Our Team

Abbigael Loomis
Associate, Foreign Direct Investment

Global Expansion

Adam Dewar
Market Director, Americas

Global Expansion

Alyssa Stoltz
Business & Operations Administrator

Finance and Corporate Services

Benoit Séguin
Director, Finance

Finance and Corporate Services

Breanna Berthiaume
Program Coordinator, Finance and Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Brianna Fraser
Talent Attraction Strategist
Caroline Croft
Program Manager

Finance and Corporate Services

Carolina Lopez
Investment Analyst

Marketing and Communications

Courtney DeLaura
Manager, Corporate Communications

Marketing & Communications

Chelsea Pengelly
Manager, Market Insights

Marketing & Communications

Crystal Schuder
Finance Team Lead

Finance and Corporate Services

David Rodas Wright
Senior Sector Strategist, Software

Global Expansion

Divyanshu Kamboj
Strategic Technology and Testing Director, Area X.O

Area X.O

Elena Babchenko
Finance Team Lead

Finance and Corporate Services

Emily Harper
HR Administrator

Talent

Emily McKay
Events & Operations Administrator

Infrastructure Services

Erin Seegmiller
Manager, Early Stage Programs

Venture Development

Evan Blackburn
Systems Analyst

Corporate Services

Guido Giordano
Director, Venture Programs

Venture Development

Guillaume Lequertier
System Information Strategist

Finance and Corporate Services

Ines Gomes
Market Director, Europe

Global Expansion

Jens-Michael Schaal
Vice-President, Global Expansion

Global Expansion

Joanne Gardner
Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Media Lab, GovTech Prototyping

Bayview Yards Prototyping Lab

Joanne Hay
Finance Assistant

Finance and Corporate Services

Jonathan Ruano
Business Analyst

Marketing & Communications

Kara Eusebio
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Marketing & Communications

Kayla Lauzon
Business & Operations Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Kelly Daize
Director Ottawa Autonomous Vehicle Program

Area X.O

Kelsey Burns
Graphic Designer

Marketing & Communications

Khaled Mostafa
Manager, IT

Finance and Corporate Services

Kim Ryel
Senior Sector Strategist, Life Sciences

Global Expansion

Kim Van der Horst
Talent Attraction Strategist

Talent

Kirsten Sardelis
Senior Market Development Manager, Americas & Germany

Global Expansion

Kyle Thomas
Entrepreneurship Services Lead

Venture Development

Lana Legostaeva
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Lana Legostaeva joined Invest Ottawa as the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services in March of 2014. She has extensive financial and managerial experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit industries with the focus on corporate governance and policy development. Since joining Invest Ottawa, Lana oversees all aspects of the corporate finances, program reporting and compliance, and reporting to the Board of Directors.

In the recent past, she was a financial controller with the federal non-profit corporation, Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC), and managed the operational budget of over 200 million dollars. Prior to EFC, Lana was a Manager of Accounting at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, where her focus was on managing federal grants and contribution agreements, as well as donation revenue.
She believes that to be a good financial leader it is important to have more than financial oversight but an understanding of how financial decisions impact far beyond the financial statement but rather across the whole organization.

As an active member of the community, Lana is a member of the Financial Studies Advisory Committee at Algonquin College. Dedicated to lifelong learning, she holds an MBA from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).

Lindsay Kavanagh
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing

Marketing & Communications

Lotte Wannet
Director, Programs & Corporate Performance Management

Corporate Services

Lucy Lai
Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Talent

Marketing & Communications

Madison Fisher
Client Experience Coordinator

Venture Development

Marie Ainsworth
Senior Manager, Programs

Corporate Services

Marissa DiNardo
Community Engagement Strategist

Venture Development

Megan Maltby
Manager, Accelerator Programs & Investor Relations

Venture Development

Michael Tremblay
President and CEO

Michael Tremblay joined Invest Ottawa as President and Chief Executive Officer in March of 2017. Mike’s mandate was later expanded to include Bayview Yards. Prior to joining Invest Ottawa, he was the Vice President of Public Sector for Microsoft Canada from April 2007. Mike has 34 years of sales, marketing, operations and general management experience, with considerable experience serving public sector clients. Mike has also held senior executive positions with SAP, Fujitsu Consulting, JDS Uniphase, EDS Systemhouse and Digital Equipment Corporation – principally across Canadian, American and Latin American markets. He has an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal and is a graduate of Computer Technology from Algonquin College. Michael completed the Directors Education Program and is ICD.D certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mike was appointed as a director with the Institute on Governance in 2017. From 2004-2017, Michael served as a member of Algonquin College’s Board of Governors and served as Chair of the College’s Foundation Board. Michael is an active member of the Audit and Corporate Services Committee and has previously served on the Advocacy Committee with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Michelle Younes
Director, Venture Programs

