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.

Latest Episode

How to Employ Yourself with Catherine Clark – July 7th 2020

There’s nothing quite like entrepreneurship, and it takes grit, courage, and most importantly hope – the rest are lessons Catherine Clark is happy to share!

Named one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Clark is a nationally respected broadcaster, emcee and the President of Catherine Clark Communications, providing strategic communications and public affairs advice to individuals, institutions and corporations. 

Through her work in television, radio and print, Catherine has interviewed Canada’s most influential people, and is co-founder of The Honest Talk, a new, multi-platform podcast and event experience targeted at a dynamic, professional audience of women who are looking for more – out of themselves, out of their businesses and elected leaders, and out of the world around them.

She has hosted and co-produced two historical documentaries, The Residences and Inside Centre Block, is the Giving Back columnist for Ottawa at Home Magazine and writes for the Montreal-based IEFA Magazine.

“You don’t start up a business without a lot of hope and belief in yourself. It’s a tough time for entrepreneurs, and I want them to keep faith in themselves.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Catherine discusses starting your entrepreneurial journey, and staying true to your hope and belief in yourself.

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Switching Focus for Success with Bruce Croxon – June 30th 2020

Wondering how to best prepare for your entrepreneurial future? Then Bruce Croxon, Partner at Round13 Capital, wants to talk!

Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, while achieving revenue of just under $100 million. 

Since the sale of Lavalife, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in growth-stage companies in the technology sector. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tapped into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth-stage Canadian tech companies. He also co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business and believes our entrepreneurs can hold their own with anyone in the world.

““It’s active work to focus on your goals, one of the most common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make is sensing early success, and pivoting six or seven different directions.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Bruce investing in your own success, and starting to do so as soon as possible.

The Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship with Razor Suleman – June 24th 2020

Has your business roadmap been thrown out the window and you’re wondering what direction to pivot in? Then Razor Suleman, CEO and Co-Founder of Elevate has some advice.

Razor Suleman is a successful serial entrepreneur, investor and champion of the Canadian technology ecosystem.   

Currently, Razor is the CEO & Cofounder of Elevate, an organization committed to the advancing the Canadian technology ecosystem. Elevate’s mission is to unite the world’s innovators to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organization was created in partnership with Toronto Mayor John Tory along with 150 community and corporate partners. Razor is also the CEO of Design Exchange, a cultural institution that provides access to hands-on design-based learning for Canada’s next generation youth.

Previously, Razor is Founder & former CEO of Achievers, a corporate social network focused on employee engagement that was backed by legendary VC Sequoia Capital. Razor built Achievers from an idea to a company with a $100M in revenue in less than 10 years. Achievers was acquired by Silicon Valley based Blackhawk Networks (which is owned by Silver Lake Partners) in July of 2015 for $150M. 

“You know what attracts capital investors the most? Customers.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Razor discusses the Canadian entrepreneurial landscape, and his thoughts on the future of entrepreneurship in Canada.

Coincidentally on Purpose with Amanda Truscott – June 16th 2020

Sometimes self-doubt can be a barrier to your own best self, and Amanda Truscott would call that another step on the entrepreneurial journey.

Amanda Truscott is Co-Founder and CEO of Rithmik Solutions, which builds advanced analytics for predictive maintenance on mining equipment. She’s also a NextAI Entrepreneur and the author of Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius and Complete Your Best Work.

While her colleagues combine data science with decades of experience working on equipment in mines, Amanda specializes in the intersections of creativity, technology and communications. Amanda has a Master’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis on multimedia, and she brings a unique and human-centred approach to industrial transformation.

“It’s pretty rare for a lot of people to not feel self-doubt in this journey, but being able to get done what you need to get done is often about moving through that doubt.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Amanda discusses the importance of breaking through self doubt, and the importance of coincidence in influencing decisive action.

Growing From Grassroots with Sonya Satveit – June 9th 2020

Sometimes when you don’t fit the mould, you need to break it – just ask Sonya Satveit, Founder & CEO, Qanik DX Inc.

Sonya’s journey to becoming a FemTech Founder began with her own health story. When unaddressed hormone issues led to two miscarriages, Sonya realized our healthcare system wasn’t designed to serve the unique needs of women. The guiding principle, “let your pain become your purpose” led her to become a women’s health advocate through her blog Hormone Soup. When the blog reached women in 175 countries, she knew she had to do more to help so she set out to transform women’s health.

Sonya founded Open Source Health which piloted the first precision medicine platform for women’s health – a multinational project involving multiple stakeholders from the US, Canada and Europe. Sonya published the results in the peer-reviewed journal, Learning Health Systems.  

She didn’t stop there, her vision to remove the gatekeepers to lab testing, give women control over their data and empower them with knowledge resulted in her latest venture – a company called Qanik DX. She and her team have developed a mini-lab for the home to allow women to test their hormones and get real-time results delivered to their smartphone all in the comfort of their own home.

