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Startup Canada Podcast: Canada's Entrepreneurship Podcast

Startup Canada: A Grassroots, Entrepreneur-led Movement to Bring Together, Celebrate, and Give a Voice to Canada’s Entrepreneurship Community.

21 episodes

Nov 24, 2020

Cybersecurity During COVID with Sukhmani Dev – November 24, 2020 

Canadian companies represent 50% of all global phishing attempts. But there are ways entrepreneurs can protect their startups from cyber attacks – just ask Sukhmani Dev, the head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada!

Sukhmani Dev (Sukh) is the head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada leading commercialization of Mastercard’s ecommerce payment & cybersecurity solutions. Sukh acts as a key strategic advisor to business executives and IT stakeholders. With extensive experience in technology strategy, digital product development & delivery, Sukh’s passions include building scalable B2B2C products.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Sukh was at ICF Next where she was responsible for Enterprise Architecture & Cloud Consulting. Sukh graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Engineering in Computer Networks & Security, and has a certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University.

“A lot of small businesses go under after one cyber attack. Think of cybersecurity as an essential part of business in a post-COVID world.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Sukhmani discusses the rise in cybersecurity attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic and the strategies and tools we can use to protect our data.

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Nov 3, 2020

Finding Your Inner Motivation with Evita Machevin & Carol Corera – November 3, 2020 

In a fast paced and demanding startup environment, it can sometimes be difficult to sustain your inspiration and productivity. Evita Machevin and Carol Corera of Flying Duchess Inc. believe the key to personal and entrepreneurial success is finding your intrinsic motivation.

Referred to as the Mary Poppins of pet sitting, Flying Duchess is the answer to you and your pet’s prayers.  With a long list of happy clients, both two legged and four, they are Toronto’s most loved and recommended in-home pet sitting service providers.  

Carol Corera is a recovering academic, with a U of T degree in Art History and Teaching.  She felt that graduate life never quite prepared her for real life. She did however love teaching, and it was her golden ticket to travel the world while doing something she loved.  During this time she never tired of watching and observing how very young children learn. They discovered things about themselves and made connections with the wider world through play and by following their own innate sense of curiosity. It was during this time that she adopted a stray kitten while teaching in the middle east. A cat that inadvertently taught her many life lessons, and is the inspiration behind Flying Duchess. 

Evita Machevin is a jack of all trades and an eternal student with an MBA from EDHEC University in France and an undergrad from Schulich at York University. She is the younger sister of Carol and while Carol could be considered the Yin, Evita is the Yang. Knowing from an early age that she wanted to explore and learn from various cultures and contexts, she has used travel as her stepping stone to study and work in multiple countries including Brazil, France, and New Caledonia (an island off the coast of Australia).  When Carol brought the idea of Flying Duchess to Evita, she used her experience and business background to create the base for the Flying Duchess concept.

“Adversity is the mother of invention so, really, the pandemic is the perfect time to start creating and building. Don’t give up on your passion – now is the time to grow.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Evita and Carol discuss going above and beyond for your clients and finding your intrinsic motivation.

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Oct 13, 2020

Cybersecurity for Startups with Anne Genge – October 13, 2020 

Every entrepreneur should know the basics of data privacy, cybersecurity, and the risks their startup is exposed to. Just ask Anne Genge, Co-Founder of the Alexio Corporation! 

In 2017 Anne Genge Co-founded Alexio Corporation, now a National and Global Award-winning Cybersecurity firm. With over 20 years of industry experience, Anne knows the challenges healthcare providers face with technology. As healthcare grows increasingly dependent on digital connectivity, cyber-security becomes exponentially more difficult. 

Healthcare practices need all of the same protections as hospitals and large organizations. The problem is that they have much smaller budgets, and little to no access to cybersecurity specialists. This means that more affordable, but robust cybersecurity solutions are crucial, and education is needed to help healthcare practitioners understand their options. 

Anne and her team are champions in the use of automation and machine-learning to solve data security and cyber-risk for healthcare and small to medium sized businesses nation-wide.

“It’s not a matter of if you’ll have a problem with data security, it’s when.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Anne discusses cybersecurity for startups and what you need to know about customer data privacy.

The post Cybersecurity for Startups with Anne Genge – October 13, 2020 appeared first on Startup Canada.

Oct 7, 2020

The Non-Linear Journey to Success with Colin Weston – October 6, 2020 

The entrepreneurial journey is not a straight line – it often consists of roadblocks, unexpected opportunities, and constantly changing circumstances. According to Colin Weston, Co-Founder of REVIVER Sport Entertainment and Startup Vancouver, the key to your startup’s success is understanding that entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint.

Colin Weston is a sports innovator, entrepreneurship community builder, podcast host and public speaker. His passion lies in re-imagining sport to make the experience more compelling, engaging, relevant and shareable for fans, athletes and brand sponsors.

In 2017, Colin co-founded Startup Vancouver, which is one of over 40 community chapters of Startup Canada. In 2019, he won the Canadian Entrepreneurship Community Leader Award that acknowledged the impactful work he does to help move our innovation ecosystem forward.

Colin is also the creator and host of The ModGolf Podcast which explores the future of golf through conversations with the visionaries and influencers that are shaking up the sport.

As a design professional, he has worked for several international architectural firms, gaining valuable experience leading and collaborating with high performance teams to design and deliver large, complex projects.

“Be consistent is everything you do. Consistency demonstrates to people that you are reliable, dependable, and trustworthy.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Colin discusses the characteristics of a good entrepreneur and the importance of community building.

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Sep 22, 2020

Social Media on a Budget with Nichole Howson – September 22, 2020 

It’s not about being all over social media- it’s about using your social media consistently, intelligently and effectively. Nichole Howson, Owner of AIM Social Media Marketing, knows this best. 

As an experienced, award-winning social media strategist and consultant, Nicole’s work is focused on reducing her clients’ advertising spend while growing their brand awareness and increasing their sales leads. In only six years of business, Nichole has worked with clients globally, decreasing the cost of ad spend by 91% and increasing website traffic by 26% in as little as 30 days.

Nichole is the oldest of four, born and raised on a Canadian dairy and cash crop farm. She has since found the two great loves of her life: coffee and entrepreneurship (having started her first company at 16!) In her spare time, Nichole dedicates herself to mental health advocacy work.

“It’s really exciting to say, ‘Hey, I’m on platform,’ but the reality of it is that you might not have the time to commit to doing every social media platform. So picking one or two that you can be really good at is the best.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian, Nichole explains how business owners can capitalize on social media using engagement, entertainment, and education.

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