Flagship Podcast

The Flagship Podcast brings you inside stories from the Canadian technology ecosystem. You’ll hear from founders, investors, builders and learn about their triumphs, hardships and hard earned lessons. You’ll learn about strategies and tactics and about the human side and what it takes to build a thriving technology company which will hopefully help you on your journey.
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May 6, 2024

I had the pleasure of hosting the Flagship podcast at last week’s CDL / NextAI Community Dinner. 

The first guest was Sarah Jenna, Managing Director @ QV Studio

We spoke about quantum computing and how Sherbrooke is rapidly becoming a global leader in the quantum.

Note - this convo was in French


The second guest was Raphael Steinman, Co-Founder & Co-CEO @ Maxa

Raphael shared some great insights into building & iterating products. He also spoke about how founders can support founders. 

Note - this convo was in English


Mar 19, 2024

J’ai eu la chance de parler avec Simon Pelletier et Gilles Duruflé de Réseau Capital. Ils ont publié un rapport très pertinent en novembre à propos de l'écosystème de capital de risque du Québec. 

L’objectif de cette étude était de comparer le dynamisme de l’écosystème d’investissement en capital de risque du Québec à ceux de l’Ontario et de la Colombie-Britannique afin d’identifier certaines forces et faiblesses et d’en tirer des pistes de recommandations. Le rapport a fait beaucoup de vagues dans l'écosystème et je vous invite à le consulter!


Feb 14, 2024

I had the pleasure of speaking with Andria Santos, Co-founder & CEO @ Fülhaus 

Fülhaus is an AI-powered interior design and furnishing company dedicated to improving performance of furnished real estate properties and hospitality business through good design. 


We spoke about: 

  • Building a solid interior design company over 10 years

  • The AI new product they launched with Ludwig and how it can empower interior designers globally

  • How Fülhaus is the first & best customer for Ludwig

  • The huge market opportunity ahead with their new AI

  • Entrepreneurial lessons after 10 years


Jan 30, 2024

Simon De Baene is the dreamer and visionary at the top of Workleap, which designs software used by over 15,000 organizations in 110 countries. Recognized as one of Quebec's largest SMEs, Workleap now has over 200 employees and is currently one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Early in his entrepreneurial journey, Simon realized that employee fulfillment was the key to success, and began building what would quickly become one of the most inspiring business cultures on the planet. Audacious and non-conformist by nature, he is more motivated than ever to challenge the status quo in the workplace.

We spoke about: 

  • Being obsessed in order to build a world-class product
  • How you need to be relentlessly determined to achieve a breakthrough
  • How competition has radically increased in software 
  • The global opportunity for Workleap
  • The market for employee experience and how it’s growing
Jan 5, 2024

Scott is a partner at Panache Ventures. Prior to joining Panache, Scott was the co-founder and CEO of (acquired in 2019), an InsurTech startup that leverages data and technology to take insurance renewals off of your to do list forever. Scott was also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Ferst Capital Partners, one of Canada’s pioneering FinTech venture capital funds. Scott writes and speaks about how technology, analytics, design and data impact the various components of the modern FinTech landscape. Scott is a business lawyer and holds a masters degree in business administration (MBA) from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management as well as civil and common law degrees from McGill’s Faculty of Law.


Dec 17, 2023

Originally from Montreal, business woman, creator and philanthropist, Vickie Joseph has been immersed in the world of fashion from a very young age. Today, as a happy mother of three children, the designer and businesswoman has been recognized for her projects on several occasions, including the multi million dollars she and her husband Frantz Saintellemy invested in the neighborhood of Saint Michel. Having created her clothing line in 2006, Vickie is a model of success. With determination and perseverance, she has succeeded in creating a company that broke into a very limited local market in Quebec, swept the country, and then spread internationally to create jobs for eager young women who would not otherwise have had the chance to work in such a niche sector

Nov 13, 2023

John is the Founder and Managing Partner of Maverix Private Equity, a private equity firm focused on technology-enabled growth and disruption investment strategies. As a firm run by entrepreneurs, funded by entrepreneurs, and for entrepreneurs, Maverix invests in health and wellness, financial services, transportation and logistics, live, work, play and learn, and retail. John chairs the Investment Committee, guides the strategy of the firm, is deeply involved with fundraising and sourcing and leading investment opportunities, particularly within the technology industry.  He led Maverix’s first investment in Viral Nation and sits on their board. 

John is also the Founder of OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. Over the course of his leadership as the CEO of OMERS Ventures, they invested over USD$500 million in over 40 disruptive technology companies across North America, including growth investments in Shopify, Xanadu, Wattpad, Wave, Hootsuite, Rover, Desire 2 Learn, Hopper, DuckDuckGo, TouchBistro and League. During his tenure at OMERS, John also formed OMERS Platform Investments, and as its Executive Managing Director, he formed OMERS Growth Equity and led investments in Purpose Financial, PointNorth Capital, District Ventures, OneEleven and ArcTern Ventures. John co-founded the Council of Canadian Innovators with Jim Balsillie, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-growth Canadian technology firms scale globally.


Oct 29, 2023

For the first episode, I could not think of two better people than my mighty partners at Amiral Ventures, Frederic Bastien and Dominic Becotte. We spoke about: 

  • Why we’re starting Amiral Ventures 

  • The funding gap in Canada and how we’re planning to address it

  • Our investment thesis centered around sustainable economic dynamism 

  • Why we believe that the Canadian tech ecosystem is just getting started