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Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O

Jamie Petten

Jamie Petten, CEO, Kanata North Business Association and Hub350

Divyanshu Kamboj

Technology & Testing Director, Area X.O

Omar Choudhry

Project Lead, Traffic Systems Management, City of Ottawa

David Van Geyn

Open Autonomy Engineering Manager, AutonomouStuff, Hexagon

Maya Ben Dror

PhD, Leader, Sustainable Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, World Economic Forum

Radhika Dirks

CEO & Founder Ribo AI, CEO and Co-Founder of

Manjula Selvarajah

Reporter and National Syndicated Tech Columnist

Susanne Cork

Director of Business Development, Area X.O

Sasha Ostojic

Operating Partner, Playground Global, Interim Vice-President, Zoox

Bruce Baumgartner

Vice President, Procurement & Strategic Partnerships at Zoox

Philip Reece

Founder and CEO, InDro Robotics

Rosey Ugo Edeh

CTV Morning Live Co-Host, 3 x Olympian, Award Winning Content Creator

Shawn Sparling

VP Enterprise and Public Sector, Nokia Canada

Sophie Chen

Market Director, Asia Pacific, Global Expansion, Invest Ottawa

Monika A. Minarcin

Accenture Strategy & Consulting, Industry X

Colin Singh Dhillon

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA)

Michelle Avary

VP Product Strategy and Government Affairs, North America, Einride

Devashish Paul

CEO and Founder, BluWave-ai; Tech Innovator

Natalie MacArthur

Director, Talent Strategy, Invest Ottawa

Rahul Singh

CTO Ford Motor Co - Commercial, Ford Pro

Tenille Houston

CEO AutoGuardian by SmartCone

Grant Courville

Vice President, Products and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX

Kelly Daize

Director, Ottawa Autonomous Vehicle Program, Area X.O

Tanissan Thavathurai

Technical Project Manager and Engineer, Area X.O

Joseph Holmes

Vice President, Global Business Development, Perrone Robotics

Valerie (Sathe) Brugeman

Manager, Engagement and Strategy, Urban Mobility Solutions, Mercedes-Benz

Cliff Ellement

Head of AI Solutions, ThinkRF

Jim Lothrop

Director General, Transport Canada

Christine Gadsby

Vice President, Product Security, BlackBerry

Robert Martin

Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation and Chair of the Industry IoT Consortium

Greg Da Re

Regional Director for Ontario, Investor Services, Invest in Canada

Nicole Waier

VP of Sales, Autonomy & Automotive, Hexagon

Marcus Cavaletti

Senior Advisor, Head of Ottawa Site - Product Development Unit Radio / Networks, Ericsson

Phil Landry

Director, Traffic Services, City of Ottawa

Amber Mac

Tech Reporter, Media Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author and TV Host

Frank Weith

Director, Connected and Mobility, Volkswagen Group of America

Michael Tremblay

President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Sue Bai

Chief Engineer, Division Director, Honda Research Institute USA, Inc.

Kevin Byrnes

Industry Executive, Public Safety and Justice, Microsoft

Rear Admiral Bob Day

President, Government Solutions, BlackBerry; Former CIO, U.S. Coast Guard (ret)

Chandana Munireddy

Cyber Security Engineer, Aptiv

Veronica Marin

Autonomy Expert and Manager of the Advanced Algorithms Group, Transportation Solutions Thales Canada

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Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include: small business training; mentorship; acceleration for technology firms; foreign business and investment attraction; local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors; commercialization; and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.


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Engineering AI for Perception

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