Alexa Translations as the Vice-Chair of our Board of Advisors.
Listen as they discuss Norman’s previous experiences, leadership principles, and share timeless advice on professional development.
Learn more about what it takes to lead one of the largest law firms in the country, from managing expectations to overcoming challenges and balancing productivity.
Norman also shares some insightful advice that he received throughout his career for those starting in the corporate, legal and financial sectors.
On this episode of Firing On All Syllables™, Mark Vecchiarelli, the VP of Marketing at Alexa Translations, interviews Gary Kalaci, the founder and CEO of Alexa Translations. Gary discusses his past, from his early days in Albania to immigrating to Canada, and what drives him as the CEO of a leading translation company.
Learn more about Gary’s evolution as a leader, how he remains productive throughout the day, his tips on prioritising tasks, and managing time more effectively as the face of a fast-growing services business.
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