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Ottawa – The Place for Creative Talent

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Ever since I moved to Ottawa to attend University, I had unknowingly surrounded myself with some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. Attending networking events through the Telfer School of Management has opened my eyes to Ottawa’s diverse business leaders and has inspired me to become a committed contributor to the local business community. As a start, I joined the city’s TalentBridge program, an organization committed to developin g and nurturing local talent. TalentBridge gives Ontario’s young talent an opportunity to work closely with Ottawa based SME’s in various areas of business. Through this program, I was able to join a local tech company (Seregon) and showcase my skills and abilities in an area open to creativity and a new way of thinking. Being connected to TalentBridge and its members has also allowed me to contribute to ‘Creative Ottawa’ by developing initiatives to harness local talent and become the next wave of leaders in the city. The City of Ottawa has given me more opportunities, both personal and professional, than I had ever imagined. If you are looking for a place where the city embraces creative talent and encourages you to put it to work, Ottawa is the city for you.

Sent by Colin from Ottawa

Ottawa: a capital choice

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Balcony shot

Once in awhile, I remember the life I lived before moving to Ottawa, and I get a little shiver of amazement and thankfulness. In Ottawa I have found gainful employment as a journalist, satisfying volunteer work (helping Canadian Maher Arar’s fight against torture), and a community that constantly provides me with inspiration and useful connections. It’s also a great place to run, bike, and swim — things left dormant while living in the suburbs of Vancouver. (As if suburbs are a model for the world!) Or should I say migrating in and out of Vancouver. Working in the ski industry I would move every two years, and every summer I would be struggling to find a new job. I don’t know if it’s just Vancouver, but the job prospects were slim — even with a diploma in tourism management.

In the spring of 2003 I returned to my home province of Ontario for a visit. The random gatherings of artists and students, the streets bustling with people who were actually stopping to talk to each other…even the brick buildings felt comforting.

So I packed up my things, said good-bye to the partner, and took up journalism at Carleton University. Haven’t looked back! (except perhaps to get those ‘look-at-me-now’ shivers…)

The Rise of the Creative Class helped me make that decision. Now, with a boyfriend in Connecticut and a Canadian magazine market (that looks weak in comparison to it’s U.S. counterpart), I’m faced with a new decision…thank goodness for this new book. Gotta write a couple more stories to pay for it…

Sent by Dayanti Karunaratne from Ottawa, Canada.