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Thrive Podcast - Startup Canada

Startup Canada: A Grassroots, Entrepreneur-led Movement to Bring Together, Celebrate, and Give a Voice to Canada’s Entrepreneurship Community.

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The Thrive Podcast is a production of Startup Canada and is broadcast through the Startup Canada Podcast Network. On the podcast, award-winning serial entrepreneur, Startup Canada’s Women’s Ambassador and host Janice McDonald connects listeners with,...Show More
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43:12 | Sep 12th

Bernice Kootoo Clarkee is the Founder and President of Uasao Soap (Wah-so Soap), an Inuit owned company dedicated to preserving traditional Inuit knowledge by incorporating it in a new and modern way. When she first started up in Nunavut, she had to ...Show More

46:09 | Sep 5th

Entrepreneurship is often a vessel for passion – it’s where those who have an undying urge to change the world go to make an impact, and Bonnie Foley-Wong is no different. “After my experience in investment banking and seeing vast amounts of capital ...Show More

51:10 | Aug 29th

Caterina prides herself on her ability to read trends, innovate products and translate visions into viable strategies. Caterina is a passionate believer in human centered design and has built her career by investing her energy into lofty goals and le...Show More

42:40 | Aug 22nd

Lover of food and creation from a young age, Antoinette has brought her passion for cooking traditional Trinidadian and Tobagonian foods to Canada’s North. Influenced by her mother and grandmother’s love for cooking, Antoinette opened her first resta...Show More

52:35 | Aug 15th

Sharon Nyangweso is an international digital communications and inclusions consultant. Sharon’s work is centered around using design principles to solve inclusion in organizations, community initiatives, and projects by helping to advance their visio...Show More

51:10 | Aug 8th

Gillian Riley is President and CEO of Tangerine Bank and is working to build and execute the strategies behind Tangerine Bank, positioning the bank as Canada’s leading digital bank.  In addition to growing Tangerine’s customer base, Gillian is spearh...Show More

38:11 | Aug 1st

Chantal is a seasoned marketing and communications creative with expertise in business, digital strategy, and social media. Using her outgoing personality and the power of social media, Chantal has grown an engaged and vibrant audiences on channels s...Show More

43:23 | Jul 25th

At Plan It! Outsourcing Solutions, Kara and her team work with businesses to uncover operational inefficiencies and gaps in processes to replace chaos with order. By approaching problems holistically and beginning at the source of these issues, Kara ...Show More

42:18 | Jul 18th

With over six years of sales experience working at various large corporations like PepsiCo Beverages Canada and Maple Leaf Foods, Farah knows firsthand the stress and high anxiety employees feel on a daily basis. “My identity was identified by extern...Show More

28:07 | Jul 11th

Jennifer Cooke joined Export Development Canada in 2010 to pursue her passion of working directly with Canadian entrepreneurs and their companies to help them succeed in international markets.In her role as the Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade...Show More

39:52 | Jul 4th

Jill is an entrepreneurially minded leader who believes diversity drives innovation. As the Head of Female Funders, Jill is empowering female leaders to become investors in early-stage companies through education and access. “A lot of the investors i...Show More

16:15 | Jun 27th

Justine Marchand is a Québec-based operational leader who in 2018 joined TechStars, one of the world’s top-rated startup accelerators as a Program Manager for the Montréal AI Program. Justine’s day-to-day includes making sure founders get the most ou...Show More

33:09 | Jun 20th

Leisse refers to herself as a professional human and has successfully built a positive and encouraging brand which she calls Emotional Alchemy. As a coach, entrepreneur, mother, and breast cancer survivor, Leisse is passionate about turning ugly expe...Show More

43:46 | Jun 13th

Amber is the President of AmberMac Media and Amber embodies the spirit of innovation with an interest in the internet of things, AI, and everything tech. Amber appears regularly on networks like CNN, Bloomberg, and Sirius XM and is the author of her ...Show More

45:17 | Jun 6th

Clary Chambers is the Founder of Spark Clarity, and inspires others to live their lives authentically and find happiness. She offers coaching keynotes and workshops powered by self-love. “I gave myself a practice run. I spoke in front of sixty women ...Show More

