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Avedis Menechian, Dan Palayew, and Samantha Davis are among the local businesspeople to recently accept new positions.

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Storm Internet Services has appointed Avedis Menechian as CEO. Mr. Menechian was previously the chief marketing officer of Equifax in Toronto.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has hired Dan Palayew as a partner and Carmen Francis as a lawyer. Both come to the firm from Heenan Blaikie.

Samantha (Sam) Davis has joined Newcap Radio as an account manager. She was previously an account manager with Corus Entertainment in Ottawa.

The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa has appointed Walter Noble as its new executive director. Mr. Noble was formerly the director of corporate partnerships at Invest Ottawa.

The Shore Club Ottawa has appointed Jason Groulx as its new executive chef and Eve Lesage as the new general manager. Mr. Groulx was previously sous chef at The Shore Club, while Ms. Lesage is the former general manager of Social.

Alexis Ashworth has been appointed CEO of Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region. She recently held the role of executive director at Habitat’s Halifax affiliate.


Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. and Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc. received a Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Association of Architects for the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence.

J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. and Deslaurier Custom Cabinets Inc. were among the recipients of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies awards.

The Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Business Achievement Awards. Debra Johnson of the Monterey Hotel Ottawa was named Businesswoman of the Year while Dave Smythe of DS Plumbing picked up Businessman of the Year honours. The Home-based Business Award went to Michelle Anne Sartzetakis of MichAnn Studio, seoplus+ was named New Business of the Year and Myers Automotive Group was named Business of the Year. Mike Ziola of Biagio’s Italian Kitchen and Denise McLean-Paynter of The Co-operators Group were both recognized with awards for Exceptional Customer Service. Michael McGahern of Ottawa Solar Power received the Green Award, while Barrhaven Music Academy’s Ashley Martyn and Nadia Zai received the Young Entrepreneur Award. Kraig-Paul Proulx of the Centurion Conference and Event Center received the Professional Excellence Award.

Organizations: Equifax, Borden Ladner Gervais, Newcap Radio Corus Entertainment Aid Foundation The Shore Club Habitat for Humanity Halifax HATS OFF Schmitt Architects Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Ontario Association of Architects for the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence J.L. Richards Associates Deslaurier Custom Cabinets Best Managed Companies Nepean Chamber of Commerce Myers Automotive Group The Co-operators Group Exceptional Customer Service Solar Power Barrhaven Music Academy

Geographic location: Ottawa, Toronto, National Capital Region

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