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On The Brink

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John A. Brink is a self-made entrepreneur who seeks out experts from all walks of life to learn and share their stories.

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Episode 106: Aimee Cassie

March 24th, 2023


Aimee is a northerner at heart, living in and loving Prince George her entire life. After working in management most of her career, she found her …

Episode 105: Jim Girvan

March 22nd, 2023


Jim Girvan is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who has dedicated over four decades of his life to the British Columbia forest industry. …

Episode 104: Chief Dolly Logan

March 17th, 2023


Chief Dolleen Logan was elected Chief of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation on April 8, 2021. Prior to that, she served as Councillor for six years. Chief …

Episode 103: Shirley Bond

March 17th, 2023


Shirley Bond is one of the most respected leaders in Prince George's history. She was first elected in 2001 as the MLA for Prince George-Valemount.

Shirley currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Health, Seniors …

Episode 102: Dan and Roberta McLaren

March 16th, 2023


Dan McLaren was raised on Vancouver Island. He moved to Prince George in 1987. In 1995, after a successful career in commercial banking, Dan founded …

Episode 101: Nicole Currie

March 9th, 2023


Nicole Currie coordinates the Meals on Wheels program for the Prince George Council of Seniors.   Prince George Council of Seniors  (PGCOS) – located …

Episode 100: Selen Alpay

March 8th, 2023


Selen is the owner of the Canadian Tire store in Prince George. His career with this company began in 1978, progressing through the ranks over a 15-year span before acquiring a store in Ontario in 1993. Since then, …

Episode 99: Tyler Sanchez and Kendall Kershaw

March 3rd, 2023


Kendall Kershaw and Tyler Sanchez are the owners and operators of The Little Fit Company in Prince George, British Columbia. These two community …

Episode 98: Shannon Wright

March 1st, 2023


Shannon Wright is a Gitxsen Hereditary Chief and long-time entrepreneur. Shannon is the Owner and Operator of The Pepper Tree, located in the Coast Inn of the North. 

  Over the years, Shannon has been recognized by …

Episode 97: Jim VanderPloeg

February 24th, 2023


Jim VanderPloeg is a Primary Care Paramedic in Northern British Columbia and also one of the founders of the Prince George Relay For Life.  

 In …

Episode 96: Katie Stymiest

February 23rd, 2023


Katie Stymiest is the founder of CAKED BY KATIE - a fun and flavourful dairy-free and gluten-free online baking blog. 

She is also the content …

Episode 95: Ben Thomson

February 23rd, 2023


Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Ben Thomson is the Co-Owner and Operator of HVAC STRONG MECHANICAL.  As a former strongman athlete who competed …

Episode 94: Rob Schuetz

February 16th, 2023


Rob Schuetz is the President of Industrial Forestry Service (IFS), which is one of the largest natural resource consulting firms operating in British …

Episode 93: Amanda Alexander

February 15th, 2023


Amanda Alexander is a community leader and builder in Prince George, who as spent the past 10 years in the CEO role at the YMCA of Northern BC. …

Episode 92: Dr. Garry Merkel

February 8th, 2023


Garry Merkel is a member of the Tahltan Nation and a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. His achievements and contributions are numerous and span decades. They …

Episode 91: Jordan Yu

February 7th, 2023


Jordan Yu is a physical education teacher, community builder and founder of the Northern Bounce Sports Academy.  

Jordan grew up in Prince George, thriving in the sport of basketball and winning numerous championships …

Episode 90: Cpl. Jenn Cooper

February 2nd, 2023


Jenn Cooper is a Media Relations Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Prince George, British Columbia.   Jenn grew up in the …

Episode 89: John Brink

February 1st, 2023


In this solo podcast episode, John Brink discusses why the British Columbia forest industry is in crisis.

Episode 88: Tami Van Kalsbeek

January 26th, 2023


Tami van Kalsbeek is over 850 days sober. She is a certified self-love coach, executive assistant, dedicated mother, a grateful recovering alcoholic, …

Episode 87: David Elstone

January 25th, 2023


David Elstone, RPF, is a professional forester and a highly-regarded industry expert with over 25 years of experience within the forest sector. Recently David has served as Executive Director of the Truck Loggers …

Episode 86: Brian Fehr

January 25th, 2023


As a teenager Brian Fehr began his career working in sawmills across Northern British Columbia. In 1983, in partnership with his father Ike and …

Episode 85: Mike Bernier

January 19th, 2023


Mike Bernier was elected MLA for Peace River South in 2013, 2017, and 2020. Mike is currently the Shadow Minister for Forests.  In the past, he has served as Minister of Education, and as Parliamentary Secretary for …

Episode 84: Kevin Falcon

January 19th, 2023


Kevin Falcon is the Official Opposition Leader for the BC Liberal Party, elected leader in February 2022. He was then elected as MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena on April 30, 2022.

