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By | December 4, 2023

Ottawa, ON – There is an immediate need to transform Downtown Ottawa into a diverse, resilient, and vibrant urban center. The Ottawa Board of Trade’s Downtown Summit held on November 23, 2023, brought key stakeholders together to refine their united goal – and all agree, the time for change and action is now.   “We…

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The Robust Indigenous Economy Makes Economic Reconciliation an Urgent Business Imperative

By | November 23, 2023

(Ottawa – November 23, 2023) – Taking action on economic reconciliation has tremendous value for Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses alike, enabling opportunities for shared economic prosperity and long-term business success. Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and Ontario Chamber Network released Sharing Prosperity: An Introduction to Building Relationships…


Message from President and CEO

By | November 20, 2023

Dear Members,Good morning! Happy Monday. I hope you, and your family and your employees are well. Thank you for your ongoing support as members, volunteers, and promoters of the Ottawa Board of Trade. Thank you for getting involved. The strength of our economy and our ability to maintain a competitive business environment directly correlates to…

CEO Talk ft. Cyril Leeder Recap

By | November 9, 2023

The CEO Talk Series, co-hosted with the Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ), provides a chance to tap into considerable expertise from world-class business leaders, hear about lessons learned, best practices, and to better understand the opportunities they see in the future.   Michael Curran, Publisher of OBJ, kicked off the evening by welcoming business and community to the…

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Small and Medium-Size Businesses Face Outsized Challenges Due to Mental Health “Echo Pandemic”

By | October 17, 2023

(Ottawa – October 17, 2023) – Ontario’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing the negative effects of declining employee and community mental health as a result of what experts are calling the mental health “echo pandemic.” Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), Ottawa Board of Trade, and Ontario Chamber Network released Mind the…

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Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy

By | October 16, 2023

(Ottawa – October 16, 2023) – Small businesses have always been the backbone of Ontario’s economy, a driving force behind innovation and economic growth in the province. These resilient enterprises generate new ideas, create jobs and foster community resilience. This year, the theme of the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT) and Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)…

Statement on Extension of CEBA Repayment

By | September 15, 2023

(Ottawa – September 13, 2023) – Today the Ottawa Board of Trade’s President and CEO, Sueling Ching released the following statement from regarding the announcement of the Government of Canada and the extended deadlines for CEBA loan repayments. “The announcement to extend the CEBA loan payment deadline by a year is a step in the right…

Mayor’s Breakfast September 2023: Fireside chat with Pierre Dorion

By | September 15, 2023

The Mayor’s Breakfast series, hosted by the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT) and Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ) brings Ottawa’s business community together to make connections and contribution to key conversations about city building, community prosperity and our growth agenda. Sueling Ching, President and CEO of OBOT, welcomed business and community leaders to the first Mayor’s…

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Unlocking the Potential of Public Procurement in Ontario

By | September 13, 2023

(Ottawa – September 13, 2023) – The impact of public procurement is far-reaching, influencing economies and societies at large. Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Power of the Purchase Order: Modernizing Public Sector Procurement in Ontario. The report, curated in response to ongoing consultations with industry experts, addresses the critical need for transformation…


Message from the President and CEO – Summer Update

By | July 28, 2023

Dear Members,Happy summer! I hope you are enjoying all that our beautiful city has to offer in the summer including our beautiful greenspaces and the plethora of activities and events that have something for everyone.I am reaching out today as we reflect on the impact of our work in the first half of this year…