Economic Development

West Ottawa Board of Trade - Mayor's Breakfast 2015

Thank you very much, Rosemary / Greg.

My thanks to the West Ottawa Board of Trade, your Chair, Greg Weatherdon, and your Executive Director, Rosemary Leu, for inviting me to join you this morning.

It is wonderful to see many familiar faces here today.

First off, I would like to extend my best wishes for the New Year to all of you and your families.

I hope the holidays provided opportunities to spend time with friends and family, and re-energize for the year ahead.

The world’s youth will gather in Ottawa for One Young World 2016

Ottawa – Young people, aged 18 to 30, from 196 countries around the world will be coming to Ottawa in 2016 for the One Young World international youth conference.

Ottawa was announced as the winning city this morning by One Young World organizers from London, England, which was also livestreamed to a large contingent who were anxiously awaiting the results at the Ottawa Convention Centre.  Ottawa was the only western city amongst four finalists, which included Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Kobe, Japan.

Mayor Watson announces $360-million worth of Confederation Line contracts now committed to local firms

Ottawa – This morning, Mayor Jim Watson provided a Confederation Line economic update, announcing that the value of contracts committed to local firms is now over $360 million. The Mayor also announced, as the downtown tunnel approaches the 50% completion mark later this summer, the majority of all contractors working on the project are from within the Ottawa region.