Skip to content


Sonya Shorey

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

Julia Elvidge

Co-Founder, Sheboot; Director, Capital Angel Network, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Chipworks

Jennifer Francis

Chair, Capital Angel Network; Director of the Invest Ottawa Board

Arlene Dickinson

Managing General Partner at District Ventures Capital, and Dragon on CBC's Dragon's Den

Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau

Co-Founder and CEO of Welbi

Lise Birikundavyi

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at BKR Capital

Maureen O'Higgins

Partner of O'Higgins Consultant & Investor

Nadia Ladak

Co-Founder & CEO of Marlow

Sarah Daniele

Co-Founder & CEO of Mydoma Inc.

Lorraine Mastersmith

Owner of KIN Vineyards Inc. and Firm Managing Partner at Capital Angel Partner, Gowling WLG

Hosted by

Area X.O Operated by Invest Ottawa

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.