Olivia Maeder

Ep 86. Greg Bay, CEO of Coretection talks about his specially designed shorts

Greg Bay talked me about his passion for helping people. After spending many years practicing physiotherapy, he decided to come up with the ultimate short design that not only look great, but help patients heal the proper way!

As seen on Dragons Den, the purpose and design of CORESHORTS™ is what differentiates them from a general compression short and makes them unique. CORESHORTS™ set a new industry standard and are a necessary component of any athlete’s equipment. They are designed to mimic the functional anatomy of the core area (the body’s anterior and posterior diagonal sling systems) while also providing compression.


CORESHORTS™ patented design (Core Activation System) utilizes a series of strategically angled elastics to produce the first anatomically correct compression short.

Low back, pelvic and groin injuries primarily occur in sports, recreational and work activities that involve bending and twisting, a change in direction and speed and repetitive motions.

Ep 85. Elaine Comeau, CEO of Easy Daysies talks about her wonderful scheduling product

The Award Winning Easy Daysies® Daily Schedules help show kids the “shape of the day”. Use these fun magnets for a single routine, like bed time or after school routine, or plan the whole day! This mom/teacher-created product, made with 70% recycled materials, help children become more co-operative, independent, & less anxious because they feel safe & confident knowing what is happening next! Wonderful for helping kids of any age, and children with special needs, deal with event transitions or anxiety.


About Elaine:

Elaine Tan Comeau is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher who has been awarded the 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year.  Recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence.  She is the CEO and Founder of one of Dragons’ Den favorite pitches, Easy Daysies, which incited a bidding war among all five Dragons. Elaine has also won Best Pitch at Kevin Harrington’s Pitch Tank.  Her products are recommended by child psychologists, occupational therapists and physicians.  Easy  Daysies was also chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success.

Elaine has been featured in the Financial Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, Huffington Post, to name a few, all wanting to know her story about being a mom entrepreneur. Her products have been featured on Global News, CBC, CTV, ABC, Breakfast Television, FOX32 News, KCAL-TV , WPIX, WISH-TV, XETV, and CBS.  Elaine has been published in Educational Psychology (Allyn & Bacon Canada, 2000, and Pearson 2015, VI ed.).

She has written and published several e-books (2013), and she continues to be a sought out speaker for webinars and speaking engagements on educational strategies for both educators and parents, as well as entrepreneurship.  Elaine enjoys sharing tips with other women in business on her podcast called “Elaine’s Kitchen Table… The Business of Real Life”.

She is also a guest blogger for theMompreneur.com, Staples Canada, Scholars Choice and Creative Teaching Press, and Guest Educational Expert on Global News. Elaine is also raved about in both Kevin O’Leary’s and Jim Treliving’s latest books.Elaine is honoured to be a member of the Marketing Advisory Council for  Douglas College.


It was featured on Dragons’ Den aka Shark Tank, that Elaine was one of the Top 5 Most Heartwarming Dragons’ Den Pitches of all time! Awesome! Here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/blog/the-5-most-heartwarming-dragons-den-pitches

Elaine also has her own podcast show called “Elaine’s Kitchen Table… The Business of Real Life!”  She talks about lessons learned about business, parenting and marriage from personal experiences and those of her guests like Shark Kevin O’Leary, Dragon Jim Treliving, and Anchor Woman Pamela Martin.  Here is the link:  http://www.ElainesKitchenTable.com/iTunes !

To visit Elaine’s Easy Daysies site visit http://www.easydaysies.com/

Ep 84. Jana Zaibak, CEO of Nomz talks about her healthy snack creation

Jana’s passion for healthy eating started after reading about the dangers of refined sugar. As a sugar addict at the time, Jana knew she had to make some changes. Cheetos, Crunchie bars, Skittles and cookie dough were some of her favourite ways of getting her ‘fix’.

She started exploring with healthy desserts from blogs like chocolatecoveredkatie.com and then experimented with all the super foods. During this time, Jana also began running on a regular basis and ran her first 10K (time 54:50) in September 2012.


