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'We are on the world stage': How John Sicard built Kinaxis into a global software leader
Nov 23, 2020
In part two of our CEO of the Year profile, Kinaxis's boss talks about how his upbringing made him resilient and why diversity in the workplace is so important.
High-tech rock star: Ottawa's CEO of the Year John Sicard is a man on a mission
Nov 20, 2020
The firm that couldn’t crack $10 million in annual sales when its CEO arrived is now projecting revenues of at least $220 million in the current fiscal year.
Manulife boosts industrial footprint in Ottawa with $11.5M Bantree Street acquisition
Nov 20, 2020
It's the second major deal for an Ottawa-area property the global investment firm has announced this week.
Leaner McMillan on the comeback trail after a 'humbling' 2019, founder says
Nov 19, 2020
Gord McMillan says Ottawa-based firm is getting back on its feet a year after laying off most of its staff and filing for creditor protection.
Ottawa malls banking on motivated shoppers to drive holiday sales
Nov 18, 2020
While Santa might not be coming to their properties and surveys suggest Canadians aren't in a spending mood, several local mall managers are seeing signs of hope amid the gloom.
Burgeoning Microsoft sales channel helps boost Martello's revenues in Q2
Nov 18, 2020
Kanata firm reported a 63 per cent jump in second-quarter revenues Wednesday as it continues to add new income streams and grow its customer base beyond its traditional Mitel sales channels.
People on the Move: Rebecca Palmer works to amplify voice of Ottawa’s BIAs
Nov 17, 2020
Executive director of the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas believes the concerns of small businesses have been falling on deaf ears, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ottawa's CANImmunize eyes major part in COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Nov 17, 2020
Health-tech startup is aiming to make it easier for health units across the country to track how many Canadians get the COVID-19 jab and ensure they receive the required dosage of the vaccine.
Going with the flow: Ottawa firm believes its green energy technology will have powerful impact
Nov 16, 2020
Waterotor Energy Technologies' big-name investors include former OSEG partner Jeff Hunt.
Shifting gears: Tech veteran Rob Woodbridge moves into C-suite at delivery platform Trexity
Nov 13, 2020
Ottawa entrepreneur sees "massive market opportunity" for last-mile shipping startup as demand for online merchandise soars during the pandemic.
Ottawa-based rental platform Ruckify going public on TSX Venture Exchange
Nov 12, 2020
Company said this week it’s reached an agreement with Toronto-based Apolo III Acquisition Corp. to complete a reverse takeover.
'Amazing technology': New Spartan CEO says Ottawa firm on verge of market breakthrough
Nov 11, 2020
Chief executive Roger Eacock says rapid COVID-19 tests are poised to make local biotech company a force on the 'international stage.'
Plantagenet startup ShipTrack hopes acquisition by Waterloo firm paves way for global growth
Nov 10, 2020
Co-founder Shawn Winter says $25-million deal will help bootstrapped eastern Ontario enterprise break through in the lucrative U.S. market as well as build its customer base in Europe.
Ottawa's Willis College eyes Prairie expansion under new CEO
Nov 9, 2020
Private college expects to open two new campuses in Manitoba and Alberta next year and beef up its online offerings as more students turn to remote learning during the pandemic.
OSEG boss says 'stark realities' require Lansdowne deal with city to be reworked
Nov 6, 2020
A new city report recommends extending the public-private partnership with the organization by a decade and letting OSEG’s partners tap into a $4.7-million lifecycle reserve fund to cover expenses.
Kinaxis boosts fiscal 2020 guidance despite 'protracted' contract approvals from some customers
Nov 5, 2020
Ottawa-based software company says it now expects revenues for current fiscal year to fall between $220 million and $223 million, up from earlier projections of between $216 million and $220 million.
'The stars aligned': Ross Video rides record October to 29th straight year of growth
Nov 4, 2020
CEO David Ross credits employees' innovative solutions for helping the firm post revenue growth of 3.9 per cent in fiscal 2020.
Sweeping the nation: Ottawa outdoor maintenance firm P. Munro Group merges with Calgary company
Nov 3, 2020
Ottawa company's founder says goal is to expand combined entity's footprint across the country.
Self-driving shuttle gearing up for historic road test at Tunney's Pasture
Nov 2, 2020
Ten-day pilot project pilot project will see a six-person electric vehicle travel a 1.5-kilometre loop at speeds of up to 15 kilometers per hour.
Calian continues European expansion drive with acquisition of U.K. training firm
Nov 2, 2020
Ottawa-based company said Monday it’s closed a $2-million deal to buy Cadence Consultancy, an organization that designs and delivers training exercises for NATO.
Ottawa business owners push for reopenings in wake of new COVID-19 data
Oct 30, 2020
Mayor also suggests "some form of opening for those businesses should at least be considered" after data shows only two per cent of recent outbreaks were linked to bars and restaurants.
Ottawa Race Weekend cancels in-person events for second straight year
Oct 29, 2020
With the city still in the grip of COVID-19, organizers of the popular annual event said they made the difficult decision to plan a virtual event again out of an abundance of caution.
Shopify's Q3 revenue up 96% from last year amid mass shift to e-commerce
Oct 29, 2020
Ottawa-based e-commerce company says revenue reached US$767.4 million in the quarter, up from US$390.5 million during the same period last year.
Working overtime: Westin GM Ross Meredith takes on dual role as new boss at Delta Ottawa City Centre
Oct 28, 2020
Westin director of sales and marketing Shaddy Shibley will also take on the same duties at the Delta in a bid to save costs and drive new business.
Albert at Bay, Best Western Plus downtown hotels being converted to long-term rentals after sale
Oct 28, 2020
It's a move some observers say could become increasingly common as hospitality property owners look to wring more value out of their investments during the pandemic.
'We'll get through this': McKenna urges Ottawans to support local businesses during pandemic
Oct 27, 2020
Federal cabinet minister reminded consumers their actions can go a long way toward helping retail mainstreets make it through the crisis.
Ottawa startup eyes breakthrough with AI-powered patient monitoring tech
Oct 26, 2020
Therapeutic Monitoring Systems set to start trials of $6M technology
Orléans pub owner steaming after being ordered to shut down patio heaters
Oct 23, 2020
Owner of the Corner Bar and Grill on Tenth Line Road was told natural gas heaters posed a carbon monoxide poisoning and fire risk.
Ottawa inventor sees rising interest in hands-free elevator-hailing app
Oct 23, 2020
Technology targeted at users with disabilities has captured the attention of Canada’s largest airport and a global hotel chain since the pandemic began.
Ottawa biz group plans weekend rally to protest restrictions on bars, gyms and other venues
Oct 22, 2020
OpenSafe Ottawa says its members are planning to march from City Hall to Parliament Hill on Saturday morning to deliver a message to all levels of government: 'We're not respected.'
Gatineau plant aiming to produce up to eight million COVID-19 test swabs a month
Oct 21, 2020
Winnipeg-based Precision ADM says it’s investing more than $2 million in a 3,500-square-foot facility near the Gatineau airport and hopes to start production early next year.
VanillaSoft taps into eastern European talent with new acquisition
Oct 20, 2020
Software firm with large presence in National Capital Region says deal for Toronto-based Autoklose will add to its sales engagement platform's offerings.
Workforce 'loyalty' key factor in Dutch tech firm's decision to set up shop in Kanata, exec says
Oct 16, 2020
AimValley, which works with the likes of Ciena, Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Nokia, chose the National Capital Region over Silicon Valley when selecting a site for its North American headquarters.
Ottawa's Fullscript takes second spot on Canadian Business Growth List of country's fastest-growing firms
Oct 15, 2020
Online dispensary was one of 19 companies from the National Capital Region to make this year's rankings.
COVID-19 research push propels Kanata's Evidence Partners to new heights
Oct 14, 2020
Firm has seen demand for its platform that streamlines the medical research process for academics, health organizations and other agencies skyrocket during the pandemic.
Province won't reverse decision to close bars, restaurants and other businesses: MacLeod
Oct 14, 2020
Several business advocates are challenging the government to produce evidence showing a connection between their operations and the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Feds chip in $7M to drive new research at Ottawa's autonomous vehicle test track
Oct 13, 2020
Facility will feature state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging technology, the latest in 3D printing equipment and drones that can set up 5G networks.
Gatineau proptech firm 1VALET hopes Rogers deal opens doors to new growth
Oct 9, 2020
Company said this week it’s signed a five-year partnership that will see the telecom giant offer 1VALET's smart-building technology to internet customers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
'No longer making sense': Ottawa bar, gym owners rip new provincial restrictions
Oct 9, 2020
Indoor dining at restaurants and bars will be prohibited, while gyms, movie theatres and casinos will be closed for at least 28 days under new rules aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Bold move: Kanata's RBR bucks remote work trend, relocates to bigger digs
Oct 8, 2020
Unlike many firms that are downsizing or ditching offices entirely, Ottawa company is doubling down on its need for physical real estate during the pandemic.
Accenture acquires Ottawa consulting firm Avenai in bid to beef up public-sector practice
Oct 7, 2020
Avenai’s list of federal and provincial government clients includes the Canada Border Services Agency and Export Development Canada.
NCC takes next step toward redeveloping LeBreton library lands
Oct 7, 2020
The Crown corporation says it will launch a request for qualifications to develop a two-and-half-acre site east of the Pimisi LRT station at the end of this month.
Ciena helping Algonquin IT students get up to speed on latest networking tech
Oct 5, 2020
Telecom giant said it’s installing the same technology that helps power internet traffic for service providers such as Bell and Telus at Algonquin’s Optophotonics Lab.
New limits on bars, meeting facilities strike 'reasonable balance,' pub owner says
Oct 2, 2020
The new measures include limiting the number of people in eating and drinking establishments to 100, with a maximum of six patrons allowed per table.
Pandemic could spark shift to suburban offices, Ottawa workplace expert says
Oct 2, 2020
Consultant says employers might look to open satellite locations away from downtown as more people seek to work in less crowded settings closer to home.
Quebec company aiming high with proposal for trio of mixed-use towers in Orléans
Oct 1, 2020
A vegetation-covered parcel of vacant land near the future Trim Road LRT station could become the site of mixed-use highrises soaring more than 30 storeys tall.
Corel hires Silicon Valley tech veteran as new CEO
Sep 30, 2020
Former OpenTable chief executive says Ottawa firm's current suite of products is "a great starting point from which to grow an incredible software business.”
Rewind's backup plan succeeds as low-key Ottawa software firm earns its time in the spotlight
Sep 29, 2020
Rising tech star is a secret no more, thanks to eye-popping revenue growth of more than 1,100 per cent over the past three years.
Ottawa's MicroMetrics pivots communications platform from hotels to health-care clinics to aid in COVID fight
Sep 28, 2020
Company hit hard by economic downturn is offering its service for free to doctors, dentists and other health-care professionals until the end of the year.
New ownership group confident it can reverse Ottawa's pro baseball curse
Sep 25, 2020
Citing the capital’s hefty per-capita income and solid economy, Sam Katz thinks he can succeed where a litany of other owners have failed.
Former Laser Quest GM tags shuttered Ottawa location for new laser-game facility
Sep 23, 2020
Philip Aldis says he’s planning to reopen the 10,000-square-foot space at 1800 St. Laurent Blvd. next month under the name LaserMaxx Ottawa.
Armed with fresh funding, fintech firm Veem looks to expand Ottawa operations
Sep 22, 2020
Silicon Valley company helps customers send and receive money transfers via blockchain technology.
'It's the right time': Ottawa retail pioneer Gordon Reid steps down as CEO of Giant Tiger
Sep 21, 2020
Longtime company executive Paul Wood takes over as head of the national discount chain effective immediately.
Home office remodellers fuelling surge in sales at Ottawa furniture suppliers
Sep 18, 2020
Home deliveries of adjustable desks and chairs are keeping crews busy at leading local company.
Ottawa in prime position to become e-commerce hub, Broccolini exec says
Sep 18, 2020
Capital's location between Toronto and Montreal makes it a sought-after site for retailers looking satisfy growing demand for same-day deliveries, Anthony Broccolini says.
uOttawa professor steers AI startup toward 'huge' opportunity in self-driving car industry
Sep 17, 2020
Sensor Cortek's trailblazing AI technology that helps autonomous vehicles detect pedestrians and other cars is capturing the attention of some of the industry's biggest names.
Buying in: Shopify signs on as first customer for Ottawa startup's carbon-capture technology
Sep 15, 2020
E-commerce giant will pay Planetary Hydrogen to remove carbon dioxide from the air while helping to fund company's groundbreaking research.
Kivuto Solutions lands $7.6M in fresh equity to fuel expansion push
Sep 15, 2020
Educational software provider's revenues have surged as schools around the world pivoted to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fast-growing California software firm picks Ottawa for new global R&D hub
Sep 14, 2020
Gigamon's customers include eight of the world’s 10 largest banks as well as eight of the top 10 global telecom service providers.
Recipe for success? Ottawa engineer hopes AI-driven 'robot chef' becomes the next kitchen necessity
Sep 11, 2020
Khalid Aboujassoum's stovetop appliance looks much like a crock pot and uses machine-learning technology to cook meals from pre-prepared ingredients.
Ottawa tech veterans hope sales-boosting software will be a hit with Amazon merchants
Sep 10, 2020
SaaS startup Trellis has already landed more than $1M in seed funding from investors in Canada, the United States, the Middle East and Asia.
'I’m turning people away': Ottawa golf, tennis facilities booming in COVID-19 era
Sep 9, 2020
Rounds played are up 20 per cent at golf courses across the National Capital Region as stir-crazy Ottawans seek ways to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe way.
Ottawa Athletic Club closing for good after 44 years as pandemic hits fitness business hard
Sep 8, 2020
Trailblazing fitness centre that opened in 1976 welcomed more than 1,500 people a day before COVID-19.
Owner of Ottawa co-working spaces seeing signs of recovery in hard-hit industry
Sep 4, 2020
"Floodgates will open" once a vaccine is found, owner of two local facilities predicts despite news that one of the industry's biggest companies has filed for creditor protection.
Shopping local: Calian acquires Ottawa-based wireless antenna maker Tallysman in $24.5M deal
Sep 3, 2020
Ten-year-old Ottawa firm makes satellite antennas as small as a human hand for clients in the autonomous vehicle, precision agriculture and other sectors.
City eyeing extra plowing, fire pits to help businesses weather COVID-19 storm this winter, Watson says
Sep 3, 2020
Mayor said City Hall staff are working with local business groups to help restaurants, bars, retail shops and other enterprises that have seen revenues plummet during the pandemic.
Speculation builds over prospective tenants for Shopify’s Elgin Street space
Sep 2, 2020
'Spectacular' downtown office could help nurture a new generation of tech firms if they choose to replace the e-commerce giant in Performance Court, veteran broker says.
U of O PhD student's smartwatch a timely innovation in COVID fight
Sep 2, 2020
High-tech wearable device that tracks key vital signs and monitors cardiac signals earns award for biomedical engineering entrepreneur.
Ottawa health-tech firm Welbi lands deal with retirement home giant
Sep 1, 2020
New contract will see local company's recreation-planning software rolled out in retirement homes across Canada.
Shopify set to vacate 170,000-square-foot Elgin Street HQ in bid to reduce office footprint
Aug 31, 2020
E-commerce giant plans to sublease its signature space at Performance Court and consolidate its downtown Ottawa office footprint at a building on nearby Laurier Avenue.
Local convention, hotel execs hope higher capacity limits trigger fall rebound for beleaguered industry
Aug 27, 2020
Ottawa businesses catering to meetings and conventions saw revenues virtually wiped out in the wake of COVID-19.
Clearly different: Vars startup's see-through masks catch RCMP's eye
Aug 26, 2020
Country's largest police force testing InnovaTools' clear plastic PPE as part of federal R&D program.
Ottawa digital marketing agency eyes software push as revenues soar during pandemic
Aug 25, 2020
Three-year-old startup says new SaaS-based tool will help 'level the playing field' for SMEs competing against corporate giants for ad space on social media.
Ottawa startup sees ocean of opportunities in new carbon-capture technology
Aug 24, 2020
Planetary Hydrogen’s system that scrubs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and creates hydrogen – a potential "fuel of the future" – as a byproduct is capturing the attention of cleantech investors.
Ottawa entrepreneur's info-sharing app gaining traction in COVID era
Aug 20, 2020
Maker of mobile application that securely stores health information, schedules and other vital family data lands deals with the Canadian Forces and a local home-care provider.
Ottawa cybersecurity company Titus cuts 20% of staff following acquisition by U.S. firm
Aug 19, 2020
Ottawa firm that makes software that allows users to classify emails and attachments according to their level of security had about 130 employees before this week's layoffs.
Ottawa software maker Amika Mobile acquired by California firm
Aug 18, 2020
Emergency communications software company hopes deal will help it tap into growing U.S. market.
Calian Group stretches profit streak in Q3, raises 2020 revenue guidance
Aug 12, 2020
Kanata firm continued to rewrite its corporate record book, posting year-over-year sales gains in three of its four main service lines en route to hitting another all-time high in quarterly revenues.
Ottawa biotech lab gets $56M shot in the arm for COVID vaccine research
Aug 11, 2020
Variation Biotechnologies is working with the National Research Council to create a vaccine that would target the novel coronavirus as well as other deadly viruses.
Kanata's Simutech sold to U.S. training firm in hope of boosting R&D, marketing clout
Aug 10, 2020
Ottawa firm has seen demand for its products accelerate during the pandemic as companies change gears and train their employees remotely.
Bright idea: Ottawa's Illumisoft touts virus-killing UV light solution
Jul 31, 2020
Company seeking funding for system it says destroys up to 99 per cent of all germs that come in contact with the UV rays.
Shopify's revenues double in Q2 amid online shopping surge
Jul 29, 2020
Ottawa e-commerce firm is reporting US$36 million in profits in the second quarter as it reaped the benefits of COVID-19 lockdowns.
Corsa Security gaining global traction as remote work trend ramps up wireless traffic
Jul 28, 2020
Ottawa firm recently landed $7 million in fresh funding from longtime investor Roadmap Capital following an $11-million round last November.
Ottawa health-tech startup draws on VR technology to make surgeons' jobs easier
Jul 27, 2020
Fledgling firm Realize Medical is partnering with software powerhouse Logitech as it prepares to pitch its product to hospitals and universities.
Despite hospitality downturn, backers of new Kanata Wingate hotel eager to open doors
Jul 27, 2020
The 122-room lodging is located on Campeau Drive, just west of the Canadian Tire Centre and a block from the Tanger Outlets mall.
Four-day weeks? Move to flex schedules a work in progress for Ottawa tech firms
Jul 24, 2020
A growing number of local tech execs say they’re looking at options such as four-day weeks in a bid to help employees maintain better work-life balance.
Developers aim to revitalize Cyrville area with 1.3M-square-foot hotel and apartment complex
Jul 23, 2020
Proposal would see three apartment highrises and a hotel with a total of more than 1,000 units constructed on vacant land south of Ogilvie Road and east of Cyrville Road.
'Not the casino that people are used to': Lac-Leamy set to reopen, but with big changes
Jul 22, 2020
Gone are the days of making a spontaneous trip to play the slots at popular Gatineau entertainment complex.
Neighbourly transaction: Gatineau's Adaptiv Networks acquires division of Kanata-based Martello
Jul 22, 2020
Gatineau firm to pay $500,000 in cash and the equivalent of $300,000 in common shares to Martello for Montreal-based Elfiq.
'People came in and had some fun': Ottawa businesses experiment amid reopenings
Jul 21, 2020
Ottawa entertainment facilities, restaurants see steady flow of customers on first weekend after reopening.
Giatec Scientific cements place among Ottawa's leading tech firms with U.S. customer wins
Jul 21, 2020
Firm that makes high-tech sensors that test the quality of concrete still heading for double-digit revenue growth despite pandemic.
Road-trippers trigger uptick in downtown Ottawa hotel traffic
Jul 20, 2020
Central properties such as Hilton and Chateau Laurier 'seeing nice traction' despite grim overall outlook for industry.
No end to office space crunch in sight, veteran Ottawa real estate exec says
Jul 17, 2020
Available sublease space jumps 11%, but still remains well below levels recorded in previous downturns.
'Brain drain' of tech grads could stunt sector's growth in capital, experts say
Jul 16, 2020
New study suggests Ottawa suffered a net loss of tech jobs created vs. degrees granted over a recent five-year period.
Gatineau’s Foko looks to work its way into new markets with office-booking app
Jul 16, 2020
The firm launched a new app this week called Get Working, a combination desk-booking and COVID-19 screening platform.
Eco-friendly Ottawa retailer terra20 goes old school with brick-and-mortar Train Yards expansion
Jul 15, 2020
Local chain specializes in eco-friendly merchandise such as natural skin-care products and bathroom cleaners made without toxic chemicals.
Calian's shopping spree continues with acquisition of Ottawa cybersecurity firm EMSEC Solutions
Jul 15, 2020
Latest transaction comes just days after Kanata company closed deal to buy a Norway-based military training enterprise.
As Ottawa’s economy reopens, businesses look to protect themselves from COVID-19 claims
Jul 14, 2020
While fitness chains have beefed up their waivers, local restaurant owners say they won't be requiring customers to sign any legal forms.
Kanata's Lytica, Solace and You.i TV land millions in FedDev funding
Jul 14, 2020
The Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario is providing loans worth a total of $11.2 million to the three Kanata-based tech companies.
