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Secret Life

By Barb McGrath, #GoogleGirl
Welcome to the Secret Life podcast ~ a tell-all, share-the-goods show.

The Secret Life chronicles the success and secrets of local businesses, organizations and community leaders.

Join Barb McGrath #GoogleGirl, and her guests, to hear their story of what makes them tick, what drives them to succeed and their role in growing a thriving business community.

Remember, you worked hard for your success! Don't keep it a secret!
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Ep. 108 Shane Chapman from The Ultimate Deck Shop
Today's episode takes some crazy twists & turns as we talk everything from starting a business to building a team and buying a minivan. Shane Chapman is co-owner of The Ultimate Deck Shop in Regina & Saskatoon, a dad of four boys (say what?!) and a former corporate man turned planning whiz. If you're thinking of tackling an outdoor space, wanting to turn a tired and worn outdoor look into something spectacular, look no further. Shane and his team will help you turn your outdoor space into a backyard paradise! Listen in now as we talk building decks and teams; and buying the dreaded minivan.... Connect with Shane @ The Ultimate Deck Shop FB theultimatedeckshop IG theultimatedeckshop LI theultimatedeckshop Tw theultdeckshop YT theultimatedeckshop 🌐 Missed an episode? Catch up here:
September 06, 2022
Ep. 107 Dan Celis from Tommy's Speakeatery
Looking for a local pub with Saskatchewan flavours and a farm-to-table menu? Look no further than Tommy's Speakeatery! I can personally attest to their delicious menu, cold bevies and delightful staff. I just mayyyyy have spend a day or 12 on the patio at this local establishment. Tune in today as we learn more about this neighbourhood pub, one of its owners, Dan Celis, corporate sales guru turned restaurant owner, and the lengths they go to, to serve their customers. Connect with Dan @ Tommy's Speakeatery 🌐 Find them on Google Maps Missed an episode? Catch up here:
September 06, 2022
Ep. 106 Ann Corcoran - Dog Separation Anxiety Specialist
Continuing our series on our furry friends, 🐕 Ann Corcoran joins us today to talk about Dog Separation Anxiety. After over 2 years of having constant companionship, many of us are returning to the office, routine, activities and life. Our fur babies don't understand. 😟 They've had constant companionship and often extra attention as we did meetings from the couch and slept in a little later because no one knew if you still had your pajama pants on in a Zoom meeting. 🐶 Little wonder they expect to go everywhere and do everything; it's been their routine. As a pet parent, I can attest that if I don't have my walking shoes on bright and early, I will get woke up by a cold nose or a paw in the face ~ no sleeping in allowed here! 🐾 Tune in to learn about Dog Separation Anxiety, what is it and how to recognize it as well as what to do about it. Connect with Ann @ Ann Corcoran Separation Anxiety Specialist 📧 🌐 FB Missed an episode? Catch up here:
August 22, 2022
Ep. 105 with Louise Yates and Jennifer Berg discussing animal welfare and training
Are you a pet parent and animal lover who believes you would never surrender a pet? Have you heard the stories in the news about animal shelters and rescues being overwhelmed as pets are surrendered? Do you find yourself automatically blaming COVID? Assuming that these pets were surrendered because they no longer fit people's lifestyles? Tune in today to learn the rest of the story. COVID impacted so much more than the health of millions of people; it also impacted family units, living accomodations, finances and our support systems. When families are choosing between groceries and dog food or school supplies, gas and a necessary vet treatment, sometimes the choices are not so clear. For anyone who has lost a pet, surrendered a pet or made these impossible choices; it is heart-wrenching. Our guests today are Louise Yates, a former dog kennel owner and animal welfare volunteer as well as Jennifer Berg, accredited force-free dog trainer. To learn more about the supports in our community: Regina Humane Society Canine Action Project CC RezQs Saskatoon SPCA Podcasts: Julie Naismith Dogs That Pod to the Rescue Worry Less, Wag More Disorderly Dogs, Paws & Reward Pawdcast The Bitey End of the Dog Drinking from the Toilet To connect with Louise @ Living Sky Honey: Connect with Jennifer @ Oberhund Dog Services: Jenn's e-books can be purchased or downloaded here: Teach Your Dog How to Be Alone Pawsitively Purrfect, 4637 Rae St, Regina Ebooks can be purchased here: Teach Your Dog Manners Around Guests
August 09, 2022
Ep. 104 Jule Gilchrist from Cuppa'T Teas
Is it just me, or do you think about drinking tea when you have a sore throat? What about when you can feel a cold coming on? Tea is that warm, soothing drink that seems to help cure all that ails you. And our guest today is an expert on tea. Specialty teas. Jule Gilchrist LOVES tea! So much so, that she's owned a tea business for 16 years! Listening to her talk about teas, varieties, sources and some of the "additives" in teas gave me a whole new appreciation for consumables. (Might not be what you think!!) Grab a fresh cuppa tea and listen in on today's episode! Connect with Jule: 📧 🌐 FB IG Missed an episode? Catch up here:
July 25, 2022
Ep. 103 Annika Mang of TrailCollectiv
Today's guest is passionate about encouraging families to connect outdoors and has gained over 40,000 social media followers within the outdoor family travel space on her platform Born to be Adventurous. In June 2020, she self-published her first hiking guide "Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies" by funding the printing of the book through Kickstarter. She has worked as a highschool teacher, a writer, photographer, social media specialist and content creator for a variety of brands, and tourism boards. Annika Mang is the co-founder and CEO of TrailCollectiv, every families dream app to plan those summer activities! Connect with Annika on the trails around western Canada or connect with her online: 🌐 FB IG LI Missed an episode? Catch up here:
July 11, 2022
Ep. 102 Ronley Arnold from OSI-CAN
PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder impacts almost 10% of Canadians during their lifetime. Our guest today is not a statistic; Ronley Arnold was impacted by PTSD in the workplace. Join us to hear his story of recovery, the surprising places he found support and the disappointing trends that continue in mental health. If you, or someone you know, is impacted by PTSD, please contact the Canadian Mental Health Association, or, for Veterans and First Responders, contact OSI-CAN. Connect with OSI-CAN: 🌐 🌐 FB IG Tw LI Missed an episode? Catch up here:
June 28, 2022
Ep. 101 Susan Robertson of Susan Robertson Pottery
Today's guest has always been a little on the "artsy" side. Even in her youth, she was involved in art, dance and theater.  It wasn't until she moved to Outlook, Saskatchewan in 1983 that she found her passion. Playing in the mud! OK, not quite but playing with clay! As she will tell you, she doesn't go to "work" everyday, she goes to "play!" And with 250 vendors across Canada, she does a lot of playing..... Susan Robertson is the owner, player and chief maker at Susan Robertson Pottery and her Handmade Gallery. 🍵 Tune in to hear how her "retirement project" is going! 🤣 Connect with Susan @ Susan Robertson Pottery 📧 🌐 FB @susanrobertsonpottery/ IG @susanrobertsonpottery/ YT @susanrobertonpottery  ---- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
June 14, 2022
Ep. 100 Victor Roman of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation
You know all those "pretty pictures" and amazing designs you see on billboards, websites and in magazines? You can bet our guest today was instrumental behind more than a few of them. Victor Roman is the creative juice behind many of Saskatchewan's most infamous creative campaigns. Tune in to learn about his journey from the social work field to a thriving career in marketing and design. As a professional he values the balance of time with his young, growing family and working for an organization whose goals align with his. Connect with Victor @ South Saskatchewan Community Foundation 📧 🌐 YT @SouthSaskCommunityFoundation Tw @SouthSaskFDN LI @south-saskatchewan-community-foundation/about/ FB Missed an episode? Catch up here:
May 31, 2022
Ep. 99 Faith Alyssa Peter of Stressed Out Mamas Subscription Box [Discount Code!]
