The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, we speak with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Tune in weekly for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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The Art of Pitching with Kevin Smith – August 25th 2020

There’s  nothing as powerful as a pitch that tells a story, and Chief Story Architect, Kevin Smith will be the first to tell you!

Kevin is a Story Architect.  In his career in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, and politics, Kevin has done over 10,000 pitches. As the Chief Story Architect for, Kevin helps start-ups, small businesses, and social enterprises unleash their story to secure customers and investors, by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market.

Kevin is also an educational workshop facilitator at MaRS, a volunteer advisor at the RIC Center, HumberLaunch, and UTM i-CUBE, as well as a frequent speaker at Small Business Enterprise Centers.  He previously worked at Dell for 14+ years in enterprise sales and marketing. Author of the upcoming book “The Pitch Lab”.

“Anybody can pitch- but the idea is, how do we make that pitch persuasive and effective?”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Kevin explains how entrepreneurs can capture the attention of the right people, and leave a lasting impression. 

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Empowering Canadian Entrepreneurs with Portia Asli – August 18th 2020

It’s never been more important to tell your story, just ask Portia Asli, Founder and CEO of Px Venture Services Inc.

Portia is a global thought leader, serial entrepreneur and engineer who’s built international businesses in wearable tech, online education and influencer marketing. Having been deeply immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Europe, Asia and North America, Portia is passionate about increasing the success rates of startups.

She is currently the Founder and CEO of Px Venture Services, which helps startups of all kinds scale new lines of revenue. Px has advised and consulted over 200 companies on capital, customer acquisition and the founders’ mindset. Institutions, incubators and accelerators seek Px Venture Services for a results-oriented entrepreneurial curriculum to help their portfolio companies grow.

“My goal is to empower entrepreneurs and community members of startup Canada to prioritize building a customer-centric business.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Portia discusses the importance of social entrepreneurship in shaping tomorrow’s world.

Making Money While Doing Good with Jim Estill – August 11th 2020

A successful entrepreneur knows two things, says Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliance and ShipperBee,-  how to make money while doing good, and how to profit from failure.

Jim is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He started his first computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university and grew that business to $2 Billion in sales.

Jim has invested in, mentored and advised many technology companies including Blackberry, and he is the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario winner.

“If you’re not failing, you’re not skating close enough to the edge.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Jim discusses the best way to fail, and why creating social and environmental impact will make you money. 

A Manager’s Co-Pilot with Aydin Mirzaee – August 4th 2020

Combine one hour-long meeting with a helping of unpreparedness, and just a dash of disorganization and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Enter Aydin Mirzaee, CEO of

Fellow helps managers and their teams have better meetings, exchange feedback, and more.

Prior to Fellow, Aydin co-founded ottawa-based Fluidware in 2008, which led to the creation of two successful SaaS businesses: & Fluidware was bootstrapped and grew to a $10M+ run-rate and over 90 people in staff. In 2014, Fluidware was acquired by SurveyMonkey (the world’s leading online survey company).

Aydin is also the co-founder of, a non-profit organization with the vision to foster a community of top entrepreneurs in the nation’s capital.

“For anyone who’s starting up it’s important to be focused and have a target. To understand your audience and what they’re looking for.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Aydin discusses the importance of making meetings work for you and your staff, and how to find the perfect manager’s co-pilot.

Hiring Top Talent with Jamie Hoobanoff – July 28th 2020

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to help aspiring startup entrepreneurs with their businesses. Just ask Jamie Hoobanoff, Founder of The Leadership Agency, who is one of the best at what she does!

Jamie is an industry disruptor with over 15 years of experience working with the fastest-growing startups, including Vena Solutions, StackAdapt, Reonomy, SkipTheDishes, Justworks, TouchBistro, and TripActions – just to name a few. She has interviewed over 10,000 top-tier candidates and has placed an estimated 3,000 people in the North American market. She is a trailblazer within the HR and recruitment space and continues to contribute her expertise to notable publications such as, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Inc. Magazine, and 

Jamie’s mission is to help build the most impressive companies of our generation, and The Leadership Agency helps startups find and hire best-in-class talent. As HRD Canada’s Best Service Provider of 2019, The Leadership Agency has truly become the one-stop-shop for startup recruitment. Working exclusively with startups, The Leadership Agency reaches all lines of business, including C-level, sales, leadership, tech, finance, marketing, and more. 

“The number one piece of advice I give to anyone is not to think that it’s easy for anyone else. We’re all in this together.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Jamie discusses the importance of finding and keeping great talent for your startup.

The Art of Fusion with Charles Khabouth – July 21st 2020

It’s important to know what your audience wants, but it’s more important to know what they don’t want, and more important still to give them what they didn’t even know they wanted. Enter Charles Khabouth, CEO of INK Entertainment.

