Mayor's Breakfast with David L. Cohen

Join Mayor Jim Watson, the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal for the Mayor's Breakfast on Monday, May 16 for a Mayor's Breakfast!

Start your morning with a cup of coffee, buffet breakfast and connect with colleagues in the business community.

At 8:00AM, Mayor Jim Watson will give his update from City Hall, followed by a presentation by the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David L. Cohen.

The Mayor's Breakfast Series is an opportunity to network and stay informed on issues vital to Ottawa's prosperity and quality. Focusing on issues such as economic development, transportation and the environment, this breakfast series provides an opportunity to network and stay informed. 

Guest Speaker:

David L. Cohen, U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Before his appointment by President Biden and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David  L. Cohen served as Senior Advisor to the CEO at Comcast Corporation as of January 1, 2020. He was previously Senior Executive Vice  President at Comcast, where his portfolio included corporate communications, legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and  community impact. Cohen also served as the company’s first chief  diversity officer.  

Before starting with Comcast in July 2002, Cohen served as a partner  in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the  100 largest law firms in the country. From January 1992 to April 1997,  Cohen served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the  Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.  

Cohen served on many nonprofit boards, including as chair of the  Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee;  as a member of the trustee board and the executive committee of Penn  Medicine; as a member of the board of directors and the executive  committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; as chair  of the Philadelphia Theatre Company; as a member of the Board of the  National Urban League; and as chair of the corporate board of advisors  of UnidosUS. Cohen also serves as a member of the  

U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. He also served on the board of directors of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and PNC Bank,  National Association.  

A native of New York, Cohen graduated with a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1977 and with a J.D. from the University of  Pennsylvania Law School summa cum laude in 1981. Cohen has  received numerous honors and recognitions, including Honorary Doctor  of Laws degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel  University. Prior to his appointment to Ottawa, he lived in Philadelphia with his wife.

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