'We've been waiting with bated breath': Local businesses cheer phase three reopening plan
Jul 13, 2020
Indoor drinking and dining in bars and restaurants have been given the go-ahead, and movie theatres, fitness centres and playgrounds are also permitted to get back up and running as of Friday.
Epiphan Video a leader in its class thanks to remote learning trend
Jul 9, 2020
Kanata video technology firm had its two best sales months ever in March and June and recently booked its biggest order yet.
Calian Group grabs foothold in 'NATO markets' with European acquisition
Jul 8, 2020
Kanata company's deal to buy Norway-based Comprehensive Training Solutions International is its third acquisition in 2020 and 11th in the past nine years.
Gatineau's VanillaSoft proving its worth during pandemic, new chief revenue officer says
Jul 7, 2020
Gatineau software firm's sales engagement platform is 'helping (companies) survive COVID.'
Neurovine’s concussion-testing tech gains traction as telehealth trend accelerates
Jul 7, 2020
Armed with $750K in pre-seed funding, Neurovine plans to build a personalized solution that can tell concussion patients when they’re pushing their physical or mental exertion too far and offer a…
Veteran tech exec hopes to write new growth story at Kanata-based Lytica
Jul 6, 2020
New CEO of Kanata-based pricing intelligence firm spent previous four-and-a-half years as chief product officer at Assent Compliance.
'Resilient' Ross Video aiming to keep revenue-growth streak alive
Jul 3, 2020
While company's revenues dropped 30 per cent once the pandemic hit, its expenses fell by an even greater proportion.
Amazon hopes to open 'cutting-edge' Barrhaven warehouse 'as quickly as possible'
Jul 2, 2020
Massive industrial building will have footprint of 450,000 square feet and feature multiple levels, company says.
Ottawa's Nuvyyo gets $6M venture capital boost to fund cord-cutting technology
Jun 30, 2020
Kanata firm makes hardware and software that caters to viewers who access TV broadcasts via old-school antennas rather than cable or satellite feeds.
Ottawa-based Solink lands $23M series-B financing round
Jun 26, 2020
Timely pivot during COVID-19 crisis helped pave the way for software firm's continued expansion.
Ottawa Stronger Together celebrates Forty Under 40 class with 'story of hope' for business community
Jun 26, 2020
City's top young business achievers of 2020 honoured in one-hour special on Rogers TV.
Redevelopment of LeBreton library lands on pause until NCC sees 'signs of market recovery'
Jun 25, 2020
Crown corporation was scheduled to launch the development process for property at 665 Albert St. earlier this spring.
Ottawa construction execs hope contact-tracing tool paves way for safer work sites
Jun 25, 2020
High-tech sensors could allow contact tracers at construction sites to identify all workers at risk of an infection within minutes.
Trump's visa ban could be boost for talent-hungry Ottawa firms, immigration lawyer says
Jun 25, 2020
U.S. move could could provide new talent pipeline for local tech firms that say a shortage of skilled labour is a major issue in the capital.
Ottawa Tourism looks to boost 'hyperlocal' visits with discount program
Jun 24, 2020
Free "digital passport" allows users to get discounts and special offers from more than 60 local tourism businesses.
Movies, yoga, comedy in the great outdoors: Wesley Clover Parks becomes multi-purpose venue
Jun 24, 2020
Outdoor recreation facility on Corkstown Road will host a variety of events and activities over the next couple of months, from drive-in movies to spinning classes.
Ottawa AI startup hopes system that tracks two-metre threshold strikes chord with retailers
Jun 24, 2020
System employs AI algorithms to measure the distance between customers captured on security cameras.
Surging office sublease market signals COVID-19's lasting impact, brokers say
Jun 22, 2020
More firms are looking to shed real estate as they rethink what the traditional office space might look like in a post-pandemic world, experts say.
March Networks hopes customers will be tickled pink over colour-coded surveillance system
Jun 22, 2020
Software automatically tracks number of people in stores to help merchants stay within capacity limits imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Ottawa airport eyes fee hikes in wake of plummeting passenger traffic
Jun 19, 2020
YOW now expects only about 2.5 million passengers to pass through its gates in 2020, down from its original forecast of 5.2 million before COVID-19 hit.
Pythian names new CEO as Ottawa firm aims to ride wave of growth in big-data analytics
Jun 18, 2020
Company's new boss served as a senior executive or CEO at more than half a dozen U.S. tech firms before taking the helm at Pythian.
Ottawa's GoFor aims to deliver on growth forecast thanks to $9.8M seed round
Jun 17, 2020
New investment partners say local startup has the chance to become a market leader in the on-demand delivery space.
Ottawa to host 2021 world men's curling championship
Jun 16, 2020
Event that's expected to generate more than $3.6 million in economic activity will be a "big shot in the arm" for beleaguered tourism industry, mayor says.
Ottawa's Iversoft spins off marketing arm, mulls 'virtual-by-default' approach in bid to get leaner
Jun 16, 2020
Local web development company parts ways with former executives and implements digital-first work strategy as it adapts to economic upheaval caused by COVID-19.
Kinaxis makes major foray into retail vertical with $60M acquisition of Toronto firm
Jun 16, 2020
CEO says Kanata-based software firm could generate more business from retail than all other sectors it now serves combined.
Local lockdowns push Ottawa entertainment businesses into new global markets
Jun 12, 2020
Forced to close their doors to live audiences, some Ottawa businesses have reinvented themselves online since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Syntronic Canada to shed 20,000 square feet of office space in Kanata
Jun 12, 2020
Sweden-based company bracing for "tough" times ahead as customers rein in spending and scale back future projects.
With teleworking trends expected to persist, Ottawa brokers urge tenants to keep traditional office space
Jun 10, 2020
COVID-19 may not be the end of office space, but survey of Ottawa tenants suggests many employees will continue working from home even after the pandemic subsides
Lights, camera, action: Capital's film and TV industry set to resume – slowly
Jun 9, 2020
With Toronto studios still closed, some observers say Ottawa could grab an even bigger slice of the film & TV production pie.
Growing Ottawa startup has a Knak for email design software
Jun 9, 2020
Firm's customers include Google, Verizon and one of the world’s most popular social media platforms.
Ottawa businesses recalling employees, readying patios after province gives green light to reopening
Jun 8, 2020
Ottawa, as well as most communities in eastern and northern Ontario, can proceed to “stage two” reopening.
Developer plans 2.7-million-square-foot industrial building at Barrhaven business park
Jun 5, 2020
Massive complex would be nearly three times larger than Amazon warehouse on Boundary Road.
Ottawa Senators break ties with Foundation, seek bids for new charitable arm
Jun 4, 2020
The Ottawa Senators Foundation said Thursday it will no longer be affiliated with Capital Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Ottawa Senators.
Kijiji-like charity platform GiveShop ‘social capitalism’ at its best, Ottawa co-founder says
Jun 4, 2020
The online peer-to-peer marketplace works similar to Kijiji but with a twist – instead of going to the seller, all the net proceeds from transactions are donated to charity.
Former Hexo exec tackles new role in emerging cryptocurrency industry
Jun 3, 2020
A month into his “retirement" from the cannabis industry, Adam Miron was back on the front lines of another business sector that’s gradually finding its feet in Canada: cryptocurrency.
Ottawa’s office leasing market poised to pull through COVID-19 crisis, but faces long-term challenges
Jun 2, 2020
Ottawa’s office leasing market is “holding up relatively well” despite the recent economic downturn, one of Ottawa’s leading commercial brokers says.
Ottawa’s Augmentt Technology looks to manage ‘SaaS sprawl’
Jun 1, 2020
Founders say rise in demand for new software "has been meteoric."
City task force touts rural tourism campaign in economic recovery plan
May 29, 2020
Mayor says campaign will target local residents as well as visitors from nearby cities such as Kingston and Montreal.
Ottawa-based RV rental platforms gearing up for busy summer
May 29, 2020
One-third of respondents in recent poll said they previously didn’t think RVing was right for them but would now consider it.
Ottawa firm floats 1M-square-foot business park in southeast Ottawa
May 28, 2020
Proximity to major transportation routes makes location a prime hub for logistics company, project proponents say
Investors give Minto REIT go-ahead to step up T.O. redevelopment projects
May 28, 2020
REIT is looking at building a significant number of new apartment units at three of its existing Toronto sites.
Ottawa's Spiderwort closes US$2.5M seed round to fuel biomaterial research
May 27, 2020
Biotech startup believes its research could revolutionize the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
Big data means big business for Ottawa professional services firms
May 27, 2020
Firms build up their arsenal of AI technology as they transition from providing tax and accounting services to using data analytics software to help clients forecast sales and track spending.
Merivale Mall owners mull major makeover of south Ottawa shopping centre
May 26, 2020
Multi-phased proposal would include the construction of a 12-storey mixed-use building in the first stage.
Shipping platform Trexity's 'last-mile' solution picks up speed with merchants
May 25, 2020
During his years as a manager at Ottawa tech giant Shopify, Alok Ahuja had a front-row seat to witness e-commerce gradually strengthen its grip on the global retail sector.
Ottawa Tourism CEO banking on 'pent-up demand' from T.O., Montreal travellers to help kickstart sector
May 25, 2020
With tourism in a free fall, the man tasked with reigniting the local industry is hoping geography is on the capital’s side.
Claridge Homes exec has high hopes for Ottawa's housing market
May 25, 2020
A leading Ottawa builder says it remains confident that the capital’s housing market will hit the ground running once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
‘Office exodus’ unlikely despite Shopify’s shift to remote-first working, observers say
May 22, 2020
Commercial real estate executives say many employees’ enthusiasm for remote work is wearing thin and that most companies feel the advantages of face-to-face interaction far outweigh the risks of…
Teen entrepreneur launches app aimed at helping stem spread of COVID-19
May 22, 2020
Like many teenagers, Ryan Rodrigs has been glued to his smartphone during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Ottawa office furniture dealers retool for post-COVID workspaces
May 21, 2020
As the president of the city’s largest office equipment supplier, Bill Toutant didn’t need a reporter to fill him in on the big news Thursday from one of Ottawa’s most prominent employers.
Shopify moves further into financial space with new 'bank card' for merchants
May 20, 2020
Merchants can use the new virtual or physical cards to deposit and withdraw money from ATMs or pay for merchandise online.
Ottawa airport eyes more domestic flights as projected deficit balloons
May 19, 2020
CEO says airport might have to borrow up to $150 million over the next two years to cover its operating expenses.
Late start, loss of banquet revenues threaten to leave local golf courses in financial hole
May 15, 2020
"Right now to some extent, we're the only show in town.”
Ottawa startups catering to food industry serve up new platforms during pandemic
May 15, 2020
For Ottawa entrepreneur Cassy Aite, the last two months have been a crash course in crisis management.
Ottawa printing company says plan to produce medical masks stuck in limbo
May 14, 2020
Owner of Ottawa printing company waiting to learn whether he’ll have a market for the personal protective equipment.
'The future is very exciting': Hunt leaves OSEG to focus on growing pro soccer in Ottawa
May 14, 2020
After playing a vital role in the revival of junior hockey and CFL football in Ottawa, Jeff Hunt is facing what might be his biggest challenge yet: turning the nation’s capital into a pro soccer town.
New Solace CEO sees bright future for Kanata-based software firm
May 13, 2020
Denis King is wearing plenty of hats during the COVID-19 lockdown: stay-at-home dad, part-time teacher and, oh yes, the brand-new chief executive of one of Ottawa’s leading software companies.
Ottawa digital media firm unveils rapid-temperature-check platform
May 13, 2020
With temperature checks likely to become commonplace, an Ottawa-based digital media technology firm says it has engineered a novel way to make the screening process more efficient.
With live-action productions at a standstill, Ottawa's animation industry is booming
May 12, 2020
Animation studios throughout the city are in hiring mode as the industry works full-tilt to meet growing demand for content.
Sponsors stick with Tulip Festival as major events experiment with virtual editions
May 11, 2020
Festival organizers said Monday the popular annual spring celebration is on track to surpass last year’s total sponsorship revenues of $61,000 despite moving online.
Good things brewing: Ottawa startup uses DNA analysis to tailor coffee to customers' tastes
May 8, 2020
A self-confessed java junkie, Ottawa entrepreneur Harry Koundakjian believes he’s found the secret to the perfect cuppa joe.
Veteran tech exec Rechan leaving top job at Kanata's Solace
May 7, 2020
A well-known Ottawa tech executive is stepping down from his leadership role at a Kanata software firm.
CEO's confidence in Kinaxis 'remains high' in midst of pandemic as Q1 revenues jump
May 7, 2020
Company's shares Shares jumped more than 10 per cent Thursday afternoon after the company said it remains on track to hit its 2020 revenue targets.
O Canada! Chateau Laurier to reopen July 1, GM says
May 6, 2020
Iconic hotel plans to enforce strict safety measures, such as taking the temperature of every guest and employee when they enter the building.
Shopify revenues climb as more businesses go online amid pandemic
May 6, 2020
Lütke says company is working as fast as it can to support its merchants by re-tooling its products to help them adapt to the new reality.
Ottawa software startup Tehama secures US$10M venture financing round
May 5, 2020
Platform that lets employees securely access company data on their laptops and other devices sees surge in demand during COVID-19 crisis.
Ottawa hotels hoping for summer reopening; awaiting provincial rules
May 5, 2020
Reopening of attractions such as museums and galleries is key to wider tourism recovery, industry group says
Toronto's Crown Realty acquires 23-building portfolio in Ottawa
May 4, 2020
Firm has purchased more than 400,000 square feet of office space in the south and east ends of the city.
Coping with COVID-19: Watson urges Ottawa residents to accelerate tourism industry’s revival
May 1, 2020
Appearing on a live video segment with OBJ, Mayor Jim Watson said the path to recovery starts in our own backyards.
Ottawa BIAs call for six-month pause on business evictions
May 1, 2020
Colliers International says nearly one-third of tenants in its Ottawa portfolio requested rent relief last month.
Health-tech firm TryCycle, Royal Ottawa partner on platform to detect suicide risks
May 1, 2020
An Ottawa company that uses AI to predict when patients need mental health treatment is teaming up with the Royal to help pinpoint people at risk of suicide.
The post-pandemic world awaiting Ottawa's malls
Apr 30, 2020
As unpaid rents spike in malls across Canada, retail experts say shopping centres will need to reinvent themselves if they want to remain viable – and Ottawa is no exception.
Martello acquires European firm, prepares to divest money-losing business line
Apr 29, 2020
CEO John Proctor calls company's long-term growth strategy a “mixture of offence and defence."
Former KNBA marketing boss helping raise aerospace firm Peraton's profile in capital
Apr 29, 2020
A recognizable face in the Kanata North business community has left the tech park to join a “startup” of a very different kind.
Feds seek private-sector partner to build new east-end office complex
Apr 28, 2020
The 1.6-million-square-foot office complex just south of the St. Laurent Shopping Centre is part of a plan to turn the site into a mixed-use neighbourhood with residential units, parks and shops.
Colonnade BridgePort to build 'mixed-use community hub' near Via Rail, LRT stations
Apr 27, 2020
One of the city’s largest real estate firms is teaming up with a Toronto-based partner to develop what it calls an “urban village” on a prime piece of land in Ottawa's east end.
Ottawa IoT firm SmartCone's 'rapid collaboration group' aids COVID-19 fight
Apr 27, 2020
When Jason Lee first started hearing about nationwide lockdowns to thwart the spread of the coronavirus, his instinct for collaboration didn’t take long to kick in.
KNBA helps Kanata North businesses go digital during pandemic with $200K fund
Apr 24, 2020
The Kanata North Business Association is offering its members a financial boost to help them acquire digital solutions to get through the COVID-19 crisis.
Proposed urban boundary expansion insufficient; will worsen sprawl: Ottawa homebuilders
Apr 24, 2020
Intensification targets will push residents to communities outside Ottawa, industry group says
Co-working spaces need to rethink business model in wake of COVID-19: experts
Apr 23, 2020
While most experts say industry is likely to struggle even after social distancing measures are relaxed, others argue sector could play key role in helping companies safely resume operations.
Ottawa student's money-transfer app making waves in fintech world
Apr 22, 2020
Unlike many university students getting ready to graduate this year, Serge Kiema isn’t fretting about finding gainful employment once his days on campus are over.
Ottawa businesses catering to e-commerce pick up steam during lockdown
Apr 22, 2020
Spencer MacPherson’s burgeoning digital photography business was gaining momentum by the month when the COVID-19 crisis suddenly stopped one of its key service lines in its tracks.
AI project could help authorities better project coronavirus's path, Carleton prof says
Apr 21, 2020
Mohamed Ibnkahla says his project could help identify people who lack food or medication during the COVID-19 crisis or show signs of the illness.
Ottawa's Equispheres lands $17M in new funding for high-tech metal powder
Apr 21, 2020
A Kanata company that’s developing a high-tech metal powder for automotive and aerospace manufacturing has some more rocket fuel in its own tank thanks to $17 million in new funding.
Ottawa fitness studios going virtual in bid to bulk up revenues during COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 17, 2020
With government-imposed restrictions forcing the closure of gyms, yoga studios and other facilities, fitness entrepreneurs have been forced to find other ways to keep their businesses alive.
Rideau Street development site sells for $3.25M
Apr 17, 2020
Proximity to light rail, the University of Ottawa and other amenities makes land appealing for residential or commercial use, broker says.
Almonte's 3 Sixty hiring 'on a daily basis' as demand for security guards grows during COVID-19 crisis
Apr 16, 2020
As the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc with the economy, the founder of Almonte security firm 3 Sixty Risk Solutions has been forced to adapt his business model on the fly.
Sex-toy maker with Ottawa roots sees surge in online sales
Apr 16, 2020
A sex-toy company with Ottawa roots says online sales of its products are booming as more and more people practise “self-care” of the most intimate kind during the COVID-19 lockdown.
‘We have to make it ourselves’: COVID-19 will change how customers look at outsourcing, Ottawa manufacturer says
Apr 15, 2020
Laurie Dickson believes manufacturers like his have a major role to play in making the country less reliant on foreign suppliers of vital medical equipment.
Half of Ottawa hotels now closed in wake of COVID-19, industry group says
Apr 14, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic decimating the tourism industry and scuttling conventions, there’s plenty of room at local hotels right now.
Macadamian partners with Bruyère on app to streamline COVID-19 screening process
Apr 14, 2020
A local software firm is helping to speed up the process of screening health-care employees for symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Construction clampdown both barrier and boon to Ottawa firms
Apr 9, 2020
While the Ontario government's decision to impose new restrictions on the construction industry will hurt some local businesses, it could be a springboard to more growth for others.
Superette CEO cheers Ontario's decision to reopen cannabis market
Apr 8, 2020
Superette CEO Mimi Lam is taking her cannabis retailing business to the street after the Ontario government backtracked on last week’s decision to shut down all private pot sales in the province.
Ottawa's Pythian acquires U.S.-based firm in bid to expand market reach
Apr 7, 2020
Despite the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least one Ottawa tech firm didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a major deal to expand its market share.
Marketing Ottawa’s music industry amid COVID-19
Apr 6, 2020
Industry group's new boss has a daunting task ahead: sustaining an industry that makes its money from people congregating in large groups when such gatherings are now banned.
Will take ‘years’ for Ottawa airport to return to previous highs, CEO Mark Laroche says
Apr 3, 2020
“I believe it will take years to build our passenger numbers back to 2019 levels,” YOW's chief told reporters, adding later: “I hope I’m wrong.”
Ottawa tech firms catering to teleworkers see ‘surge in demand’ for products
Apr 3, 2020
With the number of Canadians working from home climbing dramatically, local companies are going ‘flat out’ to deliver solutions
Ottawa's office landlords taking flexible approach with tenants amid pandemic
Apr 2, 2020
Landlords and tenants are trying to map out a way forward that inflicts the least economic pain
Will Ottawa’s red-hot housing market withstand COVID-19?
Apr 1, 2020
Plus, Ottawa realtors share their picks for the capital’s hottest neighbourhoods
Spartan Bioscience fielding flurry of orders for COVID-19 test kit
Apr 1, 2020
An Ottawa-based biotech firm says orders are pouring in from across the world for its handheld device that’s designed to produce COVID-19 test results in as little as half an hour
Ottawa research lab partners with NRC to develop COVID vaccine
Mar 31, 2020
An Ottawa-born pharmaceutical company is teaming up with the National Research Council in a bid to develop a vaccine that will target COVID-19 as well as two other deadly coronaviruses.
Ottawa Race Weekend cancelled in latest blow to local tourism industry
Mar 30, 2020
One of Ottawa’s most popular annual sporting events is taking a different track this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Calian officials expect to weather COVID-19 storm despite projected $8M revenue hit
Mar 27, 2020
CEO Kevin Ford said Calian “remains stable” and is still on track to reach its projected fiscal 2020 revenue targets
Social distancing measures could cool Ottawa’s hot real estate market: Realtors
Mar 24, 2020
In an industry where the 'personal touch' can make or break a sale, the new age of social distancing has prompted Ottawa’s realtors to rethink their tools of the trade
Ottawa's Spartan Bioscience getting federal backing to develop COVID-19 test
Mar 20, 2020
With the COVID-19 crisis becoming more urgent by the day, the Ottawa-based biotech firm says it’s aiming to have a portable test ready 'within weeks'
Chateau Laurier set to close amid dire circumstances for hotel industry
Mar 20, 2020
“It was a very difficult decision, needless to say,” a spokesperson told OBJ. “But people are being asked to stay home, and we want to make sure that we’re doing our part.”
