OBJ's news agenda for the coming week in Ottawa business

SaaS North

Au revoir, RendezVous

The big story we’re following this week is the fallout from Friday’s news that Eugene Melnyk’s Capital Sports Management is suing John Ruddy and Trinity Development Group, severing the RendezVous LeBreton partnership that would’ve seen the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats with a new downtown arena for the Ottawa Senators.

Ruddy issued a statement on Friday denying CSM’s allegations that he sabotaged the LeBreton Flats project over a conflict of interest related to Trinity’s nearby 900 Albert development, which will see three highrises emerge over Bayview Station.

We’ll be looking to learn more about what went wrong in this relationship as well as hear from the National Capital Commission about the next steps for LeBreton’s landmark development opportunity.

Tech conferences hit the capital

Software and networking tech will be the focal points of two tech conferences in Ottawa this week.

On Tuesday the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networking will host its annual summit, welcoming 300 attendees to the Brookstreet Hotel to delve into the theme of “prosperity through connectivity.”

SaaS North returns to the Shaw Centre on Nov. 28-29. The annual software-as-a-service conference and expo has become a must-attend event for local SaaS firms and this year hit gender parity in its speaker lineup.

Techopia Live will be recording on-site, so stay tuned for interviews with some of the capital’s hottest SaaS stars.

OBJ.social calendar

OBJ has a full social card this week with the Tree of Hope fundraiser for CHEO, United Way Ottawa’s Spark Ignite Awards, an Ottawa Riverkeeper reception at the Mill Street Brew Pub and the weekend’s Movember gala, which should provide a flurry of furry fun for a good case.

Caroline Phillips will be on the scene as per usual with photos, videos and highlights from each of the events at obj.social.

Mayor’s Breakfast

The Mayor’s Breakfast Series returns for its first installment since Jim Watson’s re-election. Speaking at the breakfast on Wednesday will be Justin Trudeau’s new minister for Canadian Heritage and multiculturalism, Pablo Rodriguez. Sign up here to attend the breakfast event of the week.