Jake Ootes

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Jake Ootes
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
In office
Preceded by Brian Lewis
Succeeded by Robert Hawkins
Constituency Yellowknife Centre
Personal details
Born (1942-08-05) August 5, 1942 (age 74)
Schagen, Netherlands
Political party non-partisan
consensus government
Relations Case Ootes (brother)
Occupation publisher

Jake Ootes (born August 5, 1942) is a retired territorial level politician and newspaper and magazine publisher from Northwest Territories, Canada.[1]

Ootes was born in the Schagen, Netherlands in 1942 [2] and moved with his family to Canada in 1952 and lived in Renfrew, Ontario. Ootes worked as reporters in newspapers in Ontario and then moved into the federal civil service in the 1960s.[3]

Ootes began his career in politics working for the Northwest Territories Legislative Council in 1964 as a Hansard editor, he worked in that position until 1967. In 1967 Ootes became an Executive Assistant for Northwest Territories Commissioner Stuart Milton Hodgson. He served in that position until 1975.

Ootes left his position in the Commissioners office to buy a newspaper in 1975, he grew a small publishing business. Publishing newspapers and magazines until he sold his interests in 1995 to run for electoral politics.

Ootes was elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature in the 1995 Northwest Territories general election winning the Yellowknife Centre district. He won his second term in office with 60% of the vote in the 1999 Northwest Territories general election. He retired from his seat at the dissolution of the legislative assembly in the 2003 election.

Ootes now owns Celista Estate Winery in Celista, British Columbia.[2] Ootes has owned the winery since 1995 and moved to BC in 2005.[3]

His brother Case Ootes is a municipal councilor in Toronto, Ontario and married to Margaret Ootes.[3]


  1. ^ Lumley, E. (1998). The Canadian Who's who. University of Toronto Press. ISSN 0068-9963. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b "John Schreiner on wine: Dutch treats in the B.C. wine industry". johnschreiner.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "ABOUT US -    CELISTA ESTATE WINERY". celistawine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 

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Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
Brian Lewis
MLA Yellowknife Centre
Succeeded by
Robert Hawkins