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Suzanne Obiorah

Director, Gender & Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations & Social Development, City of Ottawa

Dr. Victoria Lee

CEO and President, Fraser Health Authority

Michael Tremblay

President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Karla Briones

Immigrant Serial Entrepreneur; Business Strategist for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs; TEDx Speaker

Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak

(she/her), EVP, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC

Ms. Lynne Groulx

Chief Executive Officer, Native Women's Association of Canada

Dr. JianLi Wang Wang

Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Jamie Petten

Executive Director, KNBA

Joanne Bezzubetz

PhD, President and CEO, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Halina (Lin) Haag

PhD candidate and Contract Faculty Member, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Solange Tuyishime

Founder & CEO, Elevate International

Nneka MacGregor

Executive Director, Womenatthecentre

Angela Marie MacDougall

Executive Director at Battered Women's Support Services

Rita Alma

DE&I Strategist, Invest Ottawa

The Honourable Marci Ien

Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Wealthsimple

Sonya Shorey

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

Jenna Sudds

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

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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.