The OBoT Perspective: Uniquely Ottawa
WELCOME TO CAPITAL! As a lead advocate for economic growth in Canada’s Capital Region, we are thrilled to offer this magazine asset for our business and community leaders to foster a robust conversation about Ottawa strengths and opportunities, our incredible local businesses and how we can work together to build an affordable, inclusive, and sustainable city.
Transformation is a prevailing theme among economic partners in our region. The challenges and changes of the last few years unveiled many lessons for us to leverage as we shape the future of our city. Ottawa is the cultural and economic hub of the region, a gateway city for Ontario and a beacon for our country. Canada in one city. Opportunities abound for change makers, lifestyle seekers and investors.
Radical collaboration is the primary learning. All of us demonstrated we can move quickly with trust when the stakes are high. In Ottawa-Gatineau, we regularly convene elected officials, executives, and entrepreneurs to calibrate priorities and optimize our resources. This whole-ofcommunity approach is essential to address big issues like climate, housing, and transit. Together, we are working to leverage key private and public investments to realize the highest long-term return.
Progress over perfection. The federal presence in Ottawa garners our region many benefits in terms of amenities, economic impact, and international recognition. Shifts in workforce strategies, mobility trends and consumer expectations inspire us to rethink how we can build up Ottawa in a more diverse, resilient, and vibrant way than ever before. The culture of trying new things is upon us and is a key strategy to protect and enhance quality of life for our citizens, employees, and the next generation.
Cause and connection. Now we know and can never forget that every aspect of our lives; our businesses, our jobs, our health, our education, our social interactions are connected. And we are all connected to each other. There is no choice to be made between our economy and public health, one drives the other. That is why our business community looks for partnerships with organizations that build a strong foundation for prosperity including but not limited to Ottawa Public Health, the United Way, the Ottawa Labour Council, the Ottawa Network for Education, the Ottawa Climate Action Fund and Shepherds of Good Hope, to name just a few.
On behalf of the board of directors, members, and volunteer/staff team at the Ottawa Board of Trade, we thank our business and community leaders for their determined, passionate, and innovative commitment to build up Ottawa, and forge a path to create the best capital city in the world. Together, we will.
Yours in prosperity,