The ElevenTen Experience™ Podcast

The ElevenTen Experience™ 

Each week, your hosts, Peter J. Holgate & Tara Dobbs explore the incredible back stories that are part of the entrepreneurial adventure (both successes and failures). If you enjoy listening to the hidden stories that drive entrepreneurial accomplishments and prefer your own vicarious take-aways rather than scripted advice, this deeply vulnerable podcast is for you.

Episode 15: Chris Tumpach

Chris Tumpach has big ideas and Rainforest Automation is the culmination of those ideas.  When founded with his partners, Chris was supposed to be head of the Hardware Department.  Instead, due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Chris found himself in the CEO seat.  Find out how it’s gone in the 12 years since.  

Episode 14: Alex Wan

 Alex has an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and envisioning unorthodox ideas.  Listen to the journey that led Alex from launching multiple ventures to creating the bilingual marketing agency Periphery Digital.  

Episode 13: Rikkert Vos

From being bullied for stuttering and voted the most likely to do nothing in life in his high school yearbook to CEO of a booming aerospace company. It wasn’t all roses in between though – listen to Rikkert Vos amazing story that takes him from the lows of being a drug-dealing high school dropout to a successful family and business man.  Rikkert’s is an inspiring story of what true grit looks like.

Episode 12: Deepak Anand

“Laws are our opinions frozen in time.” Deepak discusses his passion and how he helped bring pharmaceuticals to the underinsured and helped in the policy making for medical cannabis.  Deepak’s journey in advocating to encourage, promote and make the political changes needed in the cannabis industries is astounding.    

Episode 11: Barb Mitchell

Barb has an incredible journey that took her from wanting to be a doctor to where she is today as the Executive Vice President, Strategy & Global Markets for JSA.  

Episode 10: Farhan Virji

Farhan tells his interesting career journey that wasn’t exactly convention; starting in the software tech and ending up in a career path that deals more with people than it does technology. His story helps us realize that what we think we want to do may not be our true path in the end.

Episode 9: Brad Leitch

Brad, father of 6 children talks about juggling fatherhood and running a business. Brad’s business “Imagine Everything”, tackles a unique and important issue presented in the education system, diving deep into what it means to be proactive rather than reactive.

Episode 8: Ellie Rubin

This is a story about a woman who is an author and exceptional executive pushing to get into the software business that truly a male-dominated world.  Her first book is called, “Bulldog: Spirit of the New Entrepreneur.” And Ellie proves, in this interview, that she was exactly that. 

Episode 7: Adventures Round the World

What do you get when you mix a nuclear engineer with a soldier? The experiences that James shares in this podcast will open you mind to what is possible. James is the Chief Executive Officer of Ares Strategic Mining Inc.

Episode 6: That Moment When Everything Changes

What is that moment that you stopped, realized you were not fulfilled and decided to upend your life? In this episode, successful corporate lawyer Aly looks out the top floor office window on a rainy Vancouver evening and decides to leave it all behind and become an entrepreneur. Aly Kanji is the President and Chief Executive Officer at InsureLine.

Episode 5: Game Changers

What $4.5 Bn industry segment grew by 11% last year? Jordan Rogers is the owner of Lloyd James Plant Based Food Sales.

Episode 4: Heart Attack in the Back Country

What happens when you are a young, fit, healthy, top-level skier cruising the backcountry and you find yourself short of breath? Phil takes us through his experience and how a heart attack in the middle of nowhere shaped his life as an entrepreneur. Phil Chatterton is the co-founder and president of Warmcall.

Episode 3: The Priorities that Really Matter

How do you make the crucial decisions around which path to take? The answer is not always simple particularly when you are already enjoying significant success at one of the fastest growing companies in town. Ashley Ward is the Chief Operating Officer at Romex Canada West. 


Episode 2: Fast Food Madness

Would you buy a retail fast food franchise? Listen to a first hand account of how to buy and grow a reputable retail franchise operation…and still lose money and face the tough decision of whether to keep going or closing shop. Jordan West is the co-founder of Little and Lively clothing and Mindful Marketing.


Episode 1: The ElevenTen Experience

Peter and Tara start off with their first of a collection of outstanding podcasts that show us the lesser-known side to being an entrepreneur and CEO. They start by sharing their own challenging career stories and then explain the kind of stories we can expect from the interviews in the following podcasts with other entrepreneurs and their professional journeys.