I’m a television host and producer, award-winning public speaker, and international print journalist. In addition to hosting a live talk show in Ottawa, I write regularly for BBC World News, The Globe and Mail, ELLE, and every major daily newspaper in Canada. I’ve published two children’s books, contributed to tourism guidebooks on Iceland and Chile, and co-edited an anthology of essays on Canada-European Union relations. My work has taken me to 35 countries and provided opportunities such as interpreting for Mikhail Gorbachev’s entourage, writing for the Economist Group, and interviewing Noam Chomsky. I speak fluent French and Russian, and hold degrees in international business, Russian studies, and journalism. I’ve lived and worked in Belgium, Japan, and across Canada.
Barbara Balfour interviews the owner of Ottawa's first and only zero-waste lifestyle grocery store on Daytime Ottawa. Valerie Leloup is a schoolteacher turned entrepreneur who opened NU Grocery to help others lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
How do you find the right people to help run your business? How do you find the right office space? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you raise enough money for your business to thrive? Join journalist Barbara Balfour with special guest entrepreneurs Steve Cody, Margo Crawford and Greg O'Donnell for answers to these questions and much more!
Learn the secrets of successful multicultural relationships and how to navigate the challenges that pop up along the way! Journalist Barbara Balfour (www.barbarabalfour.com) hosts guests Nataxja Cini, Leah Williams and Karen Larche on popular live talk show Ottawa Experts. Join the conversation on how society increasingly shows signs that love is colour blind - but some people still need to catch up.
Forget the fact that Ottawa was once coined the “city that fun forgot” — the adage couldn’t be further from the truth. Ottawa’s burgeoning culinary scene proves its fun score is actually on the rise. What better way to disprove the stereotype of a stodgy government town than by noshing your way through boozy artisanal ice creams and organic fruit-studded popsicles? Here are our top four spots in the city for enjoying a frozen refreshment.
The days when women would simply throw on an old T-shirt to exercise are long gone. Instead, in today's ever more fitness and fashion conscious world, a growing number are willing to pay as much for a new gym outfit as they do for a new formal party dress. This has led to a big increase over recent years in the value of the women's sportswear market.
While cleaning the bathroom of a home in the west end of Toronto, a young Filipino nanny tuned into a TED Talk that would change the course of her life’s journey. Working full-time as the live-in caregiver of two children, Ivah Camille Baban makes a habit of listening to podcasts while she cleans. On that fateful day, the 26-year-old found herself riveted by University of the People president Shai Reshef describing his innovative new institution – one offering an education she could actually afford, and degrees at a fraction of the cost of anywhere else. With more than 2,000 students registered from more than 150 countries, UoPeople is the world’s first non-profit, near-tuition-free, accredited online university.
Sometimes it takes a visionary to almost lose a life before he can change the lives of countless others. More than 15 years after AOL Inc. co-founder Ted Leonsis escaped death on a harrowing plane flight, Brian Scudamore found the inspiration he needed to transform his modest business into a home-service empire. Mr. Leonsis's now-famous list of "101 things to do before you die," which he later wrote about in his best-selling book The Business of Happiness, was inspired by the 35 minutes that ticked by as he prepared for a crash landing and realized he would die unhappy. The business tycoon's experience instilled in Mr. Scudamore a greater sense of urgency to live his life with passion – and rope in his employees, friends and family along the way.