Apr 14, 2010 | Industry News Ottawa Festivals News
John Brooman, Executive Director of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, has been elected as the new president of Ottawa Festivals.
Ottawa Festivals, a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 50 festivals, special events and fairs that take place in the National Capital Region, is pleased to announce the election of John Brooman, Executive Director of the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, as their new President.
Mr. Brooman has served on the board of directors since 2004, and has helped shape the growth the organization has seen in recent years. “We are very excited about what is happening at Ottawa Festivals,” Mr. Brooman shares, “We have new office space right in the Byward Market that will soon be offering a number of services to local residents and to the many tourists visiting the area; in partnership with the City of Ottawa, we have a new investment fund to help festivals be more sustainable; we have just launched an industry wide research project; and we have a number of new programs for our member festivals, special events and fairs.
“I look forward to working with the other members of the Board of Directors as well as other Ottawa Festival members and staff to continue this growth,” continues Mr. Brooman, “We have a great group of people who are dedicated to building and strengthening our industry so that we can improve our offerings and better contribute to the community as a whole.”
Ottawa Festivals would also like to welcome two new directors to the board: Ann Brophy, Managing Director, Magnetic North Theatre Festival; and Joyce Trafford, General Manager, Carp Fair will join as Directors at Large.
During their “Launch of the Festival Season” event to be held on May 5th, Ottawa Festivals is set to make two announcements concerning funding they received for a project they will be undertaking in the volunteer sector and new services that they will be offering.
About Ottawa Festivals
Ottawa is a world-class destination for festivals, special events and fairs. Often referred to as “Canada’s Festival Capital”, it is home to many world-renowned events, as well as a breadth of cultural, arts, heritage, sporting and ethnic celebrations. Ottawa Festivals is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 50 not-for-profit festivals, special events and fairs that take place in the National Capital Region. In partnership with the City of Ottawa, Employment Ontario and the Trillium Foundation, the organization manages a number of programs on behalf of the industry.