42:02 | May 30th

Guides.co, is on a mission to make an impact through community-driven platforms. Founder and CEO, Scott Anann has built Guides.co, a cloud-based platform to hold and share grassroots knowledge between individuals and their organizations. “The genesis...Show More

37:19 | May 23rd

Mark Evans is the principal of ME Consulting and recently became the V.P. of Marketing at Daisy Intelligence, a high powered software platform that helps retailers and insurance companies turn their data into real business recommendations. “It feels ...Show More

41:41 | May 16th

Frances McCrae is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Small Business and Marketplace services at Innovation, Science and Economic development Canada (ISED). The sector collaborates with and has oversight on responsibilities for the Business Development ...Show More

38:31 | May 9th

Uchechi is the founder of My Empowered Living, where she is committed to helping entrepreneurs increase their wealth and confidence by offering her expertise and proven strategies. “Once you bridge that gap in terms of knowing who your customers are,...Show More

47:21 | May 2nd

Kathy Cheng is the President of WS & Co., one of Canada’s leading full-service apparel manufacturers. She is also the Founder of WS & Co.’s in-stock apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel, which provides promotional and retail distributors with trend...Show More

45:28 | Apr 25th

Karen Lavoie has been an employment consultant for more than eighteen years, helping companies and startups find the right members for their teams. Specializing in the ICT sector, the key behind Karen’s success is her ability to tap into the hidden j...Show More

45:57 | Apr 17th

Katie Miller is the Managing Director at Impact Hub Ottawa, a collaborative co working space and community that inspires, connects and enables people working to solve the world’s challenges big and small. Part of a global network of over 100 Impact H...Show More

35:35 | Apr 11th

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneu...Show More

33:35 | Apr 4th

Craig Ryan is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and Carla Heim is BDC’s Senior Advisor of Social Entrepreneurship. This duo is committed to growing the B Corp movement for entrepreneurs in Canad...Show More

48:46 | Mar 27th

When you’re starting a business, human resources (HR) might not be top of mind. But as soon as you begin hiring, it’s a part of business ownership that entrepreneurs will need to explore. Dr. Helen Ofosu, Career Psychologist and HR Consultant and Fou...Show More

36:06 | Mar 21st

Nicole Verkindt is a serial entrepreneur and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den. She is the CEO and Founder of Offset Market Exchange, a tech company that supports businesses to be more efficient, reduces costs, and reap the highest economic benefit from...Show More

53:30 | Mar 14th

We are so excited to have Gloria Roheim McRae on the Thrive Podcast today. Gloria is a Senior Manager of Solutions Consultants at Hootsuite by day, where she is leading enterprise level solutions for the financial service sector across North America....Show More

43:13 | Mar 8th

Today we launch the new Thrive Podcast Series with Komal Minhas.  We are so thrilled to have Erin Bury on the inaugural Thrive Podcast episode today. Erin Bury is an entrepreneur, speaker, startup advisor/investor, and former technology journalist. I...Show More

33:34 | Sep 27th, 2018

Maria dove into entrepreneurship after leaving her teaching career to be home with her two young children. After finding a common bond with other moms and women running businesses while keeping a healthy family life, Mompreneurs was born to support, ...Show More

33:34 | Sep 20th, 2018

Barbara Orser is an award-winning professor and expert on women in business. She’s been recognized as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network, and has also been recognized by the International Alliance for Wo...Show More

44:17 | Sep 13th, 2018

Shawna Tregunna is the Founder and Director of the Founder Institute’s Ottawa chapter, a world-class global accelerator that since 2009, has graduated over 400 women-led companies across six continents. “You don’t know what you don’t know, so surroun...Show More

27:42 | Sep 6th, 2018

Anastasia is the Chief Marketing Officer at Versature, a cloud-based telecommunication company that offers Hosted PBX business communication solutions while disrupting Canada’s telecom industry. An award-winning business executive, Anastasia uses dat...Show More

30:17 | Aug 30th, 2018

Stephanie is the Vice President of Business Development at Women Business Enterprises, also known as WBE. WBE is the one stop shop for women entrepreneurs to gain access to training, education, mentoring and networking events with like-minded busines...Show More

