As a sucker for the concept of re-invention, I’m more than a little bit ga-ga over all that Anothony Lemke represents. Today part of the dynamic ensemble cast of SyFy Channel’s hit series Dark Matter, Anthony left the promise of a successful career as a lawyer in one of Canada’s top corporate law firms in order to leave no stone unturned as it pertained to acting. And it’s paid off. While fans (and there are a lot of them) can catch season two of Dark Matter on Space TV, binge-watchers (and there are a lot of them) can catch season one on Netflix. (Season one was Space TV’s most watched new series, as a little FYI.) Anthony’s prolific career in television includes the role of Sergeant Brian Becker in CTV’s The Listener, as well as a two-season arc in Bravo’s award-winning crime drama 19-2. We talk bunkies (see image on Twitter, no less), 1990s big hair (see image on Twitter, no less), and doing what we can to extend awareness and kindness where it’s most needed on the planet right now – and for Anthony, that ties in nicely with his role as vocal ambassador of Nobel Prize-winning organization, Handicap International.
In 2006, on an otherwise uneventful flight, actor Matt Hill (Ninja Turtles, Shanghai Knights, Dreamworks’ Dinotrux) was hit with a Big Idea, what he calls his “divine download”. That idea? To run from his home in Vancouver and complete one full loop of North America, by committing to a marathon a day for more than a year. And he did it, too. The 11,000-mile journey, called the Run for One Planet Tour, saw Matt and a friend connect with more than 50,000 students continent-wide, with a goal of inspiring positive environmental action. Most recently, he has been recognized with the Governor General’s Meritorious Award, given to Canadians who bring honour to this country. (And he certainly does that.) We talk Terry Fox, Jackie Chan, and turning adversity into triumph. Hands down, the most positive person I’ve ever met, he confesses – spoiler alert – his commitment to remaining passionate and to living a great life is a decision he made, and not something he was simply born with. A much-loved voice actor with an impressive array of credits to his name – Care Bears, My Little Pony, Kate and Mim-Mim – and sought-after speaker and emcee, Matt is, in a word, unstoppable.
Since leaving a successful career in advertising, Susanne Biro has become a much sought-after leadership coach, having worked with the likes of top physicians at the Mayo Clinic, and top talent at organizations like New York Life and General Electric. However, despite a career rich in achievements, her recent invitation to spend a week on Necker Island -- the private home island of Sir Richard Branson -- where she took part in paradigm-busting conversations with two dozen of this planet's Change Makers and Rule Breakers, was undoubtedly her professional highlight. Together, over tea, we talk Brene Brown, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rosa Parks, and about Susanne's mission to "Tell the truth. Change the world." And of course we also talk veganism, and why she's so committed to promoting plant-based living. (She tells us what Sir Richard Branson's take is on the cow-environment connection too.)
After I pounced on her at a children's colouring contest, and convinced her to be a guest on Tea with a Titan, three-time Olympic snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll and I talk topics like the difference between a dream and a goal. The true definition of what it means to get up after a fall, Mercedes discusses what she's learned since a terrible snowboarding accident she suffered at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi -- a fall that left her suffering the debilitating effects of a concussion for nearly two years after. With 8 World Cup podium finishes, 5 National Championships, and 3 Olympic Games (Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi) under her belt, ironically in many ways this go-getter is actually just getting started. In a word, this woman is unstoppable.