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.

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.

Latest Episode

Creative and Clear Solutions to Thrive with Clary Chambers- June 6th 2019

Clary Chambers is the Founder of Spark Clarity, and inspires others to live their lives authentically and find happiness. She offers coaching keynotes and workshops powered by self-love. “I gave myself a practice run. I spoke in front of sixty women and it went amazing – people both cried and laughed. In 2017, Spark Clarity was born”. In today’s show, our host Komal Minhas will talk to Clary about and the importance of creating a space for yourself in the world and embracing your experience while helping others grow.

Recently Aired Episodes

Grassroots Knowledge Sharing with Scott Annan – May 30th 2019, is on a mission to make an impact through community-driven platforms. Founder and CEO, Scott Anann has built, a cloud-based platform to hold and share grassroots knowledge between individuals and their organizations. “The genesis of was how can people access lessons learned by other successful people for very specific things that they’ve accomplished.” In this week’s show, our host Komal Minhas talks to Scott about authenticity and the importance of learning from others who share knowledge and advice.  

Sparking Engagement: The Strengths of Storytelling with Mark Evans – May 23rd 2019

Mark Evans is the principal of ME Consulting and recently became the V.P. of Marketing at Daisy Intelligence, a high powered software platform that helps retailers and insurance companies turn their data into real business recommendations. “It feels like I’ve been writing this storytelling way for a long time, and the rest of the world has caught up to me about why storytelling matters and makes an impact”. In this week’s show, our host Komal Minhas will talk to Mark about storytelling and its place in giving your business a competitive edge.

ISED, She Shaid – Federal Economic Empowerment with Frances McRae

Frances McCrae is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Small Business and Marketplace services at Innovation, Science and Economic development Canada (ISED). The sector collaborates with and has oversight on responsibilities for the Business Development Bank of Canada, and also administers three ISED marketplace frameworks and regulations that include Corporations Canada, Measurement Canada, and the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy — all which focus on small business competitiveness.“The most exciting part about the future is that I don’t see women’s economic empowerment going away.” In this week’s episode, our host Komal Minhas talks to Frances about women in leadership, achieving financial independence, and role models for women.

Empowering Your Enterprise with Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse – May 9th 2019

Uchechi is the founder of My Empowered Living, where she is committed to helping entrepreneurs increase their wealth and confidence by offering her expertise and proven strategies. “Once you bridge that gap in terms of knowing who your customers are, where they’re at, and the struggles they have, you are  able to now tailor your business to them.” In this week’s episode, we talk to Uchechi about how she has empowered herself so she can empower others in their businesses, as well as steps for success as a product based business. we will talk to Uchechi about how she has empowered herself so she can empower others in their businesses, as well as steps for success as a product based business.

Supplier Diversity, Supply Chains and Impact with Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng is the President of WS & Co., one of Canada’s leading full-service apparel manufacturers. She is also the Founder of WS & Co.’s in-stock apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel, which provides promotional and retail distributors with trending garments that are handcrafted in North America. ““It’s a story of our makers. At the end of the day, apparel is made by hands and people”. In this week’s episode, our host Komal Minhas talks to Kathy about supply chains, supplier diversity and the impact this can have on communities.

Hiring the Right People to Scale Your Business with Karen Lavoie – April 25 2019

Karen Lavoie has been an employment consultant for more than eighteen years, helping companies and startups find the right members for their teams. Specializing in the ICT sector, the key behind Karen’s success is her ability to tap into the hidden job market and understand technology and skill trends using skills gap analysis. In this week’s episode, Karen and Komal discuss what it takes to find the right job fit, for both Employers and employers.

Nurturing Social Entrepreneurship with Katie Miller – April 18 2019

Katie Miller is the Managing Director at Impact Hub Ottawa, a collaborative co working space and community that inspires, connects and enables people working to solve the world’s challenges big and small. Part of a global network of over 100 Impact Hubs and 16,000 members, Impact Hub represents the largest network of social innovators in the world. “I hope social enterprises and social impact becomes more of the norm, in the future.” In this week’s episode, our host Komal talks to Katie about nurturing social entrepreneurship communities.

Creating a Culture for Entrepreneurs with Victoria Lennox- April 11th 2019

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship.
“Every individual has something special to give this world, and I truly believe that entrepreneurship can be a vehicle to do this” As one of Canada’s leading proponents of entrepreneurship and innovation, Victoria works alongside government, industry, and entrepreneurs to construct the nation’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and to ensure that the right policies, programs, and enabling frameworks and infrastructure are in place to compete and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Building Better Businesses Through B-Corps – April 4th 2019

Craig Ryan is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and Carla Heim is BDC’s Senior Advisor of Social Entrepreneurship. This duo is committed to growing the B Corp movement for entrepreneurs in Canada. In this week’s episode, we talk to Craig and Carla about the B-Corp movement and BDC’s role in supporting Canada’s social impact.


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