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