Chatter that Matters. A show about human perseverance and the possibility that counters the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility. Host Tony Chapman shares inspiring stories of people who make things happen regardless of seemingly impossible circumstances. We learn powerful life lessons that help us get where we want, need and deserve. Tony's guests include athletes, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, immigrants, refugees, survivors and leaders from across society. In doing so, we learn life lessons that help us chase our dreams.
Cam Inglis - Do what you love, and love what you do.
49:59Today's episode of Chatter That Matters is a live taping, which I have always loved because we can feed off the audience's energy. My guest is Cam Inglis, the founder of Marble Slab Creamery Canada. Cam is an inspiring entrepreneur who shares his journey from dreaming of playing in the NHL to real estate before choosing the path of an entrepreneur. During the show, we'll cover the daily challenges of running a franchise business and the reality that everything you know turns upside down when a pandemic closes your doors or one of Canada's biggest restaurant chains overnight becomes a significant competitor. We also learn why communication and transparency matter, especially during tough times. To provide more context, we'll have two additional guests. The first is Amarjot Bhatthal, an incredible entrepreneur who owns five Marble Slab franchises with her mother. I look forward to sharing their whole story on the show one day. Our second guest is Graeme Green, Director of Franchise Markets at RBC, who will discuss the attributes of an exceptional franchisor and a great franchisee. A great episode and a treasure trove of valuable insights and lessons await.
Tony Chapman - Rewiring Elections from Negative to Positive.
3:13In my second 'snackable chatter' I look at how we can rewire Elections from Negative to Positive," I delve into the tumultuous landscape of modern elections, which often feel like a relentless hailstorm of negativity, eroding the fabric of our society and trust in democracy. In three minutes I present a refreshingly simple yet actionable concept aimed at rewiring elections to prioritize positivity and shift the focus towards substantive policy discussions for the people, and by the people. Snackable chatters will be posted every second Monday, and never interfere with my Thursday premier of Chatter that Matters. Thanks for listening, subscribing and sharing. It means the world to me.
Adam Robarts -Love, Loss and Inspiration
48:15I was so profoundly moved by Adam Robarts and his book 'Nineteen' that I had to have him on Chatter that Matters. Anyone who has had to deal with the loss of someone you love will also be moved and have their heart lifted as Adam shares his deeply personal and poignant love, loss, and spiritual journey. Adam is a world-renowned architect, and his wife is an equally accomplished interior designer. They lived and raised their four children in China. In December 2018, during a family vacation in Canada, Adam was asked what he would choose to be if he were not an architect. He replied without hesitation, “A hospice nurse.” Five years earlier, he had a profound experience accompanying his father through the final weeks of life before he died of cancer in Uganda. Adam could not have imagined then that nine months later, he would begin to accompany his nineteen-year-old son, Haydn, through a battle with a rare brain cancer. Haydn graduated from this physical world in May 2020, at age 19, one week before his twentieth birthday. Adam’s first book, Nineteen, shares the beautiful and poignant lessons learned on his family’s journey with Haydn. This interview radiates universal lessons, insights from religion and science, and important perspectives. Haydn was a remarkable young man whose dignified response to his suffering provided essential wisdom and hopeful possibilities for anyone dealing with matters of life and death. Leanne Kaufman, CEO of RBC Royal Trust, returns to the show to provide meaningful context. To purchase Adam's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Insights-Learned-19-year-old-Cancer/dp/168245200X To learn more about Royal Trust - https://www.rbcwealthmanagement.com/en-ca/royal-trust
Jesse Jones - The Show Must Go On
