Exponential with Amanda Lang

  • Exponential: Cindy Blackstock

    This week on Exponential: Recently a Canadian human rights tribunal ruled that after decades of discrimination against indigenous children and their families, the Canadian government owes compensation; the maximum amount the tribunal can levy. At heart is the practice by child and family services of removing First Nations children from their families. Cindy Blacktock has been involved in the case since its inception. She is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

  • Exponential: Ron Tite, CEO of Marketing for Church+State

    This week on Exponential, Ron Tite, CEO of Marketing for Church+State, has spent his professional life helping businesses build and communicate their brands to the public. His new book, “Think, Do,Say: Building Personal and Organizational Momentum in a Busy, Busy World” distills the wisdom he learned over decades into a concise message.

  • Exponential: Peter Misek and Chuck Howitt

    This week on Exponential: When Canadians think of our iconic businesses, Blackberry comes to mind. Born in Waterloo Ontario in 1996 as a pager company, Blackberry dominated the market for handheld devices… until it didn’t. Now under new leadership with an aim to changing its focus from devices to software, Blackberry is a different company than the one we knew. But its too soon to count it out. Today, a couple of perspectives on Blackberry. This episode features Peter Misek of Framework Venture Partners and Chuck Howitt, author of the book "Blackberry Town"

  • Exponential: Andrew Boozary, M.D

    This week on Exponential, why would one of the largest health networks, running some of the biggest hospitals in the country, decide to get into the business of social housing? That’s what University Health Network said recently it will do, by partnering with the city of Toronto and United Way. I talked to Dr Andrew Boozary, Executive Director of Health and Social Policy, about why housing and health go hand in hand.

  • Exponential: Robert Carli & Terry Stuart, The Awesome Music Project

    This week on Exponential, October 10 is World Mental Health day, which made it the perfect day to launch a new book, “The Awesome Music Project.” It’s stories about music and the way it moves us, and it’s a tool to raise awareness and money for research into music and mental health. The project is collaboration between two very creative minds. Terry Stuart is Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte in Canada…and Rob Carli is an award-winning composer and professional musician.

  • Exponential: Ilana Ben-Ari, CEO of 21 Toys

    This week on Exponential, Ilana Ben Ari is the founder of a company called 21 toys…its first product was a toy designed to help people learn about empathy…its latest, aims to teach failure. I asked her when she landed on the idea of teaching concepts like these through toys.

  • Exponential: Julie Neubauer on sex trafficking

    This week on Exponential, when most people hear the words “sex trafficking” they think of foreign countries. But the truth is, the young women forced into the sex trade are predominantly Canadian-born. Toronto’s Covenant House has become a major advocate for young people caught in this life…Julie Neubauer is the manager of Anti-Human Trafficking Services.

  • Exponential: Nell Minnow, expert on business and governance

    This week on Exponential, recently the US-based business roundtable made an important announcement. This group, which represents the biggest US companies, said that no longer should pure profit be the ‘purpose’ of a corporation…but rather, it should consider other things, like the environment, employees and customers. Nell Minnow is a globally recognized expert on business and governance and Vice Chair of Value-Edge Advisors. I asked her what the ‘purpose’ of a corporation is.

  • Exponential: Julian Brass, author and public speaker

    This week on Exponential, Amanda talks with Julian Brass, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker and author of “Own your Anxiety”, about how anxiety can be a positive influence in our lives.

  • Exponential: Craig Kielburger, Canadian human rights activist

    This week on Exponential, you may have heard of the charity “WE” or “Me to WE” – it’s a global powerhouse, operating in scores of countries. So it’s easy to forget that WE has humble roots. Its founder, Craig Keilburger, was just 12 years old when he started it. We talked recently and I asked him to take me back to the beginning.

