Point of No Return podcast

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By the time you finish listening to this sentence, technology will have removed another obstacle between you and your vision. Exponential progress in technology is assured, however right strategy to execute is in doubt. Welcome to the point of no return podcast, a show about the intersection of technology, strategy and the how leaders can increase their velocity.

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On this week’s show, we spoke with Phil G. Joseph, Creator @ Rep Matters.    Phil is a young changemaker intent on leveraging technology and venture capital to create a better future for all. As a trilingual Haitian-Canadian-American who has lived and worked in Canada, the USA, and China, he is skilled at reaching across cultural and language barriers in order to identify pain points, and create innovative solutions to address them.  Phil is the creator and host of Rep Matters, an interview series that highlights Black entrepreneurs and investors in the tech ecosystem, with the goal of increasing accessibility to those spaces for future leaders. The series was launched in partnership with Real Ventures, one of Canada's most active early-stage VC firms, where he also works as an investment associate.  His background and passion for healthcare also keeps him well connected to his community. As a board member of the Black Health Alliance, Phil helps this community-led registered charity work to improve the health and well-being of Black communities across Canada. In addition, he volunteers as a mentor and coach for the Red Rush Basketball Leadership program.   On the show, we spoke about:  How he quit sports to join venture capital  The importance of diversity of thought His vision behind Rep Matters Building a community and creating a big impact  Advice to people that want to help but don’t know how to start   Phil is a mensch. I admire his accomplishments so early into his career. I can’t wait to have him back on the show. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show?  What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

Nov 26

26 min 46 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Janet Bannister, Managing Partner @ Real Ventures.  Since her first entrepreneurial venture as a teenager, Janet has used her boundless energy and focus to build and shape companies. Part of the Real Ventures team since 2014, she has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Janet’s experience as a founder, and her work with industry leaders like Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co. and eBay, have given her great insight and practical knowledge, which she passes on to the teams she mentors. Given her background transforming eBay from a Collectibles to a Mainstream marketplace and launching and growing Kijiji into one of the most visited websites in Canada, Janet primarily works with entrepreneurs in marketplaces, fintech, future of work, and AI in enterprise settings. A dynamic, high energy person, Janet has also competed internationally in triathlons and loves spending time in nature and with her family.

Nov 19

35 min 23 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Tima Gros, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer @ Impak Finance and Paul Allard, Co-Founder & CEO @ Impak Finance.    Paul is a serial tech entrepreneur with a track record of achieving business results, through leadership, management, innovative problem solving, networking, financial engineering and M&A. He successfully led & managed multi-disciplinary teams in the UK, France, Canada, Mexico, USA. He has experience in various aspects of business: Finance, M&A, Sales, Marketing in industries such as Software, Marketing and Entertainment.   Tima is the co-founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Impak Finance. Impak is a Canadian and French start-up that has built impak IS², an impact assessment and scoring solution based on leading international standards, notably the Impact Management Project and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.   On the show, we spoke about:  How they came up with the idea of impak finance  Moving from a financial economy to an impact economy  The concept of impact weighted accounting  Matching external and internal values  How their scoring system measures is useful for investors    This was a very timely conversation and I’m grateful that Paul and Tima took the time. Their mission is inspiring and they are only just getting started. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show?  What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Nov 12

28 min 42 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Raymond Luk, Founder & CEO @ Hockeystick. Raymond is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Hockeystick (a matchmaking system for startups and funders), Flow Ventures (a financial consultancy for startups), Year One Labs (an early-stage micro-VC fund), and others. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and removing barriers to raising capital through technology. He lives in Toronto with his wife who is a fashion entrepreneur.   On the show, we spoke about:  How he started companies at a young age Needing confidence and capital  The Canadian ecosystem developed over the years How Hockeystick connects startups with funders Managing his attention and time The importance of the pitch deck   Raymond has been in the game for a long time and his experience shone through during the interview. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Nov 5

34 min 19 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Christine Dupuis, VP of Product @ Heyday  She is a passionate product and people leader with a track record of developing data-based strategies and driving measurable product growth and team engagement. Well-known for being analytical, structured and adaptable, she brings together the best of my varied and global experiences (Google, McKinsey, Nonprofits, Start-ups) to motivate teams and drive execution. Her personal mission is to equalize the field -- whether it's mentoring women in tech, or helping small businesses compete with giants. She is passionate about topics which relate to democratizing access to education and information. Recently, she co-founded APM Montreal, a community-based training program which aims to make product management more accessible for people of all backgrounds, based on the highly successful APM Toronto program.    On the show, we spoke about:  The role of a product manager Best practices for understanding the role  Leaving Silicon Valley and working for HeyDay The opportunities at HubSpot after the acquisition   Christine is so smart and yet humble. If you are interested in product management, you have to check out this episode.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 29

27 min 22 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with David Nadezhdin, Co-Founder & CEO @ MYR.  David Nadezhdin is a tech monkey. With over 15 years of experience, David is intimately familiar with all aspects of a project from concept to execution. Currently David is working on Master Your Rush (MYR), a point of sale company tailored for the limited-service restaurant industry. Previously he founded and operated a medical device company in the field of cardiology which holds today a very broad utility patent and a manufacturable Automatic Contactless ECG user experience prototype. David also serves as a board member of The Humanitarian University (humanitarianu.com), an online university dedicated to preparing first responders for humanitarian disasters around the world.

