30 episodes

Clearing a New Path podcast is an invitation to listen to, and learn from the stories of underrepresented women entrepreneurs in rural Canada and the organizations and services that support them. Each episode, guests speak authentic truth, because it's the truth that connects us. And each one inspires us to take up space, within our own communities, and within the business world and they remind us that each path can be messy and unique.Produced by Radar Media. Art and music branding by ImaginaDev Studios. Contact us at: info@clearinganewpathpodcast.com

Clearing a New Path Radar Media

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Clearing a New Path podcast is an invitation to listen to, and learn from the stories of underrepresented women entrepreneurs in rural Canada and the organizations and services that support them. Each episode, guests speak authentic truth, because it's the truth that connects us. And each one inspires us to take up space, within our own communities, and within the business world and they remind us that each path can be messy and unique.Produced by Radar Media. Art and music branding by ImaginaDev Studios. Contact us at: info@clearinganewpathpodcast.com

    Melissa Mackey - Travel and Transformation

    Melissa Mackey - Travel and Transformation

    Melissa Mackey is an international best-selling author, speaker on the topics of Business Growth, Travel & Transformation. She is an independent mom on a mission. She is the CEO of Travel Chicks & Founder of Ignite Me Now. Melissa brings 17 years of experience in the field, and working one on one with clients to inspire them through the power of travel & transformation. She leads retreats and masterminds worldwide helping entrepreneurs grow and scale their business from a heart centered space. Melissa's been featured on major media outlets including: Financial Post, Huffington Post, CBC, Breakfast Television, and Mind Valley. She is an accomplished millennial mama who is committed to helping others thrive, especially through the power of travel.
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    • 26 min
    Heather Travis - Ask Dirty Questions

    Heather Travis - Ask Dirty Questions

    Bruce County, Ontario based artist Heather Lynne Travis is known for her bold use of colour in her large scale, and often whimsical, abstracts. A lifelong artist selling mainly to family and friends, Heather has been exhibiting professionally (and selling art to strangers) since 2018 and in that short time has sold almost 100 works of art, as well as limited edition prints, now living in homes all over North America (and even one in the UK!). 
    Heather's work has been featured at the TOM Thomson Art Gallery, LOFT Gallery, and others. Heather will be having her first solo exhibition in the Fall of 2023. Her creative energy is chanelled into not only her paintings, but also a fun & vibrant fabric line, and her popular weekly Instagram LIVE called #shARTwithHeather: S****y Art Class for Adults etc. hosted every Saturday since January 2021 where Heather inspires others to throw some colour around and connect with their inner child through art. 
    Heather is also a regular guest host of the popular arts podcast, And She Looked Up Creative Hour.
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    • 37 min
    A Rural Women Town Hall - The Highlights

    A Rural Women Town Hall - The Highlights

    In town hall style, and from some of our most engaging guests, we created a community space of vulnerability to hear authentic challenges faced by women-identifying and non-binary entrepreneurs in rural Canada.
    Our goal is to connect rural women-identifying and non-binary entrepreneurs with rural women politicians, band council chiefs and business leaders in order to learn how we can support each other and to grow an ecosystem built on understanding and allyship.
    We are grateful to have partnered on this event with the Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC).

    These are the highlights, without the introductions and land acknowledgement, although one is included in the intro of the podcast.
    THE PANELISTS:
    Season Kirkwood - Founder - SAYZOONS - Otterburne, Manitoba
    Season was the spark for this event. Season is an Indigenous (Metis) Firekeeper and they introduced me to the idea of a 'bonfire' community, all participants on equal footing, each with a voice, discussing issues. Season creates land-based tourism experiences and teaches others how to look at the use of land in new ways.
    Stella Sehn - Co-Founder - Sweet Pure Honey - Porcupine Plains, Saskatchewan
    Stella has taught me a great deal about allyship and has been open about the challenges she has faced in a small community, as a Black woman and a rural entrepreneur. Stella and her husband were heavily affected by the pandemic but found new ways to promote their honey products. Sweet Pure Honey has received the Integrity Award from its local Chamber of Commerce.
    Cheryl Haskett - Co-Founder - Udderly Ridiculous Goat's Milk Ice Cream and Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life - Bright, Ontario
    Cheryl has brought a product from an idea to market and their goat's milk ice cream won the prestigous Grand Prix of New Products in Canada and Innovator of the Year from Southwest Ontario Tourism but it has not been an easy time.
    Sascha Boulet-Devost - Founder - Capture Therapeutics - Grand Falls, New Brunswick
    Sascha had a vision of changing the way health care is offered in rural communities, without competition between practioners and with a preventative approach rather than reactive. She has a chain of clinics in Atlantic Canada, and many of her clients are bilingual.

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    • 49 min
    Erica Marchand - Focus on Community

    Erica Marchand - Focus on Community

    * 'Explicit Content' = cursing* 
    Erica Marchand is the founder of Bear and Fox Apparel based in Embro, Ontario which is in Oxford County. The brand is named after Erica’s children and they are one of the many reasons why she created the business.
    Erica grew up immersed in the outdoors:  hunting, trapping and fishing. She wanted her brand to exemplify that heritage. Not only would the business be named in honour of her children, but she wanted it to be a nod to the Canadian lifestyle that she holds near and dear to her heart.
    Although Erica excelled in school and mastered a few different careers, she is happiest being a rural entrepreneur, building her business and building her brand.

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    • 31 min
    Jessie Thomas - Build a Life

    Jessie Thomas - Build a Life

    Jessie Thomas is the creator and owner of Farm Girl Fitness; a small group training facility with a focus on Fresh Air Fitness. Farm Girl Fitness was established in the summer of 2020 to help provide people a safe place to workout, socialize and support mental health during the pandemic. Multiple studio shutdowns due to Covid-19 created opportunities for Farm Girl Fitness to pivot. Jessie kept people moving by creating unique ways to workout outside, even during the winter. Because of Jessie's creativity and determination to succeed, Farm Girl Fitness not only survived the pandemic, but has also expanded to include 2 indoor studios on Jessie’s family’s farm.

    Jessie has been in the fitness industry since 2008 as a Can Fit Pro certified group fitness instructor and coach. She was named one of Impact Magazine’s Canada’s Top Fitness Trainers and Instructors for 2022. She is known among her peers and participants for her core values of caring, respect and positivity. She is passionate about helping others to develop confidence in themselves, a love of fitness, and a positive body image.

    Jessie has spoken about her ability to pivot in business on Breakfast Television, the CanFitPro 2021 Women Who Influence panel, and can be heard on other podcasts “Breaking Body Bias” and “The Empowered Hour”.

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    • 39 min
    Meeta Gandhi - Growing With Diversity

    Meeta Gandhi - Growing With Diversity

    According to the newest census data, East Gwillimbury, Ontario is Canada’s fastest growing municipality.
    But how is that growth being managed as it relates to immigration and diversity?
    Meeta Gandhi is an award-winning communications professional with experience in both the federal and municipal sectors. Meeta joined the Town of East Gwillimbury last year where she is the Director of Communications, Customer Service, and Diversity and Inclusion. 
    Prior to working with East Gwillimbury, Meeta was the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Engagement at the City of Richmond Hill and before moving to municipal government, Meeta worked with the federal government for 20 years in various roles.
    At home, Meeta and her husband have a blended family of 4 grown kids and their dog, Leo.
    Meeta has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto, a Public Relations Certificate from Ryerson University and a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University.

    East Gwillimbury socials:
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    • 29 min

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