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.

Latest Episode

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.

Recently Aired Episodes


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.

From Business Builder to Broadway Producer with Andy Nulman – April 9 2019

Many people may know Andy, as the Montreal-based co-founder of Just For Laughs, turning it into the prestigious, well-known comedy phenomenon it is today. Taking a break from the comedy scene, Andy founded Airborne Mobile, a pioneering mobile media company which was sold for over $100 million and named North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in 2006. Andy has been a journalist, he has written three books, and he is currently producing a musical that is on its way to scoring a spot on broadway. As a well-known public speaker, he has the opportunities to speak at various universities, conferences and events. His numerous endeavors won him the Startup Canada Lifetime Achievement Award for Quebec in 2016. “Anticipation is as important as immediate gratification and in terms of business, waiting is ultra important.” While Andy has many successful projects under his belt in his four decades of creating and leading major media projects, he is not done yet. Andy is currently the co-founder and CEO of Play The Future, Inc., a forward-thinking digital platform and brand engagement tool that converts the big data points and events of major brands into consumer engagement and entertainment, and is currently diving into his newest adventure, producer of Quebec’s Broadway play Les Belles Soeurs!

Supporting Entrepreneurs in Rural Regions with Mary Doyle – April 2 2019

Mary Doyle is the co-founder and program developer for Rural on Purpose, a social enterprise committed to strengthening rural communities worldwide through entrepreneurship. With over 28 years of experience working in all three sectors (private, nonprofit and government) Mary works to improve economic opportunities for people living in rural areas by piloting high impact programs that prepare them for the future of work. Her most recent project is a rural coworking pilot that builds a freelance-friendly ecosystem in a community in just 10 weeks. As a community builder and volunteer, Mary spends much of her spare time fostering strong entrepreneurial ecosystems. Mary is the founder of Startup Bay of Quinte and is focused on developing a National Youth Entrepreneurship strategy in partnership with Loyalist College. She has been a speaker and panelist at numerous events ranging from the Canadian Accelerator Summit to the United Way to Women in Business conferences – including the 30th Annual Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference and Startup Day on the Hill.”We have 19 percent of all freelancers already living in rural communities, they are already here, we just don’t have a way to talk to them and connect to them, they are in our blind spot”. In today’s podcast, we will talk to Mary about what entrepreneurship means to her, the value of running pilot programs and community building.

A New Vision for the Future with Suzanne Grant – March 26 2019

Suzanne Grant has accomplished a lot through her 18 years of entrepreneurial experience, but she wanted her next chapter to be about something bigger. As CEO and Co-Founder of a company that is trying to restore partial eyesight to the visually impaired, she now has no doubt that her work matters. “I wanted to be in the middle of something that made a difference, was worth my time, and I wanted something challenging that could take me individually in my own development to the next level.” Suzanne’s company iBionics is using sensory bionics, neurological technology, and clinical expertise to push boundaries in the medical world. She is using her knowledge, determination and mantra of “The Art of Possible” to guide her through this chapter – and she is nowhere near finished. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Suzanne about her journey as an entrepreneur, finding a project that makes a difference, and how she got to be known as the person who makes things happen.

Cultivating Thriving Black Entrepreneurship Communities with Kerlande Mibel – March 19 2019

Kerlande Mibel is the recipient of the Entrepreneur Support Award at the 2018 Startup Canada Awards for her organization and the Founder of the International Black Economic Forum in Montreal. The forum acts as an action think tank designed to accelerate wealth creation and promote economic and entrepreneurial development in black communities while fighting inequities in those spheres. Through major conferences, professional mentorship and training to support black entrepreneurs, the forum sets out to captivate and engage entrepreneurs while building the black business community.
Kerlande is a long-time expert in economic development with a past serving as a political advisor to the Cabinet of Montreal’s Mayor. She has been an extremely sought-after advisor, sitting on the board of directors for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and the International Cooperation and Study Center. In this week’s podcast, we are going to talk about specific struggles faced in the black business community and how Kerlande is approaching them with new and innovative methods.

Breaking Into the Beauty Industry with Jennifer Harper – March 12 2019

Jennifer Harper’s Niagara-based makeup company, Cheekbone Beauty, donates 10 percent of all profits to the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. The startup that she began in 2016 now ships products across Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Throughout the development of Cheekbone Beauty, Jennifer overcame personal struggles such as overcoming alcoholism, surviving her brother’s suicide, and reconciling her identity which shines an even brighter light on all that she has achieved. In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, Jennifer strives to educate as many Canadians as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on her family and friends through decades of trauma. In this week’s episode, we learn about the importance of using Cheekbone beauty as a platform to enhance and empower the lives of Indigenous Youth, taking the company global and Jennifer’s plans for the future.