About Mayor
Mark Sutcliffe


"I love this city."

Mark was born in Ottawa and has lived his whole life here. He and his wife Ginny have three children, Erica, Jack, and Kate.

Mark is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and community activist. He co-founded the Ottawa Business Journal, and several other small businesses. For over 30 years, Mark was a broadcast journalist on CFRA and CityNews, and was the executive editor and a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen. Currently, he’s a coach, mentor and advisor to some of Ottawa’s leading business and community leaders through his work with TEC Canada.

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Mark at the St. Charbel Church Community Event

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Mark at Capital Pride

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Mark talking with Ottawa residents.

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Mark Sutcliffe visits with the Ottawa Food bank.

Mark is a passionate community volunteer and fundraiser.

He’s been Chair of the United Way as well as co-chair of the United Way Campaign. He has also served as board Chair for the Ottawa Board of Trade, OrKidstra, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, and Run Ottawa. He’s also served on the boards of Algonquin College, Invest Ottawa, Kind Ottawa, and the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation. His contribution to the city was recognized in 2016 when he was inducted into the Order of Ottawa and named the United Way’s Ambassador of the Year.

Mark is an avid runner who trained and qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2015. He wrote about that journey and what it taught him in his book Long Road to Boston, one of four books he’s written.


See Mark Sutcliffe Speak at TEDx Kanata: Running, luck and the ovarian lottery

“I won the lottery the day I was born.” Luck creates advantages and disadvantages from the day we are born. Mark Sutcliffe is asking us to redesign our thinking to recognize the role of luck in our lives. “Imagine a world where luck is irrelevant and all the children in the future can start life with the same opportunity.”