SPEAKER

Blair Patacairk

Managing Director, Investment & Trade
Invest Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Blair Patacairk moved into the position of Managing Director of Investment and Trade in November of 2014. Prior to taking on this role, Blair was the President and CEO of Telecom Gateway Services Inc., a full service international business development consulting firm and government specialist. He was engaged as a special advisor to Invest Ottawa in the areas of foreign direct investment, trade and government relations. As such Blair was responsible for the attraction of investment, companies and people to the Ottawa region, the management of Ottawa’s local and global partnerships and the international spokesperson on marketing Ottawa to the world.

Blair has over twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, including working directly with the former Mayor of the City of Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli. He brings a wealth of knowledge on strategic partnerships and growing both SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. His previous experience includes roles at: Vayyoo Inc., a mobile solutions tech startup where he was Vice-President Business Development; Dell Inc. where he was the Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Business Development; and OCRI as the Director of Investment, Marketing, Media and Government Relations at OCRI, where he used his extensive network of business and media contacts to promote Ottawa-based technologies companies around the world.

A recipient of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 award in 2008, Blair has volunteered his time as a board member with numerous organizations and currently sits on the Board of: Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks CENGN); Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA); and Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). He also shares his experience as a business and marketing/communications mentor in local universities/colleges and high schools.