Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing & Communications is a strategy executive, management consultant and communications strategist with 20+ years of leadership experience with private and public organizations.
With expertise in regional, national and global technology, entrepreneurial, economic development and innovation-based organizations, she specializes in corporate and communications strategy development and execution. This includes investment strategies that secure new cash and in-kind contributions from public and private sources. Since 2005, Sonya has led, strategized, authored and/or made a significant contribution to successful multi-year funding proposals valued at more than $193 million from municipal, provincial, federal and international governments. These complex, multi-year projects often engage multiple stakeholders from industry, academia, and non-profit organizations; leverage additional matching in-kind contributions from the private sector; and directly enable funding recipients to increase their impact on stakeholders served.
Sonya launched her career as the Manager of Communications and Member of the Vice-Presidential Cabinet with the 10G Organization of Optical Networks for Nortel from 1999 to 2002, and then served as the Director of Marketing Communications for CMC Microsystems until 2007. Building on a decade of experience, Sonya launched her own strategy company in 2008, addressing the needs of S&T organizations, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development agencies across Canada, and key global partners. She currently serves as a Vice President with Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for Canada’s Capital, and Bayview Yards, Ottawa’s one-stop business acceleration shop.
Sonya holds a Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in English and Political Science from Carleton University, and has received nine international awards for her work in communications.