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WATERFRONT OTTAWA CAMPAIGN LAUNCH– Expert Opinions from Founder Delphi (Enviromental Engineering Consultants), NCC Masterplan Architect, Bank Street BIA Director and lessons from CEO Waterfront Toronto

Ottawa, March 24th 2013

In one of its boldest national policy statements to date, the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group (MTAG) is launching its "Waterfront Ottawa" Campaign, patterned after the success of Waterfront Toronto which was formed by 3 levels of government and given a 25 year mandate to lead an estimated $35 billion in waterfront renewal for 2000 acres of land. While MTAG is not advocating, specific waterfront projects, MTAG is calling for the creation of Waterfront Ottawa with a board consisting of 6 stake holders; the Aboriginal Community, the City of Ottawa, the NCC, the Province of Ontario, P3 Canada and The Federal Government Ministry of Infrastructure.

MTAG plans on discussing such a plan with some of Canada's foremost minds on its second "Experts on Ottawa" Rogers television program Monday evening at 8.30 pm. Ade Olumide, President of MTAG will welcome.

Mark T. Brandt OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, CAHP, APTi, Sr. Conservation Architect & Urbanist, MTBA MARK THOMPSON BRANDT, ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES Inc., has over 30 years architectural and urban design experience, Author & Designer, NCC Master Plan for the Victoria & Chaudière Islands Heritage District Revitalization, Co-Founder VISION:CHAUDIERE Community Project for the Chaudière Heritage District, Gatineau-Ottawa-Ottawa River, Member Waterfront Centre Washington D.C., Director, Canada Green Building Council, Ottawa Region Chapter and Chair, CaGBC ORC Existing Buildings Committee, Co-Chair (Canada), Association for Preservation Technology International, Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation (APT TCSP).

John Campbell, President and CEO for Waterfront Toronto, former Head of Canadian Property Management for Brookfields Properties.

Gerry Lepage, Executive Director for the Bank Street BIA.
Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy & Co-Founder, The Delphi Group, Canada, National Coordinator Aboriginal Clean Energy (ACE) Network ), Member, Canada's Cleantech Trade Advisory Group, Chair, Chair, Ottawa Clean Energy Cluster, Past-Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association, Past Chair, Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation, Panel Judge, Dupont's Global Sustainability Excellence Awards, Founding Advisor, Canada's Commissioner for the Environment.
Olumide believes that there is an untapped form of taxpayer revenue in economic development and tourism possibilities. "The NCC has many priorities, so does the City, an integrated vision and immediate action for Ottawa's waterfront is needed" said Olumide. The Parkway, Bayview Yards, Victoria Island, Chaudière, Albert & Amelia Islands Bayview, Lebreton Flats, Vanier Ottawa River, Colonel By Drive, Rideau River, Hurdman Station Islands, Dows Lake should all be part of the discussion" said Olumide.

Every Canadian has a stake in the NCC mandate and in ensuring we have a capital that is the envy of the world, an interprovincial and international tourist destination while providing new revenue for taxpayers.

For more information:
Ade Olumide,President MTAG

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Watch Rogers TV "Experts on Ottawa" at 8.30 pm, Monday March 25th on Rogers channel 22