#34 Mark Norman

Mark Norman

A 39-year veteran of uniformed service to Canada, Mark Norman retired from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in the rank of Vice-Admiral (VADM) in 2019. VADM Norman rose through the ranks to be the Vice-Chief of Defence: the second-highest appointment in the Canadian Armed Forces. Currently a Senior Defence Strategist at Samuel Associates, VADM Norman helps clients achieve their full potential in supporting the defence and security of Canadians. His military career has seen him serve at sea domestically and internationally, command a warship, the Atlantic Fleet and ultimately the Royal Canadian Navy. VADM Norman also has extensive experience in training sailors, supporting operations, strategic planning, managing major procurement projects, institutional leadership, and organizational change. VADM Norman is motivated by dynamic organizations that see value in people, seek continuous improvement and contribute positively to society. He holds a degree in Economics from Queens University and is also a graduate of several professional education programs, including executive leadership courses with the US Armed Forces. He has been awarded several medals and commendations over his four-decade-long career, including the Order of Military Merit and the US Legion of Merit. VADM Norman is now applying his energy and passion to new challenges such as contributing to the national defence and security discourse as a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, helping sailors, veterans and their families as the Champion of RCN Benevolent Fund and consulting and mentoring. http://www.GaleForceWins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#33 Ana & Eric

A Musical Monday bonus episode. After performing together for many years in Folk and Bossa Nova projects, Ana Luísa Ramos and Eric Taylor Escudero have created a concert with the best of the two worlds. The partnership started as Ana was featured in Eric’s folk-rock project. In 2016 Ana released her debut album “Um”, with original songs written by Eric and covers of traditional Brazilian songs and a Gershwin brothers Standard Jazz. Having performed in Brazil, Europe and Canada, Ana & Eric present a unique show that combines Folk, Bossa Nova, and Brazilian Popular Music, featuring original songs and covers in English and Portuguese. The Brazilian duo based in St. John’s, NL, has recently released two singles “Hope” and “Lights my way”, and their self-titled debut EP through The Citadel House. New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.GaleForceWins.com and this has been a special bonus episode.


#32 Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay

Peter is Counsel at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office. Leveraging his public service and legal experience, Peter collaborates with McInnes Cooper professionals to bring strategic value to business and public sector leaders within and outside of Atlantic Canada. Peter served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years as a cabinet minister in high-profile portfolios, including Justice and Attorney General, Department of National Defence, Foreign Affairs and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He chaired the Government National security committee for almost 10 years. Peter started his legal career in Nova Scotia as a Crown Prosecutor and worked as a general practitioner before entering politics. A proud Canadian, Peter has supported local and national causes on many levels. He is co-chair of Boost-Child Youth Advocacy Centre and serves on the boards of Special Olympics Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada. He volunteers his time with Children’s Aid Society, Covenant House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and the Canada-United States Law Institute. New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.GaleForceWins.com


#30 LCdr Rob Pelton & HMCS ORIOLE

LCdr Pelton enrolled in the Naval Reserve on 24 April 2001 in HMCS CHIPPAWA in Winnipeg, MB as a Naval Cadet. He commenced his Basic Training that summer at NOTC VENTURE and completed his MARS Officer training in the spring of 2003 in HMCS SASKATOON and was awarded his Bridge Watch Keeping certificate. As Combat Officer in HMCS CHIPPAWA from 2003-2005, LCdr Pelton completed his undergraduate Degree in Economics and History. On 4 August 2020, he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS ORIOLE. He currently resides in Halifax, NS with his Wife Mary Beth, son Owen, daughter Avery and dog Lucy.

The 4th Jun 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sailing ketch Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole (ORI), the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) oldest and longest serving commissioned vessel. Originally launched in 1921 as the yacht Oriole IV by Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) member George H. Gooderham, Commodore, RCYC [1900-01, 1918 – 1930]), serving initially as the flagship for RCYC in Toronto, ON (1921-30) – the “Birth Place” of Oriole.

http://www.GaleForceWins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#29 Caron Hawco

