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Council sponsors groups and liaisons

Council Sponsors Group - Climate Change

On April 24, 2019, Council considered the Councillor’s report titled, “City of Ottawa – Declaration of Climate Emergency,” and approved the establishment of a Council Sponsors Group to provide guidance on the Review and Update of the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan (AQCCMP) and the Energy Evolution Final Report.

On June 26, 2019, Council considered the Committee report titled, “Membership of Council Climate Change Sponsors Group,” and approved the following membership for the Council Climate Change Sponsors Group:

  • Councillor Scott Moffatt, Chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management (SCEPWWM), as the representative of SCEPWWM;
  • Councillor Laura Dudas as the representative of the Planning Committee;
  • Councillor Mathieu Fleury as the representative of the Transportation Committee;
  • Councillor Jenna Sudds as the representative of the Transit Commission;
  • Councillor Theresa Kavanagh as the representative of the Ottawa Board of Health;
  • Councillor Shawn Menard, Councillor Liaison for the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee.

Council Sponsors Group - Official Plan Review

On February 27, 2019, Council considered the staff report titled, “Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036,” as amended by Planning Committee, and approved a Council Sponsors Group to serve as champions for the Official Plan Review project.

The role of this Council Sponsors Group is to champion and support the project through the Public Consultation and Legislative Agenda over the course of the three-year project schedule. Members of the Sponsors Group are as follows:

  • Councillor Jan Harder (Chair of the Planning Committee);
  • Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee);
  • Councillor Scott Moffatt (Chair of the Standing Committee for Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management);
  • Councillor Tim Tierney (Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee);
  • Councillor Glen Gower (Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee).

Council Sponsors Group - Solid Waste Master Plan

On July 10, 2019, Council considered the staff report titled, “Solid Waste Master Plan Roadmap,” and approved the establishment of a Council Sponsors Group to work with staff on the development of the Solid Waste Master Plan through each phase, as described in the report.

The Sponsors Group will review and provide input/feedback on the project plan and detailed timeline, on specific areas for inclusion in reports, on the draft consultation plan, on the draft vision, principals, goals and targets prior to consultation, on the proposed options analysis prior to consultation, and on the draft and final recommended Plans. Members of this Sponsors Group are as follows:

  • A representative from Mayor Jim Watson’s Office;
  • Councillor Scott Moffatt (Chair of the Standing Committee for Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management);
  • Councillor Shawn Menard (Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water, and Waste Management);
  • Councillor Eli El-Chantiry;
  • Councillor Laura Dudas.

Council Sponsors Group – Transportation Master Plan Update

On December 11, 2019 Council considered a Motion, arising from the Transportation Committee, to establish a Council Sponsors Group to champion and help provide strategic direction for the Transportation Master Plan Update, and accompanying Cycling and Pedestrian Plan updates.

Members of the Sponsors Group are as follows:

  • Councillor Jeff Leiper (Vice-Chair of Transportation Committee)
  • Councillor Allan Hubley (Chair of Transit Commission)
  • Councillor Jan Harder (Chair of Planning Committee)
  • Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (Chair of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee)
  • Councillor Keith Egli (Chair of Ottawa’s Board of Health)
  • Councillor Scott Moffatt (Chair of Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management)

More information on the Transportation Master Plan Update.

Council Sponsors Group - Women and Gender Equity Strategy

On December 5, 2018, Council considered the staff report titled, “2018-2022 Council Governance Review,” and approved a Sponsors Group to work with staff on the development of a City of Ottawa Gender Equity Strategy and/or a Women’s Bureau. This includes developing a consultation process for setting priorities and a measurable, outcome-based framework which takes a holistic, intersectional approach to policy, program and practice review, coupled with robust data collection and reporting.

Members of the Sponsors Group are as follows:

  • Mayor Jim Watson or his designate;
  • Councillor Theresa Kavanagh (Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity);
  • Councillor Diane Deans;
  • Councillor Catherine McKenney;
  • Councillor Jenna Sudds (Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee).

Sports Commissioner and Council Liaisons

On December 5, 2018, Council considered the staff report titled, “2018-2022 Council Governance Review,” and approved the establishment of the Sports Commissioner, the Council Liaison for Housing and Homelessness, and the Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity. The following Members of Council serve these functions:

  • Councillor Mathieu Fleury (Sports Commissioner);
  • Councillor Catherine McKenney (Council Liaison for Housing and Homelessness);
  • Councillor Theresa Kavanagh (Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity).

Veteran and Military Issues

On November 6, 2019, Council approved the establishment of a Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Issues. The Liaison will work to solidify the City’s important relationship with the veteran’s and military community, advocate for the benefit of veterans and their families, develop key partnerships and ensure the community is receiving the support it needs. Councillor Matthew Luloff is the Council Liaison for Veteran and Military Issues for the 2018-2022 Term of Council.

Anti-Racism Secretariat

During consideration of the 2020 City budget, Council approved funding for the creation of an Anti-Racism Secretariat for the City of Ottawa. On June 10, 2020, Council approved Councillor Rawlson King as the Council Liaison for Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Initiatives for the 2018-2022 Term of Council. The Liaison will provide leadership on this issue and work with City staff to advance anti-racism and race relations initiatives.