Policy and Advocacy Committees
The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce advocates for its members' interests within the city. All Chamber members are encouraged to take a participatory role in the development of the Chamber's policies by attending Chamber meetings and events and joining Chamber committees. As members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we seek to promote our members’ views through both organizations. We have established four committees to help the staff and board perform their duties in an effective manner.
All Committees report to the board and have specific mandates. In most cases, committees are responsible for developing considered policies within their areas of expertise that, once approved, are used to guide the Chamber staff on its actions.
Committees are chaired by volunteers who are actively supporting the work of both the Chamber and businesses in our community.
Economic Development Committee
Mandate: To ensure that local government is effectively enhancing the global competitiveness, economic growth and prosperity of the Ottawa region. To consider municipal issues that relate to the business community including budgets and bylaw changes.
Chair: Andrew Penny, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environment & Sustainability Committee
Mandate: To focus on policy issues of sustainability for the community and the City of Ottawa, recognizing that any policy and program that will be put forth to the City must also contemplate the provincial and federal policies and initiatives that will interact with it.
Chair: Don Anderson, email@example.com
Mandate: To continually assess the demographics of the Chamber's membership, to formulate strategies that increase the value of the Chamber membership and to collectively promote the Chamber within Ottawa and internationally.
Ambassador Corps Committee
Mandate: To identify and promote the Chamber within the local business community and to be a spokesperson for the Chamber.
Chief Ambassador: Suzanne Cyr, firstname.lastname@example.org