The THRIVE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs is all about supporting YOU to start and build a thriving business. On THRIVE, we connect you with leading experts, entrepreneurs, and organizations that provide capital, mentorship, training, tools and other support to help you to make your vision reality, faster.

THRIVE is hosted by Komal Minhas, Founder of kaur. space and the producer of Dream, Girl.  

The THRIVE podcast is a production of Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, supporting Canada’s entrepreneurs to succeed. This podcast is presented in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank.

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What Canada’s Women Entrepreneurs Need with Nicole Verkindt – March 21st 2019

Nicole Verkindt is a serial entrepreneur and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den. She is the CEO and Founder of Offset Market Exchange, a tech company that supports businesses to be more efficient, reduces costs, and reap the highest economic benefit from government procurement contracts. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Commercial Corporation and has a reputation for being a tenacious problem solver and a true paragon of her generation. In this week’s epiosde, we talk to Nicole about the tangible skills and resources that Canadian women entrepreneurs truly need to succeed.


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Business Built by Humble Hands with Gloria Roheim McRae – March 14 2019

We are so excited to have Gloria Roheim McRae on the Thrive Podcast today. Gloria is a Senior Manager of Solutions Consultants at Hootsuite by day, where she is leading enterprise level solutions for the financial service sector across North America. Gloria is also an international speaker and a TedX Keynote speaker as well as the author of ‘BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss’, an bestseller all about self-sufficiency and doing work that you love. In her entrepreneurial career, Gloria co-founded and grew two businesses and learned through highs and lows, about the unique challenges women face in business. Today she’s building her third business with her husband by night: a financial brokerage that she couldn’t be more proud of.  In this week’s episode, we will talk to Gloria about her experience with entrepreneurship, and how she is building her third business with her husband while balancing motherhood and her work at Hootsuite.


Owning Your Story For Success with Erin Bury – March 8, 2019

Today we launch the new Thrive Podcast Series with Komal Minhas.  We are so thrilled to have Erin Bury on the inaugural Thrive Podcast episode today. Erin Bury is an entrepreneur, speaker, startup advisor/investor, and former technology journalist. In her most recent role, Erin spent 6 years as Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency that worked with clients including Lyft, Telus, and PayPal. She is also the co-founder of The County Wine Tours, a guided bicycle wine company in Prince Edward County. She is a board member at Save the Children Canada, and a member of the #Tech4SickKids advisory council for SickKids.

Business Minded and Family Oriented with Maria Locker – September 27, 2018

Maria dove into entrepreneurship after leaving her teaching career to be home with her two young children. After finding a common bond with other moms and women running businesses while keeping a healthy family life, Mompreneurs was born to support, educate and empower moms in business.“Between 7am and 9am, I’m mom, but between 9am and 2pm, I am a full on business woman.” Maria is also CEO of Mompreneur properties including the Mompreneur Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Mompreneur Magazine, the Mompreneur Awards, and the Mompreneurs Conference. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Maria about support from family, and how she is inspiring moms to balance both business and family, without sacrificing one for the other.

Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs with Barbara Orser – September 20, 2018

Barbara Orser is an award-winning professor and expert on women in business. She’s been recognized as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network, and has also been recognized by the International Alliance for Women for her work. “There are different perceptions of success, we tend to think of growth but women also appreciate community contribution, the opportunity to bring products to markets, supporting other women, those are indicators of success too.” A Deloitte Professor at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Barbara is the co-author of Feminine Capital: Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs, a book on women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial feminists. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast episode, host Janice McDonald talks to Barbara about the research and messages in her book, Feminine Capital, and the differences in how men and women make business decisions and why that is important to the state of entrepreneurship in Canada.

Life After Acquisition with Shawna Tregunna – September 13, 2018

Shawna Tregunna is the Founder and Director of the Founder Institute’s Ottawa chapter, a world-class global accelerator that since 2009, has graduated over 400 women-led companies across six continents. “You don’t know what you don’t know, so surround yourself with people who can help you and point you in the right direction.” Shawna started a digital marketing agency six years ago with a focus on social media marketing. In mid 2017, she partnered with and had her company successfully acquired by Ottawa’s fastest growing mobile, web, and next-gen technology agency, Iversoft.In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice Mcdonald talks to Shawna about learning and mentorship, the transition period after being acquired and the important role she plays at Founder Institute

Valuable and Virtuous Marketing with Anastasia Valentine – September 6, 2018

Anastasia is the Chief Marketing Officer at Versature, a cloud-based telecommunication company that offers Hosted PBX business communication solutions while disrupting Canada’s telecom industry. An award-winning business executive, Anastasia uses data-backed strategies to continue Versature’s fifty per cent growth year-after-year.“Don’t let fear be the door closing, instead think about why you are worried, why it is holding you back and then work through it and solve it.” In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Anastasia about her passion for education and helping young girls and women in STEM, marketing strategies and her newest initiative Carpe Omnia.

Selling to Multinationals with Stephanie Fontaine – August 30, 2018

Stephanie is the Vice President of Business Development at Women Business Enterprises, also known as WBE. WBE is the one stop shop for women entrepreneurs to gain access to training, education, mentoring and networking events with like-minded business women. “It is so important for women to invest in their networks, to make a significant, consistent and thoughtful commitment to building key networks and to be the source of real business opportunities.”Since 2015, Stephanie has been working to grow corporate engagement and produce world-class supplier diversity strategies. With a background spanning multiple industries from nonprofit to corporate enterprises, Stephanie is an expert in growing and enriching organizations. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice talks to Stephanie about the opportunities WBE Canada brings to women and their businesses and the process of becoming WBE Certified.

Banking on Bookeepers with Elaine Orr – August 23, 2018

Elaine Orr is a professional accounting expert with a passion for entrepreneurs and supporting small business owners. With years of experience, her intuition is always spot on. “I can tell from someone’s financials what they have spent most of their time on in the last three months.” Elaine’s experience spans three decades, two continents and numerous private, public and not-for-profit organizations. In 2010, she launched the Ottawa-based bookkeeping company, to help committed business owners measure their performance and analyse financial statements. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Elaine about why bookkeepers are a must from the beginning and how to best manage your finances.

Changing the Lens with Petra Kassun Mutch – August 16, 2018

Understanding that treating people equitably doesn’t mean treating them all the same is an important realization when providing support resources for women entrepreneurs. For Petra Kassun-Mutch, developing programs that fuel entrepreneurial feminism is her passion. “We help incubators and accelerators know the importance of their gender outcomes, getting more women into their space and the retention of women in theses spaces.” Petra is the founder of Eve-Volution, a B Corp certified enterprise which aims to integrate feminist work into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Eve-Volution offers gender-lens based incubator design, strategy, and programming services. Eve-Volution also publishes LiisBeth, an online magazine that serves as the voice of the growing entrepreneurial feminist community. Petra’s last venture, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, is the world’s first platinum LEED certified dairy, and Canada’s 8th registered B Corp. It won the Premier’s Award for Agrifood Innovation in 2010, along with 32 product awards in Canada and the US. In this week’s Thrive Podcast, host Janice talks to Petra about the different business models that exist, the importance of looking at business from different perspectives and why feminism is important in entrepreneurship and innovation spaces.