Start Canada in the Community

Chris D Features Start Podcast

Their brand new podcast, START, will, according to Margaux, “be aimed at Manitobans who enjoy supporting local and learning about the amazing things happening on the prairies.” To be more precise, the new Start Podcast will feature interviews with founders of local start-ups […]

Swish Magazine Article

If you ask me about common themes and advice that founders provide, I would share the sentiment that you simply need to start. Start living your passion, start sharing your ideas, and start taking steps toward doing what makes you happy. […]

Live Taping at Disrupted Tech

Start Podcast taping live on stage at the 2020 Disrupted conference by Tech Manitoba. Host Margux Miller enagaged the panel about starting and scaling a tech company in Canada – focused on the people perspective of growing diverse teams.

Episodes and Show Notes

28 – Starting an International Charity w/ Darcy Ataman of Make Music Matter

Featuring Darcy Ataman, the founder and CEO of Make Music Matter – an organization using a unique form of music therapy to help survivors of conflict and trauma.

Darcy shares about his background as a music producer, what it’s like to start an international charity from the heart of Canada, and how his innovative program created and scaled in partnership with Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege now operates in 8 countries around the world.

If you want to learn about starting an international charity, or the possibilities of using music for healing, then don’t miss this episode.

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Note: this episode contains stories about conflict and post-conflict zones and topics may be sensitive for some listeners.

27 – How to Scale Across Canada and Get a Deal on Dragons Den w/ Catherine Metrycki of Callia Flowers

Kicking off season 3, we speak to Catherine Metrycki, Founder of Callia Flowers. We cover how she launched and grew her tech business which has reimagined the way we send flowers.
We discuss her deal on Dragons Den with Manjit Minhas, which has since provided the support necessary for Callia to be able to open all across Eastern Canada (to be now in 55 cities). And Catherine shares with us some of her experiences in improving customer service and mental health as a leader.

If you’ve ever wondered how to scale a business, or whether Dragons Den is worth it – than this episode is for you! For full show notes and resources directly from our guests, visit and Subscribe Now to never miss an episode.

25 – The Complexities of Start-Up Life

Episode 25 of Start Canada Podcast features Matt Schaubroeck and Amanda San Filippo, Co-Founders of ioAirFlow – a software company focused on ‘green’ commercial buildings.

They discuss the experience of changing co-founders, finding personal balance in start-up life, and the entrepreneurial impacts of Covid-19.

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