Invested in Our New Reality Podcast Shines a Spotlight on Ottawa’s Global Appeal

Season 7 of Invest Ottawa’s popular podcast, Invested In Our New Reality hosted by Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh, has gone global! This season features one-on-one conversations with senior leaders from global companies who are investing in Ottawa and those who are helping them succeed in Canada’s capital. 

Listen to all eight episodes below or read each episode’s companion blog. The choice to digest the content is up to you!

Episode 1, Jens-Michael Schaal: Why Ottawa is the city of choice for North American expansion

In the premiere episode, Invest Ottawa’s Jens-Michael Schaal stopped by to discuss his role as a “salesperson for Ottawa.” Schaal oversees the Foreign Direct Investment Team and the Business Retention and Expansion Team at Invest Ottawa. His goal? To attract new companies to the city and support the ones that already call it home.  

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Episode 2, Kari Simpson: How InGenius Software became the latest local company to go all the way

This episode offers a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the long road to acquisition and why it’s all worth it.  Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh sits down with Kari Simpson, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, Contact Centre Products at Upland Software, to discuss InGenius Software’s $26.4M USD acquisition deal 

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Episode 3, Leonardo: A global heavyweight working to close the digital divide in Canada

Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh interviews Francesco Norante, President of Leonardo Canada. Their conversation covers it all – the history of Leonardo in Canada, what they’re doing now, and where they are headed. 

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Episode 4, Niloo Boroun: Positioning Canada as the place global companies want to be

Meet the Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) – an organization that brings together 14 of Canada’s largest municipal regions to build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy based upon the collective strength of each members ecosystem. Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh is joined by Niloo Boroun, Executive Director of the CCCA, for an interesting and informative chat about the organization she leads and its many, many accomplishments.  

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Episode 5, Maxime Dumas: Ottawa’s appeal and the future of wireless telecommunications

5G, 4G, 3G, 2G: Parallel Wireless offers it all, and in a new and exciting way. On this episode of Invested in Our New Reality, host Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh welcomes Maxime Dumas to the podcast. The General Manager of Parallel Wireless Canada, Dumas, is overseeing the company’s expansion into Canada and is happy to talk about its ground-breaking infrastructure, global expansion plans, and how much he and the rest of the team love Ottawa. 

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Episode 6, Cara Salci: From debit cards to satellites, how Thales Canada is making its mark on the world and beyond

Thales is a global technology company that supports the aerospace, defense, transportation, digital identity, and security markets, and has a large-scale operation in Ottawa. This episode is joined by Cara Salci, the Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations at Thales Canada to learn all about how the Ottawa office of this global company fits into the (really) big picture. 

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Cara Salci: How Thales Canada is making its mark on the world

February 25, 2022 | 13 minutes

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Episode 7, Darrell Wellington: Why Ottawa’s talent base is an international attraction

On this episode of Invested in Our New Reality, Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh sits down with Darrell Washington, Senior Vice President at Syntronic: A Global Design House. This straight-to-the-point interview covers Syntronic’s success in Ottawa since it opened an office in the city in 2014. 

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Episode 8, Genna Elvin: Small data leads to big opportunities for Tadaweb

This episode introduces us to Tadaweb, a Luxembourg-based technology company known for creating an intelligent system that can understand and use the internet like a human, ultimately making it easier for actual humans to access information. Co-founder and Chief Tada Officer of Tadaweb, Genna Elvin joined host Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh to discuss the company’s expansion plans and why Ottawa made the list. 

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