Who we are

Stiletto turns your big idea into action

Get our proven processes, accelerated results, and measurements for success working for you.
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Vision is great. But without execution, it’s abstract. We help you make it real. Our team of advisors, strategists and researchers brings over 175 years of combined experience to offer specialized expertise, big-picture thinking, and deep data analysis to craft relevant, right-fit solutions for your organization.
Your success is ours. That looks like:

 

  • A plan you can use every single day.
  • A strategy that evolves as you grow.
  • Realistic recommendations for your budget and team.
  • Engaged stakeholders with a clear shared vision.
  • Research-backed confidence in your path forward.
We engaged Stiletto to help us deepen the engagement between the university and the research park. The work exceeded our expectations. It reinvigorated the connections between the university leadership, the park staff and tenants, and people in the community. We’re able to make some very immediate changes to how we function as a park. “ Lesley RiggVice-President (Research), Western University

Our
Approach

We research deeply.

Your strategy won’t appear out of thin air: we back every action with customized market research tailored to your project’s specific questions. Every recommendation is grounded in extensive quantitative and qualitative research and expert analysis.

We customize every time.

One size does not fit all. Every client, every engagement is unique. We take the time to understand your organization’s specific context and culture and personalize our services to your needs and goals.

We make the complex clear.

From messy multi-stakeholder projects to start-ups struggling to articulate ideal customers to established organizations that need help evolving, Stiletto cuts through the confusion – and even conflict – to engage everyone in the path forward.

We care a lot.

With Stiletto, you get a strategic partner invested in your success. Our working relationships with our clients are close and collaborative, with regular communication and lots of interaction. We become an extension of your team during our engagement with you.

Meet the Team

Stiletto’s deeply educated, international team of talented professionals brings diverse backgrounds and a shared drive to deliver meaningful, impactful work.

Laura O’Blenis

President & CEO

Ariella Lukach, PhD

Vice President Strategy & Positioning

Jenna Evans, MBA Candidate

Director of Operations and Team Lead

Austin Beggs

Research and Technology Parks Strategist

David Campbell, MBA

Chief Economist

Lynda Savoie, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Jackie Kerby Moore, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Patricia Presti, MLS, MED

Chief Information & Lead Researcher

Sarah Sloan, MA

Chief Operating Officer

Tara Sutton, MA

Project Lead

Cailee Mousek, MSc Candidate

Project Lead

Rachel Savidge, MSE

Business Analyst

Joshua Prescott, MA

Senior Researcher

Kim Garwood, PhD

Research & Editorial Specialist

Katherine VanZutphen, MSc Candidate

Research Analyst

Rosalynd Mitchell, MA

Business Analyst

Manju Gill, MBA

Project Coordinator

Natalia Rodriguez

Project Coordinator

Jizel Richard

Project Coordinator

Laura O’Blenis
President & CEO

Laura has more than 25 years’ experience in leading change, generating results, marketing products and services, lobbying, building relationships, and successfully negotiating new business opportunities and contracts. An experienced facilitator and an MBA candidate, she is a consensus builder who can bring diverse stakeholders together to drive transformative change. She has a wealth of knowledge in export markets and has helped companies across sectors expand and thrive in global settings. Her ability to merge traditional industries with high-tech solutions has produced meaningful economic and social impact for numerous clients.

Laura holds a variety of regional, national, and international leadership positions, and she has developed a strong network of innovators and collaborators. She is an award-winning business leader and is frequently sought out as a speaker to share her entrepreneurial journey and her passion for building communities of innovation.

Ariella Lukach, PhD
Vice President Strategy & Positioning

Ariella specializes in strategic design, development, planning, and execution support for high-impact initiatives, institutions, and products. Her industry expertise includes cleantech, ICT, smart grid, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, smart and urban agri-food, mining, and health care. Working at the intersection of academia, industry, government, and community, Ariella has supported diverse clients in more than 60 businesses and organizations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has secured more than $175 million for clients and is known for her ability to translate innovative ideas into real-life applications that are grounded in evidence and best practices. 

Ariella holds a doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and completed her post-doctoral research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She also holds a Master of Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a Bachelor of Science from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. 

Jenna Evans, MBA Candidate
Director of Operations and Team Lead

Jenna is an experienced project manager, facilitator, and market researcher who excels at energizing and mobilizing teams. She has led complex, multi-stakeholder projects and generated high-impact results for research parks, government, and industry clients. Working with clients including Western University, bwtech@UMBC, Planet Hatch, and Michigan State University Foundation, Jenna has guided project teams to success by providing strong, personalized support from the planning stage through implementation. A skilled coordinator and communicator, she takes a proactive approach to involving project partners and maintaining engagement over the course of the project journey.  

Jenna is an MBA candidate at the University of New Brunswick and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing), also from UNB.

