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The Thrive Podcast is a production of Startup Canada and is broadcast through the Startup Canada Podcast Network. On the podcast, award-winning serial entrepreneur, Startup Canada’s Women’s Ambassador and host Janice McDonald connects listeners with, and shares insights from, high profile experts on starting, operating, and scaling thriving business helping women to ‘own it’ in entrepreneurship.

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The Thrive Podcast is a production of Startup Canada and is broadcast through the Startup Canada Podcast Network. On the podcast, award-winning serial entrepreneur, Startup Canada’s Women’s Ambassador and host Janice McDonald connects listeners with, and shares insights from, high profile experts on starting, operating, and scaling thriving business helping women to ‘own it’ in entrepreneurship.

    The Human Part of Sales with Kim Orlesky – July 30th 2020

    The Human Part of Sales with Kim Orlesky – July 30th 2020

    Sales are less about transactions and more about the relationships you build, and Kim Orlesky, President, KO Advantage Group Ltd., will be the first to tell you.

    Kim is the President of KO Advantage Group and author of Sell More. Faster. She’s listed as one of LinkedIn’s top sales influencers and is the host of the web series Project: Knockout. She’s Startup Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur and Success Magazine’s most inspirational blogger. 

    She speaks internationally, including at North America’s largest entrepreneurial event, Inbound, alongside Michelle Obama, Brené Brown, and Dan Pink. In 2014 Kim quit her life to backpack solo around the world. When she returned she turned her passion for sales into one of the fastest growing sales training programs, KO Sales U. 

    “Now is more of a time than ever to reach out to your clients and prospects – they’re going to remember you because you reached out in their time of need.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Kim discusses putting the human back into sales.

    • 35 min
    Resilience in Entrepreneurship with Sloane Muldoon – July 23rd 2020

    Resilience in Entrepreneurship with Sloane Muldoon – July 23rd 2020

    Now, more than ever, resilience is necessary for success as a woman entrepreneur, and Sloane Muldoon, Senior Vice President, Prairie Region, is here to help!

    Sloane Muldoon is the Scotiabank Senior Vice President, Prairie Region. Sloane was appointed to this role in May 2017, with responsibility for providing leadership and driving results in Retail and Small Business. Sloane is an active member of The Scotiabank Women Initiative Advisory Board.

    Sloane has been with Scotiabank since 1991 and has held progressively more senior roles in the Bank. Most recently, Managing Director for the Caribbean East Region and Country Head & Managing Director, Cayman Islands & British Virgin Islands.

    Prior to this, Sloane assisted in developing the Bank’s long term strategies relative to strategic planning for the year 2020 and has held a number of Senior Management positions within the bank including District Vice-President, Alberta South, Vice President, Agriculture, Commercial Banking.

    “Now is the time to build resilience into your DNA. It will serve you during #COVID-19 and beyond.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Sloane discusses resilience and recuperation through proper planning.

    • 20 min
    Being Your Best for Investment with Jess Joss – July 16th 2020

    Being Your Best for Investment with Jess Joss – July 16th 2020

    It’s easy to chase help from above, but there’s a way to ensure it comes your way and Jess Joss, CEO (on leave) of Equation is here to share it!

    Jess Joss is the CEO (on leave) of Equation, a joint venture that brings together three angel investment networks, Co-founder of Insiteful Solutions, and Partner in Spyder Capital Corporation. Leveraging more than 20 years of business leadership, entrepreneurial expertise and investment experience, she played a pivotal role in the realization of Equation, and its impactful investment collaboration.

    A passionate connector of people, technology and opportunity, and fueled by a love of entrepreneurship, mentorship and angel investing, Jess works closely with ecosystem partners, dedicated angels and game-changing young companies looking to grow. She is committed to driving growth, customer, revenue and capital acquisition, exceptional exits, community and economic development.  Building directly on these objectives, she maintains the transparency of the angel investment process, while cultivating collaboration, community engagement and deals.

