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By: Lea Moser | Oct 21, 2020

Nov 18 @ 12:00pm – 1:00pm

About this Webinar

In this webinar, you will learn more about social enterprise models and characteristics, local examples, support resources, and considerations for starting. Join us to learn more about this unique type of business that uses revenue-generating activities to achieve a social, environmental or cultural good.

About CSED

The Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) offers a continuum of support for social enterprises in the Ottawa area, including access to technical expertise, coaching, learning communities, training, and cross-sector partnerships. CSED works with its clients to develop their social enterprise plan and provide them with the tools, strategies and support to perpetuate positive social change and grow profitably.



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By: Lea Moser | Oct 21, 2020

NOV 18 @ 9:30am – 11:30am

About the Webinar

Have you ever thought about protecting your intellectual property? Are you familiar with the various types of IP that can protect your innovation? Or protect your brand? Come and learn about the importance of protecting your intangible assets!

Our speaker, Caroline Lefebvre, IP advisor with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will also offer virtual office hours throughout the day: contact her directly to book an appointment and discuss your specific projects.

About the Speaker: Caroline Lefebvre

Caroline Lefebvre is an Intellectual property advisor for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) since 2007. As such, she raises awareness, informs, and trains various groups, such as entrepreneurs, inventors, professors and students, on the importance of an adequate intellectual protection.

She is a Political Sciences graduate from the University of Ottawa, and has also worked in various sectors of the federal government. Her experience led her to promote, among other issues, Canadian expertise in sustainable development in emerging countries, foreign investments in Canada, and the importance of the quality of web content.

Throughout her career, Caroline has developed strong expertise in project and event management, in building strategic partnerships, in marketing and in providing training.

About the Organization

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a special operating agency of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. We deliver intellectual property (IP) services in Canada and educate Canadians on how to use IP more effectively.


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By: Lea Moser | Oct 9, 2020

Nov 25 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

About the Webinar

Do you have questions about CERB & CEWS now that your team is returning to work? This webinar will walk you through important next steps.

Businesses are reopening, some may still be in limbo and others may be completely suspending operations indefinitely. It can be challenging to know what resources and safeguards are in place to ensure a smooth transition to your next step.

Moderated by Invest Ottawa’s Liam Flannagan, join Gavin Miranda (MNP), Jim Cruickshank (MNP) and Simon Sigler (MDK Business Law) for an interactive panel discussion on everything you need to know about managing your team and the available government support. During this session, our presenters will get you up to speed on the steps you need to take to ensure your pandemic recovery strategy is well thought out and executed. Our panelists will touch on government programs available to entrepreneurs and business owners, tips on how to access them, traps that applicants may fall into that would hinder eligibility, guidance around tax, legal and human considerations for hiring and rehiring employees for the re-opening of the economy and other critical considerations for owners.

About the Speakers


Gavin Miranda, CPA, CA, is a Partner, Taxation services in MNP’s Ottawa office. Gavin has more than 17 years of experience helping public and private companies with their tax compliance, tax consulting and tax provisioning needs.

He has worked with clients in both the restaurant and hotel industries, assisting them with their business models and domestic and international tax considerations, and in-depth tax compliance (international and domestic). Gavin is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA). He graduated from the University of Waterloo, Masters of Accounting, specialization in taxation after achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).


Jim Cruickshank is a Senior Manger with MNP. As a part of the Organizational Renewal Practice, Jim provides leadership to MNP’s Organization Design and Change Management service offerings and team.

Jim brings over 15 years of Human Capital consulting experience across a broad range of clients including the middle market, provincial and federal governments, municipalities and Crown Corporations. Working alongside the General Consulting, Digital and Technology Solutions teams, he applies this wealth of experience of organization design and change management principles to help meet client needs.

Jim earned his Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and is also a PROSCI certified Change Management Advisor. Jim is a long-time Burlington resident, avid golfer, hockey player and musician.


Simon Sigler is a lawyer at MDK Business Law. His practice is focused in commercial litigation and real estate litigation.

