StartWell Magazine / People & Culture


As the workplace becomes digitised and staff more distributed, it’s getting harder to develop and support teams – this series relates perspectives, tricks and tips for people who bring teams together.

Stay in touch with the series; our ‘people and culture’ interviews form the Gathering Podcast – watch films on YouTube or listen back via Spotify and Apple.

Adam Gellert from Hired Hippo on the StartWell Gathering Podcast

Hired Hippo is Canada’s top HR source for pre-vetted sales candidates

Hired Hippo pre-vets candidates for go-to-market positions at Canadian companies through a unique marketplace.
From teaching school to managing people & culture at an alcohol company - Becca Lo on the StartWell Gathering Podcast

From teaching school to managing people & culture at an alcohol company – Becca Lo

Becca went to university for education - but a career in teaching seemed daunting to her as she approached graduation.
Nicole Watson on her path to becoming the HR Manager of TribalScale at StartWell

Nicola Watson on her path to becoming an HR Manager

Previous experience in recruitment led to larger roles in HR at Ryanair in her native Ireland before becoming the HR manager at TribalScale
Michael Goldman from Facilitation First at StartWell

Why facilitation is important for collaboration sessions

For over 30 years Michael Goldman's professional facilitation training and services company has worked to enable more effective + efficient collaboration.
Jordyn Benattar at StartWell

Jordyn Benattar on the power of clear communication

For the 17th episode of StartWell's Gathering Podcast we sit down with Toronto based public speaking and communications expert Jordyn Benattar.
Martin Hauck at StartWell

This HR professional built a 2,000 person community to help soundboard ideas

Currently the Head of Talent at Caseware, Martin has had a decade-plus career in HR, which started when he was recruited to become a recruiter.
Lorena Perry from the Judge Group at StartWell

A recruiter’s tips on how immigrants can redevelop careers in Canada

Lorena Perry is a career executive in recruiting who leads Judge's efforts in Canada placing candidates in technology roles.
Stephen Shedletzky, aka 'Shed' at StartWell

Why leaders should encourage ‘Speak Up Culture’ – with Stephen Shedletzky aka Shed

Hear about how Shed's career brought him to working with Simon Sinek some of the impetus behind writing his forthcoming book.
Sam Cross from Unity Technologies at StartWell

Why companies should encourage inclusive culture

Sam Cross didn't realise how ADHD affected her until 2020 when it started affecting her work in the absence of daily workplace routines.
Emma Hunt from Bloom at StartWell

Emma Hunt on recruiting, DEI initiatives and more

Emma Hunt is a senior talent advisor with Bloom - a workplace design consultancy based in Toronto but with a globally dispersed team.
Jay Goldman from Sensei Labs at StartWell

How this enterprise software company doubled down on an office for their distributed team

Meet Jay Goldman the CEO of Toronto based Sensei Labs whose company makes orchestration software for enterprise transformations.
Swish Goswami at StartWell

Founding a company to let data benefit people w/Swish Goswami [Video]

Swish shares his vision for Surf, how his team has grown to 40+, why he values a distributed team and enables remote work and much more!