  • Exponential: David Hulchanski, Professor/Researcher at UofT

    This week on Exponential, Canada has a national housing crisis. In big cities, home prices are running away from most people, making home ownership increasingly out of reach for many. Meanwhile, a lack of social housing in just about every urban centre is a real problem. The federal government has what it calls a ‘national housing strategy’…David Hulchanski, a professor and researcher at University of Toronto who has spent his career looking at housing asks “is it enough to meet the need?”

  • Exponential: Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

    This week on Exponential, you may have heard of Catalyst as an organization that works to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. But along the way the folks at Catalyst realized something…the experience of women of colour was different than that of white women. It lead them to a new area of research.

  • Exponential: Author James Rickards

    This week on Exponential, James Rickards is the author of “Aftermath; Seven Secrets of Wealth Preservation in The Coming Chaos”. Jim has spent decades in financial markets, observing, describing and participating. Rickards knows a thing or two about how markets work. His latest book aims to explore what happened after the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Exponential: Author John Ivison

    This week on Exponential, when Justin Trudeau swept to power in 2015, it was on a groundswell of good feeling. Four years later, Trudeau’s majority could be under threat in the fall election – and the bloom is definitely off the rose for the Liberals. It’s an arc traced by political writer John Ivison in his new book, "Trudeau, The Education of a Prime Minister."

  • Exponential: Matt Stoller, Policy Director at Thinktech Open Markets

    This week on Exponential, the size of “Big Tech” is of increasing concern to regulators, politians, and consumers. It's an issue that Thinktech Open Markets has been focusing on for some time now. Matt Stoller is Policy Director at Open Markets

  • Exponential: Sharon Hartung and Chris Snyder

    This week featuring Sharon Hartung, Founder of “Your Digital Undertaker”, and Chris Snyder, author of the book “Creating Opportunities; A Volunteer’s Memoir"

  • Exponential: Martin Tolar

    This week on Exponential: Alzheimer’s is a disease that is claiming more and more people, and so far little progress has been made either on a cure or even on a way to slow it progress meaningfully. But, a small American company thinks it may have the key. It plans to start clinical trials of its drugs a few months from now, and if it’s successful, it will be a blockbuster. I talked to the CEO of Alzheon, Martin Tolar.

  • Exponential: Pauline Tardif, CEO of Alzheimer’s Society

    This week on Exponential, the federal government unveiled a long-awaited ‘national strategy on dementia’. It provides a kind of rough roadmap of how to address a large and growing problem in Canada. But, while dementia advocates say it’s a start, it’s just that – including the relatively small amount of money earmarked. I talked to Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, and asked her about the importance of a national plan.

  • Exponential: Seymour Schulich, Canadian businessman

    This week on Exponential, Seymour Schulich is a legend in Canada’s mining and oil and gas industries. He built his billion dollar fortune on companies like Franco Nevada, and dozens of oil patch investments. But what the 79 year old wants to talk about these days is the energy of the future – namely Nuclear Fusion.

  • Exponential: Deborah and David Cooper, John Collopy

    PART1: David and Deborah Cooper are raising money to help establish the first-of-its kind residential treatment facility -- it would fill a big gap in how we treat young adults with mental health problems. I asked them to describe what Elly’s place will be.

    PART2: John Collopy had to face down a particularly bad habit -- his own struggle with addiction. He shares his story in the book, "The Reward of Knowing”

  • Exponential: Deborah and David Cooper, John Collopy

    PART1: David and Deborah Cooper are raising money to help establish the first-of-its kind residential treatment facility -- it would fill a big gap in how we treat young adults with mental health problems. I asked them to describe what Elly’s place will be.

    PART2: John Collopy had to face down a particularly bad habit -- his own struggle with addiction. He shares his story in the book, "The Reward of Knowing”

  • Exponential: Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law

    Measles was all but eradicated in Canada in 1998, thanks to a successful vaccination program that created what doctors call ‘herd immunity’. Ironically, 1998 was also the year that a doctor in England published an article linking vaccines to autism. The article was a fraud, but the damage, it turned out, was done. Tim Caulfield, is Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor of Law Public Health at the university of Alberta

  • Exponential: Dr Diane Saxe, Saxe Facts

    This week on Exponential, Dianne Saxe, Saxe Facts/Strategic Advice and Presentations, Climate, Energy, and Environment, was the 5th Environmental Commissioner of Ontario -- a post she accepted in 2015 after decades of work as a globally recognized environmental lawyer and consultant. This year the premier of Ontario scrapped the office altogether. I talked to Saxe recently about the significance of that loss.

