Ashleigh Kennedy, co-founder and CEO, Neurovine

Ashleigh Kennedy
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
Click here to see the full list of the 2021 recipients and click here to watch the special broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.

Business: Digital health company combining AI and wearable technology to help brains heal

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: Founded a neuro-tech startup that has grown to 10 employees and partnered with clinics across Canada and the U.S. to improve concussion recovery.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Delivered a novel and effective medical technology to concussion patients who were isolated due to the pandemic.

Biggest influences: Dr. Heidi Sveistrup, CEO of the Bruyere Research Institute, encouraged me at every stage of my career. She was my PhD supervisor and demonstrated that you can be a strong female leader while also raising a family.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Communication builds resilience. Working from home has increased our team’s communication and I’ve witnessed a collective increase in the resilience of our team.

Charitable involvement: Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology

First job: I started a gymnastics summer camp for kids in my hometown.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Be patient with my growth and confident in my abilities.

Favourite pastime: Running