Local companies feted at OBAAs

Mark Brownlee
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More than 500 members of Ottawa’s business community turned out at the Westin Hotel Thursday evening to celebrate some of the city’s outstanding companies.

John Kelly accepts the Limetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual Ottawa Business Achievement Awards.

Cheers could be heard from the tables that dotted the large room as the more than 40 finalists for the five different Ottawa Business Achievement Awards were announced.

Winners dressed in elegant dresses, tuxedos and suits came to collect awards in categories that included small business of the year, new business of the year, professional services of the year, mid-market business of the year and company of the year.

Friends and co-workers of the year’s lifetime achievement award winner John Kelly and CEO of the year recipient Louise Wendling were also on hand to tell the audience about their colleagues.

Mr. Kelly said he was “honoured” to be celebrated alongside the finalists.

“The other award nominees and winners are making a contribution to this city, both from a community perspective and a business perspective,” said Mr. Kelly. “And even though a lot of the other award winners were companies, we must remember that companies are made up of people.”

The gala raised $7,680 for the Royal Ottawa Foundation For Mental Health.

Halogen Software took home gold in the company of the year category. The Minto Group won silver and Hydro Ottawa had bronze.

In the mid-market business of the year category, Veritaaq IT Consulting won gold while Le Nordik Nature Spa had silver and Tiny Hoppers Corp. ended up with bronze.

The small business of the year gold recipient was Versature Corp. Ottawa General Contractors was the silver recipient and Accu-Rate Corporation won bronze.

Gold for new business of the year went to Tindr Solutions Inc. while silver went to Journey of the Yogini and Shoebox-Be-Gone Bookkeeping Solutions ended up with bronze.

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions took home gold in professional services of the year as Ascribe Marketing Communications Inc. won silver and Paul Rushforth Real Estate took bronze.

Thursday’s event marked the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Business Achievement Awards.

Organizations: Royal Ottawa Foundation For Mental Health, Minto Group, Veritaaq IT Consulting Tiny Hoppers Versature Accu-Rate Tindr Solutions Gone Bookkeeping Solutions Ascribe Marketing Communications

Geographic location: Ottawa

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