Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder & CEO of Startup Canada joins Jarrod Goldsmith to talk about founding the organization, Canadian entrepreneurs, networking, and community.
ABOUT Victoria Lennox:
An entrepreneur and executive leader with a track record of designing, building, and operationalizing ecosystems, clusters, networks, and organizations, Victoria Lennox has propelled Canada onto the global stage as an ‘Innovation Nation.’ As one of Canada’s leading proponents of entrepreneurship and innovation with deep relationships and ties across academia, industry, government and media reaching every industry vertical from Ai and Machine Learning to CleanTech and FinTech across Canada and the World, Victoria is a commensurate diplomat with the ability to lead, communicate and forge consensus in any environment.
Passionate about education, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to foster peace, hope, equality, and sustainability, Victoria possesses principal diplomacy and political acuity, creates and communicates a compelling vision, and inspires higher levels of achievement and impact of individuals and organizations alike. As a digital powerhouse, Victoria leverages technology and digital media to unite, grow and reinforce communities, ecosystems and organizations, launching robust digital programs and omnichannel campaigns.
Founded the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, Startup Canada, and the Startup Nations, scaling organizations from zero to 35 employees, working alongside 3,000 volunteers, raising more than $50M from private and public sector partners, and growing membership beyond 250,000 members.
First Canadian to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion at Buckingham Palace on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister.
Represented Canada on Governor General State Visits to Colombia, Chile, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank; APEC Summits in the Philippines and Vietnam, G8 Summits, UNDP Summits, and has led dedicated Innovation Tours across Mexico, India, Israel, Estonia, Lithuania and Helsinki to promote and forge ties to Canada’s innovation, startup, and scale-up ecosystems.
ABOUT Startup Canada:
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 250,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.
eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith. Jarrod is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is one of Ottawa’s best known entrepreneurs and founded Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble), Sax Appeal Productions (an agency for all live music in Ottawa and Gatineau providing live jazz music, classical music, Christmas and holiday music, cocktail music, or wedding music), eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); Ottawa’s largest entrepreneur networking community for small business, eXclusive eXperience and hosts both Ask the Fedora (a YouTube video series on entrepreneur networking for smallbiz) and the eSAX Podcast series.
This podcast was produced by Barking Monkey Studio.