Looking for­ward to 2010s

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Many of us are likely happy to see 2009 be­hind us. But de­spite global eco­nomic chal­lenges and the evolv­ing face of Ottawa’s tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, cur­rent in­di­ca­tors sug­gest that 2010 is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing year for Ottawa.

As the lead eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agency for Ottawa, OCRI is com­mit­ted to work­ing with com­pa­nies, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, clus­ters and busi­ness leaders to move our econ­omy for­ward. To­gether, we’re able to iden­tify and cap­i­tal­ize on op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­pel Ottawa into the next level of lead­er­ship in terms of the re­search, de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of in­no­va­tive projects, pro­grams and tech­nolo­gies that will im­prove the qual­ity of life for every­one who lives in, works in or vis­its the Ottawa re­gion.

In 2009, Ottawa col­lected sev­eral in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades. Named to the Smart21 by the In­tel­li­gent Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, Ottawa was rec­og­nized for its abil­ity to re­spond and adapt to change, lever­age col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships and pro­mote tech­nol­ogy en­trepreneur­ship. Our unique and suc­cess­ful On­tario Tech­nol­ogy Corridor part­ner­ship was awarded the Re­gion­al­ism and Cross-bor­der Col­lab­o­ra­tion hon­our by the In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil On­tario. In his book, “Who’s your City?” Richard Florida, iden­ti­fied Ottawa as the top creative class city in Canada with the high­est pro­por­tion of creative class work­ers. Of note, Ottawa also beats New York, San Fran­cisco and Lon­don, Eng­land.

OCRI’s 2009 Knowl­edge-based In­dus­try sur­vey is fur­ther ev­i­dence of our sta­bil­ity. Our em­ploy­ment num­bers and the num­ber of com­pa­nies across 13 key in­dus­try sec­tors re­main strong. As an­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous years, the area with the great­est growth in both the num­ber of com­pa­nies and em­ploy­ees is our clean-tech sec­tor. Close to 200 Ottawa-based com­pa­nies have iden­ti­fied dig­i­tal me­dia as ei­ther their pri­mary or secondary in­dus­try and as a re­sult, a for­mal­ized clus­ter was cre­ated. We do re­port a no­table drop in the num­ber of wireless com­pa­nies, but many of those now con­sider them­selves in the dig­i­tal me­dia sphere.

Over the year, the com­mu­nity has truly ral­lied and is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment in which our young com­pa­nies and en­trepreneurs can grow and thrive. We’ve watched en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity hit an all time high with a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of pro­grams and part­ner­ships rang­ing from busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tors to boot­camps.

Ottawa is bet­ter po­si­tioned than ever as a global tech­nol­ogy leader. As we head into 2010, we can cer­tainly look for­ward to on­go­ing strength, pres­ence and suc­cess from our promis­ing clus­ters and en­hanced per­for­mance and pro­file for our MNEs on the global stage.

The in­no­va­tion strat­egy work­ing group, com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from tech­nol­ogy, gov­ern­ment and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions con­tin­ues to work dili­gently to for­mal­ize Ottawa’s In­no­va­tion Strat­egy which will play a key role in the City’s re­freshed eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan and set a clear path for Ottawa to be­come Canada’s Creative Econ­omy Cap­i­tal.

We are very proud to work in part­ner­ship with the Ottawa Busi­ness Jour­nal to pro­duce the 2010 edi­tion of the Ottawa Tech­nol­ogy Mag­a­zine. For a com­plete list­ing of the city’s knowl­edge-based com­pa­nies, please visit www.ot­taware­gion.com. Claude Haw Pres­i­dent and CEO OCRI

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