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SUPERHERO CELLS: THE NEXT GENERATION OF CANCER TREATMENT
receptor T-Cells; CAR-T cells.” The CAR-T cells are injected back into the patient. If all goes well, they’ll use their specially engineered receptors to identify and destroy cancer cells that have the matching antigen (a.k.a. that Lego piece). Dr. Kekre is quick to point out that this is not exactly new medicine. Some patients with advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and some types of lymphoma in the U.S. have had their cancer disappear in early immunotherapy trials. These treatments are not, however, readily available in Canada. Dr. Kekre and her team are creating a system in which they can create an affordable plan for CAR-T cells. The hope is to begin clinical trials here in Ottawa and offer this option to patients with specific cancers within the next few years. “We come from a very public health care system where we believe in access to care for all of our patients, and I think that it fits within our duty to provide that to patients,” says Dr. Kekre. “So the bottom line is that this protocol, this system, is going to build on research we already have in the U.S. To actually get access to patients - that’s the first part of this. We’re building a Canadian platform, and this will go across Canada, not just Ottawa.” Could this immunotherapy spell the end of conventional treatments? If so, what happens to the other pillars? Although these advances are very real and exciting, more research is needed before immunotherapy is readily available to cancer patients. Clinical trials need be a part of this as well, and that takes time. No one
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edical professionals sometimes refer to the “pillars” of cancer treatment. Until recently there have been four pillars: surgery, radiotherapy, traditional chemotherapy, and precision therapy. For thousands of years, surgery was the only pillar supporting cancer care. Radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, which uses high-energy particles to destroy cancer cells become a second pillar in the late 1800s. The third pillar, chemotherapy, was first explored in the 1940s when a derivative of nitrogen mustard gas was tested as a treatment for lymphoma. Precision therapy, which uses drugs or other substances to more precisely identify, target, and attack cancer cells, was added as a fourth pillar in the 1990s. Today, a fifth pillar is being added to support cancer treatment: immunotherapy. Dr. Natasha Kekre is a hematologist in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, and an associate scientist at The Ottawa Hospital. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Kekre is part of a team that is bringing the next generation of treatment to cancer patients. For regular folks with little medical experience, cancer immunotherapy may sound like something from a sci-fi novel. It refers to a treatment that uses patients’ own immune cells to cure their cancer. There are different kinds of immunotherapies, but Dr. Kekre’s research involves using T-cells to fight certain types of leukemia and lymphoma, which are cancers of the blood. T-cells are a type of white blood cell that play a critical role in the immune system. T-cells originate in bone marrow, and one of their jobs is to attack foreign invaders and infected cells, like tumour cells. The “killer” T-cell is equipped with receptors that can latch on to these invaders. It’s a very unique search and destroy mission. Put simply, imagine a T-cell receptor as a specialized Lego piece that can only fit into one shape of invader Lego. Once those pieces connect, the invader is toast. Research has shown that some cancers, such as acute leukemia, can be treated by the implementation of genetically modified tumourkilling immune cells: powerful “Superhero cells.” In this particular therapy, T-cells are removed from the patient’s blood, are modified in a laboratory, and grown in large numbers. “We manipulate those immune cells from a patient and think that if they were modified in the right way they could attack the tumour cells,” explains Dr. Kekre. “So we take them out of a patient, and we try to re-engineer them so that they express a certain receptor on their surface that allows them to specifically activate and attack the tumour cells. We call that chimeric antigen
DR. NATASHA KEKRE IS PART OF AN INITIATIVE TO BRING CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY USING CAR-T CELLS TO OTTAWA. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON knows how immunotherapy will play into the current standard of care, but the hope is that it will become another line of therapy available to patients and open up an option that wasn’t available before. “For example, right now, if patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia relapse after a stem cell transplant, their survival can be quite dismal and we need better options for them,” says Dr. Kekre. Whether this particular therapy will replace bone marrow transplants – the conventional treatment for acute leukemia – is still to be seen. It’s a unique initiative and a special collaboration with researchers and medical professionals; a real made-in-Ottawa approach. “We’re trying to provide, not just a new strategy of killing tumour cells and a new care for patients, but we’re actually bringing together scientists and physicians from all over Canada to build this exciting initiative,” says Dr. Kekre. “Our current number one priority is access to care for patients in Canada who would benefit from these therapies, and I think that’s what makes us uniquely Canadian. But also, it’s a different priority than if you’re just trying to test out a new therapy that’s never been tested before. “I think that’s what makes this different from anything I’ve seen, in this landscape, in the world right now.”
