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Ms. Sophia Leong is the Director of the Telfer Executive MBA Program, responsible for the Ottawa’s only face-to-face Executive MBA program, one that is Global, Practical and Relevant in its curriculum design. She also teaches within the Program. Ms. Leong is a strategic and operational planning specialist on the areas of innovation, commercialization and capital investment. She assists companies in crafting and implementing their strategic direction by connecting focused goals and actions towards business successes. Most recently she served at the executive level with Industry Canada and prior to that, Sophia was Vice-President Business Development at KlocWork Inc., a company she had co-founded. She has extensive experience working at Nortel Networks where she was instrumental in co-founding, managing and commercializing seed and start-up companies. Sophia leads a capital financing course, a course she had led for the past decade with strong funding success rate. She is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding contributions and holds a patent on Mergers and Acquisition business and software processes during her time at Nortel Networks and Nortel Technology. She is currently Chair/Board Member of several start-ups and sits on the Government, Industry & Academic Board of Startup Canada, an entrepreneur-led, national movement to enhance the competitiveness and prosperity of Canada by supporting and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship. Sophia is focused on the development of business and civic leadership to help grow innovative and profitable Canadian companies.