Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey now open

Largest and most comprehensive study of Ottawa-area businesses includes special cybersecurity focus in 2020
Editor's Note

This article is sponsored by Welch LLP. 

Ottawa’s most important survey of business leaders is officially open, with a special focus on the cybersecurity landscape facing local companies.

Now in its sixth year, the Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey is an opportunity for business leaders to share their priorities and perspectives on the health of their industry with policymakers, politicians and business advocates.

The anonymized results from the short 15-minute online survey – the largest and most comprehensive study of Ottawa-area businesses – are used to calculate the confidence of the local business community in Ottawa’s economy and shed light on the underlying trends that are shaping the future of the city’s corporate community.

“Welch is delighted to be part of the Business Growth Survey once again,” says Welch LLP managing partner Micheal Burch. “We continue to get valuable insight from this exercise and hope that our participants feel the same way. I really look forward to this year’s format.”

Cybersecurity focus

Assisting with this year’s Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey are primary partners Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Board of Trade as well as research partner Abacus Data. Ottawa-based Field Effect Software is this year’s major sponsor and will be contributing insights on the results of this year’s special cybersecurity-themed questions.

With Statistics Canada reporting that more than one-fifth of the country’s businesses have been affected by a cyber security incident that affected their operations, the Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey offers a critical opportunity to better understand one of the biggest threats facing companies in the National Capital Region.

Other topics include the local jobs market, market outlook and municipal issues affecting the business climate.

The 2020 Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey is also made possible through several supporting partners, including RBC and the Ottawa Senators, as well as the participation of local business organizations and business improvement areas.

Local business leaders are encouraged to participate in the survey. All individual responses are kept confidential, with the aggregate survey responses published in a special report and analyzed at a networking and educational event in June.

Make your voice heard

The 2020 Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey is now open. Visit OBJ.ca and https://abacusdatasurvey.ca/s3/OGS2020 for updates.

Interested in reading the 2019 report? Visit https://www.ottawabusinesssurveyreport.ca to download your copy.