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP Budding empire builder
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BRUCE LINTON:
Bruce Linton’s unstoppable entrepreneurial drive is serving him well in his quest to keep his company, Canopy Growth, at the forefront of Canada’s cannabis industry
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here’s a spring snowstorm brewing outside and Bruce Linton has chosen to wear a short-sleeved tropical shirt, with matching yellowrimmed sunglasses tucked into his breast pocket. It’s his way of protesting the bad weather. But the attire also speaks volumes about his entrepreneurial spirit: energetic and optimistic. Mr. Linton, 50, is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Canada’s first billion-dollar cannabis producer, Canopy Growth Corporation. It’s the parent company for Tweed, which he also co-founded and for which he serves as chief executive. By now, most of Ottawa is aware of the success story of Canopy Growth, which produces and distributes marijuana products to patients across Canada and bills itself as the world’s largest legal weed company. On this particular day, the company was trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $10.54, with a market value of about $1.7 billion. Here’s an even bigger number: The industry is expected to reach $22.6 billion in sales after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government legalizes pot for recreational use, a plan that is expected to take effect by the end of June 2018. A study by consulting firm Deloitte last fall said marijuana sales are predicted to then surpass those of alcohol. And to think, when Mr. Linton started pitching his medicinal marijuana idea to potential co-founders, they tried to talk him out of it.
“It’s about whether we can maximize the window of opportunity. As things are happening, you don’t want five years from now to say, ‘If only we had played a little harder or pushed a little more.’” – CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION CO-FOUNDER AND CEO BRUCE LINTON PHOTO BY CAROLINE PHILLIPS
He says he doesn’t smoke pot and will wait until the government makes it legal for recreational use before becoming a consumer.
“Thankfully, almost no one thought it was a good idea almost five years ago,” says Mr. Linton. “A lot of people opposed it and didn’t understand it. What’s amazing is how, globally in five years, 80 or 90 years of prohibition has imploded on itself and everyone wants to regulate it.” Canada is ahead of the game, and so are Mr. Linton and his team at Tweed. They previously bought the old Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls and converted it into a medical marijuana factory. These days, Mr. Linton is often flying around the world on business, accumulating more air miles in three months than most loyal customers do in a year. No longer is the question about whether Canopy Growth has a future. It’s about how bright that future will be. “It’s about whether we can maximize the window of opportunity,” Mr. Linton says. “As things are happening, you don’t want five years from now to say, ‘If only we had played a little harder or pushed a little more.’” When listening to Mr. Linton talk about the company, what’s clear is how happy he is to share the success with his team. The companies have turned 20 or more employees into first-time millionaires, he figures. One older staff member used her stock options to buy her first brand-new car. “She was telling me about it and she was teary-eyed, almost crying,” Mr. Linton says. While his entrepreneurial star is rising high these days, Mr. Linton was already a budding businessman in the making when he first came to study in Ottawa in the early 1990s.
He likes to play by the rules. “I like rules. I don’t mind losing, but I hate it if somebody is greedy and doesn’t play fair.”
Mr. Linton doesn’t waste money. He drives a boxylooking Ford Flex SUV that’s gone 242,000 clicks. “It’s like a seven-year-old designed the car, but you can put a lot of stuff in it.”
He and his wife, Heather, have two sons, ages 15 and 14. One is into speed skating while the other performs with Orpheus Musical Theatre. In his free time, he drives them around to their activities. “Neither of them drive, despite my urging that they just take the car,” he jokes.
