Brew master raises glass to competition

Wendy PapadopolousWendy Papadopoulos doesn’t get hung up on titles – she’s had a few over the years, but people call her brew master at the Big Tide Brewing Company.

She is the co-founder of Saint John’s only brew pub and restaurant. Since 2009, she’s been brewing handcrafted, all-natural ales and lagers at Big Tide Brewing Company’s Princess Street location. In addition to great beer, they also have a menu that reflects the flavours of their brews.

Wendy has an interesting resumé. She has an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from McGill University and had every intention of pursuing a career in public health. It was when she took time off to travel after completing her undergraduate degree in 1994 that the trajectory of her career changed. She ended up in Alberta quite by accident and met some people who were doing an IPO and raising funds to build a brewery in Canmore. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I don’t want to own a job. I want to own a business’

Earle BurrowsWith the 15th anniversary celebration under his belt, Earle Burrows, CEO of Human Performance Centre, is in his happy place. Earle, an endurance sport enthusiast, leads an accomplished team of physiotherapists, massage therapists and kinesiologists at his thriving clinic on Westfield Road in Saint John.

Only one of nine McKenzie-certified physiotherapists in New Brunswick, Earle has a BSc in biology from Dalhousie University and a physiotherapy degree from Queens University. Read the rest of this entry »

Is your Workplace Culture by Default, or by Design?

Interestingly, the concept of culture comes up over and over again in our business. Do you have a culture by default, or by design?  What we’re finding is that more and more progressive organizations are consciously choosing a culture by design.  As you can imagine, it takes hard work.

I had the pleasure of speaking to a room full of very bright minds at the NBIF Cox & Palmer and Deloitte R3 (Recognizing Research Results) Gala recently.  This event aims to connect researchers and business people to network and discover the opportunities they can bring to each other. My presentation took place at the afternoon, during the “Tech Trends & Scaling Startups Successfully” session. Read the rest of this entry »

We test. We don’t guess.

Jamie Heffernan

When Jamie Heffernan, the owner and operator of JH Sports, introduces athletes to a cutting-edge technology that can enhance performance he gets their full attention. photo: The Daily Gleaner

Cutting-edge technology helps enhance athletes’ performance.

Competitive athletes are constantly looking for the edge that can take their game to the next level so when Jamie Heffernan, the owner and operator of JH Sports, introduces them to a cutting-edge technology that can enhance athletic performance he gets their full attention.

Jamie uses 3D motion capture technology to design exercise regimes that increase things such as skating speed and efficiency. But he can help more than hockey players. His clientele includes golfers, basketball players, runners, Olympic athletes and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Leadership means developing Your skills, too.

Matt CormierAt only 31, Matthew Cormier, president and owner of Arcticold Refrigeration, has a track record of impressive growth in his business situated in Saint-Antoine.

Arcticold Refrigeration manufactures aftermarket replacement refrigeration systems for the RV (recreational vehicle) fridge industry. What’s interesting about this type of refrigeration is that it uses absorption refrigeration technology – there are no compressors or pumps. They use ammonia, which happens to be an environmentally friendly type of refrigeration. Read the rest of this entry »