Austin Beggs
Research and Technology Parks Strategist

Austin has over 30 years’ experience associated with research and technology parks and developing successful communities of innovation. He specializes in governance modelling and launching new organizational structures. Having served in leadership roles with Innovation Place, Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Canada, and AURP International, he has been recognized by the International Association of Science Parks as a research park expert.  

Austin is a trained facilitator of the Pacific Institute’s Investment in Excellence program and a co-founder of TALM Services. 

David Campbell, MBA
Chief Economist

David Campbell is the President of Jupia Consultants Inc., a business and economic development consulting firm. David has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant and working with industry, not-for-profit organizations, and governments. His focus areas include economic development strategic plans, economic impact analysis, immigration strategy, demographic profiling, sector development and investment attraction.

David has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and has completed additional education from Harvard University in Boston and the University of Waterloo. He is active in multiple community volunteer roles, including his role as a board member of the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick.

Lynda Savoie, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Lynda is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and President and CEO of Aperture Capital Consulting, a New Brunswick-based consulting firm. Her specialties include corporate governance, administration of corporate finance projects, raising capital, business modelling, and financial analysis. Lynda excels in developing and providing interim financial management solutions. 

Jackie Kerby Moore, MBA
Strategic Advisor

Located in the southwest USA, Jackie is a former executive director of an award-winning research park. She brings more than 20 years leading a large public-private partnership in support of the park and recruitment of companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. A manager and leader of an award-winning state-funded small business program for more than 10 years, Jackie has successfully negotiated with state universities to implement a variety of programs. She is also skilled at lobbying state legislature and Governor’s office for additional project funds and driving annual economic impact and customer satisfaction surveys. Additional experience includes managing entrepreneur programs and designing diverse and inclusive entrepreneur forums, managing collaborative space co-located with multiple technology transfer organizations, and managing a technology maturation program.

Patricia Presti, MLS, MED
Chief Information & Lead Researcher

Patricia is an information professional with more than 30 years of professional experience, specializing in customized business research, strategic planning, adult education, and marketing communications. She has extensive experience in the provision of competitive intelligence reports, environmental scans, demographic analyses, company / industry / market / product / prospect trend research, grant proposals, and knowledge mobilization. During her career, she has worked for multinational corporations, post-secondary institutions, trade associations, and all levels of government. Most recently, Patricia has worked on various US and Canadian client files, including City of Kingston, Queen’s University, Western University, New Brunswick Community College, Health Canada, Siemens, Invest Ottawa, and Michigan State University Foundation.  

Patricia holds a Master of Information Studies (Library Science) from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Education (Distance Education) from Athabasca University. 

Sarah Sloan, MA
Chief Operating Officer

Sarah has over 10 years of experience conducting market research and strategic planning. She specializes in working with clients to develop business strategies that optimize resources and processes for future success. Her projects have included work for the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation, and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), New Brunswick Association of Community Business Development Corporation, Kingston Economic Development, Ignite Fredericton, University of Toronto Scarborough, Centennial College, and more. Advancing social and economic insights for clients, Sarah led the development of Stiletto’s high-quality asset mapping process, establishing a comprehensive approach to gathering and communicating data about communities and ecosystems and identifying areas of strength. 

Sarah holds a Master of Environment, specializing in Climate Change, from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Queen’s University. She has co-authored publications on entrepreneurship, angel investing, mentorship programs, C-suite talent, stages of firm growth, and climate change policy comparison between Canada and Australia and carbon banks. 

Tara Sutton, MA
Project Lead

Tara specializes in professional communication, project management, and community engagement. She has over 20 years’ experience in private and public sectors, including roles in marketing, communications, and research management. Tara is a skilled relationship builder, and her approach to strategy development and stakeholder engagement reflects her deep commitment to inclusive and equitable economic and social impact. Tara has managed a variety of complex projects with multiple stakeholders, working with clients including University of Toronto Scarborough, Ignite, and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living.   

Tara holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science. She also has a certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship. 

Cailee Mousek, MSc Candidate
Project Lead

Cailee is an experienced project manager, data analyst, and grant writer who excels at communicating with clients and translating data into impactful strategies. Since joining Stiletto, Cailee has led complex projects with multiple stakeholders and generated high-impact results for economic development agencies, institutions, and businesses. Working with clients including Siemens Canada, Western University, University of Toronto Scarborough, and the Chalmers Foundation, Cailee has guided teams and clients to success by creating evidence-based recommendations backed by stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis, and years of project management experience. Her approach to project communication and coordination is accessible and engaging, and she is committed to ensuring that project partners are involved and informed throughout the project process.  

Cailee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics and Finance from the University of New Brunswick and is pursuing a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Development at the University of Cardiff in 2022-23.  

