Ottawa students to add youthful momentum to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce partnerships with Ottawa’s four local school boards, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, to engage students across the city in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

“Ottawa’s school boards have been very supportive and enthusiastic about creating opportunities for students to get involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Next year will be like no other in Ottawa and, through these invaluable partnerships, we’re ensuring that Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations will have a positive, lasting impact on our young people, their families and our community.”

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Ottawa’s four school boards will work together to:

  • recruit local schools to pair with some of the 150 exchange groups that Experiences Canada will be recruiting across the country;
  • gather and share stories of immigration and how “home” is defined, in collaboration with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership;
  • launch a poetry contest in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, during National Poetry Month in April;
  • have students write postcards to family and friends across Canada, inviting them to come to Ottawa for the celebrations;
  • enable students to volunteer at Ottawa 2017 activities, accumulating valuable volunteer hours, which are mandatory for graduating;
  • have classes adopt a country, study its culture and traditions, then visit that country’s Ottawa Welcomes the World showcase at Lansdowne Park.

“The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to be part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations and offer an unforgettable experience to our 22,600 students and their families,” said Johanne Lacombe, President, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). “By participating in the festivities for the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, CECCE students will leave their mark in history.”

“The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario is extremely proud of its many students and staff who are involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” expressed Linda Savard, President, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). “It is for us an opportunity to showcase the talents of our youth, our school communities and to demonstrate our French and Canadian pride. Let’s celebrate together both the past and the future of Canada.”

Pino Bufone, Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Superintendent of Instruction said, "at the OCDSB we support and encourage a culture which develops creative, confident and engaged learners. We believe this is in keeping with Ottawa 2017’s vision to contribute to the identity and positive reputation of our Capital City."

Denise Andre, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), noted that “the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday will be a wonderful learning opportunity for #OCSB students as well as a chance to engage with their community and celebrate our heritage and history."

“CIBC welcomes our new partners and the energy and perspective they bring to the celebration of our country’s 150th birthday,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for youth in Canada’s capital to become involved and discover more about Canadian culture, values and identity.”

The Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, Guy Laflamme added: “Next year will be about celebrating our past and igniting our future. It will be about sharing. Sharing our stories and values. Sharing our culture and experiences. Sharing our hopes and dreams for the future and sparking the imagination of a generation with memories that will last a lifetime.”

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.


Congratulations Ottawa Champions, 2016 CanAm league Champions!

Ottawa Champions fans joined me and my fellow City Councillors today to celebrate the Ottawa Champion’s first CanAm league victory!

Nearly 300 people attended a rally held in Jean Pigott at City Hall, along with players from the Ottawa Champions team and members of the Ottawa Champions office. It was great to hear from David Gourlay, President of the Ottawa Champions and from Sebastien Boucher, local Ottawa Champions player, as they outlined the highlights of their season and the impact Baseball is having in our community.

The rally concluded with my proclamation of September 19 as Ottawa Champions Day in Ottawa, and with a photo and autograph session with the Ottawa Champions. Even Champ the mascot was part of the fun!

I’d like to thank all the fans who came out today to congratulate the team on winning the Can-Am League title, and I look forward to celebrating many more of their successes with you.

Let’s go Champions, let’s go!


Ottawa 2017 applauds the Government of Ontario for its support of sesquicentennial celebrations in Canada’s capital

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to welcome the Government of Ontario as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, announced today a contribution of $9 million to Ottawa 2017. Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation, as well as mark the 150th anniversary of Ontario.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity for people across our province to come together to celebrate our achievements and build a shared vision for the future,” said Premier Wynne. “Through Ontario150, our government will invest in people and infrastructure to help build a stronger and more inclusive province in the years ahead.”

“Our Ontario150 program will leave a lasting legacy for our communities, engage youth, encourage cultural expression and promote participation in sport and recreation, while creating jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the province,” said Minister McMahon.

“This investment is a strong vote of confidence in our city, and it will have a significant impact on the caliber of celebrations being planned for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Together with our provincial partners, we will ensure that Ottawa, our nation’s capital, shines brightly as we welcome Canadians and visitors from all over the world.”

Ottawa 2017 events supported by this announcement will include, among others, the Underground Multimedia Experience, Ottawa Welcomes the World, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, YOWttawa, Inspiration Village, La Machine, Agri 150, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary celebrations, Canadian Videogame Awards happenings and other yet-to-be-announced events.

“In 2017, when CIBC marks its 150th anniversary along with Canada and the Province of Ontario, we are honoured to co-host landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our connections as Canadians,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, CIBC. “Together with Ottawa 2017 and the Government of Ontario, we will help amplify these celebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences.”

Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau welcomed the announcement made today by Premier Wynne and Minister McMahon and noted that, “with the Government of Ontario’s support, we will showcase Ottawa like never before and create energizing moments for the millions of Canadians that will take part in these historic celebrations.”