Mr. Linton’s childhood address was certainly off the beaten path: Rural Route #1, Gads Hill, Ontario. His home was, he jokes, an “outof-control hobby farm intended to keep my brother and I from going to jail.” He spent a lot of time building, breaking and fixing things, and having to feed the chickens.
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He served one year as president of the Carleton University Students’ Association, followed by two years on the school’s board of governors. He studied public administration and economics, taking six years to complete his four-year degree. “It’s an education, not a race,” Mr. Linton used to tell his mom and dad, who worked back home in rural southwestern Ontario as an X-ray technician and machinist, respectively. While on the board of governors, he became acquainted with fellow board member Terry Matthews, one of the most successful tech titans ever to come out of Ottawa. He’s founded or funded more than 100 companies, including Mitel and Newbridge Networks, and has created countless jobs. Mr. Matthews offered the fresh graduate a position in the telecommunications software industry. He wanted Mr. Linton to start right away, but his protégé revealed he had the ultimate summer dream job already lined up: working for Molson’s and driving one of the company’s vans around while getting free food and free gas and handing out free beer. The tech magnate understood. “I’ll see you in the fall,” he told the young man. Wisely, Mr. Linton did go to work for Mr. Matthews in that fall of 1992 and continues to work for him today, having weathered the ups and downs of his career along the way. Mr. Linton regularly gives talks on the topic of entrepreneurship. “The great news is, it’s fully diagnosable. The bad news is, there’s no cure,” he always says. “I think to be an entrepreneur you have to have energy, you have to have optimism and, as you get older, you are hopefully able to figure out why you lost money and why ideas didn’t work, but you don’t become jaded.” On top of his leadership role at Canopy, he’s also the CEO of Kanatabased telecommunications software startup Martello Technologies. Mr. Matthews is the chairman of the board and remains Mr. Linton’s biggest role model. Mr. Linton has worked over the years with a bunch of prominent Ottawa entrepreneurs, including Rod Bryden, John Kelly and Michael Cowpland. “I’ve been collecting the whole series,” he jokes. He says he has no plans to retire. Ever. “I don’t get what’s the hurry, unless you hate what you’re doing, but then you should quickly quit and then go do something else.” Don’t just hang in there for the pension, he adds. “Does a pension involve extending your life? Then f--ing quit.”
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Learn more at investinrenfrewcounty.ca Renfrew County is already home to a diverse economic base of small and mediumsized businesses that includes manufacturing facilities, tourism operators, nuclear science and technology, aerospace and defence industries, among others. One of those success stories is Beachburg-based Heliconia, a video production
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COMMENTARY Working together, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo can be greater than the sum of their parts and position themselves as a strong competitor to Silicon Valley
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The federal Liberals are set to shovel big money into a series of so-called ‘superclusters.’ Jeffrey Dale says Ottawa tech firms could benefit, but only if the sector works together with its counterparts in Toronto and Waterloo
f last month’s budget is any indication, the federal Liberals are prepared to do much more than just pay lip service to their “innovation agenda.” The budget document mentioned the word “innovation” 311 times. The government is positioning it as a plan for Canada to become a leader in the digital economy. Despite all the focus on that buzzword, the “innovation” budget’s impact on Ottawa technology firms over the next year will likely be minimal. However, there is one big-ticket item in the Liberal agenda that the local tech sector can’t afford to ignore. The federal government has budgeted
$950 million to develop a series of socalled “superclusters” over the next five years starting in 2017-18. Why is this important for Ottawa? The government is planning on holding a competitive process to select the industries and who will lead these superclusters, under the theory they will become business hubs that attract investment and anchor companies from around the world. The Liberals have targeted six sectors: clean-tech, biosciences, agrifood, advanced manufacturing, clean resources and digital (which would include information technology and networking, for example). Various geographic locations will be
