Committee Corner – New Strategic Plan
The Ottawa Board of Trade was recently created from the consolidation of three local Chambers of Commerce whose advocacy work dated back to over 160 years. This legacy move was inspired by the desire of local business and community leaders to increase the impact of the business community during a time of unprecedented change and challenge in the global economy.
The global pandemic amplified the need for a strong voice of business and during the last twenty months, the Board of Trade stepped fully into its role to advocate for programs and policies to help local businesses survive and thrive. Meanwhile, work has continued to lay a strong foundation for a economic recovery and rebound including the first strategic plan of the new organization.
This plan is designed to follow through on our promise to elevate the influence of the business community with decision makers, create a competitive business climate and position business success to drive economic growth.
Our VISION is to be the voice of business and key advocate for economic growth in our Nation’s Capital. Our MISSION is to cultivate a thriving world class business community in Ottawa by influencing economic development through leadership and partnerships.
Our VALUES are:
Collaboration – play to our strengths, partner
Determination – be nimble, results oriented
Future Thinking – leverage leading edge opportunities
Integrity – independent, nonpartisan, transparent
Passion – engage business and community leaders
Our STRATEGIES are:
UNITE: Clarify, enhance, and communicate the OBOT identity and brand.
INFLUENCE: Advocate key priorities for the Ottawa business community at three levels of government.
GROW: Expand and diversify the OBOT membership and elevate overall engagement.
We intend to hone our focus on the most impactful opportunities for economic growth and we invite every Ottawa business to add their voice and shape their future. We invite every Ottawa business, every size and sector, to join us, shape the future of Ottawa and be a part of its success.