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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Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs with Julia Deans – June 14, 2018

What is the future of Canada’s entrepreneurs? Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur is building the foundation upon which Canada’s youth will become innovators and global leaders.“We help a young person with any kind of idea turn it into a plan, into a viable business.” Julia is a former lawyer, entrepreneur, national thought leader, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women not once, but twice. With over two decades of support for young Canadians looking to become innovators and startup icons, Futurpreneur has supported more than 10,000 young people aged 18 to 39 to launch startup companies by offering business coaching, financing, mentoring, and more. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, Julia and host Janice Mcdonald discuss how Futurpreneur has supported more than 10,000 young people to launch startup companies by offering business coaching, financing, mentoring, and more.

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Breaking Barriers in Tech with Joanne Stanley – May 24, 2018

Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) represents a nationwide network of women and companies. WCT is dedicated to the advancement of women as leaders and contributors to Canada’s digital economy. “Were not just talking about it, were making a difference with programs in place that are helping women, we are seeing success.” Joanne Stanley is the Executive Director of Women in Communications and Technology. Under Joanne’s leadership, WCT advances initiatives addressing gender-related barriers to career advancement. The organization has launched a large scale mentoring program and launched North America’s first senior executive sponsorship program for women in ICT.In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald discusses with Joanne how WCT is advancing women and companies in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, digital media and technology through education, mentorship and recognition.

Finding Funding & Mentors with Ria Lupton – May 17, 2018

As the Director of SheWorx, a Toronto-based mentorship hub for women entrepreneurs, Ria Lupton is closing the funding gap by democratizing access to top mentors and investors. She’s also driving the global movement for gender parity in entrepreneurship. “Educate yourself around whatever you are supporting, and support it in any mean or ways you can.” SheWorx is a leading global platform and event series empowering more than 20,000 female entrepreneurs to build and scale successful companies. In this week’s Thrive Podcast, host Janice Mcdonald discuss accessing mentors, investors and entering entrepreneurship communities.

A Voice for Independent Businesses with Dan Kelly – May 3, 2018

With over 109,000 members, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the largest organization in Canada devoted exclusively to the interests of independent small business owners. “The foundation of the organization has been on the advocacy side, it’s what got us started and motivates us today, to ensure that small and medium firms have a voice and have the ability to be heard.”Dan Kelly is the President and CEO of the CFIB. The CFIB provides business resources, expert mentors, service discounts, and advocacy tailored specifically to the needs of small businesses. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Dan about CFIB resources, service discounts and support for the needs of small businesses.

Capital Advice for Women Entrepreneurs with Laura Didyk – April 19, 2018

Laura is Vice President of Alberta South at the Business Development Bank of Canada – Canada’s only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. “Understand your strengths and weaknesses and surround yourself with people to fill those gaps, like a good accountant or financial advisor to best fit their needs.”  Laura has worked with thousands of business owners throughout her more than 20 years at BDC. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping founders access the advice and capital they needed to grow and succeed. Laura is responsible for the operations of the Bank in Southern Alberta, and she is also the National sponsor for the Bank’s Women Entrepreneur initiative. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Laura about capital advice for women entrepreneurs.

Radically Generous Women with Vicki Saunders – April 5, 2018

Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, an award-winning mentor and an advisor to the next generation of change makers. A sought-after speaker, Vicki has graced the stages of TEDx Conferences, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Women of Influence Series in Canada and was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. “We need new models that will help create more inclusiveness in society and equality”. In 2013, Vicki started SheEO to change how we support, celebrate and finance women entrepreneurs. At its current trajectory, by 2026, SheEO will reach one million women activators and create a one billion dollar global fund. In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Vicki about the problems women entrepreneurs face today and how SheEO is a vessel for creating positive transformation throughout the world.

Recruiting Women in Tech with Dr. Cindy Gordon – March 22, 2018

As an award winning tech entrepreneur and the National Spokesperson for CanWIT Women in Technology, Cindy Gordon is a national champion calling for better strategies and laws to increase the representation of women on tech company boards and in executive level offices. “The tech sector specifically needs far greater leadership, diversity and representation.” Cindy is the founder and CEO of an emerging artificial intelligence sales management firm, SalesChoice. With a long list of credentials and many awards to her name, including the 2017 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award, Cindy is an internationally-recognized thought leader in SaaS and Big Data.  In this week’s #THRIVEPodcast, host Janice McDonald talks to Cindy about equality and diversity in Canada’s workforce and why we need to recognize and support women in technology.

Blending Work & Wellness with Emily Rose Antflick – March 8, 2018

Emily Rose Antflick is on a mission to live an integrated life, where her entrepreneurial work is a journey of her soul.“I started dreaming of what a workplace would be like where I could show up and be myself.” Emily Rose Antflick is the Founder and Chief Community Cultivator at Shecosystem. Everyday, she works to create better outcomes for women and the world. Emily spent a decade facilitating educational experiences for youth from the classroom to the White House and the jungles of Indonesia.In this weeks #THRIVEPodcast host Janice McDonald talks to Emily about being a solo entrepreneur and incorporating wellness and feminist values into work, and life



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