Create. Change. Collaborate.

Create. Change. Collaborate.
Thoughts of an Entrepreneur and Changemaker from Toronto. Creative Director & Founder of Now Creative Group and ACCESS Innovation shares tips, observations, and discussions with inspiring individuals.

Building a Cloud Nine Life | TED Talk Tips, Productivity & Experimentation
Jul 16 • 28 min
On this episode, I interviewed Jordan Gross as one of the 90 Podcast Interviews in 90 Days for a challenge he embarked on. We tall about his approach to productivity and experimentation, and he shares some tips on how to land your very own TEDx talk.…
Turning 6 and Launching Something New | Refining Your Business
Jun 8 • 9 min
As my business reaches its sixth anniversary, there’s a few things to reflect on, before sharing some brief updates about the evolution of the company, some advice about pivoting, and news that Now Creative Group is launching something new. (Details…
Entrepreneurship Panel: Lessons, Failure and Advice to Aspiring Founders
Mar 25 • 41 min
Entrepreneurship panel discussion at a Brampton Hackathon called #WolfHacks19 featuring speakers from Brampton Entrepreneur Centre,, Our Wave Hub and Now Creative Group. We answer some moderator questions and end with some Q & A. Recorded…
Agency Life: Q & A as a Creative Agency Founder
Nov 14, 2018 • 26 min
Answering Questions about Agency Life! Topics covered in this Q & A episode include: Agency vs. In House vs. Freelance Switching Between Many Projects Using What I Learned in School What I Bring to Meetings Resources & Inspiration Natural Skill Staying…
The Messy Middle: Making it Through
Oct 3, 2018 • 9 min
Creating something from nothing is an unpredictable journey. The first mile births a new idea into existence, and the final mile is all about letting go. We love talking about starts and finishes, even though the middle stretch is the most important and…
How much is your time worth? Parking Problems
Sep 28, 2018 • 5 min
A short episode on convenience and valuing your time, recorded while looking for parking.
Stop Spending Everything on Building and None on Promoting
Sep 18, 2018 • 3 min
My plea for you to not spend all your efforts on developing and no time launching. Invest in your marketing — why build if few will see it? Please don’t tell me you don’t need to put effort or invest in marketing, when you’ve invested in so much else. Why…
Scaling a Creative Agency: Tips After 5 Years in Business
Sep 16, 2018 • 6 min
Key learnings and advice on scaling! Just over 5 years ago, in the spring of 2013, I went from a freelancer to the founder and creative director of Now Creative Group. Recently, I was interviewed about my journey as an agency owner. For this interview,…
How to Take Care of Your Body as a Busy Entrepreneur
Aug 18, 2018 • 19 min
You can’t be productive if your body or brain isn’t working. By no means am I a health expert — often I don’t even follow my own advice — but here are some practical tips from myself and Lindsey on how to take care of your most critical asset: your…
Innovation Is: Introducing a Series
Aug 14, 2018 • 0 min
Today, innovation can mean so many different things, from various perspectives and industries. The #INNOVATIONis series takes a look at the different ways people think about innovation and how they’re making a difference. Join our guests as they explain…
Making Time and Morning Routines
Jul 16, 2018 • 18 min
While in Collingwood, David Ip Yam joins me as we both took some time out to focus on our priorities and goals, create content, and use the space of being in a different town without our every day routine to address anything that doesn’t get covered in…
What does innovation actually mean?
Jun 13, 2018 • 6 min
Live thoughts from the TakeOver Innovation Conference at Now Creative Group’s demo booth. Recorded downtown Toronto on June 11, 2018.
The Time is Now and How to Spend Your Weekend
May 27, 2018 • 6 min
Talking weekends, the new “time is now” video, plus, a special guest at the very end.
Want to do more? Take a break.
Apr 3, 2018 • 8 min
Are we all going about productivity the wrong way? The key to getting more done is actually to rest. I share my personal experiences and refer to tips inspired by a book by David Hieatt. For my blog and businesses, visit
Can you manage my social media?
Mar 19, 2018 • 4 min
The 3 Components of Social Media
Don’t give up, just re-think.
Mar 2, 2018 • 3 min
At some point along the journey, we all get discouraged. But don’t give-up, re-think the situation, recalibrate, and get going again.
When Something Goes Wrong
Feb 17, 2018 • 6 min
Being Proactive in Communicating Problems • Advice from Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker •
Do Entrepreneurs Need Degrees?
Feb 4, 2018 • 21 min
On stage we discuss whether or not post-secondary degrees are relevant for entrepreneurship, and answer some audience questions. This was recorded at a Debate with individuals at the Toronto LinkedIn Meetup in January 2018.
Branding & Business Building
Jan 17, 2018 • 17 min
Helpful advice from young entrepreneur Manu Goswami, while answering Q & A from the audience at our event at Now Creative Group in Toronto.
Creating a Business in Canada
Dec 23, 2017 • 5 min
As the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary wraps up, I sit down with young serial entrepreneur Manu Goswami to talk about business here in Canada.
Casey Neistat on Influence
Nov 22, 2017 • 4 min
Casey Neistat believes in influence, but not the term “influencer”. Here on Toronto he answers questions on finding your voice, personal Privacy in the Public Eye, what he takes away from Malcom X and more.
