Communication Studies prepared me for my career by developing my ability to see clarity in complexity. —Kayla Isabelle, BA ‘14

Kayla Isabelle is the Chief Executive Officer at Startup Canada, the gateway to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that points entrepreneurs in the right direction, eliminates barriers, and champions their needs to private and public sector partners.

Kayla is the Founding Executive Director of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, Past-President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa Chapter, Board Member at StartUP Sault Ste. Marie, and a former Board Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). Kayla sits on the Allied for Startups Continental Council, and supports international communities including SXSW, the Tanzania Tourist Board, and Startup Bridge in India. With a passion for mentorship, Kayla serves as a Founder Institute Mentor, has run the IABC Members Connect Mentorship program, is a Carleton University Network Mentor, and Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) Career Mentor. Kayla has also worked as a Coach at the World Skills Employment Centre for newcomers to Canada, and as a Volunteer with the Darkness into Light Suicide Prevention initiative.

The Carleton Communications program has served as a strong foundation to my career, both because of the program elements and curriculum, and the leadership opportunities it provided. As the former President of the Communications Undergraduate Student Society (CUSS), and as a volunteer with local associations, including the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), I was able to gain practical, and academic experience during my courses that I could apply directly to new volunteer opportunities across my network.

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