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City Building Summit

  • DateApril 23
  • Time08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • LocationHorticulture Building

Join the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal for an inclusive conversation about the future of Canada’s Capital Region. Together, we can create a diverse and vibrant community with a thriving economy and quality of life for all. Connect with city builders, learn about what is on the horizon and share your ideas about the future of our city.

This event is for business and community leaders, economic partners, and especially diverse and young leaders. Everyone will find value in this agenda including:

  • meaningful connections and networking
  • inspiring ideas and information from experts
  • dynamic panel discussion on key issues and projects
  • a nutritious breakfast and lunch
  • fresh and exciting perspective on your role in city building

AGENDA (subject to change)

8:00 am – Registration + Networking
8:45 am – Welcome + Opening Remarks

  • Sueling Ching, President and CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade
  • Michael Curran, Publisher, Ottawa Business Journal
  • Mayor Mark Sutcliffe

9:00am – Session One: Why Downtown?

  • Keynote by Mary Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute
  • Q&A with:
    • Paul Mackinnon, Downtown Halifax
    • Glen Castenheira, Downtown Montreal
    • Mark Garner, Downtown Calgary
    • Jane Talbot, Downtown Vancouver

9:45am – Session Two: Federal Presence

  • Panel Discussion with:
    • Stephan Dery, President & CEO, Canada Lands Company
    • Jennifer Garret, Acting Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure, Public Services and Procurement Canada
    • Mark Quinlan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada
    • Panel moderated by: Mary Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

10:35 am – Health Break + Networking
10:55 am – Session Three – Energy Transition

  • Michael Cleland, Executive in Residence with the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Program

11:30 am – Session Four – Young Leaders Lens

  • Panel moderated by Jesse Card, Executive Director, Youth Ottawa
  • Ottawa Youth Councillors

11:50 pm – Morning Wrap-Up
12:00 pm – LUNCH + Networking
1:05 pm – Session 5: Ottawa’s Housing Challenges Provide an Opportunity

  • Keynote by Dr. Mike Moffatt, Senior Director of Policy and Innovation, Smart Prosperity Institute

2:00 pm – Health Break + Networking
2:15 pm – Session Six – Major Projects

  • Core Area Plan – Alain Miguelez, Vice-President and Chief Planner, National Capital Commission
  • LRT Stage 2 Update – Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa
  • Airport Update – Mark Laroche, President and CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority
  • Hospital Update – Cameron Love, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Ottawa Senators – Cyril Leeder, President and CEO, Ottawa Senators
  • Panel moderated by: Jeff Westeinde

3:20 pm – Closing Remarks + Networking


Register today!


April 23
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Horticulture Building
1525 Princess Patricia Way
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3 Canada
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