#56 Sheldon Payne

Sheldon has been providing Small, Medium and Fortune 100 companies forward thinking digital marketing campaigns for over 18 years. Prior to starting https://www.newfoundmarketing.ca/ Sheldon was the Digital Marketing Director for M5 Communications and has spent time in Montreal and London where he planned and delivered sound Digital Marketing strategies to Fortune 100 clients Hewlett Packard and Chevrolet Europe as part of their overall search marketing strategy. To find out more about Sheldon visit: https://www.sheldonpayne.com/ To use Sheldon’s hockey analogy if you are interested in trading in your old “goalie” for a new one visit https://www.newfoundmarketing.ca/ and they will start with the website and move on to maximizing your online social and paid presence.

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Making Waves with Victoria Belbin

The head of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (DEFSEC Atlantic’s presenting partner) talks about the exciting advances and opportunities ahead on land, ocean, and air. Business is coming and knocking on Atlantic Canada’s door!

To learn more about Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association visit:


To connect with Victoria Belbin visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-belbin-icd-d-11a1923b/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.


#55 Jeff LeDrew

Jeff LeDrew founded Jumping Bean Coffee as a full service coffee roaster, grocery wholesaler, and cafe system. They import the finest single origin and blends from around the world and roast them with a unique ECO2Roast process at their facility in Atlantic Canada. Their coffees are shipped out across around Eastern Canada, from the Maritimes to Ontario, at major and independent grocery retailers such as Sobeys, Costco, Loblaws, and Walmart. Also available as 100% compostable Keurig-compatible single serve pods. Their cafe network includes 10 locations in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Jeff was always a coffee lover and connoisseur. He has an extensive educational and professional background in engineering. As a Rotarian, what started as a hobby to roast and brew the perfect cup of coffee quickly turned into a successful fundraising initiative. Jeff roasted and packaged all of the coffee at home using a crimping iron as a heat sealant. A business idea was born and he now runs a successful line of cafés and has a commanding retail presence. He has remained committed to the “Service Before Self” mantra coveted in his early days with Rotary and continues to support his local community through various charitable endeavours. You can still find Jeff doing everything from deliveries, fixing Espresso machines, re-engineering the roasting process and always thinking, creating and inventing new ways for Jumping Bean to remain fresh and relevant.

We are pleased to have him join us on http://www.GaleForceWins.com where there are new episodes uploaded every Tuesday evening. #GaleForceWins


#54 William Malone

William C. Malone was born in the central Newfoundland town of Buchans. He spent his formative years in Mount Pearl and upon graduation from high school he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. In 1988 he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and served in the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and in Newfoundland and Labrador before retiring in January of 2015. During his tenure in the RCMP, he worked in the areas of Organized Crime, National Security, Proceeds of Crime, Counter-terrorism and International Peacekeeping. On several occasions, he also represented Canada as a law enforcement expert with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Asia Pacific Group (APG), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and the World Bank (WB). Throughout his career in policing he received a number of honours and recognition, including; Operational Service Medal Expedition – Africa, RCMP 25 Year Long Service Medal, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Operational Service Medal SW Asia – Afghanistan, UN Mission in Haiti and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal. In April of 2016 after a long career in policing, he began work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an anti-money laundering (AML) expert to help mentor and train law enforcement and judicial authorities in Southern Africa to combat wildlife crime on the African continent. In 2018 after two years with the UNODC, Mr. Malone began working with Verafin as an Anti-money Laundering / Financial Crime Industry Expert. He is also the author of “Cops in Kabul – A Newfoundland Peacekeeper in Afghanistan” (Flanker Press 2018). He is married to Nola Noseworthy, and they live in the city of St. John’s with their four daughters.

