Behind The Mic
Robert Szmigiel was born and raised in Vancouver and grew up there until he was 18. He then moved to California and got his BA degree in Marketing and Advertising from San Jose State University. He currently lives and operates Vancouver’s podcast while working internationally for companies in Canada, Costa Rica, Antigua, Malta, US, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Panama. He has won several international awards for his work on directing brands and marketing.
Philip Bliss is a business visionary, entrepreneur, digital marketing pioneer and a board-level executive. He provides strategy, marketing, product and technology leadership to companies and organizations. Philip has built and sold four companies and been a strategic advisor, marketing visionary, product marketer and board-level director to a number of start-ups and major names in the technology, real estate and travel sectors. He has been instrumental in the branding and marketing launch of many consumer software products.
Céline Williams is an international speaker, business strategist, and the founder of reVisionary, a boutique consulting firm providing executive coaching, leadership development, and culture services to human-focused businesses around the world. A serial entrepreneur who dabbled in corporate for a decade, Céline has almost 20 years’ experience working with growing organizations and is the trusted advisor to investors, Fortune 500 companies, and executives in a variety of industries. She is sought after for her expertise in accelerating team performance, designing culture, managing transformation, and facilitating effective communication. In 2020 she won the award for Best Culture Design Specialist from Corporate Vision for her body of work.
Angela is a mobilizing speaker, impact coach, promoter & author who LOVES to empower purpose-driven individual & geographically connected property owners to imagine & build “Places Worth Living For”. Angela leverages her own 10x Mindset, plus core competencies of business building, destination development and public relations to help others break through ‘building blocks’ and access maximum happiness, social impact and profits through “place”. Angela’s vision has evolved to ‘Mobilizing 1 Million purpose-driven individual and geographically connected property owners to build a place worth living for their family, community & generations to come.”
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has 37 years of experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, city and breaking news, and business. For 12 years as a business writer, his main beats were commercial and residential real estate, retail, small business and general economic news. He now works on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.
Bonnie Elgie has over 20 years of public relations experience working with inspiring entrepreneurs, innovative organizations and dedicated non-profits. Originally starting her career in media, she’s developed strong relationships with journalists and influencers in a variety of markets and industries. As a sole practitioner, she believes in the power of relationships, connection and collaboration. Whether the goal is promoting a brand to customers, marketing B2B services, or inspiring communities to support a charity, she helps to tell stories that inspire action.
Lesley is an experienced Project Manager and communications professional, with over 10 years experience working in the Public sector. She has worked as a Project Manager with numerous municipalities and not-for-profit organizations, including the City of Hamilton, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Ontario Parks. She is a skilled communicator and relationship manager, striving to build connections and engagement with organizations and managing client expectations to deliver exceptional results. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Project Management Certificate from Humber College. She is tenacious with a keen attention to detail which allows her to assure quality on all projects. Lesley leads our business development, client engagement, social media marketing, and is also a host on Canada’s Podcast.
Leandro has been a leader and innovator in the digital marketing realm for over 16+ years with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike. Some of his proudest achievements have been his ability to cultivate and lead high performing teams, drive triple digit growth for businesses, having the courage to tear down existing models, and rebuild new frameworks from the ground up. He believes that success is found through rigor, and lives by this quote: “If you want to see how a Champion is made, look at his daily routine”. With tenacity and thoughtfulness behind all of his work and decisions, his success rate is outstanding. Leandro is passionate about continuous education and holds many certificates and diplomas around leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and digital media from Stanford University, Harvard University, Wharton University, University of Toronto, Acumen, IDEO, Seneca and George Brown. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of digital media and leadership and has done a TED talk.