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of exciting experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.


Arts, Culture and Heritage groups create inspirational experiences for 2017

Ottawa – Today the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced fourteen projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences that will highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

The call for projects for the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program was launched in February. In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program is stewarded by the
AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

More than 130 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities. Fourteen dynamic and varied experiences will be offered to residents and visitors next year as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. They are:

 

Capital History Kiosks Ottawa's rich and diverse history will be highlighted through site-specific lamppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community.

Presented by: Workers’ History Museum

Cut the Cake – Celebrate! Visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration themed around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.

Presented by: Enriched Bread Artist Collective

DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister Dramatic and dynamic, this immersive theatre piece by multi award-winning playwright and performer Pierre Brault explores the life and times of one of Canada's most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.

Presented by: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Illunaata Canadian colours and imagery come to life through a series of vibrant murals, one of which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.

Presented by: Ottawa School of Art

MIFO Francophone Showcase Special concert celebrating French music and showcasing some of the top Canadian francophone artists.

Presented by: Mouvement d’implication francophone d‘Orléans (MIFO)

Muslim / Canada Awareness Project A reflective look at the experience of being Muslim in Canada through theatre arts, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

Presented by: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

Odawa -150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives This touring exhibit will highlight the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.

Presented by: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture

Ottawa: A Cinema Capital A public screening series from accomplished Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.

Presented by: Canadian Film Institute

Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries A series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.

Presented by: One World Arts

Populace Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation will be recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.

Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters

 

Power of Possibility Directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance and invited guests, this full-length performance creation celebrates artists with disabilities and our shared diversity.

Presented by: Propeller Dance

Sing Ottawa en chœur! Ottawa’s rich choral scene celebrates the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.

Presented by: Cantata Singers of Ottawa

Trophy Interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.

Presented by: STO Union Theatre Company

Visual17e Ottawa A powerful fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, this showcase series will transform a visually underused space into a vibrant art installation.

Presented by: Northern Griots Network

For complete project details, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.


More than 250 people housed as part of City’s Housing First initiative

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, held a community celebration at City Hall today marking the first 250 participants to secure permanent housing as part of the Housing First initiative, a priority of the City’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan.

“The Housing First initiative launched in June 2015 with an initial goal of housing 250 long-stay emergency shelter clients by December 2016. I am excited to announce that we have achieved this goal earlier than expected,” said Mayor Watson. “As of today, more than 297 individuals have been permanently housed with the supports they need to keep their housing and remain stable.”

Housing First finds permanent, affordable housing for individuals experiencing homelessness and provides the support services and connections to community-based help that people need to stay housed.

“This a significant milestone for the city, for our residents, and for our community partners who are working with us to provide those in need with a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Chair Deans. “Housing First is a key initiative that helps people experiencing homelessness find housing and access the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.”

As part of the event, a painting entitled ‘Transitions’ was unveiled representing the journey from homelessness to being housed.  Local artist Chi Wei Lee developed the artwork drawing from his own personal experience with homelessness. It was framed by Mark Andrew Buttigieg and will be hung in Jean Pigott Place in City Hall.

Council approved A Home For Everyone: Our Ten Year Plan 2014-2024 in 2013. The plan focuses on three priorities: everyone has a home, people get the support they need, and working together. The overall objective of the plan is to eliminate chronic homelessness by 2024.


New federal-provincial funding agreement makes 57 public transit projects possible in Ottawa

The governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as municipalities across Ontario are making investments that will help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa today announced that 57 transit infrastructure projects totaling $155,900,000 will be getting under way in Ottawa thanks to the signing of an agreement with the Province of Ontario that brings a new federal infrastructure funding program into effect: the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

The PTIF will make over $2.97 billion in combined funding available to Ontario communities for public transit projects that will help ensure residents across the province get to work on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

The Ottawa projects include the purchase of two sets of trains for the second stage of the Ottawa light-rail system, 17 new vehicles for Ottawa’s bus fleet, extensive improvements to bus routes and transit corridors, and pedestrian and cycling bridges to connect pathways to light rail stations. This work will improve the flow of public transit in the city and prepare for future construction of the light-rail and other important projects.

These are among 168 projects approved for funding so far under the new program in Ontario.

Quotes

"Good public transit infrastructure is fundamental to economic growth and building an inclusive society. I’m very pleased to see that, amongst many beneficial projects, this collaborative funding program will provide support to the construction of a pedestrian and cycling bridge to connect Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe. This bridge will make walking and cycling safer options for Ottawa Centre residents and will contribute to a more livable and environmentally sustainable city.”

Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre

"Building, maintaining and modernizing transit is a key priority for our government. As cities and towns grow, we need to invest in projects that will strengthen our regional transit networks and improve quality of life for the people who live and work in this province. I am thrilled that all levels of government are working together to help build our province up.”

Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa-Centre

"Federal investment in Ottawa's pedestrian, cycling and public transit systems will provide long-term benefits for our residents and their families", said Mayor Jim Watson. "This is a new era of collaboration during which our three levels of Government work together to make transformative investments that will improve the lives of Ottawa residents."

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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List of all Ontario PTIF projects approved to date: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/pt-sp-on-eng.html

Quick facts

  • PTIF funding is part of Phase 1 of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic $120-billion plan to support public infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years.
  • Phase 1 provides more than $11.9 billion in investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2 of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next year.
  • Under the PTIF agreement, the Government of Canada has made its funding retroactive to April 1, 2016, so projects can proceed without delay to ensure a productive construction season.

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News Release issued by the Office of Catherine McKenna, M.P., on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
August 23, 2016


LED lights are saving the City energy and money

The City of Ottawa is in the process of converting 58,000 streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, an initiative that, upon completion, will save the City an estimated $6 million annually.

The work is being done in partnership with Energy Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa. Under the agreement, Energy Ottawa will install and maintain the new light infrastructure over a six-year period.

“I’m pleased to see the City of Ottawa and Energy Ottawa working together to spend money, energy and resources more efficiently,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Even at this early stage of the conversion, we are already experiencing savings.”

Street lighting accounts for 17 per cent of the electricity used by the City. The conversion is expected to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent per fixture. Since converting 750 lights on Carling Avenue in 2015, the City is already saving more than $72,000 annually.

“The City of Ottawa is committed to energy management as a key component of its operations,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “Extensive improvements in efficiency, output, and costs of LED over the last few years have made this technology the best choice for Ottawa residents, both in our neighbourhoods and in our wallets.”

In addition to energy reduction, the LED infrastructure provides the following benefits:

  • reduced maintenance costs
  • automatic notifications when lights fail
  • greater light control
  • greater light quality
  • reduced light pollution

“Streetlights beautify our neighbourhoods and make our city a safer place to live,” said Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa. “This was true in 1885, when Ottawa became the first city in the world to light all of its streets with electricity, and it’s true today as we update streetlights to energy-efficient LED technology that will decrease light pollution, improve light ambiance and save Ottawa residents millions of dollars in electricity every year.”


Mayor Watson announces Cher and many more high-profile world leaders & celebrities attending 2016 One Young World Summit

Opening Ceremony to take place on Parliament Hill

Ottawa, ON – Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the high-profile names of world leaders from politics, entertainment, business and the community who will be attending the 2016 One Young World Summit taking place in Ottawa from September 28 to October 1, 2016. The Summit, which is considered the world’s premier global youth forum, will welcome 1,300 exceptional young leaders aged 18-30 from around the globe.  Attendees will be treated to a dynamic and colourful opening ceremony, which will take place on the lawn of Parliament Hill.

“One Young World 2016 marks the first time the forum will take place in Canada and we are very excited to welcome the world to our city,” said Mayor Watson. “There are still opportunities for organizations to engage with this Summit to ensure Ottawa’s top young leaders are represented. Companies and organizations can still get involved through sponsorship and visibility opportunities as well as hosting breakout sessions and even home dinners for delegates.”

The line-up of distinguished One Young World Counsellors that will be speaking at the Summit and mentoring delegates includes:

  • Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General
  • Cher, Activist and Musician
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Sir Bob Geldof, Activist and Musician
  • Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate
  • Senator Murray Sinclair, Senator and former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Jon Landau, Oscar winning producer of Titanic and Avatar
  • Minister Marc Garneau, First Canadian in Space and Minister of Transport
  • Harley Finkelstein, COO Shopify
  • Full counsellor list available at ottawatourism.ca/OYWmedia

“Hosting One Young World is a real feather in Ottawa’s cap,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Showcasing our innovative and exciting city to such a diverse group of current and future leaders is an honour, and to be able to incorporate Parliament Hill, one of the most recognizable symbols of Canada, is particularly special.”

The One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony on the lawn of Parliament Hill on September 28, 2016 will showcase Canada’s diverse culture, a 196-nation flag ceremony as well as One Young World Counselors, community leaders and senior government leaders.

One Young World’s Canada Director, Antoine Pouliot remarked “One Young World is excited to be coming to Canada for the first time this fall, with our best-ever lineup of high-profile Counsellors and what promises to be a world-class opening at one of Canada’s most cherished landmarks. Young leaders are the centre of so many of the changes making our city into the vibrant, innovative and diverse capital that it is.”