competing to be the centre of the so-called superclusters. Montreal for biosciences and Calgary for clean resources could be considered naturals. However, when it comes to digital, many cities will be vying for leadership, including Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo and, of course, Ottawa. The government probably will not award more than one supercluster per sector or more than one per city. Although the full details of the program are still being fleshed out, future federal funding for research, advanced skills development, export strategies and risk capital will very likely be focused on the winning centres. Can Ottawa bid for a spot in this select group and have any chance of being successful? In my experience, the federal government is reluctant to award funding to initiatives in its own backyard. Waterloo is currently viewed by many politicians as the tech capital of Canada, Vancouver is quickly emerging and Toronto has the most companies and people employed in tech by virtue of its huge population. Ottawa was recently named Canada’s top tech centre in a survey of eight Canadian cities by business services provider Expert Market. But as nice as it looks on the city’s résumé, such an accolade might not be enough to counter the combined force of the TorontoWaterloo corridor, which has been actively marketing itself as Canada’s leading tech region for the past several years. For Ottawa to have a chance, its business, academic and local government sectors will need to collaborate with the province’s other tech centres. In my days at Invest Ottawa’s forerunner OCRI, we partnered successfully with Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and Waterloo’s Communitech on programs to support local businesses. But those were mostly provincially funded, and it was a major challenge to get everyone on the same page with a sense of urgency. This is one of the reasons it took years for Ottawa to develop its own accelerator, which only recently opened in the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards. In the increasingly competitive global marketplace, it’s vital for Ontario’s tech hubs to work together to align our visions and position ourselves as a digital supercluster that can compete with the world’s best. There is no time to waste: The supercluster application process will begin in May or June of this year. The federal government has mandated that superclusters must be led by business. Invest Ottawa is our business and academic leadership organization, and it makes sense for it to spearhead Ottawa’s efforts in the supercluster bid.
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Its challenge will be getting Toronto and Waterloo to buy in. They believe they will be the winner in any competitive process with or without Ottawa, and they’re probably right. Ottawa needs to lean on its current and emerging strengths to convince tech leaders in those other cities that the nation’s capital is an indispensable part of any Ontario supercluster bid. A supercluster must be able to articulate what its strengths are, and Toronto and Waterloo do not have the same strengths as Ottawa. Our challenge is that every individual business will want its specializations recognized as a strength. We need to focus on our clear strengths. I believe Ottawa has a clear edge in three sectors: fifth-generation networking; enterprise-focused software as a service; and software for autonomous vehicles. Linking these strengths is the city’s growing base of artificial intelligence companies that will be integral to future networking, enterprise software and autonomous vehicle development. Ottawa brings other attributes to the table as well. The National Capital Region is known for its highly skilled workforce with the highest ratio of post-secondary graduates in Canada, and our top-notch
universities and colleges are graduating about 20,000 more grads each year. Ottawa also has a strong track record for building startups into world leaders: Canada’s last three successful tech IPOs involved firms based in the nation’s capital. The region’s tech firms also attract significant domestic and foreign venture capital and private equity investments. The smart play for Ottawa’s tech community to be part of a winning bid is to join forces with Toronto and Waterloo. I believe that by working together, the three cities can be greater than the sum of their parts and position themselves as a strong competitor to Silicon Valley. A digital supercluster will not give much of a boost to established Ottawa tech giants such as Shopify and Mitel, which will thrive regardless. But it would be a catalyst for the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs, which could benefit greatly from the investments and resources that a supercluster can offer as a global magnet for skills, capital and ideas. Jeffrey Dale is the president of Snowy Cloud and the former president of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.
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CTV Ottawa’s Graham Richardson and Patricia Boal hosted the Dancing with the Docs fundraiser on April 8.
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Dancer Arianna Carrion and Dr. Marcio Gomes.