Prior to this, Falcon was elected MLA for …

Episode 83: Sarrah Storey

January 18th, 2023


In 2006 Sarrah made the Village of Fraser Lake in North Central BC her home after a lengthy stay in Prince George BC for almost 24 years.

Sarrah has …

Episode 82: Cristian Silva Zuniga

January 12th, 2023


For the past five years, Cristian Silva Zuniga  has been a member of Team Rubicon (Canada and International), a veteran-led disaster response organization,  which has enabled him to assist people on their worst days - …

Episode 81: Jan Hedberg

January 11th, 2023


Jan Hedberg is a professional forester in Sweden and owner of the company Skogsresor.

 In this episode, John Brink and Jan Hedberg spend time …

Episode 80: Dr. Peter Legge

January 6th, 2023


Peter Legge lives his life dream as an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, a bestselling author and as Chairman & CEO of the largest, independently owned media publishing company in Western Canada – …

Episode 79: Riley Banzer

January 5th, 2023


Riley Banzer is the Founder and Owner of Olympus Freerunning, Prince George's first and only Parkour Training Facility.  

 Parkour is the discipline of moving your body from point A to point B in the fastest most …

Episode 78: Dr. Tracey Lotze and Dr. Jason Boxtart

December 16th, 2022


Dr. Tracey Lotze is a family doctor providing primary care to a large variety of patients. Rather than being a specialist, she provides general care, specifically in taking care of a family’s healthcare. As such, she …

Episode 77: Joan Atkinson

December 15th, 2022


Joan Atkinson moved to Mackenzie with her husband and two sons in 1997 and boasts there is no place she would rather live. Both of Joan’s sons and …

Episode 76: Paz Milburn and Peter Weedon

December 8th, 2022


Paz Milburn and Peter Weedon are the Lead Organizers of the bi-annual Boogie With The Stars fundraiser.   Boogie with the Stars (BWTS) is part of a fun filled, New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance held at the Civic Centre in …

Episode 75: Jim Girvan and Rob Schuetz

December 7th, 2022


Rob Schuetz is the President of Industrial Forestry Service (IFS), which is one of the largest natural resource consulting firms operating in British …

Episode 74: Finn Scott-Neff and Brooklynn Bach

December 7th, 2022


Finn Scott-Neff hails from the north coast of California and is the President of the UNBC Forestry Club. He is also a very talented musician. Finn …

Episode 73: Doug Bell

December 1st, 2022


Doug Bell is the President and CEO of Northern Lights Estate Winery (Canada’s largest fruit winery) and chair of the Family Fast Group of Companies.  

Doug has been a part of Prince George since 1988, and to say he is …

Episode 72: Jim Girvan

November 30th, 2022


Jim Girvan is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who has dedicated over four decades of his life to the British Columbia forest industry. …

Episode 71: Chris Hartmann

November 29th, 2022


As a professional disc golf competitor, Chris Hartmann is one of the top 25 rated players in Canada and has played well over 100 courses in Canada, …

Episode 70: Vova Pluzhnikov

November 24th, 2022


Vova Pluzhnikov is a Ukrainian citizen who moved to Prince George in 2016 to play basketball for the UNBC Timberwolves.   On March 8, 2022, Vova …

Episode 69: Sheldon Clare

November 9th, 2022


Sheldon Clare holds a Master of Arts degree in military history from Norwich University at Northfield, Vermont, and a Bachelor’s degree in …

Episode 68: Jana Phillips

November 4th, 2022


Jana Phillips is a Prince George difference maker who has been involved in a variety of community-enriching endeavours throughout the decades, …

Episode 67: Pat Bell

November 2nd, 2022


Pat Bell is an entrepreneur located in Prince George and former British Columbia Cabinet Minister, who served three terms in the BC Legislature and …

Episode 66: Rob Schuetz

October 26th, 2022


Rob Schuetz is the President of Industrial Forestry Service (IFS), which is one of the largest natural resource consulting firms operating in British …

Episode 65: Catherine Hansen

October 25th, 2022


Catherine Hansen-McCarthy has one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in Northern British Columbia, who is currently the Executive Producer …

Episode 64: Kyla Wilhelmsen

October 20th, 2022


Kyla Wilhelmsen was a participant in the City of Prince George's Titans’ Den competition back in November 2021. Kyla pitched a business idea, which …

Episode 63: Christine Midgley

October 19th, 2022


Christine Midgley moved to Prince George from Brantford, Ontario in 2020. 