‘Baptism by fire’: New Startup Canada chief launching new resources for COVID-19 crisis
Mar 19, 2020
Already faced with big shoes to fill, Kayla Isabelle is getting a crash course in crisis management in her first two weeks as the new leader of Startup Canada
Ottawa businesses urge faster, more direct COVID-19 response from all levels of government
Mar 18, 2020
Ottawa entrepreneurs and business advocacy groups gave mixed reviews to a series of aid packages unveiled Wednesday aimed at helping companies weather the storm during the COVID-19 outbreak
Hard-hit tourism industry strives to ‘Keep Ottawa Awesome’ amid COVID-19 disruption
Mar 17, 2020
Escape Manor, Haunted Walks among local companies forced into hundreds of layoffs by the spreading pandemic
Ex-Ottawa Police Chief Vern White, Catherine Clark join Syntax Strategic
Mar 16, 2020
A local marketing and media relations firm has recruited the City of Ottawa’s former top cop in an effort to add more firepower to its crisis communications expertise
COVID-19 concerns push annual Kanata North talent fair to October
Mar 12, 2020
Kanata North’s largest business advocacy group said Thursday it is postponing its annual career fair and tech expo in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak
Ottawa Board of Trade names Sueling Ching as permanent president and CEO
Mar 11, 2020
The Ottawa Board of Trade removed the “interim” tag from its leader’s title on Wednesday, officially naming Sueling Ching as its permanent president and CEO
Shopify going fully remote as Ottawa tech firms brace for COVID-19 impacts
Mar 11, 2020
As the number of Canadians infected with COVID-19 continues to rise, e-commerce powerhouse Shopify is among a number of local companies asking their workers to stay home, while another major Ottawa
Ottawa’s MindBridge builds 'bridge into Europe' with U.K. startup acquisition
Mar 10, 2020
MindBridge Ai officially opened its London office on Tuesday, with company officials touting the move as a 'bridge into Europe' as the firm looks to broaden its global customer base
Finance committee approves $40M loan to get Ottawa sound stages off the ground
Mar 9, 2020
A proposed film hub that would bring four state-of-the-art sound stages to Ottawa’s west end has moved another step closer to reality
Happy Goat opening new café inside Centretown Staples co-working space
Mar 6, 2020
Tenants of Staples’ new co-working space at the office supply retailer’s downtown store on Bank Street won’t have to go far to get a cup of inspiration, thanks to a partnership with one of Ottawa’s
Colonnade BridgePort eyes popular Kanata North corridor for new office building
Mar 3, 2020
A small street in the heart of Kanata North has become a hotbed of new office development as builders scramble to address a flood of demand for new, modern workspaces in the west-end tech hub
Ottawa workplace design firms join forces for national push
Mar 2, 2020
Ottawa’s largest commercial interior design firm is aiming to make its mark on the national stage, thanks to a new deal that’s bringing one of the local industry’s oldest companies under its roof
BDO Canada acquires Ottawa's Lixar
Feb 28, 2020
'This isn’t an exit for us,' Lixar CEO Bill Syrros says.
Ottawa-based Telesat earnings steady ahead of 'huge' DND contract opportunity
Feb 27, 2020
Ottawa-based company gearing up to deploy low-Earth orbit satellite constellation by 2024
Price ceiling on the rise in Ottawa luxury market, realtors say
Feb 25, 2020
Million-dollar home transactions in the nation’s capital used to be almost as rare as a unanimous vote in the House of Commons, but times have changed.
Officials seek to build up Ottawa’s burgeoning biotech sector
Feb 21, 2020
Local economic development agencies are doing their best to help give the city’s fledgling biotech and medical devices sector a leg up
Ottawa biotech firms find funding through diverse applications
Feb 20, 2020
Finding investors willing to play the long game can be a challenge
Ottawa’s Spartan Bioscience primed to break out following bacterial detection pivot
Feb 19, 2020
Customers include U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York City’s department of health
World markets warm to Kanata firm’s high-tech ocean sensors
Feb 19, 2020
RBR carves out key niche with devices that help track Earth’s vital signs
People on the move: Greg Richards to lead Telfer EMBA program with focus on real-world application
Feb 18, 2020
In a corporate world where big data analytics has become the next big thing, Greg Richards knows that business is still all about people and putting them in the best position to succeed
Calian’s profit streak stretches to 73 consecutive quarters in Q1 2020
Feb 5, 2020
Coming off a year that saw it crack the $340-million mark in annual revenues for the first time, Ottawa-based Calian Group kept setting new high-water marks for sales in the first three months of…
Ottawa-based Fully Managed snaps up Calgary IT firm
Feb 3, 2020
Ottawa-based IT firm says latest acquisition will help it make inroads in Western Canada's corporate headquarters capital.
Calian Group acquires two Ottawa-based health-tech companies
Jan 31, 2020
Fresh off its best fiscal year ever, Ottawa’s Calian Group has added two new companies to its growing list of acquisitions in a bid to rewrite its corporate record books again in 2020.
McMillan creditors, former employees approve Ottawa ad agency’s debt settlement
Jan 29, 2020
Creditors of what was once Ottawa’s largest advertising agency have agreed to a settlement that will pay them 50 cents on the dollar, OBJ has learned
Ottawa-based Fully Managed raises $25M to tackle U.S. market
Jan 28, 2020
An Ottawa-based provider of managed IT services and senior care technology has landed $25 million in new financing as it sets the stage for a major expansion into the United States
Thumbs up or down? Planning committee, NCC rule on city-wide development proposals
Jan 24, 2020
A series of developments including plans for a controversial hotel in the ByWard Market and LeBreton Flats received judgment in a busy week for city building
City staff support controversial four-building proposal in Sandy Hill
Jan 16, 2020
A local developer’s controversial plan to build four mid-rise apartment buildings that would add more than 300 rental units to a small Sandy Hill neighbourhood is set to go before planning committee
Bayshore owner plans two apartment towers as high as 30 storeys next to west-end mall
Jan 15, 2020
The owner of Bayshore Shopping Centre says it wants to build two new apartment highrises next to the west-end mall, a proposal that would add 500 more units to the city’s growing inventor
Declining apartment vacancy rate pushing rent higher in Ottawa: CMHC
Jan 15, 2020
Tenants in Ottawa paid an average of $108 a month more for an apartment in 2019 compared with a year earlier, thanks to “robust demand” for rental accommodations in the capital, according
Ottawa’s office vacancy rate to remain tight in 2020: Avison Young
Jan 14, 2020
Commercial tenants struggling to find room to grow in Ottawa’s tight office market likely won’t have a much easier task this year than they did in 2019, Avison Young forecasts
‘Room for a lot more buildings’ in booming Ottawa rental market
Jan 13, 2020
Despite a wave of new projects, local developers say they have no plans to scale back apartment construction in 2020 as demand for units continues to rise
Businesses near LRT fully on board with free train passes for convention-goers
Jan 9, 2020
Ottawa Tourism pilot project aims to encourage out-of-town delegates to explore more of the capital
People on the move: Telesat looks to new heights with fresh CFO
Jan 7, 2020
Incoming CFO Andrew Browne says it didn’t take much convincing for him to rejoin forces with his old executive partner, Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg
Ottawa ad industry ‘diminished’ in wake of McMillan layoffs
Jan 6, 2020
Business still healthy for most local firms, but disturbing trends are lingering on the horizon, leading execs say
Deals of the Year – Retail: Farm Boy finds recipe for success with Rideau Bakery buy
Dec 18, 2019
With beloved business’s signature rye bread and other goods flying off the shelves, grocery chain scrambles to meet demand
Deals of the Year – Tech: Shopify feeling fulfilled with $450M acquisition
Dec 16, 2019
Deal for Massachusetts-based 6 River Systems will help e-commerce giant become ‘disruptive force’ in shipping merchandise, experts say
Deals of the Year – Tourism: Alt Hotel’s next Ottawa location spot-on for travellers
Dec 13, 2019
180-room property’s direct connection to airport terminal expected to be major selling point for Quebec-based Group Germain’s latest local hotel
Myers Automotive plans new dealership, office tower in Barrhaven with hotel in the cards
Dec 12, 2019
A prominent Ottawa network of car dealerships is gearing up to become a player in the field of commercial development with plans for an office building and a potential hotel in Barrhaven
Hazeldean Mall to host Ottawa’s largest GoodLife Fitness in former Target space
Dec 11, 2019
More than four years after Target vacated the Hazeldean Mall, the Kanata shopping centre has landed a high-profile tenant to fill part of the space left empty by the U.S.
Ottawa council approves 3% property tax hike for budget 2020
Dec 11, 2019
Council unanimously approved a three per cent property tax hike in 2020 to cover the city’s $3.76-billion operating budget for next year, up $136.8 million over 2019
Deals of the Year – Real Estate: Kinaxis, Taggart building momentum in Kanata west
Dec 11, 2019
Construction of software firm’s new HQ expected to be ‘catalyst’ for wave of future builds in burgeoning tech hub
Deals of the Year – Finance: Smart money’s on MindBridge Ai
Dec 6, 2019
A $29.6M funding haul earlier this year is helping the Ottawa-based startup make its mark in the AI space
Ottawa’s Trafalgar Building on Queen Street acquired in $8.5M deal
Dec 5, 2019
A local real estate firm has purchased one of downtown Ottawa’s most recognizable heritage buildings with the aim of turning it into a top-tier commercial property
Kanata-based cloud tech company Embotics acquired by Swedish enterprise
Dec 4, 2019
Embotics, which helps brands the likes of NASA and HBO manage their cloud-based services, has been acquired in an all-cash deal
Utility firms around the world warming up to Ottawa-based BluWave’s smart-grid solution
Dec 4, 2019
Kanata-based startup takes AI platform across Pacific with challenging trial run
People on the move: Alex Benay hops to KPMG after stint with MindBridge Ai
Dec 3, 2019
Benay left MindBridge after just three months on the job for a newly created role as the head of global consulting giant KPMG’s Canadian digital and government services practice
Stand-by replacement buses for LRT to cost $95K per week, city committee hears
Dec 3, 2019
OC Transpo’s emergency rollout of buses that are idling at a city-owned ballpark in case the LRT breaks down is expected to cost taxpayers $95,000 a week
Ottawa-based Arnon proposes Little Italy development with grocery store attached
Dec 2, 2019
A local builder has unveiled plans for a two-phased development in Little Italy that’s expected to include more than 500 housing units and bring a major supermarket to a neighbourhood
Former McMillan employees still owed severance as Ottawa ad agency applies for creditor protection
Nov 29, 2019
Former employees of a major Ottawa advertising agency that recently applied for creditor protection say they “feel ignored” and are worried they will never receive all the severance pay t
LRT the ‘driving factor’ in Trinity’s planned residential builds in downtown Ottawa
Nov 27, 2019
Ottawa’s Trinity Development Group has launched the first stage of its ambitious plan to build 2,700 new rental units near light rail stops over the next several years
Ottawa’s Calian Group sets annual revenue record in fiscal 2019
Nov 26, 2019
Calian Group continues to rewrite its corporate record book with a record Q4 pushing the company past the $340M mark in full-year revenues for the first time in its history
City prefers rival bidder over upstart Ottawa group to take over baseball in the capital
Nov 25, 2019
A month after a group of local investors struck a conditional agreement to buy Ottawa’s beleaguered pro baseball club, the deal appears to be all but dead.
Dr. Jack Kitts makes a lifetime of difference at the Ottawa Hospital
Nov 22, 2019
In nearly two decades at the helm of the Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Jack Kitts has used a quiet brand of leadership to guide his institution to the front rank of Canadian health-care facilities
People on the move: Atomic Cartoons draws David Gerhard to Ottawa
Nov 19, 2019
After six years at Nickelodeon’s studios in Burbank, Calif., Gerhard decided to leave sunny southern California for the Great White North
‘Difficult decision’: Ottawa ad agency McMillan lays off majority of staff
Nov 18, 2019
Rocked by what its founder called a “perfect storm of circumstances,” Ottawa’s largest advertising agency has laid off more than half its workforce – including virtually its entire senior executive…
Former Ottawa Board of Trade chief Ian Faris lands role at Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Nov 15, 2019
OBOT's former leader is taking on a new advocacy role with an organization that lobbies on behalf of more than a quarter of a million businesses across Canada
Patient capital: Investment fund CEO eyes Ottawa companies for long-term growth
Nov 14, 2019
Canadian Business Growth Fund CEO and Ottawa native George Rossolatos says a lack of patient capital is condemning too many of this country’s startups to quick deaths
Major Ottawa malls in ‘comeback’ mode as holiday season approaches
Nov 13, 2019
Buoyed by new tenants and other attractions, regional shopping centres like Bayshore and Rideau Centre predict strong finish to 2019
Ottawa-based rental platform Ruckify acquires RV-sharing company
Nov 12, 2019
Ottawa-based online rental marketplace Ruckify is joining forces with a Calgary company that touts itself as 'the Airbnb of RV rentals'
Airbnb managers push back on Ottawa’s proposed short-term rental regulations
Nov 8, 2019
“We’re pretty disappointed with what they’ve come to the table with,” said the co-founder of a 40-person company that specializes in managing Airbnb rental properties
City proposes new restrictions on Airbnb, other short-term rental units
Nov 6, 2019
Operators of Airbnb units and other short-term rental accommodations would be required to register with the city under the proposed rules.
‘You’re not vibrant’: Ottawa needs better marketing to compete on global stage, expert says
Nov 6, 2019
Ottawa needs to do better at telling the world about its unique attractions if it wants to be a contender in the escalating “war between cities” for the best and brightest workers
Calian’s Jacqueline Gauthier named Ottawa’s 2019 CFO of the Year
Nov 5, 2019
In recognition of her myriad of contributions to Calian’s success, Gauthier is OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade’s 2019 CFO of the Year
KRP, Regional Group eye projects on Solandt Road to boost Kanata’s office supply
Nov 1, 2019
With many Kanata office buildings practically bursting at the seams thanks to a red-hot tech sector, two of the city’s biggest property owners are laying the groundwork for major new builds in the…
Ottawa’s Kinaxis raises guidance, posts 29% jump in Q3 revenues
Nov 1, 2019
Shares in Kinaxis got a healthy bump on Friday after the rapidly growing Kanata-based software firm announced it was raising its full-year guidance following a strong third quarter
Accounting firms beefing up service portfolios in competitive market
Oct 31, 2019
Ottawa-based Welch’s partnership with T.O. investment firm a sign of the times as mid-size firms expand offerings to compete with Big Four
Spurred by tech titan Terry Matthews, residents mull Kanata golf club purchase to halt development
Oct 30, 2019
Kanata residents are stepping up with offers to donate funds to save the Kanata Golf and Country Club from being razed for a new residential development, the local councillor says
OSEG head says proposal to run Lansdowne public spaces would 'enhance' farmers market and staple events
Oct 29, 2019
Mark Goudie said the idea is to drive more traffic to Lansdowne on non-game days in the hope that people attending events will stick around to shop and eat, creating an economic “spinoff effect”
City staff endorse OSEG proposal to take over Lansdowne public spaces
Oct 28, 2019
The owners of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, pro soccer’s Fury FC and junior hockey’s Ottawa 67’s are proposing to take over the operation of key public spaces at Lansdowne Park
Paradigm Properties CEO hoping to give ByWard Market new lease on life
Oct 25, 2019
As the manager of the most important commercial properties in Ottawa’s most popular tourist district, Ashley Hopkins feels a certain responsibility to revitalize a neighbourhood she believes has lost…
People on the move: Former Mitel exec Amy MacLeod feeling shipshape in new gig
Oct 24, 2019
In her new role as Seaspan’s VP of corporate affairs and external communications, MacLeod will act as a liaison between the shipbuilder and its various federal government customers
Ottawa-based IT exec-turned-coffee roaster loving the daily grind
Oct 21, 2019
As we kick off small business week, OBJ sits down with a former IT executive who's finding a second career in coffee beans, specialty soap and family business
Toronto-based Fengate joins Regional Group on Greystone Village project ahead of appeal
Oct 18, 2019
Fengate Asset Management said this week it’s joining the latest phase of Regional Group’s Greystone Village development as a 'joint decision-maker' and investor
Local group strikes conditional agreement to buy Ottawa Champions baseball club
Oct 16, 2019
A group of local businessmen said Wednesday it’s reached an agreement in principle to buy the struggling Ottawa Champions baseball club, though new league issues could put the team's next season in…
'Get creative' before blindly accepting VC funding, Ross Video CEO advises
Oct 15, 2019
'Canada is breeding herbivores for United States carnivores,' David Ross told the crowd at the Mayor's Breakfast Series on Tuesday morning
Ottawa Hospital CEO Jack Kitts named 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Oct 15, 2019
For all his contributions to health care in a career spanning nearly 40 years as a doctor and administrator, Kitts has been named the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
CEO of the Year: Telesat's Dan Goldberg is at the 'epicentre of everything'
Oct 11, 2019
With his firm developing new satellite technology that could revolutionize the way the internet is delivered, Telesat chief executive Dan Goldberg is finally getting the recognition he deserves
Lack of direct airport connections stifling Ottawa economic growth, aviation summit hears
Oct 10, 2019
Local business leaders told an aviation industry panel on Thursday they want faster, more direct travel to other parts of the world
Ottawa airport to test new drone detection technology to tackle growing threat
Oct 9, 2019
A cutting-edge radar system that can detect drones small enough to fit in the palm of a hand will be tested at Ottawa’s airport starting this fall
ClubLink and partners file plans to move ahead with controversial Kanata golf course development
Oct 8, 2019
Nearby residents vowed Tuesday to 'vigorously' fight the proposal to build up to 1,500 housing units on the site
Collabüro co-working space opens in former Little Italy church
Oct 4, 2019
Mohammad Dourou has spent the past nine months renovating an old German church in Little Italy, crafting a new co-working space he hopes will be home to a bustling community of entrepreneurs
Toronto-based First Capital proposes 30-storey apartment tower near Blair LRT station
Oct 3, 2019
A Toronto-based developer is looking to add to the growing wave of intensification near the new Confederation Line with a proposal to build a 30-storey mixed-use highrise next to Blair Station
Ottawa Centre MP McKenna pledges to expand Bayview Yards if re-elected
Oct 2, 2019
If re-elected, the federal Liberals will fund space for dozens of new startups to set up shop in Invest Ottawa’s facilities at Bayview Yards, Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna pledged Wednesday
Bruce Linton unapologetic about Canopy Growth tenure in speech to Kanata business crowd
Oct 1, 2019
He might no longer be in charge of the country’s largest cannabis firm, but Bruce Linton made one thing abundantly clear during a humorous and insightful keynote address to a business cro
Joyel Singfield to become first female GM in Royal Ottawa Golf Club’s history
Sep 30, 2019
In a sport that’s traditionally been slow to embrace change, Joyel Singfield’s new job as general manager of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club is another sign of a game in transition
Ottawa area's agri-tourism sector proves to be growing industry
Sep 26, 2019
A new generation of entrepreneurs is launching markets, mazes and other attractions catering to visitors looking to get away from it all
Toronto builder latest to propose highrises for coveted Albert Street site
Sep 23, 2019
A prime piece of downtown real estate a block from a new light-rail station is now in the hands of a Toronto-based developer that plans to construct three highrises containing nearly 900 residential…
Ian Faris out as Ottawa Board of Trade president and CEO
Sep 20, 2019
The man who helped spearhead the drive to merge Ottawa’s three chambers of commerce into one organization is leaving his post after more than six years as head of the city’s largest business group
Facilities Commercial Realty expands Ottawa portfolio with $6.2M south-end building purchase
Sep 19, 2019
A local real estate brokerage has added an office building at a prominent intersection in the city’s south end to its growing portfolio as it continues to expand its footprint in Eastern Ontario
Ottawa-based farm investment fund is a leader in its field
Sep 12, 2019
With $750 million in holdings across the country, Bonnefield reaps benefits for both farmers and investors
Shopify pushing to become 'disruptive force' in warehousing with US$450M acquisition, analysts say
Sep 10, 2019
Shopify Inc. says it will buy fulfilment solutions company 6 River Systems Inc. in a US$450 million cash and share deal as it looks to push further into the warehousing and shipping side of online…
Iconic shoe fits Ottawa firm Bank and Vogue's 'upcycling' strategy
Sep 10, 2019
Clothing reseller supplying recycled denim for global footwear giant's new line of Chuck Taylor All Stars
Ottawa's Pythian acquired, offshoot Tehama spun off into separate firm
Sep 9, 2019
IT firm sold to New York private equity firm in deal to help finance launch of new enterprise aimed at providing "virtual office space" to remote workers.
