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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Building a Brand for Canadian Entrepreneurs with Cyprian Szalankiewicz – January 7th 2020

Today, you’re in for a historic moment on the Startup Canada Podcast – Cyprian Szalankiewicz, COO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada is on the show for our host of four years Rivers Corbett’s FINAL episode.

Since launching Startup Canada nearly 10 years ago, Cyprian has played an integral part in creating a flagship brand for Canadian Entrepreneurs with Startup Canada.

Cyprian has created an enduring legacy, impacting the lives of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, and generating dozens of new jobs as the Co-Founder and COO of two national non-profit organizations in Canada and the UK – Startup Canada and NACUE years earlier. These organizations have collectively raised more than $50M in funding and created more than 100 jobs, directly impacting more than 300,000 individuals and representing more than 3.5 million entrepreneurs.

Cyprian has been behind the visuals, shows, and digital content of Startup Canada – everything from defining brand integrity, conceptualizing, developing, produced and secured financing for the Startup Canada awards, an awards program recognizing leading innovators and entrepreneurs through regional and national galas and national broadcasts engaging audiences — recognized by CBC as the ‘Oscars of Canadian Entrepreneurship.’

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers and Cyprian discuss building a truly Canadian brand for entrepreneurs, and the journey that has been Startup Canada.

Recently Aired Episodes

Connecting Education and Entrepreneurship with Annee Ngo – December 31st 2019

What’s your big why in life? For Annee Ngo, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup League, it’s empowering others with opportunity – with both education and cash! 

Startup League is  the first ever educational eSports league for students to learn creative problem solving through competition and play. Previously, she was the Co-Founder and President of ProtoHack, a global innovation education company that she scaled into 30 cities around the world. 

“I love talking about money because in society we can talk about so many things other than money, but still haven’t become comfortable discussing it.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Annee to discuss connecting education to economic access, and the value of introducing entrepreneurship in education.

Breaking the Money Talk Taboo with Jacqueline Porter – December 24th 2019

Money – it’s a hit, but for some talking about it can still feel like a hit below the belt. Enter Jackie Porter, Certified Financial Planner, to trash that taboo!

Jackie Porter is an award-winning financial planner who has been in the financial industry for the past 20 years serving thousands of families, established businesses, and professionals in the Greater Toronto Area. Her practice focuses on cash flow management and tax planning strategies.

Jackie is one of Canada’s most recognized financial planners. Her advice and financial strategies have been featured in top financial publications such as, Forum, Wealth Professional, Investment Executive, Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail.

“I love talking about money because in society we can talk about so many things other than money, but still haven’t become comfortable discussing it.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Jackie to help entrepreneurs get comfortable in having open, friendly talks about cold hard cash, and the truth about numbers not lying.

Intention: The Backbone of Your Business with David Ciccarelli – December 17th 2019

When you start an adventure it’s natural to want to have a map, but what good is a map without a compass? If you ask David Ciccarelli, Co-Founder and CEO of, the discipline of intention is that compass.

David Ciccarelli is the CEO and co-founder of, the online marketplace that connects businesses with professional voice talent. When he started the company in 2005 his intention was to build the place where the world finds its voice. This intention was and continues to be the baseline for their strategic decisions.

“Your intention should be present in your initial reason for starting a business – knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and where you want it to end up.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, David shares how to set your business’ course properly from day one, and the key milestones for reflection along the way.

Connecting Your Conferences with Elias Puurunen – December 10th 2019

It’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of conferences – preparing, talking, presenting, networking and poof! They’re tearing it down and you’re left with a swag bag, T-shirt, and spinning head. Enter Elias Puurunen, Founder of Tractus Event Passport.

To combine his love of conferences, public speaking, and free hotel coffee, he created Tractus Event Passport, the conference experience app designed by speakers, event organizers, and networkers. It’s powered conferences and symposiums across Canada.

“The biggest takeaway today is that you as a startup can compete with the big fish in any market that you decide to enter so long as you’re creative about what you do and how.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Elias to help entrepreneurs how to get the most out of conferences they organize, and the value of knowing how to sell your business as much as yourself.

Check out Elias’ work at and his thoughts on protecting yourself in the digital age at

Establishing a Global Presence in the US with Robert Pelletier – December 3rd 2019

If you think the US could use some more Canadian entrepreneurial muscle in its massive market, then Robert Pelletier, Chief Rep, United States, Export Development Canada wants to talk!

