Kayla Isabelle is the Chief Executive Officer at [Startup Canada](https://www.startupcan.ca/), the gateway to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Startup Canada's mission is to connect Canada’s entrepreneurs with the tools, community, and support they need to start and build their businesses. Kayla has dedicated her career to supporting entrepreneurs, and is passionate about leveraging the power of storytelling in the business community, particularly for women entrepreneurs as the host of the Startup Women Podcast. 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. Kayla has been awarded the 2021 RevolutionHer™ "Impact in Leadership Award", the 2021 Woman of Inspiration “Authentic Leader Award” by the Universal Women’s Network, "Best Business Support Organization" by CanadianSME Magazine, StartupBeat’s 20 Under 50 Female Leaders In Tech, and is an 11x Award Winning IABC Leader.