Oct 21

40 min 2 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Zach Laberge, Founder & CEO @ Frenter Zach is the 15-year-old founder and CEO of Frenter. He founded his first startup at the age of 10, an electronics e-commerce startup off Alibaba. At 12 he founded Bernie's Biscuits, an online dog treat e-commerce startup based on his dog Bernie who had 5k followers on Instagram at the time. At 14 he founded frenter, an online rental community that has since grown to thousands of users and thousands of items listed in 8 cities across Canada.  He has also founded other startups in the Blockchain, Fashion and Cryptocurrency space all of which he’s learned valuable lessons from that he’s been able to bring into my other business and he’s the youngest founder to join Newchip Accelerator and Propel ICT.   On the show, we spoke about:  Why he’s starting companies at an early age His sources of inspiration How he fell in love with the sharing economy Pivoting Frenter and their revised vision   I really enjoyed my conversation with Zach. He’s wise beyond years and I’m excited to follow his journey. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.    Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 15

21 min 10 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Valerie Pisano, President & CEO @ MILA.  Valérie Pisano has over 10 years of experience in talent, leadership, diversity and organizational dynamics. Appointed CEO of Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute – she joins an emerging group of women leading tech companies. She was previously Chief Talent Officer at Cirque du Soleil and cofounded The Mobïus Bias Project, an initiative focused accelerating the dialogue on female leadership roles by exploring unconscious bias. She began her career at McKinsey & Company after a Master Degree in Economics at HEC Montreal, and is the proud mother of three girls.   On the show, we spoke about:  How artificial intelligence technologies can help humanity  Fostering an environment of creativity at MILA  Maintaining MILA’s culture amid rapid growth The importance of talent in the role of science  Montreal’s ranking on the global stage     Valerie was generous with her time and insights. Her unique view on Montreal’s AI talent is fascinating. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 1

27 min 39 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Greg Rozdeba, Co-Founder & President @ Dundas Life.  Gregory Rozdeba is a Sales Director specializing in insurtech and wealthtech firms. He has consulted multiple seven-figure fintech businesses and founded Dundas Life, which is transforming how Canadians buy insurance. Gregory served as Director of Sales at a Toronto-based insurtech firm where he took the company from no product to raising over $7.6M+ in venture capital to transform the prospect to policy process in the insurance industry. After leaving the corporate world, Gregory has taken up cycling and in-depth study of Ancient Rome. He advises business leaders and enjoys helping salespeople refine their process.   On the show, we spoke about:  Defining the need for life insurance  Giving people the power to take charge of their life insurance with technology Thinking about the customer experience The potential of open banking  Remaining a service firm empowered by technology   I really enjoyed my conversation with Greg, he’s well spoken and extremely knowledgeable.    Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Sep 24

33 min 14 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Paxton Maeder-York, CEO & Founder @ Alife Health. Paxton Maeder-York is a proud member of the MBA class of 2019, Section G.  He deferred between his RC and EC years to complete an additional master’s degree in Computational Science. Having studied Biomedical Engineering as an undergraduate and worked as a Product Manager at Auris Health building surgical robotics to treat lung cancer, the intersection of medicine and technology was a deep interest of his prior to HBS. He is now the Founder and CEO of Alife Health, which uses machine learning to help assess the healthiest embryo to transfer during IVF.   On the show, we spoke about:  How he started his career in robotics  Tackling the huge challenge of fertility with Alife The enormous potential of machine learning in healthcare Potential future applications of their technology Raising funding from world class investors   Paxton is incredibly smart and hard working. I won’t be surprised if we hear much more about his company in the coming years. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Sep 9

29 min 16 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Philippe Beaudoin, Co-founder and CEO @ Waverly. Philippe is a venture scientist constantly looking for ideas that can improve society. In 2020, he co-founded Waverly where his team and he are building a discovery engine for our increasingly diverse social and content landscapes. Waverly relies on natural language and Empathetic AI to let users connect with their true aspirations. Before that,in 2016, Philippe co-founded Element AI, a world leader in enterprise AI. Philippe holds a PhD from University of Montreal, was a researcher at University of British Columbia and spent the last 20 years honing his technological and leadership skills, including half a decade at Google.   On the show, we spoke about:  Working on machine learning during the early days Our addiction to our devices and how that was the motivation to start Waverly Building the first natural language based recommendation based engine Striving for product-market fit  How people will choose their algorithms in the future   Phillipe is one of the most impressive technologists I know. He has huge ambitions and is looking to make a dent in the way we consume information in a positive way. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Aug 27

31 min 45 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Rupert Hill, Founder & CEO @ Surf Simply Rupert is originally from the U.K. where he worked teaching both conventional, entry-level surf lessons and also video coaching with young competitors. His vision was to create a scientifically informed coaching methodology which bridged the gap between the two extremes of beginner and competitor. In 2007 he moved to Nosara in Costa Rica, where he set up Surf Simply out of the back of his car. Ten years on Surf Simply has become a high end coaching resort which books out a year in advance. As well as running the resort, he is now a keen water photographer.   On the show, we spoke about:  The basics of learning to surf Moving to Costa Rica and launching his business The Surf Simply business model  A neat trick to keep his team happy His philosophy of not needing to grow at all costs   It was a pleasure with Rupert. He has a fresh take on building a business that does not get enough attention. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Aug 20

34 min 8 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Maxie Lafleur, CEO @ Bus.com.  Maxie Lafleur is a talented business leader who quickly rose through the professional ranks with extensive experience in digital transformation and B2B business growth. She also has solid expertise in mergers and acquisitions and business expansion through joint ventures with large international corporations. Most recently, she was instrumental as Chief Financial Officer at Bus.com, improving the company's profitability and redefining how Bus.com positions itself in the market. Her experience working abroad in Europe and Asia positions the company favorably for expansion into new countries. On the show, we spoke about:  Becoming the uber of buses and Bus.com’s large TAM Lessons for startups from larger companies The challenges and joys of being CEO  Building the Bus.com mafia The arrival of electric buses Her ambition to go public    It was an absolute joy speaking with Maxie. I will be referring back to this episode for a while. I hope that you enjoy the conversation! Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com

Aug 6

25 min 16 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Annie-Claude Devriese, Managing Director @ Notman House. Annie-Claude Devriese has been the General Manager of Notman House for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she was in charge of the OSMO café (at Notman House) for almost 2 years. Over the past few years, she has contributed to making Notman House a dynamic and inclusive gathering place for Montreal's startup community, as well as a venue for various cultural and gastronomic events. Notman House is home to 235 startups that have raised over $1 billion in funding and are collectively worth close to $2.7 billion. Each year, Notman hosts over 400 workshops, hackathons, corporate offsites, and business networking events, with an average of 8,000 attendees.   On the show, we spoke about:  The impact from the pandemic on Notman House How Notman House has helped the startup community in the city Her goals post-pandemic and how it will impact the future of work  Her thoughts on the service industry and its future   Annie is leading the most important technology hub in the province (if not the country!). She shared some interesting insights into what it takes to build a startup ecosystem. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Jul 23

