The WorkNotWork Show

The WorkNotWork Show

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The show about people who have turned their passion into their profession.
Sean Loutitt: Aviator
Aug 30 • 64 min
Sean Loutitt seemingly seeks out opportunities to fly at high latitudes and low temperatures. Born and raised in the far north of Canada, the son of a bush pilot, it was almost inevitable that Sean would eventually follow in his father's footsteps. His…
Sebastian Sztabzyb: Co-Founder, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
Aug 16 • 79 min
Our guest on this episode of The WorkNotWork Show is Sebastian Sztabzyb, co-founder of Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. He just described his reaction to opening their first store and, as it turned out, bringing an end to his career as a full-time,…
Gary Burns: Storyteller | Filmmaker | Educator
Jul 6 • 50 min
Gary Burns has been making feature films since 1997 and has been called “Canada’s king of surreal comedy”. While apt, it does not adequately capture the range of this unique filmmaker. In this extensive interview we talk about Gary’s films in the context…
Paul Brodie: Fabricator | Artist | Educator
Jun 6 • 59 min
Paul Brodie is an artist who works in the medium of steel and machines. It is not just rhetoric: before devoting almost his entire life to steel fabrication—mostly of bicycle frames and reproduction vintage motorcycles—Paul dabbled in line art drawings…
Rob ‘Scratch’ Mitchell: Aviator | Actor | Producer/Director
Apr 11 • 58 min
Imagine taking advantage of virtually everything a modern air force has to offer and living that life to its fullest for two decades. Now imagine that while acknowledging the amazing life you have led to that point, there are still things that you want to…
Tamir Moscovici: Filmmaker
Mar 8 • 61 min
Tamir Moscovici can’t wait to get up in the morning and go to work. He’s a gifted storyteller and telling stories on film is what he gets to do for a living. The most important benefit of loving his work the way he does? Perhaps surprisingly, he says it’s…
Dr. Sean Morrison: Stem Cell Researcher
Feb 3 • 54 min
$150-million over 10 years. It could easily have been an announcement about the signing of the latest phenom in the NHL, NBA or NFL. Dr. Sean Morrison even jokes that if had won the genetic lottery for size, strength and speed, playing centre for the…
Wayne Thomas Yorke: Actor
Jan 20 • 77 min
From the time he donned the robes of Friar Tuck in a fourth grade staging of Robin Hood, Wayne Thomas Yorke knew he had found his home. It was on the stage, a passion which he is not able to easily explain other than it was a place where he felt…
Philip Raby: Automotive Writer
Dec 29, 2016 • 64 min
Porsches are sometimes called ‘bookend’ cars. You buy one at the first hint of disposable income coming your way and sell it when spouse, house and family come calling. Then a decade or two or three goes by. Just as you get a sense that life may be…
Dr. Robert Thirsk: Astronaut | Engineer | Physician | University Chancellor
Nov 29, 2016 • 109 min
Dr. Robert Thirsk isn’t ready to write his autobiography – yet. You would think someone who qualified first as a mechanical engineer then as a medical doctor and then became an astronaut and is now a university chancellor there would already be lots to…
Dave Thomas, Publisher Emeritus, The Pragmatic Bookshelf (Part 3)
Sep 30, 2016 • 36 min
In this third and final part of our interview, we talk with Dave about his life after retiring from his life as a publisher. We start with his thoughts on agile (both as a noun and as an adjective) as well as the use and value of spoken and written…
Dave Thomas, Publisher Emeritus, The Pragmatic Bookshelf (Part 2)
Sep 13, 2016 • 35 min
In this, the second part of the interview, we pick up the story when Dave first met Andy Hunt. Dave and Andy co-founded The Pragmatic Bookshelf after they had already written and published books with Addison-Wesley. We learn about Dave and Andy's…
Dave Thomas, Publisher Emeritus, The Pragmatic Bookshelf (Part 1)
Sep 1, 2016 • 42 min
In this, part one of our interview, Dave reflects on his early influences, his formal education at Imperial College in London, making the leap into the commercial software development world and laying the foundation for both his writing and publishing…
PREVIEW: Dave Thomas, Publisher Emeritus, The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Aug 30, 2016 • 5 min
Dave Thomas is co-founder of The Pragmatic Bookshelf, co-author of the landmark books The Pragmatic Programmer, Programming Ruby and Agile Web Development with Rails as well as many other titles. Dave is also a highly sought after as a keynote speaker, an…
Michael C. Smith, Olympic Decathlete
Aug 16, 2016 • 60 min
Our full interview with Michael C. Smith, three time Olympic Decathlete. When he was just 18 years old Canadian Olympic Coach Andy Higgins knocked on the door of Michael Smith's parents home in Kenora, Ontario. After seeing Michael at various junior…
PREVIEW: Michael C. Smith, Olympic Decathlete
Aug 3, 2016 • 3 min
A preview of our upcoming interview with Michael C. Smith, three time Olympic Decathlete. When he was just 18 years old Canadian Olympic Coach Andy Higgins knocked on the door of Michael Smith's parents home in Kenora, Ontario. After seeing Michael at…
Mark Langille, Flitelab
Jul 11, 2016 • 49 min
Mark Langille is the owner of Flitelab, a provider of commercial drone services based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mark founded Flitelab in 2011 initially as a supplier of parts and information to the do-it-yourself drone hobbyist. More recently,…