  • Exponential: Lisa Taylor, author of “The Talent Revolution”

    This week on Exponential, as our population ages, we are staying at work longer. But, while 60 may be the new 50, many of the myths about older workers persist. That’s, in part, what Lisa Taylor is setting out to challenge, in her work as a consultant, and with her new book, The Talent Revolution.

  • Exponential: Richard Stursberg, author “The Tangled Garden”

    Much hand wringing is being done about the decline of media in Canada… Television broadcasters and print media are struggling in a new environment, against new competitors. One possible solution to watching key Canadian cultural institutions go down is being offered up in a new book “The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural manifesto for the Digital Age”…its author is long time media industry executive Richard Stursberg.

  • Exponential: Liane Davey and Lara Wharton

    This week on Exponential, Amanda asks Liane Davy, author of "The Good Fight" about the notion of "good conflict" and tips on how we can learn to ignore our adversarial instincts during conflict. She also talks with Lara Wharton, Meditation Instructor/Founder of Listen Lightly about her own story and where to begin when considering meditation

  • Exponential: Darrell Bricker, Author of "Empty Planet"

    For a long time we humans have been pre-occupied with how crowded our planet is…it’s a concern that stretches back to the pre-industrial era. But, what if the trend for the world isn’t to ‘too many’ people – but to fewer? Darrell Bricker is the global CEO of Ipsos Pubic Affairs (so he tracks trends of a living). With co-author John Ibbitson, Bricker explores the issue of population trends in the new book “Empty Planet; The Shock of Global Population Decline”

  • Exponential: Steffanie Strathdee, Author of "The Perfect Predator"

    In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee and her husband Tom Patterson were travelling in Egypt when he fell ill from a powerful strain of bacteria. Pattersons prospects were not good…but Strathdee, a doctor specializing in the study of disease, came across a radical fix. Phage therapy (as it’s called) was pioneered in the early 20th century by a Canadian doctor to fight bacteria. It fell out of use as antibiotics became the norm. In their new book, “the perfect predator’, Strathdee describes the process of using this natural viral attacker to save her husband’s life.

  • Exponential: David Johnston, Former Governor General

    It seems that everywhere we turn these days trust is eroding; Trust in our institutions, trust in government, trust in media... so how do we rebuild it, and why does it matter? Amand Lang talks to David Johnston, former governor general of Canada. He is the author of the book, ‘Trust, Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country”…which is part memoir, part how-to guide on developing trust.

  • Exponential: Mike Downie, Canadian Documentary Filmmaker

    Even before we can speak, humans learn to laugh and to cry. They are among the most important sounds we make, and communicate something essential. But what happens to our laughter and tears as we age? Mike Downie (brother to Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie) is a writer and director of a new documentary called ‘Laughing and Crying”

  • Exponential: Parag Khanna, Author of “The Future is Asian”

    In this episode, Amanda asks Parag Khanna, Indian American Specialist and author of “The Future is Asian” to explain the notion behind the book and how the west needs to overcomes decades of ignorance about Asia

  • Exponential: Leif Kaldor, Film Producer, part 4

    Amanda talks to Leif about major industries’ reaction to the problem, and what industry should we focus on fist when it comes to change.

  • Exponential: Leif Kaldor, Film Producer, part 3

    Amanda asks Leif whether there are any demographic overlays to the problem of air pollution

  • Exponential: Leif Kaldor, Film Producer, part 2

    Amanda asks Leif about the human brains ability to regenerate from the damage caused by air pollution

  • Exponential: Leif Kaldor, Film Producer, part 1

    Amanda asks Leif to describe why he took an interest in air pollution?

