Happy 150th Canada: A Look at Canada’s Future6:45pm-8:15pm | Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
Canadians are gearing up for the 150th anniversary of Confederation and there are a number of exciting initiatives the Country is embarking upon to celebrate Canada’s big birthday. Join The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, for an armchair discussion moderated by Michael Crockatt, President & CEO of Ottawa Tourism. The conversation will highlight projects that are occurring both locally and nationally and how Canadians can get involved.
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST
* Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served*
His Worship Jim Watson
City of Ottawa
Jim Watson was re-elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa on October 27, 2014 after having first been elected Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2010. Mayor Watson has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada's Capital. First elected as a Councillor in 1991, he was re-elected in 1994. Three years later he was elected as the youngest Mayor in Ottawa's history with 82% of the popular vote. Following the amalgamation of Ottawa and surrounding communities, Mayor Watson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission, a federal crown corporation. In 2003, he was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and immediately appointed to cabinet as Minister of Consumer and Business services. In 2005, he was appointed as Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion and he successfully implemented the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Re-elected as MPP in 2007, he was promoted to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. An active member of his community, Watson has also served on the boards or as honourary chair of several community organizations, including the Riverside Hospital, the National Arts Centre, the Christmas Exchange of Ottawa and the Forum for Young Canadians. He served as chair of United Way's 2002 campaign, which raised a record $21 million.
President & CEO
Michael is a recognized leader in tourism and aviation in Canada. Prior to joining Ottawa Tourism, Michael served as Senior Vice President with InterVISTAS Consulting, where he was responsible for the firm’s airline, air service development, and tourism practices in Canada. Michael has over 15 years experience at the management level with two of Canada’s major airports, the Winnipeg Airports Authority and the Ottawa International Airport Authority.
Michael is very active within the tourism and transportation industries and other business groups. He is a Board member with Ottawa 2017 and Invest Ottawa, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Chair of the Board of Directors of Ottawa Tourism and Chair of the Tourism Development Council of Ottawa Tourism.
In 2013, Michael was named one of Airport Business Magazine’s Top 40 under 40. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing his contributions to Canada. At the 2011 Ottawa Tourism Awards, Michael was named Tourism Volunteer of the Year, and in 2010, he was a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Awards.
Michael has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Manitoba.
The Honourable Bardish Chagger
Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, was appointed Minister of Small Business and Tourism on November 4, 2015. Ms. Chagger made history, on August 9, 2016, when she was appointed the first ever female Government House Leader. A natural leader and organizer, Ms. Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, she is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community.
In her role with the Kitchener–Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Ms. Chagger has worked to foster diversity within the community, providing opportunities for social and economic engagement. As the former executive assistant to the Honourable Andrew Telegdi, she gained a deep understanding of the issues that are important to residents of Waterloo, including manufacturing, technology, innovation, transparency and accountable government.
Passionate about community involvement, Ms. Chagger has lent her support to many causes and organizations, including the Rotary Club of Waterloo, Interfaith Grand River and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. She considers herself part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms generation and has participated in policy conferences on many issues, including the advancement of same-sex marriage rights and the national manufacturing strategy.
The Minister graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, The Waterloo Region Record recognized her as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.