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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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Social Impact Investing is fast becoming the most sought-after financing for entrepreneurs

Social Impact Investing combines purpose AND profits and is powering the biggest, boldest, bravest ideas building technology for good. Investing in entrepreneurs addressing the biggest challenges by connecting them with the resources and capital they need to thrive is a strategy deployed by future-focused corporations committed to communities.

In our podcast today, Leah Nguyen talks about Telus – once primarily renowned as a communications company and now diversified in health, education, agriculture and the environment; and how this progressive corporation is leveraging the power of technology and social impact investing to drive better social outcomes and economic growth.

You’ll learn what sectors the Telus Pollinator Fund funds, what size and level of investment they make, and how global companies can access the fund if there is a dire t or indirect benefit to Canadians.

Leah is an Investment Director for the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, which brings a dual-lens approach to investing in the next generation of startups that are leveraging technology to build solutions that drive positive social, health, and/or environmental outcomes. She drove the strategy and execution for launching the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, and now leads sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities that align with the Fund’s key areas of focus. Leah is active in the startup ecosystem, mentoring entrepreneurs and aspiring VCs, and regularly participates in speaking engagements and as a judge in pitch competitions.

Prior to launching the Pollinator Fund for Good, Leah held different roles at TELUS. Most recently, she was with TELUS Ventures, one of Canada’s longest standing and most active corporate venture funds where she helped to identify and source investments to drive growth into new markets while also serving as a strategic advisor to other TELUS business units.

Before TELUS, Leah was a management consultant with Accenture and a project manager at lululemon athletica. Outside of work, Leah stays active with her husband and three kids, serves as a board member for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, and volunteers with the parent advisory committee at her children’s school. She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University.


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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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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Write & Grow Rich: How & When To Use a Book to Supersize Your Happiness, Social Impact & Bank Account

Join Host, Angela Faye on Canada’s Podcast speaking to Kimberley Day (http://www.kimberleyday.com) about the mindset and practical steps you can take to “Write & Grow Rich

Because YOU are the #1 low cost, high return asset that 95% of entrepreneurs forget to capitalize on. And, if you want to position yourself as the go-to expert in your industry, stand out from the crowd against your competition, and get new customers coming to you on autopilot, then your business needs a book with your name on the cover!

If you have a compelling value proposition that can positively impact people you serve but are missing the tool to connect with them. You find yourself as 1 of 5 others in the ‘same room’ offering almost the same thing. Or if you have ever found yourself struggling or miserable working with a less than ideal client…this is for you!

And yes, knowing this was a problem for MOST coaches, consultants and service-based entrepreneurs, Kimberley Day changed the course of her own business to help others overcome the daily struggle of finding their next client, stand out from the crowd in their industry, & increase visibility, credibility & authority by publishing a book. For 13 years she was one of usually a dozen financial advisors at every networking event, struggling to compete for clients in an overcrowded and skeptical market.

After publishing her first book, the “Financial Fitness Playbook: The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Money Game“, she was able to double her income in less than 12 months using the same strategies she now teaches in her new book and signature program.


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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Matt Diteljan, CEO of Glacier explains how influencer marketing works as a strategy to reach key younger demographics

An accomplished entrepreneur, Matt Diteljan is the CEO of Glacier, a Calgary-based marketing and advertising company that works with North American universities, colleges, and governments to reach Gen Z and Millennials. Matt and his company made headlines late last year when their influencer campaign with the University of Missouri caught the attention of the New York Times and other major outlets.

A University of Calgary grad, Matt founded Glacier in 2013. His company has grown beyond its humble Canadian roots, amassing an impressive client roster including big names such as Vancouver Film School, Texas A&M, Los Angeles Community College District and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Now a year into these trying times, Matt and his team have been working with their clients to implement influencer marketing as a strategy to reach key younger demographics. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, politicians and distinguished educators to communicate the importance of masks and washing hands, the message often falls on deaf ears. Now, vaccines own the headlines – how can governments and healthcare providers ensure accurate information reaches the right audiences and more importantly, positively influences behavior?


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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Matthew & Chris Caldaroni founded Molliteum and work with professional athletes of all kinds

Matthew & Chris Caldaroni founded Molliteum and work with professional athletes of all kinds to better their resilience in both sport and life. They often cater to athletes in the common pro sports world, but also have many youth athletes and business professionals on their roster. They operate out of Pickering, ON, but work with athletes all over the world. After building a solid base over the last 5 years, they are looking to expand their online presence through the use of podcasts and creating relationships with other successful individuals to bring value to their audience. After five years and a changing world, resilience coaching is a key component for the future.


Want to make sure your #smallbusiness is protected in case of the unexpected? The Co-operators Can Help! To find a Cooperators advisor and get started today go to lp.cooperators.ca/canadapodcast

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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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Marcia Harris is a nationally recognized landscape, urbanscape & portrait painter and artist – Calgary

Marcia Harris is the owner of Mini Monet Art. She’s an accomplished Canadian painter and artist. Educated at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Marcia specializes in landscapes, urbanscapes and portraits. Marcia’s works are nationally recognized and have been shown by numerous galleries throughout Western Canada. Marcia has two children and teaches art avidly to both kids and adults alike.


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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Learn how to accelerate your online presence to get past your competition with Erica Hakonson

Erica Hakonson is the award-winning entrepreneur at the helm of the B2B digital marketing agency, Maven Collective Marketing. Hakonson has been awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Silver Award by the international Stevie Women in Business Awards, Editor’s Choice by the CanadianSME National Business Awards and Top Small Business Female Executive Bronze Award by DataBird Business Journal.

Leading the team of “Mavens”, primarily female technology marketing consultants, alongside long-term clients, Maven Collective Marketing has been awarded a MarCom Gold B2B Website Award, Website Category Winner for Ragan Content Marketing Awards, 2X dotComm Gold for B2B Website & Website Creative/Copy, as well as the Standard of Excellence Award for B2B Website by the WebAwards.

Beyond Maven Collective, Hakonson also co-founded a new Vancouver-based B2B SaaS company, Orchestry, to Make Work Simple with transparent governance, adoption tools and self-service provisioning for organizations in Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online and across Microsoft 365.


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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