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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mayor's Newsletter / July 2016

Submit your nomination for the Order of Ottawa

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements 
and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This 
prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most 
deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who 
has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that 
has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.

The Order of Ottawa is intended to recognize those who 
have made significant contributions, through their professional 
endeavors, to life in the city in any of the following areas: 
arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, 
public service, labour, communications and media, science,
sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, September 9, 

The Max Keeping 
Remembering his 

On Saturday July 16, Baseball fans came to RCGT Park to watch the  
Ottawa Champions host the Rockland Boulders and to 
remember popular local community builder Max Keeping, alongside 
his family.

The game was preceded by a short ceremony on the pitcher’s mound, 
which renamed the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge over 
Highway 417 the Max Keeping Bridge, in honour of my dear friend and
 late broadcaster.

Max personified the spirit of giving and caring, and his legacy continues 
to inspire us to be generous and kind, and to help others. Naming this 
 bridge in his honour is a fitting tribute because he was a great 
fan and advocate for baseball in Ottawa, and because he brought 
people together and helped build a strong and caring community.

Throughout his life, Max helped raise more than $100 million for 
 organizations such as the 
battle with cancer ended his broadcasting career in 2003, 
but he continued to be an ambassador for his television 
station and an enthusiastic volunteer for local charities in 
the decade that followed. He passed away on October 1, 
2015 at age 73.

The president of the Ottawa Champions David Gourlay 
was also present during the ceremony and noted that “Max 
will always be remembered as a local hero who changed 
countless lives for the better. We are all better people for 
having known him.”

Ottawa welcomes young talent from around
the world during the
One Young World Summit this fall

Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, where I received the Summit’s “baton” from the Governor of the Bangkok’s Metropolitan Authority, confirming Ottawa as host of One Young World 2016. The baton is proudly displayed at City Hall, until it is time for me to relay it to the 2017 host city.

The One Young World Summit is the largest gathering of nations behind the Summer Olympic Games, designed to bring together young people from across the globe to create lasting, meaningful relationships that empower them to create positive change at home and abroad.

Since its inception in 2009, One Young World has hosted 7,300 delegates between the ages of 18 and 30, with a further 1,300 expected from 196 countries for the 2016 Summit in Ottawa.

The annual One Young World Summit brings together the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations. Delegates to the Summit network with peers from across all spectrum of private industry, the public sector and our world. They will debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. No youth led movement outside of the Olympic Games represents as many nationalities as the One Young World Summit.

As an innovative, vibrant and welcoming city, I am proud to greet these young future leaders to our Nation’s Capital this fall. While in Ottawa, they will also have the opportunity to hear and be heard by talented Counsellors, such as former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chef Jamie Oliver and Cher, who will attend the Summit in order to mentor these talented youth.

Hopeful delegates from around the world - and Ottawa of course – can still apply to attend by submitting an online application: www.oneyoungworld.com/attend-summit-2016.

Ottawa to host the Canadian Football League 2017 Grey Cup

On July 31, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau announced that the 2017 Grey Cup CFL championship will take place in the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary. 
I am very happy and proud that we’ve collectively succeeded in having Ottawa selected to host the Grey Cup and Festival during Canada’s sesquicentennial and anticipate that this will be one of the highlights of our year-long celebrations. Having this Canadian tradition return to Ottawa has been part of our vision for 2017 from the start and supports the City’s tourism development strategy of attracting major sporting events that will create jobs in the tourism industry throughout the year.
Bernie Ashe, CEO of OSEG added that “We are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to host a week of festivities to help cap-off a spectacular, year-long celebration produced by Ottawa 2017. The Grey Cup is the highest rated uniquely Canadian sporting event, by far. It will entertain Canadians from coast to coast to coast and generate $100 million in local economic activity. It would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Watson, City Council and the group of fans that have gained a reputation as the best in the CFL: RNation.”
Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Tourism will support OSEG by offsetting a portion of the municipal services required to host the game and week of activities leading up to it. In addition, Ottawa 2017 will help create a festive spirit across the city by assisting with pageantry and finding innovative ways to ensure that residents from across the city are engaged in the event coming to Ottawa.
“We commend the team at OSEG for their hard work in clinching the Grey Cup for next year, which will greatly add to the excitement of the celebrations planned in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This presents another excellent opportunity to showcase our nation’s capital, Canadian culture and Canadian sporting excellence through broadcast and social media platforms to millions of people across the country and around the world.”