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Founder and Chair

Rouba holds a PhD in political science, she is a full-time public servant, a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and Carleton, an author of several children’s books, a devoted wife and mother to three children, the founder and chair of Kanata-Carleton Small Business Network (KCSBN) since 2015, and a recipient of several awards and recognitions.



Director of Development

Val Collins, Executive Director of SMART CITY SCIENCE a local Science Education enterprise, has a Masters in Project Management, and held various posts from Vice President for the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation, to Director of Programs and Exhibitions in Bristol England.

Val was responsible for the Alberta science education outreach ...



Gerard is a Senior Legal Counsel at Simplex Legal LLP, an innovative Calgary based law firm that provides top tier in-house legal services on a contract basis. As a former general counsel and senior corporate executive, he understand the challenges faced by general counsel and the value of being able to bring in additional team members on a project or short term basis.

He has always loved learning languages. It’s a good thing too, because life has offered him plenty of opportunities to take in lessons. Born in Germany, Gerard was raised in a military family who took him to Montreal, Ottawa, Gaza, Beirut and Paris. He later married an Italian. Gerard works comfortably in English, French, Spanish and Italian.  



Eric Aaron Sonego is the owner of Eric Sonego Professional Group. He is an accountant (RPA, APA, CIA, CMA (AU) and IIA -internal auditor)

In practice since 1988. Prior to that he was management services officer with the Federal Business Development Bank of Canada. Eric specialize in small and medium size businesses. He has taught business courses at Algonquin College and at the University of Ottawa. He also gives seminars on accounting topics including taxation, retirement planning. His firm also gives training to business people who want to learn how to use Simply Accounting.  


Director of Youth Initiative

Certified project manager, technically savvy with 15+ years experience in project management in IT, business operations and customer service domains. Excellent knowledge in identifying specific business needs and developing technology solutions that improve functionality and quality, streamline business processes, extend IT capabilities and realize ROI with minimal costs and risks.


Director of Logistics


Director of Outreach

Dania holds a bachelor's degree in Technical Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Swiss Business School. She worked as lecturer and researcher after she graduated in 2015. Then she joined Waste Management Agency in Dubai as environmental engineer. In 2017 she was appointed as Point of Contact for the agency with the ministry of environment and climate change in UAE....


Director of Translation


Director of IT

Tom holds a PhD in Electrical/Electronics Engineering. He is currently working as Senior Mixed Signal Designer at TSMC Canada.

Tom is a principal researcher with a very diverse technical skill-set and a natural drive to optimize and structure and find efficient solutions. ...