CanadianSME Small Business Podcast
Welcome to the CanadianSME podcast, a designated space for interviewing Canadian business experts to provide small business owners access to expert knowledge that helps them grow. Our mission is to empower SMBs nationwide, helping them reach a bigger audience. Calling upon some of the most successful subject matter experts in the industry, these podcasts aim to identify issues and find solutions to specific and generic challenges.

A major goal of these podcasts is to educate Canadian business people on current trends, tools, and technology. We empower small businesses with concrete insights, ideas, and techniques in our podcasts. Many SMEs provide excellent goods and services but struggle to expand. Recognizing that various nations have different difficulties, regulations, and business practices is vital; our platform aims to grow these businesses by specifically targeting them and strengthening their messages.

The podcast interviews Canadian professionals and entrepreneurs for relevant ideas because hearing success stories, lessons, and best practices always proves valuable. Plus, the interviews that are aired inspire and educate the general masses. We carefully select only top industry specialists and experts, which not only improves our content but also makes it a reliable resource. With our efforts, SMEs can conquer uncharted territories and challenges, leading to development and success.

Data Security in the Digital Age: Expertise of Colette Stewart

In this compelling episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we’re honored to have Colette Stewart, Enterprise Privacy Lead and Managing Counsel at Interac Corp., share her extensive knowledge on data privacy in Canada’s financial services sector. With a focus on a recent survey commissioned by Interac during Data Privacy Week, Colette delves into Canadians’ concerns, the complexities of consent, and the expectations from open banking.
Her insights into how Interac is navigating these challenges and empowering Canadians in the digital economy are not only enlightening but also essential for anyone looking to understand the current and future landscape of financial services privacy.
In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we’re excited to welcome Sep Assadian, VP, Founder Success at ventureLAB. With a rich background in global innovation ecosystems, Sep brings over fifteen years of experience to the table. At ventureLAB, he’s at the forefront of guiding startups towards market expansion, investment readiness, and global scalability.
Sep discusses the inception and impact of the HardTech Investor Network (HIN), a pivotal initiative aimed at transforming Canada’s deep-tech ecosystem.

From Startup to Scaleup: The Journey of Francis Desrochers

In this captivating episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we are thrilled to have Francis Desrochers, the founder of helloDarwin, share his entrepreneurial journey and the vision behind revolutionizing how Canadian businesses approach digital transformation. With a rich background in founding and scaling successful ventures, Francis dives into the essence of digital innovation, the strategic allocation of resources for growth, and unlocking funding opportunities for digital projects.
His latest venture, helloDarwin, not only assists businesses in finding outsourcing partners but also provides comprehensive consultancy services in digital transformation and project financing, making it a linchpin for businesses aiming to thrive in the digital landscape.

Innovation in IT Services: A Deep Dive with John J. Blair

In this latest episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we are thrilled to welcome John J. Blair, the visionary President and CEO of Blair Technology Solutions. With an illustrious career that has significantly contributed to the IT industry’s growth in Canada, John discusses the inception and evolution of Blair Technology Solutions, focusing on their commitment to innovation, data security, cost efficiency, and customized solutions.
His expertise in managed services and cloud solutions has not only positioned his company as a leader but also redefined IT strategies for small businesses.
In this compelling episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we are honored to host Don Thompson, the Founder and CEO of Beacon Commerce. With a legacy of leading marketing teams for globally renowned organizations and now steering Beacon Commerce, Don shares his profound insights into e-commerce strategy, particularly focusing on achieving success in the Amazon marketplace.
His discussion covers essential strategies for small businesses on Amazon, the integration of an omni-channel strategy, managing pricing and distribution, and upcoming initiatives to help small businesses thrive online.

Breaking New Ground in Diabetes Research with Mick Lautt

In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we delve into the remarkable journey of Mick Lautt, CEO and co-founder of SciMar Ltd. Mick discusses the genesis of SciMar, a bio-research company on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough poised to transform the treatment of type 2 diabetes globally.
From its early days to securing over $19 million in investment and navigating the biotech industry’s challenges, Mick shares insights into the role of hepatalin in diabetes management, SciMar’s path through research and development, and the innovative funding strategies propelling the company forward.

The Future of Work in the Digital Realm with Jason Gesing

In this latest episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, featuring Jason Gesing, Co-founder and CEO of OMNUS Technologies, Inc. and OMNUS Law. An accomplished attorney and visionary leader, Jason has notably served as CEO of eXp Realty, a Metaverse-based real estate brokerage. His innovative approach to integrating technology into business strategies, especially within the Metaverse, positions him as a trailblazer in the field. Jason’s insights, also shared in his book ‘The Metaverse Workplace Revolution,’ offer a unique perspective on the future of work and how businesses can thrive in digital realms.
In this episode, Jason provides an overview of the Metaverse, its impact on businesses, the technology needed to work within it, strategies for building a Metaverse workplace, and how it can enhance profitability, productivity, and employee engagement. We also delve into why the Metaverse is considered ‘the great equalizer’ in the business world.

Exploring the Future of HealthTech with Circle Innovation’s Leaders

In this intriguing episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we explore the dynamic field of HealthTech innovation with special guests Tom Philpott, COO of Circle Innovation, and Loki Yourgenson, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation. Tom Philpott, with a unique background in health care, research administration, and feature film production, joined Circle Innovation in 2018, playing a pivotal role in securing funding for the organization. Loki Yourgenson, a seasoned tech leader with over 20 years of entrepreneurship expertise, has made significant contributions across academia, IT, finance, and medical fields, and has been instrumental in various early-stage companies and social impact ventures.
This episode delves into Circle Innovation’s recent allocation of $4.7 million to support HealthTech SMEs, the challenges of scaling health innovations, the importance of partnerships in the HealthTech ecosystem, and the program’s alignment with emerging healthcare trends.

Shaping the Future of Tech Startups: Strategies by Melroy Coelho

In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we’re privileged to have Melroy Coelho, founder of MCMK, share his journey from leading marketing teams in Fortune 500 companies to establishing his own agency dedicated to empowering B2B hypergrowth tech startups.
Melroy discusses the importance of Agile Growth Marketing, the impact of pilot programs, and the vital role of performance metrics in driving success. Additionally, he delves into the transformative potential of generative AI in marketing and offers valuable advice for tech startups looking to innovate their marketing strategies.

Mastering Key Business Roles: Insights from Dr. Cindy Wahler

In this engaging episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Cindy Wahler, a seasoned advisor for senior executives across various sectors and an accomplished entrepreneur. Dr. Cindy is known for her expertise in CEO succession, corporate leadership programs, and as a regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and CNN. She’s also the author of ’20 Effective Habits for Mastery at Work’ and the proud owner of a delightful cookie and dessert business, @bite.me.cookie.
In this episode, Dr. Cindy shares her insights on the key attributes of successful leaders, what to consider when hiring or promoting key personnel, her experience in balancing her consultancy work with running a cookie business, strategies to overcome Imposter Syndrome, and recommendations for succession planning and building a talent pipeline in small businesses.

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