24 min 11 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Pierre Jr Cliche, VP Engineering @ Infostrux Pierre is a proven leader combining technical and business acumen to achieve growth. He’s a mentor, advisor and speaker within the Quebec tech startup ecosystem. His expertise is focused around all things cloud technologies, rapid iterative cycles, digital transformation at scale and business development.   On the show, we spoke about:  How he got into angel investing Helping businesses move to the cloud How Snowflake works and its use cases Data strategy and context   I really enjoyed my conversation with Pierre. We geeked out on the cloud and investing. I hope that you enjoy the conversation! Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jul 5

33 min 38 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Ara Ghougassian, Co-Founder @ Fluent. His website is beautiful and the product itself is even better. Every language platform on the planet focuses on teaching you a new language by using the same, worn-out methods. With Fluent, you're constantly learning words that you actually care about and want to use for your daily life. They are currently available in French as a Chrome Extension and plan on expanding to other languages in the near future. Ara did an incredible job of seeing a problem and then solving it.  Fluent is a chrome extension that helps you practice new languages while you browse the web. We translate select English words on the websites you're already reading to a new language of your choice.    On the show, we spoke about:  His entrepreneurial journey to co-founding Fluent  The concept of immersive learning  Why being privacy first matters  Competition in their space  Building an operating system for language learning   Ara has  infectious enthusiasm and energy. Even though they are just getting started, I wouldn’t bet against them. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jun 18

28 min 15 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Rodolphe Barrere, Co-Founder & CEO @ Potloc. Listed on the 2021 Forbes’ Under 30 list of leaders to watch in the tech space, Rodolphe Barrere is the CEO and Co-Founder of Potloc, an innovative tech firm focused on new ways to extract consumer insights. As a leader in Consumer Research who collaborates with world-class brands and researchers to help them make better-informed business decisions, Rodolphe is driving a new methodology that uses social networks and geotargeting technology to access the right respondents and extract accurate insights from any consumer group. At Potloc, Rodolphe has raised $20M+ with Canadian and international VCs and manages four offices across Europe and North America. Rodolphe has worked for the LVMH Group in Paris and New York, holds a trilingual BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from HEC Montreal, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to share his expertise on Market Research and Entrepreneurship.   On the show, we spoke about:  The inception story of Potloc How they pivoted 5-6 times  Their business model focused on consumer insights  Blending data science and digital marketing His three principles: Team, Prioritization and Self-Improvement   Rodolphe is building something really special at Potloc and is completely dialed into his craft. I hope that you enjoy the conversation! Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jun 4

33 min 57 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Mahalia Verna, Senior Director of Operations & Strategy @ ed Films. Mahalia Verna is a growth & impact strategist and versatile producer with over 20 years’ experience. Most recently, she joined E.D. FILMS, an award-winning Montreal-based animation and tech studio, as their Senior Director of Operations and Strategy. Here, she plays a pivotal role in shaping the company’s business objectives, expanding its footprint and guarding its core values. As Senior Producer, she contributes to several projects that are currently on the studio’s production slate.   Passionate about gender equity, inclusion and belonging, and next generation talent, Mahalia is actively committed to making a difference. Her engagements include mentoring for Women in Communications and Technology, being a board member of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC creatives, and acting President of the Board of Kids Code Jeunesse, an organization dedicated to encouraging digital literacy amongst girls and kids from underserved communities across Canada. Most recently, she joined the Board of Directors of The 7 Fingers Foundation and was named President of Xn Quebec’s Equity and Inclusion committee.   On the show, we spoke about:  Her parents voyage from Haiti  The importance of storytelling Striving for purpose and moral obligation The concept of “Return on purpose” The future of immersive storytelling  Empowering makers to create their own stories Let us know what you think. What types of guests would you like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

May 27

29 min 38 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Marina Pavlovic Rivas, Co-Founder and CEO @ Eli Health She is also the co-founder of WiMLDS Montreal, a community of 1000+ people with the mission to support and promote gender minorities in machine learning and data science and the founder of Gradiant AI, a company that delivers artificial intelligence and analytics solutions to creative industries. Marina has also a large experience in Data Science, and has worked as Data Science Consultant for Radio Canada and BDC. Eli’s long-term mission goes beyond fertility and contraception. Hormones are at the very root of transitions women experience from puberty to menopause. Yet, no solution allows for daily monitoring of the fluctuations of multiple hormones over many years. That lack of data led to women’s health needs being poorly understood and thus poorly addressed. Their technology has been thoughtfully engineered to overcome this. With the same product, Eli can tackle major unmet needs at all stages of women’s lives.   On the show, we spoke about:  Her interest in data analysis The idea behind Eli Health  Hormone monitoring and its potential applications Her vision behind Eli Health and its huge market   Marina is an up and coming entrepreneur. I’m super excited to see her build Eli Health. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

May 14

25 min 22 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Jacques Perreault, Senior Partner @ Brightspark Ventures.  Over the past 20 years, Jacques has been actively involved in the financing of Canadian technology companies. He played a leading role in the development and growth of the technology subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec (formerly known as Sofinov), one of the largest venture capital organizations dedicated to the financing of Canadian technology businesses. Jacques is a proven investment professional with experience in developing quality deal flow, building relationships and supporting companies in their development toward their growth plan and/or liquidity event. His broad expertise in technology financing and his network of local and international contacts are major assets.    On the show, we spoke about:  Working with the next generation of operators  Brightspark’s investment thesis  How they expanded possibilities for retail investors  Why he doesn’t invest in crypto (yet) Investing in non-obvious areas   Jacques is the quintessential investing professional. He has an incredible track record and was  nice enough to share many insights during our conversation.    Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Apr 23

