Laura Dudas was elected on October 22, 2018, to serve as Ottawa City Councillor for Innes Ward. Laura also serves as the City’s Deputy Mayor and is a member of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Planning Committee.
Coun. Laura Dudas has dedicated her personal and professional life to the public service. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, to parents who were actively engaged in the community, she sought out a career path and volunteer opportunities that would allow her to positively impact the lives of others.
She served as the President of the Blackburn Community Association for eight years and was active on the board for 10 years. In that time, she chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations.
In her volunteer capacity, Coun. Dudas worked to build strong relationships with Orléans’ community associations and groups, collaborating with them to get results on issues that are important to east-end residents. She has been a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and an active supporter of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association.
Professionally, Coun. Dudas was a City of Ottawa employee for eight years (from 2010 to 2018), providing strategic communications on a wide variety of projects, including ones that directly benefited Innes Ward and Orléans. Prior to that, Laura worked as a journalist for eight years writing for several daily newspapers, including the Ottawa Sun, the Stratford Beacon Herald and the Cambridge Reporter.