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Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship

Season 2 with Eric Morse

Eric Morse, Tima Bansal and Gerard Seijts

Eric Morse has been a leading figure in driving the Ivey Business School’s leadership in the area of high-growth entrepreneurship. Since 2004, Ivey has powered QuantumShiftTM in partnership with KPMG Enterprise, a program that has helped almost 700 high-growth entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. Ivey has recently partnered the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Growth Driver Program, and has already worked with over 100 for high-impact firms.

With such an extensive alumni network, the 2nd season of the Ivey Entrepreneur Podcast will feature Eric Morse speaking to a variety of high-growth entrepreneurs, touching on their amazing stories, and lessons learnt; from opportunity recognition and start-up, to high-growth and succession.


1. Taking Hold of Opportunities with Matt Phillips of Phillips Brewing and Malting Co.

Matt Phillips is the founder and CEO of Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. in Victoria, British Columbia. After years of working for other brewers, Matt decided to start up his own brand as craft brewers across the industry were shutting shop in the early 2000s.

Almost two decades later, Phillips is not only still standing, but thriving as BC’s Biggest Little Brewery.

Listen (19 min) | Apple | Spotify


2. The Importance of Culture in the Workplace, with WestJet co-founder Don Bell

Don Bell is one of co-founders of WestJet Airlines, and is widely respected as the owner of culture at the company; which still remains one of WestJet's key strategic advantages in the space.

In this episode of the Ivey Entrepreneur Podcast, Don discusses the founding of WestJet, and the importance of workplace culture in growing an organization.

Listen (16 min)Apple | Spotify


3. Embracing Evolution with HighStreet Ventures Inc. Founder Scott Butler

with For the past decade, Scott Butler, QS '16 has been the founder and CEO of HighStreet Ventures Inc.

In this episode of the Ivey Entrepreneur Podcast, Scott retraces his entrepreneurial journey, from leaving WestJet, and becoming a real estate developer in one of Canada's hottest markets.

Listen (21 min) | Apple | Spotify


4. How does 150-years in business prepare you for modern day disruption?

In this episode, Eric Morse speaks to QuantumShift alums Andrew Oland, CEO of Moosehead Breweries, and Jon Stanfield, CEO of Stanfield’s Ltd, on how the long history of their business impact how they view, and handle the current disruptive landscape.

Listen to the fascinating histories of two pre-Canadian institutions, and how they continue to balance history, innovation, business, and family.

Listen (62 min) | Apple | Spotify


5. Mona Sabet is a technology sector deal maker, an entrepreneur, a diversity advocate, and a community builder

With over 20 years of experience in driving inorganic growth for technology businesses from startup to public company, Mona has cultivated an expertise in formulating, structuring and negotiating strategic initiatives that power corporate growth. She has negotiated hundreds of technology deals and nearly 50 acquisitions from $10M to $500M in valuation.

Mona joins Ivey professor Janice Byrne to talk about challenges women entrepreneurs still face in the world of startups, the importance of community and networks, and what men and women need to do better to bring balance to entrepreneurship.

Listen (35 min)Apple | Spotify


7. High-growth and its unique challenges

What does yoga, toys, and tequila share?

Last fall, Eric Morse sat down with three impressive entrepreneurs to discuss their journey and lessons on resourcing for high growth, shaping culture, and learning from past mistakes.

On the latest edition of the Ivey Entrepreneur Podcast, Eric Brass, HBA ’05, Founder of Tequila Tromba, Debbie Fung, Co-Founder of Yoga Tree Studios, and Anton Rabie, HBA ’94, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Spin Master, discuss high growth and its unique challenges.

Listen (80 mins)Apple | Spotify


8. Entrepreneurship, Leading teams, and lessons learned with Ron Close

A graduate from one of Ivey's most 'entrepreneurial classes (1981),' Ron Close was the co-founder and CEO of Netcom Canada, one of Canada's earliest and most successful Internet companies. After selling Netcom, Ron spent a number of years in executive roles across the telecommunications, and technology industries.

A deep thinker who is eminently quotable, Ron shares some of his most important learnings, from starting up, leading teams, and coaching some of Canada’s top young entrepreneurs and executives, on the latest episode of the Ivey Entrepreneur Podcast.

(Listen 49 min)Apple | Spotify