  • Exponential: Ken Frankel, part 4

    Amanda talks to Ken about a group of “left-leaning” Canadian delegation banding together to openly monitor the Venezuela election process

  • Exponential: Ken Frankel, part 3

    Amanda asks Ken about Canada’s involvement in the turmoil in Venezuela

  • Exponential: Ken Frankel, part 2

    Amanda asks Ken about the kinds of freedom’s Venezuela’s people has lost due to the government regime

  • Exponential: Ken Frankel, part 1

    Amanda asks Ken about what happened inside Venezuela to get to the point the country exist in now.

  • Exponential: Martin Gooch, CEO of VCMI, part 2

    Amanda asks Martin to talk about the conspiracy of the “best before date” on food.

  • Exponential: Martin Gooch, CEO of VCMI, part 1

    Amanda asks Martin to reveal how Canadians are doing with Food waste?

  • Exponential: Martin Gooch, CEO of VCMI, part 4

    Amanda talks to Martin about his research and the relationship with his main financier…Walmart

  • Exponential: Martin Gooch, CEO of VCMI, part 3

    Amanda asks Martin about the cost of food waste inj relation to its carbon footprint.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 4

    Amanda talks to Ian expand on his opinion of Bell Let’s Talk. Both Mary and Ian weigh in on how well we’re treating youth that suffer with Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 3

    Amanda asks Mary to talk more about how we can communicate better with those suffering from mental health, and opens the floor to the issues of Mental Health at work.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 2

    Amanda asks Mary to talk specifically about the “Faces of Mental Illness” campaign. Ian Manion expands on his own personal story of Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 1

    Amanda asks Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Mental Health Iniative and Ian Manion, Director of the Youth Mental Health Unit at The Royal to discuss how far they believe we’ve come, as a community, when talking about Mental Health

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 4

    Amanda talks to Ian expand on his opinion of Bell Let’s Talk. Both Mary and Ian weigh in on how well we’re treating youth that suffer with Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 3

    Amanda asks Mary to talk more about how we can communicate better with those suffering from mental health, and opens the floor to the issues of Mental Health at work.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 2

    Amanda asks Mary to talk specifically about the “Faces of Mental Illness” campaign. Ian Manion expands on his own personal story of Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 1

    Amanda asks Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Mental Health Iniative and Ian Manion, Director of the Youth Mental Health Unit at The Royal to discuss how far they believe we’ve come, as a community, when talking about Mental Health

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 4

    Amanda talks to Ian expand on his opinion of Bell Let’s Talk. Both Mary and Ian weigh in on how well we’re treating youth that suffer with Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 3

    Amanda asks Mary to talk more about how we can communicate better with those suffering from mental health, and opens the floor to the issues of Mental Health at work.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 2

    Amanda asks Mary to talk specifically about the “Faces of Mental Illness” campaign. Ian Manion expands on his own personal story of Mental Health.

  • Exponential: Mary Deacon and Ian Manion, part 1

    Amanda asks Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Mental Health Iniative and Ian Manion, Director of the Youth Mental Health Unit at The Royal to discuss how far they believe we’ve come, as a community, when talking about Mental Health

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 4

    Amanda askes George about China’s laws and values…and wonders if we can have an on-going relationship with a country that doesn’t reflect our western views.

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 3

    Amanda asks George about the Chinese president Xi Jinping, and what we should understand about him

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 2

    Amanda chats to George about the Chinese economy…and how it’s different today?

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 1

    Amanda asks George what he believes people need to understand about China now?

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 3

    Amanda asks George about the Chinese president Xi Jinping, and what we should understand about him

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 2

    Amanda chats to George about the Chinese economy…and how it’s different today?

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 1

    Amanda asks George what he believes people need to understand about China now?

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 4

    Amanda askes George about China’s laws and values…and wonders if we can have an on-going relationship with a country that doesn’t reflect our western views.