Ottawa business power couple Mastersmith, McEwan taking over local winery
Sep 6, 2019
Gowlings lawyer Lorraine Mastersmith and outgoing Quarterhill CFO Shaun McEwan announced this week they’ve purchased a majority stake in Carp-based winery Kin Vineyards
Telesat chief Dan Goldberg named Ottawa's 2019 CEO of the Year
Sep 5, 2019
In his well-established Ottawa firm's 50th year, Dan Goldberg is raising the bar for Telesat with an ambitious new satellite project
Co-working primed to overhaul Ottawa commercial real estate market: experts
Sep 3, 2019
National Capital Region embracing desk-for-hire trend as new wave of firms looks to cash in on growing number of itinerant workers
Regional Group buys Hazeldean Mall, looking to revitalize Kanata retail ‘mainstay’
Aug 30, 2019
Kanata’s Hazeldean Mall has been sold to new owners who are pledging to revitalize a property that’s still searching for a dominant anchor tenant more than four years after Target pulled
Ottawa lags behind Toronto in attracting immigrants: Conference Board
Aug 30, 2019
Ottawa and other major Ontario cities outside the Greater Toronto Area are failing to draw their fair share of immigrants and need to attract more newcomers if they want to maintain their quality of…
Tracking the globetrotting path of Invest Ottawa’s new VP of global expansion
Aug 28, 2019
Jens-Michael Schaal is on a mission to sell companies from around the world on the merits of doing business in the capital – a sales pitch he's personally prepped to give
Value-added products a fruitful venture for Ottawa farmers
Aug 27, 2019
In a bid to find new revenue streams, agricultural vendors turn to items such as ciders, preserves and other premade products
Ottawa’s Confederation Line LRT to open on Sept. 14
Aug 23, 2019
Nearly 15 months after the Confederation Line was originally slated to be carrying passengers, Mayor Jim Watson made it official Friday: the east-west LRT route will be ready to roll on Saturday,…
Ottawa's brick-and-mortar merchants benefit from Shopify effect
Aug 19, 2019
E-commerce powerhouse’s employees ‘improve themselves constantly’ by getting a crash course in retail at local stores
Ottawa’s Ross Video lands record $5M IRAP funding for new product development
Aug 15, 2019
Chief executive David Ross says the company will put the fresh funding towards its next generation of products, highlighting his excitement about 4K TV and cloud technologies
Toronto-based firm to upgrade Carling Executive Park after $56.5M acquisition
Aug 13, 2019
A Toronto-based real estate investment firm has purchased a trio of prime Class-A office buildings in Westboro in a push to expand its footprint beyond the southern Ontario market
Ottawa's mid-tier malls face adapt-or-die retail landscape
Aug 12, 2019
With Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre set to be totally rebuilt, OBJ looks at whether community retail plazas still have staying power in a world of e-commerce and changing consumer buying habits
Ottawa-based Telesat sets astronomical expectations for low-Earth-orbit satellites
Aug 1, 2019
Telesat expects its advanced satellite program to generate $1.2 billion over the next decade as part of a new partnership with the federal government
Former military man Claude Brulé takes command at Algonquin College
Jul 31, 2019
The former military man has been a driving force in pushing for new approaches to learning at the 52-year-old post-secondary institution
After ‘16 years of amazing memories,' Westfest takes final bow
Jul 30, 2019
Westfest, the long-running and always-free neighbourhood music festival, will end its run due to a lack of sponsorship dollars
Kinaxis to build new Kanata West HQ to accommodate rapid growth
Jul 29, 2019
Taggart Realty Management, which beat out five other bidders for the contract to build the new headquarters, expects to break ground on the project next spring
Ottawa apartment builders ready to ride LRT’s wave
Jul 24, 2019
RioCan and Killam open development aimed to capitalizing on new generation of transit-using tenants
‘I can do that too’: Vanessa Kanu’s rise to CFO role at Ottawa’s Mitel
Jul 22, 2019
Vanessa Kanu's path to the C-suite of one of Ottawa's biggest companies has been filled with tough decisions, but she's today pretty certain about her choices
Montreal developer plans first foray into Ontario with National Capital Region highrises
Jul 19, 2019
A Montreal-based developer is launching its bid to expand beyond Quebec’s borders with ambitious plans to spend more than $300M on a trio of local rental apartment and mixed-use projects
Labour shortage ahead, experts warn Ottawa's booming construction industry
Jul 17, 2019
With major projects such as light rail on the go, the outlook for Ottawa’s heavy construction industry looks bright – but experts warn a labour shortage looms
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa to replace aging Bells Corners rectory with mixed-use housing project
Jul 16, 2019
The Anglican Diocese wants to tear down a rectory in Bells Corners and replace it with a four-level mixed-use building as part of a plan to construct affordable housing units at church properties…
Capital Coun. Menard calls for breakup of planning committee over urban-rural divide
Jul 15, 2019
An Ottawa councillor is calling for the city’s planning committee to be split into two bodies that deal with urban and suburban planning issues separately
Killam Apartment REIT CEO Philip Fraser bullish on Ottawa market
Jul 15, 2019
Fraser says he expects Killam to continue expanding its footprint in the capital region, praising its stable, government-driven economy and steady influx of new residents
Ottawa nano-tech firm lands $40M from feds to manufacture better bills
Jul 12, 2019
Researchers at a little-known Ottawa tech firm believe particles that are too small to be seen with the naked eye could be the next big thing in thwarting counterfeiters
Farm Boy buys Rideau Bakery assets to 'keep great local brand alive'
Jul 10, 2019
Just over a week after it announced it was closing its doors for good, an iconic Ottawa business has found a “white knight” to revive its venerable brand
ByWard Market business owners keen on Mayor Watson’s CCTV proposal
Jul 9, 2019
The ByWard Market BIA’s safety and security committee endorsed the pilot project at its latest meeting on Tuesday afternoon
Ottawa entrepreneurs carve out tourism niche by offering unique experiences
Jul 9, 2019
Buoyed by platforms such as Airbnb Experiences, a new wave of local entrepreneurs is catering to tourists who want to stray from the beaten path and see a different side of the capital
City ends struggling Ottawa Champions baseball team’s stadium lease
Jun 28, 2019
The City of Ottawa is renegotiating its lease deal with pro baseball’s Ottawa Champions after the club fell more than $400,000 behind in rent payments at the city-owned 10,000-seat park on Coventry…
Shopify takes lead as Ottawa companies continue to climb Branham300 list of Canada's top ICT firms
Jun 28, 2019
Shopify jumped six spots to No. 15 on the Branham300 list of Canada’s top 250 ICT companies for 2019, the highest ranking for an Ottawa firm and the e-commerce juggernaut’s first appearance in the…
Canadian tech community mourns loss of CATA’s John Reid
Jun 27, 2019
Passing of pioneering Ottawa-based advocate leaves nation’s tech sector without ‘its voice’
Canada Lands proposes three-tower development for Carling Avenue
Jun 26, 2019
Canada Lands Co. is teaming up with an Aboriginal group on a plan that would see private developers build three mixed-use towers on a prime parcel of real estate just west of the Glebe
Ottawa business leaders on board with feds’ support for Via high-frequency rail project
Jun 25, 2019
Official say the Ottawa business community is “clamouring” for better transportation connections to Toronto, Montreal and the U.S.
VeloGO bike-share service not returning to Ottawa this summer
Jun 24, 2019
A major bike-share service’s sudden decision to pull out of the Ottawa-Gatineau market is “unfortunate” but won’t have a significant impact on the city’s tourism industry, a local official said Monday
New York real estate firm taps Zibi development for first Canadian property
Jun 24, 2019
Zibi announces separate deal to supply office space to federal government
Ottawa researchers to study female entrepreneurs’ exporting challenges
Jun 14, 2019
A pair of Ottawa researchers are putting a spotlight on the barriers female business owners encounter when trying to grow their sales beyond Canada’s borders
Watson calls for 'grander' vision for LeBreton Flats
Jun 13, 2019
Mayor says he doesn't expect Sens owner Eugene Melnyk to be part of renewed development process
Future of LeBreton Flats, ByWard Market explored at City-Building Summit
Jun 12, 2019
The future of LeBreton Flats, major infrastructure projects such as a potential new interprovincial bridge and the revitalization of the ByWard Market are just some of the items on the ag
People on the move: Ottawa’s Lixar drafts former pro hockey player Wes Jarvis
Jun 11, 2019
'Dedication, discipline, professionalism – all these things that you need to succeed in professional hockey you need in the business world as well.'
Ottawa entrepreneur reinventing the museum experience worldwide through Live History
Jun 11, 2019
An Ottawa entrepreneur is putting her acting chops to use bringing interactive experiences museums around the world
Quebec restaurant chain Foodtastic acquires Ottawa’s Big Rig Brewery
Jun 10, 2019
A Quebec-based restaurant chain has bought the Ottawa region’s second-largest craft brewery in a bid to tap into the Ontario food and beer market
Secure transport firm 3 Sixty delivers on market promise
Jun 7, 2019
Almonte-based cannabis transport firm set to challenge industry heavyweights Brink’s and GardaWorld after major acquisition
Ottawa's Regional Group buys Bantree Street warehouse in $29M deal
Jun 6, 2019
With the available supply of industrial space in Ottawa at an all-time low and rents steadily rising, one of the region’s largest property owners has significantly boosted its portfolio with a major…
Morguard mulls major makeover at St. Laurent mall
Jun 5, 2019
The owners of the St.
Ottawa tech leader Anastasia Valentine takes over reins of Startup Canada
Jun 5, 2019
An Ottawa-based organization that aims to help grow Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs has tapped a well-known local tech executive to be its new leader.
Section of William Street becomes pedestrian plaza to boost ByWard Market daytime traffic
Jun 3, 2019
The organization that runs the historic ByWard Market building says a $50,000 pilot project to convert a stretch of William Street into a pedestrian-only plaza is the latest step in its l
Espial co-founder Dolvane eyes departure from firm with 'mixed emotions'
May 30, 2019
Already under new ownership, Ottawa-based Espial Group is now preparing to make way for new leadership.
Build more office space or risk economic downturn in Ottawa: CBRE’s Hamilton
May 29, 2019
Ottawa’s economy risks running out of room to grow – literally – if developers don’t step up soon to address a critical shortage of office space in the downtown core and Kanata, a promi
People on the move: Nick Noreau taking Spartan’s DNA-testing innovation global
May 28, 2019
Nick Noreau is on a mission to make Spartan Bioscience a household name in DNA testing.
Kanata-based Kwesst on-target for breakthrough into U.S. military market
May 28, 2019
A local startup’s technology that helps soldiers zero in on suspected targets appears to be hitting its mark with potential military customers.
Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies: Decisive part of dynamic data security duo
May 23, 2019
It seems only fitting that Decisive Technologies and its sister firm, BriteSky Technologies, finished back-to-back on this year’s list of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies.
Ottawa's Fastest Growing Companies: CanadaWheels revved up about e-commerce growth
May 22, 2019
Saleh Taebi isn’t about to take his foot off the gas pedal in his quest to dominate the auto accessories online retail market.
Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies: Arctic Leaf is heating up
May 21, 2019
One of a multitude of Ottawa tech companies that have sprung up in the wake of Shopify’s rise to e-commerce superstardom, Arctic Leaf believes it’s ready to graduate from supporting playe
Ottawa’s Intouch Insight hits record revenues in Q1
May 17, 2019
A growing U.S. customer base helped propel Ottawa software firm Intouch Insight to record revenues in the first quarter of 2019, the company reported Friday.
Ottawa's Fastest Growing Companies: Pared-down business model spurs growth at Keynote Group
May 16, 2019
Despite enjoying revenue growth most other companies can only dream of, the founders of the Keynote Group took a good, long look in the mirror last year and determined big changes were in
Startup hub OneEleven shuttering Ottawa office less than a year after opening
May 16, 2019
Less than a year after it launched a downtown accelerator aimed at taking local startups to “the next level,” Toronto-based OneEleven is closing its Ottawa office.
Ottawa’s Calian hits 70 consecutive quarterly profits but shares sag on lowered guidance
May 14, 2019
Calian Group set another new record for revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 while stretching its consecutive streak of quarterly profits to 70, the Kanata-based company announce
ClubLink, developers mum on Kanata Lakes plans as city seeks legal clarity
May 13, 2019
Days after the City of Ottawa said it would go to court if necessary to prevent the Kanata Golf and Country Club from being redeveloped, the club’s owners say they have no update on what
Confederation Line progress on track, Ottawa transit boss confident in LRT summer launch
May 10, 2019
While all 13 stations on the Confederation Line have occupancy permits, more work still needs to be done on the vehicles themselves before light rail is ready to roll, OC Transpo boss Joh
Montreal developer proposes 25-storey mixed-use building in downtown Ottawa
May 9, 2019
A Montreal developer is proposing a new highrise apartment complex in the heart of Ottawa’s burgeoning downtown “urban tech” district.
Ottawa Tourism re-evaluating budget priorities following provincial funding cut
May 8, 2019
The province’s decision to eliminate its funding to Ottawa Tourism is a “significant hit” that will force the local marketing organization to make tough spending choices, its leader said
Ottawa's Fastest Growing Companies: IT certification firm light-years ahead of the competition
May 7, 2019
The irony in Lightship Security’s back story is not lost on Jason Lawlor.
Ottawa's Clearford sees pipeline to profitability with latest acquisition
May 6, 2019
After racking up tens of millions of dollars in losses while it struggled to find a market niche, Ottawa cleantech firm Clearford Water Systems believes it’s finally tapped into the right formula t
Ahead of merger, Ottawa’s Espial cuts costs as revenues inch up
May 6, 2019
Ottawa video software provider Espial’s shift to a subscription-based model continued to pay off in the first quarter of 2019, with the company’s SaaS revenues doubling year-over-year as
U.S. carriers adding capacity to Ottawa flights, boosting overall passenger volumes: Airport CEO
May 3, 2019
Fuelled by a strong local economy, passenger volumes and revenues at Ottawa’s airport soared to new heights in 2018 – but travellers hoping a spike in traffic to the United States will t
Ottawa satellite firm Telesat swings to $172M profit in Q1
May 2, 2019
Telesat’s revenues dipped slightly in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, a decline the Ottawa-based satellite communications company blamed on less demand for its short-term services to ot
Hotels, cars and mail: Ottawa’s Martello racks up global contract wins
May 1, 2019
The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Kuala Lumpur is offering Martello Technologies’ potential clients the ultimate try-before-you-buy experience this week.
‘Serious games’: Ottawa’s Simutech enters 3D simulation space
Apr 30, 2019
An Ottawa company that makes a simulator that teaches workers how to repair and maintain factory equipment is bringing a whole new dimension to its products.
Update: Shopify shares soar after Ottawa tech firm reports 50% jump in Q1 revenues
Apr 30, 2019
Shopify touted the “encouraging” growth of its e-commerce platform in international markets Tuesday, after announcing its first-quarter 2019 revenues rose 50 per cent year-over-year to $3
Ottawa's Fastest Growing Companies: Wireless radio supplier’s growth strategy solid as a ROCK
Apr 29, 2019
Three years ago, Joe Hickey was in the midst of an impressive career in engineering and sales that had included a stint as Nortel’s youngest vice-president.
Rumoured Mitel-Avaya merger could create new telecom industry leader: analyst
Apr 26, 2019
Ottawa-based unified communications service provider Mitel’s reported bid to acquire U.S.
Constitution Square landlord hitting refresh button on downtown Ottawa complex
Apr 24, 2019
One of Ottawa’s largest class-A office complexes is revamping its lobby and meeting spaces and redesigning some of its suites in an effort to respond to changing tenant tastes and modernize the bui
People on the move: Patrick Houston brings DragonWave lessons to Calian Group role
Apr 23, 2019
Patrick Houston knows all too well how quickly fate can deliver a knockout punch to a promising public company.
Renovations to Bronson Centre could answer Ottawa music fans’ prayers
Apr 18, 2019
The Bronson Centre is teaming up with the owners of a Toronto concert hall in a bid to turn the non-profit Ottawa corporation’s downtown theatre space into a must-visit venue for touring
Ottawa’s Brew Donkey to offer tours of Tweed cannabis grow-op this summer
Apr 17, 2019
Ottawa entrepreneur Brad Campeau’s bid to jump on the cannabis tourism bandwagon is no longer just an April Fool’s joke.
Revamped Ottawa Hiltons ‘crown jewel’ of Morguard’s hotel portfolio: CEO
Apr 16, 2019
Sitting in a brightly lit restaurant at Ottawa’s newest downtown hotel property on Monday afternoon, Morguard CEO K. Rai Sahi was beaming like the father of a newborn.
Ottawa’s Ross Video unveils new acquisition at annual broadcasters’ convention
Apr 10, 2019
With the thermometer already reading a balmy 15 degrees Celsius Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Airbnb, similar services limiting access to affordable housing in Ottawa: lobby group
Apr 9, 2019
More than 1,000 homes could be put back on Ottawa’s housing market if the city cracked down on owners who have converted their properties into “ghost hotels” on Airbnb, a new report sugge
How Ottawa hotels work with social media influencers
Apr 9, 2019
When Katie Hession first started posting photos related to her “favourite F-words” – family, food, fashion, fitness and fun times – on her Instagram account a couple of years back, she n
Ottawa hospitality industry seeks crackdown on ‘pseudo hotels’
Apr 5, 2019
As the head of the region’s main hotel industry association, Steve Ball sees plenty of room for growth in a local hospitality industry that enjoyed its best year ever in 2017 and followed
Ottawa-area pot transport firm 3|Sixty Secure announces $13.75M acquisition
Apr 4, 2019
A rapidly growing eastern Ontario security firm that specializes in serving the cannabis sector has acquired a Toronto-based armoured transport company in a move it hopes will set the sta
Ottawa now Canada’s fourth-most-expensive housing market: Royal LePage
Apr 4, 2019
Ottawa’s aggregate home price surpassed Calgary’s for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2019 – making the capital the fourth-most-expensive housing market in the country, Royal
Lansdowne Park looking for year-round programming to attract new visitors
Apr 2, 2019
After shelling out tens of millions of dollars more than it originally anticipated to get the football stadium and hockey arena at Lansdowne Park back in game shape, the Ottawa Sports and
Ottawa’s Calian buys German satellite firm in first-ever foreign acquisition
Apr 2, 2019
After buying three Canadian companies last year, Calian Group decided to venture a little farther afield for its first acquisition of 2019.
Ottawa’s Ross Video buys U.K. sports graphics firm, sealing 14th acquisition in 10 years
Apr 1, 2019
Riding a wave of 27 consecutive years of revenue growth, Ross Video just keeps findi
Ottawa biotech firm Avivagen closes $5.3M financing amid U.S. market push
Mar 28, 2019
An Ottawa-based biotech firm that makes a line of natural health products designed to replace antibiotics in livestock feed has announced a multimillion-dollar funding round it says will
Amid tight competition, Ottawa hoteliers finding room for fresh attractions
Mar 27, 2019
During a brief break from the frenzy of activity that always surrounds a new restaurant opening, OCCO Kitchen owner and head chef Mark Steele flashes the grin of an entrepreneur who’s found the ide
Ontario company to buy Ottawa-based video software firm Espial in $56.5M deal
Mar 25, 2019
A southern Ontario enterprise software firm has agreed to acquire Ottawa’s Espial Group in an all-cash deal valued at $56.5 million, the two companies announced Monday.
Ottawa's L5 test facility aims to pave the way for a driverless future
Mar 20, 2019
What a lot of winter-weary Ottawa residents might consider to be the city’s biggest curse – its weather – is a godsend for the organizations behind a cutting-edge new facility for testing autonomou
‘Web of data’ collected by smart city tech stokes privacy fears
Mar 19, 2019
Apps that do things such as alerting drivers when a parking spot opens up nearby make life easier for urban dwellers, proponents say – but some critics wonder what will happen to individ
Toronto developer eyes 18-storey retirement home on Sparks Street
Mar 18, 2019
A Toronto-based developer has announced plans to build an 18-storey retirement residence on a prime piece of downtown real estate owned by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
Smart cities: Setting a course for a more connected Ottawa
Mar 14, 2019
On a plot of land that once served as a stark reminder of how quickly a promising tech sector can go bust, a new facility is paving the way for cutting-edge products that could fundamentally change
People on the move: Ottawa's Kinaxis puts Anne Robinson in charge of strategy
Mar 7, 2019
Growing up in Newfoundland, Anne Robinson had a passion for music – but the practical side of her brain convinced her that numbers, not notes, would be a more likely route to prosperity.
Instant Pot maker to merge with Illinois houseware giant
Mar 4, 2019
Last summer, Instant Pot creator Robert Wang told OBJ his goal was to “build a brand that will last more than 50-plus years.”
Ottawa-based Kinaxis passes $150M annual revenue mark in fiscal 2018
Mar 1, 2019
Ottawa’s Kinaxis cracked the $150-million mark in annual revenues for the first time in its history in fiscal 2018, but its bottom line took a hit as the company continued to ramp up its
Ottawa’s Quarterhill shakes up WiLAN ranks as revenues plunge
Feb 28, 2019
The volatile nature of its patent licensing business helped drive Ottawa-based Quarterhill back into the red in fiscal 2018, but the firm said Thursday that new growth opportunities combi
Council, residents decry Stage 2 LRT's tight timeline, ballooning costs at public meeting
Feb 27, 2019
Rising demand for resources and workers helped push the price tag for Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail project to a stunning $4.66 billion, city officials told a special council meeting on
Ottawa-based Martello’s revenues, expenses soar in Q3 on the back of M&A strategy
Feb 26, 2019
Martello Technologies’ “build-and-buy” growth strategy is bearing fruit, company officials said Tuesday after the Kanata software firm reported a 136 per cent year-over-year increase in t
Elgin merchants told to ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’ on traffic closure
Feb 19, 2019
While snow fell among the barricades outside his Elgin Street bookstore in late January, Jim Sherman’s disposition couldn’t have been sunnier.
