By James Chan, Civic Programming Lead

I have exciting news to share – we’re looking for new talent to join the Impact Hub Ottawa team!

Unfortunately, it’s because after three wonderful years at Impact Hub, the time has come for me to move on. My partner and I are sadly leaving Ottawa next month and moving to London, Ontario, where she is starting an exciting new job. It was by no means an easy decision, and we will miss this place (and more importantly, its people) dearly.

Friends and colleagues have since asked me about my reflections on my time here in Ottawa – something I need more time to process and articulate, but look forward to sharing in a personal blog post. For now, I wanted to take stock of the opportunities that have been possible thanks to Impact Hub’s special mix of people, place, and programs. It’s (somewhat unfortunately) easy to take for granted the incredible environment in which I get to work every day, and only when describing it to others am I reminded of just how lucky I have been.

By far the biggest perk of working at Impact Hub is being surrounded by talented and optimistic people who live their values and dedicate themselves to their work with a strong sense of purpose. I don’t know of any other place in Ottawa where you could routinely run into people who are… *takes a deep breath*

…working to end youth homelessness, fighting poverty here at home and around the world, empowering citizens to protect our waterways and harvest urban agriculture, advocating for animal rights and science and evidence-based policymaking, celebrating local history and fostering entrepreneurship in the North, defending the public interest through independent journalism and investigative reporting, ending violence towards women and children and protecting informal workers’ rights, and fundamentally changing how we act as consumers, investors, and social innovators.

Impact Hub Ottawa members

And that’s just a fraction of our extended networks and community. The breadth of their aspirations and accomplishments cover the entirety of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which is something we and our global Impact Hub network are committed to advancing. They are a powerful source of knowledge and inspiration for others who share their commitment to social change. In fact, instead of releasing our typical Impact and Failure Report this year, we were compelled to share their lessons and stories to make a How-To Guide to Do Good Better as a resource and asset for others in the community who don’t have the same opportunity to just strike up a conversation at our coffee machine.

Just as impactful, of course, is the team I’ve had the great privilege to work with. Like the job posting says, it’s ‘small but mighty’, with a hard-to-describe dynamic that combines self-directed autonomy and collaborative teamwork. The strengths and expertise they collective represent – from journalism and small business ownership to politics and capital fundraising – are fascinatingly diverse, and so are the things they are involved in outside of work. And impressive talents and experiences aside, they’re also genuinely great people to spend time with.

All that to say: you should really think about applying.

Back in our first home, our co-founders wrote this on the wall:


To me, it captures perfectly the spirit of Impact Hub, and although I’m sad to be leaving the community, I’m confident that its future is bright and the best is yet to come. Thank you to everyone I’ve had the great fortune to meet and work with, and thank you for all the work you do to make Ottawa and the world a better place!

Join us for a ‘farewell’ Community Lunch on Tuesday August 14th at 12 noon! 


James Chan