Bank Street B.I.A.
Staff & Board


Christine Leadman, Executive Director

Christine Leadman holds a strong portfolio of experience in the fields of event management, municipal government and main street promotions. Currently, as the Executive Director of the Bank Street BIA she is committed to revitalizing the Bank Street area and developing strong community ties to enhance the experience for residents and businesses alike.

As the former Executive Director of the Westboro Village BIA she was instrumental in raising the profile of the area to one of the most talked about and coveted locations in the City of Ottawa. She has a proven track record on festival development and management as co-founder of the highly successful WestFest, as well as convention management.

Why do you love Bank Street?

“Bank Street is more not only a business area, but it’s also a community. Downtown has its own personality and I love that.”

Board Members

Rob Spittall - Secretary

Rob Spittall has been a business owner for 16 years on Bank Street, selling comics, toys, and games.  He takes pride in supporting the community that has supported him over the years.  Rob has had 27 years of retail experience and has been part of over 150 conventions as a vendor and dealer.   

Rob first got involved in the BIA with the Bank Street reconstruction, as a block captain and a member of the reconstruction committee.  Rob joined the BIA as a board member this year, but has been a part of the Glowfair team since August, when the planning for 2015 started.

Why do you love Bank Street? 

“I love Bank Street for the people, the stories and the experiences.  I have made many amazing friendships and relationships from my existence on Bank.  I love getting to know people in the neighbourhood, and spending time here.  Bank Street is full of stories and life, and I love the fact that I am a part of it and through my business; I am able to touch people's lives and bring joy to them.”

Catherine McKenney - Interim Chair of the Board of Management

Catherine was elected to Ottawa City Council on October 27, 2014. She is Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, sits on the Environment Committee and the Built Heritage Sub-Committee and is a member of the following boards: Ottawa Board of Health, Ottawa Public Library Board and Ottawa Community Housing Board.

She has made her home with her family on Walnut Court in the Preston-Somerset area. Most recently, Catherine worked as direct strategic support and advisor to the Deputy City Manager (Operations) at the City of Ottawa responsible for services ranging from fire and paramedic services, housing, child care, to parks, arts and culture, water and wastewater, transit, and more.

The majority of her career has been spent working directly for the residents of Ottawa — as a political assistant to City Councillors Diane Holmes (Somerset) and Alex Munter (Kanata), and as a legislative aide to Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar, MPs for Ottawa Centre.

She also worked as the Manager, Public Policy for Volunteer Canada and as Regional Manager for VoicePrint, which delivers print media in accessible format to people living with visual impairment. Catherine trains regularly for and competes in cross-country and ultra marathon running.

She cycles year round, walks to work, supports local independent businesses, and is the proud adoptive parent of four Humane Society animals. She is also an avid volunteer and community leader, giving her time to causes like the Plant Pool Recreation Association and the Cornerstone Shelter for Women.

Jonathan Hatchell

Jonathan Hatchell is the Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Oak Pub Group.  He has been involved in the community and the city since arriving in Canada in 1986. The first Royal Oak opened at 318 Bank St, and now the Royal Oak Pub Group has 14 pubs with two on Bank Street. Jonathan has been in the hospitality business since arriving in Ottawa and took over running the Royal Oak Pub Group in 2004.  In the past, here in Canada he has worked with McDonalds Restaurants and Labatt Brewery.

Jonathan is new to the board, joining in 2015, but he has always been a supporter of the work the BIA does in the community and for the business members.

Why do you love Bank Street?

“I believe it is the heart of the city of Ottawa. Bank St. remains a vibrant business hub and is critical to the economic health of the Ottawa.”