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Startup Women Podcast - Startup Canada
21 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Discipline of Self Care with Kitty Shum – May 13, 2021
Self-care is about priorities, boundaries, and finding purpose so you can live life to the fullest. As a Therapist, Kitty Shum’s dedication to this cause propelled her to launch Loti Wellness as a symbolic and practical reminder that self-care is more than grooming products and a trending topic. Genuine self-care is about feeling good from the inside out & self discovery. On this week’s Startup Women Podcast, Kitty discusses how the wellness industry has evolved, practical insights to support your own mental health, and how leveraging trusted partners like PayPal has given her business the trust and credibility it’s needed to scale. Kitty Shum is an Occupational Therapist who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 10 years. A primary focus of Occupational Therapy is to help people achieve balance and independence in daily life activities, and to enable them to do the things they want and need to do. Kitty has always been an advocate of genuine self-care – body, mind and soul. Through the use of strategies based in positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy, individuals can learn ways to cope with the mental, emotional and psychosocial challenges that are a part of everyday life. Kitty is the founder and CEO of Loti Wellness, a curated monthly subscription box packed with wellness products aimed at nurturing positivity and joy through research-inspired therapeutic activities to enhance mental and emotional health while providing wellness products to encourage more time for self-care. “Self-care is not just a luxury or a trend, but really a necessary component of your mind, body, and soul.” The Startup Women Podcast is sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank. The post The Discipline of Self Care with Kitty Shum – May 13, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
30 minutes | May 6, 2021
Creativity in the Arts and Entrepreneurship with Nadia Lloyd – May 6, 2021
Tapping into your creative side can be key to finding solutions for your venture. Creator and artist Nadia Lloyd believes to truly explore your creativity, platforms like PayPal are needed to save you time and worry. Nadia first started painting in 2010 after making the decision to sell her fitness business and take some time off. From the very start, Nadia found herself painting abstract art and the Toronto skyline. In 2012, she started printing her art on various fabrics in hopes of making her art more accessible, affordable, and functional. Before she knew it, she was a full fledged designer with over 27 home decor and fashion accessory products on the market. When the pandemic began, Nadia recognized the need for PPE and started sewing face masks by repurposing cushion covers from her collection. Within months, the mask collection (including pride themed masks and Toronto themed Black Lives Matter masks) had become a hit – garnering recognition from Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and the Toronto Raptors. “Creativity is how I plan my future. Creativity is how I solve problems. Creativity is how I grow my business.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Nadia discusses the importance of trusting your gut, visual and digital storytelling, and the creative process needed in both art and entrepreneurship. The post Creativity in the Arts and Entrepreneurship with Nadia Lloyd – May 6, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Farming for Impact with Kara Enright – April 29, 2021
From the mouths they feed to the communities they support, farmers across Canada make an incredible impact everyday – just ask Kara Enright, Co-Founder and farmer at Enright Cattle Company! Kara Enright was raised on her family farm located just outside of Tweed, Ontario. Kara was always very passionate about farming and decided to pursue an education in Agriculture at the University of Guelph. She graduated with both a diploma in Agriculture and a degree in Animal Science. She then accepted a position as a beef nutritionist covering Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, spending five years with the feed company. During that time, Kara married her high school sweetheart, Darold Enright. They decided to purchase a farm a couple concessions south of her family’s. A few years later, she and Darold started a family with the birth of their first son Corben, who is now eleven and their daughter Evelyn who is now 6. In addition to working at the farm and the abattoir, marketing and building the Enright brand, Kara is very involved in promoting Canadian beef. She is a director of the Hastings County Cattlemen’s Association and has also served on the board of the Canadian Simmental Association and the Ontario Simmental Association. And if any more evidence were needed that Kara truly represents today’s modern farmer, ask her about the time she jumped into a beaver pond to retrieve one of her most essential pieces of equipment – her iPhone! “When you buy from a local farm, you’re influxing cash into the rural economy. By supporting local business, it really keeps our rural communities going.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Kara discusses consumer responsibility and education, the ins-and-outs of sustainable cattle farming, and her rural story. The post Farming for Impact with Kara Enright – April 29, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
43 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Rural Entrepreneurship: A Community Building Tool with Abby Pond – April 22, 2021
