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 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.

Recently Aired Episodes


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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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!

Accessible Futures: Building Tomorrow’s Canada with Nadia Hamilton – September 25, 2018

Nadia Hamilton is the CEO of Magnusmode, an interactive app that coaches people with special needs through everyday situations using customizable flashcards, stories and a wizard character named Magnus. Through multiple partnerships with customers including CIBC and Tim Hortons, the app is on its way to becoming a world wide recognized symbol of accessibility. “The look of pride on their face when they can do something that they used to wait for someone to do for them, is priceless”.Nadia has received a number of awards including the 2011 Project Wildfire Social Business Awards, SheEO’s 2016 Radical Generosity Initiative, and Startup Canada’s National and Regional Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Nadia about using technology to make social change.

Disruption in the Dining Room with Chris Snoyer – September 18, 2018

Chris Snoyer is disrupting restaurant hustle and bustle and improving kitchens and dining rooms across Canada. A corporate sales manager turned restaurant tech entrepreneur, Chris knows the impact technology can have on a restaurant’s front line. “If they aren’t using it, we aren’t solving a problem for them.” Chris Snoyer is the Co-founder and CEO of Spiffy, an app that educates servers and bartenders on beer, wine, spirits, and menu items. Through mobile app based learning, restaurant staff can learn on the go and use restaurant specific modules to deliver excellence and greatness to their guests. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Chris about working closely with this niche market and his plans to innovate the industry.

Building Lean Systems for Heavy Sectors with Graham Mann – September 11, 2018

With over three-thousand routes scheduled per month, Lean Systems is poised to transform the transportation sector. This Montreal-based business is solving the organizational problems for the transportation industry, and on the journey has been selected by a number of exciting accelerators, such as Creative Destruction Lab and Techstar New York. Graham Mann is on a true entrepreneurship adventure, making stops along the way for exemplary leadership, incredible mentorship and rich co-founder relationships. “Once I grasped how quickly it could scale to different industries and the impact that could have on different efficiencies for cities, that is what ultimately sold me.” Graham is the Co-founder of Lean Systems and has also mentored over 100 companies at Founder Institute, Startup Weekend and Techstars Boston along the way. And for this exemplary community leadership, he has won 2017 Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award. If you ever catch him in East shores sailing or kiteboarding, you will see that he’s all about making his days full of fun adventures, and this includes entrepreneurship. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Graham about what it means to book a one-way ticket to the entrepreneurial adventure!