2021 was a year to remember at Impact Hub Ottawa. With every week feeling like a new adventure, let’s take a trip down memory lane to share some of our Hub highlights from the past 12 months. 

January started under less than ideal circumstances. Yet, while COVID-19 continued to limit our ability to gather in space, the Hub community thrived online. The introduction of our virtual membership, along with the launch of our Slack community and virtual Wine Downs gave our community unique ways to stay connected, despite the isolation. 

Sharing recipes in slack, and drinks on Zoom!

 

As February rolled around, our virtual programming shifted into high gear with well-attended weekly Thursday Brown Bag Lunches on topics from “The Power of Language in Accessibility” to “The Future of the Workplace,” “A National Needs Analysis on Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs,” and more. We ultimately hosted more than 40 virtual events in 2021, reaching nearly 1700 registrants!



The Hub also partnered with the US Embassy in Canada for the return of our Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs series, with two virtual events to explore how to (re) center Indigenous knowledge and anti-racism in climate action and at work.

One of the biggest highlights of the first half of 2021 was undoubtedly the Newcomer Toolkit for Business & Work, which connected over 250 newcomers to a series of workshops and supports to help build skills in storytelling, networking, marketing, communications, and e-commerce. This program culminated with a Virtual Support Showcase, which brought together newcomer support providers from across Ottawa, including Invest Ottawa, Alterna Savings, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, OCISO, Shopify, and World Skills Employment Centre.

The Newcomer Toolkit for Business & Work

 


New member Erica enjoying the Hub

As spring turned into summer, the benefits of an increasingly vaccinated Canada allowed us to return to in-person coworking, slowly bringing back the familiar hum of productivity and collaboration in action at the Hub. Our team was excited to welcome returning members and introduce new Hubbers to the space, with more than 60 new members joining our community throughout 2021.

To try and measure all the excellent work taking place at the Hub, we took a closer look at our community coffee consumption habits, and oh my, did we brew a bunch! Since August alone, the Hub went through nearly 55 lbs of coffee grounds – thanks Bridgehead!

Wine Down Ready!

Without a doubt, one of the best aspects of the past few months has been the bi-monthly return of our Friday in-person Wine Downs around the Hub’s Harvest Table. To see new and long-time members connecting, laughing, and having a great time in the space once again has brought beaming smiles to our team’s faces – if hidden behind a mask!

Speaking of which, we would not have had the year we’ve had without the support of our growing team. From hosting in space to facilitating virtual programs and keeping our community informed, it’s been a genuine collective effort.

A special shout-out goes to our leadership team of Liz Cleland, Gina Babinec, and Will El Khoury, who have guided our organization through the year, along with Tristan Oliff and Charlotte Whittaker, as well as new members to our team Olivia Leonard, Sonia Vinogradova, and Kayla O’Neill. We also recognize Robyn Matuto and Miriam Havelin, who were instrumental to the Hub’s success earlier this year.

Our Team – December 2021

 

Where 2021 was a year for learning and listening, 2022 will be a year for action. Following our successful “Co-design the future of the Hub” sessions hosted in December, we are excited to put into motion the decisions we made together to ensure that the Hub is a virtual and physical space that works better for everyone.

With the continued support of our unique community of changemakers and innovators in 2022, we look forward to building on our ongoing mission of providing an inclusive and sustainable space that inspires and enables collaborative action.

See you in 2022! 


Want to join our community? Consider becoming an Impact Hub Ottawa Member. This gives you access to our coworking space, a team of Coaches, Slack community, and all kinds of perks and resources to help you grow your business or career!

Tristan Oliff

Tristan Oliff

Community Lead at Impact Hub Ottawa