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Episode 6: Maureen Lucas (Past President/CEO of LucasWorks)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Maureen Lucas. She is both Past President & CEO of LucasWorks and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with the University of Windsor’s EPICentre. Maureen has been recognized for many years on the Profit W100 List for Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs and the company she founded, LucasWorks has been on the Profit 500 List for the last 7 years consecutively. Maureen is also a proud Rotarian and a founder of 100 Women Who Care Windsor-Essex, a...


Episode 5: Irek Kusmierczyk (Director of Partnerships, WEtech Alliance & Windsor City Councillor)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Irek Kusmierczyk. Irek is both the Director of Partnerships with WEtech Alliance and a Windsor City Councillor For Ward 7. Irek has a PhD from Vanderbilt University in the United States and a Master Degree in Government from the London School of Economics. Irek sits on multiple boards including Essex Regional Conservation Authority, Transit Windsor and Windsor Public Library. He is also a proud Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. On the show,...


Episode 4: Zain Ismail (Senior Consultant, Henry Ford Health System)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Zain Ismail. Zain is a Senior Consultant, Strategic Support Services at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Zain was named the Positive Professional Of The Year by the Leamington Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was recently named one of Leadership Windsor/Essex (LWE) 40 Leaders Under 40 for 2018. On the show, we talk about Zain’s first hope to be in hospitality, his "ah-ha" moment, adding impact as an intern at Leamington...


Episode 3: Nuha Elalem (Photographer & Filmmaker)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, I sat down with Nuha Elalem. She is a Windsor-based filmmaker and photographer who at 24 already has credits for The Card, The Tiger Hunter and others under her belt. On today’s show, we talk about her move from Libya to Canada at a young age, working as a Producer for the first time on The Card, going to Los Angeles, moving on to bigger projects like The Tiger Hunter and all of the anecdotes in between. If you want to follow Nuha's work, you can go to...


Episode 2: Emilie Cushman (Co-Founder & CEO at Kira Talent)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, we spoke to Emilie Cushman. Emilie the Co-Founder and CEO of Kira Talent. Kira Talent is a Toronto-based company building software to make it easier on Universities and Colleges to assess their applicants. Emilie is a past recipient of the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012. On the show, we talk about her first dream of being an astronaut, getting into the Next 36, co-founding Kira...


Episode 1: Foad Karimian (Community Capacity Builder, Yonge Street Mission)

On this episode of No Coaster Needed, we travel to Toronto to talk with Foad Karimian. Foad is a Community Capacity Builder - Youth Leadership at the Yonge Street Mission. Foad has dedicated his life to helping youth. He started this journey through an initiative he started called the Odette High School Leadership Initiative. The program created at the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business helps high school students develop key leadership skills. He now leads a similar program...


No Coaster Needed Trailer

No Coaster Needed is a collection of intimate conversations with incredible people. Everyone involved in Season 1 has ties to the Rose City (Windsor, Ontario) and the first piece of the series launches Thursday, February 15th. It's casual, positive and I can't wait for you to hear it.