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| Female Founders Panel

- 07:00 PM

As summer comes to a close, we look forward to connecting with you at the f2 Female Founders Panel on Tuesday, September 10th.

We’re also excited to announce our panellists, who will be joining us to share advice and anecdotes gleaned from their own experiences as female founders and mentors.


  • Julia Elvidge works with high tech companies as a strategic advisor, board member and investor. Educated as an engineer, Julia designed microchip circuits before moving into the business side of technology. As President and major shareholder, Julia helped build Chipworks into an industry leader delivering patent and technology analysis services to global electronics companies.
  • Lindsay Kavanagh is a digital marketing expert and the co-founder of Dapper & Daring, an online directory of LGBTQ+ friendly businesses in the Ottawa region. Dapper & Daring launched in the summer of 2017 and is run and maintained by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Lindsay is also a digital marketing manager at Invest Ottawa and an advertising professor at Algonquin College.
  • Erin Kelly is President and CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc. (ASI), a company that uses Artificial Intelligence to improve market research and polling accuracy. Erin has over 20 years of experience as a marketing executive, most recently as COO of a large advertising firm. Today, she is a pioneer in the new world of marketing research using Artificial Intelligence (AI). 
  • Zainab Muse is an award-winning entrepreneur, strategist, process designer, interactive digital media expert and filmmaker. She has founded two companies, sits on executive boards, authored a book, produced documentaries, and has led the creation of multiple innovative projects in Canada’s Capital. She is fondly recognized for advocating for youth leadership, digital transformation, women & newcomer immigrant entrepreneurship, along with diversity and inclusion strategies.

The panel, which will be a valuable resource for those starting a business from the ground up, will be followed with an audience Q&A.

There will also be time for guests and panellists to network, share and connect over cocktails and finger foods.

This is the second event in the f² series and will be hosted by Smart & Biggar partner, Daphne Lainson and senior associate Jamie-Lynn Kraft.