OBoT Perspective: The Future is Bright
Our world got a forced reset in March 2020 that has now lasted 20 months. It has impacted every aspect of our global community and taught us big lessons about how connected we are and how multi-faceted prosperity really is, mental wellness, public health, the economy, the environment, and equality. These lessons have come at a high price and begs the question, how will we leverage what we learned to build back better?
We are all anxious to get back to normal. Or are we? In fact, how do we define normal now that so much has changed and continues to evolve. Collectively, we have demonstrated the highest levels of collaboration, determination, innovation, and resilience. More than we ever thought possible pre-pandemic. And therein lies the foundation for a new way of thinking – that anything is possible when we work together.
We now know what it means to slow down and speed up at the same time. We know that a lack of understanding and acceptance for diversity will keep us from reaching our full potential. And that business success stories that start with people, end with profit. This edition of CAPITAL explores what we have learned and where we can go from the purview of Ottawa business and community leaders.
At the board of trade, we have been advocating for policies and programs to support our business through the pandemic and create an environment in which the private sector can drive our recovery and rebound. We are committed to maintaining and even elevating the level of collaboration with economic and political stakeholders we have come to expect during this time. And we see an opportunity to create a new vision for our Nation’s Capital, one that leads the world in city building.
Enjoy CAPITAL. As always, we hope you are informed and inspired by the insights herein and either realize or become more certain that Ottawa is the best place in Canada to live, learn, work, invest, play, and visit. Canada in one city. Today and in the future.
Sueling Ching, President & CEO Ottawa Board of Trade