Bernie Ashe named as CEO Lansdowne project; Ex-CEO of KOTT named head of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

After more than 20 years of working in Ottawa’s sports, tourism, high-tech and even government sectors, Bernie Ashe was named chief executive officer of the corporation on Thursday, marking a return to the sports world in which he served as chief operating officer of the newly revived Ottawa Senator’s hockey club between 1991 and 1997.

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) is the organization that will rebuild Lansdowne Park in one of the city’s most significant development projects in years. The $400-million deal will see a revamped 24,000-seat Frank Clair Stadium and 9,800-seat Civic Centre hockey rink, a major new park replacing the parking lot in Lansdowne’s southeast quadrant and construction of retail, office and residential space along the north and west edges of the site, which stretches from Bank Street to the Rideau Canal.

Ashe brings a unique skill set to the job, having experience both with the Senators and as chief executive with KOTT Group, a privately held company that supplies lumber and other building materials to construction companies.
After helping the Ottawa Senators get on sound footing, Ashe left to become president and chief executive officer of AiT Advanced Information Technologies, an Ottawa company that made passport scanners for airports. The firm was acquired by 3M Corp. in 2002 for $37 million. From there Ashe left to helm KOTT.

Ashe was awarded the job in late December.

Ashe, who lives in Ottawa with his wife and children, has served as a trustee and chairman of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is on the board of the Ottawa Convention Centre and has been a board member for the Canadian Advanced Technology Association. Ashe was also a member of the mayor’s Leadership Table on Homelessness.

   
 
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