Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 160th Annual General Meeting

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce held its 160th Annual General Meeting at City Hall in the presence of members.

The Ottawa Board of Trade was created on June 10, 1857, by special act of the Parliament of the late Province of Canada. It began with 50 members, headed by J.B Lewis – the second Mayor of Bytown, the first Mayor of Ottawa, and a Member of Parliament from 1872 to 1873.

This milestone Annual General Meeting not only commemorates over a century and a half of business continuity, but also speaks to the Chamber’s ability to safeguard Ottawa business interests and get things done. From helping to launch the Ottawa Winter Carnival—now known as Winterlude—in the late 19th century, to founding the Canadian Tulip Festival with famed photographer Malak Karsh in the early 1950s, to advocating for Light Rail Transit development in the 21st century, the Ottawa Chamber is committed to city building.

“For 160 years, the Ottawa Chamber has been an effective voice for its members, and a strong ally of Ottawa’s business community,” said Mayor Jim Watson. ” The Chamber’s events have been a reliable meeting place for business people to develop connections that help grow their businesses and our local economy. I congratulate them on this milestone anniversary and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

The members approved the 2016 Annual Report, including the consolidated financial statements, and the election of three new board members.

In his address, the Acting Chair of the Board of Directors, Ian Sherman, underlined the commitment from members throughout the years highlighting the Chamber’s role in shaping our city. President and CEO Ian Faris added: “Though we continue to evolve with the changing corporate landscape, our commitment to the business community remains the same – to safeguard the interests of our business community”.

The Ottawa Chamber’s top priorities include, ensuring that Ottawa attracts top talent; builds modern infrastructure that reflects the growth of our community; develops a culture of entrepreneurship and business creation for economic growth; and to reduce the cumulative regulatory burden faced by businesses.

The Ottawa Chamber comprises over 700 members, representing 27,000 employees from multiple industries and business sizes. The Chamber hosts over 40+ events a year that help make business connections, recognitions, and a platform for dialogue and advocacy efforts. The Ottawa Chamber continues to remain the single largest independent voice for business in Ottawa.

160th anniversary celebrations have been continuing throughout the year, and earlier in June Mayor Jim Watson issued a special proclamation making June 10th ‘Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Day’ in the city. Another key highlight will be the 2017 Best Ottawa Business Awards (The BOBs) recognition on November 15 at the Westin Ottawa.

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, along with other economic stakeholders continues to advocate to make Ottawa, the best place to live, work, play and invest in North America.

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