A trailblazer of innovation, Ashley Hickey is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Enzebra Studios.

Prior to establishing her own development company, Ashley enjoyed a career with several national and international organizations in industries ranging from web development to television to health care. An expert in design, user interface, branding, and business analysis, Ashely now draws from her extensive experience developing solutions for some of the largest names in business to provide customized results for her clients in a wide range of fields.

Mrs Hickey prides herself in always exceeding client expectations while holding her organization to the highest ethical standards. As a woman thriving in a traditionally male-dominated field, Ashley enjoys making time for lectures and speaking engagements to inspire others, especially women and girls curious about joining the technology sector.

She balances her hectic schedule with her other passion as a wife and mother to two young children; and indulging in her loves of fashion, art, and creating delicious meal experiences with healthy locally sourced ingredients.

Titilayo Odediran is a Nigerian living in Canada.

She moved to Canada as a teenager and spent most of her free time indoors learning about makeup on YouTube, little did she know this will turn out to be a great passion for her.

Makeup means different things to everyone but for her, it is a way to escape from my busy life to a different world where she gets to tell stories. In the past, she worked on telling stories about great and influential Black Historians whose actions shaped the world.

She hopes that one day, people of all ages will read her story as well.

When she’s not doing makeup and/or creating content, she’s working and/or schooling.

Find out more @facesbytiti

Stu was born in Halifax, raised in Dartmouth, and has been back in Halifax for about a decade now.

He loves to play music, cook and is very into powerlifting and CrossFit.

He got into barbering seven years ago and has owned Blue Collar barbershop for over three years now. The shop started with just Stu and his apprentice but has grown to four full-time barbers and a new apprentice on staff.

Find out more @bluecollarhalifax

Kylee Nunn is an ex freelance photographer turned social services student who is passionate about community, reimagining justice, and accessibility to wellness. Kylee recently made the move from city living to a life nearly off-grid as she focuses on family, investing in her education, and building her future.

Find out more @subpersonality

@survivorsforchangens

Brad joined the Healthy Minds Coop in 2012 as Navigator, Facilitator Men’s Mental Health Peer Support
Group since 2019.

He sits on several quality teams within the NSH Central Zone. He is a member of the Department of Health and
NSH provincial working groups, and is the vice-chair of the Halifax Police Diversity Working group

Personal engagement, Active self-management and mindfulness practice are some of the key factors he
attributes to attaining and sustaining positive wellness with living with multiple chronic health
conditions.

Find out more @healthymindscoop

Irene Saliendra is an Entrepreneur, a Model, a Creative and on top of that she sells IT Services.

She finds a steady balance between being logical and analytical at work, and modeling creative concepts around the HRM. Through her work in IT, she gains a different insight into the world of technology, and by being she’s able to express herself through her own forms of artistry.

Her newest venture is called Fem Entity, which focuses on exploring the ways to empower your feminine energy to unlock your truest potential – with a website, online courses and podcasts coming soon!

Find out more @fem.entity

Andrew started off his hospitality journey growing up in his grandparents’ butcher shop, cutting off pig ears at the age of 8. From there he became a line cook and went to culinary school. shortly after graduating, Andrew went to New York to cook with the best.

With 6 years of cooking under his belt, he decided to switch to bartending. With the knowledge that some of the best bartenders lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he moved to Halifax 3 years ago.

He is now the Maritimes Brand Ambassador of Agua Santa Mezcal.

Andrew joined us on this episode to talk about his recent travels across Atlantic Canada, doing pop-ups at different bars. While training jiujitsu at welcoming gyms in other Atlantic Canada provinces.

Andrew was also excited to share his most recent experience travelling to PEI and working at Chef Micheal Smiths restaurant, the inn at bay fortune. This is where Andrew got his inspiration for the cocktail he made for this podcast.

Check him out @mezcalkeyes

Abady (he/him)  is an artist, entrepreneur, and dance educator in Halifax, Nova Scotia, committed to serving underrepresented communities of dancers, dance educators, and creators.

He is the owner of House of Eights Dance Studio, a drop-in dance studio in downtown Halifax.

Find out more @houseofeights

Long time vinyl collector, co-organizer of the Halifax record Fair(largest record fair in Atlantic Canada), and president of Black Buffalo Records.

Kevin Beal is an entrepreneur dedicated to the Hip Hop culture. Kevin, his partner Kumud, and three cats operate and run a successful independent record label out of the comfort of their apartment in Halifax Nova Scotia.

This long-time vinyl collector has boasted to have had over 20,000 pieces in his collection at one point. The collection has slimmed down quite a bit but is very impressive.

Under the handle DJ Black Buffalo, Kevin takes a break and enjoys spinning his vinyl collection at various events.

Find out more @blackbuffalorecords

Taylor Linloff is an autistic advocate and a filmmaker in Port Hawkesbury looking to share the stories of other autistic people in rural parts of the province.

Linloff is in production for a film, A Strong Name Documentary, where those stories will be shared. Linloff’s already interviewed a few autistic people from around the province, but they’re still looking for others, including those from the Black and Indigenous communities.

Linloff started working on the documentary only a couple of years after their own diagnosis. Linloff got what is called a late-life diagnosis of autism at the age of 24 after they experienced a mental health crisis. They say the diagnosis was a relief.

Find out more @aspirationalautistic