Economic Development and New Official Plan Panel

You are invited to join the City of Ottawa for a Panel on Economic Development and the new Official Plan. The City of Ottawa's new Official Plan will provide a vision for the future growth of the city and guide the city's physical development.

On Tuesday, February 18th, we have four fantastic panelists, each with a unique understanding of economic potential here in Ottawa. An English language moderated panel discussion will explore how the new Official Plan can help foster this economic development potential.

After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for you to ask the panelists your own questions.

Following the Q and A you are welcome to stay for some light refreshments and the opportunity to network with panelists and other attendees.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm February 18th, 2020

Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon

Please register to attend the event here. Please note there is limited seating.

We couldn’t be more excited to engage you and the panel in an important discussion that can help shape the economic future of our great city. See the panelists profiles below to learn more about them:

Manjit Basi: An entrepreneur and leadership coach with diverse experience in business, philanthropy, and the voluntary sector. She is fascinated by the human dynamics that power up organizations and communities. Her work is inspired by the belief that people have a remarkable ability to learn and change. Manjit partners with clients to dive deep into radical self-awareness, generosity, and curiosity in order to gain radical agility and see more possibilities.

She was a Co-Founder of Synapcity, a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to accelerate collaboration, participatory city-making, and engagement across people, communities, and sectors.

For 21 years, Manjit owned 4 locations of The Body Shop (1987 – 2008) where she obtained an experiential and alternative MBA with a global brand that was a rabble-rouser and trail blazer in social entrepreunership and “business as unusual”. She leans into organizations where purpose, people, planet, and profits collectively thrive.

Alongside her business pursuits, Manjit holds a deep commitment to community; she volunteers in various capacities at the grassroots level and board governance. She has a quirky brain that’s secretly run by a generous heart.

Yancy Craig: Vice President Indigenous and Government Relations at Indspire. Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

Through the K-12 Indspire Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2015-16, Indspire awarded over $12.2 million through 3,792 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a gala celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people.

Mandi Lunan: is the former owner of Auntie Loo’s Bakery and now works as a food business coach and consultant for small food business entrepreneurs.

Mandi Lunan Food Business Coach is unique from similar services in the field as she brings over a decade of real life experience as an owner here in the small business culinary community. Mandi has now worked with over 150 small culinary businesses in North America and beyond.

Mandi has worked with diverse clients in all stages of the business life cycle in North America and beyond since 2016.

Zainab Muse: The CEO & Founder, Wingd Inc. and Creatorland, she is an award-winning entrepreneur, process designer, interactive digital media expert and filmmaker. Some of her core mandates include advocating for youth leadership, women & newcomer entrepreneurship, digital transformation and diversity + inclusion in the workplace.

Not only has she been recognized as an Ottawa ambassador, she was also recently named one of the 'Top 10 Shifters in Ottawa' in 2018, and in 2019 was awarded 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by the Women in Communications & Technology (WCT). Also in 2019, she became the first Canadian Chapter Lead for Singapore/New York based organization, SoGal Foundation, with a mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship.

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