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 1

    Amanda asks George what he believes people need to understand about China now?

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 4

    Amanda askes George about China’s laws and values…and wonders if we can have an on-going relationship with a country that doesn’t reflect our western views.

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 3

    Amanda asks George about the Chinese president Xi Jinping, and what we should understand about him

  • Exponential: George Magnus, part 2

    Amanda chats to George about the Chinese economy…and how it’s different today?

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 4

    Amanda askes Bruce to explain “Investing 101”

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 3

    Amanda asks Bruce about our financial “Values”…what buckets should we channel our money in to?

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 2

    Amanda chats to Bruce about some good ways to deal with credit debt

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 1

    Amanda asks Bruce the simple question “how do you get people to care about their own finances?”

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 4

    Amanda askes Bruce to explain “Investing 101”

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 3

    Amanda asks Bruce about our financial “Values”…what buckets should we channel our money in to?

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 2

    Amanda chats to Bruce about some good ways to deal with credit debt

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 1

    Amanda asks Bruce the simple question “how do you get people to care about their own finances?”

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 4

    Amanda askes Bruce to explain “Investing 101”

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 3

    Amanda asks Bruce about our financial “Values”…what buckets should we channel our money in to?

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 2

    Amanda chats to Bruce about some good ways to deal with credit debt

  • Exponential: Bruce Sellery, Canadian Business Journalist, part 1

    Amanda asks Bruce the simple question “how do you get people to care about their own finances?”

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 3

    Amanda asks Paul if he worries that even with tones of cannabis infused products coming to the market, we don’t yet know the long term health ramifications

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 4

    Amanda talks to Paul about the perception of cannabis amongst older people, and if he believes their perception will change?

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 2

    Amanda chats to Paul about large consumers companies that deal in “mind altering substances” like tobacco and alcohol and how they seem to be buying in to another substance that has similar qualities

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 1

    Amanda asks Paul what it signifies to him now that “Big Tobacco” has partnered with Cannabis companies

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 3

    Amanda asks Paul if he worries that even with tones of cannabis infused products coming to the market, we don’t yet know the long term health ramifications

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 4

    Amanda talks to Paul about the perception of cannabis amongst older people, and if he believes their perception will change?

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 2

    Amanda chats to Paul about large consumers companies that deal in “mind altering substances” like tobacco and alcohol and how they seem to be buying in to another substance that has similar qualities

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 1

    Amanda asks Paul what it signifies to him now that “Big Tobacco” has partnered with Cannabis companies

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 3

    Amanda asks Paul if he worries that even with tones of cannabis infused products coming to the market, we don’t yet know the long term health ramifications

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 4

    Amanda talks to Paul about the perception of cannabis amongst older people, and if he believes their perception will change?

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 2

    Amanda chats to Paul about large consumers companies that deal in “mind altering substances” like tobacco and alcohol and how they seem to be buying in to another substance that has similar qualities

  • Exponential: Cannabis, part 1

    Amanda asks Paul what it signifies to him now that “Big Tobacco” has partnered with Cannabis companies

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 3

    Amanda talks to Julie about how technology has changed the ‘sex trafficking’ field…

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 4

    Amanda talks to Julie about how hard it is to release young women from the mental trauma of a ‘sex trafficking’experience

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 2

    Amanda refers to a recent IPSOS/Reid Survey and asks Julie what she found most surprising surrounding the results in ‘sex trafficking’

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 1

    Amanda asks Julie how long she has been dealing with “sex trafficking” in Toronto

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 3

    Amanda talks to Julie about how technology has changed the ‘sex trafficking’ field…

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 4

    Amanda talks to Julie about how hard it is to release young women from the mental trauma of a ‘sex trafficking’experience

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 2

    Amanda refers to a recent IPSOS/Reid Survey and asks Julie what she found most surprising surrounding the results in ‘sex trafficking’

  • Exponential: Covenant House, part 1

    Amanda asks Julie how long she has been dealing with “sex trafficking” in Toronto