Committees, Councils and Task Forces
The Ottawa Board of Trade advocates for its members’ interests within the City of Ottawa. All Board of Trade members are encouraged to take a participatory role in the development of the Board of Trade’s policies by attending events and joining our 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 the following committees, councils and task forces to help the staff and Board perform their duties in an effective manner.
All committees, councils and task forces report to the Board and have specific mandates. In most cases, they 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, councils and task forces 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 Growth Committee
Mandate: To research, support and provide policy/advocacy advice to the board and CEO on strategies for business growth and development within the Nations Capital
Chair: Amanda-Lyn Smith, Massage and Treatment Clinic
–Ingrid Argyle, Employment Hub
–Karen Butterfield, Employment Hub
–Rob Campbell, Acumentum Consulting Group,
–Joelle Hall, Hall O’Brien – Richardson GMP
–Jamie Hurst, Economic Development at City of Ottawa
–Nick Quain, Invest Ottawa
–Kumar Saha, My Place Home Care
–Jeff Snyder, Capital Office Interiors
–Peter Van Roon, RBC
–Rob Woodbrige, Lyft
–Carole Anne Piccinin, Ottawa Festivals
–Shawn Hamilton, CBRE
Environment & 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.
Chair: Graeme Cunningham, Bullfrog Power
–Karen Butterfield, Ottawa Employment Hub
–Steve Hubbard, Lightenco
–Julie Lupinacci, Hydro Ottawa
–Amy Pitkethly, Royal Lepage Performance Realty
–Chris Pulfer, Posterity Group
–Luke Tucker, Hyperion Global Energy
–Terry Young,KRP Properties
–Toon Dreessen, Architects DCA
–Wayne French, Waste Management
Membership & 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.
Mandate: Work to integrate new members into the Board of Trade, helping them to better understand our Value Proposition, facilitate introductions to fellow members and help them understand the benefits inherent in being involved.
Chair: Linda McCallum, Royal Lepage Team Realty Brokerage
Talent Development Committee
Mandate: Focused on providing Ottawa private sector businesses with the information, access and support to address one of their key business challenges – talent.
Mandate: The Immigration Sub-Committee will support a subset of the priorities of the Talent Committee, which “is focused on providing Ottawa private sector businesses with the information, access and support to address one of their key business challenges – talent”, with respect to newcomer and internationally-trained talent.
Chair: Karen Butterfield, Employment Hub
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
Mandate: Provide policy recommendations to the Board of Directors and undertake actions in transportation and infrastructure; and be subject matter experts on areas within the purview of the Committee.
Chair: Greg Skotnicki, Market Maker Agriculture
Council on Gender Equality
Mandate: To create strategies and influence policies that advance gender equality; and to position Ottawa as a leader in women’s leadership.
–Jennifer Cross, FLUX Lighting Inc.
–Sabrina Fitzgerald, PwC Canada
–Jackie King, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
–Mischa Kaplan, Ottawa Tourism
–Komal Minhas, Interviewer, Host and Speaker
–Jorge Useche, RBC
Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals
Mandate: Focus on providing the Board of Trade with advice on marketing new and existing products and services, provide a conduit for members to express regionally based ideas, concerns and opportunities and work with staff to serve the entrepreneurial, micro-business and SME community, in providing information for start-ups and scaling their businesses.