Policy and Advocacy Committees
The Ottawa Board of Trade advocates for its members’ interests within the city. All Board of Trade members are encouraged to take a participatory role in the development of the Board of Trade’s policies by attending Board of Trade meetings and events and joining Board of Trade committees. As members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we seek to promote our members’ views through both organizations. We have established five committees to help the staff and board perform their duties in an effective manner.
All Committees report to the board and have specific mandates. In most cases, committees are responsible for developing considered policies within their areas of expertise that, once approved, are used to guide the Board of Trade staff on its actions.
Committees are chaired by volunteers who are actively supporting the work of both the Board of Trade and businesses in our community.
Mandate: To function as the (1) leader and catalyst for plans, strategies, programs and services that promote a favorable business climate, (2) and improve the quality of life, and support the orderly growth, development and revitalization of the Nation’s Capital – on both sides of the Ottawa River.
Economic Development Committee
Mandate: To ensure that local government is effectively enhancing the global competitiveness, economic growth and prosperity of the Ottawa region. To consider municipal issues that relate to the business community including budgets and bylaw changes.
Environment and Sustainability Committee
Mandate: To focus on policy issues of sustainability for the community and the City of Ottawa, recognizing that any policy and program that will be put forth to the City must also contemplate the provincial and federal policies and initiatives that will interact with it.
Membership and Engagement Committee
Mandate: To continually assess the demographics of the Board of Trade’s membership, to formulate strategies that increase the value of the Board of Trade membership and to collectively promote the Board of Trade within Ottawa and internationally.
Ambassador Corps Committee
Mandate: To identify and promote the Board of Trade within the local business community and to be a spokesperson for the Board of Trade.