Youth Futures hosts employer’s breakfast

Thursday, March 30, 2017 — Several of the city’s leading businesses, institutions, and political figures, gathered for the annual launch of the Youth Futures program at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on Tuesday, March 28th.

The Youth Futures Breakfast of Champions is an opportunity for local leaders to learn about the successes of the program and to help set the youth participants on the track for success. In attendance to this year’s event were several notable figures, including Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Board Chair and City Councillor Mathieu Fleury, City Councillor Catherine McKenney, OCH CEO Stéphane Giguère, OCH Foundation Chair of Board of Directors Wayne French, and Borden Ladner Gervais Partner Marc Jolicoeur.

Watch the video clips below to see the different ways the Youth Futures program has had a positive impacted our community.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson explains why he’s been involved with Youth Futures since it started in 2008.


Marc Jolicoeur, Managing Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, speaks to the benefits of being an Employer in the Youth Futures program.


Ayane Bouh, Youth Futures’ Program Coordinator and Alumni, shares her experience with the program and how it’s helped her in her life.


Aye-Lama Bah, Youth Futures Alumnus, speaks to her experience with the program and how it has set her on the path to success.


Karen Lemaire, Director of Therapeutic Support Services at Bruyère Continuing Care, speaks to the benefits of being an Employer in the Youth Futures program.



Youth Futures will host a series of events promoting the program throughout the year. See the dates below and join us to learn more about this great opportunity for Ottawa’s low-income youth.

Annual BBQ: May 27th, 2017

Participant Graduation: TBD (August)

For more information on Youth Futures and on how you can get involved, contact Ian Mackichan at