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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Unconventional Thinking for Success with Solon Angel – April 7th 2020

Stay off the beaten path, blaze your own trail, whatever the saying is Solon Angel, Founder of Mindbridge AI, says it works!

Solon Angel founded MindBridge Ai in 2015, with a seer’s insights into how important artificial intelligence would become for accounting – specifically audits – in just a few years. A true advocate for Ai in the profession, Solon’s company MindBridge AI has played an important part in what is now the inevitable change in audit technology globally.

“Unconventional success sometimes requires unconventional thinking – that’s something that people seldom appreciate, which is behind every success.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Solon discusses the business of AI in Canada, and how to stay on the hunt.

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Business: A Tool for Good with Tonya Surman – March 31st 2020

Ever wondered if your business could solve more than just your customers’ problems? Then Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation wants to talk!

Tonya is one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs. Her clients: people and planet. Her superpowers: visionary ideas that inspire, models that harness collaboration, and spaces that accelerate systemic change.

Highlights from her 20-year career include co-founding and leading the Centre for Social Innovation, a pioneer in the coworking and social enterprise movements that has catalyzed more than 100 world-changing initiatives; developing the Constellation Model, a multi-stakeholder partnership framework that was used to ban toxic chemicals in baby bottles and organize 40,000+ Ontario nonprofits into a network with policymaking clout; creating the Community Bond, a groundbreaking social finance tool that raised $6.3 million to purchase $25 million in real estate to house 70+ social entrepreneurs; and launching Catapult, a micro-loan fund that galvanizes government, corporate and nonprofit partners.

“I hope entrepreneurs reflect on what entrepreneurship is, as it’s ultimately a tactic to get some outcome out of the world, a tool to make the change we want to see in the world.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Tonya discusses how your business can make the change your community needs – whether that community is local, national, or global.

Funding the Future of Social Entrepreneurship with Wayne Miranda – March 24th 2020

Want to build a business that’s about more than a bottom line? Wayne Miranda, Social Finance Investment Readiness Lead at the McConnell Foundation wants to help you do it!

Wayne’s passion is to grow ventures that generate a social and environmental impact. Presently, he’s leading the social finance investment readiness work at McConnell Foundation. This is a new program launched to help nonprofits, charities, co-operatives, and social enterprise for-profits access social finance to enhance their impact. 

Prior to joining McConnell Foundation, he was the Director of Growth at the Centre for Social Innovation, Managing Director of TechSoup Canada, and Founder & CEO of Growth Mosaic in Ghana. Wayne has helped put to work over US$21 million to build hundreds of social ventures. 

“Business as usual just isn’t good enough anymore – in this next century we need to recognize profit isn’t the end, it’s just a signal you’re onto something good.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Wayne discusses the future of social entrepreneurship, and how to build a better world with business.

Future Trends in East Coast Entrepreneurship with Patrick Farrar – March 17th 2020

From the smallest of places can come the biggest of ideas, and Patrick Farrar, CEO of Startup Zone PEI will be the first one to tell you that!

As a startup advisor and mentor for several businesses, Patrick has helped launch and foster several social startups, leading efforts in raising millions in financing.

Attending Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden, the top school in the world for research on Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Patrick conducted research on developing long-standing businesses. His experience and love for start-ups pull him towards other ventures that bring added value to the Canadian economy through business creation and employment.

Drawing on startup experiences, he’s inspired to enhance the support and training of ambitious entrepreneurs. This has led him to the Startup Zone, a business incubator that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

“Everyone underestimates PEI, though we’re one of the smallest provinces in Canada when it comes to entrepreneurs there’s a lot of supports considering our size.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Patrick discusses the future of East Coast entrepreneurship, and keeping an eye on the island!

Building the Machine that Drives Your Business with Jeanne Lam – March 3rd 2020

Everyone has a story they can bring to life – a mantra by which Jeanne Lam, General Manager of WattPad, says the company lives by each and every day!

Jeanne Lam is a senior executive with over fifteen years of experience working in technology and high-growth consumer startups. She is the General Manager of Wattpad, a global multi-platform entertainment company that is home to a community of more than 80 million people.

Prior to Wattpad, Jeanne led growth and user acquisition at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing service. She has also worked at Yahoo as Director of Platform Strategy, and mobile payments company, GoPago, as Head of Marketing & Business Intelligence. Before her startup career, she spent three years as a management consultant at Accenture.