For founders, a strong connection to one’s community can make all of the difference in finding success. Abby Pond, CEO of Queen of Cups Lingerie Inc., believes that healthy rural communities and strong local startup ecosystems go hand-in-hand. Abby Pond is the founder and CEO of Queen of Cups Lingerie Inc., launched in 2016. She builds custom-fit lingerie for people that are as individual as the products she makes. She is a passionate community builder- one of the founders of Startup St. Stephen in 2017 and town councillor from 2014-2016. She is a board member of the St Stephen and Area Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Dialogue NB, helping to lead New Brunswick toward greater social cohesion. Her company completed the Summer Institute business accelerator program in 2019. She knows the rewards and challenges of starting and growing a business, because she is living the same experience and wants to make it easier for others around her. Her business was named Business of the Year by the St. Stephen Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Creativity has been and continues to be a driving force in Abby’s life. She is a songwriter, musician, knitter, spinner, sewer, painter, and is always up for trying a new creative outlet. Abby is happiest when she is scheming strategically, drinking coffee and planning her next startup in her garden with her 10 year old and her menagerie of animals. “If you’re in a rural community, you need the people around you to support your business. You can’t thrive if your community isn’t thriving.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Abby discusses starting up a fashion venture in rural New Brunswick, empowering consumers through social responsibility, and the shortcomings of COVID-19 support for women founders. The post Rural Entrepreneurship: A Community Building Tool with Abby Pond – April 22, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
30 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Support for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities with Susan Bater – April 15, 2021
A number of key barriers remain for rural entrepreneurs, especially those with disabilities. But together, we can challenge exclusionary attitudes and work towards building a much more inclusive ecosystem – just ask Susan Bater, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program Manager for Community Futures Manitoba and Saskatchewan! Susan Bater is the manager of the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She assists 29 Community Futures offices in supporting the success of rural entrepreneurs that are managing health issues. Susan values rural living and feels fortunate to work, live and raise her family in rural Manitoba. Susan comes from a family of entrepreneurs and was previously self-employed for 10 years as a sign language interpreter and a consultant. “Anyone can be an entrepreneur, regardless of their location or disability. If you want to be your own boss, go for it.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Susan discusses why entrepreneurship is a good fit for people with disabilities, key barriers for founders with disabilities, and the support available in the rural business ecosystem. The post Support for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities with Susan Bater – April 15, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
47 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Recovering From Economic Disaster with Angela Groenveld – April 8, 2021
With Canadian SMEs representing over 50% of our national economy and providing much needed community support, small business recovery is at the top of everyone’s mind in our post-pandemic world. Angela Groenveld, Founder and CEO of EmergeAgency, is leading the way! As one of the leading business and disaster recovery consultants in Canada, Angela Groeneveld credits her inner passion and core values to a piece of advice she received from her earliest role models: “Angela, walk tall and be strong, you are who you are.” The simple yet profound wisdom of her parents, whose strength, confidence, and independence laid the groundwork for her entrepreneurial spirit, was directed towards a young woman full of doubts. However, like all good advice, it resounds because it expresses a universal message of hope, faith, and commitment to presenting your best possible self to the world. Angela loves helping entrepreneurs because she is one. Her vast experience ranges from the cattle industry to the fashion and health & wellness industries and beyond. There isn’t an area of business that she hasn’t achieved success in, both as a business owner and as a mentor and coach. Angela’s unique insight has allowed her to assume a critical leadership position for governments and communities seeking effective economic and disaster recovery guidelines. As evidenced by her integral role in the aftermath the 2013 High River floods and the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, as well as the success of the ongoing recoveries of both communities, Angela’s passion and drive has helped countless businesses, organizations, and individuals to meet their challenges head-on and emerge more confident, disciplined, and stronger than ever before. “Do a business pulse test immediately – what are your physical and emotional limits right now. Sometimes it is just as successful to close the doors as to keep them open.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Angela discusses how we can better prepare for disasters, business recovery in rural ecosystems, and her change of heart with COVID-19. The post Recovering From Economic Disaster with Angela Groenveld – April 8, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
36 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Rural Reinvention with Shauna Rae – April 1, 2021
