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The new Ottawa Board of Trade

Sueling Ching, Ottawa Board of Trade

On June 12, 2023, the Ottawa Board of Trade hosted its 166th Annual General Meeting in downtown Ottawa. Annually, this meeting is a chance for members, business and community leaders to gather, reflect on the past year and the year ahead as well as elect a new board of directors. It is also a great opportunity to thank the OBOT members who ensure that Ottawa has a strong voice of business and is well positioned to advocate for economic growth in our region. This mandate is especially important as we face times of change and challenge.

Even though the organization has a long history of business success and community impact, the recent history boasts a coming together of several local chambers, left separate when the city amalgamated with the surrounding municipalities in 2001, to form the new Ottawa Board of Trade. The impetus for the consolidation in 2018 was to strengthen the voice of local businesses. This would ensure we maintained a competitive business environment in Ottawa as we faced unprecedented times of change in a global economy. The timing was fortuitous as soon after we were able to effectively advocate for our community during the pandemic.

As an entrepreneur or business professional in Ottawa, joining your local board of trade or chamber of commerce is a decision that can have a profound impact on your professional growth, the development of your employees and the success of your business. The Ottawa Board of Trade serves as a powerful advocate, resource hub, and networking platform for our members. There are several reasons why being a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade is crucial for unlocking a range of benefits and opportunities.

Influence and advocacy

The Ottawa Board of Trade holds a strong position as the voice of the local business community and an official liaison to government. As a member, you gain access to a collective platform that advocates for policies, initiatives, and regulations that promote a competitive business environment. The Board actively engages with all levels of government, stakeholders, and decision-makers, representing the interests of our members and the business community at large. Aligning yourself with the Ottawa Board of Trade, gives you the opportunity to shape the business landscape, influence policies, and create a more conducive environment for your business to thrive.

Networking and collaboration

Membership in the Ottawa Board of Trade offers unparalleled networking and collaboration opportunities. We host various networking, education and recognition events, summits, and workshops that bring together a diverse community of business professionals, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. These gatherings provide a platform to forge valuable connections, build relationships, and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals. The networking opportunities offered by the Ottawa Board of Trade can lead to partnerships, joint ventures, and increased visibility, ultimately contributing to business growth and expansion.

Access to resources and expertise

The Ottawa Board of Trade provides timely information, resources and expertise designed to support the success of our members, and development your employees. Whether you require assistance with business fundamentals, market expansion, or accessing funding opportunities, the Board provides valuable resources and guidance. Additionally, we offer educational programs, training sessions, and workshops that equip members with the knowledge and skills necessary to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving business landscape. By leveraging these resources, you can stay ahead of the curve and position your business for sustained success.

Visibility and credibility

Membership in the Ottawa Board of Trade lends credibility and enhances the visibility of your business within the local community and beyond. We actively promote members through our multi channel marketing, including events, digital and social media. By aligning yourself with the Ottawa Board of Trade, you tap into our extensive network and reputation, which can open doors to new customers, employees, partnerships, and investments. Being associated with a respected organization like the Ottawa Board of Trade can significantly enhance the credibility of your business and attract talent and new opportunities.

Call to action

Being a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade is a strategic move that can unlock numerous benefits for your business. From advocacy and networking opportunities to access to resources, enhanced visibility, and professional development, the Board serves as a catalyst for success. By actively engaging with the Ottawa Board of Trade, you position yourself at the forefront of Ottawa’s vibrant business community, gaining influence, support, and the tools necessary to thrive in a competitive landscape. Embrace the advantages offered by the Ottawa Board of Trade and leverage its resources to drive your business towards sustained growth and prosperity.

Finally, Ottawa is at a point of significant change. We have big issues to address and generational opportunities to advance. Business success, city building, and economic growth are all part of one agenda that local leaders must drive forward. Now is the time to be bold, build trust relationships and demonstrate true leadership. Radical collaboration among entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and elected officials is our competitive edge in the national capital region. And the new Ottawa Board of Trade welcomes everyone to get involved, shape our city, and build a strong foundation for the next generation of leaders.

Yours in prosperity,
Sueling Ching
President & CEO | Ottawa Board of Trade

About the Ottawa Board of Trade

The Ottawa Board of Trade is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan member driven business association. We are the voice of business and a key advocate for economic growth in our Nation’s Capital. Our mission is to cultivate a thriving world class business community in Ottawa by influencing economic development through leadership and partnerships. One that drives affordable, inclusive, sustainable city-building. We represent businesses at all three levels of government and support business growth through relevant benefits and programs. Join us today!