Never Too Soon to Mentor
Nov 11, 2017 • 3 min
My journey is far from over, but that doesn’t stop me from sharing my learnings today. I’m not a pro, but things I’ve learned — by actually doing — have made it possible to continue having an impact of some kind and growing, while on my entrepreneurial…
Inatagram Stories & Live Social Content
Nov 3, 2017 • 5 min
Stories aren’t just for selfies and funny filters. Daniel Lewis and I share our opinion on Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories for business. From Facebook Live to Instagram Live and Stories, we also talk Live Streaming for your business. Find out why Daniel…
It’s Not All About Website Traffic
Oct 29, 2017 • 1 min
Quick tips on how to drive traffic to your website, as shared with the host of BEC Talks, Brampton Entrepreneur Centre’s show.
Unique Business Ideas & LinkedIn Advice (Live)
Oct 14, 2017 • 23 min
Better Business Ideas with Bruce Poon Tip • Authenticity, Failure and Mistakes on LinkedIn • Optimizing Your Profile, Looking for New Opportunities • Brampton Business and #TelusPitch
Creators Collide: YouTubers, Marketers & Followers | Buffer Festival
Oct 1, 2017 • 10 min
Learnings from Buffer Festival for Online Content Creators • Better Together: Content Collaborations • Don’t Wait, Click Publish • Workshop Clip • The Value of Other Creators • Twitter @Francavilla
From Selling Cell Phones to Creative Agency Sales
Sep 22, 2017 • 20 min
Business Development Director Bryce Seto on opportunity, growth and learning as you go • Saskatoon to Toronto • Sales @ Now Creative Group • Training Tuesday • Play Your Way to Growth • @BryceSeto
Focus for Your First Food Business
Sep 12, 2017 • 10 min
Making Tacos for Toronto • Accessible Healthy Food • Steps to Starting Up • Why Fake? • Focused Branding • The Process • and @FakeTacoTO on IG
Starting as a Speaker and Leading on LinkedIn
Sep 7, 2017 • 7 min
Conversation with Top 20 Under 20 Manu @GoSwish while he visited from New York, with Kim Parnell @KimBigK.
Ideas Need Space + Labour Day
Sep 4, 2017 • 9 min
It’s the very end of summer, talking about transitions, how ideas need space and Labour Day in Canada •
Internship Interview with Graphic Design Grad
Aug 30, 2017 • 12 min
Recent Graphic Design grad talks about her experience as an intern at a creative agency, and shares tips for students and new grads. Follow Emily’s Instagram @EmilyGrievesDesign
Not Having a Great Day?
Aug 22, 2017 • 9 min
Daily Ups and Downs • Don’t Bring Others Down • Should You Hide It? • Transition Tasks, Get Creative, Take a Break • “Shut Up and Work” • Follow @Francavilla
Moving Across the Country
Aug 20, 2017 • 7 min
Our Lead Designer (and my best friend) is Moving Across the Country • • Alexis talks Fireside Conference
Living the Customer Experience: Teambuilding & Client Relationships
Aug 14, 2017 • 15 min
Seeing Social Media on Site • Clients Contributing & Collaboration • Creating Context • Capturing the Client Experience • Project Process • Partnering • The Team in Niagara Falls
Dive-In to Your Career: Advice from a First Year Agency Employee
Aug 10, 2017 • 12 min
Interviewing Mikhaila Leech • Getting Started in Ottawa • From Internship to First Job • Why Choose a Small Agency • Embrace Variety • Ask Questions • Apply Learnings Everywhere • IG @Mikhailaaanne
Study and Invention when Building Your Personal Brand
Aug 8, 2017 • 5 min
Interviewing Entrepreneur Daniel Lewis • Study and Invention in Personal Branding • The Pyramid of a Brand • Join is both at (Conference August 11-12 in Toronto)
Multitasking is a Myth
Aug 6, 2017 • 3 min
Multitasking isn’t more productive — I’ll explain why. (Denzel Washington makes a great point about this). Is your memory full?
Hiring and Growth
Aug 4, 2017 • 7 min
How ready can you really be for growth? Agency experiences • Elon Musk’s schedule is intense, running several massive businesses, here’s some insight from Complex Hustle.
Applying to a Creative Agency
Aug 3, 2017 • 2 min
April shares some tips for working at our agency, Now Creative Group in Toronto. Find out what we’re looking for in a job applicant.
Plain Text Posts on LinkedIn?
Jul 29, 2017 • 6 min
Diving into the use of plain text posts on LinkedIn getting thousands of views • Also touching on Internships and Experience, a future topic I’ll cover, here with clip from Gary Vee • @Francavilla
Your Facebook Brand & Giving without Expectation
Jul 27, 2017 • 5 min
Interviewing Bobby Umar, a 4-time TEDx Speaker and Inc Magazine Leadership export. We ask, what’s your Personal Facebook Brand? • I end with Giving without Expectation • @Francavilla Twitter
Small Business Survival and Storefront Expansion
Jul 26, 2017 • 5 min
Sharing Small Business Survival Skills and discussing the challenges of expansion for small local storefronts. Feel free to comment or share your thoughts @Francavilla on Twitter.
Switching Up the Content You Consume
Jul 24, 2017 • 5 min
Switch up the content your consume — the sources, perspectives and mediums. (My Audio quality isn’t the greatest on this episode, apologies)! Feel free to tweet @francavilla.
Personal Branding, Hawaii Hustle, Fellow Canadians
Jul 23, 2017 • 10 min
Personal Branding: You are not your company • Hawaii Hustle • Canadians on Achor
Creating in Canada
Jun 30, 2017 • 5 min
Your very own podcast. Easy! • Pleasure to meet a fellow Canadian on Anchor • Canadians on Anchor • This weekend, Canada turns 150 years old. #Canada150 | Make your own podcast: