• Ottawa launches Canada’s first on-street test of an Autonomous Vehicle

    Ottawa – Ottawa is the first Canadian city to launch testing of an on-street autonomous vehicle (AV) communicating with live City infrastructure. Until now, testing of AVs in Canada has been done in closed, segregated areas. By partnering with BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC), Ottawa now has the facilities and technology to further the advancement of driverless car testing on active public streets.

    Mayor Jim Watson celebrated this milestone with partners from BlackBerry QNX, Invest Ottawa, and the Kanata North Business Association as the car took its first spin around the Kanata North Technology Park. At the live demonstration, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX, rode in BlackBerry’s autonomous drive concept car. During the ride, the car stopped at a traffic light at a pedestrian crossing, allowing people to cross the road.

    The test area, which loops around the Kanata North Technology Park, is equipped with the latest technology from BlackBerry QNX, along with Codha Wireless, Luxcom and NovAtel. The City’s Traffic Services have optimized the infrastructure within the test route area for communication with autonomous vehicles via Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) transmitters at the traffic lights, re-painted street lines in the test area, and accelerated installation of controllable LED street lights.

    The City and BlackBerry QNX are working collaboratively with organizations such as Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association, as well as researchers and academics at Algonquin College, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa to further establish Ottawa as Canada’s AV capital. Together, these industry leaders will bring the emerging connected car and AV technologies, products, services and applications developed in Ottawa to the global market.

    This milestone in AV testing brings Ottawa a step closer to its vision of being a Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Vehicles, a highly competitive designation that will allow further advancement of driverless car testing. The City and Ottawa’s technology community are committed to working together to ensure that the testbed is continually being updated with leading-edge technology. In the next phase, Nokia will be joining the testbed to add LTE and 5G capability to the route, based on their experience deploying connected car solutions in Germany and elsewhere.


    “Ottawa has established itself as an innovative and smart city, is home to a diverse technology hub, and has the expertise, new technology and talent needed to spark autonomous vehicle innovation. With support from BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and by working closely with all our partners, we are facilitating smart initiatives and research, and fueling innovation and job creation in Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa


    “Thanks to the City of Ottawa, our AVIC was able to help establish a functional, real-life test route for our autonomous vehicle concept car, which will benefit our growing ecosystem of customers, partners and developers. Anybody who has driven in Ottawa in February knows that no matter who is behind the wheel, driving isn’t easy when it comes to ice, sleet and snow. We believe these conditions coupled with the City’s commitment to supporting research and development from BlackBerry and its partners, makes Ottawa a fantastic place to advance autonomous vehicle technology.”
    John Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Blackberry QNX


    “Ottawa is a global leader in autonomous vehicles and related technologies, leveraging decades of innovation and industry leadership in information and communications technologies (ICT), next-generation networks, wireless, and related hardware and software. Our region has the expertise and capabilities required to develop, commercialize, and adopt new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solutions. These technologies can be integrated into global supply chains and sold around the world.  This new testbed adds critical capability to our ecosystem, enabling innovators to test and commercialize these AV technologies.”
    Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards


    “We are very proud that today, Canada’s largest technology park launches Canada’s first on-road autonomous vehicle test route connected to live City infrastructure. With over 40 Autonomous Vehicle technology companies located in the Kanata North Technology Park along the test route itself, and Canada’s largest cluster of advance networking, software, cybersecurity, and IoT expertise for Autonomous Vehicles – the contributions these companies will make to the global advancement of Autonomous Vehicle technology is invaluable.”
    Jenna Sudds, President and Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association


    Quick Facts

    • There are over 70 companies in Ottawa’s autonomous vehicle ecosystem, led by BlackBerry QNX, that are directly contributing their expertise, technology and intelligence to connected cars and autonomous vehicles.
    • The test route is made possible by many partners working together:
      • BlackBerry QNX, a leading developer of mission-critical software that forms the foundation for connected and autonomous vehicles, will use the test route to further advance its software and technology development in this field. BlackBerry QNX’s operating system also powers the traffic management system used by the City’s Traffic Services.
      • NovAtel’s GNSS GPS base station, installed on BlackBerry QNX’s building, and Codha’s DSRC technology, installed in the City traffic lights, can communicate directly with authorized AVs, and enable them to take appropriate action.
      • In-kind contributions and donations of AV technology and systems from other leading industry partners including NovAtel and Codha Wireless.
      • Critical funding and support from the City of Ottawa, Invest Ottawa, the lead economic development agency for the National Capital Region, and the Kanata North Business Association, which is home to Canada’s largest technology park.
    • Ottawa is home to BlackBerry QNX’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center.
    • The BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) was created to advance technology innovation for connected and autonomous vehicles, independently as well as in collaboration with private and public sector organizations and research institutes.
    • Building on the company’s 20 years of experience and leadership in the automotive industry, the centre will germinate new ideas and transform innovative concepts into reality through advanced engineering projects and demonstration vehicles tested on real roads.
    • Carleton Research has recently secured funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).  As part of the program, which is led by Defense Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science and in partnership with Public Safety Canada, Carleton Research will be given $974,000 over three years for research on securing new connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
    • To help aid the University’s research, BlackBerry QNX has signed a charter with Carleton University to provide technical expertise in the area of automotive software development.


  • Mayor Watson to lead economic mission to Los Angeles and Seattle

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today that on September 18, 2017, he will head to Los Angeles, California, with the heads of Ottawa’s local tourism and film industries, as well as representation from Invest Ottawa.

    On September 21, Mayor Watson will head to Seattle, Washington, to tour the Amazon Headquarters.

    The economic mission’s participants are:

    • Mr. Michael Crockatt, President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism
    • Mr. Bruce Harvey, Film Commissioner, Ottawa Film Office
    • Ms. Kelly Daize, Market Director, Americas, Invest Ottawa

    The purpose of this mission is to promote Ottawa as a filming destination and a technology hub, explore tourism development opportunities with worldwide partners during the World Tourism Cities Federation Summit, and create jobs and economic opportunities for residents in the tourism and hospitality sector.

    Film & Television Opportunities

    The mission will include a series of targeted meetings with decision-makers from American film and television production studios to promote Ottawa as a prime filming location, due to its affordability, beautiful and unique landscapes, and access to a talented and bilingual cast and film crew.

    On September 18, the day after the Emmys, Mayor Watson and the delegates will have the opportunity to build ties and attract interest in the film industry at a reception celebrating Canadian Emmy nominees, hosted by the Consul General of Canada, James Villeneuve.

    On September 19, the delegation will have further opportunities to develop relationships at an industry dinner where the Consul General has convened local film and television industry leaders, as well as other business development contacts.

    Tourism Opportunities

    Mayor Watson and Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, will also attend the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Summit as a guest of the organizers, where on September 20, the Mayor will speak at a forum on solutions to challenges faced by tourism cities. Mayor Watson will discuss Ottawa’s lessons learned from hosting a wide variety of major events in the context of Ottawa 2017, namely the need for early community outreach and identifying the right partners and logistical teams to deliver major events. He will showcase the recent La Machine performances that swept the entire city with excitement as an example of Ottawa’s strength and wealth of experience in planning and ensuring safe and orderly conduct for large crowds.

    The WTCF Summit will also present opportunities to strengthen our international networks. Mayor Watson will meet with the Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, and the Chairman of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, Mr. Song Yu, to explore further partnership opportunities.

    Mayor Watson will be meeting with a number of Chinese media to promote Ottawa as a tourism destination of choice, particularly in 2018, which marks the Canada-China Year of Tourism. The governments of Canada and China have signed an agreement to increase cooperation between the two countries and boost the two-way flow of visitors.

    Ottawa has maintained an active relationship with Beijing since 1999, when Mayor Watson first signed the Ottawa-Beijing Sister City Agreement. Mayor Watson has led a number of trade missions to China since the signing of that Agreement.

    While at the Summit, Mayor Watson will also have an opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Eric Garcetti.

    Foreign Investment and Trade

    Invest Ottawa and the Consulate General in Los Angeles are jointly coordinating site visits and business development meetings with other leads, particularly small to medium-sized enterprises who are interested in establishing a presence in Canada or growing their Canadian footprint in Ottawa.

    Visit of Amazon Headquarters in Seattle

    Mayor Watson will tour the 33-building complex that Amazon has built in Seattle, accompanied by Michael Wooff, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada. The goal of the visit and briefing is to gain a better understanding of the scope and infrastructure requirements of the campus, in order to put forward the strongest bid to attract Amazon HQ2 to Ottawa.


    “Ottawa is well-positioned to attract interest from partners located around the world, including keen investors and producers in the United States. We need to strengthen our current relationships and build new ties abroad to keep building Ottawa’s international reputation and ensure we stay competitive in the global marketplace.

    My tour of the Amazon campus in Seattle will hopefully let me see what Amazon needs and what they will be looking to achieve with their second headquarters. I look forward to this opportunity to tour the campus and gain insight from the Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Seattle.’’
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick facts:

    • Ottawa is Canada’s technology hub, with the most educated workforce in Canada, counting 1,750 companies and 77,000 employees in the information and telecommunications industry.
    • Tourism is Ottawa’s third-largest industry and creator of jobs. As a former President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Mayor Watson has brought a renewed focus to leveraging tourism for economic growth since he was elected in 2010.
    • The number of Chinese visitors to Canada grew by 170 per cent between 2011 and 2014.
    • The yearly average for film and television production in the Ottawa area translates into over $100 million spent directly in the local economy, including more than $50 million in Ottawa’s established animation sector.
    • Mayor Watson’s travel and accommodations expenses in Los Angeles will be paid for by the World Tourism Cities Federation. The portion of expenses related to Seattle will be covered by the City’s Economic Development Branch.

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  • Statement by Mayor Watson, co-chair of Invest Ottawa, regarding the Amazon HQ2 announcement

    ‘’Following Amazon’s announcement yesterday that it was looking to establish an important campus in a North American city, I have asked Invest Ottawa and the City’s Economic Development branch to explore this great opportunity for our community. As an innovation and research-intensive city, counting a bilingual and culturally diverse high-tech and telecommunications workforce of more than 77,000 leading professionals, Ottawa is well-positioned to host this Amazon campus, and we will work hard over the next few months to put our best foot forward in this process.

    Working with our economic development partners, we will showcase all that our city has to offer. We are holding discussions with the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, Ville de Gatineau, our postsecondary institutions, Hydro Ottawa and other key utilities, as well as industry and community leaders, to seek their input and collaboration in bringing this bid forward. Representatives from these groups will be asked to join the Task Force on Amazon HQ2, which will meet shortly to determine our critical path between now and the bidding deadline of October 19.

    My hope is that we will be placing a strong and convincing bid to host Amazon HQ2 in our nation’s capital, which would greatly benefit our community, attracting tens of thousands of jobs and helping diversify our economy.’’

    – Mayor Jim Watson, co-chair, Invest Ottawa

  • Mayor and delegation champion high-tech growth in Ottawa during visit to Queen’s Park

    March 6, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and Sir Terry Matthews, of Wesley Clover International, led a delegation to Queen’s Park today to speak with Ministers of the Government of Ontario in support of high-tech initiatives and opportunities in Ottawa, particularly in the fields of autonomous vehicles and next generation networks.

    The aim of the delegation was to brief the provincial government on recent developments in key high-tech industries, and to reinforce the value and economic growth potential these industries offer for Ottawa and Ontario. The delegation provided policy recommendations in support of their objectives, including:

    • Support for Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN), a not-for-profit consortium of industry, academic and research leaders headquartered in Ottawa, to develop a smart infrastructure test bed in Ontario, to foster development and commercialization of networking technologies, and to be a test environment for the new digital economy.
    • That Ottawa be considered as the site for a provincial Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Vehicles, supporting the efforts of the Province to advance development of autonomous vehicles in Ontario.

    In addition to Sir Terry Mathews, a champion of technology in Ottawa, the delegation was made up of Ottawa’s leaders in research and development, commercialization, innovation, and economic development, including:

    • Ottawa City Councillors Jan Harder, Allan Hubley, Tim Tierney and Marianne Wilkinson, who have championed Smart City initiatives and the development of the autonomous vehicle industry at City Hall
    • Ritch Dusome, President and CEO, CENGN (Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks)
    • Eric Smith, Head of Government Relations (Canada), BlackBerry
    • John Wall, Senior Vice President and Head, QNX Software Systems
    • Dr. Ruth Rayman, The Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre, National Research Council Canada
    • Sacha Gera, SVP, Cloud Products, GENBAND
    • Allen Lalonde, Senior Innovation Executive and Director, IBM Canada Research and Development Centre
    • Christian Szpilfogel, Vice President, Strategy, M&A Business Development and IPR, Mitel
    • Dr. Philip Church, Chief Technology Officer, Neptec
    • Steve Langford, Vice President, Marketing, Wesley Clover
    • Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ottawa
    • Sylvain Charbonneau, Associate Vice-President, University of Ottawa
    • Cheryl Jensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin College
    • Frédéric Thibault-Chabot, Collège La Cité
    • Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa
    • Blair Patacairk, Managing Director, Investment and Trade, Invest Ottawa
    • Jenna Sudds, Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association
    • Chris Cope, Economic Development Officer, City of Ottawa

    While at Queen’s Park, the delegation met with:

    • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
    • Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
    • Representatives from the Office of the Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
    • Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth
    • Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

    The Ottawa Government Caucus, led by Minister Bob Chiarelli, accompanied the delegation in its meetings.


    “The members of this delegation share a common vision of Ottawa as a leader in the high-tech sector in Canada and around the world. Together, we are working hard to leverage our strengths on many fronts, and in particular, to develop a sophisticated autonomous vehicle industry and advance next generation networks in Ontario. We look forward to working more closely with the Government of Ontario to fuel innovation and economic development in Ottawa to the benefit of the entire province.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts:

    • In November 2016, Ottawa City Council adopted a motion supporting the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Vehicles in the Ottawa area, working alongside its many economic development partners.
    • Ottawa City Council also directed staff to work with the Province to approve the testing of autonomous vehicles on Ottawa’s roads, starting in the Kanata North Business Park.
    • There are more than 60 companies in Ottawa that play a role in the fields of autonomous vehicles and next generation networks through software, sensors, data analytics and telecommunications.
    • Last fall, BlackBerry QNX revealed it was investing $100 million and creating 650 new jobs in Ottawa over the next five years.
    • Apple has also opened an office in Ottawa to work on autonomous vehicles.
    • Early this summer, Ottawa will launch the first ever autonomous vehicle test track on active city streets.
    • The test area will be fully equipped with the latest GPS and telecommunications technology, and will be coordinated with City traffic systems and street lighting.
  • Help bring Canada’s Games to Canada’s capital

    Residents can join in the excitement as Ottawa bids to host the Canada Summer Games in 2021 by registering their support at Ottawa2021.ca. As part of the bid process, the City wants to showcase the strong community support and enthusiasm for hosting the event.

    The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for the next generation of national team athletes and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. It would be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Ottawa.

    In addition to the 4,600 elite Canadian athletes who would compete at the Games, the event would bring an estimated 20,000 visitors to Ottawa, creating more than 1,000 jobs and generating more than $150 million in local economic activity.

    A community celebration held at City Hall today heightened excitement for the City’s bid, with more than 250 residents attending the party hosted by Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Jody Mitic, City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner, Ottawa 2021 Bid Committee Co-chairs Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, and four-time Olympian Sue Holloway.

    The support shown by the community both online and at community events strengthens the City’s bid, which will be evaluated by the Canada Games Council and scored against other bids from Greater Sudbury, Niagara Region, and a partnership between the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. An announcement of the successful bid is expected at the end of March 2017.


    “Ottawa is the destination of choice for the 2021 Canada Summer Games, and the resulting economic benefits for our community would be significant. The support expressed so far by residents has been phenomenal, and now we need to continue the momentum. We are asking residents to demonstrate their ongoing support by registering online at Ottawa2021.ca to help us bring the Games to Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Hosting the Canada Summer Games would provide Ottawa residents with the chance to experience firsthand national-calibre sporting events where they can cheer on our Canadian athletes and future Olympians. The Games will also provide an opportunity to showcase Ottawa’s own talented athletes and our outstanding facilities.”
    Councillor Jody Mitic, City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner

    Quick Facts:

    • The Canada Summer Games were last held in Sherbrooke, Québec in 2013, where they attracted 16,000 visitors and generated an estimated $165 million in economic impact.
    • Promoting the nation’s capital as an ideal location for major national and international events and conventions is a cornerstone of the City’s economic development plan.
    • The City developed the Bid More, Win More, Host More strategy in partnership with Ottawa Tourism to promote Ottawa as a world-class event hosting destination, create jobs and grow our local economy.
    • The Canada Games rank alongside other major sporting events like the Grey Cup, World Junior Hockey Championship and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) championships.
    • The Games are a two-week long sporting event that would take place in late July and early August of 2021.\



  • Education and the Economy Summit fosters increased collaboration between local government, education and business leaders to promote economic opportunity

    The Education and the Economy Summit, held today at Ottawa City Hall, laid a strong foundation for ongoing collaboration between local school boards, postsecondary institutions, government and private sector partners, NGOs, and students, with the goal of generating more opportunities for students and increasing the long-term prosperity of the city with more start-ups and jobs.

    “The Education and the Economy Summit is only the beginning of the conversation among the key partners from the education and economic sectors,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This collaborative approach to education makes Ottawa an even more attractive place to receive an education and pursue a career, providing students with greater employment opportunities and the skill-set required in today’s workforce.”

    Close to 250 students and stakeholders attended the one-day Summit, which featured remarks by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Riley Brockington, Chair of the Summit, and Jonathan Lister, VP Americas, Sales Solutions and Canada Country Manager at LinkedIn.

    “The Summit highlighted the commitment of all key partners to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills and experience they need to excel once they enter our local workforce,” said Councillor Brockington. “The result for students will be greater access to training, internships and employment bridging opportunities, and our city will benefit from having an innovative and entrepreneurial workforce.”

    “Our goal is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce,” said Mr. Lister. “With more than 60 per cent of the workforce on LinkedIn, we have a wealth of data insights into national and local labour markets. We are proud to be partnering with the City of Ottawa to encourage further collaboration between employers and educators.”

    During the day, Summit participants attended workshop discussions on topics such as student attraction and retention, work integrated learning, entrepreneurship and pathways to employment.

    Summit workshops were led by notable education and business community leaders, including:

    • Dr. Jaswinder Kaur, Director, India and Emerging Markets, Kivuto Solutions Inc.
    • Scott Bowman, Director, Government Relations, Futurpreneur
    • Ritch Dusome, President and CEO, Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
    • Kathy McKinley, President and CEO, Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE)
    • Dr. Malcolm Butler, Dean, Faculty of Science, Carleton University
    • David Ritonja, Vice President, Broadband Access Business Unit North America, Nokia Networks
    • Bruce Lazenby, Head of Business Development, Regional Group of Companies
    • Christine Donoghue, Acting President, Public Service Commission of Canada

    The Summit reinforced important components of the City’s economic development strategy for maintaining the growth and resiliency of our local economy:

    • Drawing students and talent to the city from across the country and the globe
    • Keeping talent in Ottawa
    • Attracting business and financial investment

    Nurturing and supporting entrepreneurship and small business

  • Mayor’s inaugural Gala for the Arts raises $75,000 for the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project

    Ottawa – The inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, which was held on Saturday, October 15, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, was a huge success.

    Through generous sponsorship, donations and ticket purchases, the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts raised $75,000. These proceeds will be directed towards the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

    “Next year, our rich, vibrant and diverse Arts Community will find a new home in Ottawa’s premier arts hub: the newly expanded and renovated Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court facility,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Gala’s beneficiaries, the Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Art Gallery, work diligently to grow and support the professional development of our Arts Community. This is why hosting this Gala and supporting the arts is so important: by investing in the arts, we invest in our City.”

    260 guests attended the sold-out Gala and enjoyed memorable performances by internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt, the Ottawa Symphony, the Aboriginal Experience Dance Troupe and Bear Nation Singers, the Ottawa Dance Directive, Fresh Meat Theatre, The Yips and the upbeat musical group Swing.

    The Ottawa Art Gallery displayed artwork from their extensive collection, and local Arts Court partners ArtEngine, Saw Video and Saw Gallery brought a modern, fresh and technological facet to fashion and visual arts.

    The culinary arts were also proudly showcased. Guests savoured delectable creations from an impressive dinner menu elaborated exclusively for the Gala through collaboration between the chefs of The WhalesboneAtelierBeckta and Thyme and Again.

    “There are many priorities in any municipality but great cities can attest to culture remaining one of the key pillars, and Ottawa is no exception. On behalf of the Ottawa Art Gallery, we thank Mayor Watson for his inspired support of the arts in our city and his leadership on the OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project,” said Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery’s Director & CEO.

    “We are delighted to have had Mayor Watson’s unwavering support for the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment,” said Peter Honeywell, Ottawa Arts Council’s Executive Director. “Proceeds from this inaugural Gala will contribute to improving arts spaces that will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors for decades to come.”

    Mayor Watson would like to acknowledge Platinum levels sponsors CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA and Gold level sponsors Groupe Germain and the Rideau Transit Group, who rose to the occasion and showed not only their support for the arts community, but for the community at large.

    Click here to view photos of the evening.

  • Ottawa’s first trade mission to India generates business opportunities for local companies

    The Ottawa trade mission to India, with Mayor Jim Watson and a delegation of 35 business and industry leaders, generated investments and opportunities in technology, education, film production and tourism. The resulting list of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), strategic partnerships and mutually beneficial agreements between Ottawa companies and their Indian counterparts has an estimated total value of over $80 million.

    The 35 delegates from Ottawa represented technology companies, academic institutions, business and tourism associations, as well as Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency. During stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, participants announced a series of agreements for investments and business cooperation in Ottawa, or to expand operations in India. The delegation focused on building trade linkages and attracting investments, which is a significant component of “Partnerships for Innovation”, the City’s economic development strategy.

    “This has been a successful trade mission, generating a dozen investment announcements and partnerships that are helping to build Ottawa’s global reputation and relationships between Ottawa and Indian companies and organizations,” said Mayor Watson. “The announcements included major deals that represent important access to markets and financial resources in India. They are significant for the businesses and organizations involved, and in many cases, they are the first critical steps in forging lasting and prosperous relationships.”

    Participants met with business leaders, decision-makers and government officials and explored a range of business development opportunities with their Indian counterparts in the technology sector and other industries. The delegation also included Ottawa companies with a focus on film production, online education solutions, as well as water and wastewater management, real estate development and legal services.

    Ottawa technology companies that design and manufacture cellular, satellite and fixed wireless systems were well represented on the five-day mission that took place from April 17 to 22, as well as companies with expertise in hardware, software and optics.

    There are more than 1,700 knowledge-based companies in Ottawa with approximately 68,000 employees. This talent pool, with expertise in hardware, software, semiconductor and optics, can motivate partnerships and leverage investment with the ever growing technology sector in India.

    Representatives from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Kanata North Business Association and TWU Global Education Academy were also on the trade mission, successfully promoting Ottawa as a leading knowledge and innovation centre in Canada.

    The delegation worked to attract investment and build opportunities in training and research for postsecondary institutions. Mayor Watson also met with representatives from several municipal and state governments.

    Following a successful meeting with the three mayors of New Delhi on Monday, Mayor Watson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the three municipal leaders of Indian’s national capital region to explore collaboration between the City of Ottawa and Delhi’s North, South and East Municipal Corporations in the areas of trade, education, municipal administration and tourism, particularly ahead of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

    Mayor Watson also met with his counterpart in Bangalore, as well as the Minister for Bangalore Development, and the Principal Secretary for IT, Science & Technology, both from the Government of Karnataka. They discussed challenges in municipal administration, the importance of public transit, and opportunities for collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    During the mission, delegates had an opportunity to participate in major events and receptions in which all delegates were able to network with Indian government officials, decision-makers, and industry and academic leaders. B2B meetings in each destination city were coordinated in partnership with the Canadian High Commission to India’s trade commissioners, the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber and the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    Mayor Watson and the delegation visited one of the largest Bollywood film production studios in India, Yash Raj Films, where Mayor Watson promoted Ottawa as a prime Bollywood filming location, due to its low cost and beautiful landscapes.

    Highlights of the Ottawa Trade Mission:

    • Ottawa’s Kivuto Solutions E-learning company will collaborate with Golgotias University in India to expand digital textbook resources in India.
    • Kivuto also formed a reseller partnership with Edukinect India, a Microsoft Learning Partner in technical education.
    • National Jewels in India will establish their Canadian Brand in Ottawa with inCa Synergies with an estimated investment that may exceed $250,000.
    • qEW Films Inc, with diverse coverage of markets in Canada, India and UAE, signed a MOU with Anmol Pictures for a co-production aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa.
    • Clearford Water Systems Inc., a provider of unified water management and sanitation systems, commissioned its first Clearford One™ installation in India, valued at approximately $150,000.
    • EION Inc., a wireless technology company in Ottawa, and Adino Telecom Limited in India formed a strategic partnership worth an estimated $50 million during the period of the partnership.
    • SKILLSdox Inc., an online education company with a team of 22 in Ottawa, showcased their media partnership with School of Skill and the Times of India, valued at $30 million.
    • Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, announced a MOU with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups (National Association of Software and Services Companies) in India.
    • The City of Ottawa announced an MOU with Amity University to strengthen its presence in Ottawa and facilitate exploration of Amity University locating a campus here in collaboration with a local partner. During the tour of the Amity campus in New Delhi, Mayor Watson was awarded the Amity Distinguished Leadership Award for his dedication to public service and his efforts to strengthen the Canada-India relationship.
    • Invest Ottawa solidified its relationship with Reliance GENNEXT as the parties agreed to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of their accelerator programs.
  • Ottawa trade mission to India announces agreements in Bangalore

    Ottawa’s trade mission to India was in Bangalore today, the hub of India’s IT industry, where the delegation focused on helping Ottawa companies in the technology sector expand into India. The trade mission also provided opportunities for Indian startups to consider Ottawa as a prime location to make the jump into the North American market.

    Many of the world’s leading companies, such as Intel, Microsoft, Bosch and Cisco, have made Bangalore their home in India, and the city’s well-developed private sector industries are similar to those that are dominant in Ottawa.

    Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups (National Association of Software and Services Companies) in India, indicating a desire to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of the accelerator programs.

    “Partnering with Nasscom’s 10,000 Startups program gives our ecosystem access to India’s top ICT talent and innovation,” said Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa. “This partnership will bring the best and brightest from Ottawa and Bangalore together to fuel growth and provide Ottawa companies a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in one of the world’s hotspots for innovation.”

    Ottawa’s Kivuto Solutions E-learning company formed a reseller partnership with Edukinect India, a Microsoft Learning Partner in technical education, to increase access to education technology for higher education organizations in India. Schools in India will be able to use Texidium by Kivuto, Canada’s most comprehensive digital textbook eReader platform, through Edukinect to simplify the management of digital course materials.

    “Ottawa is a leading technology and innovation centre in Canada, just as Bangalore is an IT and innovation centre in India, so this is a prime destination for building technology partnerships,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The agreements reached are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential and future partnerships in the IT sector.”

    Mayor Watson also met with his counterpart in Bangalore, as well as the Minister for Bangalore Development, and the Principal Secretary for IT, Science & Technology, both from the Government of Karnataka. They discussed challenges in municipal administration, the importance of public transit, and opportunities for collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Kivuto Solutions – Ottawa:
    “We’re excited to be working with Edukinect at this pivotal moment in time as India embraces the move to digital,” says Richard White, President of Kivuto. “Edukinect has deep relationships, a great reputation and tremendous knowledge of education in India. They will be a fantastic long-term partner for us in India“.

    Edukinect – India:
    “Good tools and good training enhance good teaching,” says Phani Krishna, CEO of Edukinect. “Kivuto shares our commitment to hands-on support. We look forward to helping more schools go digital at every step of the way.”

  • Ottawa trade mission in India announces new partnerships

    Mayor Jim Watson and trade mission delegates announced a series of partnerships during two days of site visits and meetings in New Delhi and Mumbai, as part of the Ottawa trade mission to India.

    Mayor Watson and some delegation members met with the three mayors of Delhi yesterday and discussed opportunities for cooperation, especially in the areas of Smart Cities, technology, education and tourism.

