BIA Board Nominees
Second generation jeweller and co owner of Howard Fine Jewellers and True Bijoux. Both business have been located on the mall for years.
Owner of True Bijoux located
at 206 Sparks Street
GM/OP of Sparks Street Bier Markt since inception - Nov 2014 - Former BIA Board Member. - Led Bier Markt Ottawa top performance metrics for all Bier Markts across ON, QC, and NFLD.
General Manager / Operating Partner of Bier Markt Ottawa located at 156 Sparks Street
Hi, my name is Nazmi Fawaz, I'm currently a BIA member on Sparks Street. I have a degree in architecture from the University of Beirut, and MFDA certified in finance, with 30+ years of sales, marketing and senior management experience. I have been a business owner of Bello Uomo on Sparks Street and it is where I spent most my life, hoping the future will always be brighter. Since I opened my business I have been going through so many ups and downs over the years, but I have no doubt that through hard work and patience things will work out in the end. I believe in the BIA’s vision and initiatives to support our local businesses and community. I will still give my time and efforts to continue for years to come.
President of Bello Uomo located at 159 Sparks Street
I am the founder and operator of Escape Tours and Rentals in Ottawa. I started my company with only a website in 2015. Since 2016, I grew Escape gradually on Sparks Street to have a fleet of 180 bikes, electric bikes, and electric scooters by 2022 and into a thriving business. We offer daily guided sightseeing tours and rentals to tourists and locals and are rated the #1 outdoor activity in Ottawa on TripAdvisor. I am passionate about promoting Ottawa as a worldwide destination for cycling and outdoor activities and showing that Sparks can be and is a thriving street for local businesses to grow and shine. Having run my business on Sparks Street for 7 years, I will bring valuable insight to the table as a board member and contribute to our collective effort to make the street thrive!
Owner & Operator of Escape Tours & Rentals located at 79 Sparks Street
Stefania has operated a Sparks Street business since 2015. Society Salon is a member of the Ontario Living Wage Network. Stefania is a past board member- very invested in continuing to help Sparks Street flourish and thrive as a destination for locals and tourists alike.
Owner/Operator of Society Salon and Blow Dry Bar located at
90 Sparks Street
Business owner of La Mode and Creperie Rim on Sparks since 1994, Sparks Street BIA board member, chairman for the BIA and Mall authority for terms. Completed block four construction, removed all the green pavilion, new side walk, leveling the two area on block 2 and 3, Stanley cup on block one, raised money from the city and the province for the events, started the ribs and busker festivals after been moved away and more for the street. Involved in many different groups, raised money for local charities and completed solar system project for hospital overseas.
Salah (Sam) Elsaadi
Owner of Creperie Rim
located at 89 Sparks Street
With over 30 years in the restaurant and hotel industry, International Hospitality Executive, Andreas is the quintessential hospitality professional. He grew up in Sweden, in a bi-cultural household, which is what sparked his passion for travel. Having lived and worked in 5 different countries, Andreas speaks 7 languages and graduated from a top Hotel Management school in Switzerland. Andreas then kickstarted his career by moving to London, UK, working for a restaurant chain. A few years later, he was given the opportunity to move to Paris, France, where he spent 16 years managing luxury independent boutique hotels, with great success. Andreas has been living in Canada since 2013, moved to Ottawa in 2017 and is the General Manager of restays, a condo-style luxury boutique hotel, located on Sparks Street. He is eager to join the board to see how he can contribute with the experience he has gained over the years so that he can help affect change and have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
General Manager of reStays located at 101 Queen Street
I have been a business owner within the Sparks Street BIA boundaries for over 7 years. My background includes environmental science, extensive business knowledge, geography, urban planning and a unique creative side that thrives on new ideas. While operating Le Moulin de Provence (KD) I have met and befriended the majority of business owners on Sparks Street, and exchanged ideas on what can make the business area better in the short and long-term. I would be honored to be able to represent these business owners as a board member and use the position to get more ideas heard and fulfilled in order to make Sparks Street a destination that every resident, office worker and tourist of Ottawa will find unique. The urgency of this is more vital now than ever due to contributing factors from the resent pandemic and convoy.
Owner of Le Moulin de Provence (KD) located at 30 Metcalfe Street