Robert is the manager of more than 20 treasury relationships with large US corporates and the lead relationship manager for key bank partners in the US, and is responsible for trade origination, facilitation, and creation through EDC’s financing products with Canadian exporters and investors. In short – no one knows better than Robert what Canadians can bring to the US they can’t get anywhere else.

“Go grow and succeed, that really is our corporate mantra. Why we exist is to deliver value to Canadian companies and entrepreneurs.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Robert to help entrepreneurs understand how Export Development Canada can open the door to US markets.

Building, Buying, and Selling Globally with Marc Andre Roy – November 26th 2019

They call it the world-wide-web for a reason – you can use it to take your business worldwide! And Marc-André Roy VP of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Export Development Canada, is the one to help you do that.

His day to day includes leveraging and refining his expertise of building digital platforms and business models to connect buyers and sellers both domestically and on a global scale.

“As a crown Corporation, we feel very compelled by our mission to help every Canadian Corporation consider growing by going abroad – when we wake up in the morning we’re motivated by this. You’ve got to understand the product, the country that is receiving the goods or the service, and their political environment. It’s so complicated, but I’m really passionate about international commerce.”

Driven by data and powered by a strong digital and marketing strategy, Marc-André leads a unique group of talented teams who design and deploy new unique experiences to bring sustained value to the export ecosystem while creating long-term wealth for Canada.

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Marc-André to help entrepreneurs understand digital strategy and transformation, marketing, and doing business abroad.

Building Your Startup and Going Beyond Banking with Lori Darlington – November 19th 2019

Have you ever considered approaching a big bank for support for your small business, but thought they wouldn’t want to talk to someone just starting out? Lori Darlington, Vice President of Small Business & Strategic Partnerships at RBC, is here to convince you otherwise.

At RBC, Lori provides strategic oversight in delivering market-leading client experiences through innovative partnerships and beyond-banking solutions to help aspiring entrepreneurs and Canadian business owners start, manage and grow their ventures.

“I think it’s actually an easier process to be able to start a business then it was 10, 15 years ago. You can go online and within five minutes you can register your company. One of the things that we’re working really hard at RBC to do is to help entrepreneurs focus on their passion project and to take away some of the administrative work of running your own business.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Lori to help entrepreneurs understand big help can come from big places, no matter how small you might be.

Optimizing Your Online Operations with Luke Miszczyk – November 12th 2019

What are the three O’s of making a wonderful online shopping experience for your customers? If you’re Luke Miszczyk, Director of Parcels and e-Commerce Integration at Canada Post, they’re optimize, optimize, and optimize.

A skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of information technology at Canada Post, Luke is an innovator, leader, and executor with a proven ability to provide technology-based solutions to answer business needs.

Luke has been fortunate to spend a portion of his career in customer service, dealing directly with a full spectrum of small to enterprise customers. Having experienced thousands of customer interactions, Luke has a keen sense of empathy for his customers; a trait provided to the solutions he delivers.

“Working on the Help Desk was actually my first job at Canada Post. I don’t care if you’re an executive, spending time with your service team and on the phones with customers is the best thing you can do.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Luke to help entrepreneurs understand the A-Z’s of optimizing your e-Commerce business.

Making Business Law Work for You with Megan Cornell – November 5th 2019

If you’re providing a service to entrepreneurs, what’s the best way to understand what they need? According to Megan Cornell, President and Chief Idea Officer at Momentum Business Law, become one.

After spending 10+ years working at big law firms, Megan started Momentum Business Law with the objective of helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses through collaboration and superior client service, all enabled through the joyous embrace of technology.

With over 15 years experience advising all sizes and types of business, as well as running her own business and investing in businesses, Megan has developed an understanding of the business realities which legal problems exist in the middle of. When she advises companies, she seeks to find the best legal answer to solve the business issue which is presented. 

“There’s a growing legal innovation space. There’s online groups, conferences, and people that are trying to make legal spaces better and very importantly, more accessible. I’m happy to not spend all my days explaining myself to lawyers but chat with entrepreneurs instead.

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Rivers Corbett sits down with Megan to help entrepreneurs understand how business law can work for them.

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