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Photo by Alex Tétreault, National Observer

Impact Hub Ottawa opens its new doors to the future of work and social change

By Andrew Monro on June 15, 2017

Andrew Monro is Apt613’s correspondent at Impact Hub Ottawa, writing about the many innovators that call Hub home. Hub is a co-working space at 123 Slater Street for projects with a positive local and global impact.

Impact Hub Ottawa officially opened its doors at its new location on the 6th floor of 123 Slater Street on May 30, welcoming the public, notably city and business figures, and “Hubbers.” The room was filled with energy and ideas, welcoming everyone to one of Ottawa’s centers of social and entrepreneurial innovation and collaboration.

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At the opening of Impact Hub Ottawa’s new space. Photo by Alex Tétreault, National Observer.

“What a room full of really cool people,” Councillor Catherine McKenney said as she took the podium. McKenney, along with other political officials, including Mayor Jim Watson, city councillor Tobi Nussbaum, and MP for Ottawa-Vanier, Mona Fortier, were present for the inaugural event.

The event marks celebration of growth for the Hub’s co-working community. Since first opening in Ottawa in 2011, Impact Hub Ottawa has seen consistent growth as non-profits, entrepreneurs, researchers and consultants joined and built numerous relationships within the community.

With the move to the new space comes a change: Impact Hub Ottawa now shares the floor with Co-Stewards, organizations and nonprofits that are bringing their collective networks and resources together to join in supporting a shared community. Andrea Dicks, Vice-President of the Community Foundations of Canada, a Co-Steward, shared their collective vision: “we’re building communities where everyone belongs.”

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Mayor Jim Watson speaking at the opening. Photo by Alex Tétreault, National Observer.

Mayor Watson finished the event with a short speech, recalling his presence at the original opening of the Hub five years ago – Hub staff awarded him the “Key to the Hub,” a large white key made of Lego, thanking him and the City for their support.

“This is going to be one of [Ottawa’s] big success stories,” said Watson.