Sprott School of Business hires former Amazon exec, Oxford academic as new dean
Feb 13, 2019
Already preparing to move into a swanky new home, Carleton University’s business school is set to install a new leader with a glittering resumé.
Ottawa entrepreneur fielding global demand for hand-held skate sharpener
Feb 8, 2019
Stittsville entrepreneur Tim Maxwell’s business is all about giving customers an edge over their competition. Or, more precisely, two edges.
Ottawa’s Calian continues profit streak into 2019 despite hit from acquisition costs
Feb 6, 2019
Ottawa’s Calian Group stretched its streak of profitable quarters to 69 in the first earnings period of fiscal 2019, the company reported Wednesday – though its bottom line took a hit du
People on the move: David Gourlay now playing for OSEG Foundation
Feb 4, 2019
An old sports adage says lessons learned in defeat pave the way for future victories.
Ottawa homebuyers banking on alternative lenders: experts
Jan 31, 2019
Michael Hapke has a perfect vantage point from which to witness a dramatic shift in the way Canadians are borrowing money to buy homes.
Refocused business drives up annual profits at Ottawa’s BluMetric
Jan 30, 2019
When Scott MacFabe joined BluMetric as CEO last March, he said his job was to accelerate the Ottawa cleantech firm’s ascent in the marketplace.
Ottawa Champions partner with Redblacks, Fury owner to boost ticket sales
Jan 29, 2019
The organization that owns the Ottawa Redblacks, Fury and 67’s is teaming up with the Ottawa Champions baseball club in an effort to boost the minor-league ball team’s ticket sales and co
Group Germain plans $40M, 180-room hotel at Ottawa airport
Jan 28, 2019
Group Germain Hotels has landed on what it thinks is the perfect location to make its 20-20 business vision a reality: the Ottawa airport.
Overnight visits to Ottawa expected to jump 2.4% in 2019: Conference Board
Jan 17, 2019
Buoyed by the pending arrival of light rail and more direct flights from the United States, Ottawa is expected to welcome 2.4 per cent more overnight visitors this year than it did in 201
Heidi Hauver prepping Invest Ottawa's startups to win the 'war for talent'
Jan 16, 2019
By her own admission, Heidi Hauver gets bored easily. But she doesn’t see that becoming an issue at her new gig any time soon.
Ottawa lawyer John Nelligan remembered as skilled orator, generous man
Jan 15, 2019
John Nelligan’s genius in a courtroom was such that his one of his longtime colleagues looked to a completely different arena for an appropriate analogy to describe his prodigious talent.
‘Nortel did not need to die’: Ten years since the collapse that shook Ottawa’s tech sector
Jan 14, 2019
Almost exactly a decade after Nortel Networks filed for bankruptcy protection, Jonathan Calof still can’t help but wonder what might have been.
Condo market trending skyward in Ottawa, say experts
Jan 11, 2019
During a stopover in Ottawa in late summer, Toronto-based condo developer Brad Lamb made it clear he believed condos were a com
Toronto-based REIT taps Ottawa’s student housing market with two building purchases
Jan 10, 2019
A Toronto-based company has scooped up a pair of residential complexes near the University of Ottawa in a bid to establish a local foothold in what it considers one of the last untapped n
Rapidly growing Envolta acquires fellow Ottawa firm Picco Accounting
Jan 9, 2019
Already the owner of Ottawa’s fastest-growing accounting firm on OBJ’s 2018 list, David DiNardo isn’t taking his foot off the gas pedal in his pursuit of an even bigger share of the expan
Ottawa Tourism officials on board with old train station’s new look
Jan 7, 2019
It’s opened its doors to the King of Rock and Roll, the Queen Mother and Winston Churchill over the past century, but practically no ordinary Canadian has been inside Ottawa’s former train station
Ottawa’s Corel acquires Seattle-based software firm Parallels
Dec 20, 2018
Ottawa software maker Corel got into the Christmas shopping spirit again this week, adding new products to its stable with an acquisition for the second December in a row.
Newsmaker of the year: Take a peek inside Amazon's massive Ottawa warehouse
Dec 17, 2018
As real estate wins go, a one-million-square-foot warehouse for the world’s largest e-commerce retailer is headline-grabbing stuff.
Ottawa’s CareWorx acquires Vancouver firm amid growing demand for senior care services
Dec 12, 2018
An Ottawa-based provider of managed IT services and senior care technology now has a presence from coast to coast after acquiring a Vancouver firm earlier this week.
Queen St. Fare at ‘near capacity’ over opening weekend of Ottawa’s first food hall
Dec 10, 2018
The managers of the Sun Life Financial Centre think they’ve found the perfect recipe to add a bit of spice to a block of office towers that has traditionally turned into a ghost town on w
City staff recommend council say yes on pot stores in Ottawa
Dec 5, 2018
Ottawa city council should allow private cannabis retailers to set up shop in the capital once the stores become legal next April, municipal staff say in a new report released Wednesday.
Vancouver-based studio expands to Ottawa’s burgeoning animation industry
Dec 5, 2018
From his office in what used to be known as “Animation Alley,” Chris Wightman sees an industry drawing momentum from a world-class talent pool and state-of-the-art facilities.
Ottawa's VideoShip breaks down tech – and language – barriers in China
Dec 3, 2018
Even as it helps clients around the world break down technological barriers to the swift flow of information, Ottawa’s VideoShip faces its own share of hurdles that can bog down communica
Gatineau hemp company LiveWell merges with Canadian firm to tackle growing market
Dec 3, 2018
Less than a week after it announced it will delist from the TSX and start trading on the Canadia
Stay for a drink: Kichesippi Beer to open on-site pub at new Bells Corners location
Nov 30, 2018
After more than eight years at its west-end location, local craft brewing pioneer Kichesippi Beer Co. will soon be on the move.
Elgin businesses optimistic in face of redesign road closures
Nov 29, 2018
As someone who likes to think of himself as a glass – make that cup – half-full kind of guy, Happy Goat Coffee co-owner Ahmet Oktar is trying to put a positive spin on the city’s plan t
Ottawa’s Ranovus looks to dominate data transfer market with $200M R&D push
Nov 28, 2018
Despite landing $60 million in funding over the past five years, Ottawa tech firm Ranovus is anything but a household name in its home base.
Ottawa entrepreneur looks for right blend of health and taste in new smoothie product
Nov 26, 2018
Liam Mooney’s efforts to become a leaner business owner – literally and figuratively – have prompte
How Giant Tiger and its founder Gordon Reid thrived across a lifetime of retail
Nov 21, 2018
When the retail behemoth known as Walmart took Canada by storm in the mid-1990s, it sent shudders down the spines of countless homegrown store owners who feared they’d be trampled in its
Ottawa Senators shooting to win over millennial fans
Nov 20, 2018
In a Q&A with OBJ, new Ottawa Senators chief operating officer Nicolas Ruszkowski and chief marketing officer Aimee Deziel discuss the NHL franchise’s efforts to attract a broader audience to t
Ottawa’s Calian scores $93M contract renewal with Department of National Defence
Nov 19, 2018
Concluding an interview about yet another headline-grabbing piece of positive news to come out of his company, Calian CEO Kevin Ford jokingly promised Monday that things would slow down a
Ottawa's CEO of the Year Bruce Linton is on a roll
Nov 16, 2018
Rushing between meetings in Los Angeles on a late October morning, Ottawa’s CEO of the Year paused to reflect on an opportunity lost.
Entrepreneur Rob Woodbridge riding high as he leads Lyft in Ottawa
Nov 15, 2018
San Francisco-based ride-hailing service Lyft has enlisted a big-name local entrepreneur in its drive to challenge Uber for supremacy in the Ottawa market.
Ottawa airport planning hotel, $25M renovations to meet travel demand
Nov 13, 2018
A major redevelopment project that will see $25 million in renovations to the Ottawa international airport terminal and a new hotel next door is yet another sign that the capital’s tourism sector k
Pythian CEO Paul Vallée pushing Ontario government to restore basic income pilot
Nov 9, 2018
The co-founder of one of Ottawa’s leading tech companies is calling on the Ontario government to save the province’s basic income pilot, arguing the plan deserves a chance to show whether it can pu
LRT reshaping city-wide development, audience hears at Ottawa’s Economic Outlook
Nov 8, 2018
The pending arrival of light rail is fuelling a wave of new development applications and changing the way builders view future projects, speakers told a business crowd Wednesday at the Shaw Centre.
Trinity and partners propose three-tower development along Trillium Line at Gladstone
Nov 7, 2018
The consortium of developers behind the trio of highrises proposed for 900 Albert St.
Ottawa's Calian buys Regina-based firm in third acquisition of 2018
Nov 7, 2018
During a speaking engagement at the Brookstreet Hotel last month, Calian boss Kevin Ford casually mentioned he’d taken a tour of Regina the week before.
Ernst & Young acquires Ottawa-based Halo Management Consulting
Nov 6, 2018
Global accounting giant Ernst & Young has acquired a leading Ottawa consulting firm in a bid to bolster the services it offers to clients in the government and non-profit sectors.
Ottawa tech firms not convinced LRT trains will deliver talent
Nov 5, 2018
As the co-founder of a company that delivers real-time business data to customers, Allan Wille puts a lot of stock in metrics.
Revenues at Ottawa-based Espial hold steady in Q3 as firm continues SaaS drive
Nov 2, 2018
Ottawa-based Espial Group made only slight headway in its effort to grow revenues in the third quarter as the video software provider continued its drive to convert customers to a subscription-base
'Amazing' talent fuelling Ottawa's tech boom, TiECon panellists say
Nov 2, 2018
Executives from a trio of local companies with global customers delivered a straightforward message on opening night at TiECon: Ottawa has the technology – and the talent – to take on the world.
Allan Wille steps down as CEO of Ottawa-based Klipfolio after 17 years
Nov 1, 2018
Allan Wille has stepped down as head of Klipfolio, handing the reins of the software firm he co-founded 17 years ago to a seasoned tech executive in a bid to speed up the company’s growth
Ottawa architect promotes plan to make major ByWard Market streets car-free
Oct 31, 2018
A prominent Ottawa architect has spent his own time and money to come up with a plan that he says will revitalize the ByWard Market in part by taking cars off several major streets and turning them
‘Highly sought-after’ Jean Edmonds Towers bring Quebec investor into Ottawa real estate market
Oct 30, 2018
A Quebec-based investor’s partnership with a leading commercial real estate company to buy a major downtown office complex marks the insurance firm’s first steps into what observers are calling Ott
McMillan acquires Ottawa-based video production firm that serves Shopify, Tesla
Oct 26, 2018
Ottawa’s McMillan has brought a local video production firm in-house, deepening its talent pool as it builds a global client base.
Confederation Line will open up retail opportunities, Ottawa transit boss says
Oct 25, 2018
Not even another delay in the launch of Ottawa’s $2.1-billion LRT system is enough to dampen the spirits of OC Transpo boss John Manconi when he talks about how the new line will benefit the local
Mitel’s Steve Spooner named Ottawa’s inaugural CFO of the Year
Oct 23, 2018
After initially turning down Terry Matthews’ offer to join Mitel as its chief financial officer in 2001, Steve Spooner just couldn’t say no the second time Matthews came calling.
How LRT is inspiring Ottawa’s business community to think bigger
Oct 19, 2018
Delayed though it might be, the much-anticipated arrival of the Confederation Line is one more sign Ottawa is growing up – literally and figuratively – from a business perspective.
Following cannabis legalization, Canopy CEO Bruce Linton gets rock-star treatment at Ruckify launch
Oct 18, 2018
Crowd clamours for selfies and facetime with one of the pot industry's most well-known executives.
Ottawa’s Point3D sharpens focus on high-tech VR tours
Oct 17, 2018
A marketer by trade, Spencer MacPherson was making extra money on the side as a real estate photographer when an idea for a bigger money-making venture became as vivid in his mind as a 3D
Ottawa's FCi partners with Bruyere to offer new emergency-alert services
Oct 16, 2018
An Ottawa company has joined forces with a major local health-care organization to offer technology that will alert caregivers when users suffer medical emergencies.
Amazon favourite Instant Pot cooking up new inventions in Kanata
Oct 16, 2018
At a nondescript office in a Kanata North business park, Robert Wang is revolutionizing the way North Americans solve the nightly dilemma of what’s for dinner.
M&A hot streak continues for Kanata’s Martello following $12M purchase of Dutch firm
Oct 15, 2018
For most Ottawa tech companies, a multimillion-dollar acquisition would be their version of a Stanley Cup championship.
Success in succession: Minto’s Roger Greenberg shares family business approach in candid talk
Oct 12, 2018
When Roger Greenberg succeeded his uncle Irving as CEO of Minto Group in 1991, he knew running the family business was never going to be a one-person job.
Ottawa’s Kevin Ford opens his M&A playbook at CEO Talks luncheon
Oct 4, 2018
Kevin Ford has a theory for why more than seven in 10 mergers and acquisitions fail, and it has little to do with profit margins or revenue projections.
Canopy Growth's Bruce Linton named Ottawa’s CEO of the Year
Oct 4, 2018
Of the multitude of extra-curricular activities Bruce Linton engaged in as a student at Carleton University, smoking pot wasn’t one of them.
Ottawa-based Primecorp Commercial Realty acquired by large California brokerage
Oct 3, 2018
Ottawa’s largest independent commercial real estate brokerage has been sold to a U.S.-based industry giant.
Mayoral candidates tackle Parliament Hill reno, Airbnb questions at Ottawa tourism debate
Oct 2, 2018
Ottawa’s mayoral challengers clashed over how to boost public safety in the ByWard Market and the need to regulate online accommodation platforms such as Airbnb during an all-candidates debate Mond
Jadco Group revives plans for Medical Arts Building condo in Ottawa’s Centretown
Sep 28, 2018
A Quebec-based developer is reviving plans for a 27-storey mixed-use highrise on Metcalfe Street that would incorporate elements of the Art Deco-style heritage building currently on the s
Ottawa’s Slice Labs lands US$20M amid push to upend insurance industry
Sep 27, 2018
An Ottawa tech firm that provides a cloud-based platform to quickly process insurance applications using artificial intelligence has landed US$20 million in venture capital financing.
Martello CFO Erin Crowe pushes for more women in the C-suite
Sep 26, 2018
In nearly two decades as an executive with the Ottawa Senators, Erin Crowe got used to regularly being the only woman in the boardroom.
Update: Farm Boy co-CEO moves to reassure customers in wake of $800M sale to Sobeys parent
Sep 24, 2018
The parent company of grocery giant Sobeys announced Monday it was acquiring homegrown Ottawa food retailer Farm Boy, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some customers of the much-rever
A Canada 150 hangover? What hangover?
Sep 24, 2018
Buoyed by crowd-pleasing tourist attractions such as the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s Art of the Brick exhibit, some local hotels say they enjoyed a better summer season than th
Ottawa’s Xactly acquires Grade A’s social media division
Sep 21, 2018
In many ways, fellow Ottawa firms Xactly Design & Advertising and Grade A consulting are two sides of the same coin.
Ottawa's tourism industry not rushing to go to pot
Sep 21, 2018
An April Fools’ Day prank made it crystal clear to Brad Campeau that Ottawa is ready to embrace cannabis-driven tourism with open arms.
Ottawa residents ‘anxious’ about LeBreton Flats: Poll
Sep 19, 2018
A group of Ottawa business and community leaders is calling for more “transparency” in the LeBreton Flats redevelopment process after six in 10 residents in a recent poll said they are sk
Cannabis 101: Schools scramble to educate a weed workforce
Sep 14, 2018
With the specifics of the Ontario government’s plan to privatize the sale of cannabis still a little hazy, Joël Dubois knows he has his work cut out for him this winter.
More than bricks and mortar: CEO Kevin Ford cuts ribbon on Calian’s new Kanata South HQ
Sep 13, 2018
A man who always wears his heart on his sleeve, Kevin Ford couldn’t hide his emotions during an open house Wednesday evening at Calian Group’s new headquarters in Kanata South.
Urban Land Institute lays Ottawa foundation with new chapter
Sep 10, 2018
A non-profit organization with a self-declared mission to “provide leadership in the responsible use of land” in urban areas is preparing to launch an Ottawa chapter.
Ericsson buys CENX, consolidating Ottawa telecom R&D outposts
Sep 5, 2018
A U.S.-based software firm with deep roots in Ottawa has been acquired by Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson.
Ottawa condo market poised to ‘change dramatically’
Aug 31, 2018
Never afraid to express his opinions, Brad Lamb is characteristically blunt in his assessment of his latest condo-building exercise in Ottawa.
Gatineau heritage designation blocks Brigil’s 55-storey highrise proposal
Aug 29, 2018
Gatineau council’s decision to put a heritage designation on the downtown Museum District has effectively slammed the door on a controversial plan to build a $400-million mixed-use highrise complex
Reel deal: Ottawa Film Office, T.O. firm launch plan for $40M sound stage
Aug 28, 2018
After decades of false starts, failed proposals and plenty of plot twists, the push to build a facility where major movies and TV shows could be filmed in Ottawa moved a step closer to re
Ottawa universities, colleges working to boost employment levels of graduates with disabilities
Aug 28, 2018
In more than 30 years as an employee at Carleton University, Larry McCloskey has seen the percentage of students with disabilities steadily rise.
‘Music has the ability to change the way people see Ottawa’
Aug 21, 2018
Sabra Ripley is getting good vibes about Ottawa’s push to become more of a music city.
Calian Group moving to new Kanata South location in September
Aug 17, 2018
On the heels of another acquisition, record revenues and a profit streak that stretches back almost to the beginning of the millennium, Kanata’s Calian Group is on the move.
Downtown Ottawa landlords revamping aging properties in tightening market: Avison Young
Aug 16, 2018
A tightening Class-A office market and the exodus of federal government departments from the core are pushing landlords of downtown properties to “get creative” with revamping Ottawa’s aging stock
Taking care of business: Making music work in Ottawa
Aug 14, 2018
Few people have had a better vantage point from which to witness the maturation of Ottawa’s music industry than Mark Monahan.
Gymtrack co-founder Pablo Srugo joins Ottawa’s Mistral Venture Partners
Aug 13, 2018
After spending the better part of the past five years exercising his entrepreneurial muscles, Pablo Srugo has decided it’s time to change up his business-building regimen.
Toronto firm proposes 17-storey Hampton Inn by Hilton in ByWard Market
Aug 13, 2018
Another prominent hotel chain is planning to add to the ByWard Market’s stable of accommodations with a new lodging near the Andaz Hotel.
Melnyk strikes upbeat tone on LeBreton Flats following meeting with Watson
Aug 10, 2018
An optimistic-sounding Eugene Melnyk said he’s “very confident” that the RendezVous LeBreton group’s ambitious plan to redevelop LeBreton Flats will go forward after a closed-door meeting
Orléans chamber approves merger with new Ottawa Board of Trade
Aug 10, 2018
The drive to bring Ottawa’s chambers of commerce together under one roof has finally succeeded.
Ottawa’s Calian acquires Calgary firm, raises Q3 revenues by 9%
Aug 9, 2018
Fresh off another quarter that saw its revenues and profits continue to rise, Ottawa’s Calian Group has acquired a Calgary-based company with an e
Automotive sales drive Kanata’s Kinaxis to $4.3M Q2 profit
Aug 3, 2018
Big customer wins in the automotive vertical and continued expansion into European markets are revving up growth at Ottawa-based Kinaxis (
Ottawa’s Corsa feeling secure about its future
Jul 25, 2018
After making a name for itself in an obscure field of networking technology, a Kanata firm is hoping a pivot to a higher-profile space and millions of dollars in new funding will help tak
City council approves 65-storey Bayview tower, Claridge’s East Flats
Jul 11, 2018
A bold plan to reshape Ottawa’s skyline with a trio of mixed-use towers
Ottawa’s NeuroGym Technologies acquired by U.S. firm
Jul 11, 2018
An Ottawa company that makes equipment designed to boost the motor skills of patients suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries or diseases such as multiple sclerosis has been sold to
Ottawa to be HQ of merged First Air-Canadian North airline
Jul 9, 2018
The two main airlines that serve Canada’s North have announced a plan to merge into a single carrier based in Ottawa.
Developers racing to cash in on hot Ottawa rental market
Jul 6, 2018
A consortium of local developers made headlines this week with an ambitio
Ottawa’s WelchGroup adds valuation services with Financial Capacity acquisition
Jul 5, 2018
One of Ottawa’s leading corporate advisory consulting firms has added a high-profile executive to its team with the aim of grabbing a bigger share of the business valuation market.
65 storeys: Developers planning Ottawa’s tallest tower eye even greater heights
Jul 3, 2018
A consortium of developers that wants to build three mixed-use towers at the intersection of the Trillium and Confederation LRT lines is setting its sights even higher, raising the height
Jason Burggraaf moves in to lead Ottawa homebuilders’ association
Jul 3, 2018
Jason Burggraaf is no stranger to the homebuilding industry.
