By Nathan Rudyk

It's one of those "Just watch us now!" moments at Invest Ottawa as the city's new entrepreneur-focused economic development agency today announces what CEO Bruce Lazenby calls his "dream team", including three new Entrepreneurs in Residence ready and willing to help take regional companies to the next level.

Meet the team: 

Kevin Carroll, Managing Director of Innovation

Kevin Carroll heads the Invest Ottawa Innovation team that provides services ranging from helping budding entrepreneurs get their small business ideas off the ground, to an innovation acceleration service for technology companies offered in a new 75-seat business accelerator facility at Invest Ottawa’s premises. He has a track record of business achievement spanning more than 20 years, helping shape technology commercialization by bringing together the right teams to grow knowledge-based companies across the province.

Kevin has worked with over 200 companies and raised over $100 million in private and public seed financing. Kevin was previously the Director of Commercialization at the Centre of Commercialization of Research at the Ontario Centres of Excellence. This Federally funded Centre is focused on helping new technology based firms across Ontario grow and expand into foreign markets. He has also recently served as Interim CEO at Launch Lab, the Innovation Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

“I love working with companies and helping them get to from prototype to market-ready product”, he said. “I see the increased desire to support Ottawa’s entrepreneurs and my team, including our three new Entrepreneurs in Residence, are in place to accelerate the growth of startups across our knowledge-based sectors.”

Three New Entrepreneurs in Residence

Invest Ottawa's EIRs work on a part-time basis and bring a wide range of real-world business experience to share with entrepreneurs across Eastern Ontario and enable companies to accelerate growth on a global basis. The three new EIRs are:

  • Chris Johnson, a former software company CEO and marketing communications expert
  • Andrew Jackson, a consultant and virtual CMO to startups in digital media, with C-level experience in high tech and financial services
  • Andrew Moffatt, an enterprise software company founder who for the last eight years has funded and advised start-ups
  • The three new EIRs join Bob Huggins, a globally recognized Web-based media pioneer, who has worked as an EIR for the past three years

Walter Hutchings, Managing Director of Investment and Trade

Walt Hutchings brings more than 30 years of banking and international business development experience to help expand and retain existing Ottawa companies while attracting new enterprises to the city. His previous position was with Export Development Canada (EDC) where as Group Vice President, International Business Development he nurtured high level contacts across Canada and worldwide from 15 sales offices spread around the globe.

In 2010, Walt’s team at EDC originated and signed business valued at $22 billion. In areas where he started new operating groups, business volume grew by as much as 500% per year.

“My team’s job is to match high growth companies with high growth markets. Our sector specialists are going to develop in-depth understanding of our local companies and then develop leads for those companies by working with partners like Canadian government trade commissioners, EDC, and trade and investment resources in key growth markets like China and Brazil.”

Jennifer Chorlton, Director of Marketing and Communications

Jennifer Chorlton takes ownership of Invest Ottawa’s new brand and ongoing communications strategy. Deeply involved in Ottawa’s marketing community for the last 15 years, for the last four years she was Director of Publishing at Magmic Games Inc., a global Ottawa-based success in the mobile video games industry.

Geneviève Ménard Hayles, Commissioner of Film, TV and Digital Media

Geneviève Ménard Hayles joined Invest Ottawa in January 2012. She had previously been the Executive Director of the Canadian Tulip Festival for 2011. She also served as the Events and Filming Group Manager for Westminster City Council in London where they facilitate over 850 events and 2500 filming activities per year.

(Nathan Rudyk is President and CEO with market2world communications inc., the public relations and product marketing agency for global innovators.)

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