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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Coincidentally on Purpose with Amanda Truscott – June 16th 2020

Sometimes self-doubt can be a barrier to your own best self, and Amanda Truscott would call that another step on the entrepreneurial journey.

Amanda Truscott is Co-Founder and CEO of Rithmik Solutions, which builds advanced analytics for predictive maintenance on mining equipment. She’s also a NextAI Entrepreneur and the author of Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius and Complete Your Best Work.

While her colleagues combine data science with decades of experience working on equipment in mines, Amanda specializes in the intersections of creativity, technology and communications. Amanda has a Master’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis on multimedia, and she brings a unique and human-centred approach to industrial transformation.

“It’s pretty rare for a lot of people to not feel self-doubt in this journey, but being able to get done what you need to get done is often about moving through that doubt.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Amanda discusses the importance of breaking through self doubt, and the importance of coincidence in influencing decisive action.

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Growing From Grassroots with Sonya Satveit – June 9th 2020

Sometimes when you don’t fit the mould, you need to break it – just ask Sonya Satveit, Founder & CEO, Qanik DX Inc.

Sonya’s journey to becoming a FemTech Founder began with her own health story. When unaddressed hormone issues led to two miscarriages, Sonya realized our healthcare system wasn’t designed to serve the unique needs of women. The guiding principle, “let your pain become your purpose” led her to become a women’s health advocate through her blog Hormone Soup. When the blog reached women in 175 countries, she knew she had to do more to help so she set out to transform women’s health.

Sonya founded Open Source Health which piloted the first precision medicine platform for women’s health – a multinational project involving multiple stakeholders from the US, Canada and Europe. Sonya published the results in the peer-reviewed journal, Learning Health Systems.  

She didn’t stop there, her vision to remove the gatekeepers to lab testing, give women control over their data and empower them with knowledge resulted in her latest venture – a company called Qanik DX. She and her team have developed a mini-lab for the home to allow women to test their hormones and get real-time results delivered to their smartphone all in the comfort of their own home.

“One of the biggest things is I don’t fit the stereotype of a typical tech founder. I don’t check all the boxes, and I saw that as an opportunity to redefine what being a founder looks like.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Sonya discusses the importance of carving out your own corner in entrepreneurship.

Doing It Right, Without the Rush – June 2nd 2020

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re doing good work, and Jonathon Moody, President and COO of Versature, will be the first to tell you.

Growing up north of Toronto, Jonathon attended the University of Ottawa and began working in Ottawa’s thriving tech sector during the late 90s. Jonathon has spent more than 15 years helping organizations change the way they do business through technology.

With a background focused on the internet, hosted technologies and most recently ‘cloud services’ Jonathon focuses on helping firms of all sizes realize the business changing benefits of services such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps, Asana and hosted communications such as Versature’s Hosted PBX.

Jonathon is active both in and out of work; he races sailboats north of Toronto and in the nation’s capital, organizes Versature’s hockey team and is a certified ski instructor.

“I always fall back on one thing, we always want to do it right, we always aren’t in a rush.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Jonathon discusses the importance of taking a measured approach to entrepreneurship and how to make the most of your time.

Mapping Your Entrepreneurial Adventure with Colin Christensen – May 26th 2020

There’s no formula for entrepreneurship, but if you talk to Colin Christensen you might find a map! 

Colin is a “been there done that” entrepreneur & mentor. Awesome wins, excruciating failures, lessons everywhere. He’s a curator of all good things business and built a free (for now) tool-suite for entrepreneurs and mentors to start and grow business (EntrepreneurRoadmap.ca).

Utilizing these tools Colin has occasionally consulted larger businesses, launched a micro-lending app pilot project in Honduras that grew internationally and ran an Accelerator in the Hemp and Cannabis space. He is currently working to take the Entrepreneur Roadmap international as a tool for entrepreneurs everywhere.

Most of what he does surrounds The Entrepreneur Roadmap, and he has just finished a choose-your-own-adventure book on it, which is in editing now. Also keeping up with his entrepreneur side, he also has another team with patents for reinventing drywall to be lighter, fireproof and mould-proof.

“I believe everybody is an entrepreneur at heart, everyone has a great idea but not everyone knows how to build a business around it.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Colin discusses the importance of knowing you’ve got guidelines on your entrepreneurship journey, even when you’re going off-road.

Solutions for Risk with Julian Valeri – May 19th 2020

It’s important to know about the potential risks that come with managing a business – just ask Julian Valeri, Manager of Risk Solutions at Sovereign Insurance, Alberta on our show today.

Julian is an insurance professional with experience in underwriting, claims, loss control and risk management. For over 30 years, he has worked his way through various positions within the insurance industry. 

Julian’s job involves working with businesses to identify possible risks that could negatively impact the company’s operations and cash flow while recommending plans and strategies to minimize those risks. 

When he’s not working to protect businesses across Canada, Julian is the past president of the Ontario Risk and Insurance Management Society as well as the Lead Instructor for the Certificate in Risk Management Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is also currently a Board Member for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Southern Ontario Chapter. 

