People on the move: Jane Duchscher named executive director of Ottawa Community Loan Fund

People on the Move

Jane Duchscher has joined the Ottawa Community Loan Fund as executive director. Duchscher is a seasoned executive, serving as TD Bank’s senior vice-president of branch banking for Ottawa and the surrounding Eastern and Northern Ontario communities under her retirement last year. She has also served on numerous boards and committees, most recently as the chair of the fundraising gala for the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Guy Chamberland has been appointed interim CEO of Tetra Bio-Pharma. Chamberland has been chief scientific officer of Tetra since June 2016. He has more than 23 years' experience in the development of new drugs in the pharmaceutical industry in Canada and the United States and spent more than a decade as an executive for various biopharmaceutical companies.

Ellie Charters has joined the new Hotel Le Germain Ottawa as a business development manager. Charters has been in the field of hotel sales representing brands within the
Marriott portfolio in Canada and has international experience working in the fashion industry in Italy as well as at five-star resorts in Mexico.

Lytica has appointed Dr. Shahzad Khan as the firm’s new chief research officer. He will be responsible for setting research direction and defining the core technologies required for Lytica’s product roadmap. A serial entrepreneur, Khan holds a PhD in computer science from Cambridge University and has 22 years of experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning and computational linguistics.

Jay Muelhoefer has been appointed chief marketing officer at Kinaxis. Before joining Kinaxis, Muelhoefer served as chief marketing officer at Intralinks and held CMO roles at IBM and Platform Computing. He was also general manager of SaaS PLM at Parametric Technology Corp.

Jordan Danger Kent has been named brand and content manager at Solink. A Forty Under 40 recipient in 2017, Danger Kent is also the creative director at DANGER Communications. She was previously the marketing director of Rainbow Foods Canada and the marketing, communications and UX lead at Invest Ottawa.

Lawrence Cannon has been appointed to the board of directors of Gatineau-based LiveWell Foods Canada. Cannon served as a cabinet minister for both the federal and Quebec governments in a number of portfolios, including stints as federal minister of transport and later as minister of foreign affairs. He was also Canada’s ambassador to France from 2012-17.

Hats off

The West Ottawa Board of Trade presented its annual Business Excellence Awards to the following recipients: CPI Interiors (Small Business of the Year); Watersedge Dental Laboratory (Medium Business of the Year); Abbott Point of Care (Large Business of the Year); exhalo spa (New Business of the Year); Ericsson Canada (Community Impact Award); Welch LLP (Professional Services – Legal, Financial & Insurance); Active Health Institute (Professional Services – Medical, Dental & Cosmetics); Quadrant Engineering (Professional Services – Real Estate, Architectural and Engineering); Kanata Noodle House (Tourism Award – Restaurants and Food Service); the Cupcake Lounge (Tourism Award – Locally Produced Goods); Brookstreet Hotel and the Marshes (Tourism Award – Hotels, Events & Attractions); InGenius (Technology Award); LloydDouglas Solutions (Manufacturing Award); BuildAble (Company to Watch); Jessica O’Neill of Pet Intel and JWalker Dog Products (Young Entrepreneur of the Year); Micheal Burch of Welch LLP (Business Leader of the Year); Algonquin College (Chair’s Award); and Canopy Growth Corp. (Special Achievement Award).

Gusto Worldwide Media’s the Urban Vegetarian has won a Taste Award for Best New Series. The Taste Awards celebrate the year's best in food, fashion, home and lifestyle programming, acknowledging excellence on television, in film, in online video and in apps, radio, podcasts and photography.