57:29''You have dreams and goals, even a direction, but you must be active for the universe and magic to happen. It must find you, but it won't if you hide in the corner. You must be out there for your desired reality to unfold.' Jesse Jones I love taping Chatter that Matters in front of an audience. In this episode, we are live at Sheridan College and its stunning Hazel McCallion Campus, with students, faculty members, alums, and industry professionals in attendance and DJ Andre dropping the beats. My guest is Jesse Jones. Jesse is a change maker, creator, communicator, media personality and connector of worlds, brands and humanity. Jesse and I explore how individuals can overcome personal challenges and today's realities to chase their dreams and change their world, and even ours, for the better. Jesse is electric and offers several actionable ideas to foster positive transformations in your personal and professional life. Jones highlights the importance of choice, passion, and pursuit. He stresses the need for introspection, increased self-analysis, and self-care in our fast-paced world. Attending to our needs is the essential recharge for our mental health, creativity, and innovation. We take questions from the audience, and I invite two more guests to contribute to this inspirational conversation. Dr. Cherie Werhun is Sheridan's Associate Vice Provost of Human Development and strategic lead for Sheridan's S-Sense Initiative. Dr. Werhun emphasizes the need for educators to focus on the whole student, fostering a holistic approach to student development that focuses on the human capacities of agility, resilience, and adaptability. Jodi Wright, Senior Director, Youth & Young Adult Client Strategy, RBC, joins the show to discuss the role organizations must play to help youth pursue their passions. I am thrilled with the ideas presented in this show. They are inspiring and actionable. If you can, please share with every young adult and anyone feeling overpowered by their circumstances. Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/chatter-that-matters/id1478779098 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/39VeEJaL133GKpbkD07JoJ?si=d9a91723a4f14998 To find out more about Jesse Jones. https://iamjessejones.com Sheridan's S-Sense Initiative. https://www.sheridancollege.ca/admissions/why-sheridan/s-sense RBC - My Money Matters. https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/en-ca/my-money-matters/ RBC - Student Hub. https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/student-solution/index.html
Patrick Asare - Abject Poverty to International Acclaim
51:05Patrick Asare went from abject poverty in a small village in Ghana to achieving international acclaim. In an inspiring interview, Patrick shared his remarkable story. He was born to illiterate parents, his father was a subsistence farmer, and his mother was a homemaker. Patrick was one of fourteen children living in a small mud house. Most children in his village didn't have the opportunity to continue their education beyond primary school, which perpetuated the cycle of poverty in the region. However, Patrick had a gifted mind and with the support of his village, he earned a scholarship to a private school, although he never felt like he belonged there. Despite this, his academic achievements continued. He had the opportunity to study in the Soviet Union and the United States. Patrick’s relentless determination to never give up showcases the transformative power of an unstoppable spirit. It emphasizes the importance of self-belief and internal acceptance in overcoming external challenges. His story is a must-listen for anyone struggling with adversity or feeling overwhelmed by impossibility. Jodi Wright from RBC joined Chatter that Matters to discuss their work in helping youth pursue their dreams. Ten quotes that mattered: 1. "I started my journey from here, scaling all the way to achieve my dreams." - 06:32 2. "I was determined to make something out of nothing and reach my goals." - 12:45 3. "I refused to let circumstances define me, and I fought against all odds." - 18:10 4. "I never gave up, even when I felt out of place and faced countless obstacles." - 23:15 5. "I chose to use every setback as a stepping stone towards my success." - 31:50 6. "I believed in myself when no one else did, and that made all the difference." - 38:20 7. "I stayed resilient in the face of doubt and criticism, and that's how I prevailed." - 44:05 8. "I turned every 'no' into a 'not yet' and kept pushing forward." - 50:30 9. "I never allowed the limitations of others to limit my potential." - 56:40 10. "I embraced every challenge as an opportunity to prove my strength and determination." - 1:03:15 To learn more about Patrick Asare, please visit https://patrickasareauthor.com. To learn more about My Money Matters: https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/en-ca/my-money-matters/
Tony Chapman - The Promise of Democracy
3:37Every second Monday in 2024, I am posting a segment called Ideas that Matter. Each will be under five minutes, and I will examine an element of the status quo and then offer actionable ideas to improve upon. I don't preach, teach or criticize. I only want to foster conversations about positivity and possibility. In my first episode, we examine why our trust and confidence in Democracy is at an all-time low. I know it can be regained, and in these three minutes of 'chatter,' I offer two ideas. On January 24, you can hear my thoughts on rewiring elections from negative to positive. These Ideas that Matter will never interfere with my Thursday premiere of a new Chatter that Matters. Thanks for listening, subscribing and sharing. It matters so much to me.