37 min 43 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Déborah Cherenfant, President @ JCCMEntrepreneur at heart, Déborah Cherenfant is the founder of the creative studio Atelier Coloré and of the feminine business blog Mots D'Elles. Her work, her leadership and her creativity have been recognized on numerous occasions, notably with the Woman of Distinction Award in Entrepreneurship and the title of the best business blog in Canada. TEDx speaker, Déborah regularly shares her ideas on the representation of women and diversity in business during her conferences in Quebec and internationally, or in her articles on various platforms.   Very involved in the business community, Deborah is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, president of Compagnie F, administrator of the KANPE Foundation, Humanov.is and co-founder of BiAS. An entrepreneurial expert, particularly female, she has put her strategic skills to good use in several organizations, supporting them in the facilitation, creation of content and management of projects intended for entrepreneurs.   In 2018, she was appointed to the Quebec Council on the Status of Women, and in 2019, chosen as laureate of Black History Month as well as speaker at Plurielles, the first agency for women's voices. In 2020, Déborah Cherenfant becomes President of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal - JCCM, founded in 1931, bringing together nearly 1,600 members, including nearly 150 volunteers, making her the largest young chamber in the world. On the show, we spoke about:  Who inspired her Studying and promoting female entrepreneurship  Her role at the Junior Chamber of Commerce The fund that the JCCM launched How the  Chamber is impacted and thinking about the future of work for the city  What does diversity actually mean and what is needed   Deborah is an inspirational leader and has an amazing positive energy. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Apr 16

32 min 23 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Francois Arbour, CEO @ Design Stripe François Arbour started coding at the age of 6 and launched his first business when he was 19 years old. With over 10 years of experience in advertising, he collaborated with brands like Cirque Du Soleil, Adidas and Red Bull to name a few. He is the founder of Premiumbeat, a company he ran for over 10 years before it was sold to Shutterstock in 2015 and for whom he worked as a VP Products for two years. He is now an investor for 60+ companies and multiple VC funds. François is also an active advisor to multiple founders. More recently, he co-founded Nolk (e-commerce/DTC aggregator) and he is the founder/CEO of DesignStripe (Design Assets & Tools).   On the show, we spoke about:  His new company, Design Stripe and the vision behind it  Being a leader during the pandemic and how it benefited his startup  The application of management principles he’s learned like collaboration and transparency The new angel group he started, Angels of Many   I learn so much every time I speak with François. I’m grateful for the time he took and lessons he shared. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Apr 9

45 min 57 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Mary-Anne Carignan, President, Clinical Division @ Purkinje. Mary-Anne has broad international experience working in global firms such as Philip Morris, part of the Kraft and Nabisco family of companies, where she was the first woman promoted to International Budget. Her experience spans 25 years and in areas such as Trade Finance, Corporate Finance and Business Transformation. She has lived and worked in Lausanne, Switzerland; Zagreb, Croatia; Antwerp, Belgium and her home, New York City. She was the first woman Vice-President hired by the US based medical software firm Purkinje when she was named head of Canadian Operations in 2007; and later became President in 2011. Mary-Anne sits on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada and works with volunteer associations such as the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. In 2010, she was appointed to the Advisory Board for Small and Medium Enterprise by the then Canadian Minister of International Trade, Peter Van Loan.   The Montreal company is at the heart of the processes for implementing the hospital information system (HIS) in the Quebec health network. The company works with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) on the exchange of health data between the systems of the province's health institutions.   On the show, we spoke about:  Starting as an entrepreneur at an early age Focusing on people which implies taking care of clients that are in health care Challenging yourself to get to another level Thinking strategically  The importance of customer centricity   It was a blast talking with Mary-Anne. She shared some amazing leadership principles, I know I’ll be referring back to this episode back constantly. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Mar 26

33 min 6 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Noor Elhuda El Bawab, Director of programs @ Zú.  Noor is community builder, problem solver and analytical. She is a passionate person who is constantly looking to be challenged by her work, her team and everything around her. She is an eternal student, who’s always seeking new opportunities to learn something new to compliment and improve the task at hand. She is not afraid to make mistakes, if that will lead me to understand better what’s the best way to tackle each and every project. She strives the most in organizations that have an impact on the world, which is why she joined District 3. She is a strong believer that technology and entrepreneurship is the best way to empower people to continue developing the world around us.    On the show, we spoke about: How she developed a passion for startups Zú and their mission  The future of entertainment Why she’s excited about fan engagement and the space in general   Noor is a friend and someone I deeply respect. She’s a leader in the startup space in Montreal and I always learn something new when I speak with her. I hope you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Mar 18

33 min 34 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Vicky Boudreau, CEO & Founding Partner of bicom.  Vicky Boudreau is the head of bicom, the company she co-founded 14 years ago with her partner Marie-Noelle Hamelin, and which today has more than 40 employees in its Montreal and Toronto offices. A communications enthusiast, Vicky observes the sectors of activity of the agency's clients, the latest emerging trends and is continually developing her network of contacts for the benefit of collaboration opportunities. Combining her experience in the field with her passion for the business world, she grasps clients' issues to offer effective solutions to propel them towards their goals. Her expertise recently led Vicky to accept the position of President of the Board of Directors of the Alliance des Cabinets de Relations Publiques du Québec and since last spring, she has been actively involved on the executive committee of the Regroupement des Firmes de Services Indépendantes (RFSPI). At the same time, she is committed to stimulating the next generation by offering conferences on entrepreneurship in schools and associations. On the show, we spoke about: Learning entrepreneurship from her dad  Launching her agency The concept of high altitude vs. low altitude in running a business  The psychology of happiness Taking risks in her business  model by guaranteeing results  International expansion  Innovation in the influencers space  Vicky was a pleasure to speak with. She’s an amazing communicator and has a clear vision for her company. I hope that you enjoy the conversation! Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Mar 4

30 min 22 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Geneviève Tanguay, CEO @ Anges Québec. Geneviève Tanguay has more than 20 years of experience in Investment and has participated in the completion of numerous transactions in several innovative sectors, particularly in Life Sciences. She was Director of Investments at the Fonds de Solidarité from 2008 to 2017, the largest Quebec network for development and venture capital investment in Quebec. In August 2018, Geneviève was appointed head of corporate development at Biron Groupe Santé and in October 2020, Geneviève became the first woman to hold the position of CEO of Anges Québec.   Her various functions have enabled him to sit on several boards of directors of private companies and to invest in the strategy and development of these companies. Very involved in her community, Geneviève has sat on several boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including that of the prestigious Institute of Directors of Companies I.A.S. Finally, she has been a Member of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail since August 2017 and, among others, a Member of the Audit Committee and of the Stakeholder Relations Committee. Geneviève holds a bachelor's degree in finance from HEC Montréal.   On the show, we spoke about: Getting started in the world of finance and investing The challenge of raising another fund  How she’s repositioning Anges Québec Kickstarting more entrepreneurship in the province Her interest in deep tech and life sciences  Impact investing and ESG    It was a pleasure speaking with Geneviève. She has big ambitions and drive in her work. I hope you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Feb 25

