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September Breakfast - Entrepreneur Panel

  • Chateau Lacombe Hotel 10111 Bellamy Hill Road Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5J Canada (map)

Entrepreneur Panel:

"You may wonder what Fish, Weed and Meditation have in common …. Three brilliant entrepreneurs will be joining us at the September breakfast and in a panel situation we will explore topics that range from technology, innovation, the human condition and leading through times of uncertainty and change. We will look at similarities and differences that make these entrepreneurs successful and ask questions that provoke thought and insight." 

Panel members Mandy Trapp founder and CEO of LifeStyle Meditation, Rob Tyron, Owner of Effing Seafoods and PJ Barclay CEO of DriveAble."

Moderator: James Cumming


Mandy Trapp worked in the health and wellness industry for 15 years before launching her own meditation company in 2012. Lifestyle Meditation was founded as an education-based, socially conscious company that believes in making stress management and spiritual growth easy and accessible for everyone. As a mother of three and wife to a successful entrepreneur, Mandy understands the demands of juggling a busy life. Although she entered motherhood with a post-secondary education and a full schedule as a personal trainer at a top training studio in Edmonton, Canada, it wasn’t until she began her studies at Chopra University in San Diego, California, that she truly began to understand the importance of a daily meditation practice. In 2008 she graduated from Chopra University with their top distinction of Vedic Master Educator and has brilliantly woven her Chopra education with her athletic training education, various yoga certifications, and several trips to India and Nepal where she has founded the India/Nepal Yoga Project; a non-profit organization that empowers healing in those affected by the devastating effects of human trafficking.


P-J joined DriveABLE in 2016 as President and CEO. Originally from South Africa, he spent the last 4 years in Edmonton, two and a half heading up an Advisory Practice which offered talent, process, and technology solutions to both private and public sector organizations. “My goal is to work with this dynamic and energetic team to optimize the commercialization of our advanced technology into multiple high potential markets.”

DriveABLE combine cutting-edge technology with proven research to deliver driver assessment tools for commercial fleets, governments, insurers, and the medical community. They provide service, software and hardware solutions that help identify if medications or medical conditions have affected a person’s ability to drive.

Established as a University spin-off, DriveABLE has been providing driver risk assessments for over 15 years. DriveABLE products are licensed and distributed across North America, New Zealand and South Korea. It is their goal to protect competent drivers, accurately identify cognitively unsafe drivers, and to help improve safety on our roads.


Rob Tryon has been surrounded by the ocean and seafood since birth. In fact, he’s convinced that salt water runs through his veins.

His personal connection to the seafood and fishing industry sets him apart from the rest. His entrepreneurial drive paired with his education in fisheries and aquaculture, and experience in commercial fishing and oyster farming makes his business, Effing Seafoods, a force to be reckoned with.

So, what’s the story behind “Effing” Seafoods? When Rob was shellfish farming, he was looking for a unique way to brand his oysters. They were grown in a small inlet called Effingham Inlet, Barkley Sound, just off the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Because of this, he dubbed them "Effing Oysters". Just like that, the name immediately began to draw attention from chefs, seafood buyers, foodies and the general public. He not only saw an impressive increase in sales, but started being approached by many for online interviews and promotional videos.

To this day, after being out of the industry for years, he still gets recognized as the Effing Oyster guy.

He’s carving out that same name in the Edmonton area too! An unbeatable drive and passion for his trade has catapulted him into the public spotlight as a seafood and fish purveyor that the city has never seen before.

We hope you can make it!  Cheers,Synergy Network