Venture Development

Mila Belokurova
Senior Accounting Analyst

Finance and Corporate Services

Muzzammil Ahmed Siddiqui
Support Analyst

Finance and Corporate Services

Nick Quain
Vice President, Venture Development

Venture Development

As Vice President of Venture Development at Invest Ottawa, Nick leads all programming and support for start-ups, early stage and growth companies alike, while supporting Ottawa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as a whole. Under Nick’s leadership, Invest Ottawa launched the IO Accelerator in 2018. Previously at CellWand, Nick was co-founder and CEO, where he drove all development, strategy and execution, while pioneering the use of abbreviated dialing codes in North America with the award winning #TAXI (Pound Taxi) service and subsequently in the mobile transportation space, with The Ride app. Highlights of Nick’s accomplishments include raising several million in capital, closing industry first deals with every major wireless carrier in North America and architecting a marketing strategy that has created #TAXI as a national brand used over 16 million times, while propelling CellWand to millions in revenue and profitability.

CellWand won numerous business and innovation awards, including the 2010 Canada’s Top 10 Competition for Technology, Named one of the Hottest Innovation Companies in Canada, and one of the top 10 Wireless Companies to watch by IDC. Nick is currently a CEO in Residence and Executive Mentor at Telfer School of Management and has also served as a guest lecturer, business pitch judge and panel member at various business and entrepreneurial conferences and events. Nick graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Marketing at the University of Ottawa in 1993. In 2009, Nick received the Young Achievers Alumni Award from the Telfer School of Management. In 2003, he was named to the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 and was a judge for the same award for ten years.

Patrick Kenny
Director, Marketing and Communications

Marketing & Communications

Paula Hopkins
Director, Entrepreneurship

Venture Development

Rachael Patraw
Business Operations Specialist

Area X.O

Rebecca Thompson
Senior Manager, Operations

Area X.O

Rita Alma
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategist

Talent

Sharon Hine
Director, Systems and IT

Finance and Corporate Services

Sonya Shorey
Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Marketing & Communications

Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Marketing and Communications with Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, is a communications executive and management consultant with more than 19 years of leadership experience with private and public technology and innovation-based organizations. She specializes in corporate and communications strategy development and execution that achieves results. For example, since 2005, Sonya has led, strategized, authored and/or made a significant contribution to successful funding proposals valued at more than $123 million from municipal, provincial, federal and international governments. These complex, multi-year projects often engage multiple stakeholders from industry, academia and non-profit organizations; leverage additional matching in-kind or cash contributions from the private sector; and enable funding recipients to increase their impact on stakeholders served.

Sonya launched her career as the Manager of Communications and Member of the Vice-Presidential Cabinet with the 10G Organization of Optical Networks for Nortel from 1999 to 2002, and then served as the Director of Marketing Communications for CMC Microsystems until 2007. Building on a decade of experience, Sonya launched her own strategy company in 2008, addressing the needs of S&T organizations, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development agencies across Canada, and their partners around the world. She volunteers her time as a mentor for MindTrust and TiE Ottawa; as a leader for the Ottawa Women Build initiative of Habitat for Humanity; and as a steering committee member for flagship technology and entrepreneurship conferences such as Impact AI and TiECon Canada. Sonya holds a Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in English and Political Science from Carleton University, and has received nine international awards for her work in communications.

Sophie Chen
Market Director, Asia

Global Expansion

Stephen Onions
Senior Sector Strategist, Defence & Security

Global Expansion

Susanne Cork
Director, Business Development, Area X.O

Area X.O

Tim Warland
Manager, Venture Programs

Venture Development

Yoko Cooper
Director, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Culture

Human Resources