Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner
Type of Inter-Sectoral Forums
Title Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner
Brief October 11, 2012 is the 6th Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner, increasingly an anticipated
Description “gotta-be there” forum for Ottawa area environmental movers and shakers. The event
has grown year by year and attracts influential sustainability innovators active not only
in the local scene but nationally and internationally as well. 2011 dinner attendees
included city of Ottawa staff, the Mayor and city councillors, members of the Ottawa
Chamber of Commerce’s environment committee, local labour groups, environmental
organizations, renewable energy businesses, etc. Many now see the annual event not
only as a chance to celebrate progress but also to connect with others working in the
field. The event has sold out every year.
Anticipated Outcomes and impacts: While the principal aim of the Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner is
Benefits to celebrate the growing environmental community in Ottawa, the influence of the
event goes well beyond that. Attendees from Ontario’s expanding renewable energy
sector rub shoulders with Ottawa CleanTech sector entrepreneurs and committed
community organizers and leaders. At the same time that money is being raised to
enable the important work of Ecology Ottawa, new relationships are being forged and
opportunities for collaboration are discussed and successes recognized.
Metrics for assessing success: Three measures of success are in place. Attendance
(which has grown year by year), funds raised (which similarly has increased with each
event), and finally networking contacts achieved (to date a measure only taken
Replicability/scaleability: As shown by the fact that the 2012 event will be the 6th
Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner, the initiative has proven its replicability. The 2011
event was significantly larger than the previous year and the 2012 version is planned to
continue this impressive growth; hence scalability too is shown to be achievable.
Status as of Planning for the 2012 Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner has already begun. The Saint Elias
Apr 10 2012 Hall is booked for October 11 for this year’s event, allowing for hundreds more
attendees, elbow room, and increased networking opportunities. The dinner will
highlight local food and local farms in both the meal and the information presented.
The extensive volunteer base that supported the 2011 event has been kept informed
of Ecology Ottawa activities since last year’s event and are predisposed to join in again
in supporting the 2012 event. Two planning meetings have been held and
arrangements are underway. We hope to sell 400 tickets to this year’s dinner.
Key needs Early commitments for corporate/organizational purchase of an entire table worth of
tickets, sponsorships, silent auction items, local food donations, groups that would like
information tables at the event; help to increase the number of tickets sold to 500-600.
Contacts Janice Ashworth Ecology Ottawa staff community organizer 613-860-5353