Moms come in all shapes, sizes and colours but what binds us together is our love for our kids and our commitment to doing everything we can for them. 👩🤰👩‍🚀 How about doing something for yourself, that will fill up your cup, to give MORE to your kids, family, spouse and/or partner? 💖 Enter the Stressed Out Mamas Subscription Box! 😀 [Enter code 'secret10' at checkout for 10% off!] Faith Alyssa Peter dreamed up the subscription box as she cared for 5 children at home; from 3-year old twin girls to a 13-year old bonus son, she has her hands full! And now she's added a thriving business to that list! Tune in to hear about her subscription box which includes everything from laundry soap to razors to her viral TikTok "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" video! 🤣 Any Dads out there looking for a gift that keeps on giving? This is the answer you've been looking for! This is mom / wife approved and available across Canada. Check it out today! Connect with Faith @ Stressed Out Mamas 📧 🌐 IG @stressedoutmamas/ FB @ --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
May 17, 2022
Ep. 96 Meg Casebolt from Love at First Search
Meg Casebolt is the founder of Love At First Search, an agency singularly devoted to helping online businesses get found in search results (like Google, YouTube & iTunes) & turn those new readers into leads, subscribers and sales. Meg’s clients are entrepreneurs who are too busy changing the world to worry about things like website conversion rates and search traffic … but still want their websites to get found on Google for their brilliance and those new readers into leads, subscribers and sales. Meg lives in Rochester, NY with her husband, 2 boys and 80lb pit bull. She has an insatiable appetite for s’mores, Broadway musicals and romance novels. Connect with Meg @ Love at First Search 📧 🌐 IG @loveatfirstsearch Tw @lovefirstsearch LI @megcasebolt --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
May 17, 2022
Ep. 98 Leah Mazur from Loop Digital
Curious to know if Facebook & Instagram Ads are still working? Or what targeting strategies a local business can use to attract more ready-to-buy customers? Today's episode answers that and more! Leah Mazur has been working in digital marketing for 11 years, 6 of which were solely focused on paid social media advertising. She worked as an analyst at Canada’s #1 Facebook advertiser analyzing millions of ad spend and as the Senior Director of Paid Social at a large Toronto-based advertising firm. She got bit by the entrepreneurial bug in 2017, and started Loop Digital, to get clients the results they needed from their advertising spend. Connect with Leah @ Loop Digital 📧 🌐 IG @adswithleah Tw @adswithleah LI @leahmazur --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
May 17, 2022
Ep. 97 Carmen Johanson and Kimberley Baldwin from PayTrail
Today's guests are solving a $121 million dollar problem. A problem we all have and contribute to. Each year the amount of paper receipts used in Canada are the equivalent of 130 000 trees. That's enough to wrap around the earth 100x just with receipts from Canada in that year. Can you imagine 15.1 billion receipts? Environmental engineers by training, Kim Baldwin & Carmen Johanson saw a huge problem with the receipt waste, costs involved and customer tracking of those receipts. But they didn't stop at the problem. They also have the solution! PayTrail - an electronic receipt tracking tool for customers to get out of receipt jail for free, pass go on all the scraps of paper laying around put the power back into the customers' hands on how they want to track their retail purchases. To learn more about PayTrail or install the app, visit: Facebook Instagram Linkedin Twitter Website --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 24, 2022
Ep.94 Wilson Acton, serial entrepreneur and 4 x tech founder
On today's episode we are joined by Wilson Acton. Wilson is a builder.  A people builder. An organization builder and a community builder. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur and 4x tech start-up founder, Wilson has an extensive background in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, venture building and multi-generational experience in agriculture. Wilson is also actively involved in the community through his roles on multiple advisory and community boards, including KidSport Calgary and Alberta IoT (Internet of Things). Want to connect with Wilson: Email: LinkedIn: Twitter: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 15, 2022
Ep. 95 Karen Kobussen from CanBall Games, Alexandria Professional Canadian Prairies and Sugar Spa YXE
Our guest today was born an entrepreneur. But didn't realize it until she was 45 years old when she took the leap and bought a failing business in an industry she knew nothing about and turned it around into a profitable venture with her daughter as her partner. Since that time, Karen Kobussen has started 3 other businesses, with failures and mistakes just as common as the wins and successes, which has made for a wild roller coaster ride on her entrepreneurial journey! It was also during this time that she realized a family member had a serious substance use problem, and she became a vocal advocate for evidence based resources that support families to move from helplessness and hopelessness, to understanding and empathy through kindness, compassion and science. Through sheer determination, a handful of 'ignorant bliss' and a massive amount of willpower and fortitude, Karen creates opportunity in every moment, and tackles her life and business challenges head on... with both the wins and losses contributing to her personal growth and her humble nature. Connect with Karen at... Email: Website: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 14, 2022
Ep. 93 Carla Browne of Real Property Management
Today's guest is the first mogul to join the show; a real estate mogul! Carla Browne is the President of Real Property Management Canada, a Canadian company providing rental, building & tenant management and marketing services. This lady knows the ins and outs of real estate, investment, ownership and the rental market from having spent the last 20 years in the day-to-day, hands-on world. But that's not where her story ends - it's where it all began! Not only is she one of the top 100 influencers in the future of Canadian real estate.  She has vision; she has passion. And she excels as a leader who strives to see others succeed. Want to connect with Carla: Email: Website: or Facebook: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 14, 2022
Ep. 92 Donna Ziegler | South Saskatchewan Community Foundation
Donna leads the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation team as its Executive Director.  She understands the importance of stewarding relationships between donors and charities and the importance of philanthropy in building community. Donna holds a Master of Communications from Royal Roads University, and is a Associate Certified Coach. She's worked in the charitable and non-profit sectors, and served as an elected school board member for two decades.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, International Association of Business Communicators, and the International Coach Federation. She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren and she enjoys taking her furry friends, a labradoodle and maltese poodle, on daily walks. Want to catch up with the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation: Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter - Youtube - Website - --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
January 16, 2022
Ep. 91 Scott Love from Store to Door Canada
Scott Love is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for local and a knack for business. He started his first business when he was 18 and spent the next number of years in the franchise & food space. His franchises included well known names like Subway, Panago Pizza and Starbucks. No task is too small for this entrepreneur; he decided his next gig would be taking on the likes of Amazon at the local level with Store to Door. Let's hear how it's going! Connect with Scott @ Store to Door Facebook: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
December 17, 2021
Ep. 90 Mark Heise, President of Rebellion Brewing
Tune in to learn more about Mark Heise, President of Rebellion Brewing, a local craft brewer in western Canada. Rebellion Brewing's tagline, "Be a rebel; drink great beer" says everything you need to know about the brewery and their product. It's just damn good beer from seasonal hops to gluten-free lentil options and a traditional pilsner. Imagine sitting on your coach one Saturday night, likely after a few too many wobbly pops, and deciding to take on the national brewers. The big guys. With big budgets. That's exactly what Mark and his partners did; take on the big guys. A few years later, Mark can look back with a silly grin and say, 'yup, we did it.' Rebellion Brewing jumped into the marketplace at a time when craft brewing was attracting customers in droves. And that's just the beginning of their story. Suffice to say western Canada has a lot of rebels. Connect with Mark @ Rebellion Brewing Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
December 07, 2021
Ep. 89 Brendan McGuire of Affinity Credit Union
Have you ever wondered how to select a financial institution for business banking? Or what factors are most important to consider? Coming up on the next 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 of the 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐬 we'll be chatting with Brendan McGuire from Affinity Credit Union! 👀 Maybe you're curious about what the benefits of working with a credit union are? Or what questions should a business owner ask, before setting up accounts and financing? Stay tuned, we'll be discussing all the ins and outs of banking with a Credit Union on today's episode.  Connect with Brendan @ Affinity Credit Union Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
November 17, 2021
Ep. 88 Tyler Clark of Prairie Benefits Solutions
Coming up on today's LIVE episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs we're talking all things employee benefits. Ever wonder about the advantages of providing a benefit plan to your employees are? How important is it to provide a benefits plan as a small business and how much will it cost? The fact is benefits plans come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be tailored to suit each business and their current needs. It's a hot topic and one that tends to be full of misinterpretations and assumptions, but we're ready to dive in. Join us with special guest Tyler Clark from Prairie Benefits Solutions as we navigate the murky waters of employee benefits plans and insurance coverage. Connect with Tyler @ Prairie Benefits Facebook: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
October 21, 2021
Ep. 87 Craig Reed of Virtus Group
It's time for Ep. 87 of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with special guest Craig Reed from Virtus Group! 🎙️ Craig is a partner with Virtus Group and provides accounting, tax, and business advisory services for his many entrepreneurial clients across a variety of industries. We'll be answering ALL of your 🔥 BURNING 🔥 accounting related questions (I know you have a lot of them 😉)! So join us as we take deep dive into the world of a senior Chartered Professional Accountant and what his role looks like as a Business Advisor. Connect with Craig @ Virtus Group Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
October 20, 2021
Ep 86 Daria Malin of Boost Strategic Coaching
Have you ever wondered HOW to create a recognizable brand in a sea of noise? And, more importantly, HOW do you build & maintain your brand. Brand is so much more than a few colours and a logo. How does a local business, on a shoestring budget, build a local brand that is relatable and engaging? HOW do local businesses create the systems, processes, templates to build a brand that everyone can follow and buy into? Daria talks about the importance of branding for local businesses and provides some concrete steps you can take for your business. Connect with Daria @ Boost Strategic Coaching Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
October 20, 2021
Ep. 85 Bill Thorn from the Regina Humane Society
Ever thought about adopting a pet? 🐶🐱 Maybe you've had to make the difficult decision to surrender your beloved four legged friend. Whatever the case, our guest today can help answer our toughest feline and canine questions.  We're talking to Bill Thorn, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Regina Humane Society. He's here to help us navigate the murky waters of pet adoption and surrender. Connect with Bill @ Regina Humane Society Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn: Missed an episode? Catch up here:
September 30, 2021
Ep. 84 John Vuong of Local SEO Search Inc.
