The pair will co-host a full year of special events and activations in
OTTAWA, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Today Ottawa 2017 along with Ottawa Mayor
Jim Watson announced that CIBC (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) will be the lead
partner as the city hosts a year of celebrations to mark Canada's 150th birthday.
The partnership will see a number of high caliber events and activities
presented in the Capital throughout 2017, a year that marks both Canada
and CIBC's 150th. CIBC's commitment to Ottawa 2017 extends beyond a monetary
contribution and includes a comprehensive marketing strategy, cultural
program management and a proven track record of grassroots engagement
and community activation.
"The partnership between Ottawa 2017 and CIBC is the single largest
partnership for an event in Ottawa's history and a strong show of
confidence in our city by CIBC," said Mayor Watson, accompanied by
Councillors Cloutier and Fleury, co-chairs of the City's efforts in
Ottawa 2017. "Together, we will amplify Canada's 150th celebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an
exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences."
"As we celebrate 150 years together, CIBC and Ottawa 2017 will co-host
landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our
connections as Canadians," said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice
President, CIBC. "This partnership with Ottawa 2017 will create
memorable experiences that ignite pride, creativity and passion."
Details of the partnership were announced this morning at the popular
Mayor's Breakfast Series. A full year of celebrations will be offered
from January to December.
One of many incredible experiences to come, on July 1, 2017, Ottawa 2017
and CIBC will present an evening celebration at the Shaw Centre, with
entertainment never seen before in Ottawa along with a breathtaking
view of the fireworks. Also planned is an exciting new program in the
capital called Inspiration Village. It will feature each of Canada's
provinces and territories for a full week of tributes over the course
of the summer in 2017. Full details will be revealed soon.
"It's an honor for Ottawa 2017 to be the first organization Canada-wide
to benefit from a significant private sector contribution in respect to
Canada 150th celebrations and to partner with CIBC, a distinguished Canadian
institution," said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017
Bureau. "Together, we will showcase the nation's capital from an
avant-garde perspective and create energizing moments for the millions
of Canadians from coast-to-coast that will take part in these historic
Ottawa will be centre stage in 2017, as a record number of Canadians are
expected to visit the capital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ottawa 2017 will be announcing many more
initiatives in the weeks and months ahead, as it gears up for this
once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, right here in the capital.
To stay informed on the latest plans, visit ottawa2017.ca.
For further information:
Denise LeBlanc - Manager, Media Relations
613-580-2017, ext. 29125
Olga Petrycki - Director, External Communications