    In Mumbai, the financial epicentre of India and heart of the Bollywood film production industry, qEW Films Inc, a creative productions house for all commercial and communication mediums, with multi-disciplinary expertise and diverse coverage of markets in Canada, India and UAE, signed a MOU with Anmol Pictures to bring together the creative forces of both companies on a co-production aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa. The partnership highlights ways to market Ottawa as a film and television production destination, while providing professional development opportunities for Ottawa crews, and experience with international artists and technicians.

    Mayor Watson and the delegation also visited one of the largest Bollywood film production studios in India, Yash Raj Films, where Mayor Watson promoted Ottawa as a prime Bollywood filming location, due to its low cost and beautiful landscapes.

    “The Ottawa trade mission to India is opening doors and providing important access to key business leaders and decision-makers that is generating investments, partnerships, and a great deal of interest in business development opportunities in Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “I am impressed with the business acumen and level of interaction with our Indian counterparts, and with the diligent work of our City representatives and delegation members, who have truly seized this opportunity.”

    EION Inc., a wireless technology company in Ottawa, and Adino Telecom Limited in India announced they were forming a strategic partnership to provide e-governance wireless solutions for smart cities, rural and remote communities in India. EION and Adino will bring world-class wireless technology and best practices to India with the expectation that over 500 jobs will be initiated, worth over $50 million during the period of the mutually beneficial partnership.

    SKILLSdox Inc., an online education company with a team of 22 in Ottawa, showcased their existing business partnership with School of Skill and the Times of India. The signed media investment, which is valued at $30 million, will promote School of Skill to hundreds of millions of people across India through newsprint, radio, digital media and Television.

    Clearford Water Systems Inc., an Ottawa-based provider of unified water management and sanitation systems, announced that it will be commissioning its first Clearford One™ installation a village in the state of Gujarat, India. This demonstration system, valued at approximately $150,000, is an attempt to capture a portion of a significant business opportunity to provide sanitation and water management solutions to rural India.

    Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, solidified its relationship with Reliance GENNEXT, part of Reliance Industries Limited, a multi-billion dollar Indian conglomerate, as the parties agreed to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of their accelerator programs. The partnership is designed to help local companies expand into India and offer Indian startups a springboard into the North American market.

    Members of the delegation have continued on to Bangalore, the hub of India’s IT industry, where its well-developed private sector industries are similar to those that are dominant in Ottawa. Many of the world’s leading companies, such as Intel, Microsoft, Bosch and Cisco, have made Bangalore their home in India.

     qEW Films Inc. – Canada:
    “Saniya Ansari, Producer of qEw Films Inc. is thrilled to announce her partnership with Nina Bains and Michael Baker of Anmol Pictures, on the co-production of The Betel Nut Warriors, to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Shashanka Ghosh. This project, aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa, brings together the creative forces from both Bollywood and Canada’s Film industries.” (Saniya Ansari, Writer/Producer)

    Anmol Pictures – India:
    “We are excited to develop an international film co-production between India-Canada for 2017. This project will help diversify the cultural landscape of film production in Ottawa,” said Navjot (Nina) Bains, Producer, Anmol Pictures.

     EION Inc. – Ottawa
    “EION is excited about the strategic partnership with Adino to strengthen the relationship towards bringing world class wireless solutions for secure networks and e-governance,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, President & CEO, EION Inc. “Adino’s existing networks and operations at ground level provides a natural synergy for EION to add value on-the-top and introduce innovative and useful wireless solutions to smart cities, remote and rural communities.”

    Adino Telecom Limited – India:
    “Adino and EION are strengthening their existing relationship since 2004, with strategic partnership that brings the companies to the forefront of providing world class technology infrastructure in the fields of wireless, ITES and secure smart cities. Working with Adino enables one to stay connected and stay ahead.”

    SKILLSdox Inc. – India:
    “Education is going to become a very important part of Canada’s export initiatives now that SKILLSdox has established the largest marketing reach for any online educator,” stated Brad Loiselle, President & CEO of SKILLSdox Inc.

    School of Skill – India:
    “Everyone has the right to quality education and we are opening a world of access to top educators led by Canadian innovation.”

    Clearford Water Systems Inc. – Ottawa:
    “Commissioning of our first system in India is a major milestone for our company,” said Clearford CEO Kevin Loiselle “We believe that an operational site demonstrating the advantages of our technology will be a catalyst to the widespread adoption of the Clearford One system in India.”

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