“The business wasn’t driven from sourcing content, it was about creating a network effect that needs to exist for the business to grow, scale, and accelerate without the need for a marketing budget.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Jeanne discusses the importance of building in processes that make your business self-driven, and starting with your eye on a global prize.

Sustaining Passion for Your Business with Anne Whelan – March 3rd 2020

There are business relationships, and then there’s your relationship with your business – and Anne Whelan, CEO of Seafair Capital will tell you that just like in romance, you can fall in, out, and back in love with it!

A Canadian entrepreneur, innovator, community and business leader. As the founder and CEO of the Seafair group, she has grown a small, family business into a thriving portfolio of small-and-medium-sized organizations. ​In addition to leading her group of companies, she is also a director of the Bank of Canada, and of CSA Group, a Canadian standards organization with global operations in testing, inspection, and certification. She has received many accolades for entrepreneurship and leadership at the national level, including being named to Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN in 2016 and Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2014.

“Running a business isn’t that different than a relationship, I’m sure all the listeners have fallen out of love with somebody at some point. That’s where you need to evaluate what you want out of the business and what will bring you fulfillment.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Anne discusses the importance of staying true to what you love about your business, and balancing the other aspects alongside it.

Connecting Women With Capital with Janet Bannister – February 25th 2020

It’s never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur in Canada, as Janet Bannister, Partner at Real Ventures will tell you!

Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, a leading source of capital for entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of leading tech companies. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with founders to help them build large, industry-defining companies.

Not only is that, but Janet is also very active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she is on the Board of Communitech in Waterloo and Vector Institute in Toronto as well as the Toronto
Region Board of Trade. She is also an active advisor at MoveTheDial, DMZ, Creative Destruction Lab and the Research Board of the University Health Network. In 2004, Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited
websites in Canada.

“More capital is definitely going into the hands of women, which is very exciting – I’d say at least 3-5 times the amount.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Janet discusses the importance of bringing funding to women entrepreneurs everywhere, and how best to pursue it.

Power of Procurement with Nicole Verkindt – February 18th 2020

Buying local doesn’t only mean customers from your community, it also means thinking big corporate as well! A topic that Nicole Verkindt, Founder and CEO of the OMX, breathes fire on.

Nicole Verkindt is the Founder & CEO of Canadian technology company, OMX (theomx.com). OMX is a powerful procurement platform specialized in driving socio-economic returns. The platform measures local spend and socio-economic impacts, including ESGs, or Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance indicators, and other sustainability metrics. Previously, she led a global, high tech manufacturing business.

She was also a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, which was dedicated to early stage technology businesses. She was named Startup Canada’s national woman entrepreneur of the year in 2017 and received the Canadian Advanced Technology Peter Brojde award for Next Generation leadership.

“We’re constantly talking supply chains as opportunities to do better for your local community, but it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, Nicole discusses the importance of procurement from local companies to big business, and how startups can find their place in massive supply chains.

Scaling Up in the Prairies with Ted Fleming – February 11th 2020

When you’re trying to break into an already saturated market, sometimes you need to go against the grain to let that business idea ferment to perfection – as Ted Fleming, Founder of Partake Brewing will tell you!

Ted is here, to talk beer. Five years ago he gave up alcohol due to Crohn’s disease, but unfortunately, that meant everything great about beer besides the booze went as well – the taste, the camaraderie, the joy of discovering new beers. After a friend suggested Ted try non-alcoholic beer, which he did to his taste buds disappointment, he did what so many of our guests on the Startup Podcast do – and crafted his own solution.

“Sometimes going against conventional wisdom is a good thing. It’s ok to be early in a market if you learn something.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Ted discusses the importance of being early into an existing market if you have a new idea, and how he scaled up in the prairies.

Investing in Long-Term Innovation with James Bowen – February 4th 2020

What causes all things to bloom, whether in business or in botany, their fullest? Time! And according to Dr. James Bowen, Investor and Entrepreneur, time is just as valuable as the innovation it allows to flourish.

After founding his first startup at age 21, James has c0-founded 4 startups, is an author of 5 books, an inventor, a professor at 12 universities, an advisor and also an angel investor of several startups, and a community activist. He is also active on social media with his podcasts and blog articles. His vision inspired the Startup Canada Awards and is now on to his next initiative – getting everyone involved in investing and benefiting from long term view of emerging and growth-oriented innovations. His new book FrontRunner Investing is the starting point for this conversation, available now!

“We need funding or financing that is patient and long term. We need to have investors who understand how the company will evolve over a five to ten-year time frame.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, James discusses the importance of looking to the long-term for budding innovation.



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