Startup Canada Podcast Ep.146: Neurodiversity and entrepreneurship with Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith

Atlantic Canada’s Shawn Smith was diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30.

Prior to his diagnosis, Shawn struggled at every level of the public education system. Now, he’s working to transform the system.

“We’re not machines, were people. We don’t need fixing, we need nurturing.”

Prescribed medication gave Shawn’s brain the jump-start it needed to wake from a 30-year slumber, taking his thought process from dial-up to fiber-op.

In 2010, Shawn was accepted to the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology program at the University of New Brunswick on academic probation and graduated in 2011 at the top of his class.

With his amazing story of his, Shawn won Startup Canada’s National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Shawn about challenging the notion of normality while championing neurodiversity.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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