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

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.

Recently Aired Episodes

A Mental Health Model for Entrepreneurs with Michael Devenney – December 25 2018

Michael Devenney is a long time entrepreneur and business owner whose own personal experiences with anxiety and clinical depression led him to start an initiative dear to him, the Mindset Project. “I believe mental health is the one thing that brings us all together, because we all have someone in our lives, if not ourselves that have it, yet it’s this big divide.” Michael is a long time entrepreneur and business owner whose own personal experiences with anxiety and clinical depression led him to start the Mindset Project. The Mindset Project is a model that founders can follow in order to achieve the success of entrepreneurship without compromising their mental or physical health. Recognizing the big picture, Michael not only works to support entrepreneurs through their most stressful journeys, but has also led private and public businesses, non profit organizations and government departments to become better leaders. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Michael about how he’s working to encourage entrepreneurs to adopt a positive mindset while striving for success.

Accelerating Your Business Through Community with Melloney Campbell – December 18 2018

Melloney Campbell is a dear friend to Startup Canada, previously fulfilling the role of VP of Communications, she volunteered her time, passion and expertise in managing the national program of social media channels, sponsor and partner relations and management of events. Later in 2015, Melloney launched the Startup Peel Community after she realized a lack of resources and information for entrepreneurs. Melloney is a respected mentor, moderator, speaker and is an active Startup Canada Policy lobbyist for change and support to bring greater funding for Women led businesses. “I made sure that people knew who Startup Canada was, I really put my heart and soul into it.” Melloney is a certified Project Management Professional with a background in Digital Media, Broadcast and Interactive Media Platforms and has more than 16 years of expertise. She is the Founder of Clicktag media Inc, which specializes in Data Hygiene, Postage Optimization and AI Integrated Marketing. Melloney has represented Canada at various Entrepreneurship events in the Pacific Alliance promoting Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Melloney Campbell about her time she has dedicated to Startup Canada and her success and plans for her own business, Clicktag Media.

Pitching Solutions for Success with Chris Crawford – December 11 2018

Working with an international client list that includes companies like Google, Disney, 20th Century Fox, doesn’t go hand in hand with sleeping in bus stations and not being able to make payroll, right? Not usually, but in this case, it does. Chris Crawford lives to tell the entrepreneurial hero’s journey story. From finding himself broke and moving out of his Toronto apartment, Chris has climbed his way up to success, staying hungry and finding happiness on his way. Chris Crawford is the Founder of Kick Ass Media, an experiential printing company for events and a movement that is about creating business that people love to be a part of. Each day, Chris and his team come together and use their creativity to work on amazing projects to solve problems for clients and customers. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Chris about approaching sales and making sales, creating outstanding culture and the illusion of cash flow equalling profit or success.

How We Can Include Senior Entrepreneurs with John Hamblin – December 4 2018

Entrepreneurship has no expiry date. It’s a world where all ideas are welcome and the experiences and knowledge of each individual should be grasped, grown, and gathered to make strong, diverse teams. Atlantic Canada-based John Hamblin knows we must embrace and support the aging population and the rise of senior entrepreneurship to better society and grow our economy. Like himself, John knows there is an army of senior minds that are ready to put their energy, excellence and expertise to use and have no plans of slowing down. In 2014 John founded Startup Canada’s Halifax Community as part of the Startup Canada organization. In recognition of his efforts to support and grow the startup community, John was awarded the 2015 Atlantic Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Recently, John founded a Halifax chapter of Aging2.0, a Silicon Valley based organization geared to the application of technology to assist seniors. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to John about creating the best possible startup ecosystem in the Atlantic and in Canada, and that is one that includes seniors.

The Entrepreneur’s Advantage with Jason Flick – November 27 2018

The intersection of art and technology is responsible for some of the most incredible inventions and discoveries made to date. For Jason Flick, CEO and Co-Founder of You.i TV, the possibilities are endless for enticing business ideas. “If you aren’t blending art into your business it will be very hard to succeed in this era.” Jason has been all about disrupting the status quo, which led him to co-found You.i TV, driving the nation’s biggest TV industry partners today. The company’s flagship product, You.i Engine has thought to have blended art and technology so well together that it continues to push the forefront of the future of TV. Also bringing in 25 years of technical and business leadership, Jason is the active mentor and contributor to the Ottawa’s startup community, and believes success of small business and entrepreneurship will be essential to the Canadian economy in the future. On today’s podcast, we will talk to Jason about getting over those first entrepreneurial hurdles to thrive, blending art into business and the entrepreneur’s advantage.

Reaching Further Through Entrepreneurship with Shawn King – November 20

What stops the most driven, ambitious and creative people from success is often fear. For Shawn King, an Atlantic Canadian Chief Creative Office at Arrivals and Departures, combating fear meant reaching his goals. “When we’re not at our best is when we are overthinking, overanalyzing, sometimes we paralyze ourselves with fear.” Shawn is a highly respected creative enthusiast who gets his kicks out of doing good and stepping beyond the status quo. With over 25 years of experience, Shawn is no stranger to success or creativity. Previously a contestant on the Amazing Race Canada, he is a current podcast host where he discusses all things related to recreational Cannabis, and an everyday creative problem solver at Arrivals and Departures, a Halifax and Toronto based creative agency. In this week’s #StartupPodacst, host Rivers Corbett talks to Shawn about his journey from competing on the Amazing Race Canada, spreading positive reminders through graphic tees, and his creative solutions for clients and passengers at Arrivals and Departures.

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.

The Role of Entrepreneurs in Global Development with Jonathan Ortmans – November 13

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 – November 6

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.