Next phase of LeBreton Flats gets green light from city committee
Jun 27, 2018
The city’s planning committee Tuesday gave the go-ahead for Claridge Homes to build five mixed-use towers ranging from 25 to 45 storeys on the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats, despite conc
Farm Boy, Ottawa tech firms cooking up a retail revolution
Jun 25, 2018
The leader of one of Ottawa’s best-known companies says the time has come for the iconic food retailer to step up its digital game.
Original OSEG chief Bernie Ashe hailed as 'visionary' at retirement festivities
Jun 22, 2018
For the past four seasons, Bernie Ashe’s 24-7 responsibilities meant Redblacks game nights were work nights for the chief executive of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.
Ottawa’s BluArc acquires Toronto firm About Communications
Jun 21, 2018
An Ottawa company that provides cloud-based phone and internet services to businesses has acquired a Toronto-based competitor with the aim of expanding its footprint in the lucrative sout
OneEleven aiming to take Ottawa startups to ‘the next level’
Jun 21, 2018
From his vantage point in the capital’s newest startup hub, Brad Forsyth has a bird’s-eye view of exactly the kind of opportunities he hopes lie ahead for the tenants under his roof.
Ottawa startup Equispheres not letting high-tech powder opportunity slip through its fingers
Jun 12, 2018
A local entrepreneur believes a powder made of fine aluminum particles is the raw material that will build Ottawa’s next billion-dollar company.
Ottawa craft industries cheer opportunities for expansion under relaxed rules
Jun 8, 2018
Small manufacturers such as craft breweries, micro-distilleries and furniture makers will soon find it easier to set up shop in busy retail districts after city council adopted a staff pr
Paul Taggart remembered as ‘an entrepreneur at heart’
Jun 7, 2018
Like many a gifted entrepreneur, Paul Taggart had an uncanny knack for seeing business opportunities in places most others never would have thought to look.
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, West Ottawa Board of Trade members agree to merger
Jun 6, 2018
Members of Ottawa’s two largest chambers of commerce have voted nearly unanimously to merge their operations into a single organization.
Ottawa law firm Regent teams up with Calgary’s Burstall LLP
Jun 6, 2018
A boutique Ottawa law firm that caters to small and medium-sized businesses is joining forces with a Calgary firm in a bid to broaden its expertise and raise its market profile.
Ottawa’s Fullscript merges with Arizona competitor Natural Partners
Jun 5, 2018
After seven years of exponential growth, Ottawa’s Fullscript says a merger with a U.S.-based competitor is just what the doctor ordered to ensure its future success.
Kanata’s Calian acquires Ottawa-based IT security firm
Jun 4, 2018
Kanata-based Calian Group is keeping its foot on the gas pedal in its aggressive drive to grow through acquisitions, announcing Monday it has snapped up local IT security firm Secure Technologies.
Ottawa Senators turn to veteran comms exec to boost business as COO
Jun 1, 2018
With their sights clearly fixed on shoring up the business side of their operations, the Ottawa Senators have hired a veteran communications and marketing expert to be the club's chief operating of
Ottawa aerospace firm Gastops lands federal funding to boost oil-testing technology
May 29, 2018
An Ottawa firm that makes diagnostic tools for commercial and military aircraft is part of a group of Canadian companies that will receive nearly $50 million in federal funding to develop new techn
Ottawa’s Icor an armed force in robotics industry
May 28, 2018
At an industrial park in south-end Ottawa, robot maker Icor Technology is giving new meaning to the phrase “the long arm of the law.”
Armed with fresh funding, Ottawa tourism sector avoiding Canada 150 hangover
May 25, 2018
The momentum Ottawa’s tourism industry gained during a record-breaking Canada 150 year appears to be carrying over into the first few mo
Update: Ottawa-based Minto plans IPO of new apartment REIT
May 24, 2018
One of Ottawa’s largest real estate firms says it plans to spin off part of its residential portfolio into a new publicly traded real estate investment trust.
Fastest Growing Companies: Assent’s ascent
May 21, 2018
An ever-expanding web of government red tape isn’t usually thought of as a strong catalyst for business growth.
Fastest Growing Companies: Solink showing the way in video surveillance software
May 16, 2018
His firm’s cutting-edge video surveillance software has captured the attention of high-profile investors and an expanding base of customers, but Solink CEO Mike Matta is not about to rest
Fastest Growing Companies: Inside the ‘IT’ factors behind GCstrategies’ success
May 16, 2018
When Darren Anthony, Kristian Firth and Caleb White met up for beers after work one day in the spring of 2015, it was more than just a casual get-together for the former colleagues in the
Fastest Growing Companies: Lundy Construction builds lasting reputation
May 14, 2018
When Sean Lundy’s dad, Michael, launched the construction firm that bears his name a half-century ago, he embraced a simple philosophy that had profound consequences for the company: Grea
Ottawa’s Calian nets record-high quarterly revenue (again)
May 11, 2018
Calian Group continued an impressive financial streak and set a new standard for quarterly revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the company said this week.
Claridge proposes second Andaz hotel tower in Ottawa’s ByWard Market
May 9, 2018
Claridge Homes is proposing a new 19-storey structure at its Andaz hotel property in the ByWard Market that would include 136 additional units and a 3,600-square-foot ballroom that would
Ottawa’s fastest-growing company: Keynote Group skyrockets to the top
May 8, 2018
Like a young, expanding family, Ottawa HR and recruiting firm Keynote Group considers moving into a new home to be one of its defining
Stalwart Brewing co-owner rebounds from LCBO ‘setback’ at Lisgar reunion
May 4, 2018
While Lisgar Collegiate’s 175th anniversary reunion this weekend will showcase the talents of distinguished alumni such as impressionist Rich Little and musician Valdy, it’s a good bet that Adam Ne
Vinyl resurgence keeps Boyd brothers spinning in Ottawa music market
Apr 26, 2018
It’s only fitting that a businessman whose merchandise is played on turntables says his product line has come full circle after four decades.
Ottawa restaurateur Ion Aimers sells Arlington Five cafe to Happy Goat owners
Apr 23, 2018
With an eye to reducing his role in the industry, veteran Ottawa restaurateur Ion Aimers has turned over one of his Centretown holdings to some familiar faces.
Upstart Gatineau manufacturing firm VMIK Glass lands $2.5M in government funding
Apr 13, 2018
A Gatineau startup that manufactures tempered and laminated glass has been given $2.5 million in loans from government agencies and the Business Development Bank of Canada to help fund it
Ottawa music strategy a sound plan for economic growth, backers say
Apr 11, 2018
Music City, Canada? If Jeff Leiper has his way, that will be Ottawa one day – and the region’s economy, he says, will be stronger for it.
Kemptville cannabis grower Fleurish eyes reverse takeover after raising $6M
Apr 10, 2018
In her former job at Health Canada, Renee Ellison had a front-row seat to witness the initial growth of Canada’s budding medical marijuana industry.
OMERS-backed Toronto startup accelerator OneEleven expanding to Ottawa
Apr 9, 2018
A Toronto-based startup accelerator that has spawned success stories such as online investment management service Wealthsimple is expanding to Ottawa later this year.
Ottawa’s historic Rideau Tennis Club sports new look following $3M overhaul
Apr 6, 2018
Nicki Bridgland still remembers the summer night in 2003 when her bold decision to leave the fast-paced corporate world and launch a new sports and fitness venture in Ottawa really hit ho
Ottawa pot investment firm CannaRoyalty increases revenues by 380% following acquisitions
Apr 4, 2018
Fresh off a spate of acquisitions and a $15-million financing round, Ottawa’s CannaRoyalty Wednesday announced a five-fold year-over-yea
Former Crowne Plaza GM Denis Gilles returns to Ottawa to lead new Hilton properties
Apr 3, 2018
After spending decades living the nomadic lifestyle so typical of a top-level hotel manager, Denis Gilles feels like he’s finally where he’s meant to be.
Zibi adds veteran leasing exec Stan Humphreys to Dream team
Mar 29, 2018
In three decades in the leasing business, Stan Humphreys has had a front-row seat to witness the evolution of Ottawa’s commercial real estate market.
Ottawa Redblacks star gives business venture a spin
Mar 21, 2018
He’s a Grey Cup champion, a two-time CFL all-star and one of the most recognizable sports figures in the nation’s capital.
BluMetric’s new boss eyes market ‘ascent’ for Ottawa clean-tech firm
Mar 19, 2018
After more than two decades as an executive in the environmental engineering sector south of the border, Scott MacFabe was looking for the right offer to lure him back home.
Claridge proposes next phase of LeBreton Flats development
Mar 15, 2018
Claridge Homes has unveiled plans to build five mixed-use towers ranging from 25 to 45 storeys in the next phase of its development at t
Gatineau biofuel firm Agrisoma to expand production with $12M investment
Mar 14, 2018
A Gatineau firm that supplies raw material for the burgeoning jet biofuel market has landed a $12-million financing round with the aim of continuing its aggressive global expansion.
Ottawa’s Kivuto Solutions acquired by Calgary investors
Mar 13, 2018
An Ottawa tech firm that helps colleges and universities around the world deliver discounted software to students has been sold to a Calgary-led group of investors.
From seed to sky: Gatineau’s Agrisoma flying high on Qantas biofuel deal
Mar 12, 2018
As startup-in-ascent metaphors go, they don’t get more on-the-nose than Qantas Flight 96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Jan. 28.
Focus on tech funding holding female entrepreneurs back: Study
Mar 8, 2018
Owners of a pair of buzzworthy fashion boutiques, Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette epitomize the growing role of women in the Canadian economy.
Nick Quain named new Invest Ottawa mentor-in-chief
Mar 6, 2018
After nearly two decades of shuttling back and forth between Ottawa and Toronto building wireless communications firm CellWand into a national force, Nick Quain is turning his attention t
Former Kanata North BIA director Jenna Sudds to run for city council
Mar 5, 2018
Another familiar name is poised to enter the race for councillor in Kanata North, setting the stage for what could be one of the most fiercely contested campaigns in this fall’s municipal
Liberals’ spending plans come under fire from Ottawa critics at post-budget event
Feb 28, 2018
While saying the federal Liberals deserve credit for showing “some restraint on spending,” Parliament’s former budget watchdog told a business audience in Ottawa Wednesday the government
All Saints redevelopment in Sandy Hill gets green light from committee
Feb 27, 2018
A multimillion-dollar proposal to build a nine-storey mixed-use development next to the former All Saints Anglican Church in Sandy Hill is a big step closer to reality after the city’s pl
Camp Fortune, Mont Ste. Marie to extend ski seasons with $1.75M in snowmaking equipment
Feb 26, 2018
After fighting an uphill battle with the weather for most of the season, a pair of Outaouais ski resorts got a ray of financial sunshine late last week.
No turning back now on LeBreton Flats, Durrell says
Feb 23, 2018
Perhaps better than anyone in the city of Ottawa, Jim Durrell can appreciate many residents’ reluctance to believe there will be an NHL
Steve Cody, Bruce Linton buy Better Software Company assets
Feb 22, 2018
Two of the capital’s brightest entrepreneurial stars are now business partners in a pair of ventures they project will each be generating millions of dollars in revenues before the year i
Ottawa pursuing return visit for La Machine
Feb 21, 2018
Ottawans who were captivated last summer by the mechanical creatures of La Machine might not have to wait too long for a return visit i
Ottawa’s McMillan acquires assets of local agency Fancy Boys
Feb 20, 2018
Already known for its branding and marketing work with global clients such as Microsoft and Siemens, Ottawa’s McMillan agency
Ross Video books highest quarterly profit in Ottawa firm’s 44-year history
Feb 16, 2018
While Canadian athletes have shown plenty of dominance on the world stage at the Olympics, a homegrown company that’s playing a major role at the Games is having an Own the Podium moment
Ottawa’s Own: Tourism campaign vies for younger visitors to Canada’s capital
Feb 13, 2018
Ottawa Tourism has unveiled a new series of promotional videos that’s as notable for what it doesn’t show as for what it does.
Arts business showcase puts spotlight on Ottawa’s growing music industry
Feb 9, 2018
To those who think Canada’s capital is a graveyard for music venues and businesses that cater to them, Byron Pascoe has a message: the industry in Ottawa is alive and well.
Ex-banker Jeff Darwin sold on ByWard Market's potential
Feb 8, 2018
It might seem like a bit of a leap for a career banker to take on the task of revitalizing the ByWard Market, but Jeff Darwin has jumped in with both feet.
Number of unsold housing units drop in strong Ottawa economy: CMHC
Jan 31, 2018
Ottawa’s robust economy helped dramatically cut the number of unsold housing units in the region over the first three quarters of 2017, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Chesterville looks to pot to recoup losses from shuttered Nestle plant
Jan 31, 2018
More than a decade after the closure of Chesterville’s Nestle plant rocked the Eastern Ontario town, a new group of investors is sowing the seeds of an economic revival inside the former chocolate
New OSEG chief Goudie: ‘Everything just seems to have led me to this job’
Jan 30, 2018
Looking back, Mark Goudie can’t help but get the feeling he was destined to do big things at Lansdowne Park.
Seeking committee approval, Metcalfe cannabis grow-op offers big job prospects
Jan 29, 2018
The city’s first legalized marijuana grow operation could eventually create up to 800 jobs in rural south Ottawa if the proposal gets the go-ahead from city council and Health Canada, one of the ex
Ottawa’s Gusto TV cooks up global expansion plan
Jan 26, 2018
Chris Knight hopes the new television studio he’s just built to serve his booming food network could set the table for a resurgence in O
Gusto founder brings new studio to Ottawa's fledgling film and TV sector
Jan 18, 2018
Ottawa now has a state-of-the-art TV production studio to call its own, but the man who built it says the city is still a long way from landing a sound stage that will attract big-budget Hollywood
Update: Ottawa-Gatineau misses Amazon HQ2, but officials pleased with bid effort
Jan 18, 2018
The benefit of pulling together a region-wide bid outweighs the disappointment, say those who sought to woo the Seattle-based tech giant.
Bernie Ashe steps aside as OSEG chief executive
Jan 17, 2018
The original quarterback of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s front office is calling it quits.
Crime does pay: CaseWare International locks up anti-fraud market
Jan 12, 2018
A global leader in artificial intelligence software that aims to thwart financial crimes such as money-laundering says it is gaining “incredible” momentum in the fast-growing market niche thanks to
Tourism lookahead: After the big 2017 party, where does Ottawa go from here?
Jan 3, 2018
Michael Crockatt calls the Canada 150 celebrations a “great gift” that made 2017 a r
2018 lookahead: Tech migration driving ‘sea change’ in downtown office market
Jan 2, 2018
In a town where the federal government has been the dominant tenant in commercial real estate seemingly forever, Michael Church and his
Ottawa firms put their stamp on Canada Science and Tech Museum revamp
Dec 21, 2017
For 50 years, Locomotive 6400 has been an iconic symbol of a bygone era in Canadian transportation for visitors to the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Video venture puts skills training in focus
Dec 19, 2017
As far as Ian Bingeman is concerned, it’s not a contradiction to believe charities should behave more like businesses.
Ottawa’s African Bronze Honey importing venture worthy of the buzz
Dec 14, 2017
Selling African-made honey from an office in Ottawa might not seem like the most conventional path to business success.
Council carves out B&B exemption for new 4% hotel room levy
Dec 14, 2017
Bed-and-breakfasts will be able to avoid a new four per cent tax on guest accommodations, but Ottawans who rent out rooms on platforms such as
The heavy hitters backing Kanata video surveillance software firm Solink
Dec 13, 2017
For a small Ottawa software firm in a nascent industry, Solink is making quite a name for itself in the North American investment community.
Everything old is new again at Ottawa's reimagined Science and Tech museum
Dec 13, 2017
When Christina Tessier started her new job as head of the Canada Science and Technology Museum
Roar of the Rings curling tournament leads to a rocking week for Ottawa businesses
Dec 11, 2017
It turns out Rachel Homan and her teammates weren’t the only big local winners at the Roar of the Rings Olympic curling trials.
Ottawa’s Titus secures multimillion-dollar investment from Blackstone
Dec 7, 2017
Ottawa-based cybersecurity firm Titus has quietly built itself into a force to be reckoned with.
Printer Allegra buys Merivale Road KKP franchise
Dec 6, 2017
Two well-known west-end Ottawa printing companies have inked a deal to join forces.
Ottawa’s B&Bs push back against proposed 4% hotel tax
Dec 5, 2017
After an outcry from bed and breakfast owners who say a mandatory four per cent hotel tax could drive them out of business, a city committee voted Tuesday to buy more time to look at exem
Gatineau’s Katasa Group proposes nine-storey residential rental project in Ottawa’s Chinatown
Dec 4, 2017
A Gatineau-based developer is diving into the red-hot Ottawa rental market with a plan for a nine-storey apartment building in the heart of Chinatown.
A new downtown NHL arena: What Ottawa can learn from Edmonton
Dec 4, 2017
Even news that a major condo project near Edmonton’s new NHL rink is being scrapped isn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the arena’s point man at the city.
Ottawa pot investor CannaRoyalty acquires California cannabis companies
Nov 29, 2017
An Ottawa company that finances and invests in marijuana enterprises is ramping up its presence in the world’s largest cannabis market, announcing this week it is acquiring a pair of Cali
City embarks on fresh effort to revitalize Ottawa’s Sparks Street
Nov 24, 2017
In its never-ending quest to breathe life into Sparks Street, the city is asking residents, business owners, community associations and gov
Nicol Building to take Ottawa’s Sprott School of Business to ‘that next level’
Nov 21, 2017
When Jerry Tomberlin arrived at Carleton University’s
Ottawa’s Calian Group eyes R&D investments, acquisitions in 2018
Nov 17, 2017
Buoyed by a recent contract renewal that could be worth $1 billion over the next 12 years, Ottawa’s Calian Group called its financial po
Best Ottawa Business Awards honour local 'leaders we should be proud of’
Nov 16, 2017
With thousands of visitors set to flock to Ottawa for this month's Grey Cup festivities, it was only fitting that the man who did more than anyone else to bring the championship game to t
Inside Ottawa real estate pioneer John Ruddy’s lifetime of achievements
Nov 13, 2017
The man who did more than perhaps anyone else to bring CFL football in Ottawa back from the dead can’t remember a time when the game wasn’t part of his life.
Ottawa’s Bluink wins $1.2M contract to store Ontario ID data on smartphones
Nov 10, 2017
An upstart Ottawa software company is testing an app it says could one day make all those photo ID cards jamming up your wallet a thing of the past.
Corona parent firm’s $245M deal with Canopy Growth a winner, expert says
Nov 7, 2017
A major U.S.
Chuck Rifici’s Cannabis Wheaton buys Carleton Place pot producer RockGarden
Nov 6, 2017
The man dubbed “the Godfather of Canadian weed” figures he knows an up-and-coming medical marijuana venture when he sees one.
CEO of the Year: Calian’s Kevin Ford climbs to the pinnacle of Ottawa’s tech world
Nov 3, 2017
If it’s possible to sum up a person’s essence in a single image, Sandra Cote just might have done it with her photo of Kevin Ford.
Ottawa CEOs share strategies to winning ‘war of the generations’
Oct 27, 2017
Millennials demand more transparency from their employers than previous generations, a trend that’s changing how companies are managed, a group of thirtysomething CEOs told a business cro
Wesley Clover leads $5M investment in Kanata’s ThinkRF
Oct 18, 2017
A local tech company that has developed a cutting-edge device aimed at thwarting terrorism and corporate espionage has landed $5 million in venture capital from one of the city’s top inve
Ottawa-Gatineau set for two big years of economic growth: Conference Board
Oct 17, 2017
Thanks to a federal hiring spree, millions of tourists flocking to Canada 150 celebrations and an LRT-fuelled construction boom, Ottawa-Gatineau’s economy is set to enjoy its best two-year stretch
Small business week: MediaStyle’s CEO shift ‘a chance to shake things up’
Oct 16, 2017
As partners in one of Ottawa’s leading public relations firms, Caitlin Kealey and Allyson Chisnall are usually the ones asking other pe
Updated: Autonomous vehicle drives down Ottawa’s Legget Drive in a Canadian first
Oct 12, 2017
A self-driving car made its way down a public street in Kanata on Thursday afternoon – a Canadian first that puts Ottawa in the driver’s seat when it comes to being an autonomous vehicle
Free Form Fitness founder puts entrepreneurial muscle behind new incubator
Oct 11, 2017
After selling the chain of fitness boutiques he founded a decade ago, Jean-Luc Boissonneault spent most of this year travelling the worl
Ottawa’s Sprott School of Business to get new home in $48M Wes Nicol Building
Oct 6, 2017
Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business will be getting a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot new home in the heart of campus
Ottawa developer and philanthropist John Ruddy named 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Oct 5, 2017
It’s a rare entrepreneur whose name alone would be enough to convince some of Ottawa’s most astute businessmen to pour their hard-earned dollars into bringing CFL football back to the cap
Calian’s $1B deal: Ottawa firm secures 12-year health-care contract
Oct 2, 2017
If Calian employees needed any more reason to celebrate during the firm’s fiscal year-end party last Friday night at the Hilton Lac-Leam
Ontario-IBM incubator partnership sets up in Bayview Yards
Sep 29, 2017
A new program that will see local startups tap directly into the computing power of Big Blue to develop cutting-edge technologies in fields such as artificial intelligence and big-data analytics ma
Nearly 80 per cent of Ottawa Airbnb revenues from entire-home rentals: CBRE report
Sep 27, 2017
The head of Ottawa’s hotel association is renewing his call for tighter regulations on Airbnb and services like it after a new study revealed the vast majority of hosts are turning their entire pro
Light rail, LeBreton Flats will attract big Ottawa commercial real estate investments: Avison Young
Sep 27, 2017
The record-breaking $480-million sale of Constitution Square is “a harbinger of things to come” for Ottawa’s commercial real estate market as investors get ready to ride light rail’s momentum, a ne
Algonquin College names Mercury Filmworks' Jerry Popowich alumnus of the year
Sep 27, 2017
Jerry Popowich remembers the day he told his high school guidance counsellors in Thunder Bay he wanted to draw animated cartoons for a living.
