January 2015

The Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

11:30am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Economic Club of Canada, presents the Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.

This event will award four exceptional individuals who were born outside of Canada and who now make Ottawa their home. Recipients contribute to Ottawa's economy and serve as an inspiration to new Canadians to start their own businesses.

Recipients Include:

Anand Aggarwal, Manor Park Development
Abdul Haseeb Awan, BitAccess Inc.
Mona Kalra, Maple Care Physiotherapy Inc.
Peyman Yazdani, Subway Restaurants

With special remarks by:
The Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa
Mr. Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa

Ticket Pricing:
Individual: $75 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

The Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

Bruce Lazenby

President & CEO
Invest Ottawa

Bruce Lazenby

Bruce Lazenby is President & CEO of Invest Ottawa. He was Chairman of the Ottawa Software Cluster; Vice President in Canada for Corum Group Ltd., an M&A advisory firm and CEO of FreeBalance Inc., raising funds for venture capital and debt financing.

A graduate of Royal Military College, Bruce served in Department of National Defense as a Logistics Officer and Navy Diver.

He speaks at knowledge-based events, and was voted Canada’s Private Sector Technology Leader by CATA.

His Worship Jim Watson

City of Ottawa

His Worship Jim Watson

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.

The Honourable Chris Alexander

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Government of Canada

The Honourable Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander, his wife Hedvig and their daughters Selma and Elisabeth are proud to call Ajax-Pickering home.

Chris Alexander worked for 18 years as a member of the Canadian Foreign Service. His first posting was at the Canadian Embassy in Russia, and by 2003, he became Canada’s first resident Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as a Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

From Afghanistan, he and his family returned home to Canada in 2009. On May 2nd, 2011 the people of Ajax-Pickering elected Chris as their Member of Parliament. On May 25, 2011, Chris was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence. On July 15, 2013, Chris became the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Chris has also recently published his first book entitled, A Long Way Back: Afghanistan’s Quest for Peace. It explores what has become of Afghanistan since the U.S. – led invasion in 2001 and the challenges that are presented in a country that has not experienced real peace since the late 1970s. The complexity of Afghanistan and its history are analyzed with an overarching hope for a future of reconciliation and prosperity for the people of Afghanistan. It is argued, that this hope, can only come to fruition if neighbouring Pakistan can control its borders and be reassured of its own place in Afghanistan’s future.

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