All eyes were on a brave group of Ottawa doctors who performed under extremely stressful conditions, surrounded by bright lights and loud noises, and subject to constant scrutiny. They were hard at work – not in the operating room but in the ballroom of the Hilton Lac Leamy, participating in the third annual Dancing with the Docs competition in support of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Drs. Amanda Roberts (breast surgeon), Lothar Huebsch (hematologist), Bonnie Weston (ophthalmologist), Philippe Phan (spine surgeon), Mark Clemons (medical
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oncologist), Andrea Kew (hematologist), Marcio Gomes (pathologist) and Roanne Segal (medical oncologist) have been spending their free time over the last few months learning to ballroom dance. The physicians were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio Ottawa instructors, who taught them how to spin, flip and perfect their fancy footwork. Their performances delighted, entertained and inspired a crowd of 730 at the $195-a-ticket gala event on April 8. The night raised $160,595 for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital, one of Canada’s largest learning and
research hospitals. The facility has more than 1,100 beds, about 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of roughly $1.2 billion. Serving as co-hosts were CTV Ottawa News anchors Patricia Boal and Graham Richardson. Hospital vice-president Paula Doering was new to the judging panel this year, joining Carlos Lourenco from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Oakville. His Simon Cowell-esque comments were balanced by witty and encouraging words from TSN 1200’s Shawn Simpson. On stage, the docs spoke about the nerve-racking experience, with reactions ranging from terror to relief that it was over to comfort, just knowing an orthopedic surgeon was in the room, should anything have gone wrong. Dr. Segal was the decided winner. It’s worth noting that the oncologist had raised more than $46,000, but she wasn’t alone; virtually all the participating doctors exceeded their targets by bringing in tens of thousands of dollars for patient care and research for an area of the hospital that is close to their hearts. “I don’t really care about winning,” Segal told OBJ.social as she held onto the giant Medicine Ball trophy (oh, how it twinkled in her arms as she spoke). “I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to do this and to contribute the way I did and to perform the way I did. “It really is for a worthwhile cause, so we felt like we wanted to do as much as we can for the patients that we support.” At her side was dance partner Darryl Cappadocia. “I have to give credit where credit is due,” she said of their win. “This is an amazing man, both as a dancer and as a human being.” The gala dinner also included a silent auction and a raffle prize for two Air Canada tickets to any destination across the Atlantic. The tickets were won by Lora Galla, a guest of Ottawa Business Interiors.
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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE A GROWTH INDUSTRY AT OTTAWA’S PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE When Karen Secord used to hear the word “innovation” she would often think of high tech, satellites and even that famous futuristic cartoon family, The Jetsons. “Now I know innovation is far more than that,” the manager of the Parkdale Food Centre told guests of the official launch of its social enterprise, Growing Futures, held April 6 at the new Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards. The food centre is working with Ottawa businesses, community partners and schoolchildren to plant, grow and harvest fresh produce, using innovative indoor systems before selling the produce to the local food service industry. Secord came up with the idea after being selected to participate in a unique residency on economic equality at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in late 2015.
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Now, the food centre is looking to expand the initiative. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the PFC wants to install 150 of its garden towers and garden walls around the city. It’s put out a call for more sponsors, business partners, harvesters, mentors and spaces, such as schools, community centres and office buildings. Mayor Jim Watson, who called Secord a visionary, committed to buying five of the garden towers, while Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Jeff Leiper praised the non-profit for changing society’s perception of what a food centre should be. “I think those of you who have visited the PFC know that when you walk in there, a lot of the traditional lines between client or volunteer or staff or neighbour have been completely broken down,” said Leiper. “It is a new model for how you work with the community, not just to help give people access to healthy food, but to help people build skills and to build our
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Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Civic Hospital and Wellington Village, will be honoured with a Community Builder Award from United Way Ottawa at its gala awards dinner next month. In the crowd were many of the business partners, including Carley Schelck, partner and CEO of The Urban Element; Doug Pawson, executive director of the Centre for Social Enterprise Development; and Thyme and Again Creative Catering owner Sheila Whyte. She’s been selling pesto at her take-home food store made from basil grown by kids from Growing Futures. A jar was gifted to our bachelor mayor, who admittedly has to first fix his broken oven range before he can cook himself some pesto pasta. Attendees also included dozens of participating schoolchildren, whose relationship with leafy vegetables has never been better thanks to their social entrepreneurism. Thirty per cent of the revenues from Growing Initiatives is donated back to the food centre to support its programming. Another 30 per cent goes to the harvesters or is invested back into Growing Futures. Twenty-five per cent is given to an agreed-upon charity and 15 per cent is set aside to cover costs.