Caron Hawco, ABC, PMP, ICD.D is an accomplished communications and reputation strategist, stakeholder and professional project manager, local content diversity advisor, negotiator and facilitator. As President of the Caron Hawco Group, she offers deep industry knowledge, business expertise, a strong network and global experience to help manage strategic relationships, build reputation, open doors to new markets and solve complex stakeholder challenges. Caron is a specialist in oil and gas and the former Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Association (NOIA). Her recent projects have included international oil and gas trade missions (Guyana and Norway), stakeholder management in the technology industry, sustainability agreements in natural resources and supplier diversity. Caron is a passionate advocate for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and that is quite evident in her conversation with us. New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.galeforcewins.com


#28 Kendra MacDonald

Kendra MacDonald is the CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster responsible for driving innovation and growth in the ocean economy. Together with a team working across six cities in Atlantic Canada, Kendra is focused on changing the culture of doing business in the ocean, increasing collaboration across ocean sectors and Canada’s global reach. Kendra was previously a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice and the Chief Audit Executive of Deloitte Global. Kendra speaks regularly on the topics of innovation, future of work, and disruptive technologies, and also serves on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is the Past-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries. Over the course of her career, Kendra has both lived and worked in Ottawa, Montreal, Australia and Hong Kong before moving to St. John’s in 2010 where she now resides with her husband and two children. Join us every Tuesday evening for a new episode of http://www.galeforcewins.com


#27 CPO1 Line Laurendeau & CPO1 Pascal Harel

HMCS Winnipeg made Royal Canadian Navy history when CPO1 Line Laurendeau was appointed senior non-commissioned officer on the ship. She replaces CPO1 Pascal Harel as the ship’s Coxswain, and in doing so is the first female Coxswain, hard sea trade, on the West Coast. “Becoming a navy Coxswain was a dream of mine and becoming the Coxswain of Winnipeg today is a moment I will remember for years to come,” said CPO1 Laurendeau, during the change of appointment on April 20. “To the crew of HMCS Winnipeg, my goal is to become the best leader I can be.” to read more of this article visit : https://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/navy-milestone-first-female-hard-sea-west-coast-coxswain/


#26 Andrew Parsons

Honourable Andrew Parsons, QC Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology Member for Burgeo – La Poile joins us on #GaleForceWins. Andrew Parsons has represented the district of Burgeo – La Poile since 2011. A lifelong resident of Channel-Port aux Basques, he trained as a lawyer and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2005. Mr. Parsons practiced law in the region before entering provincial politics. He previously served as the Opposition House Leader and the opposition critic for Justice, Health and Community Services, and other key portfolios.


#25 Paul Davis

Paul Davis was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma with an underlying Follicular Lymphoma in 2011. A former 25 year veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and member of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature, Paul says it was the last thing he ever expected to face.

Paul wasn’t going to allow a cancer diagnosis to stop him from continuing his active lifestyle. Shortly after finishing his curative chemotherapy treatments in the fall of 2011, he was re-elected to the Newfoundland Labrador House of Assembly and elevated to cabinet. Paul continued his political career while undergoing two years of maintenance treatments and in 2014 became the 12th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the fall of 2018 Paul retired from politics but stepped up his involvement with LLSC. As a lifelong volunteer with a long history of serving with local, regional and national organizations, Paul was delighted to join the LLSC Board of Directors and enjoys being an active volunteer with the local Light The Night organizing committee.

Paul is particularly passionate when it comes to services and supports to patients and their families and believes in the benefits and value of much needed blood cancer research.

Paul and his wife Cheryl reside in their home town of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland Labrador

This is a special bonus edition of http://www.GaleForceWins.com. Once a month we will feature a charitable organization.


#24 Crow’s Nest “Borrowed” Piano story

Allan Dale, Derek Moss and Andrew (Howie) Hawrylak recount their experience “borrowing” the Crow’s Nest piano and taking it on HMCS Terra Nova to Murmansk in 1995. Join us on #GaleForceWins as we talk about this Crow’s Nest story just in time for Battle of Atlantic Sunday.


#23 Jim Burton – Bonus Episode

This is a bonus episode outside our normal Tuesday evening posts. Jim and Gerry sat down together on Saturday morning November 26th, 2016 and went LIVE on Facebook. There has been a desire on Gerry’s part to record and share conversations like this for quite some time. Finally with GaleForceWins.com we have that platform. The conversation around entrepreneurial drive and giving back to the community is exactly what #GaleForceWins was founded on. We feel this Gale Force Re-WINd is worth including on our channel. We hope you enjoy it.