Simon joined the legal field as a student in 2016 and went on to article with an Ottawa based firm in 2017. During his time at the firm, he was involved in initial public offerings, private lender matters, private placements, and commercial litigation matters. Simon has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court on various commercial litigation matters.

In his capacity as an OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive Member, Simon has served on a number of legislative working groups consulting the Attorney General of Ontario and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

Prior to working in the legal world, Simon worked in advertising for a boutique agency in Toronto and as part of a legal team reviewing data-protection policies at a multi-national agency in London, U.K. He also spent time at a management consulting company in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Simon’s legal expertise includes leasing, civil litigation, commercial litigation, employment litigation

  • Ontario Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Executive – Regional Representative
  • Executive Member, The Ottawa Mission Foundation – Young Professionals Network


MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. With over 5000 team members and 80+ offices, we are among the country’s largest professional service firms. Our alliance with Praxity, an international network of like-minded, independent accounting firms, provides our clients with international experience, local market insights, strategic partnerships and regulatory guidance.

We tailor every service we offer to suit businesses individual needs. These services include accounting, consulting, corporate finance, enterprise risk, tax, technology solutions, and valuation services. We look to fully understand the critical industry segments clients operate in to provide in-depth insights and solutions to help clients succeed in their respective sectors.


For over two decades, MDK Business Law has supported Canadian entrepreneurs by providing pro-active legal knowledge to help its clients to launch well, grow smart and thrive. The law firm regularly advises innovative and knowledge-based businesses at the formation, growth and exit stages, providing legal advice and options that support strategy and decision-making and help to address business challenges. In addition, MDK Business Law is committed to strengthening the network for entrepreneurs by offering resources to today and tomorrow’s generation of business people to help guide them towards building positive, collaborative relationships with other like-minded leaders on a path to achieving long-term business success.



*Please note that you will receive an email with the link to join this webinar upon registering and before the session. If you do not receive it, please check your junk mailbox.

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By: Lea Moser | Oct 8, 2020

Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

About this Webinar

Our Free Trade Agreement with the European Union (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA), signed in October 2016 and provisionally implemented on 21 September 2017, provides Canadian exporters with a great opportunity to diversify their markets and lessen our dependence on the US. Yet it’s underutilized by Canadian exporters as European exports to Canada have grown more than Canadian exports to Europe.

This webinar will explain the content of this major Trade Agreement and what it means for Canadian businesses, how to benefit from it, focusing on the trade of goods. This session will be of interest to companies and individuals involved or wanting to get involved in international trade and diversify beyond the US market, in particular importers and exporters of tangible goods.

About the Speaker

Following a + 30-year international logistics career, Christian Sivière started a Montréal-based import-export consultancy in 2010, Solimpex, active in two areas:

  • consulting to help SMEs grow internationally; and
  • training on the regulatory, customs and logistics aspects of Importing and Exporting, Free Trade Agreements and Supply Chain Optimization.

Christian lectures for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, gives seminars and webinars for various trade organizations like Invest Ottawa, the Montréal Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Export Québec, the Government of Alberta, Supply Chain Canada, etc..; and personalized training for importers and exporters. He publishes articles in Inside Logistics and in Supply Professional.



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By: Lea Moser | Oct 8, 2020

Nov 03 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Presented by Invest Ottawa partner,

In this highly interactive webinar designed for an Invest Ottawa audience (Teach, Talk, Try), participants will receive practical guidance from the presenters on the following:

  • Challenges associated with purchasing a distressed business, including value vs risks
  • When to purchase assets versus shares
  • Tactics for purchasing an insolvent business that has commenced formal restructuring or liquidation proceedings
  • Dealing with government intervention and other interested parties

This webinar will be of interest to established businesses and entrepreneurs.

About the Speakers: Naomi Morisawa De Koven and Drew Kelsall

Naomi Morisawa De Koven is the managing lawyer of MDK Business Law. She regularly advises entrepreneurs and knowledge-based businesses on legal issues relating to corporate/commercial, financing and M&A transactions. Currently she is a director of TiE Ottawa, Mindtrust Leadership and Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association.