Petit Bill’s Bistro celebrates 10-year milestone by giving back If you follow the news, it seems restaurants close and open in this town faster than a kitchen swinging door. So, making it to 10 years is quite a feat. Petit Bill’s Bistro on Wellington Street West marked its first decade in business on April 9 by raising between $3,000 and $4,000 for the Max Keeping Fund for Kids at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. With live fiddle music playing, customers dined on a traditional Newfoundland menu that offered seafood
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Back in 2007, Petit Bill’s Bistro was the ninth restaurant to open along its street, according to Fitzpatrick. Now there are more than 40. “It’s good and bad,” he remarked. “You need to have destinations. You can’t be standing alone; that’s not going to work. Somebody else has to be there to help draw people. But when you get that much expansion, (the market) gets a bit saturated.” However, Fitzpatrick says the bistro, which prides itself on its family-friendly service, has done a good job of evolving along with the neighbourhood. He co-owns the restaurant with his brother, Terry. They named their business in honour of their dad, the late Bill Fitzpatrick, who was the patriarch of a Randy Fitzpatrick, Jenny Watters, Terry Fitzpatrick and Sheri Dagenais celebrate at Petit Bill’s Bistro. close-knit family of seven children. He’d been orphaned at a young age and raised chowder, cod tongues and salt cod cakes, “It’s not been easy,” he said. by the Catholic Church in Marystown, N.L. rabbit stew, fish and brewis and Jiggs The challenges started with the on the Burin Peninsula. He was dubbed dinner. The public could also bid on silent economic slump of 2014-15, followed Little Bill because there was already a Bill auction items or win prizes through a by stiff competition from all the Fitzpatrick residing there. balloon raffle. new restaurants that opened at the The best part about running a The eatery raised money for charity redeveloped Lansdowne Park, he said. restaurant, said Fitzpatrick, is the again on April 13 in benefit of Cornerstone Then, there’s been the Phoenix pay customers. He figures 70 per cent of them Housing for Women. system issues, resulting in public servants are regulars, from the neighbourhood. A lot has happened in the local not getting paid properly. “They become our friends and family,” restaurant industry in the past 10 years, The landscape along Wellington West he added. “What’s wonderful is that when said Randy Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Petit is totally different from a decade ago. It’s we see them out on the street, we stop Bill’s Bistro. now bustling with restaurants and cafes. and chat like old friends.”
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OTTAWA RESTAURANTS RAISE FUNDS, AWARENESS FOR AIDS CHARITIES The midweek slump is about to take a tasty turn for the better as legions of Ottawa residents prepare to do something so simple for charity: dine out on Wednesday, April 26. There are no tickets to buy, no speeches to endure and, best of all, no rubber chicken dinners to stare at. It’s as easy as going out for a meal with friends and family at one of 35 participating restaurants of the 19th annual A Taste for Life. The businesses will give 25 per cent of their dinner sales that night to two charities, the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation and Bruce House, both of which provide programs and services to people living in our community with HIV. It’s estimated that there are more than 3,000 people in Ottawa and as many as 76,000 in Canada living with HIV. About one in five people who are infected don’t even know they have it, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Organizers and supporters gathered on the afternoon of April 19 for the launch at The Urban Element, an old fire stationturned-culinary studio on Parkdale Avenue. On hand was Carley Schelck, CEO of The Urban Element, which helped to showcase a delicious spread of food put on by Steph The Grilling Gourmet, Pelican Seafood Market and Grill, Absinthe Café, ThimbleCakes and The Hintonburg Public House. Since A Taste for Life began in Ottawa, it has raised more than $1 million and has increased awareness of the importance of getting tested for the virus and getting treated, if diagnosed. The fundraiser is also held in other communities in Canada, from Calgary to North Bay. “AIDS awareness isn’t just for the gay man anymore,” said spokesperson and chef Steph Legari. “It affects a lot of people. I think everybody’s been touched by it.” The fundraiser is a win-win for diners, restaurants and beneficiaries, said Pelican
co-owner Jim Foster, who got on board a decade ago and has happily supported A Taste for Life ever since. “It’s one of those nights where it feels like it’s a Saturday night. Everyone’s in a good mood. We’ve had times when it’s super crowded but it’s got a good vibe to it.” Attendees included Mayor Jim Watson, who was also the mayor back when A Taste for Life began in 1999. “It’s like I was kept in a time warp or something,” joked Watson, who, in fairness to him, did take a 10-year break from municipal politics. “Back then, life was a lot more challenging for people living with HIV/AIDS. There have been so many amazing (medical) discoveries, but we still can’t rest on our laurels. We still need the dollars to support those members of the community who are suffering, and their family members.” A full list of participating Ottawa restaurants can be found at: http:// www.atasteforlife.org/ottawa.html.