Since her arrival to Prince George, Christine helped create and produce …

Episode 62: Roy Stewart

October 13th, 2022


Roy Stewart, Q.C. practices law in Prince George and first became involved in public life by being elected as a School Board Trustee in 1981 and …

Episode 61: Terri McConnachie

October 5th, 2022


City Councillor Terri McConnachie is running to become the next mayor of Prince George. She officially announced her campaign with a kick-off event at the Knowledge Garden at the Prince George Public Library in …

Episode 60: Erica McLean

October 4th, 2022


Erica McLean is an intellectually gifted and highly optimistic local educator and Cross-Fit athlete who grew up on the Gitxsan First Nation, several hundred kilometres west of Prince George.  

After years of working as …

Episode 59: Ivan Paquette

September 30th, 2022


Ivan Paquette's entertainment career began after moving to Vancouver in the mid-80s and he soon appeared in the original MacGyver series, 21 Jump Street, Black Stallion series, Border Town and made other appearances on …

Episode 58: Sagar Saxena

September 29th, 2022


Born and raised in India, Sagar’s passion for international business led him to pursue graduate studies from Cardiff University in the U.K. After completing his MBA in 2009, Sagar returned to India and began Caravan O …

Episode 57: Alison Hoskins

September 22nd, 2022


Born and raised in Prince George, Alison Hoskins is the Chief Executive Officer at Integris Credit Union and a local community difference maker.   

Episode 56: Simon Yu

September 13th, 2022


Nearly 50 years ago, Simon Yu immigrated to Prince George from Hong Kong carrying only two suitcases. As a young high school student speaking very …

Episode 55: Shannon Keeping

September 8th, 2022


Shannon Keeping has worked with Northern Health for the past 18 years, specializing in mental health counseling, addictions, wellness, crisis intervention, case management, social work and psychiatry.   

Shannon is a …

Episode 54: Todd Corrigall

August 23rd, 2022


An experienced senior leader, Todd Corrigall is a born and raised Torontonian living in Prince George who has spent the previous 15 years in government and media, working in a variety of leadership capacities. 

Focused …

Episode 53: Nadia Mansour

August 19th, 2022


Nadia Mansour is a Video Journalist with CBC in Prince George. At 19 years old, Nadia is a major up-and-coming difference maker in Northern BC. 

As …

Episode 52: Wesley Mitchell

August 17th, 2022


Wesley Mitchell is a community difference-maker located in Prince George, British Columbia. He is one of the UHNBC Monday Night Drum Group founders, …

Episode 51: Kyle Sampson

August 3rd, 2022


Watch the full 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗞 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 episode with Kyle Sampson at

Kyle Sampson is a Councillor with …

Episode 50: Dr. Robin Johnson

July 27th, 2022


Dr. Johnson is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who works at the University Hospital of Northern BC. Her education involves studies at Dalhousie …

Episode 49: Christine Buemann

July 19th, 2022


Christine Buemann started as a Mortgage Broker in 2010 and has been investing in real estate throughout Northern British Columbia since 2005. She is …

Episode 48: Sarita Parmar

July 14th, 2022


Sarita Parmar is a business coach, mentor and project manager with Community Futures Fraser Fort George and helps facilitate the LEAP for Women Project. Sarita was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer early …

Episode 47: Ties Brink

July 7th, 2022


Ties Brink is a very curious 20-year old student from TU Delft in The Netherlands. He is the former mayor of 'Madurodam' and is now on their board. …

Episode 46: Alex Mackenzie

June 29th, 2022

In 2019, Alex Mackenzie quit his six-figure pulp mill job in Prince George to chase his dream of becoming a fulltime stand-up comedian. Alex sold his …

Episode 45: Bruce Johnston

June 23rd, 2022


Bruce Johnston, P.Eng, has a portfolio and reputation that speak for themselves. He holds designations as a Professional Engineer, Certified …

