Our Team

Adam Dewar
Senior Business Development Manager, Communications Technology

Global Expansion

Blair Patacairk
Vice President, Global Expansion

Global Expansion

Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Vice President, Global Expansion in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was the President and CEO of Telecom Gateway Services Inc., a full service international business development consulting firm and government specialist. He was engaged as a special advisor to multiple companies, government and economic development agencies in the areas of foreign direct investment, trade and government relations. In particular for Invest Ottawa, he was responsible for 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.

Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly with 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 Business Development; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI where he served as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations, and 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 with numerous organizations and currently: sits on the board of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF); and is the President of the Consider Canada City Alliance. He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor to students at local universities, colleges and high schools.

Caroline Croft
Manager, Venture Programs

Venture Development

Chelsea Newcombe
Market and Digital Analyst

Marketing & Communications

Crystal Schuder
Corporation Financial Analyst

Corporate Services

Dana Borschewski
Market Director, Americas

Global Expansion

David Rodas Wright
Business Development Strategist

Global Expansion

Divyanshu Kamboj
Project Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network

Global Expansion

Emily Parsons
Marketing and Communications Strategist

Marketing & Communications

Erin Seegmiller
Client Experience Coordinator

Venture Development

Evan Blackburn
Service Intake Administrator

Venture Development

Guillaume Lequertier
Business Lead, MS Dynamics CRM

Corporate Services

Heidi Hauver
Vice President, Human Resources

Corporate Services

Heidi partners with innovative companies to provide executive leadership in human resources, mentorship and coaching. Focused on transformational HR, since 2007, she founded an HR practice and built three HR departments for companies from the ground up. She is the Vice President, Human Resources and an HR, Leadership and Culture Mentor for Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards. Heidi’s energetic leadership and constant innovation have earned her several awards, including the inaugural nationally recognized 2018 Leadership Agency Award for Woman of Distinction, a 2017 Top 25 HR Professional, a 2012 Ottawa Business Journal/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Award, and a 2012 CATA Information Technology Strategic HR Leadership Award. A dedicated volunteer and advocate, Heidi gives her time, expertise and mentorship to support a variety of organizations including the Ottawa Labour Market Planning Committee, Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Women in Communications & Technology, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Herve Ayivi
Senior Financial Analyst 

Corporate Services

Joanne Gardner
Senior Manager, CRM and Business Data Intelligence

Corporate Services

Jocelyn Rodrigue
Venture Programs Coordinator

Venture Development

Jonathan Ruano
Business Analyst

Marketing & Communications

Kara Eusebio
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Marketing & Communications

Katie LeClair
Community Engagement Strategist

Marketing & Communications

Kelly Daize
Director Ottawa Autonomous Vehicle Program

Global Expansion

Kelly McNally
Executive Team Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Kim Ryel
Senior Business Development Strategist, Healthcare

Global Expansion

Kirsi Maharaj
HR Coordinator

Kirsten Sardelis
Partnership Activation Lead

Marketing & Communications

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).

Laura Molinaro
Community Engagement Specialist

Venture Development

Lenka Mikulova
Program Coordinator

Corporate Services

Lotte Wannet
Senior Manager, Program Development and Design

Corporate Services

Lucy Lai
Senior Marketing and Communications Strategist, Venture Development and Special Projects

Marketing & Communications

Marie Ainsworth
Program Coordinator

Corporate Services

Michael Courtright
Controller

Corporate Services

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
Senior Manager, Accelerator Program

Venture Development

Murray Nicol
Senior Manager, Digital Impact

Marketing & Communications

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
Senior Marketing and Communication Strategist, Global Expansion

Marketing & Communications

Paula Hopkins
Senior Manager, Entrepreneurship Team

Venture Development

Rebecca Thompson
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Sonya Shorey
Vice President, 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
Business Development Manager, Defence and Security

Global Expansion