“Entrepreneurs face risks that other business segments don’t necessarily have to consider. ”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Julian discusses how to manage and protect your business from risk.

Producing at Your Pace with Priya Chopra – May 12th 2020

Sometimes the talk you talk is as important as the walk you walk – just ask Priya Chopra, founder and CEO of 1Milk2Sugars (1M2S).

1M2S is a thriving public relations agency specializing in influencer marketing, social media and media relations. Under Priya’s leadership, 1M2S has grown to include offices in Montreal, Toronto and New York, offering bespoke communications services to prominent and international lifestyle brands including NIVEA, Pfizer, Marriott Hotels, L’Oreal and more.

Priya has been recognized by the Forbes Agency Council, Bloomberg Canada, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and the Chamber of Commerce to name a few recent distinctions. Most recently, Priya was awarded the PR in Canada Women in Communications award in the “Founders” category.

In addition to being an accomplished business leader and highly sought-after communications professional, Priya is trilingual and is a proud mother of three.  

“We really believe in PR as a source of authenticity and credibility. That’s our driving force.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Priya discusses the importance of public relations in the world of entrepreneurship.

Reaching Your Digital Audience with Kevin Chan – May 5th 2020

In an age where everyone has a soap-box to stand on, it’s more important than ever to carve out your corner in the digital marketplace – just ask Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Facebook Canada.

Kevin Chan is the Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Facebook Canada. In his role at Facebook, he has travelled across the country meeting tens of thousands of small businesses, working with his team to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and find new markets both in Canada and abroad using both Facebook and Instagram.

“Digital presence is essential, digital presence is easy, and digital presence has zero to minimal cost.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Kevin discusses the importance of treating opening digital channels like you’re opening store doors, especially when local business isn’t so local.

Entrepreneurship: The Art of Balance with Nevin Buconjic – April 28th 2020

Like so many other things, entrepreneurship is easiest with support. Nevin Buconjic will tell you the same thing!

Nevin is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author and startup ecosystem builder. Nevin has started eight companies over his career, and counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses. He is the author of two books, including Starting Your Own Business: An Entrepreneur’s Guide, available on Amazon.

He’s also currently Manager of Trade & Investment with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, working to attract business and investment to SSM, and part of the team that attracted a $1 billion manufacturing facility investment to the community in 2019. In 2013 Nevin founded StartUP Sault Ste. Marie – and has been building a supportive community for entrepreneurs in Sault Ste. Marie ever since, hosting over 70 events and meetups.

He enjoys working with entrepreneurs, startups and growth companies, and thrives on building ecosystems, supporting entrepreneurs and building community. 

“If entrepreneurs come together to make a community of support they can make a big impact.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Nevin discusses the importance of community in entrepreneurship.

Building Tomorrow, Today with Vinod Rajasekaran – April 21st 2020

It’s never been more important to tell your story, – just ask Vinod Rajasekaran, Publisher and CEO of Future of Good.

Vinod is Publisher & CEO of Future of Good, a new digital content platform with a mission to make the world of social impact smarter through digital content. Future of Good covers stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact in Canada. Future of Good also produces the Future of Good Summit, the premier gathering of impact-focused leaders who want to navigate the trends, tensions, and transformations shaping how we do good.

Vinod was Co-founder and Executive Director of Impact Hub Ottawa, the largest multi-sector social innovation environment in Canada’s capital. He recently oversaw strategy and business model development as the founding Managing Director of Rideau Hall Foundation, chaired by former Governor General David Johnston. Vinod also launched Canada’s social R&D network as a Fellow with SiG working to seed ecosystem conditions to strengthen embedded R&D capacity in Canada’s non-profits. As a result of his work, Canada’s new Social Finance Fund includes capital for social R&D. His ground-breaking work in social R&D is referenced around the world.

Vinod is on the Advisory Board to the Equality Fund. He was designated as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, is a member of the Banff Forum community, and is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada. 

“We’re at a pivotal moment in time right now, where this decade will demonstrate to future generations how much we care about the future of humanity and the planet.”

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

Empowering by Including with Darrell Schuurman – April 14th 2020

It’s never been more important to help every Canadian through times like these – just ask Darrell Schuurman, CEO of the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Darrell is an advocate for affecting social change through the economic empowerment of LGBT+ entrepreneurs. Growing up in small town Alberta in an entrepreneurial family, Darrell had a passion for business, and knew the struggles small businesses face.  But as someone who felt that he had to hide his true-self, he knew even more the struggles facing LGBT+ people. He soon realized that he could combine his passion for business and his commitment to supporting LGBT+ inclusion, while leveraging his entrepreneurial background.  In 2003, he co-founded he CGLCC, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to expand the opportunities and advancement of the LGBT+ business community in Canada. Now with a team of 10, Darrell and the CGLCC is proving that LGBT inclusion is good for business and good for Canada.

“For Canada to grow and for our communities to grow, we need to realize and understand the importance of an inclusive economy.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Darrell discusses the importance of inclusivity of entrepreneurs and diversity of thought in Canadian business.



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