Tremblay resigns from Algonquin board, citing Invest Ottawa conflict

Invest Ottawa CEO Michael Tremblay
Invest Ottawa CEO Michael Tremblay

Michael Tremblay, the new president and CEO of Invest Ottawa, resigned from the Algonquin College Board of Governors earlier this month, citing a conflict of interest with his new role at the economic development agency.

First reported by the Algonquin Times, Mr. Tremblay announced his resignation at a Feb. 13 board meeting. Since the Invest Ottawa board features members from each of Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions, Mr. Tremblay would have been in a conflict to remain exclusively on Algonquin’s board, according to an email from a college spokesperson.

Cheryl Jensen, president of Algonquin College, remains a member of the Invest Ottawa board.

Mr. Tremblay assumed his new role at Invest Ottawa on Mar. 2, the same day his resignation at Algonquin took effect. Before that, he held roles with JDS Uniphase and SAP Canada, most recently serving as vice president of public services with Microsoft Canada for more than a decade.

In January, Mr. Tremblay told OBJ that he would spend his first 90 days “listening carefully,” gaining insights from the Ottawa community before drafting a work plan for his tenure at the helm of Invest Ottawa.