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, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks 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. Join Rivers Corbett 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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The Innovative Introvert – Building a Freelance Business with Paul Jarvis – June 25th 2019

Paul Jarvis is an entrepreneur and author who believes in the power of one, and that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to business. “I like to have an active dialogue with my audience because they’re the most important people to me.” In this week’s podcast, Rivers talks to Paul about turning freelance work into a successful company.

Recently Aired Episodes


Relentless Returns and the Pursuit of Social Impact with Brenda Irwin – June 18 2019

Brenda Irwin is the Managing Partner of Relentless Pursuit Partners, the fund invests in technology that helps to promote access to healthcare. “I stayed motivated during my entire healthcare venture career because I knew in my heart I was having an impact on people’s health”. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Brenda about building a business that strives for both profitability and social impact.

A Digital Way Forward with Alex Benay – June 4th 2019

Alex Benay is the Chief Information Officer for Canada and is working to boost the government’s relationship with digital technology and online communications. “What is exciting about the public service right now, is that things have to change because the world around us is changing.” In this week’s episode, Rivers talks to Alex about how the government is leveraging technology to embrace new opportunity, improve policies and to deliver services to citizens.

Understanding Our Brain Through Art and Science with Ariel Garten – June 4th 2019

Ariel Garten is a Canadian entrepreneur, artist, and neuroscientist. She is the co-founder and chief evangelist of InteraXon, a company that makes a brain-sensing headband called Muse.“I was fascinated by what was happening. I started to merge the two worlds of neuroscience and art, and the outcome was brain waves. In this week’s podcast, Rivers and Ariel talk about technology, mindfulness, and tools for creating a healthier and calmer brain.

Building Business Relationships Abroad with Greg Henderson – May 28th 2019

Greg is a Certified International Trade Professional and Founder and President of Channelspark International Inc. whose passion is to explore new countries and cultures and use this understanding to build business relationships around the globe. “Canadian companies can look at international markets, create relationships and do sales”. In this week’s episode of the Startup Canada Podcast with Rivers Corbett, Greg shares the steps it takes to go global and enter new markets, and reflects on the creativity and strength of Canadian businesses.

Changing the Landscape for Calgary’s Entrepreneurs with Kari Gordon – May 22 2019

Kari Gordon is a successful community builder specializing in grassroots organizations. She is the Director of Ecosystem and Export Development at Calgary Economic Development and the Executive Director at Startup Calgary.  “We truly help people from the ideation stage and walk them through the journey and process.” In this week’s #StartupPodcast, Rivers talks to Kari about the importance of early-stage education in building entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Rebellious Marketing Tactics to Stand Out with Jana Dybinski – May 14 2019

Jana Dybinsky is the Vice President of Marketing and Culture at the Ottawa-based company Rebel dot com. Rebel is Canada’s leading domain name registry and web and online hosting service that gives the world’s visionaries a place to tell their stories and share their ideas online. Jana is the expert behind Rebel’s notable brand and culture, as she’s transformed the company into an energetic and vibrant industry leader with a beloved online presence that employees and customers are proud to be part of. Rebel is more than a domain registry; they’re people behind a brand who work strategically and purposefully to support their customers from set up, engaging partnerships, hosting migration programs, and even an affiliate program that earns cash for customers who want to spread the word. And, they give back to people and organizations through their changemakers program that provides Rebel Changemakers around the world with access to reduced rates and free products. In this week’s podcast, we will discover how Jana identified and built a culture with and for her team, and how marketing and culture must work symbiotically for companies to gain success and thrive.

Youthful Innovations in Accessibility with Riya Karumanchi – May 7 2019

Riya Karumanchi took an idea she had from a chance encounter with her friend’s visually-impaired grandmother and turned it into a successful startup business with a promising career ahead. Riya is an avid ML developer and Innovator at The Knowledge Society.
She is the founder and CEO of SmartCane, a company that is building an enhanced version of the common white cane for the visually impaired. She found it shocking that the white cane was never updated to take advantage of new technologies, so she decided to change it. The device leverages technology to increase independence and safety through GPS, object detection & computer vision – gaining over $73,000 in funding and support from some of the world’s top companies like Microsoft, Google, TD, and DMZ. Her hard work and passion in her field have led her to be recognized as an innovative entrepreneur with a portfolio to match – and she is only 15. In this week’s episode, Riya is going to let us in on her unconventional path to unconventional success, and give us a look at what it’s like being a young entrepreneur in today’s growing technological world.

Fighting Food Waste with Food Friendly Wrap with Toni Desrosiers – April 30 2019

Nutritionist-turned-entrepreneur Toni Desrosiers founded Abeego with her husband in 2008, creating the very first beeswax food wrap on the market. Abeego is not just about reducing waste with reusable food wraps but reducing food waste by extending the life of your food. In addition to being reusable, the product is all-natural with the goal of eliminating waste entirely. The company has even found ways to repurpose production waste by turning scraps into twist ties and excess material into fire starters – something they call waste-generated resources. After 400 per cent growth in 2017, Abeego’s profits were expected to double again last year, while the Victoria-based company has reached international markets. Toni’s resilience, drive, and passion has not only pushed Abeego forward but has inspired other women entrepreneurs and social innovators across the country. In this week’s podcast, we are discussing with Toni how has scaled what started out as a handcrafted, niche cottage brand to become a leader in the world of food wrap today.

B2B Customer Strategy Solutions with Michael Haynes – April 16 2019

Michael Haynes is a Business to Business Customer Strategy Specialist. He has over 20 years of experience working with companies in Australia, Brazil, and Canada helping them to develop and implement customer-driven strategies and programs. Michael has worked with start-ups and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across a range of industries including Professional Services, IT and Transportation. Recognizing that there was a lack of resources to help start-ups and SMEs thrive in the Business to Business (B2B) space, Michael published his first book, Listen, Innovate Grow: A Guidebook for Start-Ups and SMEs to Acquire and Grow (B2B) Customers. In this week’s podcast, we talk to Michael about how small businesses can implement B2B strategies into their companies and his book, Listen, Innovate, Grow.