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#53 Maria French

Maria French

Maria French is the Founder and President, of Terra Nova Solutions. She is well-known and regarded in the health information management field, having served nine years as an elected Director of the Clinical Documentation Industry Association (CDIA). Gender equality and women empowerment are the very core of her principles. She is a member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), Women Presidents Organization (WPO), and is a SheEO activator. As one of the first women to join Rotary in 1990, she served for 25 years and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for her contributions to community. She has been a guest speaker at regional, national, and international health industry and business women’s conferences, most recently speaking at the 2020 Women Economic Forum in Cairo, Egypt. Maria holds an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) designation, completing the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is currently enrolled in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

In 2018 she was featured in Forbes, yes you read that correctly. Not bad for a local girl. Maria is a role model to all young ladies in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond and we are so pleased to feature her on #GaleForceWins .

Click to read that article here.

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#52 Gill Whelan

Gill Whelan has been coaching for 25 years. Her work in coaching clients in the fitness and wellness realm first began about 11 years ago. She studied under and trained with experts in fitness, health, nutrition, mindset and overall wellness, all over the world. Whelan Wellness Virtual Bootcamp is an online wellness-focused program, with a comprehensive 360-degree approach to wellness, based on Gill Whelan’s unique 4-Pillar system for success. Ladies and gentlemen this chat will make you want to leap off your couch and get moving! http://www.GaleForceWins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#51 Heather Morrison

Dr. Heather Morrison was appointed Chief Health Officer for PEI in July 2007. As PEI’s first female Rhodes Scholar, she completed both a Master’s and Doctorate degree at University of Oxford in Comparative Social Research and Social Policy with a thesis dissertation in health policy decision-making. Dr. Morrison returned to Canada for her medicine training, completing her MD at Dalhousie University, followed by residency training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Morrison has served in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, PEI’s representative on the Public Health Network Council of Canada, and PEI’s representative on the national Special Advisory Committee in H1N1 and on Epidemic of opioid overdoses. She has served as Co-Chair of the Opioid Action Plan for PEI, Co-Chair of the Ebola response for PEI, Chair of the Provincial infection and prevention control Committee, to list a few. Dr. Morrison also served as acting DM of Health and Wellness PEI for a number of months in 2017. In 2016 she was recognized as UPEI’s alumna of the Year. In addition to her full-time role as PEI’s CPHO, Dr. Morrison has enjoyed continuing to practice emergency medicine here in Charlottetown. And most of all, she relishes the joy that comes with balancing her work with a passion for spending time with her husband and 4 young children!

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#50 Larry Pittman

Larry Pittman was the CEO/Airport Manager at 5-Wing Goose Bay Airport on September 11th, 2001. Goose Bay Airport had to make quick, tactical decisions to house and accommodate 1000 stranded passengers in their time of need. Larry shares some of the behind the scenes that went into that decision making process. Larry is very proud to have served his country, as a uniformed military officer at the military base in Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada for a three year posting in the early 1990’s. On the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 we have shared some passenger stories on our Gale Force Wins platform and we wanted to bring a behind the scenes leader who on that day and subsequent weeks, stepped up to fill the urgent need.

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#49 Elias Kanaris

Elias Kanaris is an author, professional keynote speaker, executive coach, leadership trainer, and entrepreneur. He has been a regular keynote presenter and he has frequently spoken to audiences in the I.T., telecommunications, insurance, financial services, real estate, and education sectors across thirteen countries on four continents. Since the early 1980s, Elias has been using humour and energy to deliver great learning experiences to his audiences. Elias was the President with the Global Speakers Federation (2018-2019) and the President of the Professional Speakers Association of New Zealand (2015-2017). He is also a Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Team (where he served on the President’s Advisory Council). Elias was born in North Africa, was educated in the UK, and now lives in Murrays Bay in Auckland with his wife of 22 years and two of his four children. He has authored three books. His latest book, ‘Leading From The Stop: Positive influence and heartfelt resilience in times of adversity’ is about the leadership lessons learned from the people of Newfoundland, Canada in the aftermath of 9/11. Elias Kanaris offers an insider’s view of what happened on 9/11 when the plane he was flying on was diverted, alongside another 37 planes, to Gander International Airport due to the terrorist acts in NYC and DC. What the passengers expected was going to be a short layover, turned into five days as they were hosted by the Salvation Army in Newfoundland, Canada.