We often assume urban centres are home to the most innovative, versatile business ecosystems. Shauna Rae, Communications and Project Coordinator for Community Futures Ontario and co-host of the Kitchen Confessionals Podcast, sees rural startup ecosystems as a hub for innovation and reinvention. Shauna Rae is currently the Communications and Project Coordinator at Community Futures Ontario. She is the co-host of the popular podcast, Kitchen Confessionals, which she and Leah Hunt started during the pandemic. Shauna currently writes a column for Business London Magazine called “The Broad Perspective” about women in the workplace. Her specialty is shedding light on shared, collective experiences. Before Community Futures, Shauna was tasked with raising the profile of the non-profit organization, the Southwest Economic Alliance and their Intelligent Region Project, building a case for accessible and affordable high-speed internet in rural, remote and under-serviced areas of Ontario. She has also worked with a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, in communications, community engagement and PR. Shauna is a graduate of the Journalism Broadcast program at Fanshawe College and she enjoyed a decade-long radio and television broadcasting career. She is a member of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology, loves creative writing, tinkering with technology and is fascinated by the shifting landscapes of both journalism and social media. She grew up in a small town and now lives outside a small hamlet in Southwestern Ontario. Her interests lie in advocacy, and in action, in the pursuit of justice and empowerment for all. “Don’t put your worth in the hands of other people. Your values and the morals you bring to your own life are all that matter, nothing else.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Shauna discusses the art of reinvention, community-based journalism, and rural towns as a hub for innovation! The post Rural Reinvention with Shauna Rae – April 1, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
49 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Starting Up in Canada and Israel with Rachel Bendayan and Michal Cotler-Wunsh – March 31, 2021
Around the world, entrepreneurship contributes massively to both local economies and the global innovation ecosystem. MP Rachel Bendayan and MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh agree that on the road to recovering from COVID-19, women will have a key role to play. Rachel Bendayan was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Outremont in a by-election in February 2019. For close to 10 years, Rachel practiced law at Norton Rose Fulbright in the fields of litigation and international arbitration, specializing in international trade law. While in private practice, Rachel also taught at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law. Mom to an active toddler and deeply engaged in her community, Rachel has a strong connection to the families she represents in the Montréal neighbourhoods of Outremont, Mile End, and Côte-des-Neiges. Michal Cotler-Wunsh is a Member of the Knesset. She serves as Chair of the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Use, Chair of the Subcommittee on Israel-Diaspora Relations, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense, Law, Children’s Rights, Women’s Rights, and Immigration and Integration Committees, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Michal is also the Chair of the Canada-Israel Friendship Group, the Knesset’s Official Representative on Matters Related to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and a founding member of the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism. “The importance of telling women to follow their dreams cannot be overstated.” – MP Rachel Bendayan. “The more women lean into entrepreneurship or any leadership role, the better it is for our societies.” – MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh. On this week’s special segment, Rachel and Michal discuss the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), the value of mentorship in their careers, and the many benefits of diverse perspectives. The post Starting Up in Canada and Israel with Rachel Bendayan and Michal Cotler-Wunsh – March 31, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
24 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Finding Your Imperfect Balance with Michelle Lalonde – March 25, 2021
The hustle mentality is deeply ingrained in the startup community, but at times it can take its toll on a founder’s confidence and mental health. Michelle Lalonde, president and chief growth officer of Tiber River Inc., thinks it’s all about finding your “imperfect balance”. With both a degree and diploma in business administration, Michelle has over 10 years of experience in corporate sales and marketing. Michelle partnered with Adriana De Luca in 2005 to rebrand and relaunch Tiber River. Tiber River offers customers natural, eco-friendly bath, body & home products free of phosphates, parabens, petroleums & palm oil. The company has a vision of there being a Tiber product in every home in the world. They also have goals of becoming a B Corporation and being recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers – and then every country’s Top Employer. Michelle has spent the past 16 years growing the business, focusing on increasing revenue, marketing initiatives, strategic direction and developing new sales channels. “We need to realize we can do it all, but not all at the same time – and we need to be okay with that.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Michelle discusses navigating Tiber River’s relaunch, the importance of personal values in business, and finding your imperfect balance! The post Finding Your Imperfect Balance with Michelle Lalonde – March 25, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
29 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Empowering Women in the Trades with Kendall Ansell – March 18, 2021
