Our ward has all the elements for a vibrant economy. But our potential remains untapped. As an entrepreneur, I can be trusted to discuss and act on business policy with knowledge. Now is the time to seize the tremendous opportunity within our reach.

My vision

Business and Economic Growth

  • Develop an action plan in partnership with our Business Improvement Area (BIA) Associations for each business corridor
  • Tap into tourism to grow our economy: Create a regional Ward 12 Tourism Bureau. Work with Tourism Ottawa to develop travel guides for areas off the beaten path and drive foot traffic to local shops
  • Use our cultural assets: develop and implement a vision for an International French District in Vanier
  • More support for local merchants and markets. See my plans for ByWard Market and Beechwood market
  • Address the changing retail environment: provide support to help small businesses build their presence online
  • Help local businesses plan for succession: pair retiring business owners with aspiring entrepreneurs so we can retain local jobs
  • Make Ottawa a destination for green businesses and green jobs: attract investment for innovation to develop the next technologies, here at home, to address environmental problems worldwide
  • Set up an innovation fund: give out small loans to help budding entrepreneurs get started on a big idea
  • Partner with organizations like Invest Ottawa to develop entrepreneurship programs, such as start-up incubators for youth
  • Partner with universities to provide funding for student-led startup
  • Provide support for social entrepreneurs that create added value for the community

Jobs and Employment

  • Connect students and new graduates to local employers: work with employers and universities to develop internships and networking events
  • Train our labour force: ensure access to training and educational opportunities for out-of-work residents
  • Develop better supports, such as mentorship opportunities, for the integration of immigrants into the job market
  • Compete in the global economy: Make Ward 12 a destination for top talent, innovators, investors and employers with strong track records

 

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