Jim Durrell

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James A. Durrell
53rd Mayor of Ottawa
In office
1985 – February 15, 1991
Preceded by Marion Dewar
Succeeded by Marc Laviolette
Personal details
Born December 15, 1946
Montreal, Quebec

James A. Durrell CM was Mayor of Ottawa from 1985 to 1991. He later served as president of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.

Durrell has extensive governance experience and has served on numerous boards including the Business Development Bank of Canada, chairman of the Ottawa International Airport's Board of Directors, and chairman of the Ottawa Convention Centre. He also sits on the Ottawa Police Services Board. He has worked with numerous charities and organizations including the Ottawa Hospital, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign Cabinet, the Salvation Army, and the Kiwanis Club.[1] Durrell received the Order of Canada in 2013.[2] His Order of Canada medal caps off a year filled with tributes. In June he was awarded the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, and three months later was given the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In November, he received the Order of Ottawa.[3]

He owns Jim Durrell Capital Dodge. Durrell, an insurance executive, was elected to Ottawa City Council in 1980. When long serving mayor Marion Dewar retired Durrell defeated Marlene Catterall running on a right of centre platform.

During his time as mayor Durrell was most closely involved in professional sports. He worked to obtain tax grants for the Ottawa Rough Riders football team, encouraged a Triple A baseball team to locate in Ottawa, and most notably he won an NHL franchise for the city. Early in his term, he secured the 1988 Grey Cup for Ottawa,[4] and was involved in Ottawa's bid for the 1994 Commonwealth Games,[5] which were later granted to Victoria, British Columbia.

In December 1990, Durrell was named president of the new Ottawa Senators team, maintaining this job and his position as mayor.[6][7] However, he resigned as mayor in January 1991 due to the demands of his Senators job.[8] He served in this role for a number of years, before being forced to leave due to the deep financial troubles of the team. He bought a car dealership called Capital Dodge Chrysler Jeep and serves on a number of boards including being Chairman of the Ottawa International Airport and Chairman of the Ottawa Congress Center. In December 2012, he was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. He is the Chair of the Ottawa Hydro Board.[9] In early 2014 Durrell successfully fought skin cancer.


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  2. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/12/30/ex-mayor-jim-durrell-most-deserving-of-order-of-canada-honour
  3. ^ http://rwanda-testator.blogspot.ca/2012/12/ex-ottawa-mayor-jim-durrell-appointed.html
  4. ^ Adami, Hugh (1986-12-27). "Ottawa's mayor has only one major regret after year in office" (Google News archive). Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Doug (1987-01-21). "Committee to sell Games bid to public" (Google News archive). Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  6. ^ "Mayor is Senators' president" (Google News archive). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1990-12-18. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Mayor's dual role irks Ottawa council" (Pay-per-view). Kitchener-Waterloo Record. 1991-01-17. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  8. ^ "NAMES & GAMES – One job enough" (Google News archive). Pittsburgh Press. 1991-01-31. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  9. ^ http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/jim-durrell-new-chair-of-hydro-ottawa-1.1335770