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Michelle Groulx

Executive Director, OCOBIA

Sonya Shorey

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

Sueling Ching

President and CEO, OBOT

Stacey Martin

Founder, CEO and Fashion Designer, Stacey Martin Lifestyle

Rita Alma

DE&I Strategist, Invest Ottawa

Sara Roach-Lewis

Feminist Business Strategist and Coach, Author of SheRules

Sheena Brady

Founder, Tease Tea and Founders Fund; Merchant Success Team Lead

Deborah Ntawigirira

CEO and Co-Founder, Izere Coffee

Aquilas K. Dapaah

Founder, Financially Savvy Girl; Co-Founder of The Rise Initiative

Lissa Appiah

Founder, WeApply Canada; Certified Career & Resume Strategist

Sabre Pictou Lee

CEO, Archipel Research; Indigenous Liaison

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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.