Our Logo and History 2018-09-12T13:50:12+00:00

Our Logo and History

Our Logo

Our logo includes a combination icon and wordmark.

The icon is inspired by the circular shape of the “O” in the logo’s font and the “O” in Ottawa.

We created an icon consisting of a series of multi-coloured concentric circles:

  • The first circle is Green, and represents Sustainability and support for our beautiful, Natural Environment in the region
  • The second circle is Purple, and represents Diversity, Inclusion and Wealth – all of which abound in Ottawa
  • The third is Orange, which represents Innovation and Expansion that exists in our business sectors
  • The fourth is Blue, which demonstrates Stability and our rich History of over 161 years

In sync, the circles illustrate:

  • The value of working together
  • The sectors of our economy
  • The various sizes of our businesses from entrepreneur to major employers
  • The regions of our City

Ottawa Board of Trade History

The Ottawa Board of Trade was founded on June 10, 1857, by a special Act of Parliament. With our Consolidation this year, the renewed Board of Trade will continue its leadership in the Ottawa business community and particularly through cooperation and collaboration with the Mayor, City Council, the City of Ottawa and our key stakeholders.

Ottawa’s first Mayor, John Bower Lewis, was also the Board of Trade’s first Chair. At the time, this nicely illustrated the enduring bonds between the business community and civic government.

Interestingly, Mr. Lewis was also an elected to the House of Commons, representing the riding of Ottawa City.