EcoFest: Ecology Ottawa’s 10th Anniversary Celebration



This year, our annual dinner is bigger and better than ever!

On October 12th 2017, at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating our 10th anniversary by hosting EcoFest – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community, and TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR ONLY $35!

Come celebrate with us! Hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy vegetarian/vegan food from local restaurants, sip on beer from Ottawa’s finest craft breweries, watch live art installations, bid on exciting auction prizes, network with like-minded Ottawa residents and explore all the innovative green businesses, organizations and initiatives Ottawa has to offer.

EcoFest is a celebration of Ottawa’s strong, vibrant and diverse environmental community. Ecology Ottawa has had the honour of working with so many of you over the past decade, and we want to celebrate. Here’s some of the fun we’ve lined up, with a lot more to come.


The evening will include a series of short talks from leaders in the environmental community in Ottawa, followed by a keynote speech.

This year, our keynote speaker is Olivia Chow, Toronto mayoral candidate, distinguished professor of community organizing, and former municipal and federal politician. We look forward to learning more about Olivia’s experience training the next generation of community organizers, and consistent effort to make Toronto a greener and more dynamic city.

In addition to the keynote, our list of confirmed speakers include:

  • Janice Ashworth, General manager of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC)
  • Valérie Leloup, owner of NU Grocery, the first zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa
  • Mike De Souza, Managing Editor at the National Observer
  • Meredith Brown, Riverkeeper at Ottawa Riverkeeper
  • Hans Moor – Past President Bike Ottawa; Blogger “”

Food and drinks

Enjoy a selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes from local restaurants, and beverage from local providers. All food and drink vendors will serve items worth $5, and your entry ticket comes with 3 food/drink tokens. More tokens are also available for purchase. Our list of food and drink providers include:

  • The Table vegetarian restaurant
  • Beau’s
  • Bean Fair
  • Grow Your Roots
  • Green Rebel
  • House of Targ
  • Vegica

Environmental businesses and organizations

EcoFest will feature an array of environmental organizations and green businesses doing their part to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. So far, our list of booths includes:


  • Amnesty
  • Bike Ottawa
  • Bike Co-op
  • Blue Dot
  • Cuso International
  • Earth Path
  • Eco Talent Network
  • EnviroCentre
  • Ethical Tree
  • Evidence for Democracy
  • Fair Vote Canada
  • Greening Sacred Spaces
  • GreenPAC
  • Greenpeace
  • Greenspace Alliance
  • Just Food
  • Just Voices
  • LEAP
  • National Observer
  • Nature Connections
  • One World Film Festival
  • Ottawa Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op
  • Peace and Environment Resource Centre
  • Re4M
  • Save Canada Post
  • Synapcity
  • Sustainable Eastern Ontario
  • Water Rangers
  • Wilderness Committee
  • Zevrev


  • Brew Donkey
  • Bullfrog Power
  • Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  • iSolara
  • Jump 106.9
  • Lightenco
  • M-Company
  • Nu Grocery
  • Smarter Shift
  • SMARTNet Alliance
  • Terra20
  • Whole Foods

Silent auction

Ecology Ottawa really appreciates the donations from local businesses and our supporters in Ottawa to the silent auction that raises funds for our important work. Whether you’re an avid birder, committed zero-waste consumer or supporter of local artists, we have something for you. We thank the following businesses for their support:

  • Hunt and Gold Club Ottawa
  • Pure Yoga
  • Britannia Yacht Club
  • Life Without Plastic
  • Alexander Munro
  • Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa
  • Angela’s Bed and Breakfast
  • Robert Alvo
  • Maitland Massage Therapy
  • Just Food
  • Third World Bazaar
  • Dr. Bob Abell
  • Canadian War Museum
  • DivaCup International Inc.
  • EcoParent Magazine
  • Obasan
  • Rama Lotus
  • Cocoa Camino
  • Jerome Photography
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • SFUO – FEUO Bike Coop Velo
  • The Loft Board Game Lounge
  • Astanga Yoga
  • Elevate Yoga
  • Nature Connections
  • Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
  • Re4M
  • Brew Donkey
  • Jim MacNeill/ Cathy Hodgins

Different from previous annual dinner, this year’s EcoFest is not a sit-down dinner. There will be food and drink booths serving a variety of vegetarian or vegan small plates, beer, wine and other drinks, all for $5. Your ticket includes 3 food/drink tokens, and more are available for purchase at the venue. Guests are welcome to mingle, check out the booths, get food or drinks, and come inside the speaker area to listen to the speeches throughout the evening.

EcoFest is proudly sponsored by:

Gold sponsors

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Silver sponsors


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Bronze sponsors


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We’re looking for local businesses who want to tell the world about their green products and services – everything from breweries to bike shops to solar companies. This is the place! We’re expecting 1,200 people, and would love your support. To explore sponsorship opportunities contact Alex Lomax at

This could be the biggest event in Ecology Ottawa’s history, and we won’t be able to do it without your help. Click here to join our volunteer team today!