Jim Foster and Steph Legari (left); Khaled Salam and Lee Callan.
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Patrons get served at The Urban Element on April 19.
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450 homes off the electricity grid. Here are some of those opportunities: LIGHTING The Westin Ottawa took a multi-step approach when retrofitting lighting throughout the building. It started with the low-cost opportunities which saw the replacement of 300 exit signs with LED signs. The simple change saved the hotel
COOLING SYSTEM The cooling system underwent an energy efficiency overhaul. With $232,000 in financial incentives from the Save on Energy programs, the hotel installed high efficient chillers, cooling towers, and variable speed drives on its pumps. The pumps, used to distribute chilled water to cool the building, were running at full capacity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now the system ramps up and down depending on demand. VENTILATION The hotel implemented similar control upgrades with the kitchen ventilation system. The newly installed
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Others have taken notice of the Westin Ottawa’s efforts. The hotel is a threetime recipient of the Hotel Association of Canada award recognizing energy and environmental sustainability, while Mr. White himself was recently awarded a Global Engineering Leadership award from Marriott International. In a 500,000 square feet facility and working with its 250 associates, White had no shortage of energy saving recommendations. From the piano staircase initiative that encourages staff to use the stairs instead of the elevators to replacing 35 year-old equipment, the engineering department uncovered 3.5 Gigawatt hours of savings, an equivalent to removing
demand control ventilation system has the ability to run only when needed and automatically ramp up when chefs are preparing a Sunday morning brunch, and dramatically ramp down when little cooking is taking place. This small change has reduced usage by 90 per cent.
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ecognizing the Westin Ottawa nearly 10 years ago for its innovative conservation projects and strong environmental leadership, Hydro Ottawa continues to work with the downtown hotel as it becomes one of the first Westin hotels to reduce 30 per cent of its energy use by the year 2020, a conservation target instituted by its ownership in addition to a 20 per cent water reduction target. “We have so much that we’re planning on doing,” says Jeff White, the hotel’s director of engineering. “Even after we hit the 30/20 target by 2020, we’re not going to stop. We’re just going to keep striving and moving forward. It’s the right thing to do.”
$10,000 in annual electricity costs. The next step was to concentrate on public areas. These spaces saw more than 4,000 light bulbs replaced with LED bulbs, reducing lighting’s electricity costs by 75 per cent.
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Nina Kressler Katrina McQuigge
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L. M. Makrakis André Pelland
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FOR THE RECORD People on the move Ken Jennings joined Inside Edge Properties as general counsel and vicepresident of acquisitions. Mr. Jennings previously practised law with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and has a background in real estate acquisitions and development. WiLan recently implemented the following management changes: Paul McCarten will become independent lead director; James Skippen will become executive chairman; Shaun McEwan will become interim CEO; and Steve Thompson will become interim chief financial officer.
Hats off The Ottawa-Gatineau region’s top employers have been recognized by
the organizers of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The designation recognizes employers in the OttawaGatineau metropolitan area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The National Capital Region companies that were recognized include: Algonquin College; Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Canadian Internet Registration Authority; Carleton University; Export Development Canada; Hydro Ottawa; La Cité; Lockheed Martin Canada; Lumentum; NAV CANADA; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP / s.r.l.; Trend Micro Canada Technologies; and the University of Ottawa. Embotics, a cloud automation company, was named an IDC Innovator in IDC’s new report. The report profiles multicloud management companies that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology, highlighting Embotics vCommander.
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