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Sparks Street BIA

Sparks Street BIA (Business Improvement Area) is proud to be one of the most vibrant commercial districts in Ottawa. Sparks Street BIA came into existence when local business and property owners joined together to improve, promote and undertake projects that create a stronger and more competitive commercial district. We organize, finance and complete local improvements and promotional events.

The range of activities that Sparks Street BIA undertakes include:

  • Marketing: Understanding who area customers are, and creating effective promotions to retain and expand the customer and visitor base

  • Business recruitment: Working with property owners to ensure that available space is occupied, and that an optimum business and service mix is achieved and maintained

  • Special events: Organizing and partnering in special events that highlight the unique attributes of the area and increase customer visits

Sparks Street BIA Staff:

Kevin McHale
Executive Director

Marissa Lord

Communications and Engagement Director

Bob Rumscheidt

Event and Site Logistics Manager

Sue-Ellen Holst

Main Street Ambassador 


Sparks Street BIA Board of Directors:

Board Chair:  Lindsay Appotive
Owner, True Bijoux


Board Vice Chair:  Stefania Capovilla

Owner, Society Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Treasurer:  Peter Chase 

Operating Partner, Bier Markt Ottawa

Mall Authority Representative:  Daniel Hayston

Owner, Le Moulin de Provence KD

Ariel Troster

Councillor, Somerset Ward, City of Ottawa


Maria Rasouli

Owner, Escape Tours & Rentals

Andreas Spove
General Manager, reStays

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Sparks Street BIA Meeting

Schedule 2022
* Combined BIA and Mall Authority Board Meeting   

** Minutes Pending Approval

Meetings will be held virtually, unless otherwise stated.
Meetings are 1-1.5 hours in length depending on the agenda.


Members and public are welcome to attend and observe a meeting.  To participate in the meeting or bring forth an item of discussion, members can request to be put on the agenda within five business days prior to the scheduled meeting date. Contact the Executive Director if you wish to observe or participate in a board meeting –

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