The Canadian Side Hustle And Business Podcast

Irenia Roussel

Bring your business idea to life and gain strategic knowledge to build your Side Project/Business one brick at a time. In this podcast you will learn what you need to stay in the long game because building a business is not for the faint hearted. Say yes to new adventures.

Managing Expectations In The Travel Industry w/Guest Gabriella Merrit
26-05-2021
Managing Expectations In The Travel Industry w/Guest Gabriella Merrit
Happy to be in conversation with a long time friend and fabulous leader, Gabriella Merritt living and enjoying Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With sixteen years in Corporate, Gabriella’s journey is one of grit, hard work and perserverance to get into the Travel Industry. She has over thirteen years experience managing diverse teams and has grown through the ranks of Corporate at SellOffVacations.com. She is very goal oriented, passionate about marketing, travel and very curious about the world.  In her downtime, she  enjoys hanging out with her daughter, exercising and painting art work. In this episode Gabriella and I had a hilariously reunion since we go way back to her first arrival in Canada. We had a great convo about her career journey from Ecuador to Canada; how mentors have impacted her career trajectory in the Travel industry, some of her triumphs moving up in Corporate; managing and motivating teams and all that jazz that make life so exciting! Enjoy this episode. To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
Building Synergy In Life and Business w/Guest Brooke Gordon
30-03-2021
Building Synergy In Life and Business w/Guest Brooke Gordon
In conversation with the dynamic Brooke Gordon beaming in from Ontario, Canada. She wears multiple hats and is very passionate about supporting women. She is a Senior Advisor for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur Strategy, where she connects women business owners with people and programs to grow and scale their business. Brooke is committed to ensuring women thrive through every step of their business journey with the help of dedicated partner organizations and regional hubs across the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is a Personal Trainer and Health Coach as well as a fellow Podcaster of the show called “More Than Good Food.” Her mission is to support women in their personal and professional growth from a foundation of health. She is also a passionate volunteer with the Soroptimist International, Live Your Dream Award and Dream It Be It programs, supporting education and career mentorship for women and girls.  In this episode she shares her journey and career pivots which lead her to her current Mid-Level position. Brooke Gordon Free resource ~BDC Maturity Assessment Tool: this episode! To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
Be Ambitious With Your Canadian Side Hustle Business w/Guest Emiliano Introcaso
29-03-2021
Be Ambitious With Your Canadian Side Hustle Business w/Guest Emiliano Introcaso
In conversation with dynamic Emiliano Introcaso, Entrepreneur and International Business Advisor beaming in from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has more than two decades of experience working with manufacturers and exporters looking to increase their global growth by providing them with support and guidance in all things export. Emiliano's strategy not only focuses on navigating companies through the complexities of global supply chains, but also in the small details that can make or break an international trade transaction.  He is an International Business Advisor at Export Development Canada (EDC), a Crown Agency of the Government of Canada.  He also has multiple Canadian Side Hustle Businesses including being a Professor at Seneca College teaching International Business and Supply Chain Management; Landlord and Tax Specialist.  Emiliano takes great pride in helping all his clients including close friends and family members with their Finances since money management is so important at any stage of life. He is very passionate about helping his clients to budget and figure out their personal finances so that they can be financially independent and live a life where they worry less about money and are able to concentrate on the important things in life.  With his varied interests in business and life, Emiliano's ambitious mission is to help change the world for the better, one person at the time. Enjoy this episode! To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
Why is finding the right talent important for any business today? w/Guest Alvin Meledath
26-03-2021
Why is finding the right talent important for any business today? w/Guest Alvin Meledath
In conversation with Alvin Meledath is a recent International Grad from Vancouver Island University based out of Victoria Canada previously with Bell Canada and Royal Bank. Presently Alvin serves in Tech Client Experience At Softchoice & CX at Wonsulting. Passionate to help others find opportunities and support Alvin co-created Customer Buds to uplift the next generation of client focused professionals and provide them with mentorship and access. . . In this episode we discussed his journey from India to Canada; the importance of mentorship and nurturing the development human capital. We talked about the need to access great talent in Canada and across the Globe. In addition, we talked about how young talent, that is, university graduates have a limited view into to the true nature of the varied entry level Sales roles whether it be In-Bound Sales, Out-Bound Sales; Business Data Analytics; and/or Customer Success to name a few and what his company is doing to bridge that gap.  We also talked about some of the things which he does to help him stay grounded and all that jazz in life that make things exciting.  Enjoy this episode! To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