35 min 37 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Christian Zabbal, Managing Partner @  Spring Lane Capital. Christian Zabbal is a Managing Partner with Spring Lane Capital. Prior to this, he was Managing Partner of Black Coral Capital, a family office specializing in cleantech and renewables. He also serves as board member and co-founder on the CREO Syndicate, a group of large family offices that share a common interest and mission in investing capital in food, water, and energy companies and technologies. He is part of the investment committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a Canadian Crown corporation focused on investing federal funds to promote the spread of new technologies and businesses in the sustainability space.   On the show, we spoke about: Article he wrote on flying during the pandemic Working in consulting and cancer research  Investing in large scale projects The meaning of sustainable investing   Christian is mentor to our business and one of the sharpest minds in investing. He has an impressive track record and shared a ton of great insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!     Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Feb 11

43 min 59 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Francois Lanthier Nadeau,  CEO @ Snipcart Recently, Francois has been slowly been stepping into the shoes of CEO. He’s been in charge of marketing for 6 years, during which they steadily grew their user base and revenue using content marketing and SEO. Now profitable, they have the luxury to experiment with other acquisition channels such as FB ads & video, and focus on CRO throughout thei whole acquisition funnel. He’s been featured on Indie Hackers, Infopresse, The Startup, freeCodeCamp, Baremetrics, Wishpond, Inbound.org, and more publications. Keen-eyed peers might spot his ghostwriting on other sites too. Since joining Snipcart, he’s had the chance to pitch and present their business in 13+ events all over the world (Canada, USA, France, Ireland). He’s worked remotely from half a dozen different countries in the last 4 years.   On the show, we spoke about: Bootstrapping startups Importance of writing Mental health The no code movement Growing and leading snipcart Snipcart vs. headless video Some articles his written (boostrapping, headless ecommerce, cognitive distortions)   I had a blast chatting with François. We had a great conversation and he shared some great insights about ecommerce and startups.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Jan 29

41 min 44 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Thibaud Marechal, Vice-President @ Knox Custody. Currently VP Growth at KNØX, a Bitcoin custodian designed for institutions backed by investors such as Fidelity and Initialized Capital. Booked $250,000 of revenue in the first 3 months as Head of Client Development. Previously, he was Head of Platform at Real Ventures, a $330M early-stage VC in Canada (investor in Blockstream, 1confirmation, Bitaccess, Breather, Element AI, Mindbridge and League). Ran FounderFuel, Canada's most active venture accelerator (80+ deals including Bus.com, Transit and Sonder), investing $100k per company. In 2015, he co-founded & led the McGill X-1 Accelerator to bring medical, engineering and computer lab research to market with a shoe-string budget.   On the show, we spoke about: Anti-fragility of the network The proxy for the price of Bitcoin How mining works and the benefit of decentralization Fiat currency’s infinite supply Potential future of the currency   This second interview with Thibaud was even better than the first. I learn so much by speaking with Thibaud on the subject of Bitcoin. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jan 22

42 min 14 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Guillaume Parent, CEO & Co-Founder @ Gallea Guillaume Parent is the CEO and Cofounder of Gallea, the largest online art gallery in Canada. Born in a family of artists and engineers, he always knew he wanted to build his own venture right here, in Montréal. He graduated from a degree in Automated Manufacturing Engineering at ÉTS where he started what would become Gallea today. He decided to make it his life mission to democratize the access to art while helping visual artists all over the world to finally get the proper recognition and fair share from their work. He is currently on a journey to build the largest art distribution network in the world while disrupting an industry in need of innovation.   On the show, we spoke about: The idea behind Gallea Improving the art experience through technology Focusing on artists The marketplace business model Their plans for growth and funding   Art is a huge industry that hasn’t evolved a lot. Gallea is helping transform it and it’s cool to see what Guillaume and his team are building. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Jan 15

35 min 46 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Marina Cortes, Venture Partner @ Hike Ventures Marina is a multilingual professional equipped with a background in health research and a unique skill-set acquired through her experience in Consulting and Venture Capital. She started her career in healthcare investment, had the opportunity to work with BDC Capital and later joined an advisory team, wherein she notably advised private companies on IPO dual listing (HKEX, NYSE) and due diligence M&A buyer side. Meanwhile maintaining key investors relations throughout her career, she gained a keen interest for VC fundraising and LP relations and advised several LPs and GPs on VC/PE fundraising in North America and Asia. Marina has a strong passion for VC fund operations, investors relations, and enjoys helping startups and organizations expanding to international markets.   On the show, we spoke about: Her multidisciplinary background Early vs. later stage investing Getting into VC Diversity and inclusion in investing Hike VC portfolio companies Cool new technology companies   I had a blast talking to Marina and learning from her. Our discussion re-invigorated my interest for early stage technology companies. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jan 8

33 min 20 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Jacob Lanyadoo, Owner @ TechBonjour. Jacob is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of scaling technology companies. He has spent over a decade working with startups of varying sizes and industries to help build teams, scale, and take their businesses to the next level.   On the show, we spoke about: Biggest challenge facing startups Mentoring startups Hiring best practices Building a distributed team   Jacob is thoughtful and pulls no punches with his thoughts. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Dec 2020

46 min 44 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Thomas Martinuzzo, Senior Investment Advisor – Innovation @ Fonds de solidarité FTQ. Thomas Martinuzzo joined the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in September 2016 as Senior Investment Advisor – Innovation. Thomas has worked in the field of innovation since 2006. He held several positions at Gestion Univalor, s.e.c, where he notably led the team of professionals who commercialize physical sciences and engineering inventions from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and affiliated hospital research centres. Mr. Martinuzzo also founded eValorix.com, a web platform that commercializes digital tools arising out of public research. He also served on the board of directors of several start-up companies (Bâton Simulations inc. and Ortho Regenerative Technologies inc.) and is currently a director of Castor Optics Inc.   On the show, we spoke about: What innovation really means Some great examples of innovation in Quebec Why certain companies don’t innovate Some companies in their portfolio LeddarTech Omnirobotic PremierTech Survey on innovation   Thomas is incredible bright yet humble. He’s one of the smartest people I know on the topic of innovation. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Dec 2020

