The THRIVE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs is all about supporting YOU to start and build a thriving business. On THRIVE, we connect you with leading experts, entrepreneurs, and organizations that provide capital, mentorship, training, tools and other support to help you to make your vision reality, faster.

The THRIVE podcast is a production of Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, supporting Canada’s entrepreneurs to succeed. This podcast is presented in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank.

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Nurturing Social Entrepreneurship with Katie Miller – April 18 2019

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 Hubs and 16,000 members, Impact Hub represents the largest network of social innovators in the world. “I hope social enterprises and social impact becomes more of the norm, in the future.” In this week’s episode, our host Komal talks to Katie about nurturing social entrepreneurship communities.

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Creating a Culture for Entrepreneurs with Victoria Lennox- April 11th 2019

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 entrepreneurship.
“Every individual has something special to give this world, and I truly believe that entrepreneurship can be a vehicle to do this” As one of Canada’s leading proponents of entrepreneurship and innovation, Victoria works alongside government, industry, and entrepreneurs to construct the nation’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and to ensure that the right policies, programs, and enabling frameworks and infrastructure are in place to compete and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Building Better Businesses Through B-Corps – April 4th 2019

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 Canada. In this week’s episode, we talk to Craig and Carla about the B-Corp movement and BDC’s role in supporting Canada’s social impact.


Welcoming Wellness and Implementing Inclusion with Dr. Helen Ofosu – March 28th 2019

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 Founder of I/O Advisory Services knows that not only do you need to ensure your employees are cared for, but that some people might be more of a fit than others. “Hiring someone is a big commitment and it will make a big impact on your organization. In those early years, each person who you add to your team can have a big impact.”  Dr. Ofosu has been practicing Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the public and private sectors for almost 20 years. Helen’s specialties include career coaching for professionals, the assessment and development of leadership skills, and navigating the complex issues of workplace bullying, harassment, diversity and inclusion. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2012, Dr. Ofosu worked for the federal public service at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), the Department of National Defense, and the Public Service Commission. She has developed online screening tests, structured interviews, role plays and simulations for evaluating job applicants’ skills and behaviours as part of the hiring and promotion process. On this week’s episode of the #THRIVEPodcast, host Komal Minhas dives into HR, culture and employee fit with Dr. Ofosu. Listen now at!

What Canada’s Women Entrepreneurs Need with Nicole Verkindt – March 21st 2019

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 government procurement contracts. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Commercial Corporation and has a reputation for being a tenacious problem solver and a true paragon of her generation. In this week’s epiosde, we talk to Nicole about the tangible skills and resources that Canadian women entrepreneurs truly need to succeed.


Business Built by Humble Hands with Gloria Roheim McRae – March 14 2019

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. Gloria is also an international speaker and a TedX Keynote speaker as well as the author of ‘BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss’, an bestseller all about self-sufficiency and doing work that you love. In her entrepreneurial career, Gloria co-founded and grew two businesses and learned through highs and lows, about the unique challenges women face in business. Today she’s building her third business with her husband by night: a financial brokerage that she couldn’t be more proud of.  In this week’s episode, we will talk to Gloria about her experience with entrepreneurship, and how she is building her third business with her husband while balancing motherhood and her work at Hootsuite.


Owning Your Story For Success with Erin Bury – March 8, 2019

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. In her most recent role, Erin spent 6 years as Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency that worked with clients including Lyft, Telus, and PayPal. She is also the co-founder of The County Wine Tours, a guided bicycle wine company in Prince Edward County. She is a board member at Save the Children Canada, and a member of the #Tech4SickKids advisory council for SickKids.

Business Minded and Family Oriented with Maria Locker – September 27, 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, educate and empower moms in business.“Between 7am and 9am, I’m mom, but between 9am and 2pm, I am a full on business woman.” Maria is also CEO of Mompreneur properties including the Mompreneur Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Mompreneur Magazine, the Mompreneur Awards, and the Mompreneurs Conference. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Maria about support from family, and how she is inspiring moms to balance both business and family, without sacrificing one for the other.

Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs with Barbara Orser – September 20, 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 Women for her work. “There are different perceptions of success, we tend to think of growth but women also appreciate community contribution, the opportunity to bring products to markets, supporting other women, those are indicators of success too.” A Deloitte Professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Barbara is the co-author of Feminine Capital: Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs, a book on women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial feminists. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast episode, host Janice McDonald talks to Barbara about the research and messages in her book, Feminine Capital, and the differences in how men and women make business decisions and why that is important to the state of entrepreneurship in Canada.

Life After Acquisition with Shawna Tregunna – September 13, 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 surround yourself with people who can help you and point you in the right direction.” Shawna started a digital marketing agency six years ago with a focus on social media marketing. In mid 2017, she partnered with and had her company successfully acquired by Ottawa’s fastest growing mobile, web, and next-gen technology agency, Iversoft.In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice Mcdonald talks to Shawna about learning and mentorship, the transition period after being acquired and the important role she plays at Founder Institute

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