Gerry and Allan


#22 John Steele

John Steele grew up in one of the most entrepreneurial families in Canada. Never one to sit back and simply enjoy that success, John is forging ahead with an expansion to his JAG hotel in St. John’s despite the pandemic. Join us on http://www.galeforcewins.com as we talk with John about his family’s beginnings in Gander and subsequent sale of Newfoundland Capital Corporation to Stingray. Oh and if you like music there’s a good bit of banter around his sideline project the Iconic Iceberg Alley Performance Tent. www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday.


#21 Chris Flanagan

From business reporter to CEO of Baffin Fisheries, Chris talks about his varied career starting with The Telegram in St. John’s moving to Canadian Helicopters Corp in Vancouver and now back in St. John’s. Chris is master of plan B more commonly known in COVID times as, the pivot. Chris has pivoted many times and his story is a very interesting one.

Baffin Fisheries is a 100% Inuit-owned company. The Company is jointly owned by five Hunters and Trappers Associations in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut: Pangnirtung, Amaruq (Iqaluit), Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Mayukalik (Kimmirut), and Namautalik (Clyde River).


#20 Gina Pecore

Join us as we discuss the unfolding story of Genoa Design International with their Chief Executive Officer, Gina Pecore. This is a wide ranging discussion but one thing Gina says stands out above all else, “Hope is Everything”. Join us we are certain you will be inspired.


#19 Leonard Pecore

A near death experience around 2008 for Genoa Design International made the company stronger and ready for the explosive growth to come. Join Gale Force Wins on a conversation with Leonard Pecore, Founder and Chair of the Board. As entrepreneurial stories go, this one is sure to give you the inspiration you are looking for to overcome almost any obstacle.

This is only part 1. Next Tuesday evening the CEO of Genoa, Gina Pecore takes us on a journey with the rest of the unfolding story. This is not to be missed!

New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.galeforcewins.com


#18 Craig Tucker

Craig Tucker is a senior executive specializing in the area of corporate communications, market development and strategy. Craig is the former Managing Partner of Group M5 where he helped to guide the organization and its employees through tremendous growth and development for fifteen years. Craig currently owns numerous business ventures including Crossbeam Education which owns a portfolio of companies including the franchise system of Keyin College, Learning Labs, and IDI. Craig is extremely active in the Atlantic Canadian Business community where he lends considerable time guiding the Atlantic Canadian innovation Eco-System. Craig has over twenty-five years of business acumen from his past roles with Olivetti Systems and Network Canada where he received three consecutive Presidents’ Awards and as a former Board member with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (now Nalcor) he was actively involved in the Lower Churchill file and Nalcor’s corporate restructuring. Craig also serves on numerous boards throughout Atlantic Canada. http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#17 Ofra Harnoy and Mike Herriott

In this episode we are joined by two of Canada’s most talented musicians, cellist Ofra Harnoy and her multi-instrumentalist husband Mike Herriott. The episode opens with scenes of Newfoundland and Labrador shot by Gerry Carew set to “Let me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s” a wonderful track from Ofra’s recently released Analekta album “On the Rock,” celebrating the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. The pop-up on Ofra’s website sums up the “On the Rock” album this way: “With the guidance and contribution of Bob Hallett, this album is a selection of songs, jigs, and reels that Ofra felt she really connected with and that told a story of what she has come to know and love about the province of Newfoundland.”

Mike and Ofra share an incredible bond in life and music which is evident as they discuss the beginnings of their relationship to their decision to make St. John’s Newfoundland home.

For more information on Ofra visit: https://orcd.co/ofra-harnoy_on-the-rock-album