30 min 41 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Kevin Belanger, eCommerce @ Transit.  Ambitious young professional, Kevin works in strategy and innovation. Having demonstrated leadership through a multitude of projects and renowned experiences, he has distinguished himself in many countries both during his academic years and in the business world. Having successfully completed his bachelor's degree in computer science, he established his first commercial mission to Germany with the help of the MCUL. This three-week mission for the Montreal startup Vrvana was a success. The contacts are numerous, and the establishment of business partnerships are present. It is two years later, in November 2017 that Apple acquired the start up. He began his MBA in Electronic Business at Laval University. It was during this MBA that he studied at recognized universities in Taiwan, Norway, China, Germany and Mexico, where he was able to take courses given by recognized entrepreneurs, CEO and strategists. He also began his participation in numerous strategy case competitions and decided to continue his studies by starting a second MBA in Global Business. He took the opportunity to win several titles in strategic case competition. This includes a place, among more than 98 teams, in the GBC 2017 finals in Australia, a third position at the BFBW 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, a first position for university outside Asia at the HKUST Global MBA Challenge 2017 in Hong Kong, a semi-final place at JMSB 2018 in Montreal, Entrepreneur’s Choice award at VCIC 2018 in Halifax and Analytical Awards at DGMC 2018 in Montreal. With extensive knowledge in Clean Technologies and Blockchain, he was selected to be one of the 100 students invited to the MBA World Summit 2018 in Cape Town.    On the show, we spoke about: The world of case competitions at university How he got interested in crypto Thoughts on Bitcoin Decentralized finance and stablecoins The following projects: Decentralized Oracle (Chainlink) Decentralized Borrow and Lending (Aave et Compound) Decentralized Stablecoin (MakerDAO) Decentralized Synthetic Asset (Synthetix) Decentralized Yield Aggregtor (Yearn Finance) Decentralized Automated Market Maker (Uniswap, SushiSwap, Curve Finance, DODO) Decentralized Derivative (DerivaDex) Decentralized insurance (Nexus Mutual, Cover, Etherisc)   I learned a ton from talking to Kevin and I’m still catching up all the great insights he provided. I hope you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Dec 2020

43 min 12 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Sanjay Zimmermann, Principal @ WhiteStar Capital Since joining White Star Capital at the start of 2017, Sanjay worked on over 10 investments made by the fund across Canada, New York, Germany and South East Asia. While at the firm, Sanjay spent a year pursuing an MBA at Insead in Singapore and returned in September 2020 to launch White Star capital’s Toronto office. Sanjay focuses on identifying talented teams and founders for White Star Capital across Canada and south east Asia. Before joining White Star Capital as an Associate, Sanjay started his career in investment banking at Rothschild & Co in London. During this time, he worked within the technology, media and telecommunications team, where he focused on corporate finance and M&A advisory for a full range of European companies. Prior to this, he helped manage part of Babson College’s endowment, overseeing the college’s technology fund investments. Sanjay attended Babson College as a Weissman Scholar and used the program’s stipend to produce a video series called ‘Defining Entrepreneurship’ in which he interviewed over 60 entrepreneurs across the world. He earned a BSc in Business Administration before going on to complete the General Course at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Born in Germany and raised in Canada, Sanjay is a dual Canadian-German citizen.   On the show, we spoke about: How tennis helped him in his career Getting into VC The three key roles in his role Having a global perspective Deal flow in Toronto versus Montreal Why he’s excited about the future of work Sanjay is a brilliant young VC that keeps laddering up. It was a joy to talk and learn from him. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Dec 2020

36 min 52 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Guillaume Bouchard, CEO @ Contxtful. Guillaume considers himself a highly passionate entrepreneur. He enjoys building and managing teams in fast-growth environments. He spent the first few years of his career within a franchise model called College Pro Painters and then launched a University school project (nvi) which was sold 8 years later to Dentsu Aegis Network (rebranded iProspect Canada) and he stayed there for 5 years, almost tripling the baseline revenue and increasing 6 fold its bottom line. In 2018 he joined CONTXTFUL, a Montreal-based technology start-up focused on developing products that provide insights on mobile users, improving how advertisers and insurers interact with their customers. They recently closed a 2M$CAD seed and are in the mist of commercializing their initial products.   On the show, we spoke about: Founding and exiting NVI / iProspect Finding a project that helps combat digital addiction The concept of receptivity His ambitions for his startup and their current funding Key trends in online advertising   I’m lucky to have known Guillaume for a long time. I always learn something new when I talk to him. I always learn something new when I talk to him. I hope that you enjoy the conversation.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Nov 2020

35 min 41 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with JC Btaiche, Co-Founder @ Fuse. JC co-founded Fuse on a mission to accelerate the world's transition to fusion energy. JC also founded Hestia Academy, a not-for-profit on a mission to guide teenagers to unleash their inner crazy genius and to dare to create. Hestia Academy aims to create more and better self-learners.   On the show, we spoke about: How JC hated school His admiration for Elon Musk What is fusion and how it can solve the world’s energy crisis Being mission driven His interest in crypto & decentralized finance   JC has massive ambitions and has his sights set on the world’s most intractable problems. It was amazing to speak to someone that is trying to knock it out of the park. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Nov 2020

32 min 9 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Samer Saab, CEO & Founder @ Explorance. Since 2003, Explorance’s mission is to assist higher education organizations, government organizations and enterprise in enhancing their feedback management processes through cutting edge web-enabled technologies. Prior to founding Explorance, Samer has worked in technology related functions for over 10 years with main focus on bridging the barriers between technology and the end user. His educational background is an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a post-graduate degree in business administration from McGill University.   On the show, we spoke about: Why Samer was a “bad employee” His obsession with sustainable growth The shift to continuous learning His culture playbook   It was a great treat to speak with Samer, we could’ve chatted for a few hours! His thoughts on culture building and business performance are remarkable. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Nov 2020

