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Lessons learned in the transition from in-person to online from The Girl Gang

The Girl Gang Canada is an online collective of small, female-forward, Canadian businesses. The mission is to encourage shopping local, shopping Canadian and to help you see that your purchases have POWER. The Girl Gang Canada gives you access to unique goods and provides a platform to showcase the top Canadian creatives and service providers nationwide. Shop local, shop national, shop Canadian.


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How one social entrepreneur designed his business to have a positive impact on the world, with Matt Wittek

Matt Wittek, Founder and CEO of Fill it Forward is a social entrepreneur on a mission to inspire the world to reuse. Based in Guelph, ON, The Fill it Forward Company has helped eliminate millions of single-use items from landfills and our oceans. Since 2012, Fill it Forward has helped fund hundreds of clean water projects benefiting communities across the world in an effort to alleviate the global water crisis. Matt has worked with many leading retailers, foodservice operators, universities and brands to promote the use of reusable products. His products and programs are used by millions of people around the world, helping to eliminate plastic bottles and disposable cups from our landfills. His work has been featured on Canada AM, CBC’s The National, Breakfast Television and the Globe and Mail.


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Indigenous entrepreneurs receive $25 million boost from world’s first Indigenous Impact Fund

The Raven Indigenous Impact Fund provides equity and equity-like capital to innovative, scalable, purpose-driven Indigenous enterprises. The Fund looks to support entrepreneurs who are at the seed and/or early stage. Through the Raven Fund, innovative Indigenous enterprises can access the support they need to grow from a trusted partner. The Fund represents a sustainable, values-driven approach to poverty reduction and community resilience that will directly contribute to the development of an Indigenous middle class. Enterprises are screened through a unique, Indigenous impact lens and receive investments ranging from $250,000 to $2 million. This is an interview about the reason and availability of this fund for Indigenous Entrepreneurs.

Paul Lacerte, Managing Partner. Paul Lacerte has provided innovative leadership to Indigenous organizations throughout his career. He is the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of BC in 2014.

Jeffrey Cyr, Managing Partner. Jeff is Métis from the White Horse Plains area of Southern Manitoba, the traditional Buffalo Hunt staging grounds. For nearly 20 years, he has provided strategic leadership for Indigenous, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Jeff has helped create and implement the community-driven outcomes contract (a unique pay-for-success social finance model) and the Indigenous Solutions Lab process, which earned him an Ashoka Fellowship. Jeff is a proud husband and father of five and currently lives and works on unceded Algonquin lands in what is now known as Ottawa, Ontario.


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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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What farmers & consumers need to know about a global nanotechnology producing better food!

Nanotechnology allows Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to work. Imagine where we’d be without that technology! In a similar fashion, nanotechnology is used in farming & and agriculture to help primary producers move beyond 30-year old more dangerous, less effective techniques to enrol precision chemistry to produce smarter, faster, better results in farming and food production.

In this podcast, learn: i) what Canadian AgTech entrepreneurs at Vive Crop are doing to help plants get more of what they need, while supporting farmers to boost their efficiency in food and crop production; ii) about agriculture innovations that food consumers should be aware of now more than ever, iii) how Canadian and global leaders can connect with Vive about 4-10x their agriculture return-on-investment.

Dr. Darren Anderson is a co-founder and CEO of Vive Crop Protection and serves on its Board of Directors. Darren is passionate about using technology to improve the sustainability of agriculture while creating quantifiable results for growers. Darren is on the Board of CropLife America, the trade association for the pesticide industry in the USA; a member of the Advisory Committee for CHLOE, an organization committed to increasing STEM learning through agriculture and natural resources; and a founding member of ElectSTEM, a non-profit encouraging people with STEM backgrounds to run for political office.

Under Darren’s leadership, Vive has raised over $43M CAD of equity and debt, launched the first nanotechnology-enabled pesticide products that are approved by the EPA, and doubled its commercial business annually for the last 4 years. Dr. Anderson is the inventor on 13 issued patents and 44 pending applications. Dr. Anderson earned his PhD from University of Toronto as an NSERC doctoral fellow.


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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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Michelle Zatlyn wants you to check your assumptions & never let a crisis go to waste

Michelle Zatlyn is co-founder, President and COO of Cloudflare, the Internet security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare is a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NET). Prior to co-founding Cloudflare, Michelle held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. Michelle sits on the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Foundation Board. Michelle has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and was part of Marie Claire’s 7th Annual New Guard. She holds a B.S. degree, with distinction, from McGill University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded the Dubilier Prize for Entrepreneurship.


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Romesh Hettiarachchi believes that new lawyers are digital and strategic advisors to entrepreneurs – Toronto – Canada’s Podcast

Romesh Hettiarachchi believes that the new lawyer is digital and is now more of a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs about law and decision making. The Strategic Legal Advisor Program he has innovated is a pilot program focused on providing ongoing legal support to help business owners identify and address risks to their business operations while learning how to use a lawyer to grow their business. Like Fintech, law is experiencing new approaches and we discuss some of these as well as Romesh’s entrepreneurial journey.


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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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How entrepreneurs are taking on the environmental challenge with Pierre Cléroux from BDC

Canadian entrepreneurs are highly motivated to reduce the environmental impact of their business activities, with 82% saying they have taken concrete steps to protect the environment, according to a new The Business Development Bank of Canada study. Entitled “Transformation in Action: How Canadian Entrepreneurs Cope with the Environmental Challenge,” this study conducted last October among 1,515 business leaders and 1,014 Canadian consumers explore how businesses are dealing with environmental change as well as obstacles they must overcome. “Most Canadian entrepreneurs are motivated and make an effort when it comes to the environment,” explains Pierre Cléroux, Vice-President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC. “Our study shows that taking action for the environment does not harm financial performance. In fact, it can boost profits and speed up economic recovery. We hope that the findings of our study will inspire other entrepreneurs to make even more environmentally beneficial and profitable decisions.”


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