• Holiday Greeting

    It seems hard to believe that the holiday season is before us again. I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    2015 has been a year that we won’t soon forget.

    As we finish a highly successful and collaborative first year, I look forward to working with my Council colleagues preparing for the important milestones and projects planned for the years to come. Although there is still much work to be done, we have made significant progress over the past year:

    • Kept taxes affordable
    • Council has made record investments in affordable housing.
    • A new Ottawa Art Gallery and revitalized Arts Court will open its doors in 2017.
    • Secured full funding for Cleaning up the Ottawa River with the Ottawa River Action Plan.
    • Kept Confederation Line construction moving forward quickly with progress now visible on the surface
    • Approved Stage 2 Plan to extend LRT further east, west and south.

    Holidays are an excellent time to reflect, but they are also an opportunity to plan for the years to come.

    To that end, preparations for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 are well underway and we have made significant progress.

    I recently had the pleasure to announce that The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has selected Ottawa as the host city for the 2017 JUNO Awards. We have also secured major events like the Canadian Video Game Awards, Canadian Track and Field Championships, The Canadian Olympic Curling Trials – Roar of the Rings and many more to be announced.

    The energy, excitement and investments generated by Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations will serve as a catalyst for long-term tourism growth. As the spotlight descends upon the capital, we are working hard to position Ottawa as THE place for all Canadians to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

    Check out our website www.ottawa2017.ca to find out how you can contribute your ideas for this important milestone.

    I hope you can take some time over the holidays to come and enjoy the SENS RINK of Dreams at City Hall, or our refrigerated outdoor rink at Lansdowne Park.

    Most of all, enjoy some quality time with your friends and family at this wonderful time of year.

    Happy holidays.

  • Ottawa 2017 and CIBC Announce Partnership in Celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday

    Today Ottawa 2017 along with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced that CIBC (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) will be the lead partner as the city hosts a year of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

    The partnership will see a number of high caliber events and activities presented in the Capital throughout 2017, a year that marks both Canada and CIBC’s 150th.  CIBC’s commitment to Ottawa 2017 extends beyond a monetary contribution and includes a comprehensive marketing strategy, cultural program management and a proven track record of grassroots engagement and community activation.

    “The partnership between Ottawa 2017 and CIBC is the single largest partnership for an event in Ottawa’s history and a strong show of confidence in our city by CIBC,” said Mayor Watson, accompanied by Councillors Cloutier and Fleury, co-chairs of the City’s efforts in Ottawa 2017. “Together, we will amplify Canada’s 150thcelebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences.”

    “As we celebrate 150 years together, CIBC and Ottawa 2017 will co-host landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our connections as Canadians,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, CIBC. “This partnership with Ottawa 2017 will create memorable experiences that ignite pride, creativity and passion.”

    Details of the partnership were announced this morning at the popular Mayor’s Breakfast Series. A full year of celebrations will be offered from January to December.

    One of many incredible experiences to come, on July 1, 2017, Ottawa 2017 and CIBC will present an evening celebration at the Shaw Centre, with entertainment never seen before in Ottawa along with a breathtaking view of the fireworks. Also planned is an exciting new program in the capital called Inspiration Village. It will feature each of Canada’s provinces and territories for a full week of tributes over the course of the summer in 2017. Full details will be revealed soon.

    “It’s an honor for Ottawa 2017 to be the first organization Canada-wide to benefit from a significant private sector contribution in respect to Canada 150th celebrations and to partner with CIBC, a distinguished Canadian institution,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “Together, we will showcase the nation’s capital from an avant-garde perspective and create energizing moments for the millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast that will take part in these historic celebrations.”

    Ottawa will be centre stage in 2017, as a record number of Canadians are expected to visit the capital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ottawa 2017 will be announcing many more initiatives in the weeks and months ahead, as it gears up for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, right here in the capital.

    To stay informed on the latest plans, visit ottawa2017.ca.