Ottawa Mayor and Tourism Board extend welcome to Belong 2017 participants

With as many as 700 people expected to attend the 2017 Community Foundations Conference, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, welcome participants and speakers.

Letter from Mayor Watson

On behalf of Members of Ottawa City Council, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all those participating in the 2017 Community Foundations Conference, taking place at the Westin Ottawa from May 11th to 13th 2017.

I am delighted to offer my moral support to the Community Foundations of Canada for providing a valuable forum for leaders representing the foundation and philanthropic sector to convene under the theme You belong here. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network, partake in professional development sessions through Peer Gatherings, attend a Francophonie Summit of international participants, and explore engagement of Indigenous communities.

As Head of Council, I want also to acknowledge the Community Foundations of Canada, speakers, facilitators and sponsors for dedicating efforts, expertise and resources to the successful organization of this educational gathering.

As Mayor of the host city, I invite visitors to explore the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery at City Hall, as well as the revitalized Lansdowne park, its heritage pavilions, and new TD Place, home of the Ottawa REDBLACKS CFL team, and Ottawa Fury FC United Soccer League team.

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017 and the grandest festivities will be unfolding in Ottawa. I hope that you will join us in our nation’s capital for the sesquicentennial anniversary.

Allow me to convey my best wishes to the participants for a very productive and rewarding experience, as well as to the visitors for a most enjoyable stay in Ottawa.


Jim Watson,
Mayor of Ottawa

Letter from Michael Watson

On behalf of Ottawa Tourism, we extend to you a warm welcome to our beautiful city. Ottawa is incredibly proud to host the 2017 Community Foundations Conference.

As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and many national museums. Whether it’s taking part in outdoor activities, learning more about Canada’s history and culture, shopping, indulging in local culinary offerings or participating in one of our many vibrant festivals, you’ll never be at a loss of things to do here.

To find out what’s on while you’re here—or to plan your next visit—be sure to check out and be sure to share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #MyOttawa. We hope that your time in Ottawa is productive and fulfilling.

Enjoy your visit to Ottawa and we sincerely hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon!

Michael Crockatt,
President & CEO of Ottawa Tourism

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