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.
Leadership, Empowerment and Impact with Theresa Laurico – March 5 2019
Every year, Theresa Laurico puts on one of the largest entrepreneurship conferences in the country as part of her mission to light up Canada’s young professionals. The SociaLIGHT conference brings together entrepreneurs, influencers. Global leaders and everyone in between to jumpstart a movement that creates a positive impact on communities and the world. “When you think of a flourishing future for the world, one of the things that I think a lot of entrepreneurs miss is that you yourself must also flourish.” Theresa’s many achievements were not reached without facing beyond her fair share of obstacles along the way – including a near-death experience two years ago. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Theresa about what SociaLIGHT means to her, her journey as a social impact entrepreneur and why she chooses to think of her accident as a miracle.
Recently Aired Episodes
Seed to Sale Cannabis Solutions with John Prentice – February 26 2019
John Prentice started out his company at his dining room table with nothing but his personal savings to back him. 4 years later he has completely shaken up both the tech and the cannabis industries with his seed-to-sale software, Ample Organics.
“In the cannabis industry you’re surrounded by disco balls of opportunity flashing all around you and you can only do a little bit. Pick your opportunities well, stick to them, and don’t give up on them too soon.”
Ample Organics serves the majority of Canada’s licensed cannabis producers by making compliance, transparency, and traceability easier. It is not only a very useful service for people within the industry but a great example of a company on the forefront of innovation in the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to John about why he chose to build a platform in the cannabis industry, and what the future of marijuana in Canada means for his company.
Small Batch Gelato, Big Batch Culture with James Boettcher – February 19 2019
Meet James Boettcher, a serial entrepreneur who is showing his customers that they CAN buy happiness – and it comes in an aesthetically-pleasing jar. James is the CEO, Custodian of Culture, and Chief Idea Officer of one of the fastest-growing private companies in Canada, Fiasco Gelato, the winner of the 2018 Startup Canada Prairies High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award. With $1,800 in his pocket, James bought a failing gelato shop mid-recession in Calgary – a city that has eight months of winter every year. James’ vision for doing business differently, honesty in craft, and creative innovation has charted a course for Fiasco’s business model and led to its national success. In today’s episode, we talk about building corporate cultures that allow team members to thrive and how James took the fate of his company into his own hands from such humble beginnings.
Steering Women Entrepreneurs to Success with Aisha Addo – February 12 2019
Aisha Addo’s idea to build a ride-sharing service for women and by women, came out of an uncomfortable ride in a cab that left her feeling unsafe. The startup not only provides girls and women in the GTA an alternative mode of transportation from Uber, taxis, or public transportation but opens up employment opportunities for women in an industry that is over 85 percent male. Aisha’s commitment to protecting women while at the same time empowering them has given her the opportunity to jumpstart a successful entrepreneurial career. Aisha’s dedication to female empowerment is shown through her past work, including the creation of the Power to Girls Foundation, a non-profit that offers mentors and role models to young girls. The Toronto-based organization ended up going global when she started the Ghana Project in her home country, providing underprivileged girls with education on leadership skills and economic freedom. All of Aisha’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, being the recipient of the Young Black and Gifted Award for Community Service, while being named a Black Diversity Group Role Model, One of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and being among the 150 Black Women making history in Toronto. In this week’s episode, we are going to discuss Aisha’s commitment to women empowerment in an entrepreneurial role, and what challenges she has faced in her many endeavors.
Sharpening Your Soft Skills in a Changing World with Kelly Boutiller Sonia DiMaulio Brian Haugen – February 5 2019
Kelly is an adult learning specialist at CEDEC, Quebec and Canada’s leading and driving force for community economic development and employability. Kelly has a proven track record of building strong working relationships and is currently aiming to improve workplace readiness for First Nations and minority English speaking communities. Sonia is the founder of Harvest Performance, an organization that fosters a connection to help others thrive. By using positive communication and education strategies, Sonia’s mission is to impact people, places and communities. Brian has over 20 years of experience and education as a Red Seal Heavy Duty Equipment Technician in the public and private sectors and has worked as an instructor in the School of Transportation Trades at Vancouver Community College. Here today with deep and diverse backgrounds, experience and expertise, Kelly, Sonia and Brian recognize that technology and online platforms are continuously changing the ways we interact with clients and employees, our ability to listen, collaborate and even problem solve, But, together, this trio shares the common goal of embracing change and they do that with one simple solution – implementing soft skills. In this week’s episode, we refine the definition of soft skills and what they look like in a business context and how valuable they are in today’s changing world.