To learn more about Elias and possibly purchase his new book “Leading From The Stop” visit http://www.eliaskanaris.com

This episode is a bonus Thursday episode in honour of the 20th anniversary of that fateful day and tribute to how compassion and kindness make a difference.

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#48 Kevin Tuerff


In honour of the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 and in tribute to how compassion and kindness make a difference we speak with Kevin Tuerff who ended up in Gander during 9/11 and has gone on to Pay It Forward every day of his life. .

Kevin Tuerff’s experience as a 9/11 stranded airline passenger in Canada inspired him to develop Pay it Forward 9/11 in 2002, and it has been growing each year. Today he serves as founder and volunteer president of Pay it Forward 9/11, Inc. His 9/11 story is one of the true stories inspiring the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical Come From Away. The character ‘Kevin T’ is referred to as the compassionate “gay lumberjack” in the show and this Pay it Forward 9/11 effort is mentioned in the script of the musical. He is a featured cast member in three related documentaries (HBO Canada, CBC and Fox). In 2018, House of Anansi Press published his memoir (paperback, ebook and audiobook), Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books is donated to nonprofit organizations helping refugees.

For more information on Kevin’s book visit http://www.channelofpeacebook.com.

For more information on Kevin’s charitable Pay It Forward 9/11 initiative visit http://www.payitforward911.org

Join us on http://www.GaleForceWins.com as two Newfoundlanders explore Kevin’s amazing journey.

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#47 Dave Jeenes

Born in a small town in the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales. At the young age of 16 he joined the British Army where he completed a 22 Year distinguished career, seeing service all over the Globe including Operational Service in Northern Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in December 2013. He moved to Newfoundland in 2013 and fell in love with the land and the people. He has been coaching and mentoring in one form or another for over 25 years. Whether it be training troops to deal with the physical and mental demands of Operations, or encouraging a positive environment for soldiers and families in a peacetime but often stressful surrounding. His passion is helping others achieve their physical and mental best through fitness and movement in a positive setting and created http://www.jeenesfit.com to achieve that mission. Join us for another wonderful exploration of the journey that continues to unfold now in St. John’s. New episodes every Tuesday on http://www.GaleForceWins.com


#46 Corina Walsh

Corina is a certified coach, author, speaker, and the CEO of Shift People Development Inc. Throughout a 12-year career she designed creative learning solutions to solve problems for clients and stakeholders. In 2013 however, she found herself at a crossroads. The organizations she worked for didn’t always have an appetite for bigger thinking or new ideas. So, after 12 years of giving her best, she decided it was time to find a way to work with other bold thinkers who were ready to challenge the status quo. She works with companies and leaders who are just as passionate as she is about human potential and possibility. Join us as we chat with Corina about her interesting journey. http://www.GaleForceWins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening.


#45 Kim Hickman & Katie Thompson

In 2017, mother-daughter duo, Kim Hickman and Katie Thompson saw that there was a gap in the market when it came to a sleek, professional, functional backpack for women. Their problem was simple: most women’s bags suck. Immediately they got to work. Surveying over 400 women both online and in their home about what makes a ‘perfect backpack’. These ‘backpack yaks’ as they called them proved to be very useful in the early research of the Maya Backpack. Through their research, Kim and Katie found that women wanted so much more than a backpack. They wanted a stylish carry-all bag that would easily transform to carry them throughout their day. In their early surveys they discovered that women opted for a clean sleek design with plenty of features inside the bag. The surveys also showed that women were more keen on cruelty free materials like vegan leather. To learn more about this inspiring story watch the episode on http://www.GaleForceWins.com For more info about the products they design to help women unlock their inner goddess & contribute to a global community of empowered women visit http://www.diosadesigns.com


