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Yves Trottier has a passion for relationship building, promoting engineered solutions and automation

Yves Trottier likes to solve complex issues and has merged his robotics skills with the opportunity to promote barrier-free living for those living with physical limitations through Simple Freedom Design. As Owner and Director of Business Development, his experience and enthusiasm is instrumental in increasing access to the innovative products of Simple Freedom Design. He is working on projects that will change the whole “aging in place” sector. No one should have to move from their homes because of accessibility issues.


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Kelsey Carignan conquered Cancer and thinks you can too

Kelsey Carignan is a mother of two boys and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 32 years old. Kelsey decided to make breast cancer the best thing that ever happened to her and started sharing her breast cancer journey online when she realised there was a lack of relatable and real content available for people going through the same thing. She also started asking people to complete random acts of kindness and to tag her so she could see how much good could come from a negative situation which helped to get her through her lowest points. After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and eight aggressive rounds of chemotherapy, Kelsey is now in remission and is using her voice and her knowledge to empower and uplift others going through similar experiences with her platform Vibrant Yogi.


Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program is presented by the World Trade Centre Vancouver. It gives BC-based businesses the training and support needed to become a successful exporter. Go to www.wtcvancouver.ca/tap and find out more.

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Dr. Emeka Nzekwu is bringing eyecare and eyewear to the less fortunate

Dr. Emeka Nzekwu is CEO and Founder of Nation’s Vision, a grassroots portable optometry clinic based out of Calgary Alberta. He believes in accessible, affordable, and equitable eye care for all. Nation’s Vision serves the general public and local priority populations. They have partnerships with senior homes, post-secondary institutions, immigration programs and drop-in centres to serve its community’s vision!


Shape your future in #Lethbridge. Bold. Vibrant. Technological. The bright, affordable choice for business builders. Grow now at https://entrepreneur.chooselethbridge.ca

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Michael Cammarata is an accomplished entrepreneur who became a millionaire by the age of 13

Michael Cammarata is the CEO of Neptune Wellness Solutions. Neptune’s mission is to redefine health and wellness through social responsibility, sustainability and innovation for all generations. Everyone, no matter where they come from, deserves access to safe and effective products. Our partnership with the Jane Goodall Foundation supports wildlife conservation with every purchase and complements our other partnerships with One Tree Planted and Vitamin Angels. Michael is the also the founder of Random Occurrence, a venture capital and private equity firm. He invested in and cofounded Schmidt’s Naturals, one of the world’s fastest growing wellness brands, leading it from fledgling start-up to acquisition in 2017 by Unilever and onto record breaking growth in 2018. Michael is a visionary and innovative wellness leader who will lead the way toward a natural, effective and sustainable future for CPG.


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Roxanne Power & Anita Wells discuss the benefits of franchising for local economic recovery

Roxeanne Power, a local entrepreneur, opened her second Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Oshawa on December 9th, 2020. Hand & Stone is the premier massage and facial brand that has 475+ locations across the U.S. and Canada. We take a look at a successful franchise system and how and how Power’s first location in Ajax helps. Roxanne, the daughter of entrepreneurs in Newfoundland sold her first business, a daycare, and then chose to go the franchise route, people stay healthy and happy through the pandemic, Power also discusses how she hopes the business will help with the economic recovery of the city with the influx of much-needed jobs. Power always knew she wanted to own a business that would allow her to connect with and provide for a community. She started out helping her mother run a business in their hometown of Lamaline, Newfoundland, but after a few months, Power realized that staying in Lamaline and working at her mother’s business wasn’t for her. She moved to Ontario and found Hand & Stone. After opening her Ajax location in 2018, business took off and positioned her for future growth. She can tell you more about the plans for the new Hand & Stone location in Oshawa, including how she’ll encourage her staff to be good community partners through charity and other works. Anita Wells can discuss what plans how franchising is a great option — as her organization nears the opening of their 500th spa in 2021 and why Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa stands out among other industry competitors.


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Find out how Mark Tsemak and Red Square are saving lives, one bite at a time with Keto products

Mark Tsemak is the owner of Red Square Bakery and Powerflax Holdings in Burnaby BC. He started the company in 1990 manufacturing Authentic Russian Food Products: That include piroshki, vareniki and others. 20 years ago he invented Diabetic Friendly Keto Powerflax Baking mix and started producing Keto Baked Products: breads, buns, waffles, cinnamon buns and much more. They currently produce over 140 products helping their clients to overcome autoimmune system disorders with our Keto Powerflax Healing Food Regimen.


Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program is presented by the World Trade Centre Vancouver. It gives BC-based businesses the training and support needed to become a successful exporter. Go to www.wtcvancouver.ca/tap and find out more.

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Blair Kaplan’s entrepreneurial insights on the five resilience muscles needed now more than ever!

As entrepreneurs, we are resilient.

The global pandemic has simply brought light to this. And, what makes us MORE resilient than others has a lot to do with our autonomy, how quickly we need to shift and adapt in our rapidly changing world.

