Invest Ottawa taps search firm to help organization find ‘visionary leader’

From left, Nick Quain, vice-president of venture and entrepreneurship at Invest Ottawa, with former president and CEO Michael Tremblay, interim president and CEO Sonya Shorey, and vice-president of global expansion, Jens-Michael Schaal, at a reception held at Bayview Yards to honour Tremblay's leadership of the organization. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Invest Ottawa has officially launched the search for its next leader.

The non-profit economic development organization based at Bayview Yards has hired executive search firm Boyden Canada to help find a new president and CEO to replace Michael Tremblay, who stepped down at the end of November to become Calian Group’s president of IT and cyber solutions.

In an announcement posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday, Invest Ottawa said the successful candidate will “have the opportunity to shape the city’s future as a globally recognized hub for innovation and collaboration.”

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The government-funded organization added it is seeking a “visionary leader” with a passion for entrepreneurship. 

“If you have a proven track record in business leadership, experience in strategic planning, and a deep understanding of technologically-driven markets, we want to hear from you,” the post went on to say.

A former vice-president of Microsoft Canada, Tremblay joined Invest Ottawa in March 2017. He led the organization’s continued evolution in its new home west of downtown, where it boosted its incubation services for entrepreneurs and started other services such as a state-of-the-art 6,000-square-foot prototyping lab that helps emerging local companies design, test and produce working examples of their concepts. 

Tremblay also spearheaded the development of Area X.O, a 1,866-acre autonomous vehicle technology testing site on Woodroffe Avenue that opened in 2019.

Invest Ottawa says it has helped create more than 14,000 jobs and attract almost $1.5 billion in direct domestic and foreign investment to the National Capital Region.

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