Tune in to learn the in's and out's and do's and don'ts of SEO for local businesses! Interested in learning more about SEO? Check out Need a hand with local SEO? and are your go-to experts! Connect with John at Local SEO Search Inc.
September 09, 2021
Ep. 83 Linda Boryski of Saskatoon PhysioYoga
Tune in to meet Linda Boryski from Saskatoon PhysioYoga! Saskatoon PhysioYoga is the ONLY fully integrated physiotherapy and medical yoga therapy studio. (Am I the only one who had no idea medical yoga was a thing??) Listen in as this lady learns me up on what medical yoga is and how her clinic is using a holistic approach to helping their clients heal. Registration is now open for their classes online or in-person, so check it out! Find them on Facebook Instagram
August 25, 2021
Ep. 82 Tracey Poffenroth Prato of RAD Talk with Tracey
On today's LIVE episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs we have Tracey Poffenroth Prato from RAD Talk with Tracey. RAD Talk with Tracey is about creating a better life for every parent raising a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Tracey's mission is to provide RAD parents a place to be supported and heal. Through her own life experiences and struggles with RAD, she has developed a trauma-informed coaching program with one-of-a-kind support, designed specifically for RAD parents. You won't want to miss this episode! Catch us LIVE today @ 10 AM CST right here on our Facebook page Above the Fold Digital Marketing! Connect with Tracey @ RAD Talk with Tracey Facebook: Instagram:
August 19, 2021
Ep. 81 Janet Kotylak, 2021 YWCA Woman of Distinction Community Action Award
Today's guest exemplifies community action and volunteerism.  Janet Kotylak is the winner of the 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Community Action Award.  Since 1997, she's been a School Board Trustee, listening to the voices of parents around her division.  A partner on a family farm, mother, entrepreneur and community activist, Janet has much to say about the state of education in our province.  Tune in to learn more!
June 23, 2021
Ep. 80 Your Ultimate Guide to Local SEO
Welcome to Your Ultimate Guide to Get Found with Local SEO, a special episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs and a #GrowLocal episode. Tune in to meet our customers, Skittles and Eva, who teach us about their journey to purchase - from search to shopping. Skittles, a discerning Boston Terrier, wants his pet parent to shop local and select convenience. While Eva, a particular customer who is comfortable with tech and research, prefers to shop local but needs to find competitively priced products. Learn how Local SEO influences their purchase decisions and how local businesses can find more ready-to-buy customers, like Skittles and Eva. If you are a local business owner and would like to learn more, visit
June 15, 2021
Ep. 79 Jennifer Fox of Auto Electric Service
Even though she remembers Family Christmas Parties in the training room today’s guest Jennifer Fox never expected she would one day work at and be a shareholder of Auto Electric Service.    Jennifer Fox is the Corporate Development & Marketing Manager for Saskatchewan owned and operated Auto Electric Service and is proud to be involved in a mainly male-dominated industry. She is using her history of the business and her fresh new perspective to help drive business improvements and advancements for Auto Electric Service while outstretching her reach to the Automotive Aftermarket throughout North America.  Jennifer works every day to show her daughter Maycee and other girls like her that “Girls can be bosses too.   Connect with Jennifer @ Auto Electric Service Facebook: LinkedIn:
May 19, 2021
Ep. 78 Susan Robertson & Janet Akre of the River and Rail ArtVenture
The River & Rail ArtVenture is a self-guided driving tour where you can explore a fascinating corner of Saskatchewan while visiting many of the creative artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs who call this region home. This is a unique opportunity to explore and engage with fascinating folks working in a variety of creative endeavours: painting, jewellery, glass, sculpture, fabric art, pottery, music, writing, metalwork, and agribusiness. Today's guests are the driving force behind River and Rail. Susan Robertson: The beautiful pottery of internationally recognized ceramic artist Susan Robertson has been making people smile for over 35 years. Her goal is to connect with people, providing them with a sense of belonging. Susan creates pottery that reminds them of a happy time or place, helping them to connect with family, friends, and the world around them.  She believes that everyone should live with art they love, and she designs her work to be truly lovely and useful. Her pottery reflects her love of colour and sense of humour and is inspired by nature and her surroundings.  Susan sells her functional and decorative pottery through select stores across Canada and the United States. All of Susan’s work is made of stoneware clay.  It is food safe and can be used in the oven and microwave.  Clean-up is a breeze; just pop it in the dishwasher. Janet Akre: Retired from teaching, Janet now has time to pursue her love of art.  Janet paints landscapes with a particular focus on the sky. A secondary focus has been prairie birds with a soft-focus background but she is always ready for a challenge or special request. Over the past six years, Janet has led paint nights, individual painting lessons and acrylic pour parties, helping students of all ages to explore their creative side. Connect with Janet and Susan @ River & Rail Facebook: Instagram:
May 13, 2021
Ep. 77 Karen Smith from the Saskatchewan Better Business Bureau
Hold onto your seats folks, we've got an exciting episode for you.  Today's guest is Karen Smith, CEO at Better Business Bureau serving Saskatchewan, and woman of many hats.  Karen is a busy person indeed.  In addition to her role as CEO at BBB Sask, she currently serves as Board Member of the Regina Community Clinic, Access Communications Co-operative, is on the Saskatchewan Advisory Board of the Institute for Corporate Directors and on the board of the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program.   As if that wasn't enough, Karen is also a member of the Leaders Council at the Hill & Levene Schools of business, University of Regina. Tune in to learn more about this fascinating and inspiring leader!   Connect with Karen @ Better Business Bureau Twitter: LinkedIn:
May 12, 2021
Ep. 76 Julie Naismith of Subthreshold Training
Pet Parent to Pet Trainer.... Pet Trainer to Local Business Owner.... Local Business Owner to global entrepreneur...   Today's guest, Julie Naismith, hails from across the pond and came to Canada for "adventure." She got a little more than she bargained for when she chose 2020 to launch her online business.  While many entrepreneurs pulled back during the pandemic, Julie forged ahead and says, she'd do it all over again.  Tune in to learn about her journey from authorship, to being a trainer and now an entrepreneur who sees mistakes and failure as a sign that success is on the horizon.   Connect with Julie @ SubThreshold Training Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn:
April 12, 2021
Ep. 75 Josh Haugerud of the Regina Folk Festival
Imagine starting a new job just in time to cancel a 50 year tradition?  That's what Josh Haugerud needed to do in 2020 when COVID hit.  The Regina Folk Festival expected to celebrate their 50th year with a line-up of exciting & talented performers. Instead, they, like so many community events, were put on pause.  Tune in to learn more about the 35,000 event attendees, 650 volunteers and countless musicians who are being impacted by covid.  If you ever needed a reason to mask-up, stay home and achieve covid zero, this episode brings it home. Find the Regina Folk Festival here: 
April 06, 2021
Ep. 74 Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote of Black Fox Farm & Distillery
This afternoon's guest has a firm belief in quality. Saskatchewan-made and distilled quality. Black Fox Farm and Distillery is Saskatchewan's premier, farm-based micro-distillery, located minutes from Saskatoon. Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote is one of the co-owners of the locally-owned and locally-produced line of gin, whiskey and liqueurs; distributing their spirits around the world. Today's episode may inspire you to take your beverages to a whole new level! Connect with Barb: Facebook: @BlackFoxFarmandDistillery Instagram: @blackfox_farm Twitter: @blackfoxspirits LinkedIn: @barb-stefanyshyn-cote-7a9ba546
March 03, 2021
Ep. 73 Cory Furman of Furman IP Law & Strategy
I don't know about you, but when I think of a local business, I don't often think about lawyers.  And our guest today reaffirmed my thinking; Cory Furman is a homegrown, local guy with a law firm and client-base that extends around the world.  He's the first to tell the lawyer jokes and the last to leave the party (maybe the first to arrive as well?).  But his subject matter is anything but boring legal stuff.  He's in the business of helping businesses protect their intellectual property, trademarks, copyright and patents.  Got an idea? He's the guy you talk to first!   Connect with Cory @ Furman IP Twitter:
February 03, 2021
