About Centretown

With community, diversity, belonging, and passion at its core, the team behind Centretown works hard every day to foster a greener and cleaner neighbourhood, infused with arts and culture.

Situated north of the Queensway, minutes from Parliament Hill, and bounded to the east by the Rideau Canal and the west by Bronson Avenue, this diverse central hub is anything but middle of the road.

With more than 300 shops, cafés, and restaurants over 20 blocks, Centretown is a place where community comes first, with residents, visitors, and business owners striving to venture out of the ordinary.

CentretownThrough The Years

Bank street
​​The Bank Street BIA is founded, making us the oldest Business Improvement Area in the city of Ottawa.
We become the proud home of Ottawa’s Village, stretching from Nepean to James St. and marked by street signs.
We launch the first edition of Glowfair, Ottawa’s largest free street festival. Spanning 10 city blocks and featuring two main stages, it’s a yearly event you just can’t miss.
We rebrand from Bank Street BIA to Centretown, the name locals have long referred to the area.

Meet the Team

Sabrina is a dedicated change catalyst on a mission to transform Centretown and beyond. With her boundless creativity and vibrant energy, she sparks positive change in the community. Equipped with a forward-thinking mindset and an adventurous spirit, Sabrina is known for her passion, attentiveness, and ability to see all perspectives. When she's not shaping the future, you can find her immersed in thrilling outdoor adventures or nurturing personal passions like yoga and jiu-jitsu. Sabrina believes that together, we can create positive change that leaves a lasting impact.


SabriNa C. Lemay

Executive Director

Stephanie is a magician when it comes to Centretown businesses. With a mix of humility, hard work, and strategy, she builds lasting relationships and propels small businesses to success. Described as an altruistic superhero, Stephanie's meticulous nature and creative flair make her a force to be reckoned with. Outside of work, her true happiness lies in being a mom and creating cherished memories with her family.


Stephanie Wawrzynczak

Communications and Marketing Lead

Emma is an artistic whirlwind, infusing her work with vibrant colors and imaginative flair. She's a master at juggling multiple tasks, effortlessly bringing projects to life with her enthusiasm and motivation. Outside of work, you'll find her exploring the great outdoors or sharing precious moments with her beloved cats.


Emma Gmazel

Public Realm Liaison and Operations Coordinator

Board of management

Michael Wallack, Chair

Councillor Troster, Director

Adam Wilson, Director

Jamil Bhuya, Director

Matthew Tweedy, Director

David Massine, Vice Chai

Ben Gunter, Director

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