Waking Up the Construction Industry with Erin Stephenson – January 29 2019
Erin is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at the Kitchener-based company, which some people refer to as the Airbnb of construction equipment. After over a decade of working as an advisor and strategic partner to business leaders in both technology and construction, Erin is at the forefront of the intersection of these two industries and has become a spearhead in the disruption of the heavy equipment market. At DOZR, Erin is responsible for leading the execution of the organization’s business strategy and marketing efforts. She oversees global marketing with a focus on the organization’s growth strategy and reinforcing DOZR’s position as the largest digital marketplace for heavy equipment. In this week’s episode, we are discussing Erin’s advocacy for women in the technology and construction arenas, and exploring how a sharing economy is opening doors for these industries to change.
Purpose Behind the Play Button with Michael Litt – January 22 2019
A true leader in the world of video, Michael and his team are turning viewers into customers as he leads the development of one of the most innovative video analytics technologies. Frustrated by the problems he faced while using video, he quickly became obsessed with finding a solution to host video for companies online without them having to compromise their branding, and their customers. Michael is a regular contributor to Fast Company, has been quoted in Forbes, WSJ, NY Times and TechCrunch, Michael has been called upon to speak at TEDx, The Digital Collective and Y Combinator’s Ad-Innovation Conference. He has been recognized with The Peter Brojde Award for Canada’s Next Generation Executive Leadership, Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30, and Ernst Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO at Vidyard where he and his fellow vidyardians never stop learning and innovating to put purpose behind your video’s play button. Each day they are working to turn your viewers into customers, engage and convert buyers and continue to listen and then act for their customers. In this week’s episode, host Rivers Corbett talks to Michael about the power of video for communication, leveraging creativity to make people want tech and scaling as a canadian tech company.
Fintech Futures & Robo-Advisors with Randy Cass – January 15 2019
Here to disturb an industry that’s stayed stagnant for years, Randy Cass knew he needed to find a solution to implement into Canada’s world of investing. A seasoned investment portfolio manager of 15 years, and in it to solve the transparency and the common “my portfolio managers won’t grow my money” problem, Randy’s solution has gained huge traction and is changing the pace and the face of financial advisors. “I decided to become those external circumstances that would force the industry to wake up and change.” Randy is the Founder and CEO of Nest Wealth, an online, customized portfolio for your investments that is managed for the first time on a one price, monthly, subscription-based service. Randy’s previous company, First Coverage, won multiple awards as a top start-up including a financial services Morningstar award for best use of Technology in Canada before it was ultimately sold in 2011. NestWealth is quickly experiencing similar success and recently, Montreal’s National Bank invested six-million dollars to onboard Nest Wealth’s technology into their own portfolio management system. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett will talk to Randy to break down what Robo advisors are, and some numbers to dazzle your day.
A Delicate Disruptions with Melina Salomon
Recognizing the decrease of retail shopping, and the skyrocketing demand for fast and easy online shopping, Ingomma brings a totally new product to the e-commerce space. From graphic to industrial design, Melina Salomon used her plethora cut with laser-sharp technology to create intricate designs and patterns that are versatile and sought after in the fashion world. “It was a big journey from seeing an opportunity to exploring material in a way it hasn’t been explored in the design community before.” Melina is the Founder and CEO of Ingomma, a design tech company bringing new sustainable materials to fashion and consumer products. Born and raised in Brazil, Melina moved to Canada five years ago to embark on post-secondary education in Toronto, and graduated top of her class in Founders Institute Toronto. In 2016, Melina received the Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Melina about how she is creating new demands for her innovative fashion products.
The Power of People & Personality with Sam Chen – January 1 2019
Video has become the most powerful tool to engage and connect with online audiences. Sam Chen believes in the power of video, showcasing the backstory of why people pursue their passions. With his camera in hand and a supportive team by his side, Sam works tirelessly to bring the human side back to companies in any industry. “It’s important for people to connect with each other, when you see someone, you can see a person that is just like you.” Sam is the Co-Founder and Director of Video Production at Community Pop, an Ottawa-based digital communications company. Launched in 2015, Sam has led Community POP to create opportunities for brands like Subaru, L’Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Canadian Tulip Festival and more to show their audiences and their customers that they’re not just a business, but people too. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Sam about the power of video to tell stories and how he manages his time while balancing multiple projects at once.