Michael S. Foster
President, Manotick Consulting

Manotick Consulting Consulting
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Claude Haw
President and CEO

Venture Coaches IT
Venture Coaches is management consulting and seed investment firm focusing on early and growth stage technology companies. We are a company committed to assisting in the creation and growth of successful technology companies with global reach.

Steven Muegge

I'm a professor at Carleton University, where I teach, conduct research, and supervise graduate students within the Technology Innovation Management program and promote entrepreneurship and innovation within the community.

Carleton University Education
Technology Innovation Management (TIM) is a unique Master's program for aspiring entrepreneurs who are serious about creating wealth at the early stages of company or opportunity life cycles. To achieve this, the academic program focuses on teaching the theory and practice that support the launch and growth of technology companies and of growth seeking initiatives within existing companies.

David Logan

David Logan, FCPA, FCA, is a partner with Logan Katz LLP since 1994. A frequent speaker at various organizations on taxation, accounting and business issues, he also leads the firm's Technology Entrepreneurship Group which focuses on technology based businesses at all stages.

Logan Katz LLP Accounting
Logan Katz was formed in 1994 and is a partnership of four Chartered Professional Accountants. The firm operates from premises at 6 Gurdwara Road, Ottawa There are 36 staff members who service 1,200 corporate clients and 1,400 individuals. The firm services businesses who operate locally and globally as well as inbound businesses coming to Canada. The firm has dedicated Canadian and U.S tax resources.

Natalie Raffoul
Patent Agent, Lawyer

Natalie Raffoul is a founding partner of Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University and a JD in law from Queen’s University. She is a lawyer and a registered Canadian patent agent that frequently advises on intellectual property matters.

Clancy Brion Raffoul 2008 | Legal
CLANCY P.C. is a law firm that practices primarily trademark law. BRION RAFFOUL is an agency firm that primarily procures and advises on patents and industrial designs. Since the founding of our firms, CLANCY P.C. + BRION RAFFOUL are committed to providing excellent quality service in a timely manner to meet all of your intellectual property needs. We have a diverse client base including local inventors and businesses.

Chris Cope
Economic Development Officer, City of Ottawa

An Economic Development Officer at the City of Ottawa, leads files including Community Improvement Plans (CIPs), Capital Investment Track (CIT), Locate Ottawa & Tourism Investment. He led rural Internet & changing Ottawa to a single telephone call area. He came from OCRI & is on 3 NGO boards.

City of Ottawa 2001 | Public Service (Municipal)
The city of Ottawa is the capital of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. Ottawa is the fourth-largest city City, and the fourth-largest CMA in Canada, with a current population estimated at 943,260 in 2013.

Chris Ritchie
Business Development Manager

Chris Ritchie is a Business Development Manager with the Eastern and Northern Region for Ontario Centres of Excellence. Chris works with researchers and entrepreneurs to invest in promising, early-stage technologies.

OCE 1987 | Other
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. We also support and invest in high potential, early-stage projects.

Vernon Sulway

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Diane A. Isabelle
Assistant Professor, Global Entrepreneurship

Diane Isabelle holds a PhD in management, an MBA and an engineering degree. Prior to joining academia in 2011, she held several senior roles at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). She started her career as a project engineer. She publishes in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Carleton University Education
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Peter Stewart
Business Coach

Peter's entire business career has been focused on small businesses. Having his own franchise of Mail Boxes Etc for 11 years provided him with a complete understanding of what it takes to be a business owner. For the 6 years, Peter was the Manager of Entrepreneurship Services at Invest Ottawa helping entrepreneurs get started.

Rhapsody Strategies Service
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Alexander Vanderploeg
VP Creative Directer

The Bytown Group 1977 | Advertising
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Paula Clancy
Managing Attorney

Paula has over 19 years of experience as a corporate/commercial and trade-mark lawyer. She has been ranked by World Trademark Reporter's WTR1000 as one of the World's Leading Trademark Professionals (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). She is also in Canada's Top 100 most active agent's list.

Clancy+Brion Raffoul 2008 | Legal
CLANCY P.C. + BRION RAFFOUL are affiliated firms located in Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. Together, we offer our clients the benefits of two firms operating as one integrated unit. CLANCY P.C. is a law firm that practices primarily trademark law. BRION RAFFOUL is an agency firm that primarily procures and advises on patents and industrial designs.

Sonia Bot

Accomplished executive in technology innovation and global business management. Experience with a wide range of climates in businesses, from unprecedented extremes through to various stages of lifecycle development, transformation, and turnaround. Chief Executive of The BOT Consulting Group Inc.

BOT Group Inc. Consulting
BUSINESS ADVANTAGE BY DESIGN – TAKING PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES TO THE TOP OF THEIR GAME • Building, growing, and transforming global innovation-based businesses – solving wicked business problems • Proven design-based approach which drives clarity, direction, velocity, breakthrough results • Strategy development and execution – transformation – operational excellence – business acceleration – leadership development

Raina Sharma
Senior Account Manager

Raina is passionate about supporting start-up and existing SME's. Through BDC service offerings she assists SME’s grow through debt financing options, direct them to BDC Venture capital office, or Growth and Transition capital. She volunteers her time at various start-ups platforms like Lead To Win, Invest Ottawa, Funding Roadshow, TIE Ottawa, etc. Currently, Raina volunteers as a LTW Reviewer and a WE Charity committee member (Free The Children, raising funds for a village in India). She has served as a Director of Indo Canada Ottawa Business Chamber for 3 years and Ottawa community groups.

BDC 1944 | Financial Services
BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution devoted to entrepreneurs. We help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services, and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises in all industries and all stages of development across Canada. BDC compliments the role played by private sector financial institutions, understand that a business is more than just dollars and cents and is committed to the long-term success of Canadian entrepreneurs. BDC is a financially sustainable arm's length Crown corporation.

Emil Savov
Industrial Technology Advisor

Emil Savov's experience encompasses a combination of technology industry, venture capital and investment banking roles. His operating experience includes roles in general management, business development, corporate development, product management & marketing and R&D. He has led numerous M&A transactions totaling over $4.5 billion, as well as investments in many technology startups. He has also served as board director of several startups. Emil holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

NRC-IRAP 1947 | Public Service (Federal)
The National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The program provides technical and business advisory services, as well as financing related to research and development for Canada-based businesses. It deploys about $250 million in capital every year.

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