Ottawa Chapter Lead:

Nora Sheffe


Upcoming Ottawa Chapter Meetings:

All meetings are held from 7 pm to 9 pm. Locations to be determined.

The Ottawa Chapter meets 5 times a year, typically in September, November, January, April and June (subject to change).  Our June session usually includes a reflection on the year and then in either in June or September, we select topics and hosts for the next season of gatherings.  Our venue varies for each gathering - often going to different members' places of work. The logistics for the gatherings are circulated to our chapter members about 2 weeks in advance.

Meetings and Topics for 2019:

Tues., Jan. 22, 2019 - A Design Thinking Primer (see details below) - Kim Ennis and Nilufer Erdebil of Spring to Innovation

Mon., Mar. 25, 2019 - Case Studies: Working with Boards / Very Large Groups (e.g. Town Halls), if time permits, Difficult Participants - Lise Hebabi and one other facilitator

Tues., May 14, 2019 - Business Practices / Running a Business - TBC

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Nora Sheffe.




Jan. 22, 2019 Ottawa Chapter Gathering - A Design Thinking Primer

Design thinking is a user-centric, solution based approach of thinking and methodology. It provides the structure and methods for solving complex problems in a collaborative and creative way. Design thinking looks at understanding the users’ needs and delivering on what is possible.

Presenters - Kim Ennis and Nilufer Erdebil of Spring to Innovation

Nilufer's Bio - Nilufer has over 20 years of experience in innovation and design thinking within various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management, IT management and public service. Throughout her career she has always had a passion for technology, business, commercializing technology and navigating change.

Nilufer is a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award and a 2016 recipient of the WCT Leadership Award from Women in Communications and Technology. She is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University

Link to website for training :

When - Tuesday, Janaury 22nd 7pm - 8:30pm

Where - City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Ave West - Colonel By Room (2nd Floor)

- Parking is free after 6pm

- Note that Elgin street has closures - here's more info 

RVSP - please RSVP to Nora Sheffe by Jan. 17.