A medical marijuana CEO, a feature film producer, a celebrity chef, a pizza kingpin, an internationally recognized blues guitarist and an analytics expert are among this year’s Forty Under 40 recipients.
The recipients of this year's Forty Under 40 awards were announced in April.
This year’s awards saw a record number of people engaged in the nomination process. More than 250 applications were started, making the selection process even more gruelling for a panel of six judges.
“Even as it approaches 20 years in Ottawa, the awards program continues to gather momentum,” says OBJ publisher Michael Curran, who has chaired Forty Under 40 for more than a decade. “It’s great to see young business leaders eager to share their success stories and seeking one of the city’s top business honours.”
Forty Under 40 recognizes accomplished leaders who are under the age of 40 and also give back to their community. The awards are co-hosted by Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
“The recipients hail from so many industries,” says Ian Faris, the president and CEO of the chamber. “It really demonstrates leadership across so many business categories, from high tech to hospitality.”
Besides Mr. Curran and Mr. Faris, the judging panel included Sophia Leong of Telfer Executive MBA, Bruce Lazenby of Invest Ottawa and past recipients Marie Boivin of Accu-Rate and Nick Quain from CellWand.
Each judge spent a dozen or more hours individually assessing almost 80 finalists on a 40-point system. Recipients received a maximum of 20 points for business accomplishments, 10 points for professional expertise and 10 points for community involvement.
The 2014 recipients will meet in early June at the Telfer Executive MBA facility for an afternoon of introductions and sharing.
OBJ will profile each recipient in a special issue of its newspaper on June 9.
On June 19, the group will be celebrated at a gala at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, an event that will also raise funds for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health through a charitable draw.
Twitter users are encouraged to tweet their congratulations to the group using #OTT40.
The 2014 recipients are:
Norman Aitken, Juniper Kitchen & Wine Bar
Iwona Albrecht, Soloway Wright
Monica Alongi, Sure Print & Graphics
Robert Assaf, Kardish Health Food Centre
Michael Baker, Bunk 11 Pictures
Virginie Bastien, Macadamian
Jean-Luc Boissonneault, Free Form Fitness
Samantha Brown, Silver Star Swag
Jim Cain, Napkyn
Christa Casey, Welch LLP
Ken Craig, Altaview Financial Group
Dr. Cathy Deschênes, Deschênes-Poitras Dental Centre
Nilufer Erdebil, Spring2 Innovation
Daniel Feeny, National Capital Commission
Solomon Friedman, Edelson Clifford d’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP
Nina Grimes, Deloitte
George M. Hanna, Gabriel Pizza
Leigh Harris Fowell, Halo Management Consulting
Karen Hennessey, Gowlings
Michael Horne, Meldrum Horne & Associates
Reid Ivens, N-VisionIT Interactive
JW Jones, Solid Blues Entertainment
Julien Leblanc, Blueprint Management Consultants
Andrew LeValliant, Fine Touch Dental
Dominique Levesque, Dominique Levesque Bridal
Shelley Maclean, Nordion
Jay Nordenstrom, NAIMA Canada
Ian O’Meara, Green Rebel
Ali Osman Ors, CogniVue
Megan Paterson, Kinaxis
Katy Pelletier, Spartan Bioscience
Marco Perron, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Vinod Rajasekaran, HUB Ottawa
Jay Rampersad, Millennium CreditRisk Management
Chuck Rifici, Tweed
Matthew Rinfret, PCL Constructors
Tim Snelling, Palladium Insurance
Pascal St-Jean, Synergiq Solutions
Amber Stratton, Pure Yoga Ottawa
Darcy Walsh, Hill+Knowlton