Ep. 72 Tracy Archer of Knight Archer Insurance
Today's guest is a business leader, a strong family advocate, and a role model for her girls. Nothing makes her more proud than to be there for her kids.    Tracy Archer is the President & CEO of a Knight Archer Insurance. A 40-year-old family business created in the basement of her parent's house. All these years later, this follow-in-her-mom's-steps entrepreneur is a confident, successful, down-to-earth leader.   Tune in to learn her secrets and find out how she "does it all!"   Connect with Tracy @ Knight Archer Insurance Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn:
February 03, 2021
Ep. 71 Tim Nickel of Fifth Business Consulting
Our guest today has a very special skill.  A mediator and conciliator at heart, Tim Nickel is the owner/operator of Fifth Business Consulting. From mediating family disputes to facilitating the development of business strategy, Tim has a knack for helping others achieve win-win solutions. A vision we can all support, he aims to create a more ethical, resilient, and highly developed global civilization. No one will accuse him of being short-sighted! Connect with Tim @ Fifth Business Consulting Facebook: LinkedIn:
January 06, 2021
Ep. 70 Taylor Weisgerber of Spartan Mechanical Services
I’m excited to introduce you to today’s guest!  A graduate of Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan, he started off as a plumbing apprentice.   But he had an idea, a passion, and a willingness to approach business differently.  Taylor Weisgerber took it upon himself to start doing things differently. The founder of Spartan Mechanical, he approaches business, life, and his customers with friendliness, outgoingness, and a straight-talking approach that his customers have come to know, like, and trust. Connect with Taylor @ Spartna Mechanical Facebook: LinkedIn:
January 06, 2021
Ep. 69 Lisa McIntyre of The Optical Shoppe
Today's guest has a very "clear" view of our community and her future as an entrepreneur!    Growing up, Lisa was part of a family-owned business. Sunday dinners, holidays and after school were spent talking about business.  Her family volunteered often; visiting virtually any venue that was hosting an event or fundraiser. This gave her a sense of what it means to give back and be part of something bigger.   Today, Lisa McIntyre is the owner/operator of The Optical Shoppe. A 37-year business she purchased in 2019 from the original family. A businesswoman by trade, she saw the opportunity to purchase the local business as both a means to support the community and a path to success for herself and the business.    Being a business owner in her hometown of Regina means everything to her.   So, when the opportunity came to own The Optical Shoppe she jumped in with both feet! It is the perfect marriage of her love for fashion, business, and professional expertise.  At The Optical Shoppe, it's their mission to cultivate personal confidence by ensuring you are looking and seeing your best. Lisa and her team of specialists are always ready to help you find the best frame & lens combo to fit your lifestyle.  Tune in as she talks about business ownership, leaving the family business and building her legacy.    Connect with Lisa @ The Optical Shop Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
December 03, 2020
Ep. 68 Santa Clause
Wow are we in for a treat today!!   Today's guest joins us all the way from the North Pole!!!   Fresh out of the workshop, he's left the Elves to tend to the last minute details. This is a very busy time of year for the jolly ol man.  He and the Missus are working noon so with all the Elves to make Christmas a magical time of year!   Tune in to learn about the business end of being Santa, how he manages a global business from a remote location, and who to expect to see on the naughty list!!   Connect with Santa @ The North Pole Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0
December 03, 2020
Ep. 67 Kait Waugh of Fat Plant Farm
Coming up today on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, our guest shares her story of turning a lifelong love into a thriving business. Fat Plant Farm started as an Instagram following built on passion and an authentic appreciation for the value of "green" in our lives. Whether you need a splash of green in the living room window facing north, or an entire wall of green in the south-facing window, Fat Plant Farm can advise on the healthiest and hardiest indoor plants for your home. Tune in as she tries to turn my black thumb green! Connect with Kait @ Fat Plant Farm Facebook: Instagram:
November 05, 2020
Ep. 66 Natasha Vandenhurk of Three Farmers Foods
Today's guest is the CEO and co-Founder of Three Farmers Foods; a Canadian brand that provides healthy, wholesome plant-based snacks. (And I can say from personal experience, they are delish!) Natasha Vandenhurk, her sister, and her dad bring flavours and an approach to our pantries and our palette that are literally popping! Imagine, a Red Seal Chef is helping prepare your Friday Night snack! How ya like them chickpeas? Tune in to learn more about this Saskatchewan success story, their journey to your pantry, and the different ways you can add them to your family's menu. Connect with Natasha @ Three Farmers Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
November 05, 2020
Ep. 65 Dianne Beauchamp from Puroclean
Today's guest is no stranger to clean up, messes, and spills with 3 kids and a busy business.  When Dianne Beauchamp and her husband, Greg Stephanson, were on the hunt for the right business, they stumbled upon Puroclean, an international network of disaster restoration services.   They officially opened their doors 2 weeks after the world shut down due to COVID-19 and in hindsight she says, they'd do it again.  Dianne meets people at their worst moments and she prides herself on serving her customers to the full extent possible. Making friends when families are devastated.  Tune in for today's episode!   Connect with Dianne @ Puroclean Regina  Facebook:
October 13, 2020
Ep. 64 Adele Buettner of AgriBiz Communications
As the Chief Inspiration Officer (aka President/Owner) of a boutique communications and management firm in Saskatoon, SK, Adele works closely with clients in the agriculture and food communities to meet their individual needs in the areas of communications, public relations, marketing, event planning, and office and association management. She loves connecting with like-minded thinkers and promoting her love of food and farming. Connect with Adele:
October 08, 2020
Ep. 63 Mary Weimer from Conexus Credit Union
Coming up on Ep. 63 of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs we have Mary Weimer of Conexus Credit Union. Mary was born and raised in Regina. A University of Regina graduate, she and her husband, Jeremy, have owned the Assiniboia Gallery since 1999. In 2013, Mary took leave from the day-to-day operations of the gallery and joined Hillberg & Berk as its Chief Operating Officer. In July 2018, she joined Conexus Credit Union as its Chief Member Experience Officer. As Chief Member Experience Officer at Conexus, Mary will lead the design of the future-focused member experience for the organization as well as lead Financial Wellness and the Cultivator – Canada’s first credit union led business incubator. Mary has been involved in several non-profit organizations over the years as a volunteer board member and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan and a Director on the board for Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. She was recently appointed to the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on Women Entrepreneurship. --- Connect with Mary: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
October 07, 2020
Ep. 62 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Winter Fedyk of Silo Strategy
Today's guest left the corporate world to purse a political dream. She spoke confidently and articulated her vision for our country and our home. In pursuing her dream she discovered she had a talent for bringing people together, creating a shared vision in people, systems and organizations.   She brings that passion to her work with Silo Strategy; S - I - L - O. Tune in to learn what SILO means (not what you think) and learn more about this fantastic lady who is remarkably passionate about her work.   Connect with Winter @ Silo Strategy Instagram:  
September 24, 2020
Ep. 61 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Heather Day from C.S. Day Transport
Heather is passionate about the trucking industry and is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) and for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).   Before transitioning to her current role, Heather earned degrees in Music and Education and enjoyed a seven-year teaching career in London, England where she led the Music Departments of both inner city and large suburban high schools.   Upon returning to Canada to become involved in the family business, Heather advanced her education in finance, human resources, business administration, and obtained her commercial 1A driver’s licence.   Heather is also the proud mom of two young daughters and, when not at work, provides a marvellous taxi and snack service to and from daycare, ballet, soccer, swimming, figure skating, and music lessons.