Ottawa firm’s ‘passwordless’ system lands $1M in funding
Sep 26, 2017
With the Equifax scandal and other high-profile corporate security breaches making headlines around the world, an Ottawa firm believes its “passwordless” digital authentication technology is an ide
Porter Airlines adds non-stop Florida flights from Ottawa airport
Sep 25, 2017
Porter Airlines is boosting its presence at Ottawa International Airport with non-stop flights to Florida.
Law firms turning the page on paper
Sep 21, 2017
Elliott Simcoe is one of Ottawa’s busiest patent agents, though you’d never know it by looking at his office inbox.
Want Amazon? Build a more liveable city, says Ottawa’s chief planner
Sep 20, 2017
With a task force working on a bid to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to the capital, Ottawa’s top planning guru said Tuesday it’s time for the city to step up its game when it comes to going af
European connections paying off for Shaw Centre
Sep 20, 2017
In the midst of what’s looking like a banner year for Ottawa’s largest downtown convention facility, the Shaw Centre is already stepping
Ottawa aircraft engine testing firm MDS Aero firing on all cylinders
Sep 13, 2017
Ottawa is not known as a hub for global air traffic, but that hasn’t stopped a south-end aerospace firm from becoming a household name in the aircraft industry.
It’s official: Ottawa’s Constitution Square sells for $480M
Sep 12, 2017
A consortium of investors closed the largest real estate transaction in Ottawa’s history Monday, buying the Constitution Square downtow
Ottawa firm reDock makes bid to rid clients of RFP drudgery
Sep 7, 2017
Company's cutting-edge proposal-writing software earns company coveted spot in Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups accelerator
One year after mall’s expansion, Rideau at the centre of Ottawa retail
Sep 6, 2017
Though his attention was focused on his firm’s newest store in Edmonton, Pet
Ottawa tech firm GaN Systems revved up about BMW investment
Aug 25, 2017
A Kanata firm that makes transistors that help electric and autonomous vehicles run more efficiently has landed millions in funding from one of the world’s leading automakers.
Co-CEOs a ‘Better’ approach to managing Kanata software firm?
Aug 24, 2017
Faced with the departure of its co-founder and CEO while in the midst of a product pivot, The Better Software Company has decided the bo
Ottawa serial entrepreneur Cody back in startup mode
Aug 22, 2017
One of Ottawa’s most prolific serial entrepreneurs is stepping away from the top leadership role at the software firm he launched three years ago.
New Brookstreet Hotel GM sees plenty of room for growth
Aug 21, 2017
It’s probably safe to say that few people, if any, know more about the inner workings of the Brookstreet Hotel than Nyle Kelly.
Ottawa’s InterRent REIT buys $14.2M stake in Bayview Station high-rise development
Aug 18, 2017
A major Ottawa real estate investor has purchased a stake in a proposed three-tower mixed-use development at the intersection of the Trillium and Confederation light-rail lines, calling t
Ottawa's Assent Compliance packs quite a punch with investors
Aug 16, 2017
Little did Andrew Waitman know that a casual conversation with a boxing buddy at the gym less than three years ago would change the cou
Ranovus putting Ottawa tech back on the hardware map
Aug 11, 2017
While the capital’s new generation of technology companies focuses largely on software, Kanata startup Ranovus is making its mark in a
Canderel-led consortium close to purchasing Ottawa’s Constitution Square
Aug 8, 2017
A group led by Montreal developer Canderel is close to purchasing one of Ottawa’s marquee class-A office complexes, OBJ has learned – marking what would be among the biggest loca
Kontinuum sound and light show a glittering achievement for Ottawa 2017 team
Aug 4, 2017
When Ottawa 2017 executive director Guy Laflamme was seeking a partner to help pull o
Ottawa-based Ackroo climbs closer to profitability with 17% jump in revenues
Aug 4, 2017
Ottawa-based Ackroo posted record revenues in the second quarter, moving the firm closer to its goal of becoming cash-flow positive.
Internship with Adecco Canada boss a sweet summer gig for University of Ottawa student
Aug 3, 2017
As far as summer jobs that look good on a resume go, “CEO of a Fortune 500 company” has some pretty serious cachet.
DavidsTea founder goes green with new fast-food salad venture in Ottawa
Aug 2, 2017
David Segal has a major beef with the fast food business.
Not your run-of-the-mill makerspace
Jul 28, 2017
The latest addition to Ottawa’s innovation ecosystem is giving a whole new meaning to the term “cutting-edge technology.”
Update: Investors applaud Mitel's $430M ShoreTel acquisition
Jul 27, 2017
Shares of Ottawa-based Mitel Networks rose more than seven per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday following the company's announcement that it was purchasing long-time acquisi
Tributes pour in for former Cognos CEO Ron Zambonini
Jul 25, 2017
2002 CEO of the Year remembered for "incredible ability to get people onto his team"
Ottawa’s Assent Compliance raises $40M in series-B financing
Jul 14, 2017
Ottawa’s Assent Compliance has made a habit of doing things a little differently than most software companies.
Hotel, rental tower planned for former Alterna Savings site in west Centretown
Jul 5, 2017
An Ottawa builder’s revamped plan to build three mixed-use towers at a coveted downtown development site could include a supermarket, a consultant who worked on the proposal says.
Sponsorships boost budgets of Invest Ottawa, innovation centre by $1.3M
Jun 26, 2017
The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards has received a $1.3-million boost to help fund services such as
Ottawa hoteliers still waiting for Canada 150 boost
Jun 25, 2017
Attention, visitors: There is indeed still room at the inn this summer.
Federal contracts a ‘lost opportunity’ for too many SMEs, Telfer study says
Jun 23, 2017
A new study that shows fewer than one in 10 small and medium-sized Canadian enterprises does business with the federal government should be a wakeup call to companies looking for avenues
Analytics firm CENX hires former Newbridge executive Ed Kennedy as CEO
Jun 22, 2017
Despite spending most of his life in the United States, Ed Kennedy feels a strong connection to his neighbours to the north.
Feds to fill long-empty space in EDC tower in downtown Ottawa
Jun 20, 2017
The federal government is set to expand its downtown footprint after subleasing long-vacant space in the head office of the Export Development Corp.
Do women entrepreneurs innovate differently than men?
Jun 15, 2017
With the federal Liberals promising to make their “innovation agenda” a key priority, Janice McDonald says it’s time to find out exactly how some of Canada’s most important, yet often ove
Veteran Ottawa broker Bruce Wolfgram takes ownership stake in upstart firm Proveras
Jun 9, 2017
A local commercial real estate firm specializing in tenant representation has brought one of the city’s more experienced brokers on board as a new partner.
Gatineau skateboard apparel merchant on quite a roll
Jun 7, 2017
At an age when many Canadian kids are slinging burgers at fast-food joints to earn spending money, Adrien Lavoie was busy educating himself on the finer points of online retailing.
Ottawa defence groups praise feds’ industrial benefits policy
Jun 2, 2017
The federal government took a lot of heat earlier this year for its decision to strip billions of dollars in near-term spending out of the national defence budget.
Safety first: Analyst praises Calian’s $8M acquisition of Ottawa’s ISR
Jun 1, 2017
Ottawa professional services firm says deal for smaller local competitor will shore up training offerings in nuclear sector and expand geographic reach
Ottawa's Gastops gaining altitude with high-tech aircraft maintenance tools
May 31, 2017
For nearly four decades, engineers at a nondescript office in an east-end industrial park have been doing their part to serve their country in a unique way: by building cutting-edge diagn
As CANSEC defence show opens, industry takes note of Ottawa ‘success stories’
May 31, 2017
OBJ: Last year, you were calling for a revamped defence procurement strategy from the federal government to help make Canada a world leader in innovation.
FRAMOS feels right at home in National Capital Region
May 25, 2017
When Munich-based imaging technology firm FRAMOS was seeking the ideal base for its North American operations a few years ago, it looked seriously at a half-dozen locations.
Solink making gains in loss-prevention software space
May 24, 2017
The way Solink CEO Mike Matta sees it, his Kanata-based firm is on the cutting edge of a technological revolution.
Big data leads to big growth for Klipfolio
May 19, 2017
After 16 years, one of Ottawa’s most buzzworthy tech firms is finally making its first appearance on OBJ’s list of fastest-growing companies.
Bellefleur on a mission to find ‘better way’ to serve clients
May 19, 2017
In a world where most fast-growing companies pride themselves on embracing the latest technology, Jason Bellefleur points to a decidedly old-school customer service initiative when asked what sets
‘Sky’s the limit’ for Ottawa's two-time fastest-growing champ Fullscript
May 17, 2017
Quadruple-digit growth is becoming a habit for Kyle Braatz and his team at Fullscript, but don’t ever think the firm that is disrupting the way health-care products are delivered is takin
Artificial intelligence startup Fluent.ai secures $1.8M in seed funding
May 16, 2017
With the number of appliances and electronic devices connected to the Internet growing every day, Ottawa entrepreneur Niraj Bhargava wonders why we’re still wearing out our fingers and th
Ottawa’s Sundae School sweetens Beechwood retail mix
May 10, 2017
Strolling with her husband and newborn baby near their New Edinburgh home last summer, Lindsay Taub suddenly came up with a sweet business idea.
Ottawa's Pythian to bolster European operations with $15M financing round
May 4, 2017
Fast-growing Ottawa IT services firm Pythian has landed a new round of investment to help fund its ambitious expansion plans, announcing this week it closed a $15-million mezzanine financ
New role for Startup Canada ambassador in Ottawa
Apr 17, 2017
Janice McDonald has just added another leadership role to her already impressive résumé.
Ottawa’s CIRA seeking Net gains from new verticals
Apr 13, 2017
From his seat in a boardroom overlooking TD Place stadium, Byron Holland appears relaxed and confident, a CEO with a clear mandate and vision.
After 65 years, Canadian Tulip Festival still a blooming attraction
Apr 4, 2017
Twelve years after he last headed up the Canadian Tulip Festival, Michel Gauthier is back at the helm – with what he say
Online Ottawa grain marketplace FarmLead sowing seeds of growth
Apr 4, 2017
Farm boys at heart, pro hockey player-turned-entrepreneur Brennan Turner and business partner Alain Goubau surveyed the
Veteran executive Jon Milne leaving Invest Ottawa for new role at Klipfolio
Mar 31, 2017
One of Invest Ottawa’s most recognizable faces is leaving the organization to join one of the city’s fastest-growing sof
Engineering a change in Ottawa attitudes toward STEM
Mar 30, 2017
Marie Fiala believes she has a solution to Ottawa’s chronic shortage of tech talent that doesn’t require looking beyond
51 years after mother of eight buys business, Ottawa’s Glover Customs Brokers continues to thrive
Mar 28, 2017
Nancy-lee Glover still remembers her reaction when her mom told the family she was buying a business.
Ottawa’s Contextere takes on the urban jungle
Mar 22, 2017
Don’t count Gabe Batstone among those who believe automation is the enemy of the blue-collar worker.
Invest Ottawa ups efforts to recruit U.S. tech talent
Mar 16, 2017
Ottawa’s main economic development agency is joining forces with the city’s largest BIA in an effort to lure tech workers from other North American hot spots such as Silicon Valley.
How fast is the Internet in Ottawa?
Mar 15, 2017
If you suspect your “high-speed” Internet service is regularly stuck in a traffic jam, the City of Ottawa and the agency
Delayed greatness: Ottawa author defends procrastination
Mar 14, 2017
March 5-11 was National Procrastination Week, but if you never quite got around to celebrating it, don’t worry – you’re probably not alone.
Kanata video firm Epiphan Video's products out of this world
Mar 10, 2017
As product endorsements go, NASA’s seal of approval likely ranks right up there with the best of them.
Ottawa’s Rideau Carleton Raceway slots privatization bid to soon have a winner
Mar 6, 2017
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s drive to find a private operator for the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino is heading closer to the finish line, with the agency expected to announce this
Solacom names Lazenby chairman, adds veteran executive Ronayne to board
Feb 27, 2017
Bruce Lazenby didn’t waste time making his presence felt on Solacom Technologies’ board of directors.
Ottawa’s GBatteries Energy lands $1.2M in federal cash
Feb 17, 2017
An Ottawa startup that says its battery system allows electric cars to be recharged almost as quickly as gas vehicles can be refuelled has landed $1.2 million in federal funding.
Ottawa-area distillers tap into growing craft spirits market
Feb 16, 2017
Cole Miller might be majoring in cognitive science at Carleton University, but the 21-year-old entrepreneur has really been a student of business for most of his life.
Ottawa e-signature firm Signority has what it takes to ‘be a leader’: new CEO
Feb 14, 2017
A spacious new headquarters in Hintonburg is just one more sign of bigger and better things to come from Ottawa startup Signority in 2017, the firm’s new CEO says.
NHL’s Bettman books ticket to Ottawa as optimism over outdoor game increases
Feb 13, 2017
The final event in Mayor Jim Watson’s much-touted “hat trick” of marquee Canada 150 spectacles appears close to being a reality.
Ottawa firms look to score big with celebrity endorsement deals
Feb 6, 2017
One of the NHL’s most gifted offensive defencemen, Erik Karlsson is known to hockey aficionados everywhere as the engine that drives the Ottawa Senators’ attack.
Ottawa's locally owned retailers fighting a losing battle to stay viable
Feb 3, 2017
Much like the store they’re in, the Ottawa Lynx throwback hats on sale at Elgin Sports are a stark reminder of a bygone era.
Ottawa retail resurgence in store for 2017
Jan 10, 2017
After a flurry of activity in 2016 that saw the Rideau Centre unveil a $360-million expansion and Costco open a new outlet in Barrhaven, the Ottawa retail sector is set to experience steady if unsp
Five Ottawa tech firms to watch in 2017
Jan 9, 2017
With employment surging and funding announcements already emerging, 2017 is shaping up to be another big year for Ottawa's tech sector.
Ottawa condo revival a no-go for 2017: Experts
Jan 3, 2017
Although the city’s glut of unsold condos is easing and local realtors reported a sharp jump in November sales compared with a year earlier, Ottawa real estate experts don’t see a great condo comeb
Ottawa clean-tech firms charged up about new VC fund
Dec 22, 2016
GaN Systems believes it’s on the verge of becoming a clean-tech industry powerhouse, and Larry Spaziani can barely contain his own energy when talking about it.
Ottawa shines at Startup Canada gala
Dec 21, 2016
An Ottawa-based company that uses groundbreaking laser technology to restore sight to people with impaired vision has been named the latest winner of the Startup Canada Innovation Award.
Ottawa’s Mxi Technologies acquired by IFS; CEO Slangerup departs
Dec 13, 2016
Aviation software maker Mxi Technologies announced Tuesday it is being acquired by Swedish enterprise software firm IFS, calling the deal a springboard for growth that will allow the Kanata-based c
New $10M Innovation Centre lab to help Ottawa startups test IoT, smart city tech
Dec 7, 2016
Ottawa’s recently completed Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards will be receiving millions of dollars worth of advanced communications equipment that proponents say will help local startups break in
Tartan Homes founder Wes Nicol ‘left his mark’ as champion of Ottawa entrepreneurship
Dec 5, 2016
When entrepreneur Wes Nicol addressed students at Carleton University’s convocation ceremony in 2006, he offered words of wisdom that couldn’t have been more appropriate coming from a man so humble
HostedBizz’s acquisition of ITUtility.Net helps Ottawa firm expand beyond the capital
Dec 5, 2016
One of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies has acquired a Toronto firm in a bid to expand its cloud-based services.
Ottawa medical software firm Cliniconex readies for expansion
Dec 2, 2016
With health-care spending eating up nearly half of the provincial government’s annual budget, an Ottawa company says its software can help stop the bleeding when it comes to soaring medical costs.
FileFacets lands $4M in financing to cap off November to remember for Kanata startup
Nov 29, 2016
Of all the entrepreneurs who took the stage at this month’s Best Ottawa Business Awards, probably none had a bigger grin than FileFacets co-founder Chris Perram.
Good call: Ottawa firm's U.S. election prediction not far off mark
Nov 21, 2016
In the aftermath of a U.S.
Web design startup PageCloud lands $5.4M in Series-A funding
Nov 16, 2016
Craig Fitzpatrick is on a mission to “fix the Internet” – one he hopes just got a little easier thanks to millions of dollars in new funding.
Ottawa tech mentor urges feds to reduce risks for venture capital investors
Nov 15, 2016
A veteran entrepreneur and mentor to a host of successful startups, Leo Lax has no doubt that Canadian tech enterprises can thrive head-to-head against competitors from around the world.
A lifetime of achievements: Q&A with Ottawa’s Michael Potter
Nov 9, 2016
One of the true titans of Ottawa’s “golden generation” of high-tech leaders, Michael Potter took a small consulting company named Quasar Systems, renamed it Cognos and built it into the city’s pree
Hilton-branded hotels planned for Morguard’s Queen Street site in Ottawa
Nov 7, 2016
Real estate developer Morguard has scrapped its original plan to build a new hotel and apartment complex at 361 Queen St.
Ottawa biotech startup Turnstone Biologics raises $41.4M
Nov 2, 2016
An Ottawa biotech startup has received a US$41-million injection of venture capital to further develop its groundbreaking treatments that use the body’s own immune system to battle cancer.
Ottawa's CEO of the Year: David Ross turns family firm into a dominant video technology force
Oct 28, 2016
Eight years ago, David Ross decided he needed to do something dramatic to shake his company out of the doldrums.
Better Software Co. staff ‘pinching themselves’ after landing spot in Lazaridis Institute
Oct 26, 2016
In what’s been a roller-coaster year for Ottawa’s Better Software Company, founder Steve Cody and his team have received perhaps their
Four years after acquisition, Ottawa tech firm still on the march
Oct 26, 2016
When March Networks CEO Peter Strom tells people what he does for a living, the response is usually not what the head of the video-surveillance technology company is hoping for.
Nortel ‘did not need to fall apart as it did’
Oct 21, 2016
Fifteen years ago this month, fall brought a blast of chilly news through the halls of what was then Ottawa’s largest technology company.
Pivot to SME market a signature move for Ottawa-based software startup
Oct 18, 2016
Bolstered by a solid product and $1 million in fresh funding, it appeared that Ottawa startup Signority was set for a breakout year at the beginning of 2016.
Hintonburg’s Meat Press taking a bite out of Ottawa’s lunch market
Oct 17, 2016
To celebrate Small Business Week, OBJ will publish stories of the successes and challenges faced by some of the
Technology in fashion at Maker Faire Ottawa
Oct 14, 2016
The term “wearable technology” usually conjures up images of devices such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch, but organizers of this weekend’s Maker Faire Ottawa say the concept is about to go to a whole
Rising costs turn up heat on ByWard Market eateries
Oct 7, 2016
News that another acclaimed ByWard Market restaurant is closing its doors is a further indication of a shift in the city’s culinary landscape, industry observers say.
Tablo cutting into cable’s market share
Sep 21, 2016
While Canada’s major cable companies were taking heat over their $25 skinny basic TV packages at CRTC hearings this month, an Ottawa company was stepping up its efforts to promote a local product t
Canopy Growth Corp. aiming to 'dominate' the world marijuana market, CEO says
Sep 15, 2016
The head of Canada’s largest medical marijuana producer had a message for Ottawa businesspeople Thursday morning at city hall: legalized weed is coming soon, and his company is ready to be No.
Mxi Technologies hires former FedEx Canada president as new CEO
Sep 13, 2016
In a bid to “further strengthen its market position and drive corporate growth,” local aviation software maker Mxi Technologies announced Tuesday it has tapped the former president of FedEx Canada
Fusebill books $6-million venture capital infusion
Sep 12, 2016
When Greg Burwell and Tyler Eyamie were laid off as part of a purge at Ottawa tech firm Protus in 2010, they found themselves with plenty of time and a “little bit of a nest egg” to start the next
Ottawa fashion entrepreneur really truckin’ along
Sep 2, 2016
Every entrepreneur knows there will inevitably be a few bumps on the road to success. But Lainie Towell is feeling them a little more tangibly than most.
Ottawa entrepreneur sees suite growth in high-tech hotel tablets
Aug 19, 2016
The way Kevin Bidner sees it, the hotel industry has been stuck in the ’60s for far too long.
CENX taking on the world out of downtown digs
Aug 19, 2016
Jim Watson might not know everyone in the nation’s capital, but it often seems like it.
