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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Technology Adoption and Unlocking Markets with Amber Mac- November 14 2018

From connecting with professionals on LinkedIn and Twitter, to expanding the reach of your business online, Amber Mac knows what it takes to build rich and engaged communities online. “I think that social media is the number one tool where entrepreneurs miss out.”Beginning her career in the late 1990’s, right in the middle of the dot-com boom, Amber has achieved her success working as a strategist and marketing professional in the technology startup world. In 2006, Amber combined these skills and experiences to build her very own digital agency called Konnekt, and has since worked with clients including Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Fast Company, PayPal and more. Amber appears regularly on networks like CNN, Bloomberg, and Sirius XM and is the author of her national bestselling book called Power Friending, and a co-author of Outsmarting Your Kids Online, a book all about internet safety for kids. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Amber about how entrepreneurs can ensure they’re staying ahead of the game by adopting digital tools and technology.

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The Role of Entrepreneurs in Global Development with Jonathan Ortmans

Creating global networks allows entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers to access resources and human capital with less hardship and more accessibility than without. Jonathan Ortmans recognized a need for a centralized, robust platform where entrepreneurs can engage with their like-minded counterparts.


“What we’re trying to do with this global community is to sharpen the focus: how do we help companies scale, start smarter, or scale in the first place… we turn around & say how do we do that in a much more precise way.”

Jonathan is the Founder and President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), an organization that provides a platform of programs and initiatives to help new firms start and scale within one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, arching over 170 countries. In consortium with policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and affiliated support organizations around the world, Jonathan has launched the number of initiatives such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, Global Entrepreneurship Congress and the former US president Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to engage major influencers in building robust platforms for entrepreneurs to thrive. Under his initiatives, the emerging entrepreneurs around the world have received more than one billion dollars in investments so far and they are growing.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Jonathan about the key milestones in going global.

Wealthy Women Leaders with Pat Mussieux

You want to give up, you’re tired, you’re only halfway, why should you keep going? Well, you didn’t come this far to only come this far, you must keep going because you can, you are strong enough and you can do it! Climbing a mountain is very similar to overcoming hardships and reaching new goals you have set out for yourself, Pat Mussieux is very familiar with this and she wants you to be as well.

“My secret weapon is my mindset.”

Pat is the founder and CEO of Step2Happiness and she has been one of the recognized voices for women’s entrepreneurial success in Canada. A four time Stevie Award winner for Women in Business, she has proven herself that she could re-launch her coaching and speaking business from zero into a multiple 6-figure home business.

As the host of Roger’s TV show, Wealthy Women Leaders, Pat is a trusted voice for women entrepreneurs on the air as well as when she travels around the world, inspiring a variety of audiences ranging from the public sector, private sector to non-profits.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, we will talk to Pat about her inspirational story of climbing mountains in Arizona and getting back up from the series of life challenges.

The Power of Stories with Kendal Netmaker – October 30

How do you become a world renowned speaker and successful business owner of your own clothing brand? For Kendal Netmaker, it was all about dedication.“You have to give in order to get something. That’s how you’re gonna learn how to be a coach, how to be a consultant and even as a speaker.” Kendal Netmaker is a multi award-winning Canadian Indigenous speaker and owner of the fast-growing Neechie Gear, a social enterprise boasting quality athletic gear that donates five per cent of its profits annually for youth to play sports. Netmaker is also the founder of Netmaker Enterprises, a company committed to engaging and inspiring future generation leaders to start and pursue their own businesses. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Kendal about his journey with starting up, tips and tricks to scaling businesses, and finding the right mentor.

Scaling for Growth with Brian Veloso – October 26 2018

It’s no easy task to scale and grow a company. It’s an even more challenging task to scale across a country and lead teams from coast to coast to coast, however when handled by a bold, experience leader, scaling becomes part of the plan. Brian Veloso is the Head of SMN at SAP Concur Canada. “We have entrenched ourselves in the small and medium sized businesses here in Canada”. Brian Veloso has more than 19 years of experience in strategic sales in both the technology and services industries in Canada. For the past 13 years, Brian has been an integral part of expanding SAP Concur’s footprint into the Canadian market. Currently focused on building up SAP Concur’s fastest-growing-small and mid-sized business division, Brian know what it takes to lead multiple teams, and has been an integral player in expanding SAP Concur’s existing client base.

Becoming Truly Social with Tara Hunt – October 23

A true pioneer in online marketing and one of the most respected authorities and thought leader on online communities.  Tara Hunt is the President of Truly Social Inc, a creative content agency in Toronto that connects you to your customers. Also an author of one of the first books on how the social web is changing business, The Whuffle Factor.  In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Tara about shedding corporate habits online, her experience working for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party leadership campaign and living your brand fearlessly and unapologetically.

The Future of Philanthropic Entrepreneurs with Manny Padda – October 16

In his personal mission to give back to the children and the leaders of tomorrow, Manny Padda has contributed to a wide variety of the education and not-for-profit sectors. He is an active Advisor and Angel Investor globally, 2016 Angel Investor of the Year, and 2017 Startup Canada’s Entrepreneurship Promotion Award of the Year recipient. Manny has been returning twenty five per cent of all profits made from his angel investing back into the community. “A portion of my portfolio is dedicated to philanthropy.” Manny is the founder of Vancouver-based New Avenue Capital, an investment firm that encompasses venture capital, private lending and executive search to offer a one-stop shop for early-stage ventures. Founded in his twenties, New Avenue Capital has accumulated multi-million dollar portfolios in over 50 companies across 12 countries, within its seven years of operation. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Manny about his entrepreneurial approach to achieving social good.  

Celebrating Small Business Week with The Honourable Mary Ng – October 15

Minister Ng is a passionate community leader with twenty years of public service experience. Minister Ng has worked alongside the Government and their commitment to invest in Canadian ideas and innovation, advocating for tech and innovation hubs, women’s leadership, job creation, education and entrepreneurship. The Honourable Mary Ng has been recognized as one of Canada’s top performing public sector leaders after years of working for the Ontario Public Service, Ryerson University and the Ontario Minister of Education. The Honourable Mary Ng was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham—Thornhill in April 2017 and was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in July 2018. On today’s episode, we will talk to Minister Ng about the importance of Small Business week for Canadian entrepreneurs and her commitment to grow and strengthen the middle class.

Bold Risks and Big Rewards with Dr. Leslie McGeough – October 9

With a deep-rooted passion in solving big problems through education, Leslie has dedicated her life to inspiring students across North America. Dr. Leslie McGeough runs world-class education platforms that leverage technology to provide the much needed training for Canada’s small business owners to succeed. To date, she’s helped train more than 10,000 entrepreneurs since 2009. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Leslie about her journey from academia to entrepreneurship and how she’s working to educate entrepreneurs around the world.

Edgy Ecommerce and Digital Economies with Darpan Munjal – October 2

With over 20 years of leadership experience in digital and tech focused businesses, Darpan Munjal is a true champion of entrepreneurship who started off bootstrapping startups to creating multi billion-dollar Fortune 100 companies. “My long term objective has always been to be an entrepreneur but the experience I got from companies were just amazing amounts of learning.” In 2012, Darpan’s extensive eCommerce and digital marketing career led to co-founding Fashionara.com, a fashion focused eCommerce marketplace for the Indian market. Also the Founder of Squadhelp, Darpan now operates a crowdsourcing platform that connects creatives from across the globe with startups and businesses for upscaling their brands through innovative business naming. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Darpan about sustainable eCommerce for startups!

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