Why is it important to have legal literacy built in your business? w/Guest Corinne Boudreau
20-03-2021
Why is it important to have legal literacy built in your business? w/Guest Corinne Boudreau
In conversation with Corinne Boudreau who wears many hats including Entrepreneur, Instructor, and Legal Guide. Corinne pivoted from Corporate Law into entrepreneurship in 2012 and has never looked back. What started as a 40-hour in-person legal course developed for small business owners has now also turned into guided legal templates for Canadians doing business online. Corinne has a knack for making things practical and easy to implement.  Being a Lawyer since 2002 has given her perspective and experience to boil things down to the essentials. Corinne is originally from Cape Breton Island and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her spouse, Martin, two teenagers Enya and Owen and new rescue pup, Kiwi.Corinne's motto is "Work Hard. Have Fun. Give Back." In this episode we discussed her big career pivots and having options for growth in multiple pathways; the importance of increasing legal literacy in an organization at a very early stage; as well as building community and serving orders through music and all that jazz that makes her life so exciting. Enjoy this episode! To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
Good Money Management For Life and Business w/Guest Jennifer Leger
08-03-2021
Good Money Management For Life and Business w/Guest Jennifer Leger
In conversation a dynamic leader, Jennifer Leger, beaming in from Moncton New Brunswick. She is Co-Founder of QUBER who is empowering women to gain financial Independence through good money management. QUBER is an app designed to guide and maintain people on their money saving journey, and specifically to build the habit of saving money. It takes a gamified approach to help people be more mindful about spending and intentional about saving. QUBER uses the same behavioural science used to make us buy, to motivate saving. It offers a community of like-minded individuals, gamification and rewards along the way to make it easy for users to regain control of their personal finances and achieve goals.  Jennifer is a thought leader with over 15 years combined experience in leading-edge technology for the gaming, health, and finance industries. Her industry experience, vast network of industry and academic experts, along with her keen interest in behavioural economics and customer experience has helped shape the design and development of the QUBER platform. In this episode Jennifer shared how she came up with the idea to start the business; the importance of being user centric as you grow and scale your start-up; and why it is necessary to have financial literacy from a very early age.  Enjoy this episode! To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, visit the website: to book your spot and come into the spotlight. You can also send me a voice message via my Anchor by Spotify Channel.  Your feedback is very important to me, so remember to follow,  rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message:
BDTV - Meaningful Mentorship w/Irenia Roussel
05-03-2021
BDTV - Meaningful Mentorship w/Irenia Roussel
In this episode of Breaking Down The Vibes (BDTV), I am sharing with you my take on the meaningful mentorship and diversity  and the importance of having mentors to grow and scale your Canadian Side Hustle Business.  This episode was inspired by my first appearance on a clubhouse panel held on March 1st. You can read more about this experience on my blog as well here:   .  .  Every week, we will bring you some key tactical business insights to help you grow and scale your Canadian Side Hustle Business. Feel free to send in a direct message with your feedback or leave a voice message on anchor.  Your feedback is important to us because this is how we can make this even more relevant as we build this platform for you!   Connect with me on social media: Instagram: www.ireniaroussel.org  The Podcast hashtag: #canadasidehustlebusiness. To have your questions and stories featured in future episodes, please send us a message at with your thoughts or send us a voice message on our Anchor Channel. Remember to follow, rate and review this podcast on Apple and Stitcher Podcasts.  Please do share it with a friend who will benefit from this knowledge gained since we want to share this knowledge across Canada and around the world. Find your new vibes in our new super normal. We hope you find your new vibes in this new super normal in 2021! All interviews are conducted remotely by host, Irenia Roussel.  The Canadian Side Hustle & Business Podcast was produced by Irenia Roussel including all branding, social media and artwork. --- Send in a voice message: