Ottawa Social Impact AwardsThe inaugural Ottawa Social Impact Awards are recognizing and celebrating the leaders in our community who are making a positive social impact through innovative, collaborative, and scalable initiatives and enterprises. A partnership between Impact Hub Ottawa and the City of Ottawa, the Awards seek to:
- Highlight Ottawa-based community initiatives and social enterprises that have significant potential for growth and lasting impact;
- Emphasize the power of the collective rather than the individual; and
- Recognize social innovation in our community that is turning the status quo upside down.
- For the Social Enterprise category, nominees must be an organization (for-profit or non-profit) with a business model or earned revenue component of their operations
- For the Community-based Initiative category, nominees must be a group of people collaborating on a project (does not have to be an incorporated or legal entity)
- Individuals are not eligible, but can nominate their own group or organization
- Nominees and their impact must be based in Ottawa
- September 30th: Nominations open
- October 28th: Nominations close
- November 4th: Voting closes
- November 17th: Winners announced
What do the winners receive?The Ottawa Social Impact Awards aims to elevate the recipients' profile, expand their network, and enhance their capacity to do good better. The winners (of each category) will receive:
- A one-year membership to Impact Hub Ottawa, a community of creative and entrepreneurial changemakers, and access to its collaborative workspace and resources
- A meeting with senior City staff to exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration
- An opportunity to be featured on apt613.ca
- A one-year membership to Kind Village, be recognized as an official Kind Business and be featured on www.kindvillage.com
- A reserved spot at Building Skills for Change, the first Ottawa workshop run by the Institute for Change Leaders
- Two tickets to Unleashed, Ottawa’s premiere Social Enterprise conference, where the Awards will be presented to the winners
Meet the Judges
Prior to being elected City Councillor for Somerset Ward, Catherine was an advisor to the Deputy City Manager, two City Councillors, and two Members of Parliament. She also worked as the Manager, Public Policy for Volunteer Canada and as Regional Manager for VoicePrint, which delivers print media in accessible format to people living with visual impairment.
George Brown is a lawyer and social entrepreneur, having spent nine years as President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund as well as 9 years as a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa. George is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and Chair of United Way Ottawa’s Community Investment Committee.
Martina is the One Young World Coordinating Ambassador for North America. An internationally recognized speaker, coach, and peace practitioner, she has been traveling the globe listening to, empowering, and working with others to engage their voices and talents to create a more positive future for our planet.
The Ottawa Social Impact Awards are a legacy initiative of One Young World, the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30. The 2016 One Young World Summit took place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 28-October 1, 2016.