“One of the biggest things is I don’t fit the stereotype of a typical tech founder. I don’t check all the boxes, and I saw that as an opportunity to redefine what being a founder looks like.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Sonya discusses the importance of carving out your own corner in entrepreneurship.

Doing It Right, Without the Rush – June 2nd 2020

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re doing good work, and Jonathon Moody, President and COO of Versature, will be the first to tell you.

Growing up north of Toronto, Jonathon attended the University of Ottawa and began working in Ottawa’s thriving tech sector during the late 90s. Jonathon has spent more than 15 years helping organizations change the way they do business through technology.

With a background focused on the internet, hosted technologies and most recently ‘cloud services’ Jonathon focuses on helping firms of all sizes realize the business changing benefits of services such as Salesforce.com, Google Apps, Asana and hosted communications such as Versature’s Hosted PBX.

Jonathon is active both in and out of work; he races sailboats north of Toronto and in the nation’s capital, organizes Versature’s hockey team and is a certified ski instructor.

“I always fall back on one thing, we always want to do it right, we always aren’t in a rush.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Jonathon discusses the importance of taking a measured approach to entrepreneurship and how to make the most of your time.

Mapping Your Entrepreneurial Adventure with Colin Christensen – May 26th 2020

There’s no formula for entrepreneurship, but if you talk to Colin Christensen you might find a map! 

Colin is a “been there done that” entrepreneur & mentor. Awesome wins, excruciating failures, lessons everywhere. He’s a curator of all good things business and built a free (for now) tool-suite for entrepreneurs and mentors to start and grow business (EntrepreneurRoadmap.ca).

Utilizing these tools Colin has occasionally consulted larger businesses, launched a micro-lending app pilot project in Honduras that grew internationally and ran an Accelerator in the Hemp and Cannabis space. He is currently working to take the Entrepreneur Roadmap international as a tool for entrepreneurs everywhere.

Most of what he does surrounds The Entrepreneur Roadmap, and he has just finished a choose-your-own-adventure book on it, which is in editing now. Also keeping up with his entrepreneur side, he also has another team with patents for reinventing drywall to be lighter, fireproof and mould-proof.

“I believe everybody is an entrepreneur at heart, everyone has a great idea but not everyone knows how to build a business around it.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Colin discusses the importance of knowing you’ve got guidelines on your entrepreneurship journey, even when you’re going off-road.

Solutions for Risk with Julian Valeri – May 19th 2020

It’s important to know about the potential risks that come with managing a business – just ask Julian Valeri, Manager of Risk Solutions at Sovereign Insurance, Alberta on our show today.

Julian is an insurance professional with experience in underwriting, claims, loss control and risk management. For over 30 years, he has worked his way through various positions within the insurance industry. 

Julian’s job involves working with businesses to identify possible risks that could negatively impact the company’s operations and cash flow while recommending plans and strategies to minimize those risks. 

When he’s not working to protect businesses across Canada, Julian is the past president of the Ontario Risk and Insurance Management Society as well as the Lead Instructor for the Certificate in Risk Management Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is also currently a Board Member for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Southern Ontario Chapter. 

“Entrepreneurs face risks that other business segments don’t necessarily have to consider. ”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Julian discusses how to manage and protect your business from risk.

Producing at Your Pace with Priya Chopra – May 12th 2020

Sometimes the talk you talk is as important as the walk you walk – just ask Priya Chopra, founder and CEO of 1Milk2Sugars (1M2S).

1M2S is a thriving public relations agency specializing in influencer marketing, social media and media relations. Under Priya’s leadership, 1M2S has grown to include offices in Montreal, Toronto and New York, offering bespoke communications services to prominent and international lifestyle brands including NIVEA, Pfizer, Marriott Hotels, L’Oreal and more.

Priya has been recognized by the Forbes Agency Council, Bloomberg Canada, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and the Chamber of Commerce to name a few recent distinctions. Most recently, Priya was awarded the PR in Canada Women in Communications award in the “Founders” category.

In addition to being an accomplished business leader and highly sought-after communications professional, Priya is trilingual and is a proud mother of three.  

“We really believe in PR as a source of authenticity and credibility. That’s our driving force.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Priya discusses the importance of public relations in the world of entrepreneurship.

Reaching Your Digital Audience with Kevin Chan – May 5th 2020

In an age where everyone has a soap-box to stand on, it’s more important than ever to carve out your corner in the digital marketplace – just ask Kevin Chan, Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Facebook Canada.

Kevin Chan is the Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Facebook Canada. In his role at Facebook, he has travelled across the country meeting tens of thousands of small businesses, working with his team to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and find new markets both in Canada and abroad using both Facebook and Instagram.

“Digital presence is essential, digital presence is easy, and digital presence has zero to minimal cost.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Kevin discusses the importance of treating opening digital channels like you’re opening store doors, especially when local business isn’t so local.



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