#43 Jay Gallagher

Jay Gallagher worked in construction in Ireland with his dad at the age of 14. Sadly his dad passed away when he was a teenager but his incredibly strong mom kept the family together and instilled a work ethic that serves him well to this day. During university Jay and his brother, while still teenagers started a second hand import auto parts company in their mother’s garage. That company still exists today and employees 30 people in Ireland. Jay always had an interest in Canada and decided to move to PEI in 2012. Starting out in construction in PEI he dreamed about one day starting a business with food. Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur his dream of a business with food is a reality creating http://www.EatFYB.ca which delivers healthy and delicious portion controlled meals right to your door. This is a fascinating story originating in Ireland and now thriving in PEI. http://www.GaleForceWins.com new episodes every Tuesday evening!


#42 Bill Butler

Bill Butler started his career in traditional media advertising with The Telegram in St. John’s. While working there he came across an opportunity to pursue self employment in 2002 by representing an emerging Oil Filtration technology that reduces oil consumption and waste. Bill has continued to grow his customer base and has expanded distribution throughout Atlantic Canada, and more recently to the Nordic countries of Scandinavia. Come along with us as we sit (yes we actually sat Face to Face with Bill, a first since we started in December 2020) and discuss his interesting journey. New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.GaleForceWins.com


#41 Bev Moore-Davis

Bev is an award-winning advocate, a best-selling author, an entrepreneur, a former model and fashion designer, and most importantly, a loving mom and wife. But once upon a time, she was an innocent little girl living a life of abuse and torture in a “perfect” house behind a white picket fence. For more than a decade she was sexually, physically, and mentally abused by her adopted parents. She became pregnant at 17 and on a cold winter’s night, she jumped from her bedroom window and ran away from home. That’s when her life changed. Despite the circumstances, she was determined to not only survive, but to thrive. She competed internationally as a model, became a successful entrepreneur, and founded the Miles For Smiles Foundation, an organization dedicated to the support, awareness and prevention of child abuse. Through Miles For Smiles, she has facilitated child abuse awareness and prevention events throughout North America. Bev recently published a book called White Picket Monsters about her personal story of child abuse and how she learned to use her experiences as an impetus to help others. You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/White-Picket-Mo…

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#40 Michelle Simms

Hailing from the Northern Peninsula and born to very entrepreneurial parents it makes sense that Michelle Simms is at the epicenter of a technological revolution in Newfoundland Labrador. As CEO of Genesis, Michelle leads the management team in handling day to day operations of the Genesis Group and establishes long-term relationships with key stakeholders in the community. With the leadership of the Board of Directors, she develops and implements the Genesis Group strategic plan. With more than a decade of experience advising technology companies, Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurs and advancing the technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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#39 Kelly Sandoval

Kelly Sandoval is the Executive Director of Rainbow Riders – Therapeutic Riding Newfoundland and Labrador. Kelly tells us about her journey to her current leadership role and about the wonderful organization she leads. The Rainbow Riders Mission is to facilitate the development and potential of youth and adults with special physical, cognitive, and emotional needs through therapeutic horseback riding and other forms of equine therapy. Rainbow Riders has operated its therapeutic riding program for almost 30 years. Relying solely on donations and fundraising, Rainbow Riders operates a facility with 16 horses and has an indoor riding arena to support year-round operation. We are so happy to feature Kelly and the Rainbow Riders in this episode of http://www.GaleForceWins.com where new episodes are available every Tuesday evening.


#38 June Tavenor

June Tavenor, a Registered Nurse from St. John’s, Newfoundland, founded Catalyst Health Solutions as an innovative way to provide access and innovation in health care. June graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2005 with a Bachelor or Nursing degree and a passion for emergency nursing. She immediately began working at Level One Trauma Centre in downtown Toronto, moving to several other hospitals through a nursing agency. Upon moving home to Newfoundland in 2010, June was working in the emergency department, while completing her Masters in Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and continued to work as an Emergency Nurse and as a Nurse Educator before founding Catalyst Health Solutions. new episodes of http://www.GaleForceWins.com every Tuesday evening.