Nomz is a Canadian company based in Toronto that specializes in nutritious and delicious snacks. Nomz Energy Bites are gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Our products have no refined sugar, no peanuts, no dairy, no eggs, no additives, and no trans fats.

Nomz is now available in over 100 retail stores!
Find Jana’s special snack products at Loblaws, Longo’s, Pusateri’s, McEwan’s, Ryerson University, The Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods, Hospital for Sick Children, Pearson International Airport and more!

Ep 83. Rick Hopper, CEO of ReadeREST shares his amazing product on what to do with eyewear!

As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank,  founder Rick Hopper of ReadeREST made a lasting impression with the Sharks when he did a somersault into the tank and continued onto WOW them with his simple yet innovative product, ReadeREST! He quickly made a deal with Lori Greiner and never looked back.


The Magnetic Eyeglass Accessory was originally designed for reading glasses; the product quickly turned into the ultimate accessory for eyewear, ear bud wires, badges, and much more!



Ep 81. Matt Larochelle and Steve McVicker, CEO’s of Extreme Bean talk about their pickled bean

Matt and Steve’s tasty beverage company® was founded in 2000. They started with two employee’s (Matt and Steve) and one product, (“THE EXTREME BEAN™”). Since those modest days Matt and Steve’s has grown to thousands of clients and numerous products in the retail and foodservice sector throughout North America.


The Extreme Bean™ Hot & Spicy is a pickled bean with a big crunch and bold flavour. Enjoy in a Bloody Mary, your favourite recipes or right out of the jar.

B’nOlive is a California jumbo green olive stuffed with The Extreme Bean™. B’nOlive delivers the big crunch of The Extreme Bean, the butteryness of the Olive and finishes with a subtle heat. Enjoy as a cocktail garnish, in your favourite recipe or eat it right out of the jar.

The Extreme Bean™ Sweet & Savoury is a pickled bean with a big crunch and bold flavour. If you’re a bread and butter pickle fan…..you’ll love this unique flavour. Enjoy in your favourite recipes or right out of the jar.

The Extreme Bean™ Garlic & Dill is a pickled bean with a big crunch and bold flavour. Enjoy in a Bloody Mary, your favourite recipes or right out of the jar.


Ep 80. Erin Bickley and Jenny Greer, CEO’s of Hold Your Haunches talks about their luxurious pants

As seen on Shark Tank, Hold Your Haunches™ Shapewear revolutionizes the quest to keep your bodies looking their best! Erin and Jenny’s design features luxurious boot cut, straight and capri length leggings, lined with the finest body-shaping compression.


The result is a comfy, modern, sleek silhouette…and because the liner extends from the waist to below the calf, the resulting magic is your little secret. Say adios to rolling, binding and telltale lines…and say hello to your new closet staple and very best friend.

Ep 79. Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx Company talks about their liquid silk

Meet Absolut Elyx, our single-estate, handcrafted luxury vodka. Known for its silky texture and pure, clean taste, Elyx can be enjoyed in cocktails or on its own. It also pairs beautifully with a variety of foods.

Absolut Elyx is made in Åhus, Sweden, exclusively from wheat sourced from the Råbelöf Castle farm, which has been growing wheat since the 1400s. The wheat grown here contains exactly the right balance of water and starch required.


Absolut Elyx is manually-distilled in a 1921 copper rectification still known as Column 51. In the distillation process, copper naturally catalyzes trace compounds in the spirit, purifying the vodka and adding a highly-prized silky texture and taste.

Absolut Elyx is the result of century-old expertise that has been handed down from generation to generation. Master Distiller Krister Asplund and his team are amongst the very few who have the skills and knowledge required to operate a manual still. Together, they control the temperature and precise rate of flow during distillation by hand. Every handle, knob, and level is adjusted by hand.



Jonas Tåhlin is CEO of Absolut Elyx and has been the Vice President Global Marketing at The Absolut Company since August 2011. As CEO of Absolut Elyx, Jonas is now based in New York since summer 2014 and in charge of the Global Brand Management and Innovation for ABSOLUT VODKA, MALIBU, KAHLÙA.

