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Tea with a Titan: Conversations Steeped in Greatness

For over a decade, Mary-Jo has had the pleasure of interviewing this generation’s most notable names. From Oscar winners like Cloris Leachman to Emmy winners like Ellen DeGeneres. From country music greats like Carrie Underwood to entrepreneurial mavens like Martha Stewart. Until now, all of this banter has been relegated to the pages of the magazines she’s been blessed to work with. But she’s taken her love for the art of the interview — what she calls “peeking through the portal” — and has brought it to the cyber-waves with the launch of her podcast, Tea with a Titan: Conversations Steeped in Greatness.

Downloaded in approximately 80 countries since its debut in 2016, Tea with a Titan is a series during which Mary-Jo speaks with those people who have one thing in common: The ability to provide a perspective shift, despite the obstacles. Be it entrepreneur, athlete, artist, entertainer, thought-leader, or difference-maker, if the target is one where mastery meets authenticity — even in the face of hurdles and hiccups — Mary-Jo wants to (and frequently does) have tea with them.

Mary-Jo is the best interviewer'ess I've ever experienced.

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The Episodes

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Episode 071: Dr. Russ Kennedy — The Anxiety MD

What we cover: “In this moment, we are safe.” —Dr. Russ Kennedy Today’s guest is Dr Russ Kennedy – someone I have known since 2004, when I launched my brief stint into the stand up comedy world. Russ was a fellow comic, and I got to know him then, and I always really liked him. […]

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Episode 069: Kevin Reynolds — Olympic Figure Skater

What we cover: “Take the past for what it is. And then, focus on moving forward.” —Kevin Reynolds Today’s guest is Kevin Reynolds. He is, of course, the Canadian figure skating super star who won silver at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, as part of the mixed team event. According to the official […]

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Episode 068: Sherry Strong — Chef, Nutritionist, Food Philosopher

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “Addiction is the body’s way of telling you that you’re not listening to your soul.” —Sherry Strong Today’s guest is Sherry Strong – and strong she is. She is a woman who, after 35-years […]

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Episode 066: Anna Rice — Two-time Olympic badminton player

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “The most important things I’ve learned in life, I’ve learned on the badminton court.” —Anna Rice Today’s Guest Titan is two-time Olympian, Anna Rice – a woman who admits that, as far as life goes, everything she’s learned so far, she’s learned on the badminton […]

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Episode 65: Mary-Jo Dionne — Learning to let it go

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House What we cover: “You have to lose sight of the shore to discover new lands.” (paraphrased) —André Gide For those of you who listen to the show on a regular basis, it’s not news that I am […]

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Episode 063: Karin Fortin Jackson — Triathlete / Weight loss success story (Part One: Before)

&amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;amp;gt; What we cover: “For temporary results, commit to temporary changes. For permanent results, commit to permanent ones.” —Karin Fortin Jackson, 3-time Ironman finisher, who lost 120 pounds   In 18 months of conversations with people […]

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Episode 062: Rhian Wilkinson — Three-time Olympic Soccer Player

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “If you want something badly enough, you don’t make sacrifices. You make choices.” —Rhian Wilkinson Today’s Guest Titan chat is a wee bit of a deviation from the norm – and I am so glad about it. Today, I have a guest co-host in the […]

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Episode 060: Terri Tatchell — Oscar-nominated screenwriter

What we cover: Reinvention. I have been calling myself a writer since I was 5 years old. I’ve had a fun and memorable career as an ad copywriter in agencies in Vancouver, as an editor, as a features writer for various magazines. I’ve written my one-woman show and am currently working on the sequel. I […]

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Episode 059: Jeff Symonds — Professional Triathlete (mini-episode)

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. This is a mini-episode. Just a wee one. It’s sort of Part Two in my chat with the unbelievably well-respected professional Ironman triathlete, Jeff Symonds Asia Pacific Ironman Champion, the year before last. But it’s also a stand-alone. So I’m not really thinking of it as a continuation […]

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Episode 058: Jeff Symonds — Professional triathlete

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “A diamond is a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” —Henry Kissinger This week’s Guest Titan is flipping amazing. I have loved him from afar for many years now – not like as a stalker, dressed as a plant, hiding in a corner. […]

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Episode 056: Mary-Jo Dionne — host, Tea with a Titan

Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “Where will we be 5 years from today?” Welcome to Season #2 of Tea with a Titan: Conversations Steeped in Greatness. This is the series where I get to sit down and have tea with entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, artists, philanthropists, thought-leaders, difference makers, — those […]

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Episode 055: Pamela Martin — Broadcasting icon and philanthropist

Guest Titan: Pamela Martin, Broadcasting icon/philanthropist. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson A few weeks ago, I was speaking on a panel for the organization called Dress for Success. […]

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Episode 054: Wendy Williams-Watt — Activist / Artist / Designer

Guest Titan: Wendy Williams-Watt, Activist/Artist/Designer. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” —Burt Bacharach & Hal David About three weeks ago, my four-year-old, JouJou had her first ballet recital with North Vancouver’s stellar organization Pink Petal Ballet, designed less to teach young girls […]

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Episode 053: Mary-Jo Dionne — host, Tea with a Titan

