Alison Garwood Jones

Growing up in an artistic home

October 5, 2020

The soil I grew up in was planted with art, music and literature. Mind you, I didn’t start seriously reading until university. I was too busy staring at the layout of my marker sets. 

The following clips are from my interview with Nargiz Mammadova, the co-founder and CEO of the Destin AI app, an AI-powered virtual guide that simplifies the immigration process to Canada. (

Nargiz and I met a few years ago after I delivered a talk for IABC Toronto. She came bounding up to me. 

It turns out, while building the Destin AI app with her team, she was simultaneously filming a web series of interviews with creative entrepreneurs, both as a way to fuel and encourage herself through the day-to-day challenges of building something that didn’t yet exist, but as inspiration for her friends, also trying to make their way through disrupted workplaces and the evolving technological landscape.

Our conversation was shot pre-Covid. 

You can check out all of Nargiz’s full interviews (including this one) at Insights With Nargiz on YouTube.

• Produced by Nargiz Mammadova •Videographer:  Gary Chen •Video Editing: Elnur Valiyev • Extra family photos added by Alison Garwood-Jones


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