Drew Kelsall is a business lawyer at MDK Business Law, with a primary focus on privacy and data protection. He also assists both technology and other knowledge-based clients on general corporate & commercial matters, and ensuring compliance with Canadian and Ontario laws. Outside the office, Drew enjoys skiing, travelling, and relaxing at his family’s cottage.


About MDK Business Law Professional Corporation

MDK Business Law supports entrepreneurs by providing pro-active legal knowledge to help its clients to launch well, grow smart and thrive. The law firm provides legal advice and options that support strategy and decision-making, as well as help to address the inevitable challenges encountered during the business lifecycle. The lawyers at MDK are committed to offering time and resources to members of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem that reinforce building positive, collaborative relationships with other like-minded leaders on a path to achieving long-term business success.




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By: Lea Moser | Oct 5, 2020

Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

About this Event

How to Get the Best of Both Worlds

Believe it or not, Google has free advertising! Have you ever seen a map with little red pins highlighting businesses related to your search? How about a business profile on the right side of the search page summarizing products and services? These are among the most coveted spots businesses! Why? Because they are free and they get tons of clicks and website traffic, driving awareness, user engagement and ultimately more qualified leads.

This beginner level seminar will show you how to get your business on the map. You’ll be amazed how easy it is! After that, you will learn how to make your listing shine, so your profile can appear more often and get you more clicks!

Google’s paid form of advertising a.k.a Google Ads (formerly AdWords) is easier and cheaper than you think. This session will show you how to properly set it up – so you can make money right out of the gate instead of getting frustrated! Learn how to control costs per-click by showing up only when it’s most relevant to your business.

At the end of it all, we will combine the paid and free advertising to work together towards the success of your business.

In this seminar learn how to:

  • Get your business on the (Google) Map
  • Increase the frequency you show up on the Google Map
  • Advertise with Google Ads- without breaking your bank account
  • Set up your advertising account for success: win the race to the top

About the Presenter

David Bird is the Founder and Principal of Bird’s Eye Marketing, an Ottawa firm that specializes in getting NPOs and other organizations found on Google. He has been managing Google Ads (formerly AdWords) accounts since 2012 and is a recognized digital advertising and promotion expert. David is certified with Google Ads with specializations in search, display and mobile advertising. He also has a Certificate of Achievement in Web Analytics from the University of British Columbia and has completed coursework in E-Marketing with the Canadian Marketing Association.




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By: Lea Moser | Oct 2, 2020

Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm


Presented by Invest Ottawa partner,

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About this Webinar

Accounting in the cloud is becoming more prevalent in today’s world; QuickBooks Online allows business owners to sync their ‘books’ with their bank, track expenses online, send professional invoices, get paid faster, and much more!

The webinar offers an in-depth overview of the software and will cover the following topics through live demonstration:

  • Versions and getting started
  • Navigation
  • Tools
  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Sales taxes
  • Apps and e-commerce integration

This is a beginners course and, as such, advanced topics such as multijurisdictional activity and foreign exchange are beyond the scope of this course.

About the Speaker: Sarah Ziraldo

Sarah Ziraldo is a part of the Financial Reporting Services team at Logan Katz LLP. She typically assists with bookkeeping services and personal tax preparation. She is also familiar with corporate taxation, QuickBooks Online, payroll services and compliance filings.

About Logan Katz LLP

Logan Katz LLP is an established firm of Chartered Professional Accountants. In business since 1994, we are a team of forty-five enthusiastic and energetic professionals and administrative staff offering proactive, leading-edge expertise in a timely and responsive manner. We are trusted advisors to individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.

As a full service, boutique firm, we offer uncompromising high standards of client care and personalized service in the areas of personal, corporate, Canadian, U.S. and cross-border taxation, assurance, accounting, financial reporting, and business advisory, with specializations in advanced tax planning, corporate restructuring, commodity taxes, and inbound investment.

We grow with our clients, supporting their needs both nationally and internationally through our affiliation with AGN International. Our span is global, but we like to call Ottawa home. We are active contributors to the well-being of our local community through our fundraising, sponsorship, and volunteering efforts.