Kraken Robotics – Canada’s Ocean Company

The Vice President of Engineering for Kraken Robotics, Dave Shea, talks to #GaleForceWins about the creation of Canada’s Ocean Company and what’s over the horizon as this forward thinking and innovative company collaborates with others to create value for all. For more information about Kraken Robotics visit

#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! 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! new episodes every Tuesday evening.

#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. new episodes every Tuesday evening.

#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

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. new episodes every Tuesday evening.

#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

For more information on Kevin’s charitable Pay It Forward 9/11 initiative visit

Join us on 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 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

#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. 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 For more info about the products they design to help women unlock their inner goddess & contribute to a global community of empowered women visit

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