People on the move: Cory Michalyshyn joins Celtic House, Derek Kuhn heads Sciemetric


Derek Kuhn has been named president and general manager of Sciemetric. Kuhn was also recently appointed to the board of directors of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. Before joining Sciemetric as senior vice-president in 2017, Kuhn held various management roles at a number of tech firms, including BlackBerry, QNX, Alcatel-Lucent and Newbridge Networks.

Rick Corcoran is the new general manager of the Château Laurier hotel, replacing Claude Sauvé. Most recently, Corcoran was general manager of the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. Before that, he served as GM of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. Previously, Corcoran held various interim general manager roles with Fairmont properties in Vancouver, Dubai and Boston.

Cory Michalyshyn is joining Ottawa investment firm Celtic House Venture Partners as its chief financial officer. The graduate of Queen’s University was previously CFO and chief operating officer at Solink, helping lead the video software firm to three consecutive appearances on OBJ’s list of fastest-growing companies from 2017-19. 

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Tartan Homes has appointed Andrew Levitan president of operations and Rick Primett has been named manager of construction. Most recently, Levitan served as president of Larco Homes. In addition, Bruce Nicol has assumed the role of executive chairman.

Jordan Bianconi has been named vice-president of acquisitions and business development at Inside Edge Properties. The real estate industry veteran most recently worked at Bassi Construction and Colliers International.

Leonovus announced the appointment of George Pretli as chief financial officer and corporate secretary. Pretli takes over from Chris Benk and will work on a part-time basis. Pretli recently retired as full-time chief financial officer of Intouch Insight.

Shirlee Engel has joined Compass Rose as a public affairs counsellor. Most recently, Engel was a media relations officer for Oxfam Canada and previously spent 10 years as a journalist for Global News, where her duties included covering Canadian and international politics.

John Delacourt has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Ottawa office as vice-president and group leader of the public affairs team. Delacourt previously served as vice-president of Ensight Canada. Before that, he was the director of communications at the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau, where he worked closely with the Prime Minister’s Office providing communications  issues management support on a wide range of policy initiatives.

The Ottawa Film Office has appointed Erin Benjamin, Christina Ruddy, Lise Sarazin and Frédéric Thibault-Chabot to its board of directors. Benjamin is president and CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association, Ruddy is operations manager at Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin ​– The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Sarazin is the executive director of Le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale Nationale, Ottawa-Gatineau’s francophone chamber of commerce and Thibault-Chabot is dean of the Institute of Technology, Arts and Communication at La Cité.

John Swettenham, Ross Meredith, Zubair Siddiqi, Mariève Desmarais, David Smythe, Colin Morrison, John Cosentino, Nina Kressler, Joel Tkach, Cindy VanBuskirk, Steve Ball, Paul Akehurst, Steve Wilson, Kelly Eyamie, Peggy DuCharme, Stefanie Siska and Heather Dawson have been appointed to Ottawa Tourism’s board of directors for 2019-20. 

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