Over 100 blue-chip companies have made One Young World an integral part of their development of global talent and corporate social responsibility initiatives, with companies increasing the size of their delegations each year.  With AB Inbev and Barclays as strategic partners, One Young World 2016 will also feature an A-Z of companies including Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Google, Janssen, KPMG, L’Oreal, Siemans, Telefonica, Unilever, Volkswagen and Westpac.

Ottawa Tourism thanks the members of its One Young World Advisory Board, Local Organizing Committee and especially those companies and organizations which are hosting breakout sessions and/or which have committed to sponsoring the Summit, including Destination Canada; its Canadian Advisory Partner, KPMG; EY; and Microsoft Canada.

“Destination Canada is also pleased to support One Young World 2016 in Ottawa,” says David Goldstein, President & CEO of Destination Canada. “We know that these young leaders from around the world are drawn to Canada’s vibrant cities, cultural attractions and welcoming people. We encourage delegates to take some time to explore what Canada has to offer.”

Ottawa was chosen to host One Young World because it is a leading global capital that knows the value of young leaders. A challenge has been extended to the Ottawa community to ensure that 30 of its top young leaders will represent Canada's capital at the Summit. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend, or to support the attendance of local delegates. To learn more, e-mail OYWdelegates@ottawatourism.ca to ensure Ottawa’s top young stars will represent at the 2016 One Young World Summit.

About One Young World

Founded by David Jones, founder of You & Mr. Jones, and Kate Robertson former Global President, Havas Worldwide, the annual One Young World Summit is a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading.

Since its inception, One Young World has hosted over 7,000 delegates between the ages of 18-30. No youth-dominated event other than the Olympic games represents as many countries as One Young World does. The reach of the event is exemplified as 8.9 million people have already been positively affected by delegate-led initiatives.

More specifically, One Young World ambassadors are directly responsible for:

  • Immunising 1-in-3 children worldwide
  • Providing 94 million meals in 63 countries
  • Catalysing the first LGBT+ movement in Iraq
  • Founding the first rape crisis centre in Somalia
  • Supporting 10,000 health workers in 23 countries
  • Delivering free healthcare to 5,000 people in Oman
  • Educating over 80,000 people during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

The key areas of focus at the 2016 Summit in Ottawa will include:

  • Education
  • Global Business
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Environment
  • Indigenous Reconciliation

To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014) and Bangkok (2015).

For more information about the Summit, please visit: www.oneyoungworld.com or follow @OneYoungWorld or @OYWOttawa

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Mayor Jim Watson's statement on the passing of the Hon. Mauril Bélanger, M.P. for Ottawa-Vanier

I was deeply saddened to hear of Mauril Bélanger’s passing. I have had the privilege of meeting Mauril on many occasions, both as a Member of Parliament representing Ottawa-Vanier, and when he was Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Regional Council of Ottawa-Carleton when I served on the Regional Council. I will remember Mauril as a kind, dedicated and passionate man who sought and achieved positive change through his relentless passion for human rights, his strong advocacy for Ontario's Francophone community, and in the past year, his work with the ALS Society of Canada. I send my condolences to Catherine, his spouse, and to his family, his friends and to all those whose lives he has touched.


Ottawa International Airport becomes Official Supporter of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

Major gateway to the city will be decked out in festive pageantry

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are proud to welcome the Ottawa International Airport as an Official Supporter of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. The world class facility announced today a contribution of $1 million in support of Ottawa 2017.

As part of the partnership, the Ottawa International Airport will install Ottawa 2017 pageantry items throughout the building as well as roadway banners outside, a small sampling of which were on display at today’s announcement.

“As Canada’s capital, our airport acts as a prime gateway for visitors from the rest of the country and around the world, making it an essential location to give a good first impression and set the tone for the celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is where we first unveiled our logo a little over three years ago, so it’s fitting that we return to the Ottawa International Airport to announce this major step forward with our city-wide Ottawa 2017 pageantry program.”

“More than 4.6 million passengers pass through the Ottawa International Airport on yearly basis, and we expect that number to grow with Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Ottawa 2017 celebrations are sure to draw more tourists to our city. As a proud member of the community, we’re rolling out a warm welcome at our airport to ensure that from the moment visitors touch down, they’ll sense the excitement and feel part of something special.”

“We’re proud of the high calibre of businesses that have joined the Ottawa 2017 group of partners and we welcome the Ottawa International Airport to the family,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “Transportation hubs like this bring Canadians together, which will be even more pronounced next year when we’re celebrating our country’s sesquicentennial.”

Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau noted that, “in addition to the ubiquitous Ottawa 2017 pageantry, there will be the opportunity to feature some of the major Signature Events at the airport as well, giving travellers a flavour of the events taking place when they arrive,” he said. “We thank Mark Laroche and the team at the Ottawa International Airport – a success story in its own right – for their role in contributing to the festive spirit of the celebrations.”

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of exciting experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.