Today, women account for only 4.5 per cent of skilled trades workers across Canada. Kendall Ansell, owner of Belle Construction, is trying to change that. Kendall has always believed that happiness starts at home. Growing up, she spent most of her weekends helping her Dad, a contractor, with family projects. This influenced and shaped her passion for exploring how people live, one nail and paint swatch at a time. It’s unsurprising that those childhood experiences developed into a promising career. Kendall studied architectural drafting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, then completed the Interior Design Management Program at the BCIT. This background, coupled with her inclusive approach, allows Kendall to create homes and office spaces that really do bring her clients’ dreams to life. When she’s not being a Fairy Design mother, gender-smashing business owner, Kendall loves to spend time with her family, at home reading and cooking (between working on home projects of her own) or hiking and biking in BC’s beautiful outdoors. “I got a text from a client saying her young boys were seriously impressed with our all-women team and that they now only used the term women when chatting about construction – that’s why we do what we do.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Kendall discusses her journey founding BC’s first women-lead construction company, the importance of bridging more women into the trades, and the many supports that are available. The post Empowering Women in the Trades with Kendall Ansell – March 18, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
25 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Taking Action and Starting Up with Jess Mantell – March 11, 2021
When gearing up to launch a venture, worry and perfectionism can prolong the process of opening the doors. Jess Mantell, Co-Founder of Abokichi, thinks the answer is easy – just start! Jess Mantell is the co-founder of Abokichi, Inc., makers of the gold Sofi Award winning OKAZU miso chili oil sauce, and food-waste diverting instant miso soup. Jess grew up in a Toronto suburb, and earned a Bachelor of Design from York University and Sheridan College, and a Masters in Media Design from Keio (Kayo) University in Tokyo. While in Japan, Jess worked as a graphic designer and reported on technology for The Japan Times newspaper; developed a fondness for trying new foods; and ultimately caught the entrepreneurship bug. Abokichi was born out of a desire to share some culinary delight with western consumers, and to create a company with super high standards of quality, customer service, employee satisfaction, and social responsibility. When not sitting at her desk with her Abokichi hat on, Jess enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, hiking, and playing with her toddler. She was also recently recognized as a Changemaker as part of the Inniskillin Changemaker Initiative, in partnership with Startup Canada. “Just starting is critical – but do it lean. You don’t need to put thousands into a website or hire expensive consultants at the beginning.” On this week’s StartupWomen Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Jess discusses the many pivots of Abokichi, her customer education journey, and the importance of taking action to start your entrepreneurial dream. The post Taking Action and Starting Up with Jess Mantell – March 11, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
26 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Taking Your Seat at the Table with Aja Horsley – March 4, 2021
Women-only networks and mentorship opportunities are vital in leveling the playing field and building a more gender-balanced world – but Aja Horsley, CEO of Drizzle Honey, thinks women belong at every table where decisions are made. With a background in Environmental Science and Urban Agriculture development, Aja has led research projects and start-ups in this space with her passion for sustainable food production. She is currently the CEO of Drizzle Honey, a honey products company sold across North America that focuses on changing how the world uses honey. Aja is enthusiastic about bringing innovation to market and bolstering female entrepreneurship. She was also recently recognized as a Changemaker as part of the Inniskillin Changemaker Initiative, in partnership with Startup Canada. “As women, we need to join male networking circles. Don’t be afraid to join, sit at the table, and lean in. Make your business known.” On this week’s Startup Women Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Aja discusses navigating B-Corp and Women-Owned Certifications, flexible work schedules as support for new mothers, and perfecting her “nap time hustle”. The post Taking Your Seat at the Table with Aja Horsley – March 4, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
29 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Building the Right Legacy with Yamila Franco – February 25, 2021
Traditional stakeholders often include customers, staff, and suppliers – but what if we all treated the land as a key stakeholder? Enter Yamila Franco, Co-Founder of Nyoka Design Labs! Yamila is an Afro-Indigenous Womxn bringing years of experience in impact-driven entrepreneurship & clean technology. Her work is centered around empowering communities to innovate & co-create alternative solutions to solve Earth’s most-pressing socio-economic and environmental challenges. With an Honours in Biology & a background in business and finance, Yamila works on bringing Nyoka’s vision and mission to life through their circular economy design hub. Yamila believes that research, entrepreneurship, community, and identity are interconnected and therefore leverages her skills as a way to empower fellow innovators. Earlier this year she was awarded the Representation, Engagement, Participation Youth Award by HERE in Canada due to her advocacy, and anti-racism work in the community and was a recipient of both the regional and national Startup prize at the 2020 Startup Canada Canadian Export Challenge . Yamila’s knowledge is built on wholistic enterprise design, giving back to the Land, and sustainable development goals. Outside her work with Nyoka, she is a community advocate for financial inclusion, education and empowerment of racialized women and currently supports various organizations for mobilizing knowledge and building resilient communities. “Sometimes becoming a better leader has to do with us becoming better people.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Yamila discusses the importance of differing perspectives in entrepreneurship, treating the land as a key stakeholder, and the road map towards true circularity in our businesses. The post Building the Right Legacy with Yamila Franco – February 25, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
31 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Protecting Your Brand with Cynthia Mason – February 18, 2021
