The OBoT Perspective: Light It Up!
WELCOME TO THE 18th edition of CAPITAL. As the voice of business and key economic development partner in Ottawa and the region, we are thrilled to publish this magazine for our business and community members. Our intention is to share the things that are happening in our city and highlight local businesses, initiatives and leaders. In turn, we hope you will use this tool to promote Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region as a great place to “play, live and work.”
In these pages you will garner insights from city leaders, national economists and local businesspeople who are working together to leverage growth opportunities, and create a city where people want to live.
Ottawa is facing the same challenges as many other cities around the world including housing and labour shortages, rising costs, and chronic inequities. Fast emerging trends in consumer behaviour, technology and workforce development combined with the lasting impacts of the pandemic on education and health make for a complex landscape. All the while, we aim to lead on key issues like climate action.
There are many big questions to answer. However, these same challenges are opportunities to build forward better. And Ottawa has a very strong foundation on which to build. Excellent infrastructure, an educated workforce, broad R&D capabilities, many built and natural amenities and a strong foothold in key sectors. The deciding factor for our future success comes from our ability to level up in partnership and policy making.
We are the nation’s capital city with a population of one million and growing. We are also a regional community with a track record of collaboration, innovation and resiliency. Our economic eco-system is strong, and we see a growing commitment among business, community and government leaders to work together. This radical collaboration will create an enviable future for the next generation, breed new leaders and see Ottawa reach its full potential.
Ottawa. It’s our time. Let’s light it up!
Yours in prosperity,
Sueling Ching | President & CEO
Ottawa Board of Trade