    “This is an opportunity for one to share personal experiences and the journey I’ve had so people can see everyone’s roots are perhaps different, but they can get you to great endings.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Jess discusses how to set yourself up for investment.

    • 36 min
    Learning From Your Journey with Jodi Kovitz – July 9th 2020

    Learning From Your Journey with Jodi Kovitz – July 9th 2020

    On a journey like entrepreneurship, it’s essential to reflect on what you’ve learned and how you’ve gotten where you are – just ask Jodi Kovitz.

    Jodi Kovitz is the founder and CEO of #movethedial, a global movement and organization to advance the participation and leadership of all women in tech. 

    Leveraging Jodi’s vision, leadership, wealth of experience, pioneering spirit, and passion for advancing the full talent pool in the new economy, #movethedial has touched over 60,000 people at events throughout Canada, the US, the UK and Israel. Featured in Forbes Women, Jodi was recognized as an Adweek Brandstar in Toronto in 2018, One of Canada’s 25 Women of Influence in 2018, one of WXN’s Canada’s 100 most powerful women in 2017 & 2019 and co-chaired the re-election campaign for Toronto’s Mayor in 2018, John Tory. 

    Jodi sits on several tech company advisory boards, the board of Directors of Toronto Global and the Sickkids’ hospital Capital Campaign Cabinet raising $1.3B to transform paediatric health. Jodi holds an HBA from Ivey and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Jodi is a connector, problem solver, and builder. 

    “From my experience, I believe that the first step in entrepreneurship comes from the conviction that you can do what you’re setting out to do.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Jodi discusses reflecting on your path.

    • 51 min
    Creating Your Career with Christine Whone – July 2nd 2020

    Creating Your Career with Christine Whone – July 2nd 2020

    When you can’t keep walking the same path, sometimes you just need to create your own – just ask Christine Whone.

    Christine is the Owner of Actually, Communication Design Studio, Chapter Lead of Canada Learning Code in Barrie, Instructor at Ryerson University’s Chang School, and Advisory Committee Member for Graphic Design at Georgian College. 

    Most recently she launched online courses and success services for creative and business professionals who want step-by-step processes and strategies to build their business, combining her experience as a Designer, Success Coach and Instructor at christinewhone.com so they are set for success running their own business

    Christine has held various responsibilities in her 14 years of experience and expertise in design, communications, tech, education, and entrepreneurship while working with clients and students in a diverse range of business sectors. Her well-rounded experience helps design and build communication materials and media to suit her clients unique business needs. Today Actually consults, designs, and develops information that communicates for social good companies and organizations. Check out Actually’s portfolio at actuallywecreate.com. 

    “I want women to know they’re good at solving problems, math, business, engineering, whatever it is they set out to do.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Christine discusses creating your own path as a Canadian women entrepreneur.

    • 29 min
    Legal Lessons for Women Entrepreneurs with Megan Cornell – June 25th 2020

    Legal Lessons for Women Entrepreneurs with Megan Cornell – June 25th 2020

    Innovation in sectors where there typically isn’t a lot of innovation makes for quite the opportunity – just ask Megan Cornell, CEO & Chief Ideas Officer, Momentum Business Law and Momentum Law Labs!

    Megan spent the first decade of her practice working in Big Law, learning what all sizes of businesses in all types of industries need to succeed. Along the way, Megan developed a philosophy of client care, which is based on clients driving the firm and its direction. Megan kept a close eye on technology developments and knew that technology could be put to better use to provide more timely, more accurate and more affordable business law services.

    In 2012, Megan decided to bring her philosophy and technology together to create Momentum – a new kind of business law firm dedicated to providing complete business law solutions to clients in a way that works for clients. Megan believes that Momentum needs to grow and evolve at the same pace as any other business, and welcomes the continuing evolution of business and the business of law.

    “I knew I wanted to go out on my own, and that was driven by feeling we weren’t being very proactive with our clients. I knew I wanted to do something different than the billable hour.”

    On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Megan discusses innovating in a space not typically associated with Innovation.

    • 39 min

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