Invest Ottawa

Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for the 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, inclusive, and future-ready city, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development, global expansion and talent programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms.  Invest Ottawa is also the founder and manager of Area X.O, an R&D complex that enables the development, testing and implementation of next-generation smart mobility, autonomy, and connectivity technologies.  Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of startups, scaleups, and SMEs; helped firms to attract more than $992 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 11,178 jobs; and attracted more than $1 billion in domestic and Foreign Direct Investment.

Invest Ottawa aims to enable and catalyze the startup, scale-up, investment opportunity and commercial success of more women founders and entrepreneurs in Eastern Ontario, with a focus on the creation of Ottawa’s first $100 million woman-led and owned firm in Canada’s Capital.   Building on its Gender Diversity and Inclusion Guidelines, and working in close collaboration with the associated Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors, Invest Ottawa developed a Women Founders and Owners Strategy and action plan in 2018.   It is founded on targeted, measurable actions to promote, educate, connect, and equip women founders, entrepreneurs, and business owners from every walk of life. This includes flagship programs such as:

  • SheBoot, the investment-ready bootcamp for women tech founders jointly established and implemented by Invest Ottawa and the Capital Angel Network; and
  • International Women’s Week, powerful driver for long-term, sustainable change. Together as a regional, national, and global community, we strive to help create a critical mass of successful women leaders who make a significant impact on our economy and society.