Episode 44: Tracy Calogheros

June 15th, 2022


Tracy Calogheros was born in Toronto and has been in Prince George since 1992. As CEO of The Exploration Place, which has been closed since March 2020, Tracy and her team have been busy coordinating world-class …

Episode 43: Meryeta O'Dine

June 2nd, 2022


Meryeta is an Olympic champion from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.   Four years after missing her first chance to compete at the Olympic …

Episode 42: Joel McKay

May 19th, 2022


Joel McKay is the CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), a regional development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth in …

Episode 41: Brooklyn Derksen

May 11th, 2022


Brooklyn Derksen is a local certified Yoga teacher and Level 1 iRest (Integrative Restoration) Meditation teacher. She has a passion to advocate for …

Episode 40: Rob Schuetz

May 5th, 2022


Rob Schuetz is the President of Industrial Forestry Service (IFS), which is one of the largest natural resource consulting firms operating in British …

Episode 39: Donna Flood

April 27th, 2022


Donna Flood is the Executive Director of the Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society. She has been a nurse for 36 years and had an opportunity to nurse in various countries around the world.   

Donna's most …

Episode 38: Rob van Adrichem

April 21st, 2022


Rob van Adrichem is the Director of External Relations at Community Energy Association (CEA).  With more than 25 years of experience in higher education and local government, Rob is an experienced executive team member …

Episode 37: Dr. Geoff Payne

April 12th, 2022


Dr. Geoff Payne is the President and Interim Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia.

A founding faculty member at the Northern …

Episode 36: Jamie Rivard

April 8th, 2022


Jamie Rivard is a commercial banker with TD Canada Trust and a strong advocate for people with disabilities  Jamie  moved to Prince George in 2012 to pursue her bachelor's degree at the University of Northern British …

Episode 35: Craig Briere

March 31st, 2022


Craig Briere is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and community-builder who is the CEO of West Coast Hospitality and The Prestige Treasure Cove Resort …

Episode 34: Matija Tiani

March 24th, 2022


Matija Tiani is a local Prince George athlete who has completed over 10 full marathon runs (42.2km), including the Boston Marathon in 2019 …

Episode 33: Paul and Sandra Clermont

March 17th, 2022


Paul and Sandra Clermont are the founders and owners of Northern Spirit Transportation (NST). Based in Prince George, the company hit the pavement in …

Episode 32: Nikki Smyth & Renee Eliason

March 10th, 2022


Nikki Smyth and Renee Eliason are the founders of NorthSoulFit, based in Prince George, BC. These two Canadian moms specialize in online health, …

Episode 31: Katie Marren & Harsh Dhaliwal

March 10th, 2022


This is a very special podcast with two incredible difference makers in Prince George, British Columbia.

Katie Marren is the District Vice Principal …

Episode 30: Dana Meise

March 10th, 2022


Dana Meise is an amazing Prince George resident who holds the world record for enduring the longest hike in history (over 21,000km) that took him 10 …

Episode 29: Catherine Pennington

February 17th, 2022


A Certified Professional Coach and Registered Professional Counsellor, Catherine Pennington operates Momentum Counselling and Coaching Services, her …

Episode 28: Dr. Kathy Lewis

February 10th, 2022


Dr. Kathy Lewis is currently Acting Vice President of Research, a Professor and former Chair of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at UNBC. …

Episode 27: Joe Elliott

February 5th, 2022


Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Joe Elliott is a local veteran who spent 22 years serving his country in the navy, before moving to Prince …

Episode 26: Angela LeFebvre

February 3rd, 2022


Angela Lefebvre is the owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George and a proud advocate of Northern British Columbia. Before becoming the owner of Chinook …

Episode 25: Ron Gallo

January 28th, 2022


Ron Gallo is a community difference-maker in Prince George who has helped the Wheelin' Warriors of the North raise over $1 million for the BC Cancer …

Episode 24: Dani VonShweetz

January 20th, 2022


Dani VonShweetz is the Founder of North Soul Studios in Prince George, British Columbia. As a creative visionary, Dani established a Backyard Studio …

Episode 23: Tim Bennett

January 13th, 2022


Tim Bennett, a major leader in the community of Prince George and Northern British Columbia, has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC …

Episode 22: Judy Russell

December 15th, 2021


Judy Russell is a legend in the performing arts, dance and entertainment industry in Northern British Columbia and is the founder of Enchainement …

Episode 21: Melissa Wolford

December 2nd, 2021


Melissa Wolford is a entrepreneur, graphic design artist, alchemist and the founder/creator of Harmonic Vibrations, Sunshine Signs and Wolford …

Episode 20: Dan Gallo

November 25th, 2021


Dan Gallo is a 17-time provincial and 9-time national arm-wrestling champion. Based in Prince George and highly skilled as a heavy duty mechanic, Dan is the perfect example of what happens when hard work, passion and a …

Episode 19: Todd Doherty

November 18th, 2021


Todd Doherty is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Cariboo Prince George, first elected in October, 2015.