Risa August - Never Surrender
38:07Risa August is an Ironman Triathlete and an extraordinary cyclist known and highly respected for her love of pushing her physical limits. Risa is no stranger to intense challenges, having completed 500-mile bike tours and conquered mountains in the US and Nepal. Then, Risa’s life comes to a crashing halt. Her body is collapsing, and for good reason. She is diagnosed with a rare pituitary disease, a brain tumour that has been left unchecked for a decade. After undergoing life-threatening brain surgery and trying to live inside a body that can barely function, Risa chooses a different path. She reaches into her bucket list, and against all her doctors' advice; she trains and embarks on a 41-day, 3,000 km bike tour from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast Highway. While the old Risa could have effortlessly conquered such a ride, the new Risa found herself entangled in a body that felt unfamiliar and accompanied by an unwelcome companion, her brain tumour she named Bubba. Pedalling through rain, physical pain, and the haunting echoes of her memories, Risa confronts a challenge unlike any other. Risa questions whether the woman she once was and knew would ever resurface or if this is the person she was destined to become. An extraordinary story of recovery, resilience, renovation and reinvention to begin your New Year. To reach Risa August: https://www.risaaugust.com
Todd Norian - Follow Your Heart
53:18I wanted to create an entertaining and enlightening show for my New Year's Special. My guest is Todd Norian, a renowned yoga teacher, author, musician, and the founder of Ashaya Yoga. Todd is known for his teaching emphasis on the alignment of body, mind, and heart. Todd is the author of "Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness, A Memoir." Additionally, he is a musician and has released albums, including "Bija." Todd is a masterful storyteller who shares his life journey. His passion was music until he found a profound sense of peace and self-acceptance through Yoga. This led him to live in a Yoga Ashram in Pennsylvania, then Stockbridge, MA, for 13 years.” Twice in his life, the Gurus he was committed to chose to surrender their values for personal gain. Through facing the pain of those betrayals, Todd found a more profound inner wisdom – to transform betrayal from an impasse into a Rite of Passage. Ultimately, this is what motivated him to create Ashaya Yoga. At 50:00, I conclude the show with my New Year's Message. Thanks for being part of Chatter that Matters in 2023, and here's to 2024. Some of Todd’s lessons that he offers: The Power of Destiny: "You know, fate is what's given to us, but destiny is what you do with that." — Todd Norian [00:19:27 → 00:19:31] The Balance of Yoga: "Everything in life is for your awakening. And from that mentality, everything in life has a certain meaning that we give to it and that we are perfectly imperfect just as we are, which is this embrace of ourselves, you know, with acceptance." — Todd Norian [00:25:01 → 00:25:18] Shadow Hugging: "I call it shadow hugging. It's when you put someone else on a pedestal who embodies all the positive qualities you need to recognize in yourself. Still, due to my feeling of lack or shame or unworthiness, I project that onto other People who are used to." — Todd Norian [00:35:53 → 00:36:11] The Essence of Tantra: "The bottom line is I want myself, and I believe everyone wants this as well, is to come to a deep recognition of who we are, that we're here on this planet to rediscover, to remember, to have A revelation of why we're here, of what is this? What is this body? What is this mind? You know, who am I? I am the essence of a question." — Todd Norian [00:40:00 → 00:40:31] To learn more about Todd, to buy his books or music: https://www.ashayayoga.com
Pete Bombaci - Making Human Connections Matter
51:00I wanted to tackle loneliness for my holiday special this year as not all of us are surrounded by family and friends. The World Health Organization has declared loneliness a global health threat — as bad for your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. Loneliness is the most significant preventable risk factor for depression, addiction, and suicidality. It increases the chance of early death by 30%, more significant than the risk of obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and excessive drinking. Loneliness also increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. My guest this week is Pete Bombaci. Pete aims to make the world happier and healthier by eradicating loneliness. Our show was taped in front of a live audience of Managers from the City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil and the County of Simcoe. Pete talked about the GenWell Project, Canada's Human Connection Movement. Pete shares why social connection is the most significant contributor to happiness, empathy, compassion, and resilience, yet our world is more disconnected than ever. Pete offers simple ideas to make connections more intentional. Amy Deacon, the Founder and CEO of Toronto Wellness Counselling, joins me to explain why our multi-screening and multi-tasking youth are so lonely and what we need to do to encourage face-to-face connections. Moments that Matter. 