50:19 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Elaine Orr is a professional accounting expert with a passion for entrepreneurs and supporting small business owners. With years of experience, her intuition is always spot on. “I can tell from someone’s financials what they have spent most of their ...Show More

35:11 | Aug 15th, 2018

Understanding that treating people equitably doesn’t mean treating them all the same is an important realization when providing support resources for women entrepreneurs. For Petra Kassun-Mutch, developing programs that fuel entrepreneurial feminism ...Show More

36:54 | Aug 9th, 2018

Sandra is the Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada and CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba. Her day to day activities involve supporting women entrepreneurs in Manitoba and helping like organizations throughout Canada....Show More

39:35 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Arnon knows their relationships with tenants is more than a contract; it’s a commitment. For Robert Moses, the In-House Counsel and Real Estate Officer at Arnon Corporation, building great relationships from the start means success for everyone. “We ...Show More

31:12 | Jul 26th, 2018

The strength of Canada’s economy is built through strong foundations, with young skilled leaders and tech-savvy innovators. Canada Learning Code, former Ladies Learning Code, started with the simple vision to empower women to build technical skills. ...Show More

33:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

Heather Galt is at the forefront of Canada’s largest tech hub. After seeing hundreds of startups scale into sustainable companies, she knows what it takes to grow. “That opportunity to work with growth coaches across the spectrum… that’s really what ...Show More

39:25 | Jul 12th, 2018

Sue Abu-Hakima is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and innovator with more than 30 international patents. These patents have been recognized by more than 40 companies including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft as pioneering in their industries....Show More

47:45 | Jul 5th, 2018

Margaret is the Managing Director of GroYourBiz, an organization that builds peer-to-peer advisory boards for women entrepreneurs. It offers training, support, advisory services and strategic alliances for women ready and committed to taking their bu...Show More

48:22 | Jun 28th, 2018

It’s important to consider your legal requirements as an entrepreneur starting a new business. Megan Cornell, Founder and CEO of Momentum Law knows accurate and affordable are two words entrepreneurs look for in a startup law firm.“What we are really...Show More

40:59 | Jun 21st, 2018

Fudica is Canada’s most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform, which matches entrepreneurs, private investors, public funders and advisors through an award-winner crowdsourcing technology.“Funding is not something that...Show More

35:46 | Jun 14th, 2018

What is the future of Canada’s entrepreneurs? Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur is building the foundation upon which Canada’s youth will become innovators and global leaders.“We help a young person with any kind of idea turn it into a plan, into a vi...Show More

42:15 | May 24th, 2018

Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) represents a nationwide network of women and companies. WCT is dedicated to the advancement of women as leaders and contributors to Canada’s digital economy. “Were not just talking about it, were making a ...Show More

34:13 | May 17th, 2018

As the Director of SheWorx, a Toronto-based mentorship hub for women entrepreneurs, Ria Lupton is closing the funding gap by democratizing access to top mentors and investors. She’s also driving the global movement for gender parity in entrepreneursh...Show More

36:27 | May 3rd, 2018

With over 109,000 members, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the largest organization in Canada devoted exclusively to the interests of independent small business owners. “The foundation of the organization has been on the advocac...Show More

33:14 | Apr 19th, 2018

Laura is Vice President of Alberta South at the Business Development Bank of Canada – Canada’s only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. “Understand your strengths and weaknesses and surround yourself with people to fill those ...Show More

40:59 | Apr 5th, 2018

Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, an award-winning mentor and an advisor to the next generation of change makers. A sought-after speaker, Vicki has graced the stages of TEDx Conferences, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Women of Influ...Show More

41:07 | Mar 22nd, 2018

As an award winning tech entrepreneur and the National Spokesperson for CanWIT Women in Technology, Cindy Gordon is a national champion calling for better strategies and laws to increase the representation of women on tech company boards and in execu...Show More

44:09 | Mar 5th, 2018

Emily Rose Antflick is on a mission to live an integrated life, where her entrepreneurial work is a journey of her soul.“I started dreaming of what a workplace would be like where I could show up and be myself.” Emily Rose Antflick is the Founder and...Show More