TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart Podcast

From health and wellness, to community, to social responsibility, we’ll share stories, bust myths, provide simple and practical tips, and deliver information of value to Canadians. Listen to this twice weekly podcast hosted by veteran broadcaster Tamara Taggart.

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TELUS’ purpose is to leverage the power of our world-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes: bridging digital divides through connectivity, digitally transforming healthcare, supporting environmental initiatives to reduce our carbon impact to zero, and using technology to ensure all Canadians are given the ability to reach their full potential.

Tune in weekly to TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart, as we bring you the interviews and stories that matter most to Canadians.

TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart episodes

Episode 22: Exploring the science of fear, with Eva Holland

Released: June 2, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Eva Holland, the author of Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear. Eva talks about the lessons she learned from facing her own fears, where phobias come from, why we feel fear in the first place and how it can save us.

Episode 21: Perfect parenting is not the goal, with Dr. Ross Greene

Released: May 28, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with child psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. Ross Greene, to talk about parenting during the pandemic. Dr. Greene explains that even though being a parent while we’re physically isolating is tougher, we need to give ourselves a break. It can be an incredible opportunity to get to know your kids better, recognize their resilience and manage the expectations you set for yourself.

Episode 20: Your body and mind are connected, with Dr. Gabor Maté

Released: May 26, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Dr. Gabor Maté, renowned speaker, best-selling author and retired physician with extensive expertise in addiction, stress and childhood development. Dr. Maté explains the science behind stress and trauma and how the body and mind are connected when we’re doing the work to heal.

Episode 19: Rethinking how children learn, with Dr. Elka Walsh

Released: May 21, 2020

In this episode Tamara Taggart sits down with Dr. Elka Walsh, a leader in education and the President & CEO at UDiscover Learning Inc. Dr. Walsh draws on her over 20 years of experience as an educator to talk about the changes our education system has seen in the past few months. She explains why now is the perfect time to rethink our education models, how online learning is helping our kids grow as independent thinkers and what two things parents should be focusing on at home with their child’s schooling.

Episode 18: Designing your life, with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Released: May 19, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, authors of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Designing Your Life. They talk with Tamara about how we can use design thinking principles to thrive at any age and any stage in life, even now. With theories rooted in design thinking and science, they explain how to overcome dysfunctional beliefs, why setting small goals is important and how to make life’s tough questions less daunting.

Episode 17: Practicing preventative health in isolation, with Dr. Maryam Zeineddin

Released: May 14, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Dr. Maryam Zeineddin, a family physician with particular interest in preventative health and lifestyle counselling. Maryam demonstrates the importance of mental health in medicine, explains how we can take ownership of our own well-being and gives tips on how to practice self-care while isolating at home.

Episode 16: Virtual healthcare is a game changer, with Juggy Sihota

Released: May 12, 2020

The role of virtual healthcare has become increasingly important in recent months and in this episode, Tamara sits down with Juggy Sihota, Vice-president of Consumer Health at TELUS, to talk about how it’s changing the health landscape in Canada. Juggy talks about why digital solutions can be used to complement traditional, face-to-face care and explains how TELUS is helping transform the way Canadians access healthcare.

Episode 15: How isolation is affecting victims of abuse, with Battered Women’s Support Services

Released: May 7, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS), an organization that educates, advocates and supports people leaving abusive relationships. Angela describes why her team was able to prepare for an increase in calls when COVID-19 hit, how detrimental social isolation can be for those living in vulnerable situations and what we can do to help. BWSS is available at 1-855-687-1868 or

Episode 14: Getting comfortable with uncertainty, with Dr. Joshua Tepper

Released: May 5, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Dr. Joshua Tepper, family physician, and President and CEO of North York General Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Tepper pulls from his extensive medical background and on-the-ground experience leading a hospital to talk about the weight of the pandemic on the healthcare system. He describes the challenges that still exist and tells us that we don’t yet know what “the new normal” will look like.

Episode 13: Answering the call, with Kids Help Phone

Released: April 30, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Alisa Simon from Kids Help Phone to talk about how young people are coping with social distancing and isolation. The demand for professional counselling has grown exponentially during the pandemic and Simon shares what we can do to help make sure every young person knows they have someone to talk to. Kids Help Phone is available at 1-800-668-6868 or

Episode 12: What social isolation can do to your brain, with Dr. Olav Krigolson

Released: April 28, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Dr. Olav Krigolson, a neuroscientist who specializes in human learning and decision-making. Dr. Krigolson uses research to explain the effects of social isolation on our brains, why we might be making impaired decisions while we’re physically distanced from friends and family, and what we can do to keep our brains healthy.