Rachel Savidge, MSE
Business Analyst

Rachel specializes in developing funding applications for diverse clients in clean technology, cybersecurity, agri-technology, and advanced manufacturing. Previously a program officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Rachel has first-hand experience with federal granting processes and requirements. Combining her technical knowledge with practical experience and attention to detail, Rachel specializes in transforming highly technical concepts into feasible plans. Her research and analysis have supported projects for clients including University of Toronto Scarborough, Invest Ottawa, Siemens, and New Brunswick Community College. 

Rachel holds a Master of Engineering Physics degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick. She also has a background in economics and computer science. 

Joshua Prescott, MA
Senior Researcher

Joshua has over 15 years of teaching and research experience at the post-secondary level. He specializes in high-level research, data analysis, and effective, concise messaging and communication. Joshua develops a range of research products for clients, including comparative matrices and competitor analyses. He brings broad-based research and writing expertise with experience in health, cleantech, and the food and beverage industry, and his work has contributed to projects for Alpha Healthcare, the New Brunswick Association of Community Living, Ontario Shores, Ignite, and the Chalmers Foundation.  

Joshua holds a Master of Arts in English literature from Carleton University. 

Kim Garwood, PhD
Research & Editorial Specialist

Kim specializes in writing and editing and has created clear, engaging copy for business plans, proposals, feasibility studies, and economic and social impact assessments. Her work has contributed to projects for clients including Michigan State University Foundation, the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation, and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), and the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists. Kim’s past work experience includes roles as a corporate communications editor, writing centre manager, and head of an academic support centre. A successful proposal writer, Kim has garnered funding from provincial and national funding agencies for academic and community groups.  

Kim holds a doctorate focused on plain language from the University of Waterloo, and her individual and group-authored publications include work on plain language, higher education pedagogy, academic integrity, medical education, public health, and interprofessional health care communication. 

Katherine VanZutphen, MSc Candidate
Research Analyst

Katherine is a data and asset mapping specialist who excels at data collection, cleaning, and visualization. Her asset mapping of community and entrepreneurship ecosystems, university research excellence, and research and technology park assets has contributed to insights and strategic recommendations for clients including Western Research Parks, the Michigan State University Foundation, bwtech@UMBC, and Innovation Place.  

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. As a venture capital associate at Venture Grade at Saint Mary’s, Katherine participated in several entrepreneurial initiatives and was part of the only university-student raised and led fund in Canada. 

Rosalynd Mitchell, MA
Business Analyst

Rosalynd Mitchell provides in-depth social and economic impact analysis, secondary research, data analysis, and information consolidation to make informed recommendations and provide validated solutions for clients. Rosalynd provided detailed research for New Space New Mexico and University of Toronto Scarborough in Ontario, conducted research and analysis on government priorities for Innovation Place in Saskatchewan, and led the development of a business plan for a New Brunswick craft cannabis company, Sustainable Craft. Working closely with Stiletto’s Chief Economist, Rosalynd has developed social and economic models to provide meaningful insights for clients’ unique needs. Her analysis helped Alpha Labs in Ontario build a strong case for its new services and supported the New Brunswick Association of Community Living in making a social and economic case for the organization’s new institute.  

Rosalynd holds a Master of Arts in Economics at Dalhousie University, where she focused on natural resource economics and completed her research thesis on Nova Scotia’s offshore natural gas market. 

Manju Gill, MBA
Project Coordinator

Manju is an experienced project management professional who has led several government and corporate-funded projects. With more than 10 years of experience in market and financial research and sustainable community development, she excels at understanding projects at a strategic level and tailoring implementation plans to achieve goals effectively and efficiently.  

Manju is an MBA candidate at the University of New Brunswick, and she holds a Masters in Sociology and a diploma in Sustainable Rural Development. Manju has shared her experience and knowledge as a teaching assistant and is the recipient of several awards, including the MBA entrance Award, Dr. Francisco Arcelus Memorial Scholarship, and Graduate Research Award.  

Natalia Rodriguez
Project Coordinator

Natalia provides multifaceted support including liaising with clients and conducting stakeholder engagement, outreach, and primary and secondary research. She brings experience and knowledge from past positions with provincial and federal government organizations, development agencies, and post-secondary institutions. With her skills in project processes, recommendation frameworks, and report development, Natalia advances projects and ensures deliverables are tailored to client and industry needs. 

Natalia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an honours in Political Economy, and a major in Communications with Public Policy. She is the recipient of the 2021-22 NB Power Leadership in Communications & Public Policy Scholarship. 

Jizel Richard
Project Coordinator

Jizel has a well-rounded background including client relations and team leadership with various organizations and committees. She has worked with federal departments as an economic researcher, and in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves. As a project coordinator, Jizel strengthens relationships with clients, strategizes recommendations, conducts analyses, and constructs reports, keeping projects on track through to completion. 

Jizel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an honours in Economics and Finance from the University of New Brunswick.