For more information on Mike visit: https://mikeherriott.com/

To listen or purchase visit: https://orcd.co/ofra-harnoy_on-the-rock-album

New episodes are available every Tuesday evening on http://www.galeforcewins.com


#16 Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe, founder of Clear Risk and chair of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Tech industry association, TechNL joins us on http://www.galeforcewins.com to discuss his entrepreneurial start, dedication to advancing the tech sector in NL and his numerous board activities. He is an entrepreneur, and an experienced board member who is very involved in the tech and startup sectors in NL. Craig came from a risk management and insurance background and started https://www.clearrisk.com/ in 2006 to solve some of the technology challenges he saw in his industry. As CEO Craig has led ClearRisk to a point where it is the leading provider of risk management software in Canada, with significant USA penetration. In 2014 Craig started a second company, Optimized Insurance, to provide innovative solutions to NL businesses with a tech sector specialty. In addition to these companies, Craig regularly works with tech startups as a mentor and advisor. Concurrent to his professional career, Craig has been very involved as a director on not-for-profit and charity boards. He was NL Chair of his two professional associations, The Insurance Institute of NL, and the NL Risk and Insurance Management Society, and served on their national and international boards respectively. He has served on numerous other boards including Junior Achievement, and Common Ground. Craig’s charitable work is extensive, most notably he was Chair of the Board of YMCA of Northeast Avalon, chaired the project to build the Ches Penney Family Y, and is past Chair of the Board of YMCA Canada. Craig’s interest in https://www.technl.ca/ is to use his experience to continue to give back to the tech sector in NL. He feels that the tech sector represents the long-term sustainable industry that will drive the NL economy for the next thousand years. http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#15 Karina Leblanc

In honour of #internationalwomensday2021 #galeforcewins brings you KARINA LEBLANC. Karina is a retired Olympic bronze medalist and professional athlete who has the distinguished honor of being one of the longest serving soccer players for Canada, second only to the great Christine Sinclair. With a prestigious career that spanned almost 18 years at the international level, she participated in 5 FIFA World Cups and two Olympic Games, winning an Olympic medal and making her and her team household names. Karina was appointed by the Minister of National Defence as an RCN Honorary Navy Captain – They are leaders in their respective fields and take on the role of ambassador for the RCN to the Canadian people as a whole. Honorary Captains come from all across the nation and are an integral part of the Navy family, each one committed to making a difference for Canada through their support of the RCN. Karina is one of the most inspirational speakers you will ever listen to and we are very proud to bring her to you. One of her quotes from our conversation comes from discussion around the pandemic and she says “Thank you for this hard time!” This quote encapsulates the optimism that oozes from this amazing woman. http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#14 Vianne Timmons

Dr. Vianne Timmons, OC, took office as the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in April 2020, coming from the University of Regina where she had served as president since 2008. During her tenure there, the university attained its highest-ever enrolment and diversity, greater recognition for faculty work, and increased levels of external research funding. Join us on a journey from her roots in Labrador to leading one of Atlantic Canada’s largest institutions of higher learning. Her best advice in the episode is to “surround yourself with…” sorry you didn’t think we were going to give that away did you. Listen to the podcast it will not disappoint.


#13 Master Sailor Matt Corbett

Master Sailor Matt Corbett is a young man living his best life as a member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Navy. Come along for the ride as we dive deep beneath the surface of the ocean, get up and jump out of airplanes with The SkyHawks Canadian Forces Parachute Demonstration Team. Matt takes us with him on his journey high and low and his future seems to be in the clouds. http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#12 Deirdre Ayre (Beep)

Deirdre Ayre Head of Operations, Other Ocean Group Canada chats about her amazing journey in the video game development industry. Thriving right here on the east coast of Canada, Beep as she is affectionately known, has made a huge impact in an exciting business. You don’t need to be a video game geek to enjoy this entrepreneurial story of ingenuity and downright guts! http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday.


#11 Dr. Steve Farmer – anesthesiologist and beekeeper

Dr. Steve Farmer is an anesthesiologist with a passion for bees and everything beekeeping. In this engaging episode Steve will enthrall you with stories of how bees find a home to the fascinating workings of a hive and the Queen.