00:00 Tony Chapman’s opening – a growing sense of impossibility 02:43 Introduce Pete Bombaci 04:37 Family life – a sister disabled, and the need to make time for others 05:48 Pete’s Dad dies and how that impacted his life. 08:49 Working at a bar offered two key insights. 11:32 The great blackout changed Pete forever. 14:40 Major career shift to not-for-profit raised $42M in 3 years. 17:42 Gen World Project: Canada's movement for human connection. 20:43 Research emphasizes the benefits of human connection. 23:25 Shift from reactive to proactive employee support. 26:32 Encouraging team and organization activities for growth. 31:08 Encouraging more in-person interactions for youth. 32:56 What can we do for our kids, our elderly parents, ourselves 35:35 Irony – Pete feels alone trying to create the GenWell Project 36:37 Global health expert outlines the dangers of Loneliness 37:32 Tony shares a story about a lone hiker 40:30 What Leaders can do - Authenticity and consistency are key 42:28 Loneliness and AI 44:20 Navigating post-pandemic challenges requires careful consideration. 45:32 My three takeaways 47:20 Amy Deacon, Founder of Toronto Wellness Counselling, joins the show 48:00 Amy explains why loneliness is so prevalent in the younger generation 49:14 What parents can do to help their children 50:26 Why parents are also part of the problem
Steffanie Strathdee - A Deadly Superbug and a Race Against Time
43:28I had a profound and heart-wrenching conversation with renowned infectious disease specialist Steffanie Strathdee. Steffanie is Canadian-born and named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in healthcare. She has written a book titled The Perfect Predator. A Scientists race to save her Husband from a Deadly Superbug. Steffanie's story unfolds like a gripping thriller. On holiday in Egypt, with her husband Tom, a deadly Superbug hijacks his body and it has Superpowers. It steals genes from other bacteria and the environment to resist antibiotics. This Superbug isn't an anamoloy. 5 million people will die from these types of infections in 2024. By 2050, that number is predicted to be 10 million. Why? The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in medicine and animal husbandry. Tom is airlifted to Germany, where the doctors aren't only perplexed, they are terrified as in the past this Superbog has shut down entire hospitals. They can do nothing, so Tom is Medevaced to the US. Fighting for his life, his organs shutting down, Tom is running out of time. Steffanie is desperate. She sees a psyche, hears about a century-old forgotten cure developed by a French Canadian but must enlist a dream team to try to save his life. What they uncover might save millions of lives, including yours and mine. To buy Steffanie and Tom's Book: The Perfect Predator. A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug. https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Predator-Scientists-Husband-Superbug/dp/0316418080 Time Code: 00:00 I introduce Stephanie Strathdee, An influential Scientist in infectious diseases. 04:48 Super Bugs are a Global Issue - 5 million deaths 05:57 Why aren't antibiotics working the way they used to? 07:54 Global agencies urge action and lack accountability measures. 10:41 The Perfect Vacation turns on a dime - A Super Bug invades Tom's body 12:40 Epidemiologist in Germany shocked by a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacterium. 15:38 Germans send Tom to the United States; nothing they can do 18:02 Tom is dying; a squeeze from his hand changes everything 24:57 Phage could be the cure but against all odds 29:48 Phage preparation to remove toxic bacteria so treatment doesn't kill Tom 30:52 Steffanie must make a life-and-death decision 34:07 Tom treasures life and moments together; phage therapy is a last attempt. 36:18 Phage saved Tom; can it save you and me? 37:48 Was this a miracle? 39:51 Tony's Three Takeaways 41:51 Tony's holiday message to you 43:50 Tony's Holiday Message