One of Canada’s top craft brewers, a sculptor who is helping to restore the Parliament Buildings, the founder of a leading bioscience firm and a nationally known political pundit are among this year’s Forty Under 40 recipients.
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The 2015 awards again saw an impressive number of people engaged in the nomination process. More than 240 applications were started, half that number were submitted and 80 were sent the finalist stage, where all the judges spent a total of about 100 hours in review.
“It speaks volumes about the depth of business people in Ottawa that we continue to see so many quality nominees come forward,” says OBJ publisher Michael Curran, who has chaired Forty Under 40 for more than a decade. “On the one hand, Forty Under 40 is such a big undertaking. And on the other hand, it’s so fascinating to see how nominees are achieving success. It’s a rewarding process.”
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.
“Ottawa strives to be the centre of talent attraction and innovation, and the 2015 Forty Under 40 recipients are the economic trailblazers our community needs to meet this objective,” said Ian Faris, the chamber of commerce’s president and CEO. “These young entrepreneurs and business leaders demonstrate a commitment to community development, industry expertise and business accomplishments that distinguish not only themselves, but reflect our business and civic capacity to be a global leader.”
Besides Mr. Curran and Mr. Faris, the judging panel included Sophia Leong of Telfer Executive MBA, past recipients Marie Boivin of Accu-Rate and Patrick Dion of Greenbridge Consulting Group, Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada and OBJ print editor David Sali.
Each judge spent a dozen or more hours individually assessing the 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 2015 recipients will get together 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 8.
On June 18, 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.
Obaid Ahmed, OAK Computing
Omar Allam, Allam Advisory Group
F. Shawn Argue, Argue Construction
Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s All Natural Brewing
Tim Beaulieu, Maplesoft Group
Brian W. Boucher, Lee Valley Tools
Yanick Brule, Aqua Drain
Greg Burwell, Fusebill
Roberto Campagna, Roca Homes
Ian Capstick, MediaStyle
Ian M. Charlebois, RE/MAX Citywide Realty
Michael Crichton, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Gyneya Dicks, Lago/Hooley’s/Booster Juice
Andrew Emmans, Corporate Housing Interiors
Brittany Forsyth, Shopify
Pat Gilbert, OPIN Software
Marie-Claire Holland, Santé Universelle
Jonathan Hughes, Assent Compliance
Neil Kennelly, First Aid 4 U
Martin Kratky-Katz, MicroMetrics
Alice Lafferty, Canada Post
Shawn Lamarche, Lamarche Electric
Paul Lem, Spartan Bioscience
Adam Mallory, QNX
Jennifer McAndrew, Mastermind Events
Derek Miller, Next Generation HKY & FIT
Aydin Mirzaee, FluidReview by SurveyMonkey
Joelle Parenteau, Epic Perks
Natalie Raffoul, Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul
Andrew Reeves, Linebox Studios
Charles-Antoine Rozon, KPMG LLP
Steve Schmalz, PCL Constructors Canada
Denise Siele, Equal Voice
John-Philippe Smith, Smith & Barber Sculpture Atelier
Martin St-Onge, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Jenna Sudds, Kanata North BIA
Rebecca Trueman, Algonquin College
Gordon Wadley, Dream Office REIT
Brandon Waselnuk, Tattoo Hero
Amy E. Yee, Nonlinear Creations