Guest Titan: Mary-Jo Dionne, Walking through the discomfort. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it. Oh no, we have to go through it.” —Michael Rosen JouJou very recently has taken to riding her bike up and down the carpeted hallways of our […]

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Episode 52: George Shapiro — Legendary Hollywood Manager and Executive Producer of Seinfeld

&amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt; Guest Titan: George Shapiro, Talent manager/Executive Producer (Seinfeld). Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. We talk: Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Kaufman, Elvis Presley, and the importance of bombing on stage. (And really, in life.) I’m a big believer that every once in a while, […]

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Episode 050: Elle Wild — Award-winning novelist

Guest Titan: Elle Wild, Award-winning novelist. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” —Samuel Beckett I have known Elle Wild for the better part of the last two decades. She and I were ad copy writers together in Vancouver. And […]

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Episode 048: Gary Robbins — Ultra-runner, The Barkley Marathons

Guest Titan: Gary Robbins, Ultra-runner: The Barkley Marathons. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “You can do this. You will do this.” —Gary Robbins Every once in a while you have a conversation with a person — a person so exceptional, that’s the only word for it — that the stories […]

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Episode 047: Jennifer Heil — Three-time Olympic skier

Guest Titan: Jennifer Heil, Three-time Olympic skier. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “Everything is perspective.” —Jennifer Heil A few months ago, my friend Susanne Biro, Guest Titan Episode #6, put together a dinner party of six people who didn’t necessarily know one another, but who she all thought would hit […]

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Episode 046: Mary-Jo Dionne — host, Tea with a Titan

Your host: Mary-Jo Dionne, Just say “yes!” Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House. What we cover: “It is not our job to ask ‘how?’ It is our job to say ‘yes!’” —anonymous A few years ago, a friend of mine made me a mixed CD. One of the songs was Snow Patrol’s “Just Say […]

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Episode 042: Shaun Frankson — Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder The Plastic Bank

&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt; Guest Titan: Shaun Frankson, Entrepreneur, The Plastic Bank. Tea of choice: Vancouver’s Steam Tea House What we cover: To say that guest titan Shaun Frankson and his business partner David Katz are thought-leaders would likely be one of the bigger understatements of our time. […]

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Episode 041: Jacqueline Way — Philanthropist, Founder of 365give

Guest Titan: Jacqueline Way, Philanthropist, Founder of 365give. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Earl Grey Lavender What we cover: “If we all create a daily habit of giving? Holy Hell, we’ll change the world.” —Jacqueline Way On her son Nick’s 3rd birthday, Jacqueline Way decided to consciously turn her back on the idea of wrapping […]

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Episode 40: Jody Vance — TV and Radio broadcaster

Guest Titan: Jody Vance, TV and Radio Broadcaster. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Earl Grey Lavender What we cover: “No matter what happens, I have me.” —Jody Vance I have loved Jody Vance for the better part of a decade. She was instrumental in introducing me to my first regular role in an on-air segment […]

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Episode 037 Part One: Brent Johnson — football legend (and all-round great guy)

Guest Titan: Brent Johnson, football star (and all-round great guy). Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Steam Tea Nuts and Spice What we cover: “You cannot synthetically produce passion.” —Brent Johnson Every once in a while, you have a conversation with someone who is legitimately hilarious. Legitimately insightful. And legitimately fascinating. And you want to bottle […]

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Episode 036: Betty Jean McHugh — 89-year-old world record marathoner

Guest Titan: Betty Jean McHugh, 89-year-old world record marathon runner. Tea of choice: Steam Tea What we cover: “Don’t let age get in your way.” —Betty Jean McHugh Betty Jean McHugh was born in 1927 in small-town Canada, never knowing that after a childhood that took place in the depression, teen years that took place […]

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Episode 035: Krista Guloien — Olympic rower, speaker, and author

Guest Titan: Krista Guloien, Olympic rower and author. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Organic Earl Grey Lavender What we cover: In the seven months that this series has been my Labour of Love — my Love Child — we’ve been fortunate to chat with a number of those fine human specimens who fall under the […]

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Episode 034: Michelle Tremblay — black belt and empowerment advocate

Guest Titan: Michelle Tremblay, 2nd degree black belt and empowerment advocate. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Liquid Sunshine What we cover: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am […]

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Episode 033: Natasha Wodak — Olympic runner

Guest Titan: Natasha Wodak, Olympic runner. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Organic Earl Grey Lavender What we cover: For those of us who watched the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and sat glued to our television sets for the Opening Ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad, there was a feeling — just like there is at every […]

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Episode 031: Liz Rose — 2nd youngest Canadian to summit Mt Everest

Guest Titan: Liz Rose, 25-yr-old climber who summited Mount Everest. Tea of choice: Steam Tea’s Liquid sunshine What we cover: On May 23rd, 2016, Liz Rose became the 17th Canadian woman to climb Mount Everest, the 2nd youngest Canadian overall to summit, and she’s on track to becoming the youngest Canadian to climb all Seven […]

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Episode 2: Amber Fares, filmmaker

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Amber Fares, discusses her decision to depart her career in advertising and pursue unknown territory — all with a camera strapped around her neck.