From the trenches


One of a kind. ColdStar Solutions leads with sustainable transportation innovation

Ep. 66

ColdStar Solutions is a Vancouver Island based grocery wholesaler, a transport company that specializes in hauling food products between Vancouver and all parts of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands of Georgia Strait and a public Cold Storage operation.

This interview covers the company's unique history, and their focus on sustainable innovation, including the upcoming launch of the first ever entirely electric, Made in Canada, 5 ton refrigerated transportation truck. It also covers the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, leadership lessons and much more.

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Kelly's Final 4:

Book: Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Best advice: "Your goal as a leader is to figure out how to get your team to follow you out of the trenches when the bullets are flying."

App: Audible.

Favourite restaurants on Vancouver Island: The Collective Wine Bar & Kitchen and Wind Cries Mary

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