Joshua Zaporzan is the Owner & President of Audax Ventures. Joshua has built and operated a number of successful businesses, including a restaurant, marketing agency, promotions company and his current venture, H2MB inc., a startup in the clean technology & renewable energy industry. Joshua’s biggest accomplishment to date has been the growth and acquisition of Longball Athletics, an apparel company with distribution across North America. Day to day, Joshua enjoys sharing his learned experiences and working with entrepreneurs across Canada in assisting with business plan development, feasibility studies, market research, financial modeling, capital raising and business coaching. Joshua is actively involved in his community and recognizes the need to give back whenever possible. He is the Vice Chair & board member of the Young Associates and a speaker to various groups of community leaders, high school, university and MBA students.
Sandra grew up in Quebec City and, after graduating from Bishop’s University with a B.B.A in Finance, she moved to Toronto to participate in the elite entrepreneurship program called The Next 36. It was during this 8-month intensive program that she deepened her knowledge and love of entrepreneurship. Since then, she has collaborated with startups and companies in several industries to help executives reach their sales objectives by optimizing their operations. She is now a startup incubator program manager, advisor, and workshop facilitator helping hundreds of companies each year define their business model, plan their operations, and increase their sales. Her ultimate goal: putting Quebec entrepreneurs on the map at an international level.
Sylvie Bougie is member of Quebec Bar and practices business and commercial law since 2006. In 2009, she went into business and founded, a few years later, the firm Vigi legal services. Since then, the firm is growing and is dedicated to business law. The firm won a Jarret in the category of professional services during 2019’s Edition of Le Gala de l’entreprise beauceronne. Sylvie has many involvements in the entrepreneurial community of Quebec. Among others, she contributes to “Centre de transfert d’entreprises”, “Ressources Entreprises” and “Entrepreneuriat Laval”. She’s also member of the board of “J’Entreprends Québec”, a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate the entrepreneurial spark and create a unifying entrepreneurial culture, and board member, secretary and responsible of programing of “Association Femmes Entrepreneures Québec”. whose mission is to promote, develop and support women’s entrepreneurship, as a lever to sustain economic development of Quebec City Area.
Rivers Corbett is a solution-focused & Agile Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Thought Leader with more than 20 years of success across food & beverage, hospitality, and e-commerce. His broad areas of expertise include leadership, team building, coaching & mentoring, business development, marketing, branding, sales, partnerships, global operations, global strategy, customer experience, startups, and growth. Rivers holds a leadership position as the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of ChefTorial (formerly The Chef Group), where he invested $2K in a small start-up bringing chefs into people’s homes and grew to a seven-figure talent agency providing chefs for private and corporate events including cooking classes in Sobeys and other retailers. He also founded Relish, a former iconic Atlantic Canada burger chain known for its gourmet burgers and welcoming approach to customer service. For his exceptional leadership & innovation, he was named Fredericton’s Entrepreneur of the Year, recognized in Profit Magazine’s Hottest Start-ups List, and listed as one of Canada’s Top Ten Mentors. Rivers earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University. He is a member of Startup Canada’s National Advisory Council, was the entrepreneur in residence for both the Province of New Brunswick and the University of New Brunswick, and is the author of 13 Fears of Entrepreneurs. He continues to help businesses succeed through Headspace for Entrepreneurs, a community of global entrepreneurs, and a podcast of the same name.
About Canada's Podcast
Canada’s Podcast was created out of a need to build a national brand podcast. Also to create a network and community for entrepreneurs and business owners so they have one location to find out and connect with like-minded people across the country. The company has offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal with popular hosts from each city, that know and interview the local entrepreneurs. Each city is connected to the national brand making the podcast a truly unique and nationwide representation of all the business activity going on throughout the country. Now you can find out what’s going on in each major Canadian city all in one place.
The company is managed and run by experienced entrepreneurs who saw the need in creating a national podcast, starting the first and only one in Canada. These entrepreneurs are highly knowledgeable in the Canadian digital marketing arena and have combined their vast networks and skills to bring Canada this unique and progressive thinking and approach to connecting via a national voice.
Whether you’re at the gym, going for a walk, driving in your car, waiting for a plane or listening at home, at Canada’s Podcast you can get inspirational insights into some of the brightest minds and innovative in businesses that Canada has to offer.