Tonia Jahshan

20 Questions: Tonia Jahshan

Tonia Jahshan: Founder and president of Steeped Tea, 50 Bittern St., Ancaster   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? My business mentors are our Dragons’ Den partners, Jim Treliving and David Chilton. They are always a phone call away when I need inspiration, have a pressing problem, or…

James Lefebvre

20 Questions: James Lefebvre

James Lefebvre: Associate vice president of business services First Ontario Credit Union, Hamilton   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Howard Schultz. As a young man he gave up a lucrative job in New York to move his young family, because he believed in the potential of…

Abigail Santos

25 Questions: Abigail Santos

Abigail Santos: Chair of Hamilton Hive, in CoMotion on Kind St. E. Hamtilon   1. What advice have you received that has helped you the most? Life is too short to be shy — get out there and enjoy. 2. What would you do if you felt no fear? I usually try not to be…

Waqar Malik

20 Questions: Waqar Malik

Waqar Malik: President and Executive Producer at InBold Media (video marketing specialists) in Hamilton and Mississauga   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Mark Cuban (film producer and businessman) and movie/television character Ari Gold (from “Entourage”) 2. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? I…

Jim Commerford

29 Questions: Jim Commerford

Jim Commerford: President and CEO for YMCA of Hamilton Burlington Brantford   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Galen Weston Sr. — balanced very successful business growth through expansion of sales with philanthropic giving 2. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? “Lean In” by…

Murline Mallette

22 Questions: Murline Mallette

Murline Mallette: Executive director at Liaison College Culinary Arts   1. If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as a business mentor? My very first mentor 30 years ago was Dan Oberlander, president of CN Hotels. He gave me the support and confidence to move up the ladder at CN Hotels. Now I count…

Dave McSporran

29 Questions: Dave McSporran

Dave McSporran: President, Vision & Strategy at BottledMedia.com   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Lecrae, Mark Burnett, Craig Groschel, Gary Vaynerchuck, Rob Dyrdek, Elon Musk. Any of these would blow my mind. 2. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? “Onward,” by Howard Schultz…

Alyssa Lai

25 Questions: Alyssa Lai

Alyssa Lai: Outreach Co-ordinator (Information Hamilton),Marketing & Development Associate (Hamilton Children’s Choir), Vice Chair (Hamilton HIVE)   1. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? “The Start-Up of You” by Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chair of LinkedIn, and Ben Casnocha. It helps define my approach to work and shape my professional and personal…

Shelly Falconer

20 Questions: Shelley Falconer

Shelley Falconer: President and CEO of Art Gallery of Hamilton   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Two towering individuals who made an enormous impact on me and their respective institutions: Dr. Shirley Thompson (1930-2010) and Barbara A. Tyler (1938-2007), both former directors of the National Gallery…