[Ottawa] April 25, 2019: The Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Forty Under 40 awards, which recognize accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40 in the National Capital Region.

An impressive number of people engaged in this year’s nomination process. More than 160 applications were submitted, and this year’s recipients come from varied backgrounds ranging from craft brewing to technology to music production, representing the diverse nature of the local business landscape.

“The talent in this Forty Under 40 class represents the present and future for Ottawa’s business community,” says Ottawa Board of Trade president and CEO Ian Faris. “These young business leaders represent the pioneering and visionary thinking that will generate tremendous economic growth in our community, and puts the region on track as the centre of talent attraction and innovation in Canada.”

There are 23 men and 17 women on this year’s list, and the average age of the recipients is 36. They were assessed on business accomplishments, professional expertise and community involvement.

“More than 20 years after Forty Under 40 was established, I’m still impressed with the calibre of business leaders that put their names forward for this award,” said OBJ publisher Michael Curran. “It’s hard to quantify this, but I believe the general quality of the nominations continues to improve, making the selection process difficult.

“I can personally attest that there are more factors than ever to consider. In the past, above and beyond notable business achievements, it was often community service that was the deciding factor. Today, I think the judges have an even harder time as we weigh factors such as gender and diversity in terms of business sector.”

The independent judging panel included past recipients Iwona Albrecht of Soloway Wright, Donna Baker of Keynote Group, Jason Daley of Axia Strategists and Patrick Dion of Patrick Dion Consulting as well as Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada, OBJ’s Curran and the Board of Trade’s Faris.

In late May the recipients will meet at the Telfer Executive MBA facility for an afternoon of introductions and sharing their stories, and the group will be celebrated at a gala at the Hilton Lac-Leamy on June 21.

The Forty Under 40 awards are presented by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal. This year’s recipients will be featured in the June issue of the Ottawa Business Journal.

Social media users are encouraged to use #OTT40 to congratulate the 2019 recipients.


2019 Forty Under 40 Recipients:

Stephanie Appotive, Howard Fine Jewellers

Alexis Ashworth, Habitat for Humanity

Ian Bingeman, Youth Ottawa

Katie Black, Caza Saikaley LLP

Chantal Boyer-Casey, 4t​é

Krystal Cameron, Assent Compliance

Joseph Carpinone, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

James Ciesielski, Rewind

Francois de Bellefeuille, Spiria Digital

Heather Desjardins, The Open Door Educational Services

Alex Dorward, Simple Story

Jana Dybinski, Rebel.com

Kelly Elliott, Dentons LLP

Kara Eusebio, Invest Ottawa

Mostafa Farrokhabadi, BluWave-ai

Erin Fenn, 1VALET

Amy Friesen, Tea & Toast

Josh Garellek, Arctic Leaf

Sacha Gera, Ribbon Communications

Elliott Gillespie, Gold Bar Whiskey

Sender Gordon, Regional Group

Chantal Hackett, Sing House Studios

Joanne Kudakiewicz, Yorkville Asset Management

Steve Lavigne, Opin Software

Cindy MacKay, Orl​éans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

Brandon Malleck, Bentall Kennedy

Matt McEvoy, MaxBounty

Ron McLester, Algonquin College

Aliasgar Morbi, Brash Inc.

Alex Patrick, Take the Shot Productions

Jacob Shabinsky, Glenview Homes

Ali Shafaee, DNA Presents

Candace Sutcliffe, C.A. Paradis

Liam Swords, Plum Realty

Elias Theodossiou, EVOO Greek Kitchen

Christopher Thompson, Whitewater Brewing Co.

Danya Vered, StrategyCorp

Hamed Zadeh, SINIX Media Group

Joelle Zagury, Merivale Vision Care

John Zinati, Zinati Realty

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