45 min 48 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Antoine Buteau, Senior Engagement Manager @ The PNR. Antoine holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and a Certificate in Computer Science from Laval University.   Before PNR, Antoine worked at Coveo as a Solution Specialist. He was responsible for implementing Coveo search engine solutions with clients in healthcare, technology and consumer goods. Antoine also worked as a freelance consultant where he helped organizations in IT Selection, IT Implementation, Product Management and IT Project Recovery.   Outside of work, Antoine spends time training at the gym, playing hockey and listening to Japanese jazz. He also enjoys reading, building relationships and drinking strong coffee while eating Mexican food.   On the show, we spoke about: How he manages his career The concept of continuous improvement Tips and tricks for productivity with tools like Roam Interesting trends in technology   Antoine is one of the smartest people I know. I always learn from talking to him and I hope that you do as well.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Nov 2020

30 min 20 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Eleonore Jarry, Principal @ Brightspark Ventures Éléonore Jarry is a principal at Brightspark Ventures. Prior to joining Brightspark, Éléonore worked in Assurance & Advisory at Ernst & Young LLP, focusing on alternative investment funds and private equity firms. She also co-founded Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-run venture capital firm. Éléonore developed a passion for helping entrepreneurs and financing innovation while studying technology entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. She is involved with several startup initiatives around Montréal.   On the show, we spoke about: How she started learning about technology Getting her start in venture capital and the importance of mentorship Her role at Brightspark Ventures The exciting market opportunities that are ahead   Eleonore Jarry is a truly impressive individual. She has risen rapidly through the ranks of Canadian VC and she is only getting started. I hope you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Nov 2020

38 min 53 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Rachel Labbe-Bellas, Founder @ O’Land Stations Rachel is a Marine Ecologist and has a BSc. in Biology from McGill University and a MSc. in Ecology from UFSC in Brazil. During her studies she gathered international experience, working at places such as Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and more recently as a Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her passion for ocean advocacy led her to work with Sylvia Earle Alliance-Mission Blue, and participate in a 21-day all-female research voyage about ocean plastics and health impacts with eXXpedition. Rachel is currently working in development and science program management for 5 Gyres Institute, and spends her free time in entrepreneurship for her plastic pollution reduction start-up in Canada, The Green Stop.   On the show, we spoke about: Solving important problems through entrepreneurship The global climate challenge and of clean water in particular O’Land Stations solution and her startup journey The impact of the pandemic and how she has pivoted   It was a joy to speak with Rachel. She’s a smart and passionate entrepreneur. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Oct 2020

27 min 43 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Luc Filiatreault, CEO @ MDF Commerce. Mr. Filiatreault is a successful serial entrepreneur. He has successfully founded and led eight different enterprises. Seven of these companies were in Software Technologies and one was in Aerospace Technology. Four of these companies were publicly traded on the TSX. In September of 2019, Mr. Filatreault was appointed President & CEO of MDF commerce with the mandate of accelerating the company’s growth and leading an ambitious strategic reorientation. From June 2017 to June 2019, Mr Filiatreault was CEO of Ayuda Media Systems. Ayuda develops and commercializes a software platform that is an ERP system specialized for Out of Home Media Companies such as Outfront, Stroer, Astral, Clear Channel etc. In less than 18 months Ayuda more than doubled its staff and its customers and has reached 100 staff. Ayuda has customers in 25 countries and operates from offices in Montreal, Berlin and Sydney. Ayuda was acquired by Broadsign International in April 2019.   On the show, we spoke about: The importance of giving back Climbing Mt-Everest as an analogy for professional achievement Re-igniting MDF Commerce Aligning an entire organization towards a common goal Technology as a force for good in the world   Luc is one of the impressive CEOs I’ve ever met. He was extremely generous with his time and shared some great leadership insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 2020

43 min 42 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Sylvain Perron, CEO @ Botpress. Sylvain, co-founder and director at Botpress, has been interested in artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces for several years. Its mission: to transform the way people communicate with businesses. Before founding Botpress, Sylvain was responsible for technical innovation at Protorisk. Curious and passionate, he is constantly on the lookout for new tech trends. Sylvain stands out in particular for his perseverance, his authenticity and his creativity.   On the show, we spoke about: How he decided to start his own company His interest for natural language processing Botpress and their go to market model Focusing on developers first as a core strategy   Sylvain is super passionate about his conversational interfaces and it really showed in this interview. He shared some great insights about the space. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 2020

34 min 20 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Katrina Albert, Co-founder & President @ Lux. Katrina is sustainability-minded sales and partnership professional. She wants to use entrepreneurship as a force to create good. Lux is an aerospace company specialized in the design, manufacturing and operation of atmospheric satellites (atmosats) for Earth observation. Their vision is to operate a global constellation of observation atmosats to acquire images at a resolution better than 10cm/pixel in order to create a live high-resolution digital twin of Earth’s surface They are paving the way by assembling a constellation of observation atmospheric satellites over Latin America and Oceania to introduce the first real-time spatial information feed which automates operational decisions for mines, farms and electric utilities.   On the show, we spoke about: Her entrepreneurial journey How she’s working to become the version of herself The importance of self-knowledge and self-love The space robotics industry and its challenge Potential business models   Katrina has a contagious enthusiasm and energy. Her and her team are accomplishing amazing things in a short amount of time. I hope that you enjoy our conversation.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Oct 2020

34 min 29 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Matthew He, Director of Investments @ Front Row Ventures. Matthew He is the Director of Investments of Quebec at Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student run venture capital fund, with a growing portfolio of 12 of the most promising student ventures in Quebec, including CHK PLZ, Grad4, Rokulo, and Gallea.   Before joining FRV, Matt co-founded and scaled an educational non-profit from a team of 3 to 30, working with both the Government and industry leaders to bring Blockchain education to universities. Previously, he has worked as a Summer Analyst for White Star Capital and the Business Development Associate for FounderFuel ‘19. Matt is currently finishing his Bachelor of Sciences at McGill University, studying Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Sciences.   On the show, we spoke about: His love of water Getting into venture capital Advice for people starting out in their career The importance of diversity Front Row Ventures and their investments   Matthew is wise beyond his years. I really enjoyed my conversation and Matthew shared great insights for entrepreneurs young and old.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Sep 2020