In our podcast today, Blair Kaplan (http://www.blairkaplan.ca) shows up in all her vulnerability to share 5 impactful themes you can build resilience into who you are and how you show up in business:

  1. Encourage Intrepreneurs
  2. Legacy Build
  3. Be Forgiving
  4. Understand your Relationship Economics
  5. Take Proactive Action

Blair Kaplan Venables is an expert in social media marketing and the president of Blair Kaplan Communications, a Pemberton-based PR agency. As a pioneer in the industry, she brings more than a decade of experience to her clients, which include global wellness, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Blair has helped her customers grow their followers into the tens of thousands in just one month, win integrative marketing awards and more. She has spoken on national stages and her expertise has been featured in media outlets including CBC Radio, CEOWORLD Magazine, She Owns It and Thrive Global. Blair is also the #1 bestselling author of Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur and cohost of the Dissecting Success podcast. When she’s not working on the board for her local chamber of commerce, you can find Blair growing the “I Am Resilient Project,” an online community where users share their stories of overcoming life’s most difficult moments. You can learn more and submit your story at www.iamresilient.info.


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From the Kitchen to the Dragon’s Den: How Evive Became a Top North American Nutrition Brand

What started off as a kitchen-based business and eventually went on to impress business tycoons on Dragon’s Den, is now a top North American nutrition brand spearheaded by two young entrepreneurs promoting health, nutrition, and self-care, with 300% growth year-over-year. Due to his creative thinking, Dominic Dubé and his partner and co-founder, Claudia Poulin, have changed the way healthy eating is perceived by developing frozen meal cubes that are flavourful, packed with all the necessary nutrients required for a wholesome diet, and ready in under five minutes. When you feel better, you perform better. Dubé believes that time and money should not have to be someone’s obstacle to eating healthy, and that is what Evive represents.

Dubé is truly authentic and transparent in his goal for the company, which is to promote healthy eating, reduce the ecological footprint, and empower women through a tightly-knit community of like-minded individuals. Since first launching blender-free smoothies, Dubé keeps building his business and brand, alongside 40 employees, by continuously evolving and adding new products and creating new recipes that can be enjoyed by all. Furthermore, on behalf of Evive, he has kick-started the “Plant a Tree” initiative in the hopes that Evive will obtain a carbon-neutral certification by 2023. With an active and growing online presence, Dominic Dubé and his team inspire others to want to be healthier and live to their fullest potential without having to sacrifice in the process.


Evive nutritious drinks and foods help you to live a healthy lifestyle so you feel amazing and have the time to do what makes you happy! Go to https://evivenutrition.ca to find healthy, vegan foods and recipes and use the code canadapodcast10 for 10$ OFF your first order.

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Christian Genest, le fondateur de Buddha-Station et du groupe SushiTaxi

Pourquoi c’est important de bien cerner et appliquer les valeurs de l’entreprise? Notre host Sylvie Bougie s’entretient sur ce sujet avec le fondateur de Buddha-Station, Monsieur Christian Genest. On y aborde aussi des sujets comme les récents défis d’opérer dans l’industrie alimentaire en temps de pandémie, le succès de Sushitaxi et l’importance d’être authentique! Christian, merci pour ta grande générosité!

Christian Genest, 45 ans, père d’une adolescente, amateur de gin-tonic et maniaque de boxe à en avoir fondé un OBNL. Il a fondé le groupe Sushitaxi en 2000 avec 500$ sur sa carte de crédit et revendu en 2016 alors qu’il comptait 19 restos et plus de 350 employés. Il collabore comme enseignant à l’école d’entrepreneurship de Beauce et à l’institut du leadership de gestion. Sa mission est de changer la façon dont les gens mangent en entreprise avec son nouveau projet Buddha-Station.

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Alexandra Daignault Combines Activism, Tea and Feminism Into One Perfect and Impactful Blend

Alexandra Daignault is a young female entrepreneur, her company combines activism, tea, and feminism into one perfect and impactful blend and she is quite the storyteller!

“It all started with a final project for an Indigenous Studies Course, facilitated by Dr. Renae Watchman. As a class, we were challenged to think about resistance within our everyday experience. One morning, on my way to school, I went to my favourite local coffee shop. Looking down at their array of beverages, I was struck with a thought. Here I was, purchasing products that supported small businesses and Indigenous communities elsewhere in the world. What would the effects be if there was a tea that supported small, local businesses, and provided consumers with the ability to support local marginalized communities? Thus, Sarjesa Inc. was born. As an experienced activist and community organizer focused on social enterprise and community development spaces. I have completed the ASHOKA – AMERICAN EXPRESS boot camp for emerging leaders and have been the recipient of numerous awards – speaking at conferences and facilitating workshops across North America. Graduating as the valedictorian of my class, I am focused on creating more equitable and safe spaces for marginalized women across communities. Working with Elders and community members on blend and packaging, our goal is to create highly respectful products with a variety of social and environmental impacts.”

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