Before that, he was Vice President of Brand Development, based in London, and responsible for the implementation of market strategies and interaction among markets for ABSOLUT VODKA, MALIBU, KAHLÙA, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Frïs. Jonas Tåhlin started his career in 1998 as an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble. During his years at Procter & Gamble Jonas was stationed in Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva and Caracas. He advanced within the company to Senior Brand Manager and finally Marketing Director for various brands within Procter & Gamble.

Jonas joined Vin & Sprit as Zone Director Europe in April 2006. In 2008, after the acquisition of Vin & Spirit by Pernod Ricard, Jonas became Regional Vice President of The Absolut Company in the Americas. During his two and a half years as Regional Vice President of The Absolut Company in the Americas, sales of ABSOLUT increased dramatically.

In January 2010 he moved on to become Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Richard USA for ABSOLUT before being given the task to create an entire new department at The Absolut Company. In July 2010 he led the organizational change when the new department Brand Development at The Absolut Company moved from Stockholm to London. Jonas Tåhlin holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics. Jonas’ great interests in cars takes him to Nürbergring in Germany where he test drives his personal favorites twice every year.

Absolut Elyx recently launched The Elyx House – a first-of-its-kind brand home in the heart of Manhattan. The 5,000 square foot loft space personifies the DNA and essence of brand and is also the private residence of Jonas and his wife.

Ep 78. Mary McQueen, CEO of Hand and Beak gets creative with her love bird, Luigi, making unique greeting cards

Self-taught artist Mary McQueen was very happy to become an entrepreneur in 2012 following a successful pitch on Season 7 of CBC Dragons’ Den, a deal with David Chilton, and an invitation to launch Hand and Beak–a highly unique line of specialty greeting cards– through Hallmark Canada.Hallmark president commented that while Mary’s story contributed greatly to the positive decision, it was the high level of stand-alone artistry and execution that cemented the invitation. Today, Mary works in her preferred mode–independent self-publisher who sells primarily online but also through an eclectic and growing selection of boutiques.  Mary will be seeking distribution in the UK when she exhibits at the International Greeting Card show in London, May 2016.

Back-story: Mary’s pet, Luigi the Lovebird, is passionate about shredding paper into perfect strips, using his beak like a sewing machine needle and dedicating hours every week to his ongoing nesting project. Luigi only shreds vet-approved paper.  When Mary recognized that Luigi’s precision technique was “elevated” (many lovebirds shred paper but most mangle the paper) she got the idea to use this “avian artisan’s” awesome shredding as the raw material for fun, realistic and figurative collages, presenting the work as “cross-species folk art, made by hand and beak”. Mary and Luigi’s dual species collaborations are featured on greeting cards, wall decor, art prints and sold as originals to private collectors.

Ep 76. Julia Kirouac, CEO of Nud Fud talks about her healthy snack with the finest organic whole food ingredients

As seen on Dragons Den, Nud Fud produces organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free snack foods by using only the finest organic whole food ingredients. Their products are hand-made in small batches with integrity and care with seeds soaked in filtered water to increase ease of digestion.


Their snacks are dehydrated at low temperatures (less than 118F) to maintain the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutritive qualities of our ingredients.

Each satisfying bite is nutrient-rich and free of common allergens, preservatives, trans-fats, refined foods, GMO’s and anything artificial.


Ep 75. Claudette Leduc, CEO of Dr. Mist talks about her deodorant spray that people are LOVING.

As seen on Dragons Den, Dr. mist deodorant Spray completely and naturally eliminate surface bacteria that causes Body Odor.   Dr. mist is the world’s most advanced spray in total body hygiene care. Breakthrough in physics following an 8 year study of the DEAD SEA.  You just can’t buy a better deodorant.


Dr. mist spray has NO Aluminum, NO Fragrance, NO Artificial Colorings, NO Creams, NO Oils, NO Alcohol AND is STAIN FREE. It embraces an environmental-friendly and hygienic concept.