President of Invest Ottawa Brings Capital’s Strengths to i-CANADA Governors Council
Ottawa, December XX, 2014 — Bruce Lazenby, President of Invest Ottawa, has accepted an invitation to join the Governors Council of i-CANADA.
“Ottawa combines high-tech energy with creative capital,” said Bill Hutchison, Co-Founder and Chair of i-CANADA. “It has been rated as the leading city for diversity and creativity, and has the second-highest concentration of science and engineering employment in North America. Of the three high-tech IPOs in Canada in the last five years, two of them were based in Ottawa. Bruce Lazenby champions and channels these assets into an “Ottawa Brand” that promotes the city to overseas and domestic investors.”
“I am fortunate to represent a community that has it all,” commented Mr. Lazenby. “Ottawa is home to the richest and longest accelerator program in North America; two new Centres of Excellence in Research; highly praised universities and colleges; and access to programs being run by three levels of government.”
Mr. Lazenby added that “Ottawa is a magnet for high-tech investment, and is the birthplace of leading companies that are changing the world, like Shopify. Invest Ottawa is putting in place the plans and strategies to extend recognition of Ottawa’s leadership.”
“We are proud of the work of Invest Ottawa, and pleased that Bruce will be able to add his strengths to the drive to create a nation of Intelligent Communities,” said Ottawa Mayor and Invest Ottawa Co-Chair Jim Watson. “It is fitting that Ottawa takes a leadership role.”
“We are doubly fortunate in that Invest Ottawa also has experience with Intelligent Communities,” added Mr. Hutchison. “Not long ago, Ottawa was recognized as one of the top ‘Most Intelligent Communities of the Year’.
“Now, Bruce is putting that weight behind our drive to create a nation of Intelligent Communities. This will add significantly to our Council, whose corporate members have total revenues exceeding $500-billion, total R&D investment in Canada exceeding $1-billion, and value to Canada from exports exceeding $2-billion. They are putting this strength behind the advancement of communities that have better economic performance, higher skilled employment, and a more sustainable ecosystem.”
i-CANADA’s goal is to create an Intelligent Nation, where each community is making full use of digital inclusion, ultra-broadband communications, and a rainbow of applications, to prosper with the higher employment and better living standards that are the hallmark of Intelligent Communities. The i-CANADA Governors Council includes the CEOs of large organizations, Mayors and thought leaders. http://icanada150.ca
About Invest Ottawa
Invest Ottawa delivers collaborative economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region while marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Invest Ottawa carries out economic development programs and initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurial mentorship, startup development, business incubation services, commercialization, targeted sector development, investment attraction, business retention, expansion, and global trade development. For more information see: http://investottawa.ca/