Earlier this month, Impact Hub Ottawa hosted another edition of Hub & Spoke, one of our most popular and well-known networking socials. Typically held twice a year, this event aims to bring together our cross-sector community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers to connect and share ideas with like-minded individuals and organizations.

Our theme for this most recent Hub & Spoke was ‘Setting the Scene for 2017’. Co-hosted by our friends at the 150Alliance, we brought over 100 people who are passionate about their city together with 16 organizations who are working on programs, funding, and other opportunities to engage and involve the local community over the course of this and next year.

Check out photos from the event!

Ottawans have no doubt heard of some of the exciting spectacles slated to take place in our city next year – from hosting the Juno Awards and the Red Bull Crashed Ice championship to an underground multimedia experience in the future Lyon LRT station and countless concerts and festivals, Ottawa is positioning itself as the place to be for all Canadians who want to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary.

But the reason for our gathering, however, was to shine the spotlight on the incredible opportunities for local citizens to get involved in a real and meaningful way in their neighbourhoods, workplaces, and social circles. From community projects to national initiatives to opportunities for funding, our 16 presenting organizations demonstrated how the one million residents already living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region can play an active role in celebrating this milestone.

Councillor Mathieu Fleury helped us welcome the enthusiastic crowd with an overview of all the different programs and plans from the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, followed by Melody MacLean from the 150Alliance who provided some context for our event as one of dozens of similar gatherings in communities across the country. The 16 organizations, ranging from local to national, and from community organizations to public institutions, are listed in alphabetical order:

Our thanks and appreciation to:

  • Thyme & Again Catering and Beau’s All Natural Brewery for supporting our community event
  • The representatives from all 16 presenting organizations for their time and energy
  • Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum for attending
  • Ottawa Business Journal for an excellent write-up of the event
  • And of course, everyone who attended or followed along on Twitter via #Canada150 and #Ottawa2017!

We encourage everyone to learn more or get involved by contacting any of the organizations listed above, as well as joining the 150Alliance and subscribing to their newsletter for regular updates on Canada 150 activity happening across Canada.

2017 is a tremendous opportunity for our city to come together and not only create, but realize, a shared vision for our country’s next 150 years. We are excited to support this important work and look forward to working with Ottawans to show the country what we’re capable of!

James Chan