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.

Latest Episode

Changing the Lens with Petra Kassun Mutch – August 16, 2018

Understanding that treating people equitably doesn’t mean treating them all the same is an important realization when providing support resources for women entrepreneurs. For Petra Kassun-Mutch, developing programs that fuel entrepreneurial feminism is her passion. “We help incubators and accelerators know the importance of their gender outcomes, getting more women into their space and the retention of women in theses spaces.” Petra is the founder of Eve-Volution, a B Corp certified enterprise which aims to integrate feminist work into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Eve-Volution offers gender-lens based incubator design, strategy, and programming services. Eve-Volution also publishes LiisBeth, an online magazine that serves as the voice of the growing entrepreneurial feminist community. Petra’s last venture, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, is the world’s first platinum LEED certified dairy, and Canada’s 8th registered B Corp. It won the Premier’s Award for Agrifood Innovation in 2010, along with 32 product awards in Canada and the US. In this week’s Thrive Podcast, host Janice talks to Petra about the different business models that exist, the importance of looking at business from different perspectives and why feminism is important in entrepreneurship and innovation spaces.

Recently Aired Episodes

Building an Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs with Sandra Altner – August 9, 2018

Sandra is the Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada and CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba. Her day to day activities involve supporting women entrepreneurs in Manitoba and helping like organizations throughout Canada.  “If you are an organization that works in any way with women entrepreneurs, you can reach out to WEOC.” Sandra is a former entrepreneur, a mentor, and champion of building entrepreneurial and leadership capacity amongst women. The Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) in comprised of six member organizations working to serve the unique needs of women in all regions of Canada. Resources, services, and programs provided by these organizations include professional business advising, mentoring, business loans, skills training, trade missions, and so much more.  In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Sandra about the connections and supports available for women through (WEOC), financing your business, and what it takes to scale up.




Leasing and Space for Small Businesses with Robert Moses – August 2, 2018

Arnon knows their relationships with tenants is more than a contract; it’s a commitment. For Robert Moses, the In-House Counsel and Real Estate Officer at Arnon Corporation, building great relationships from the start means success for everyone. “We like to see our tenants succeed because it’s a win-win on both sides.”Arnon Corporation has achieved exceptional success by making sound, timely business decisions, by consistently demonstrating to clients and tenants that a relationship with the company means more than contact – it means commitment. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast host Janice McDonald talks to Robert about his advice, insights, and tips for listeners to find the right space to grow a company.



Coding for Women Founders with Laura Plant – July 26, 2018

The strength of Canada’s economy is built through strong foundations, with young skilled leaders and tech-savvy innovators. Canada Learning Code, former Ladies Learning Code, started with the simple vision to empower women to build technical skills. Now, it’s grown through overwhelming support to teach Canadians of all ages and backgrounds the power of coding. “It’s really never the wrong age or the wrong time to get started.” Now with programs for children, school teachers, teens and anyone who wants to learn, Canada Learning Code has taught over 80,000 students, mostly women, of all ages to code through more than 2,000 events in over 30 Canadian cities. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Laura Plant, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer about how she is facilitating opportunities for Canadians to learn how to build – not just consume – technology.


Founder Find Your Tribe with Heather Galt – July 19, 2018

Heather Galt is at the forefront of Canada’s largest tech hub. After seeing hundreds of startups scale into sustainable companies, she knows what it takes to grow. “That opportunity to work with growth coaches across the spectrum… that’s really what turns your company from its early concept stage to a growing, scaling organization. Heather is the Vice President of Marketing and Head of Advanced Programs at Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario. Communitech is home to one of Canada’s most well-know tech communities. It’s an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies at all stages of growth and development. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Heather about how Communitech can help scale your business, and the unique and impactful resources it offers for women entrepreneurs.


Building Success in STEM with Sue Abu Hakima – July 12, 2018

Sue Abu-Hakima is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and innovator with more than 30 international patents. These patents have been recognized by more than 40 companies including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft as pioneering in their industries. “The things that drove me to where I am today, are the risks I took and the times I pushed myself.” Sue’s current venture, Amika Mobile, focuses on public safety and security – specifically situational awareness, communication and control. As CEO, Sue has created hundreds of high-value jobs in AI software, Security, Business, Sales and Operations. Under her leadership, Amika Mobile has also won more than 21 awards. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Sue about taking risks, being a woman in tech and finding balance in the marathon of entrepreneurship.

Pivoting your Approach to Grow with Margaret Hachey – July 5, 2018

Margaret is the Managing Director of GroYourBiz, an organization that builds peer-to-peer advisory boards for women entrepreneurs. It offers training, support, advisory services and strategic alliances for women ready and committed to taking their business to the next level.“Stop doing the fifteen dollar an hour jobs and start doing the $150 an hour jobs, that’s how you grow your business.”Margaret is also the founder and former owner of Duocom Canada, and has been recognized by both Chatelaine and Profit Magazine as a Top 100 Women business owner in Canada. In this week’s #ThrivePodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Margaret about the power of diversity in an advisory board, how to adopt a growth mindset and how to grow your business.

Legal Considerations for Founders with Megan Cornell – June 28, 2018

It’s important to consider your legal requirements as an entrepreneur starting a new business. Megan Cornell, Founder and CEO of Momentum Law knows accurate and affordable are two words entrepreneurs look for in a startup law firm.“What we are really good at delivering is the wisdom, the piece that says, you are here and you’re trying to go here, and we can give you advice on how to get there successfully. You want to look for business advice and wisdom in a legal team.” Megan launched Momentum Law in 2012. Throughout her career, she’s advised businesses of all sizes and at all stages. She has represented large, publicly-traded companies, small, local businesses and foreign-owned companies with Canadian subsidiaries and has worked with clients across numerous sectors. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast episode, host Janice McDonald talks to Megan about how she’s providing entrepreneurs with clear and correct solutions to business issues and how using technology delivers timely and cost-effective services.

Practical Steps for Finding Funding with Mike Lee – June 21, 2018

Fudica is Canada’s most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform, which matches entrepreneurs, private investors, public funders and advisors through an award-winner crowdsourcing technology.“Funding is not something that should be a big mystery or something you should spend so much time looking for.”Mike Lee is the CEO of Fundica. He is also the President of R&D Partners, a leading R&D funding consultancy. Mike was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 by CFO Canada and Quebec’s Top 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs in 2013 by the Bronfman Foundation. Fudica is Canada’s most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform which matches entrepreneurs, private investors, public funders and advisors through an award-winner crowdsourcing technology. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Mike about identifying funding opportunities and choosing the best one for your business, as well as Fundica’s annual cross-Canada initiative, the Fundica Roadshow!

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs with Julia Deans – June 14, 2018

What is the future of Canada’s entrepreneurs? Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur is building the foundation upon which Canada’s youth will become innovators and global leaders.“We help a young person with any kind of idea turn it into a plan, into a viable business.” Julia is a former lawyer, entrepreneur, national thought leader, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women not once, but twice. With over two decades of support for young Canadians looking to become innovators and startup icons, Futurpreneur has supported more than 10,000 young people aged 18 to 39 to launch startup companies by offering business coaching, financing, mentoring, and more. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, Julia and host Janice Mcdonald discuss how Futurpreneur has supported more than 10,000 young people to launch startup companies by offering business coaching, financing, mentoring, and more.

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