There are a lot of myths surrounding trademark registration for small businesses in Canada, leading to many brands being at risk and unprotected – just ask Cynthia Mason, Lawyer and Trademark Agent for Mason PC Trademarks and Markably! Cynthia Mason is a Canadian lawyer and trademark agent with a passion for helping businesses arm themselves with the information and tools necessary to protect their brands from copycats. Over the span of her near 20-year legal career, she has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to protect their names, logos and taglines from theft and misuse. Cynthia is also a legal innovator and has developed an online platform for registering and monitoring trademarks, making professional brand protection accessible for entrepreneurs and small businesses. “Weak, non-distinctive brand assets cost time and money. Having great trademarks not only makes it easier and less expensive to register them, but offers more protection in the long run.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Cynthia discusses the value of Canadian trademark registrations in protecting brands, operating under an unregistered trademark, and monitoring possible infringements once you have ownership. The post Protecting Your Brand with Cynthia Mason – February 18, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
27 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
The Creative Advantage with Angela Percival – February 11, 2021
Too often, creative professions like photography, music, or art in general are left out of the equation when discussing entrepreneurship. Angela Percival, professional Outdoor Photographer, believes the startup community should be embracing creativity – both as a profession and as a problem solving tool. Adventure and justice are the two threads that makeup Angela Percival’s creative DNA. Evident in her photography is a deep love for wild places and a genuine concern for people. Relentlessly curious, with the stamina to match, she doesn’t shrink from storms or suffering: in fact, that’s what pulls her closer. She’s drawn to the drama – in light, landscapes, or the human quest to explore the impossible and tap the joy that can be found there. National Geographic called her one of the planet’s top nine female Adventure Photographers who are pushing the limits. Angela Percival spent 14 years shaping and shooting the signature imagery that has defined Arc’teryx, a global apparel brand with deep roots in the most extreme climates and sports. She can conjure stories out of maps and organize expeditions around shot-lists. She brings concepts and campaigns to life through her lens. Angela’s one of the very few women to have made a career documenting the outdoor and action sports world and is utterly at home skiing, mountain biking, or dragging a team of elite athletes into spectacular and remote settings. She is passionate about catalyzing change in the world to allow women to be the center of their own stories and evolving collective story. At the end of the day, whether she’s sitting over the lightboard building stories frame by frame, curating expeditions, or pausing chores to call a beloved friend, she’s chasing and championing the most elusive thing of all, time well spent. “If more photographers, musicians, and creatives thought of themselves as entrepreneurs, it may help them in treating their art as a business.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Angela discusses her photography journey, living life through the lens of ‘time well spent’, and the need to include creative professions in Canada’s entrepreneurship conversation. The post The Creative Advantage with Angela Percival – February 11, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
26 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Skating for Community with Sasha Senior – February 4, 2021
Building a community around your brand is easier said than done. Sasha Senior, Owner of Bliss Skateboard Shop, believes that giving back to your network is the gift that keeps on giving. Sasha Senior is an avid skateboarder that grew up in Brampton, Ontario. Her passion drove her to open Windsor’s only local skateboard shop – Bliss. She has used her business to help skateboarders at home and abroad – in Windsor, Jamaica, Uganda and Barbados. Sasha isn’t just a business owner, she’s also a mother of two boys and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. “If you don’t give back to the community, especially with skateboarding, nobody will buy from you. It doesn’t matter how nice your products are or how big your store is, community and respect come first.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Sasha discusses e-commerce during COVID-19, Canada’s skateboarding startup scene, and building a community surrounding your business. The post Skating for Community with Sasha Senior – February 4, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
20 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
The Power of Public Speaking with Ghalia Aamer – January 28, 2021
Over 75% of people are afraid of public speaking. The scariest part? This fear can cut potential wages by up to 10%. Ghalia Aamer, founder and CEO of TalkMaze, wants to change this! Ghalia Aamer is a 19 year old entrepreneur and community leader studying international business at the University of Alberta. Ghalia realized her passion for entrepreneurship when she set out to become a tutor at the age of 13. She was unable to find a company that would hire her because of her age so she decided to launch her own business, Toon Tutors, with a goal of providing meaningful employment opportunities for young people and affordable educational tools for families. In an effort to help peers foster interest in entrepreneurship, Ghalia started the first business-focused club at her high school, OSA Entrepreneurs. The club connected students with mentors and resources to teach them about entrepreneurship. Ghalia recently represented Canada as the country’s youngest delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit, championing youth entrepreneurship across the world. In 2019, Ghalia decided to merge her passion for business with her love for public speaking and debate by launching TalkMaze, a virtual coaching platform that connects learners from all around the world with high quality training. Her vision is for TalkMaze to be the go-to platform for anyone looking to build effective communication skills whether it be for an interview, public speaking, or competitive debate. Beyond business, Ghalia is passionate about advocating for important causes in her community. She serves as the Co-Chair of Outrun the Stigma Edmonton, a non-profit dedicated to reducing stigma around mental health. “It’s not just you who becomes empowered by good communication skills – you now have this amazing tool to empower others.