President + CEO
Truly Social Inc.
What’s your favourite thing about doing business out of Toronto?
Toronto is an international “hub” of business. There are direct flights everywhere, it’s recognized worldwide as a strong creative business city, there are multiple global headquarters here (crossing my fingers for the Amazon bid!), oodles of potential clients and partners doing interesting things, and there is a good amount of talent – and diversity of talent- available because of the numerous post-secondary institutions in and around the city. You are pretty much set up for success when you set up in Toronto.
What is the one thing you’d like to see the City of Toronto accomplish for businesses in 2018?
One of the downsides of operating in Toronto is the cost and limited availability of space. We are in the midst of getting our new office ready for move-in, but finding it was NOT easy. Contrast this to other cities like Montreal and even Calgary, where inexpensive, well-located interesting office spaces are plentiful and affordable for a small business. I’d love the see the City of Toronto look into this phenomenon to see what should be done to free up more affordable spaces.
What is the one buzzword or trend you’d like to see die in 2018?
What is your favourite curse word?
Where do you go in Toronto when you need to focus and allow your mind to work through complex business challenges?
For complex business challenges, I tend to rent a Breather, but I’ve been working on making our office space more and more Breather-like. But if it’s creativity I’m looking for? I indulge in any number of Toronto’s amazing art outlets: theatres, galleries, and general art scene.
Top 3 Favourite Things to Do in Toronto
1. Go out for brunch (we’ve been to 136 different places and still have a huge list to hit)
2. See shows (there are oodles of small theatre companies!)
3. Wander through one of the many hipster neighbourhoods and browse the local shops.