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On the Startup Canada Podcast, we speak 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.

Startup Canada Podcast Rick Spence

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 21 Ratings

On the Startup Canada Podcast, we speak 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.

    Farming Queer Representation, and Leadership, into Agriculture with Martin Straathof

    Farming Queer Representation, and Leadership, into Agriculture with Martin Straathof

    Martin Straathof is the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust, a conservation organization dedicated to the long-term protection of Ontario’s food producing landscapes. Martin displays their steadfast advocacy for sustainable agriculture by actively engaging with stakeholders and fostering partnerships to advance community-based solutions - including the diversification of both thought and representation across the industry’s workforce.



    Check out our Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ business owners, entrepreneurs and folks who want to create safer and more inclusive spaces.

    • 32 min
    Creating Inclusive Experiences and Authentic Community with Judith Kasiama

    Creating Inclusive Experiences and Authentic Community with Judith Kasiama

    Judith Kasiama is the Founder and CEO of Colour The Trails, a collective of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ adventure seekers who are radically amplifying the voices that are missing in this space. With a core belief that nature is for everyone, the company has initiated the participation of more than 750 equity-deserving individuals in backpacking, ice climbing, trail running, and more. The organization has also facilitated the certification of participants in things like Leave No Trace, Métis Plant Identification, Lead Climbing, and Avalanche Skills Training.



    Check out our Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ business owners, entrepreneurs and folks who want to create safer and more inclusive spaces.

    Consulting Guided by Queerness with Jacq Brasseur and Risa Payant

    Consulting Guided by Queerness with Jacq Brasseur and Risa Payant

    At Ivy + Dean Consulting, Jacq Brasseur (CEO) and Risa Payant (COO) focus on providing support to small and medium-sized non-profits through an equity, social justice, and anti-oppression lens. Founded after experiencing a decade of difficulties finding consultants who shared Jacq’s values and approach to non-profit leadership, and who understood local realities in the Prairies and Northern Canada, the team is dedicated to redefining what is possible in consulting  across the country - all while being guided by queerness.



    Check out our Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ business owners, entrepreneurs and folks who want to create safer and more inclusive spaces.

    • 57 min
    Opportunity in the Outdoors with Guita Yazdani

    Opportunity in the Outdoors with Guita Yazdani

    Dedicated to getting more people outside, easily, Guita created Campertunity. Campertunity is an online marketplace where people can book a campsite on private land, nationwide. Campertunity is the first to bring camping to the shared economy in Canada. 



    While offering unique camping experiences, Campertunity builds community and helps sustain land. Promoting environmentally friendly travel, agri-tourism, and the maintenance of mental and physical health, Campertunity is fast growing with campers and picturesque campsites are joining the platform, every day.

    Redefining Screen Time for Kids with Melissa Cash

    Redefining Screen Time for Kids with Melissa Cash

    Pok Pok is an award-winning digital play company redefining how kids play and learn on devices. Melissa previously served as a Product Designer for The Walt Disney Company, was Head of Operations at renowned game studio Snowman and has led marketing and PR at start-ups both in Canada and Europe. She’s also an advocate and start-up mentor for women in tech and underrepresented founders. 

    • 45 min
    Propelling Clean Energy Forward with Cat Adalay and Rachel Carr

    Propelling Clean Energy Forward with Cat Adalay and Rachel Carr

    Cat Adalay is an experienced entrepreneur and business executive with a background in engineering, product design, and hardware development. This background was the perfect foundation to begin Aurea Technologies in 2017. 



    Rachel Carr joined Cat and Aurea when Cat was prototyping a wind energy system for residential applications. Together, Rachel and Cat saw an opportunity to scale down this innovation and this is when the Shine turbine began - a portable wind turbine that can fit in your backpack! 



     

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Great Show!

Love your content! Respect from a fellow Canadian:)

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Amazing Podcast!

I’m completely blown away by Rick’s podcast! The knowledge you gain and the phenomenal guests he brings on his show makes this podcast a must listen! 10/10

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Love the show’s purpose!

Rick has a great interview style and the conversations flow well. The show interviews great guests that allow you to learn practical, relevant and easy to implement tips and strategies in your business. Well done!

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