Karla Briones is a business strategist that coaches new immigrants on how to become successful entrepreneurs in their adopted country. Karla also provides business advisory to entrepreneurs of all walks of life who are building businesses—from ideation through the growth stage via Invest Ottawa.
She is the founder of Immigrants Developing Entrepreneurs Academy (IDEA)—an online platform designed to educate newcomers to Canada about and connect them with our business ecosystem.
Karla received the 2018 City of Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, given to an immigrant who has made an impact in the local economy and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
She is a small business columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and serves on the board of directors for the Ottawa Markets and the Ottawa Board of Trade, as well as volunteering as a business mentor for Futurpreneur Canada and for several local community groups.
Karla owns Global Pet Foods Kanata & Hintonburg and Freshii Westboro.