Our Team

Jonathan Milne
Managing Director, Innovation

Jon Milne joined Invest Ottawa in 2013 as a Director of Marketing, when he brought over 10 years of experience in marketing, sales, business development and product management. Having helped transform the marketing team and its impact with the community, Jon was promoted to VP of Marketing and Communications. Building on his experience and insights with Invest Ottawa, Jon is now taking over the Innovation portfolio which includes entrepreneurship and startups services where he will bring new creativity, enthusiasm and a deeper understanding of Invest Ottawa’s ecosystem and community stakeholders.

Previously, Jon held various roles at Irdeto including Director of Sales, Director of Global Field Marketing and Product Marketing Manager. Prior to Irdeto, Jon co-founded Software Theories Inc. and held positions with IBM Canada, Corporate Renaissance Group and Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Jon has Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and an MBA from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. He returns to Ottawa after having spent two years in the Netherlands with his wife and three children.

Jon Milne’s passions for startups, technology trends and innovation is also reflected in his community involvement as an executive member at Fresh Founders, member of the boards of directors of YMCA – YWCA of the National Capital Region and Artengine.

Blair Patacairk
Managing Director, Investment and Trade

Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Managing Director of Investment and Trade in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was engaged as a special advisor to Invest Ottawa in the areas of foreign direct investment and government relations. As such Blair was responsible or the attraction of investment, companies and people to the Ottawa region, the management of Ottawa’s local and global partnerships and the international spokesperson on marketing Ottawa to the world. He also implemented the first ever business, retention and expansion program for Invest Ottawa.

Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly for the former Mayor of the City of Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli. He brings a wealth of knowledge on strategic partnerships and growing both SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. His previous experience includes roles at: Vayyoo Inc., a mobile solutions tech startup where he was Vice-President; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations at OCRI, where he used his extensive network of business and media contacts to promote Ottawa-based technologies companies around the world.

A recipient of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 award in 2008, Blair has volunteered his time as a board member with numerous organizations and currently sits as the Chairman of the Rideau Canal Festival. He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor in local universities/colleges and high schools.

Scott Jarvis
Acting Vice President, Finance and Administration
Marie Ainsworth
Project Coordinator
Kelly Ashcroft
Client Success Coordinator
Dana Borschewski
Market Director, Europe
Nelda Cenci
Executive Assistant to the President
Sophie Chen
Market Director, Asia Pacific
Shannon Conheady
Portfolio Services Lead
Kelly Daize
Market Director, Americas
Stephen Davis
Early Stage Program Lead
Adam Dewar
Business Development Project Manager, Communications Technologies
Mark Dhillon
Incubation Manager
Long Dinh
Investment Analyst, Market Insights
Jeff Elyea
Senior Digital Marketing Manager
Christine Evans
Entrepreneurship Advisory Services
Ryan Gibson
Lead Marketing Strategist

Ryan helps develop and execute on Invest Ottawa’s core marketing strategies. He has over 20 years experience in marketing, branding and client success roles, with a strong business background. He spent a few years as a reporter with CBC Ottawa and produces short films in his spare time. He is a volcano of sarcasm and a plethora of bad dance moves.

Lisa Hewston
Executive and Team Administrator
Paula Hopkins
Business Advisor, Entrepreneurship
Jordan Danger Kent
Business Advisor
Ashley Mascarenhas
Business Development Manager Cleantech & Life Science
Rebecca McDonell
Project Coordinator, Investment and Trade
Emily Parsons
Content Strategist
Laina Pilon
Public Relations Strategist
Alexandra Pugh
Manager, Communications, Investment and Trade
Vahid Dabbaghi Sadr
Manager, Market Insights
Anna Samsik
Business Analyst
Kirsten Sardelis
Business Development Project Manager, Digital Media/Software
Luckana Wasoontarajaroen
Finance Assistant
Michelle Wakim
Portfolio Manager
Lotte Wannet
Manager of Program Development and Design