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Ghalia discusses the importance of public speaking, navigating imposter syndrome, and empowering youth through entrepreneurship. The post The Power of Public Speaking with Ghalia Aamer – January 28, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
27 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Allyship for Accessibility with Sue Crawford- January 21, 2021
One in seven Canadians have a disability, yet we would be hard-pressed to find a true representation of this in our everyday lives. Sue Crawford, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Enable, is working to challenge the status quo of both physical and social accessibility – enabling our communities in the process. This past year Sue completed her Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary. She is a faculty member at the School of Health & Wellness at Bow Valley College and works as a registered nurse with Psychiatric Emergency Services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. After over a decade of working in the disability space, Sue noticed an overwhelming gap in the ways that families with disabilities access community support. She took this as a call-to-action and co-founded Enable. Since its inception, Enable support workers have contributed nearly 20,000 hours of one-on-one support to young people with disabilities. Sue has been named the University of Calgary’s most promising entrepreneur and the face of the 2010-2020 decade of nursing; a finalist for the Western Legacy’s Innovation award; the Prairies winner in Social Innovation through Startup Canada; and one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. “Think about accessibility in your business and community. How are you contributing – positively or negatively – to those spaces?” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Sue discusses accessibility, running a community support organization, and balancing a nursing career and startup life. The post Allyship for Accessibility with Sue Crawford- January 21, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
22 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Balancing AI and Human-Centered Design with Maryam Nabavi – January 14, 2021
For tech companies, finding the right balance between powerful tech and human-centered design can be a gargantuan task. Maryam Nabavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Babbly, believes that having a deep emotional connection to your mission is the key. Maryam is the former Vice President of product visioning at Idea Couture. There she helped Fortune 500 companies develop game changing products at the intersection of technology and human-centered design. Currently, Maryam is the Co-founder & CEO of Babbly, a company that’s on a mission to help parents track their baby’s development while getting support along the way. Babbly’s vision is to become the brain of the nursery and to give millennial parents a full view of their child’s health and development data. “Resilience can be grown – especially if the reason you and your company exist is clear to you.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Maryam discusses the importance of having an emotional connection to your product, the intersections of AI and human-centered design, and the realities of being a woman in the tech space. The post Balancing AI and Human-Centered Design with Maryam Nabavi – January 14, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
38 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Embracing Transparency with Connie Lo and Laura Burget – January 7, 2021
Being constantly bombarded with the success stories and “highlight reels” of the world’s leading entrepreneurs can take its toll on a founder’s sense of self worth – leading to feelings of incompetence and, often, full blown imposter syndrome. Connie Lo and Laura Burget, Co-Founders of Three Ships Beauty, believe each day as an entrepreneur is about incremental changes and realistic advancements. Connie Lo is passionate about wellness, life design, and women empowerment. Laura Burget’s interest in entrepreneurship began when she was 9-years old, selling handmade crafts and jewelry in her elementary school. Connie and Laura are the co-founders of Three Ships, which is a natural and vegan skincare company on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women. They bootstrapped their business in 2017 with just $4,000 in savings, starting by hand making products in her kitchen. Fast forward to today, and Three Ships is now carried in +400 retailers across North America, and will be launching into Target in January. They’ve been featured on Dragons Den, and won RBC’s 2020 Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub Micro-Business Award. “Many could-be founders deal with ‘analysis paralysis’ – this belief that everything needs to be perfect before you launch. This leads to too many people never pursuing their dreams.” On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Connie and Laura discuss the do’s and don’ts of Co-Founder relationships, the importance of transparency with customers, and their triumphs over imposter syndrome. The post Embracing Transparency with Connie Lo and Laura Burget – January 7, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
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