The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs

The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs chronicles the success and secrets of locally owned businesses and business owners. We are live with a new guest each show including local business owners and entrepreneurs who are making a difference, for the ‘Secret Life of Entrepreneurs.’

Join us to meet a new local business owner and hear their story of what makes them tick, what drives them to succeed and their role in growing a thriving business community.

If you are a local business owner, or entrepreneur, and would like to be a guest, please Contact us.

you worked hard for your success,
don’t keep it a secret!

Episode Guide

Episode #40 with Jodi Barrett, CEO of Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada

Episode #39 with Erin Kinder from Kinder Surprises Antiques

Episode #38 with Tanner Goetz from Munz Media

Episode #37 with Jessica McNaughton from memoryKPR

Episode #36 with Wendy Turner-Larsen from Turner Larsen Consulting

Episode #35 with Jill Poulton from Transformational Leadership

Episode #34 with Janci Templeman from Walker Wakefield

Episode #33 with Denise Anderson, Author, Divorce in a Small Town

Episode #32 with Anne Gibbons from Gibbons Travel Consulting

Episode #31 with Charlene SanJenko from PowHERhouse Media

Episode #30 with Dr. Vianne Timmons from the University of Regina

Episode #29 with Margaret Kisikaw-Piyesis, from All Nations Hope Network & YWCA Woman of Distinction

Episode 28 with Dr. Renatta Varma, Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon & YWCA Woman of Distinction

Episode 27 with Jo-Anne Dusel from PATHS & YWCA Woman of Distinction

Episode 26 with Dr. Emily Bamforth from Royal Saskatchewan Museum & YWCA Woman of Distinction

Episode 25 with Nigora Yulyakshieva from City of Regina & YWCA Woman of Distinction

Episode 24 with Pam Klein from Phoenix Group & Miriam Johnson from Saskatchewan Roughriders

Episode 23 with Gr. 5 & 6 Students from Argyle School

Episode 22 with Tiffany Wolf from Helium Communications

Episode 21 with Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm

Episode 20 with Charlene Oancia from Springer & Oake

Episode 19 with Dan Benesh from BarterPay Regina

Episode 18 with Prabha Mitchell from WESK

Episode 17 with Terrie Dunand from REMAX Crown Real Estate

Episode 16 with Kim Zacaruk from Stone’s Throw Coffee Collective

Episode 15 with Luke Rossmo from Luke Rossmo Music and Gareth Bawden from

Episode 14 with Kristen Hill from Kristen’s Cultures

Episode 13 with Cyndie Knorr from Cynergy Coaching

Episode 12 with Paul Burch from EchoLotto Inc.

Episode 11 with Rea Faber from Amaranth Designs

Episode 10 with Brandi Good from BLG Business Solutions

Episode 9 with Dr. Gina Grandy from Hill | Levene Schools of Business

Episode 8 with Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy and Shear Escape Salon and Spa.

Episode 7 with Michelle Strawford from Bella Chic Fashion & Decor and What Women Want

Episode 6 with Jordan McFarlen from  Conexus Business Incubator

Episode 5 with Cheryl Giambattista from Health Coach Cheryl

Episode 4 with Joanne Frederick from Prairie Centre for Mindfulness

Episode 3 with John Hopkins and Amanda Baker, Regina Chamber of Commerce

Episode 2 with Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective

Episode 1 with Sherry Knight from Dimension 11

Episode 40

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!!

Episode 39

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!

Stay tuned to learn Erin’s secrets!

Episode 38

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!

Episode 37

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!

Episode 36

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!

Episode 35

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. Image Tune in live, or check out the replay, but do not miss this episode! 

Episode 34

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. Tune in live now! Our next show is Nov 13 at 11:30 with Jill Poulton, coach, mentor, speaker and trainor. Mark your calendar now!

Episode 33

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

Episode 32

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:

Episode 31

Charlene SanJenko is the founder and energy behind PowHERhouse Media, a national leadership accelerator born in 2000 out of a desire to provide a clear, direct framework for a leader’s path.

Episode 31 is not available at this time.

Episode 28

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.

Episode 29

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.

Episode 30

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.

Episode 25

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.

Episode 26

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. 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.

Episode 27

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

Episode 22

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.

Episode 23

Well we took a walk on the wild side for this episode!

Tune in as we ask a Gr. 5 & 6 class what it means to be an entrepreneur and why someone becomes an entrepreneur. These students demonstrated great insight and fantastic spelling capabilities!

Check it all out here!

Episode 24

Today marks the kick off to a very special series on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!

Tune in for Women in Leadership as we profile the winners of the YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction and PowHERhouse Media speakers, Pam Klein from Phoenix Group and Miriam Johnson from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

These ladies blow me away! Check it out now!

Episode 19

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.

Episode 20

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.

Episode 21

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. Be sure to check out the whole episode, as Jeff offers a tasty bonus!

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.

Episode 16

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!

Episode 17

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 Re/Max Crown Real Estate 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, many years in the industry!

Episode 18

Many of you know and love our guest, Prabha Mitchell from WESK – Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. If you are an entrepreneur, you can be sure her name is familiar! Tune in to learn what drives her to work with one of the craziest, self-employed groups? What keeps her going in spite of some challenging times financially? Learn about makes this lady tick!

Episode 13

Join us 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.

Episode 14

Kristen Hill is the 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.

Episode 15

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!

Episode 10

Brandi Good, owner of BLG Business Solutions created a successful online business working with entrepreneurs who want to #getshitdone. She excels at creating processes and systems to efficiently master digital tasks with ease! Being successful online takes all sorts of secrets!

Episode 11

Rea Faber is the design inspiration behind Amaranth Designs, a local women’s fashion line of clothes for real women who want clothes that fit and flatter at the same time!

Episode 12

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.

Episode 7

In Episode 7, we chat with Michelle Strawford from Bella Chic Fashion & Decor and the What Women Want events. Starting with a photography business in the early days to an annual women’s event that draws 10’s of thousands of attendees, Michelle’s journey as an entrepreneur is pretty interesting!

Episode 8

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.

Episode 9

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.

Episode 4

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.

Episode 5

In Episode 5 we were so honoured to have Cheryl Giambattista join us to talk about her Simple Swaps program and the amazing success her clients are having! Learn more about Cheryl’s program here or get a free gift from her here!

Episode 6

In Episode 6, we caught up with Jordan McFarlen from the Conexus Business Incubator! With the clock quickly ticking down on the project, the first cohort will apply next month. The on-site, cohort style learning will accelerate participants growth and help move companies to market more quickly.

Episode 1

Listen in on Episode #1 to learn more about The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, why we’ve launched the show and all the exciting people you will meet. We will also discuss the ongoing changes in the marketing industry and talk about the number one tool to find ready to buy customers.

Episode 2

In Episode #2 we talk with Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective about her vision to create a productive space for small business owners where entrepreneurs can thrive, collaborate and succeed.

Episode 3

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.

*Due to technical difficulties, only the podcast is available.

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