August 20, 2020
Ep. 60 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Amber Goodwyn, 91.3FM CJTR Regina Community Radio
Amber Goodwyn is the acting Executive Director at 91.3FM, CJTR Regina Community Radio on Treaty 4 land / in Regina, SK. Before moving to Regina in 2012 she was the Music Coordinator and Music Librarian at CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal, as well as a volunteer host.    She’s a new member of the Swamp Fest music festival Board of Directors and has previously served on the boards of Girls Rock Regina and Holophon Audio Arts. She has also served on various juries for music and arts funding and has written about music and the arts as a freelancer for Prairie Dog Magazine, Broken Pencil and other publications.    In her art life she’s a multidisciplinary artist with active performance, film and video, writing and music practices. Currently she plays music in her experimental synth pop solo project Natural Sympathies and in the duo Dialtone, and used to play in the Montreal bands Cobra & Vulture and Nightwood.
August 06, 2020
Ep. 59 Cari Bode, YWCA of Regina, Women of Distinction Nominee 2020
Cari ran her first half marathon in 2005, and her first full marathon just one year later in 2006. Since then, she has been committed to training early nearly every morning, and to eating healthy to fuel her body through these workouts.  Despite her long-time commitment to her physical health, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the end of 2018. Due to a radical hysterectomy to remove most of the tumor, followed by six months of chemotherapy, she was bedridden and unable to run. After being placed in remission in July of 2019, she immediately reached out to her running coach to slowly return to training. On Sunday February 9th, 2020, she ran her first half marathon since beating cancer.
June 19, 2020
Ep. 58 Donna-Rae Crooks, YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee 2020
Donna Crooks' personal vision is to make a difference in the lives of others through her work and in her life. She is the Founder & Chief at Brain Snacks Co, a platform business with a mission to help close the gender gap by supporting women with core services, like study and workspace, supervised play for children, networking, career coaching, and professional development.    Donna's career accelerated early. Despite her success, she found she lost ground in her career when she started her family. When she returned to work from her first two maternity leaves, her position was gone both times.   Donna began to focus on the necessity for women to have choices, financial freedom, autonomy and capacity to weather adversity. Thinking of this problem, she began to wonder how she could diversify her own career and financial stability while designing a business that would help women be successful in managing all the demands of work and family.   Thus, the idea for Brain Snacks Co was born.  The Brain Snacks Co experience is all about choices for women from all walks of life, mothers and careerists, women on maternity leave, Indigenous women, women of colour, newcomers, and members of our LGBTQ+ communities.   Even the food is inclusive, offering choices for vegan and gluten-free customers as well. Men are most welcome too!   Connect with Donna @ Brain Snacks Co Facebook: Instagram:
June 17, 2020
Ep. 57 Michelle Godecki, Nominee, YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction 2020
Michelle is a passionate teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Regina. When one of her twin sons was born Deaf she began classes in American Sign Language (ASL). She fell in love with the language and the community; she has been an invaluable advocate and mentor to Saskatchewan’s Deaf community ever since.  She is an administrative team member and former vice-president of Deaf Crows Collective, a Deaf Theatre troupe. She is involved with the development and execution of performances and Art installations that connect the Deaf and Hearing worlds. She volunteers her time interpreting, and manages the media relations of the troupe. She is current vice-president of Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.  She organizes events for Deaf youth and their families such as a 2014 Signing Time Concert and Parent Workshop and the annual DHH children’s Christmas Party.
June 17, 2020
Ep. 56 Sarah Tkachuk, Nominee, YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction 2020
Sarah is the leader of KPMG's Tax Services practice in Regina. Throughout the past 21 years, Sarah has specialized in helping owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs as their business adviser. Working closely with her clients, Sarah provides insight to help them grow their business, minimize tax and meet their organizational objectives. She is dedicated to assisting family owned and operated businesses to effectively deal with their unique management challenges. Her goal is to help guide family businesses in their day-to-day operations with a focus on the continuity of the family business.  In addition to her work at KPMG, Sarah is very active in her community. She has been involved in a number of organizations in the past, including the Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs group in Regina, as well as served on several Boards, such as the Boards of SaskFilm, the Regina chapter of the Family Enterprise Exchange (FEX),  and with the Regina Women's Network as their Vice-President of Programming. She is currently involved with the Martin Family Initiative and sits on the board of Synchro Regina.  She is also the Chair of the Regina Chamber of Commerce. 
June 17, 2020
Ep. 55 Dr. Sharon Leibel, Nominee YWCA Women of Distinction 2020
Sharon Leibel is a family physician and Child Abuse Consultant in Regina.  A Saskatchewan girl through and through, Saskatchewan is where she completed all of her university and medical training! Despite her humble nature, Sharon has been recognized for her accomplishments through multiple awards and scholarships and graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 1983.   Her training and experience in the field of Child Abuse spans more than 30 years and she has been instrumental in creating the first and only Child Maltreatment Team in Saskatchewan.   Sharon has been the medical forensic examiner in over 1000 child abuse cases and spent more than 100,000 hours on call for the Child abuse Team.   She has trained and mentored over 20 team members and hundreds of physicians in training, police officers, social workers, nurses, court prosecutors and judges. Sharon actively engages these team members through ongoing educational sessions and committee work.   Although this work is very difficult, she is able to continue day in and day out with a positive attitude and never lose her humanity.  Sharon is an advocate and innovator who tirelessly shares her knowledge and passion for children in need.
June 17, 2020
Ep. 54 Doug Yaremko, Paddock Wood Brewery
Mmmmm, a tall cold one on the patio. Now that's a summer day in Saskatchewan.  Today's guest is going to talk about the 4 simple ingredients that make Paddock Wood beer a fan favourite. Paddock Wood is Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery and Canada’s indie beer.  They pride themselves on a unique flavour and refreshing taste. Their pure brews can be found bottled and on-tap in some of the finest independent establishments and beer stores in Canada. You can also stop by the brewery to pick up your own case (or two). We call Saskatchewan home and strive to support local music festivals, artist openings and anything “indie” because well, they hope you will support them. ---
June 16, 2020
Ep. 53 Madhu Kumar, Nominee, YWCA of Regina, Women of Distinction 2020
Madhu Kumar was born and raised in India where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. Kumar earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina with Great Distinction in 2017.   Her oil portraits, paintings of horses, and landscapes have been in juried exhibitions in Ottawa and Regina.  Her current work is an ongoing series of large-scale paintings on the experience of immigrant women in Canada, and she is involved in David Garneau’s Edmonton based Tawatina Bridge art project.   Madhu has exhibited her work in over thirty solo and group exhibits.   When asked about her artistic practice, she talks about the power of storytelling to connect and empower us.  When she collaborates with the women who are portrayed in her work, she holds dearly to the values of creating a safe space and solidarity.  It is her hope that the stories will illuminate women’s capabilities, imagination and resilience.   Connect with Madhu Kumar   Facebook:  Instagram:  CBC Documentary: Madhu Kumar's stories of immigrant women
June 16, 2020
Ep. 52 Eric Oelson from Mortise & Tenon Store
Eco Friendly. Environmentally Friendly. Natural Products. Zero Waste. Minimalism. These are just a few of the words used to describe todays' guests' business.    Mortise & Tenon Store, started like many, but continues to evolve based on customer feedback like too few businesses. Expect to hear & see fantastic things from this business in the future.   Connect with Eric and the Team @ Mortise & Tenon   Facebook:  Instagram:
June 03, 2020
Ep. 51 Kim Korven from The Gentle Way Divorce
Imagine a better way. A gentle way through family conflict or divorce.  Today's guest left her thriving law practice to create a better way for families to heal, move through conflict and remain whole.  Kim Korven is the Principal of The Gentle Way Divorce; a culmination of her life's work.  Every family has some level of conflict. Consider talking with Kim if you feel there could be better options for your family.   Connect with Kim @ The Gentle Way Divorce Facebook: Facebook Group: Instagram: LinkedIn:
May 27, 2020
Ep. 50 Erin Vaughn of Kinetic Auto Service Ltd
It's time to meet today's guest!   Erin Vaughan is owner/operator/head mechanic/chief marketer and lead tail wagger at Kinetic Auto Service. She and her team whip up delight on a daily basis for customers with vehicle pick up and delivery, scheduling ease and service information you can count on. They're a new breed in the auto service industry and they're shaking things up ~ in the consumer's favour.  WHAT?! Tell me more! Well tune in, 'cause here we go! ---  Connect with Erin @ Kinetic Auto Service Facebook: Instagram:
May 20, 2020
Ep. 49 Lisa Brice of Brice Photography
And here we go for another episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today’s guest has a keen eye, steady hand and patience galore for her target audience!  In this digital age, we often forget to preserve and take them off our phones.  Our guest today is Lisa Brice from Brice Photography. She fell into pet photography and when she discovered she had a great ability to work with animals.   Tune in to hear about some of her crazy moments capturing these little ones.
May 13, 2020
Ep. 48 Colleen Strauch from Luther College at the U of R
Luther College at the U of R is a federated college on the U of R campus. All U of R & Sask Polytech students can live in The Student Village or apply to be a Luther College student. Luther College students graduate with a U of R degree. If your future scholar needs residence, or you'd like to learn more about small class sizes and improved success rates, tune in to today's show! --- Connect with Colleen @ Luther College Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle Secret Life of Entrepreneurs Above the Fold Barb Dion McGrath
May 07, 2020
Ep. 47 Doug Pattison with Pattison Health
Feel a twinge? An ounce of prevention as they say… Our guest today is an expert in prevention; Dr. Doug Pattison is a chiropractor, health nut and speaker on the care and maintenance of your back. Tune in as he shares his insights and tips to stay healthy as a slave to the laptop. --- Connect with Doug @ Pattison Health Facebook: Instagram: Twitter --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle Secret Life of Entrepreneurs Above the Fold Barb Dion McGrath
April 29, 2020
Ep. 46 Erika Gayle from Erika Gayle Photography
Turn on your imagination station, today we are talking boudoir! :) For every woman, or man, who's ever dreamed about, or tried to muster the courage, to create boudoir photos, this episode will inspire you. (True confession. I was once offered pics but declined because I was too chicken and didn't think I was in “good enough” shape. In hindsight, I was rockin' it!) Erika Gayle will talk about how her clients find the courage to bare it (almost) it all, the impact of covid on her business and the creative ways she is still taking pictures. --- Connect with Erika @ Erika Gayle Photography Facebook: Facebook Group: Instagram: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle
April 22, 2020
Ep. 45 Carly Patryluck from House of Paws Pet Boutique
As much as I love talking to local business owners, there is ONE thing I love even more! And that's talking to a local business owner about my dog! We are self-proclaimed pet parents and today's guest is going to set me straight on a few things!   Carly Patryluk is the owner of House of Paws Pet Boutique. Not just another pet store, Carly knows more about dog nutrition than most vets. If you want your pet to enjoy a longer, higher quality life, tune in for this episode!    If you are a local business owner, and would like to be profiled on the show, please contact us. This is not an exclusive, by invite-only show; we rely on local business owners who are willing to share their story.    Let's get our bark on!   ---   Connect with Carly @ House of Paws Pet Boutique  Instagram Facebook YouTube
April 12, 2020
Ep. 44 Erin Caleval from Erin & Associates Insurance
Surprised to hear us back again so soon? :) During isolation and social distancing, the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs will be produced weekly. If you are a local business owner, and would like to be profiled on the show, please contact us. This is not an exclusive, by invite-only show; we rely on local business owners who are willing to share their story. Today's guest is Erin Caleval from Erin & Associates, a Co-operators office here in Regina. Erin and her team are changing the face of insurance; they're making it comfortable (think “not insurance-y”) and they're making it personal (imagine getting to know your broker by name). --- Connect with Erin Facebook
April 08, 2020
Ep. 43 Jess Tiefenbach from Stay n Play Parenting and Nikki Jacquin from Nikki's Portraits of Childhood
Woo Hoo, we're back! These last couple weeks have been challenging for everyone; new norms, social rules to stay safe and a stronger sense of community (not seen often enough). So…., drum roll please! Today's “welcome back” episode is double the delight with two back to back episodes. In the first half of today's episode, Jess Tiefenbach, from Stay n Play Parenting joins me to talk about her experience working with families, teaching baby sign language and supporting parents throughout their parenting journey. Connect with Jess www.staynplayparenting,com Facebook: Email: Our next guest is a life-long artist, creator, teacher and grandma. This time is especially hard for her, as she hasn't been able to meet her newest grandchild. Stay tuned as Nikki Jacquin talks to us about the value art has brought to her life and her secrets to grow her business and share her passion with a broader audience. As a non-artist (I can do a pretty mean stick lady), I was blown away by her portrait work. She is offering free classes during isolation for kids and families alike. Check out her work, and if art is not in your budget right now, consider a free class or sharing some love by liking her on Facebook or Instagram. Connect with Nikki Http:// Facebook Http:// Http:// Instagram Http:// Twitter and Pinterest @nikkisportraits Subscribe Email:
April 01, 2020
Ep. 42 Nadene Joy from Nadene Joy
We have a very exciting guest coming up on today's episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs. Nadene Joy is the CEO, Executive Leadership and Development Consultant and 5-star Amazon Author behind her namesake.   She is the author of the self-help book “Uncover your Purpose, Heal and Share Your Gifts With the World”. She is an accomplished life and business coach with a God-given gift for increasing hope and fostering greater abundance, healing, and purpose in individuals all around the world.   There will be plenty to learn from this accomplished and driven entrepreneur, you won't want to miss it.   1Stay tuned because here we go!
March 09, 2020
Ep. 41 Richard Arockiasamy and Sanjana Kumta from GreenMache
And here we go! Welcome Richard Arockiasamy and Sanjana Kumta of GreenMaché! Richard and Sanjana are two of four friends who started GreenMaché because they are deeply concerned about the growing amounts of waste being generated today. With all four working full-time corporate jobs, they witness the use of disposable tableware, which is harmful to the environment and is hazardous to your health. Having grown up in southern India, the concept of eating out of Areca Palm Leaf tableware was quite familiar to them - a simple yet very effective alternative to conventional disposable materials. A little research in, GreenMaché was founded to fix the problem. They are determined to encourage the use of these natural plates in as many avenues possible; letting nature help itself! This is sure to be a fantastic episode, one you don't want to miss! --- Connect with Richard & Sanjana --- 91.3 FM CJTR --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 19, 2020
Ep. 40 Jodi Barrett from Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada
On this episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, we welcome Jodi Barrett, a kettlebell of energy and the CEO of Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada. Check out her offer below. ⬇️⬇️   Jodi, a full-time mom who lived for her children, discovered she needed to search for something for herself. With a degree in physical activity studies, Jodi knew she would be coming back to embrace her love of fitness and wellness.   She finished various trainer certifications and began to work almost exclusively with kettlebells, realizing that good kettlebell education and programming in Canada was scarce and not systematized.   That journey took her to complete her KBIA-master Level Certification, start her classes in Canada and create a real KB Canada community.   Check out KBK's website for the scoop on 'KB Live' and mention this episode to receive a free 15 minute Skype session direct with Jodi to help you get started!!  Let's get going!!
February 12, 2020
Ep. 39 Erin Kinder from Kinder Surprises Antiques
Today's guest turned a huge 100 year old hip roof barn and outbuildings into an amazing antiques shop! Winner of the 2018 Tourism of Saskatchewan Awards of Excellence, Erin Kinder is the inspiration behind Kinder Surprises Antiques. Take a drive out to Davidson and discover all they have to offer. The converted barn, outbuildings and yards provides a huge selection of antiques - all clean & beautifully displayed. Make a trip to the country and explore all she has to offer! Coming up on our next show, Jodi Barrett, a kettlebell of energy, is the CEO of Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada. Can't wait! Stay tuned to learn Erin's secrets! --- Kinder Surprises Antiques Instagram: Website: Kinder Surprises Antiques
January 24, 2020
Ep. 38 Tanner Goetz from Munz Media
Love what you do, and you'll never work another day in your life.  Our guest's story begins in 2011, when he started “Next Level Media” to create content for Saskatchewan sports organizations and small businesses.  In the years that followed, Tanner Goetz, saw a high demand for quality social media material, and he worked tirelessly toward his aspirations of creating a leading content creation agency.  In 2017, Tanner dove heart-first into his current endeavor to bring businesses to life through video & photo. Once a one-man band, Munz Media's audacious leader now heads up a full-scale multimedia collective, trusted by some of Saskatchewan’s biggest brands.   Thank YOU for joining us Tanner!
January 08, 2020
Ep. 37 Jessica McNaughton from memoryKPR
Ooooo, it's my favourite day of the week!   My guest today is Jessica McNaughton, High-Performance Coach and Founder of memoryKPR.   Stay tuned to learn about her endeavours into entrepreneurialism, working in a startup and building a tech organization.  This energetic woman will have you dreaming “what if"…   Stay tuned for a great episode today!
December 20, 2019
Ep. 36 Wendy Turner-Larsen from Turner-Larsen Consulting
Welcome to another Wednesday episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs! Today is our 36th episode! Wow, time flies!   My guest today, Wendy Turner-Larsen, joins us to talk about "connection," its importance as a leader and something we all can use more of!  Wendy is a certified leadership coach with the International Coaches Federation and she conducts a variety of workshops for women and leaders alike.  Stick around to learn her secrets about being a stronger leader and connecting with your people and peeps.  Wendy's working on a new book, to be released Spring 2020. Sign up here to get early release details!
November 27, 2019
Ep. 35 Jill Poulton from Transformational Leadership
Today's guest needs no introduction!  She is a cheerleader, mentor, adviser, leader, coach and friend.  Jill Poulton joins us today to talk Juntos, history and her real connection to Benjamin Franklin.   Tune in live, or check out the replay, but do not miss this episode!   And don't miss our next episode, when Wendy Turner-Larsen joins us to talk about "connection." Something we all can use more of!
November 13, 2019
Ep. 34 Janci Templeman from Walker Wakefield
If you're on the prairies, today feels a little too much like winter. Our guest today will warm your heart and your soul with her real estate secrets of turning run down properties into beautiful family homes.   Janci Templeman is the President of Walker Wakefield, a real estate investment firm in Regina.   Our next show is Nov 13 at 11:30 with Jill Poulton, coach, mentor, speaker and trainor. Mark your calendar now!
October 30, 2019
Ep. 33 Denise Anderson, Author, Divorce in a Small Town
Today's guest is a bundle of energy, wisdom and heart! Please welcome Denise Anderson to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!   Denise is an author, speaker, coach and cheerleader of all. Her new book, Divorce in a Small Town starts to address the politics of small towns, workplaces and social norms that traditionally allow us to talk about others. Kudos to Denise for tackling a very personal and real issue.   If you'd like to receive a free copy of Denise's book, check out her website
October 16, 2019
Ep. 32 Anne Gibbons from Gibbons Travel Consulting
Wow, and here we go!  Our guest today is Anne Gibbons, owner of Gibbons Travel Consulting.   Anne will talk about the pitfalls of online booking and planning your own travel. Anne's business is a concierge travel service planning trips corporately and personally; around the world.  We've all been there; trying to book a trip and unsure about the accommodations or flights.  Let this lady ensure your travel is flawless!  As an added bonus, our viewers can download Anne's FREE Saskatchewan Flight Guide - everything you need to know, when Anne plans your next trip. You can find it here:
October 02, 2019
Ep. 31 Charlene Sanjenko from PowHERhouse Media
If you don't know this beautiful lady, you need to! The Western Canada Leadership Accelerator takes place in Regina Sept 25-27 and members of her team will join us to give us the latest details on the events. Check it all out here and register now! Join us for this last episode in our series, Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs.
September 18, 2019
Ep. 30 Dr. Vianne Timmons from the University of Regina
This Italian Catholic woman is a trailblazer from Northern Labrador, steadfast on her family relationships and a strong advocate for the #MeToo movement.   Tune in today for the final episode of Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs as the YWCA of Regina's Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Vianne Timmons joins us to talk about the impact of this award.     Dr. Timmons is U of R’s first female president and vice-chancellor, serving in those roles for the past 10 years. Born into a coal-mining family in Northern Labrador, she completed her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Calgary in 1993. She has hosted the Inspiring Leadership Forum, an event that explores the power of women’s leadership, since 2010.   A lifelong learner, leader, mentor and advocate for women, Dr. Timmons will join us to talk about this award and the context of such an achievement in an already prestigious career.
September 04, 2019
Ep. 29 Margaret Kisikaw-Piyesis from All Nations Hope Network
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs and our ongoing series, Women in Leadership!   Our guest today is a recipient of the 2019 YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction. Margaret Kisikaw-Piyesis, CEO of All Nations Hope Network has been instrumental in reviving and restoring the traditional teachings of Indigenous culture to build a stronger and more resilient community.    Since 1988, Margaret has worked to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting Indigenous peoples across Saskatchewan.
August 21, 2019
Ep. 28 Dr. Renatta Varma, Opthamologist
Dr. Renatta Varma, our guest today for Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, is the first and only woman vitreo-retinal surgeon in Saskatchewan and one of only four female vitreo-retinal surgeons in Canada.   Her episode will be anything but dry-eye'd; you will be amazed by her passion for building community and learning where she invests her time.
August 07, 2019
Ep. 27 Jo-Anne Dusel from PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services)
Welcome to Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today's guest, Jo-Anne Dusel, Executive Director of PATHS brought me to tears when she revealed the incidence of intimate abuse in our province.   We can do better. We must do better.   Jo-Anne is also the winner of the 2019 Award for Social Justice with the YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction.   Please tune in and share her passion.   If you, or someone you know, needs support for intimate partner violence, please contact
July 24, 2019
Ep. 26 Dr. Emily Bamforth, Paleontologist
Dr. Emily Bamforth joins us today on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs in our series, Women in Leadership, to talk about her secrets of success and how she has enjoyed the "thrill of the dig" since early childhood.    The winner of the 2019 Award for Science with the YWCA of Regina, Emily has long had a passion for science and encouraging more women to pursue STEM careers.  Emily is a paleontologist with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where she works primarily out of the T.Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, SK.  During research for her masters degree, Bamforth discovered and named three new fossil species. While completing fieldwork in Grasslands National Park for her PhD, she collected and catalogued more than 14,000 fossils.
July 10, 2019
Ep. 25 Nigora Yulyakshieva from the City of Regina
Welcome to an exciting episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today is our second episode in the Women in Leadership series and our guest today is Nigora Yulyakshieva.  Nigora was the winner of the YWCA of Regina's Women of Distinction Award for Mentorship.  A political refugee, Nigora arrived in Regina in 1999 with her husband and two small children, seven months pregnant and not knowing any English.  She had an engineering degree in Uzbekistan, but was told she may never work in her field in Canada. She enrolled at SIAST to study Canadian engineering, then obtained her bachelor of science in industrial and civil engineering in 2002 and professional engineering status one year later.  She currently serves as the City of Regina’s manager of roadway preservation.
June 26, 2019
Ep. 24 Pam Klein from Phoenix Group and Miriam Johnson from the Sask Roughriders
Join us for the first in our series, Women in Leadership, when Pam Klein from Phoenix Group will join me with Miriam Johnson from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, to talk about their role in the Powherhouse Media Group, Media and Manifestation to Mobilize Women western Canada Accelerator happening in September 2019.
June 12, 2019
Ep. 23 Gr 5 & 6 Students Talking About Entrepreneurship
On today's episode, I went off-roading with a class of Gr. 5 & 6 students to learn what they think about entrepreneurialism; what it is; why someone becomes an entrepreneur and what their future endeavours might look like.   Tune in for this extra special episode with a group of really great students. They impressed me with their knowledge, confidence, insights and spelling abilities!