Ottawa a natural fit for Vancouver-based VC's new office, CEO says
Aug 19, 2016
In a 20-year business career that has seen him tackle a variety of roles at various tech firms – including guiding a company from a startup to a successful IPO – Hugh Chow figured he had crossed ju
Rideau Centre expansion a sign Ottawa's downtown is 'coming into its own,' mall manager says
Aug 11, 2016
The Rideau Centre officially cut the ribbon on its $360-million expansion project on Thursday, a massive redevelopment designed to bring a more “sophisticated” shopping experience to the city’s dow
Simons says Rideau Centre is the place to be
Aug 9, 2016
From his vantage point overlooking the ByWard Market in what will soon be the Rideau Centre’s newest department store, Peter Simons sees a different Ottawa than the one he used to know.
Shopify partners have designs on greatness
Aug 5, 2016
Half a dozen years ago, Chris Pointer was a website designer trying to make a name for himself like legions of others, working out of his condo and landing contracts where he could.
Former District Realty employee launches new brokerage
Aug 2, 2016
Ottawa’s newest independent commercial leasing broker knows he has his work cut out for him, but he says he’s up for the challenge.
Doors wide open to downtown deals
Jul 21, 2016
The crowd at the opening of Morguard’s state-of-the-art Performance Court at 150 Elgin St.
Ottawa’s brand needs a boost, tourism summit told
Jul 15, 2016
Ottawa rates high as an overall travel destination in a new survey, but the city lags behind other many major Canadian cities in air access and needs to better define its identity in mark
Rechan leaning on 30 years of experience in drive to make Halogen worldwide force
Jun 21, 2016
After a globetrotting high-tech career, Les Rechan would seem to be just the right person to lead Halogen Software’s quest to become an international software powerhouse.
Life sciences firm Avivagen raises $3.6M in private placement
Jun 3, 2016
Avivagen CEO Cameron Groome was sounding an upbeat tone Friday morning after his company announced it had secured $3.6 million in new funding in a private placement.
McBee a consolidation king: latest acquisition makes Mitel a global leader, analysts say
Jun 3, 2016
Buying up companies is getting to be old hat for Mitel Networks CEO Rich McBee.
Colliers names Wilkinson new managing director of Ottawa office
May 27, 2016
Colliers International has turned to a veteran broker to fill the post of managing director at its Ottawa office.
Scaleup woes stunting Canadian tech sector's growth, leading academic says
May 27, 2016
Canada is falling behind in the global innovation race because its tech sector too often fails to scale startups into sustainable companies, the head of one of Ontario’s leading business sc
Fastest Growing Companies #1: Continued innovation sparks healthy growth at Fullscript
May 20, 2016
Fullscript CEO Kyle Braatz will never be accused of lacking ambition – a drive that is reflected in his vision for his company.
Engineering a new approach to app design: Grad students set to learn hands-on development and marketing skills
May 20, 2016
When Natalie Baddour and her University of Ottawa colleague Edward Lemaire first began researching wearable devices nearly a decade ago, watches that tracked a user’s every step and smartph
Fastest Growing Companies #2: HostedBizz founders riding high on the cloud
May 19, 2016
When tech veterans and longtime friends Paul Butcher and Jim Stechyson each found themselves looking for a new business challenge a few years ago, it didn’t take them long to hit upon the perfect b
Costco readying for move to Shoppers City East
Apr 28, 2016
After nearly a year of speculation, it’s finally official: Costco is planning to move its Gloucester location to Shoppers City East.
CurrentWare making name for itself in growing field of employee Internet monitoring
Apr 18, 2016
When Kevin Porsche kept getting requests from his company’s human resources department to find out what websites employees were visiting, he knew there had to be a better way than checking
Ottawa’s next ‘it’ neighbourhood? Real estate experts say Trinity’s plan for O-Train intersection could spark Bayview development wave
Apr 5, 2016
Trinity Development Group’s proposed mixed-use complex that would span the O-Train tracks near Bayview station could become the centrepiece of Ottawa’s next great urban gentrification project, real
Province’s affordable housing proposal rankles builders’ group
Apr 4, 2016
The Ontario government’s plan to allow municipalities to mandate affordable housing in new developments will hurt homebuyers by jacking up prices, a key local industry advocate says.
Clean-tech execs call for national strategy: Time for feds to step up, local CEOs say
Mar 21, 2016
When Kevin Loiselle needed a partner to help finance the installation of his company’s water management and sanitation systems, he had to jet across the Atlantic to find one.
Can Ottawa become a fintech force?
Mar 14, 2016
Fintech is “one of the most exciting categories in tech investing at the moment,” industry veteran Marwan Forzley says, and he believes his hometown could play a prominent role in its growt
Stars aligned for banking industry shakeup, fintech titan says
Mar 2, 2016
Even as a young computer science student at the University of Ottawa, Marwan Forzley was fascinated by the world of business – and in particular by enterprises that were turning established
Ex-convention centre CEO travels new path
Feb 24, 2016
For nearly a decade, Pat Kelly tried to entice business to Ottawa’s downtown convention centre as its CEO. Now, he’s on the other side of the table.
Devcore boss ‘confident’ Senators will play at LeBreton
Feb 22, 2016
Before a gag order was imposed on the two groups vying to redevelop LeBreton Flats, Devcore president Jean-Pierre Poulin told OBJ the process was “fair” and he was confident the Senators wi
Ottawa firm’s anti-corruption tools a worldwide hit
Feb 18, 2016
From a modest office on Carling Avenue, Joe Gerard and his colleagues are running a global business helping companies around the world stop corporate corruption in its tracks.
Kanata North a "magnet for innovators and entrepreneurs," says report
Feb 12, 2016
Companies in Kanata North generate $7.8 billion in economic activity each year and employ more than 30,000 people, according to a new study.
Defining moment for Ottawa's SDN sector: Local firms making waves in field poised for explosive growth
Feb 3, 2016
Among the three local firms on Deloitte’s annual Canadian Companies to Watch list released in November is one that garners few headlines but is ready to make a big splash.
Ottawa chamber backs RendezVous LeBreton bid
Feb 1, 2016
Calling both plans to redevelop LeBreton Flats “very impressive,” the head of one of Ottawa’s most influential business organizations nonetheless didn’t hesitate to endorse the RendezVous L
Top brokerage team leaves Colliers to join Cushman & Wakefield
Jan 19, 2016
In a development that is sure to shake up the local real estate scene, one of Ottawa’s top office leasing teams announced this week it has left Colliers International to join rival brokerage Cushma
Apple to open facility in Kanata, sources say
Jan 19, 2016
Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, several sources have confirmed to OBJ.
‘Room to grow’ in the core: Industry observers say higher downtown vacancy rates not necessarily a bad thing
Jan 11, 2016
Most analysts agree 2015 was a year of uncertainty in Ottawa’s commercial real estate sector, with a federal election and a topsy-turvy economy leaving everyone wondering where the market was heade
You.i partners with European firm in landmark deal
Jan 8, 2016
Befitting a city that buzzes with energy 24 hours a day, You.i TV’s suite at the sprawling Encore casino resort complex in Las Vegas was a whirlwind of activity this week.
Deals of the year: The Force is with Ottawa's Gigataur
Dec 31, 2015
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens triggering a new wave of interest in George Lucas’s enduring sci-fi saga, a small Ottawa mobile gaming company is hoping to cash in.
Ottawa tech community bullish on PageCloud
Dec 1, 2015
A who’s-who of Ottawa tech heavyweights broke out the bubbly at PageCloud’s ByWard Market headquarters Monday night to celebrate the city’s most-anticipated software launch in years.
Commercial real estate market still sluggish: report
Nov 26, 2015
Ottawa’s commercial real estate market continued its slump in the first nine months of 2015, reflecting skittishness over the economy and the federal election, according to a new report from Collie
BridgePort, Colonnade to merge, become city's largest landlord
Nov 24, 2015
Two of the city’s leading property managers announced Tuesday they are joining forces to become the largest commercial landlord in Ottawa.
Maker Faire organizers thrilled about move to Aberdeen Pavilion
Nov 6, 2015
Remco Volmer sounded awfully excited Friday about the big happenings at Lansdowne Park this weekend.
Ottawa Business Journal>Technology Tech group praises Grits' new science and innovation ministry
Nov 4, 2015
A major high-tech trade association’s call for a beefed-up science and technology ministry was answered on Wednesday.
Ross takes centre stage at Emmys: Video equipment platform earns local firm prestigious honour
Oct 23, 2015
As the CEO of one of Canada’s leading tech companies, David Ross is a regular at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every January.
East-end market feeling the pinch with vacancy rate more than doubling in last year
Oct 21, 2015
When Mxi Technologies vacates more than 50,000 square feet of class-A office space at Blair Place in November, an east-end commercial real estate market that has already seen its vacancy rate soar
Drone industry gaining altitude: Experts say Ottawa can play role in expanding their commercial
Oct 6, 2015
When Ian Glenn was in charge of the Canadian army’s unmanned aerial vehicle program nearly two decades ago, drones were strictly the domain of the military.
You.i TV cashes in with $15-million funding round
Sep 14, 2015
You.i TV’s banner 2015 got even better on Monday, when the Ottawa software company announced it has landed $15 million in venture capital funding.
Algonquin dropout becomes Hollywood tech star thanks to groundbreaking editing software
Aug 20, 2015
Rand Peppler still remembers how, as a young man in Ottawa in the mid-1980s, he felt “inspired” after reading a newspaper article about an entrepreneur who made it big south of the border.
Sizing up Ottawa’s wearables scene: Local entrepreneurs must act soon or risk being left behind
Jul 28, 2015
About 100 of the city’s brightest business minds gathered in a ByWard Market office in late June, cloaked in excitement and curiosity about a sector many are calling a potential game-changer: weara
Eastern promise: Loiselle needed patience to crack the Indian e-learning market
Jul 16, 2015
The first time Brad Loiselle visited India, he didn’t think he would ever go back.
3D printing startup brings former Tweed boss on board as adviser
Jul 3, 2015
A local startup that created the world’s first 3D-printable hydroponics system is looking to a pioneer of the medical marijuana industry to help take its business to the next level.
Ross Video’s winning playbook: Smart acquisitions, clear strategy makes Ottawa firm global powerhouse
Jul 3, 2015
When rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the dying seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots clinched their fourth NFL title in fr
Feature: Move over silicon, hello gallium nitride
Jun 15, 2015
GaN could be the beginning of ‘Gallium Valley North’ It’s fitting that GaN Systems is suddenly growing at what feels like lightning speed.
Sowing the seeds of success: Local students rave about Chinese trip sponsored by Huawei
Jun 10, 2015
New York is famous for being the “city that never sleeps.”
Centre of attention: New Shaw Centre CEO believes Ottawa can live up to title of 'Canada's meeting place'
May 28, 2015
The Shaw Centre’s new boss definitely can’t be accused of setting the bar too low.
Planning committee approves Barrhaven business park development
May 26, 2015
The city’s planning committee on Tuesday approved a local builder’s proposal for a Barrhaven business park that could include developments such as a hotel and a medical facility.
Developer confident west-end condo will meet 'landmark' standard
May 14, 2015
The developer behind a proposed west-end condo tower says he intends to work with city officials to create an “iconic” top for the building so it meets the Ontario Municipal Board’s standard for “l
DragonWave revenues up 75 per cent in fiscal 2015
May 13, 2015
Buoyed by the company's direct sales growth, executives at Ottawa’s DragonWave told investors on a conference call Wednesday morning they expect the firm to be cash-flow positive by the middle of f
Software maker Mxi moving to new west-end office
May 13, 2015
After years of flying under the radar – metaphorically speaking – local aviation software company Mxi Technologies is hoping a change of scenery will help raise its profile.
OMB's west Ottawa condo ruling opens door to height violations, councillor says
May 12, 2015
The Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to allow a Toronto developer to go ahead with a 12-storey west-end condo tower if it features “landmark architecture” could give builders a loophole to circum
Ciena to move to new Kanata North campus
May 8, 2015
Calling Ottawa “a thriving technology hub and a great place to do business,” networking equipment maker Ciena Corp.
Family, friends bid fond farewell to tech giant Adam Chowaniec
May 8, 2015
Renowned entrepreneur Adam Chowaniec had a simple approach to life: “Always look forward, never look back.”
Capital primed for a rental revival
Apr 30, 2015
When Toronto’s “condo king,” Brad Lamb, raves about the opportunities in the Ottawa market these days, he’s actually not talking about condos.
Sun Life towers set to get new look for LRT's arrival
Apr 24, 2015
One of downtown Ottawa’s prime office complexes is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation in an effort to attract new tenants and accommodate a major LRT station.
Ottawa's CloudLink purchased by U.S.-based EMC
Apr 16, 2015
Local cybersecurity firm CloudLink has been acquired by international data storage giant EMC Corporation, the companies announced on Thursday.
Boardspace time management app wins top prize at Algonquin research day
Apr 14, 2015
As a busy college professor, entrepreneur and part-time employee of the National Hockey League, Chris Elliott knows the importance of time management.
Ottawa commercial real estate market on the rebound: Colliers
Apr 14, 2015
Much like the mid-April weather, the Ottawa commercial real estate market appears to be warming up after a prolonged cold spell.
Wipebook cuts a deal in the Dragons' Den
Apr 2, 2015
There was plenty of fire in the Dragons’ Den when a couple of Ottawa entrepreneurs made their pitch on the popular CBC program Wednesday night – most of it directed right at them.
Conventional Wisdom: Pat Kelly on the challenges of putting the capital on the meeting planner map
Mar 31, 2015
When Pat Kelly was named CEO of the Ottawa Congress Centre in 2007, one of the first things he did was find out how many conventions would have to be relocated while the archaic facility was torn d
Local startup expects boost from TV appearance
Mar 27, 2015
Frank Bouchard and Toby Maurice are expecting an opportunity to come their way on April 1 that could triple their company’s sales practically overnight.
Tarion chair says confidence in firm steadily building
Mar 25, 2015
The Ottawa lawyer who chairs the private corporation that protects buyers of new homes in Ontario says the organization has boosted consumer protection dramatically in his 10 years on the b
Friends, colleagues pay tribute to tech pioneer Adam Chowaniec
Feb 19, 2015
In the early days of the personal computer, Adam Chowaniec made such an impact on Silicon Valley he was ultimately hailed as one of the founding fathers of the industry.
Algonquin launches cutting-edge construction research facility
Jan 30, 2015
The business of construction is going high-tech at a new Algonquin College research facility.
City's commercial real estate market to improve in 2015: Colliers International
Jan 27, 2015
After a forgettable 2014 for the city’s commercial real estate market, a major Ottawa appraisal firm says there’s nowhere to go but up.
Kelly stepping down as Shaw Centre CEO
Jan 9, 2015
When Pat Kelly arrived in Ottawa to become GM of the Westin Hotel in 1988, the main topic of conversation in the local tourism industry was the need for a larger downtown convention centr
Jackpine founders fired up, feel right at home in heart of Chinatown
Jan 6, 2015
Much like the tree for which it is named, marketing and design firm Jackpine Digital was born out of less-than-ideal circumstances.
Kivuto's coming out party
Jan 5, 2015
It’s a cutting-edge local tech company that has drawn comparisons with its much more famous e-commerce counterpart, Shopify, and even occupies the same downtown office its bigger, brasher cousin on
Kivuto's coming out party
Jan 5, 2015
It’s a cutting-edge local tech company that has drawn comparisons with its much more famous e-commerce counterpart, Shopify, and even occupies the same downtown office its bigger, brasher c
High Hopes: Q&A with Tweed Marijuana co-founder Bruce Linton
Dec 28, 2014
In its first year of operation, Smiths Falls-based medical marijuana grower Tweed has been creating quite a buzz – and not just among the users of its product.
Wipebook starts second crowdfunding campaign
Nov 27, 2014
From their rapidly growing startup’s new headquarters in the Byward Market, Frank Bouchard and Toby Maurice are rewriting the book on business success.
Fluidware co-founder happy three months after acquisition
Nov 13, 2014
If Fluidware co-founder Aydin Mirzaee were to rate his online survey company’s acquisition by SurveyMonkey after the first three months, it would be close to a perfect 10.
Ottawa businessman says new online classified service a step above Kijiji, Craigslist
Nov 11, 2014
From his humble desk at Invest Ottawa, George Borovec is hoping to turn the online classifieds business on its head.
Feds boosting incubator, accelerator programs in eastern Ontario
Oct 31, 2014
The federal government announced Friday it is contributing up to $7.7 million over the next five years to fund incubator and accelerator programs for small businesses in eastern Ontario.
Kanata-based firm carves out niche with apparel designed to prevent lacerations in athletes, high-risk workers
Oct 27, 2014
While the NHL season is just beginning, an Ottawa-based manufacturer of safety products for hockey and other high-risk endeavours is already celebrating its own Stanley Cup of merchandising
Willis College's Fortinet-backed advanced network security program opens
Oct 20, 2014
A private Ottawa post-secondary college has launched a new certificate program it says will make the city a leader in training and employing network security professionals.
Micro-condos make big splash
Oct 16, 2014
The arrival of Ottawa’s first “micro-condo” development is another sign housing has become out of reach for many local buyers, a leading industry advocate says.
Local startup pumped about firm’s potential
Oct 14, 2014
Building a successful business usually requires a lot of heavy lifting, but the young entrepreneurs behind a new Ottawa startup are taking that analogy more literally than most.
New Medical Devices Commercialization Centre will draw investment, top talent to region, officials say
Sep 29, 2014
A new Ottawa-based facility designed to find ways of bringing cutting-edge medical technology to market faster will give the local life sciences sector a shot in the arm, industry insiders
Tech firm faces tough assignment to find talent
Sep 29, 2014
A California-based network security firm with a significant local presence says it might have to scale back growth projections for its Ottawa operations because it can’t find enough qualifi
Beyond the Code to celebrate the women of tech
Sep 12, 2014
Since beginning her career at Shopify a couple of years ago, Anna Lambert has attended her share of technology conferences.
Ottawa high-tech CEO named Woman of Influence
Sep 4, 2014
As one of only a few women who run high-tech companies in Ottawa, Sue Abu-Hakima has become known as a bit of a trailblazer.
New rink to add value to Accora Village: Ferguslea
Aug 20, 2014
A new outdoor rink at Bayshore Park might mean more fun for residents, but the company that funded the project says it will ultimately be good for its bottom line as well.
Cutting-edge technology on display at Maker Faire
Aug 15, 2014
Michael Golubev doesn’t temper his enthusiasm when asked where the business of 3-D printing is headed.
Ex-Nordion employees fear pensions could take hit after takeover
Jun 16, 2014
When Daniel Levesque retired in 2010 after a three-decade career as an engineer at Nordion, the last thing he ever thought he’d need to worry about was his pension.
Tech takeovers leave mixed legacies
Jun 13, 2014
Ian Curry is a happy man, and with good reason.
Builders eye office projects outside core
Jun 9, 2014
A pair of planned new office buildings at Tunney’s Pasture and the Ottawa Train Yards could be a signal that developers believe the federal government is ready to shed more real estate in the downt
Ottawa a city of gamers, conference spokesman says
May 23, 2014
Most people still think of Ottawa as a city of civil servants. Kyle McInnes has a different view, one that might be surprising.
Shopify gets read on growing bricks-and-mortar market
May 2, 2014
Shopify’s foray into bricks-and-mortar business is still in its early stages, but it’s building into something big, the company says.
Security firms eye profits in push to privatize police services
Apr 16, 2014
When it comes to skyrocketing policing costs, Eli El-Chantiry points his finger squarely at fingerprinting.
Ottawa’s digital movers shepherd in new world of online transfers
Apr 3, 2014
Listen up, all you Sens fans: the next time you’re admiring a replay of an Erik Karlsson end-to-end rush on the big screen at the Canadian Tire Centre, you might want to spare some thanks f
Nortel’s failure was years in the making, Telfer study finds
Mar 18, 2014
Management blunders, market changes and a “black cloud” of eroding customer confidence were just some of the factors that ultimately led to Nortel’s epic collapse, a new report from the Uni
Ottawa mobile app firm brings technology to local taxis
Feb 24, 2014
Ottawa’s main taxi dispatcher is about to give the green light to technology that will let local residents book and pay for cabs on their smartphones.
Local VC fund Mistral plays key role in $1.7M financing round for software firm
Feb 18, 2014
Ottawa’s Mistral Venture Partners fund gets its name from a fierce northerly wind.
Uptick in 2013 fuels optimism for new year of investments
Jan 14, 2014
Shopify’s recent success in securing $100 million in venture capital should help Ottawa step out of the shadows of more-hyped technology centres such as Waterloo when it comes to landing ca
Condo market players expect fewer new developments in 2014
Jan 6, 2014
That chill in the air Matthew Sachs felt in late December had nothing to do with the arctic-like temperatures gripping the capital.
Infill projects find a home in capital
Sep 20, 2013
Developer Fred Carmosino might live in Dunrobin, but he knows all about the benefits of downtown living.
Ottawa landscaping firm gets $2.13M contract for Gatineau street work
Sep 10, 2013
The National Capital Commission on Tuesday awarded a $2.13-million contract to Ottawa’s Exel Contracting to upgrade a section of Laurier Street in Gatineau in front of the Canadian Museum o
Carleton considering privately run student residence
Aug 7, 2013
Carleton University officials want to find out if allowing the private sector to build and manage a new student residence will pay off in the long run.
Ottawa architect prepares Chaudiere Island redevelopment vision
Jul 26, 2013
Imagine letting the Crown Jewels gather dust in an attic. As far as Mark Brandt is concerned, that’s pretty much what’s happened to Chaudiere Island.
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