Charles has been an entrepreneur, visionary and fashion icon in the country’s entertainment and hospitality  scene since the early 1980’s with Toronto’s groundbreaking Club Z and legendary nightclub Stilife. His risky out of the box ideas and determined point of view have set the foundation and fueled a thriving hospitality industry in North America.

Named by EY as Ontario’s 2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year in the entertainment and hospitality category,  Charles  has made a career of elegantly fusing art and commerce. This has led him to expand his professional activities to include restaurateur and hotelier. Pushing the envelope whenever he can, Charles has the keen intuition of giving the public what it wants even before they know it themselves. 

“For anyone who’s starting up it’s important to be focused and have a target. To understand your audience and what they’re looking for.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Charles discusses the importance of the art of fusing art and entertainment across industries, and how to stay one step ahead of your audience.

The Heart of an Entrepreneur with Rivers Corbett – July 14th 2020

When it comes to building a business, it helps to seek advice from experts. Just ask Rivers Corbett, the Founder and CEO of the Chef Group!

Rivers Corbett, MBA, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker, startUP entrepreneurial thought leader, and author of “13 Fears of Entrepreneurs.” as well as the creator of The RockSTAR Mastermind.

He has received numerous business awards including: 2015 Business Person of the Year, Canada’s Hottest Start-ups List and Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies list through Profit magazine and recently given the StartUP Canada Champion Award.

Rivers is a founding board member of StartUp Canada and former host of the StartUp Canada Podcast Show. Most recently, he joined the Opportunities New Brunswick team as their first Entrepreneur in Residence and GoForth Institute as the Director of Partnerships. 

“Life is full of great adventures with entrepreneurship.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Rivers discusses the importance of social entrepreneurship in shaping tomorrow’s world.

How to Employ Yourself with Catherine Clark – July 7th 2020

There’s nothing quite like entrepreneurship, and it takes grit, courage, and most importantly hope – the rest are lessons Catherine Clark is happy to share!

Named one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Clark is a nationally respected broadcaster, emcee and the President of Catherine Clark Communications, providing strategic communications and public affairs advice to individuals, institutions and corporations. 

Through her work in television, radio and print, Catherine has interviewed Canada’s most influential people, and is co-founder of The Honest Talk, a new, multi-platform podcast and event experience targeted at a dynamic, professional audience of women who are looking for more – out of themselves, out of their businesses and elected leaders, and out of the world around them.

She has hosted and co-produced two historical documentaries, The Residences and Inside Centre Block, is the Giving Back columnist for Ottawa at Home Magazine and writes for the Montreal-based IEFA Magazine.

“You don’t start up a business without a lot of hope and belief in yourself. It’s a tough time for entrepreneurs, and I want them to keep faith in themselves.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Catherine discusses starting your entrepreneurial journey, and staying true to your hope and belief in yourself.

Switching Focus for Success with Bruce Croxon – June 30th 2020

Wondering how to best prepare for your entrepreneurial future? Then Bruce Croxon, Partner at Round13 Capital, wants to talk!

Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, while achieving revenue of just under $100 million. 

Since the sale of Lavalife, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in growth-stage companies in the technology sector. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tapped into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth-stage Canadian tech companies. He also co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business and believes our entrepreneurs can hold their own with anyone in the world.

““It’s active work to focus on your goals, one of the most common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make is sensing early success, and pivoting six or seven different directions.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Bruce investing in your own success, and starting to do so as soon as possible.

The Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship with Razor Suleman – June 24th 2020

Has your business roadmap been thrown out the window and you’re wondering what direction to pivot in? Then Razor Suleman, CEO and Co-Founder of Elevate has some advice.

Razor Suleman is a successful serial entrepreneur, investor and champion of the Canadian technology ecosystem.   

Currently, Razor is the CEO & Cofounder of Elevate, an organization committed to the advancing the Canadian technology ecosystem. Elevate’s mission is to unite the world’s innovators to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organization was created in partnership with Toronto Mayor John Tory along with 150 community and corporate partners. Razor is also the CEO of Design Exchange, a cultural institution that provides access to hands-on design-based learning for Canada’s next generation youth.

Previously, Razor is Founder & former CEO of Achievers, a corporate social network focused on employee engagement that was backed by legendary VC Sequoia Capital. Razor built Achievers from an idea to a company with a $100M in revenue in less than 10 years. Achievers was acquired by Silicon Valley based Blackhawk Networks (which is owned by Silver Lake Partners) in July of 2015 for $150M. 

“You know what attracts capital investors the most? Customers.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Razor discusses the Canadian entrepreneurial landscape, and his thoughts on the future of entrepreneurship in Canada.

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