May 29, 2019
Ep. 22 Tiffany Wolf from Helium Communications
So looking forward to this week's guest on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!   Tiffany Wolf from Helium Communications joins me to talk #ladyballs, communication success and the biggest FAIL ever (not hers).    She also shares her insider tips on communication for local business and offers up a sweet deal exclusively for audience members.    Do. Not. Miss. This.
May 15, 2019
Ep. 21 Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  We are live on location at Queen City Collective, Regina's gathering space, with Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm.  Jeff's story will amaze you as he shares his insights to reconnecting with the land, raising chickens and producing honey and vegetables.    Many thanks to Queen City Collective, for use of their space and a nudge to each of you, if you have not checked out their co-working space, pop in, grab a coffee from the cafe and take a look around.
May 01, 2019
Ep. 20 Charlene Oancia from Springer & Oake
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Many people are becoming more aware of what they put 'ON' and 'IN' their body.   As the saying goes, you only have one body, treat it well. And our guest today will tell us all about her decision to create a natural bath & body products company that is succeeding out of the gate!    Charlene Oancia joins us to talk about Springer & Oake, a local business providing natural products. If you'd like to check out the delicious line of products, visit or find them in NorthGate Mall.   And don't miss our next show when Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm will join us.
April 17, 2019
Ep. 19 Dan Benesh from BarterPay Regina
Ever heard of BarterPay Regina? If you have, you're sure to be smiling right now, thinking "love these guys!" If not, be sure to stay tuned for our show with Dan Benesh, to talk all things barter.   As a member, I can tell you these guys are great! They've helped make numerous connections for business owners in Regina and are helping to build a thriving local business economy.
April 03, 2019
Ep. 18 Prabha Mitchell from WESK
Many of you know our guest today, Prabha Mitchell, CEO of WESK - Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.  If you are an entrepreneur, you can be sure her name is familiar!  Listen in as she talks about what drives her to work with one of the craziest and hardest working groups of self-employed. What keeps her going in spite of some challenging times financially?    Learn about what makes this lady tick in our show today!
March 20, 2019
Ep. 17 Terrie Dunand from Re/Max Crown Realty
Our guest today will change it up a bit. Spring is almost always a busy time in real estate but the last couple years have seen some deep declines.  Tune in as Terrie Dunand from Queen City Homes talks about the markets, things to consider if you are buying or selling and shares just a little of what she knows from her many years in the industry!
March 06, 2019
Ep. 16 Kim Zacaruk from Stone's Throw Coffee Collective
Coffee anyone? Stone's Throw Coffee Collective is a community favourite as a long standing coffee establishment.  Kim Zacaruk joins us to talk coffee, coffee house ownership and a behind the scenes look at the thriving coffee culture in Regina. Kim's story will connect with many, as she left the corporate world for greener, more rewarding pastures.   Entrepreneurship has not disappointed!
February 20, 2019
Ep. 15 Luke Rossmo and Gareth Bawden, Musicians and Entrepreneurs
Our guests today, yes that's plural, are easy on the eyes and easy on the ears. We had an extra special treat with Luke Rossmo and Gareth Bawden, who not only talked about their entrepreneurial journey, they also shared their music with us.   Luke is a musician, personal trainer and, little known secret, accomplished chess player.  Gareth is a musician, videographer, graphic designer and accomplished Dad (of three girls I believe!!).   Thank you both for joining us!  And 2 weeks from today, Kim Zacaruk from Stones Throw Coffee Collective will share her journey; one I know many of you will relate to!
February 06, 2019
Ep. 14 Kristen Hill from Kristen's Cultures & Joy Filled Face Painting
Our guest today is Kristen Hill, owner and sole proprietor of Kristen's Cultures, a local fermented foods creator and distributor.   If you are not familiar with the health benefits of fermented foods, or even if you are, be sure to tune in and learn all about the amazing health benefits of these super foods.    Oh and PS, Kristen has two businesses. Tune in to learn more!
January 24, 2019
Ep. 13 Cyndie Knorr from Cynergy Coaching
Join us Wednesday, January 9 for our first show of 2019 with Cyndie Knorr from Cynergy Coaching. Cyndie is a high performance coach who will help you turn excuses and acceptance into action and forward momentum.  Cyndie will talk about "why" we tend to accept 2nd best and "what" to do about it! Tune in to learn about her coaching and personal challenges that will have you thinking, and seeing, your life from a new perspective.   P.S. The bunny ears are courtesy Facebook with no explanation as to why!
January 23, 2019
Ep. 12 Paul Burch from Echo Lotto
We have a very special guest on the show today - meet Paul Burch from Echo Lotto, a Canadian company changing the way charities sell tickets for raffles during events. Using smart-phone technology, this company aims to raise more money through raffles with less effort.  
December 12, 2018
Ep. 11 Rea Faber from Amaranth Designs
Today's show will warm you up on this icy and chilly Wednesday as Rea Faber joins us to talk fashion (she's a designer), fitness (she runs marathons), parenting (2 boys!!) and managing a successful business.
November 28, 2018
Ep. 10 Brandi Good from BLG Business Solutions
Well today's show is a long time in the making. Brandi and I first talked about her joining me for an episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs when we could still sit outside to enjoy a beverage! But here she is, ready to reveal all her secrets!!   Brandi Good started BLG Business Solutions over 6 years ago and since that time she's create a successful online and offline business that rivals some of the big names many of us know. Amy Porterfield. Gary Vaynerchuk. Marie Forleo.
November 14, 2018
Ep. 9 Dr. Gina Grandy from the Hill | Levene Schools at URegina
Join us to hear from Dr. Gina Grandy from the Paul J. Hill School of Business | Levene Gsb to learn more about the schools' role in building young entrepreneurs and their partnership with Powherhouse Media Group, Media and Manifestation to Mobilize Women.
October 31, 2018
Ep. 8 Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy & Shear Escape
Ep. 8 with Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy and Shear Escape Salon and Spa Today's guest is a powerhouse on the Regina entrepreneurial scene. She started her first business as a young teen and has never looked back! Candyce Fiessel is a business owner, a rock star leader, a visionary and mentor who cares deeply about her team and her community.
October 17, 2018
Ep. 7 Michelle Strawford from Belle Chic and What Women Want
Today's guest, on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, needs very little introduction.  Michelle Strawford is owner operator of Bella Chic Fashion & Décor and manager of the What Women Want events in Regina and Moose Jaw.
October 03, 2018
Ep. 6 Jordan McFarlen from Conexus Credit Union / Cultivator
In today's episode we'll talk with Jordan McFarlen from the Conexus Business Incubator about the project launch, the 24 Hour Startup Event and the long term benefits to our province.
September 19, 2018
Ep. 5 Cheryl Giambattista from Health Coach Cheryl
Today's guest is Health Coach Cheryl, founder of the Simple Swaps program. Cheryl is a busy mom with six children, a new grandbaby and a hubby who travels. I think she really does do it all!
September 05, 2018
Ep. 4 Joanne Frederick from Prairie Centre for Mindfulness
In Episode #4 we had the great pleasure to hear from Joanne Frederick, a Registered Psychologist and teacher of mindfulness. Joanne owns Prairie Centre for Mindfulness in Regina and works with both private individuals as well as corporations to assist in their mindfulness learnings.
August 22, 2018
Ep. 3 John Hopkins & Amanda Baker, Regina Chamber of Commerce
In Episode #3 we had the great pleasure of meeting John Hopkins, Executive Director and Amanda Baker, Membership Coordinator from the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce to discuss the challenges facing local businesses and the Chamber’s role in supporting economic growth in our community.
August 15, 2018
Ep. 2 Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective
Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective joins us to discuss the co-working trend and the supports available for solopreneurs and freelancers who are tired of the coffee shop life.
July 25, 2018
Ep. 1 Barb McGrath from Above the Fold
Tune in as we talk marketing, pets, local business and WHY the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs! Remember, you worked hard for your success, don't keep it a secret! Bye for now!
July 11, 2018
Prequel with Barb McGrath from Above the Fold
Before the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, there was a guest appearance on another radio show. This TOTALLY hooked me on talking to others about their business, their insider secrets and what the heck kept them going in the face of crazy obstacles. Join me as I chat with entrepreneurs from around the world about their businesses!
September 28, 2017