With Casey Grey
I started off the year with a bang. January was a fantastic month and I have been attracting a lot of new opportunities into my life. I’ve been telling people that my "word" for 2020 is surrender. Not to throw in the towel but to surrender to the opportunities that come my way.
Last week, I had the opportunity to do a mentoring session with Sunil Tulsiani and he asked me some great questions. We were talking about work and where I should be focusing my time. Two questions in particular shifted my thinking and I remembered that word, surrender.
First, he asked "How much do you value your time? What are you worth?"
He then asked, "What does a person who makes that much money per year do?"
So, I had my answer. I'm surrendering to the obvious answer that the universe is giving me and I have decided to put both my daily blog and this podcast on hold. I'm going to take the “extra” time and shift it to The Conscious Builder where all the opportunities seem to be coming.
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26 - The Sustainable Movement: EV Bus Tour, Sustainable Building Panel & Passive House Tour with Nick Hebb
SMARTNet Alliance is running it's 4th Annual SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase & EV Exhibition.
Casey talks to Nick Hebb, the organizer behind the scenes, and participates in an Electric Vehicle demonstration, panel discussion on Sustainable renovations and a Passive House Home Tour.
Green Energy Doors Open
We Build a Home.
E Jane Wilson Architect
Student Energy Carleton
Kristy has been involved in the Real Estate industry for over 15 years in various levels. She started with her first home purchase at 21 by selling everything she & her boyfriend Eric (now husband) owned just to get a down payment. By 25 she started her own company transforming homes even though another ”specialist” told her not to bother she would never be successful. Over the years alongside building her business she and Eric renovated 5 homes & 1 commercial property with great success. She jokingly calls it ”Flipping up” even though she had no intention of taking on properties to “Flip” alongside her personal home for various logistic reasons.
After many moves and renovating her homes over time, she also built her Home Staging Company to #1 with an amazing team working directly with many of the top 20% real estate agents in the city of Ottawa. After a decade of building success, she made the bold decision to sell her business and focus on building relationships, understanding her clients needs and custom tailoring solutions for those needs. This is why she chose to be apart of Ottawa’s top real estate team the Ottawa Capital Group.
In this podcast Kristy talks about her decision to join the Ottawa Capital Group as a licensed realtor, she talks about her plastic restaurant fiasco which inspired a major change in her life and her new Guinea Fowls she takes care of with her husband Eric at their home in Kemptville and so much more!
"All I do is let them out in the morning, they run around during the day eat ticks and mosquitoes and bugs throughout my yard, and than I lock them up at night and fill up their food and water every couple of days"
Andy is a Red Seal General Carpenter, with training and experience in restoration, traditional timber framing, drafting and design, stairs, custom housing and high-performance residential construction. He was also lucky enough to teach at the Algonquin College Perth Campus for about 15 years in the Construction Carpentry Advanced Housing Program, both part-time and full time. In 2017, he trained and earned his certification as a Passive House Consultant with the Canadian Passive House Institute and after years of membership with his local Home Builders’ in Perth, Ontario, Andy worked with the Canadian Home Builders Association national office as Director of Professional Development and Manager of Association Services. Always looking for a new challenge, Andy is now working with Guides.co, an online knowledge sharing platform, as well as helping a STEM mentorship program from Nova Scotia called Techsploration with a pilot program expansion into Ontario.
Andy lives in Perth, Ontario with his wife of 24 years and their 2 teenage kids.
"A classroom with a teacher talking in front of students is really cost effective, a classroom where each student has a circular saw and a whole bunch of pieces of wood in front of them, is not"
“I’ve seen the lightbulbs go on with students, especially the students that were struggling and it was such a rewarding experience. I would never look back on my time and consider it a waste, it was one of the best times in my life.”
Heather graduated from the Industrial Design program at Carleton University in 2014. Failing to land a design job she decided to pursue one of her creative passions which was bringing new life to discarded materials. With her University degree and hands on experience growing up with a father in construction in her hometown of Coldwater, she took a part time job in Ottawa and in her off time focused on building her business.
She started by working in a small cellar in her apartment she often refers to as the “dungeon” and has since upgraded to a much larger shop where she does everything from sandwich boards, a giant connect 4, 7’ Tall Easter Eggs to complete redesigns for retail clients. Heather's passion for her work and the environment is on full display, in her interview with Casey. To learn more make sure to check out the links below and listen to the podcast in full.
Businesses if you find that you are consistently tossing a specific material try and see if there is a way to reduce that, maybe it's wooden pallets, PVC pipe, for example the Bridgehead on Preston gives away their Hemp Coffee Bags to customers, we know it's time consuming but reach out to Re4m and maybe we can help."
Make every day earth day"
In this episode, Casey interviews architect and green building consultant, Mark Rosen, owner of Building Energy Inc. and co-owner of a new startup company.
Born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Mark moved to Ottawa to pursue his studies in architecture before working for his father in law as an energy advisor. He met his wife Megan while studying and not long after attaining jobs in their fields, they decided to stop what they were doing and travel the world. Mark shares how their travels inspired the design of their current Passive House, provides fresh insights on how homes should "work", shares his thoughts on where the construction industry is headed and much more.
Check out the podcast links and timeline to learn more.
Most people will probably read their car user manual than their home user manual, if one even exists.
Michael Peixoto, husband, father, professor, soccer coach and award wining principal architect at ARCA-VERDE Architecture Inc.
In this podcast, Michael talks about his own 2,600 square foot Passive House that he and his wife, Robin Peixoto (principal interior designer with the firm Parallel 45), designed and moved into with their two daughters in 2017.
Michael also covers how he got into architecture, what success means to him, changes in the industry, juggling his family commitments and much more. Check out the podcast timeline and links below.
You take a series of information and criteria and you somehow dilute that into something that ends up as a physical building, there's something incredibly rewarding about that.
Lynne was a banker and sales marketing professional until the age of 40 when a separation inspired her to change careers, buy a house and renovate it. It took 2 years to finish her first renovation and through the process she realized she didn’t enjoy laying floors and painting but she enjoyed designing the space. She now runs DesignFase.
In this podcast, Lynne talks about her first renovation, going back to school at 40 and how she got into the business by saying "yes". She shares loads of advice on setting expectations for your next project and as a trained cook she shares some kitchen design advice. She also introduces a new exciting project in the works called, NextFase Design.
When I got separated I had to redirect my career into another direction at 40 odd years old, I decided to buy a house in Manor Park and renovate it.