http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


# 10 Charlie Oliver – serial entrepreneur

Charlie Oliver is a certified professional life coach, student of integral theory, mediator and meditator, poet with two self published works, trained in Reki, therapeutic touch…a lover of cycling, roller blading and he is a serial entrepreneur for 40 years. Charlie’s philosophy is There is always a solution!! He leads by being part of the team. Charlie’s entrepreneurial evolution started mid-year 1981. He crafted Martek to provide start-up solutions to young entrepreneurs, it strayed from this early course in its growth when confronted with identifying solutions to difficult real estate situations. It successfully established radical approaches to stagnant realty. Story after story prompted more creative undertakings to effect successful conclusions. Consulting led to management led to leasing led to sales. Under Charlie’s leadership and team approach, through the times of challenging interest rates in the 80’s, to the growth of the 90’s and the market-tightening effects in this new century and now COVID, Martek, Charlie’s company, continues to act with professionalism, patience and dedication as the market changes. Charlie’s evolution from the early days of Martek, helping young entrepreneurs, has come full circle with him engaging in philanthropic endeavours around the globe, to just spending time with folks who need his ear right here in his own backyard. Folks we have a great episode for you today with Charlie discussing “critical inflection points”, “wicked problems and wicked solutions”, “balance in life”, “chasing risk”, “positive action” and the list goes on but how about you watch for yourself…www.galeforcewins.com episodes every Tuesday evening.


#9 Dr. Adam Fenech – climate change – there is work to be done!

In this 9th episode we talk to Dr. Adam Fenech, the Interim Dean of the School of Climate Change & Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Director of the UPEI Climate Lab about his life’s work. Dr. Fenech’s work on climate change resulted in his being a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday night.


#8 CPO1 David Steeves, CD – Chief Petty Officer of the Canadian Navy

In this 8th episode we talk to CPO1 David Steeves who is the current Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. In this engaging episode, Dave as he likes to be called, talks about his early life, start in the Navy and road to being Canada’s top non commissioned member. This conversation takes a few twists and turns with Dave revealing some of the real challenges facing leaders today.  http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday night.


#7 Dr. Budimka Oroz

In this 7th episode we talk to Dr. Budimka Oroz about her early life in Sarajevo, the moment she knew she had to escape and what that was like, arriving in Canada and rebuilding her life. The discussion continues with the success of her kids and her vision of what the future might hold. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it for you. http://www.galeforcewins.com new episodes every Tuesday night.


#6 Michael Ikejiani University of Evansville golfer

Michael Ikejiani

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville head men’s golf coach Jim Hamilton has announced the signing of Michael Ikejiani to a National Letter of Intent to begin playing for the Purple Aces in the fall of 2020.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Ikejiani qualified for the Ontario U19 Boys Championship, the Canadian Amateur and the Ontario Open last summer. He won the Golf Ontario Champion of Champions Tournament and captured a fall series Canadian Junior Golf Association event.

“I am very excited to have Michael join our program,” Hamilton said “not only is he an accomplished golfer but also an outstanding student and person.”

Ikejiani’s outstanding play helped him to become recognized as a member of the prestigious 2019-20 Golf Ontario Provincial Junior Boys Team, which consists of the seven best junior players in Ontario.


Tina Smith’s son Kirk Taylor was deployed with the Canadian Military to Afghanistan. Kirk sadly lost his life in an IED explosion on Dec 30th, 2009. His mother Tina joins us on December 29th to remember her son and to talk about loss but also about the need to go on living. Please join us www.galeforcewins.com New episodes every Tuesday night at 8pm NL time.


Michele Tessier: only the third woman to ever command a Canadian naval warship. Inspiring leadership a role model for today’s youth. Our next guest Tuesday December 22nd 8pm NL time.


#3 Russ Tidbury: Royal Navy veteran and businessman joins us on the podcast

Some of the topics we cover are leadership, family, preparation, organization and passion. One of the key takeaways is life is not a rehearsal go out and make the most of it.


Gale Force Wins #2 Alan Mulholland: round the world solo sailor talks about his journey

Alan Mulholland round the world solo sailor talks about his incredible journey around the world in his 26 foot sailboat. This boat is intended for a sail around the great lakes but Allan takes it into the open ocean and around the world. Allan’s key takeaway from this amazing solo journey is to “live in the moment”. This chat is worth your time.


Gale Force Wins Podcast: Guest Teaser: Alan Mulholland solo round the world sailor. Dec 8th 8pm

Announcing Alan Mulholland, solo round the world sailor as Gale Force Wins first guest. We will post the full 39 min interview on Tuesday December 8th at 8pm. Allan Mulholland talks about adaptability, agility and living in the moment. We think you will enjoy this really engaging chat about this experiences as a solo sailor. Would you go around the world in a 26 foot sailboat? Check out his Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7m3fuU8ASlIKz9LnV-vvJg

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