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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Shifting Tides in Indigenous Entrepreneurship with Gabrielle Scrimshaw – July 17 2018

Gabrielle Scrimshaw considers herself to be an accidental activist. After traveling the world and connecting with Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, and Peru, Gabrielle found the strength to startup.“People everywhere in the world are just like figuring it out. Nobody is giving you permission to do anything. You just have to go out and do it.” Gabrielle is the Co-Founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, an organization that offers services and programming for First Nations, Métis and Inuit professionals. Born in Northern Saskatchewan, Gabrielle left Canada to travel the world and study, where she learned about international business and policy. She’s a globally recognized speaker and has given her voice to nearly 100 speaking engagements. Gabrielle is honoured in the highest regard by her community as the recipient of Indspire’s 2013 First Nations Youth award. Today, Gabrielle is a full time student and dual degree candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Gabrielle about how she’s creating a platform to support the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs.

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Thinking Differently: Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship with Shawn Smith – July 10 2018

Atlantic Canada’s Shawn Smith was diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30. Prior to his diagnosis, Shawn struggled at every level of the public education system. Now, he’s working to transform the system. “We’re not machines, were people. We don’t need fixing, we need nurturing.” Prescribed medication gave Shawn’s brain the jump-start it needed to wake from a 30-year slumber, taking his thought process from dial-up to fiber-op. In 2010 Shawn was accepted to the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology program at the University of New Brunswick on Academic Probation and graduated in 2011 at the top of his class. With his amazing story of his, Shawn won Startup Canada’s National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Shawn about challenging the notion of normality while championing neurodiversity.

Amplified Disruption: Revolutionizing Music with Chris Prendergast – July 3 2018

Chris Prendergast, a Canadian science teacher dubbed “Guitar Chris” throughout his college career, was inspired by his own pain-point as a musician. And the idea became a hit. The campaign has raised more than eighty thousand dollars in Kickstarter and is working towards to reach just as much in Indiegogo currently. “You must have a large audience waiting to buy, you cannot expect an organic audience to purchase.” Jamstack is the world’s first attachable guitar amplifier that is not only lightweight but sounds incredible with an unlimited number of effects you can connect directly to your smartphone. You can also see his pitch in CBC Dragon’s Den, where he awed the dragons, and successfully broke a two hundred thousand dollars investment deal. Now, the company preparing for its first shipment, and the excitements cannot get more amplified. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers will talk to Chris about the success he has had through crowdfunding, his pitch in CBC Dragon’s Den and how he is preparing for Jamstack’s first shipment.

Angel & VC Hybrids: Innovating Investment Finance with Sophie Forest – June 26 2018

Sophie Forest is an incendiary angel investor and venture capitalist, a combination that is sure to make sparks fly. As managing partner, along with her team made up of diverse skill sets and strengths, Brightspark ventures is the leading early-stage internet, media, and software venture capital firm in Canada.“ I think we make better decisions because we are very different, we look at problems, solutions, and decision making differently, making us better as a firm and better as a company.” During her career as venture capitalist, she has led and overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies in Canada. Sophie also played a pivotal role in growing Radian6, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2011 for US $326M. Sophie sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, Jewlr, nGuvu, Classcraft and more! In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Sophie about making investment decisions and the power of diverse teams.

The Story of an Indigenous Maker with Patrice Mousseau – June 19 2018

Patrice Mousseau is the Founder and CEO of Satya Organic, a company built on intention and purpose.“I knew that the company I created was going to have more attention than profit.”With the onset of her daughter’s eczema, and a refusal to use steroid creams, Patrice began researching natural and organic ways to treat her daughter’s condition. Beginning in her own kitchen using a crock pot, Patrice’s recipe has turned into a flourishing business as her products have landed on hundreds of retail shelves across Canada. Patrice Mousseau is a member of the Fort William First Nation and in 2017 she was the National recipient of the Startup Canada’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Award.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Patrice about being a conscious entrepreneur, the growth of her business, and being a single mom.

The Psychology Behind a Winning UX with Jason Goodman – June 12, 2018

What does an entrepreneur with a skill set in psychology, product design, marketing and business development do? They scramble up their expertise and deliver a one-of-a-kind digital agency rooted in human-centered innovations, immersing users in holistic experiences. “I was fascinated by how people work, think and learn, but also how we don’t work and how we can help people with that, the entry point was psychology.” Jason is one of Canada’s top design and UX trailblazers and is the Founder of You X Ventures, a Toronto-based startup to accelerate social-impact ventures to reach their goals through design, incubation, and investment. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Jason about how he’s bridging the gap between doing good while making a profit and how he’s driving his mantra, people over pixels.

Breathing Fire into Canadian Investments with Michelle Romanow – June 5 2018

To make waves as a Canadian entrepreneur is something to be proud of. Now, imagine being the youngest investor on CBC’s Dragons Den while starting three companies before you’re 28 years old. “Setting big goals is the first thing. You have to not want to be a little business anymore.” Michele Romanow is the Co-Founder and President of her latest venture, Clearbanc, that makes accessing funding simple and affordable for entrepreneurs. She’s a celebrated entrepreneur who’s made WXN’s 100 Most Powerful in Canada and is listed as the only Canadian on Forbes Millennials on a Mission list. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Michele about her strategy behind starting multiple high growth companies and how she’s taking Canada’s tech scene to higher places.

Private & Public Entrepreneurship With Mayor Jeff Lehman – May 29 2018

Canada’s most spectacular and memorable urban areas are thoughtfully planned out by teams of bright innovators. For the best results, Mayor Jeff Lehman knows urban economies flourish when collaborating public and private entrepreneurship. “Government has to embrace the idea that we can work with the startup community and even embed them in what we do.” Jeff Lehman, as the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie, had led a series of urban innovations through public and private entrepreneurship. He is a seasoned economize as well as an innovative urban planner. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Mayor Jeff about the opportunities of urban innovations when public office meets private entrepreneurs.

Navigating Government as an Entrepreneur with Ailish Campbell – May 22 2018

Ailish Campbell’s seasoned history in the public service is the foundation for her ability to create long lasting impact in policy. Ailish is the driving force behind exporting, investing and partnership developments for entrepreneurs in Canada. “I think it is our job to help entrepreneurs navigate government. Our trade commissioners know the entire ecosystem and follow the exporter through their whole journey.” Ailish is one of Canada’s leading women role models in the public service as the Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs. A government game changer, Ailish is working to shape the lives of Canadians through policy and reform. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Ailish about what it takes to empower a generation of women entrepreneurs and how she’s working to create a globally competitive Canadian economy.


How to Feel Fulfilled While Starting Up with Cortney McDermott – May 15 2018

After experiencing dissatisfaction in her life and career, Cortney climbed out from her personal rock bottom to create a world in which the success people saw on the outside was the same as the success she felt inside. In 2017, Cortney published her book, Change Starts Within You, a memoir on self-awareness, self-reflection and an ode to personal sustainability. that changes the way high-achievers see success.Cortney is a TEDx speaker and a former executive at Vanity Fair Corporation. Since leaving the corporate world for bigger and better things, she’s started and co-founded multiple companies. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Cortney about her personal journey from rock bottom to sustainable success.