#37 MS Stephanie MacAndrew

Join us as we chat with an outstanding young leader MS Stephanie MacAndrew, 2018 Sailor of the Year, Master Seaman of the Fleet, NAVRES / Divisional Petty Officer – Naval Communicators, HMCS Star / Training Co-Ordinator – Operations Department Royal Canadian Navy She/Her. New episodes every Tuesday evening on http://www.GaleForceWins.com


#35 Kevin O’Shea

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters of Law from the University of Turin. Kevin has been with PLIAN since 2014 and as Executive Director oversees PLIAN’s activities while ensuring access to justice in and legal education in Newfoundland and Labrador, and more broadly across Canada. He is the President of the Public Legal Education Association of Canada and has served the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada as past President, and current chair of the board in addition to his work with PLIAN. Kevin is an avid traveller and has travelled throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and more. Kevin is an enthusiastic contributor to PLIAN’s social committee! New episodes on http://www.GaleForceWins.com every Tuesday evening!


#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.

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#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!

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#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.

Making Waves with Emily Smits, Modest Tree

Providing digitalization tools to industries including aerospace, defence, automotive, and manufacturing, there’s nothing modest about this company’s recent rocket-like growth. Emily talks about creating immersive virtual environments, and the intersection of gaming and workforce skills training.

To learn more about Modest Tree visit their site: https://www.modesttree.com/

To connect with Emily visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smitsemily/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

Making Waves with Melanie Nadeau, COVE

From the Royal Canadian Navy to now being head of the COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship) right on Dartmouth’s waterfront, saltwater has always been in Melanie’s DNA. At the crossroads of innovation, business, and sustainability, COVE houses a cluster of ocean-tech companies (from start-ups to multinationals) ready to propel the blue economy forward.

To learn more about COVE visit: https://coveocean.com/

To connect with Melanie visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melaniecnadeau/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

Making Waves with Joanna Davies, QinetiQ

Joanna is helping to set the roadmap for the future of collaboration between the UK and Canada, through cross-Atlantic skills training and by helping defence adjacent workers get into the game.

To learn more about QinetiQ visit: https://www.qinetiq.com/en-ca

To connect with Joanna visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-davies-863a401b/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

Making Waves with With Allen Dillon, Sapper Labs Cyber Solutions

Al is making big waves by helping to drive cybersecurity to the top of the defence sector agenda. He talks about what’s keeping him up at night when it comes to digital security, and the critical need for academia, business, and government leaders to collectively rise to the challenge and get this country’s cyber agenda right.

For more information about Sapper Labs Cyber Solutions and Allen Dillon visit his Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allendillon/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

Making Waves with Laurie Balan, Genoa Design International

Laurie talks about her road to becoming Genoa’s inaugural CTO, the company’s rapid growth trajectory, maintaining culture during a pandemic, and the sense of pride and energy she’s feeling in the Canadian shipbuilding industry.

For more information about Genoa Design International visit their website: https://genoadesign.com/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

Making Waves with Randy Billard, Virtual Marine

A true Canadian SME success story, Virtual Marine is changing the face of maritime safety. The company’s simulators virtually train workers, from the oil and gas to the defense sector, for emergencies they could face in the harshest of conditions. Randy talks with the boys about the craftiness of Newfoundlanders (of which he is one) to solve problems, and the importance of collaborating with universities, and mentoring students.

For more information about Virtual Marine visit: https://www.virtualmarine.ca/

To connect with Randy visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-billard-00588b9/

Thanks to https://genoadesign.com/ for spearheading this “Making Waves’ “Gale Force Wins” collaboration.

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