28 min 54 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Sebastien Brault, Co-Founder and CEO @ Wingocard. Sebastien has spent the last 20 years helping to build the tech startup ecosystem in Montreal both as an entrepreneur and as an angel investor. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and exited five online businesses, most of which have been centered around the social web (online communities, online dating, social networking, viral marketing). He’s experienced the thrills of growing a viral consumer product to 20M+ users and over 1B social connections on the B2C side, and the satisfaction of helping hundreds of clients grow their business with a B2B SaaS platform. No matter what the product or the market, he most enjoys the entrepreneurial process of bringing together great people to work on solving problems and creating value for users and customers. He has learned lots about fundraising, recruiting, business development, M&A, sales, HR … really anything and everything it takes to make a startup succeed. But the thing he loves and values most is building a great product. He’s also been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to invest and advise in the great entrepreneurs behind PasswordBox (sold to Intel in 2014), Frank & Oak, AmpMe, MakerBloks, Nesto, Real Ventures, Unito, and many others.   On the show, we spoke about: Starting and exiting five businesses How money can be the wrong motivation The importance of financial education particularly among teens How they are competing with WingoCard   I’ve always looked up to Sebastien and I’m really happy that he took the time to chat. Unsurprisingly, he shared great insights and looks to be off to the races with his next startup.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Sep 2020

39 min 39 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Katy Yam, FounderFuel General Manager @ Real Ventures. Katy is a natural connector of people and ideas in service of helping good people succeed. As General Manager of FounderFuel, her ambition is to create an environment that helps founders level up quickly by filling knowledge and experience gaps with pairings from Real’s rich mentor ecosystem. She believes deep personal accountability and a #givefirst mindset will enrich every startup and accelerate their traction at FounderFuel and beyond. Prior to joining Real, Katy spent 3 years at Element AI, scaling up from pre-Series A to its current global footprint as Canada’s largest AI company. She is a multilingual executive with a 20-year history of managing high-performing product, business intelligence and marketing teams across various public and private industries including telco, CPG, gambling and AI. In her spare time, Katy leads TEDxMontréal, a non-profit dedicated to elevating Montreal-born ideas onto the global TED stage. A guest lecturer, board member, public speaker and triathlete, she adores reading fiction of all sorts and riding/running on Zwift to unwind.   On the show, we spoke about: The importance of adaptability and ambiguity Pushing your limits How good ideas shift your mindset Helping Founderfuel to become digital first The value of conscious leadership The concept of community realization and helping others   Katy was an absolute pleasure to speak with. She was incredibly open and shared so many great insights. I hope that you enjoy the conversation!   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Sep 2020

34 min 3 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Paul Kruszewski, CEO & Founder @ Wrnch. Paul Kruszewski is a Canadian AI technologist and serial entrepreneur known for his work in artificial intelligence and computer graphics. He is the founder and CEO of wrnch, an AI and computer vision software engineering company based in Montreal, Quebec. He has founded three AI startups, including wrnch, specializing in crowd simulation, NPC behaviours, and human pose estimation. His projects have gradually gotten more complex as he's moved from developing AI software capable of understanding many people doing simple tasks to fewer people engaged in more complex tasks to perfect knowledge of individual body language.   On the show, we spoke about: How he started his third company and wanting to make a big impact Their work on seeing and understanding people Some of their amazing work covered in the NY Times How the current environment is accelerating the digitization of the world   It was such a pleasure to speak with Paul. He shared some great wisdom yet was very humble in this conversation. I learned a ton and I hope that you enjoy the conversation!     Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker  

Aug 2020

36 min 54 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Guillaume Mercier, Partner @ BDC Capital. Guillaume Mercier is a Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund for BDC Capital. Through his consulting and entrepreneurial experience, he brings meaningful operational and strategic expertise that benefits the ambitious early- to late-stage firms supported by the fund. One of his key areas of focus will be advanced manufacturing. Before joining BDC Capital in 2020, Guillaume led small and large teams in various executive positions at start-ups and scale-ups such as SSENSE, Vention and Aevium (Lune Rouge). He was previously a principal at Real Ventures, investing in companies at the seed stage, and he spent four years at McKinsey & Company, advising large organizations on key strategic issues across a variety of industries, Guillaume started his career at Procter & Gamble in Toronto and also worked as a videogame producer in San Francisco for Take 2 Interactive. He is a board member for Montreal's Pour 3 Points, a charity that helps underprivileged youth learn life skills through sport. Guillaume holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in finance from Laval University.   On the show, we spoke about: His need for intellectual stimulation and innovation Getting into startup investing and lessons learned How startups and entrepreneurship help society Joining BDC Capital’s industrial innovation fund His three core sectors of focus The massive opportunity in hyper automation   Guillaume has already had an impressive career but I get this feeling that he’s only just started. He shared some great insights that I hope you find as useful as I did.   Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Aug 2020

34 min 2 sec

On this week’s show, we spoke with Patrick Gagné, Co-Founder @ Bonjour Startup Montreal With a focus on innovation and growth, Patrick brings 20 years of experience in general management, business strategy, product development, business development and team management. He contributed to the creation of 3 successful technology companies that transformed urban living in Montreal. He co-founded Bonjour Startup Montréal which is a non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate the creation, growth and visibility of Montreal startups in order to position the city among the top 20 most dynamic ecosystems in the world.   On the show, we spoke about: Making an impact on the startup ecosystem His three objectives for Bonjour Startup How we can increase productivity in Quebec The talent and capital gap The concept of a startup concierge   Patrick is gunning for the top spot in terms of appearances on the podcast. His second interview did not disappoint. His vision for helping the startup ecosystem is inspiring. I hope that you enjoy the conversation! Let us know what you think. What types of guests would like to see on the show? What topics interest you the most? Send me your thoughts at nectar@thepnr.com   Subscribe | iTunes | Google Play |Spotify | YouTube | Stitcher | Breaker

Jul 2020

42 min 9 sec