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THE LIST
Forty Under 40 Recipients 2010
(Ranked alphabetically)
Name
Age
Position
Company
Education
Biggest Business Achievement
Charity Involvement
Biggest Influence
Nazim Ahmed
34
Co-founder
DNA 11 and CanvasPop
B.Sc. Honours in molecular genetics, University of Western Ontario (2000)
Abandoning a solid, well-paying career in the biotechnology industry to pursue a risky, albeit passion-driven idea in DNA 11.
MAC Aids Charity Fund, IBM Aspire Camp, University of Ottawa Entrepreneur's Club
Nobody has the silver bullet. I do, however, get inspired by specific attributes of certain business leaders, including Apple's Steve Jobs for his focus on product quality, Tony Hsieh from Zappos for his focus on customer service and company culture, as well as Richard Branson for his philanthropy and ability to think big.
Scott Annan
34
CEO
Mercury Grove Inc.
Post-graduate degree, Information Technology Institute (2001)
Launching NetworkHippo.com. It's a website that is revolutionizing how people build their professional networks and is a leader in an emerging market.
Ottawa startups, education-based non-profits, micro-lending, and innovative global change organizations.
My father. He has helped shape my career and has always believed in me.
Georges Ata
37
CEO
Intelcan Technosystems Inc.
MBA, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Montreal (2000)
Positioning a medium-sized Canadian company to win against multinational firms.
La Fondation de la recherche sur les maladies infantiles.
My dad – he introduced me to the business when I was 10. He showed me winning strategies and helped me develop a very good work ethic. His slogan is "even when you're an employee, always think and act as the employer."