Episode 11: Caring for our most vulnerable, with Joy Bowen-Eyre

Released: April 23, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Joy Bowen-Eyre, the CEO of The Alex, a non-profit organization in Calgary that delivers health and social services to vulnerable communities. Joy and Tamara talk about how the not-for-profit sector has been helping Calgarians during the pandemic and what we can all do to safely support each other while we’re social distancing.

Episode 10: Embracing everyday moments, with Kelle Hampton

Released: April 21, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Kelle Hampton, New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle blogger, who writes about enjoying the simple things in life as she raises three kids. Kelle reminds us to recognize and appreciate everyday moments as she and Tamara chat about slowing down, rediscovering what makes us happy and doing three simple things to enjoy life right now.

Episode 9: Finding comfort through books, with Ariel Bissett

Released: April 16, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with Canadian YouTube sensation, Ariel Bissett. With over 170,000 followers, Ariel is a reader, writer and filmmaker, recommending books to the masses and interviewing notable figures like Bill Gates, Michelle Obama and Margaret Atwood. Tamara and Ariel share their book recommendations and talk about how reading and writing can help us stay connected while we’re social distancing.

Episode 8: Keep your phone clean, with Patrick O’Rourke

Released: April 14, 2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard over and over again about the importance of washing our hands, but what about our phones? In this episode, Tamara sits down with Managing Editor of MobileSyrup, Patrick O’Rourke, to talk about why we should be keeping our devices clean, what the best method is for cleaning them, and how we can best use technology while we’re socially distancing.

Episode 7: Flattening the curve, with Dr. Bonnie Henry

Released: April 9, 2020

In this episode, Tamara sits down with B.C. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, to update Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Henry emphasizes the continued importance of physical distancing, what we can do to flatten the curve and how much longer we’re expected to be in isolation.

Episode 6: Finding your why when surrounded by change, with Arlene Dickinson

Released: April 7, 2020

In this episode, Tamara Taggart sits down with respected entrepreneur and best-selling author Arlene Dickinson. Known for her roles on Dragons’ Den and the TELUS Pitch, Arlene shares advice to new and veteran business owners on how to weather a crisis. She talks with Tamara about her own personal journey and why now is the time to get to know yourself, your special skills and figure out what matters most in your life.

Episode 5: How to take smart risks with your money, with Maili Wong

Released: April 2, 2020

In this episode, Tamara Taggart sits down with financial advisor and best-selling author, Maili Wong, to talk about financial health in a time of crisis. Maili compares the current economic climate with financial crises of the past and explains how you can take a “smart risk” approach to your investments.

Episode 4: Finding the new balance with food, with Desiree Nielsen

Released: March 31, 2020

In this episode, Tamara Taggart sits down with Desiree Nielsen, a registered dietician, published author and television host. Desiree tells us how to keep food simple during quarantine, what we can eat to support our immune systems, and how to embrace wellness while we’re facing unusual circumstances.

Episode 3:  We’ll get through this as a team, with Hayley Wickenheiser

Released: March 26, 2020

In this episode, Tamara Taggart sits down with Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian icon and sports legend. Her Olympic career spanned over two decades, earning her five Olympic medals. Now, she’s in her final year of medical school. Tamara and Hayley talk about how to stay healthy and active during the COVID-19 crisis, and how the pandemic is affecting the world of sports.

Episode 2:  What we can learn from facing our fears, with Leisse Wilcox

Released: March 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has rattled many of us as we struggle to adapt to a fast-changing world. For Leisse Wilcox, there is familiarity amid the uncertainty. Just last year, the Toronto-based entrepreneur and mom-of-three was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fear -- physical, emotional, financial -- was a constant companion as she underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. Today, she views that dark time as nothing short of a gift. It was then she learned how to face her worst fears and find her way forward with strength and compassion. We are collectively dawning on an unsettling truth: Not everything in life is within our control. “It’s about how you respond, how you react and how you take action in your own life that matters,” she says.

Episode 1: Your mental and physical well-being during COVID-19, with Dr. Diane McIntosh

Released: March 15, 2020

  • How to stay calm

  • Manage with the tools we have at hand 

  • Social distancing 

  • What practical things can Canadians do to stay healthy physically?

  • How can you take care of your mental health during this time?