Mr. Doherty brings vast experience …

Episode 18: Terri McConnachie

November 12th, 2021


"As a proud citizen of Prince George for more than 40 years, I have enjoyed meeting and working with the amazing people in our community in a career built primarily in the challenging and dynamic not-for-profit sector. …

Episode 17: Courtney Hayhurst

November 4th, 2021


Courtney Hayhurst is a soon-to-be-anthropologist, currently completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern British Columbia. Born and …

Episode 16: Dr. Dennis Johnson

October 27th, 2021


Dr. Dennis Johnson is the eighth official president of the College of New Caledonia 

Dr. Johnson brings 29 years of experience in the post-secondary …

Episode 15: Kimberley Kenyon

October 21st, 2021


Kimberley is a Northern BC girl who was born and raised in Prince George, BC, and she is currently based there. She is an enthusiastic believer in herself and others. Her water lifestyle began with learning to surf in …

Episode 14: Mayor Lyn Hall

October 7th, 2021


Mayor Lyn Hall has been an active member of the Prince George community for over 30 years. He first entered local politics in 2001 when he won a seat …

Episode 13: Lucy Poirier

September 30th, 2021


Lucy Poirier is an Air Traffic Controller at YXS - Prince George Airport who, at a very young age, is achieving great things and is a wonderful …

Episode 12: James Mclellan

September 23rd, 2021


James Mclellan is a Medical Dosimetrist working at the BC Cancer Agency for the North in Prince George, British Columbia. In this podcast episode, …

Episode 11: Vern Martel

September 16th, 2021


Vern Martel won his first arm-wrestling tournament at 13 and was winning international titles by his 20s, but his career seemed over after a devastating motorcycle accident in 1984 left him with a paralyzed arm. 

Episode 10: Derk Grooten

August 25th, 2021


Derk Grooten is a Prince George resident and military veteran from Holland, who works as a Radiation Therapist for the BC Cancer Agency for the …

Episode 9: Albert Koehler

August 18th, 2021


Dr. Albert Koehler's journey from a small village in Northern Europe to Prince George in Central British Columbia has been interesting, challenging, …

Episode 8: Tara Webber

August 4th, 2021


Tara Webber is an international powerlifting champion from Prince George with an incredibly impressive commitment to training, recovery and …

Episode 7: Jim Good

July 28th, 2021


Jim Good is the Founder and Operator of Goodsir Nature Park, a year-round 160-acre botanical garden for tourists and residents alike in Northern …

Episode 6: Nicola Redpath

July 21st, 2021


Nicola Redpath is the Founder and Operator of the Prince George Animal Rescue, a great friend and a true community difference-maker. Thank you for …

Episode 5: Dr. Jason Boxtart

July 21st, 2021


What an honour it is to introduce Dr. Jason Boxtart as the fifth official guest on the podcast. Thank you for being ON THE BRIINK!  

ON THE BRINK is a podcast hosted by John A. Brink, dedicated to interviewing …

Episode 4: Dr. Tracey Lotze

July 5th, 2021


What an honour it is to introduce Dr. Tracey Lotze as the fourth official guest on the podcast. Thank you for being ON THE BRIINK!  

ON THE BRINK is a podcast hosted by John A. Brink, dedicated to interviewing …

Episode 3: Colin Breadner

July 22nd, 2020


Colin Breadner is an accomplished Real Estate Agent in Prince George, B.C. He has also previously worked in the food industry and brings the same …

Episode 2: Gillian Roberts

July 21st, 2020


The second guest "On the Brink" is Gillian Roberts. Gillian grew up in Ontario and has moved to Prince George, B.C. She is an accomplished tri-athlete and has fought against cancer. She is a true testament to human …

Episode 1: Kendall Kershaw

July 10th, 2020


Kendall Kershaw is a model, personal training, and entrepreneur who is from Prince George, B.C. In this episode, John and Kendall discuss the challenges of the fitness industry as well as their achievements. 

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