Interviews and insights with Ottawa entrepreneurs.


On this episode of the Ottawa Entrepreneurs Podcast, Pat hosts Heidi McLaren, Owner of Wanderlust Scarves.

Heidi shares how her two businesses work together and how even in an early age she had the desire to run her own business.

Wanderlust Scarves was inspired by Heidi’s love of travel and my desire to make beautiful scarves available to everyone. Based in Ottawa, Wanderlust offers a unique selection of luxurious, yet affordable scarves. Inspired by Heidi’s travels, each scarf is chosen for its particular colour, design and style.

To learn more about Wanderlust Scarves, visit their website here.


On this episode of the Ottawa Entrepreneurs Podcast, Pat hosts Sam Arseneau, Founder & CEO of SupportMyMac.

Sam shares how he started his business right out of university 14 years ago. He also shares the many valuable lessons he’s learned along the way.

SupportMyMac deals with your tech problems so you don’t have to. It’s difficult to get reliable network planning and support for Macs. So in 2006, while Sam Arseneau was still a student at the University of Ottawa, his uncle asked him to plan and install a Mac network at his pharmacy. In the beginning, they worked largely with residential clients all over the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Through their excellent results and references, they began expanding their client base more towards businesses. In 2015 they won Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies Award from the Ottawa Business Journal. Today, the company has grown to provide a wide range of IT support for a variety of industries. SupportMyMac delivers Drama-Free IT for Canadian companies and government.

To learn more about SupportMyMac, visit their website here.


On this episode of the Ottawa Entrepreneurs Podcast, Pat hosts Mike McNaught, Co-Founder of RVezy.

If the name RVezy sounds familiar, it’s because they made an appearance on Dragon’s Den a few years back. Mike also shares the lessons he’s learned along his entrepreneurial journey.

RVezy is a peer to peer market place bringing together RV enthusiasts who are looking for the perfect RV road trip or to gain an extra source of income. They believe we should all have the chance to see and experience Canada the right way and at a reasonable price. They are building a community of knowledgeable RVers with a passion for the outdoors and adventure while creating incredible memories with family and friends. The shared experience of hitting the road in an amazing RV is by far the best way to see this beautiful country – whether it’s with friends, family or your loved one.

To learn more about RVezy, visit their website here.


On this episode of the Ottawa Entrepreneurs Podcast, Pat hosts Paul Lem, Founder and CEO of Spartan Bioscience.

Paul Shares the lessons he’s learned along his 13 year entrepreneurial journey. He shares his lesson about everything from HR, Marketing, to sales.

Spartan is bringing complete sample-to-result DNA testing systems to medicine. Spartan’s technology fully integrates DNA collection, extraction and analysis, with an intuitive interface that is easy to operate. For the first time, healthcare providers and their patients can get DNA results on demand. In the same way that mainframe computers gave way to personal computers, high-throughput DNA testing systems in central labs are giving way to non-batch devices. Stop waiting days to weeks—get results on demand with Spartan.

Watch the highlights here.

To learn more about Spartan Bioscience, visit their website here.


On this episode of the Ottawa Entrepreneurs Podcast, Pat hosts Pat Fleming, Owner of Fleming Fitness.

Pat is a ex-athlete having played in the CFL. Pat shares the story of how he grew his business from just himself to a team of 22 people.

Fleming Fitness is a mobile Kinesiology/Personal Training company servicing Eastern Ontario. Their Registered Ottawa Kinesiologists and Certified Fitness Trainers have experience working with a variety of clientele from healthy to severely injured and to the elderly. Their Kanata Personal Fitness Trainers provide active and post rehab exercise therapy in the comfort of your home. Sessions are one on one for an hour using different types of equipment (therabands, medicine balls, DB’s, body weight, foam rollers, yoga balls, etc). Most injuries they deal with are complex and some are catastrophic (e.g. complicated fractures to concussions and traumatic brain injuries). Fleming Fitness provides services in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

Watch the highlights here.

To learn more about Fleming Fitness, visit their website here.