Ottawa, September 5, 2019 – The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) and the  Ottawa Business Journal  (OBJ) announced today during the Mayor’s Breakfast Series that Daniel Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat is the recipient of the  2019 CEO of the Year Award,  an annual honour bestowed upon an outstanding chief executive in our community.

“We are delighted to recognize and honour Daniel Goldberg for his bold vision and his influential leadership across the globe” announced Ian Faris, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade. “This award couldn’t be more timely.”

Through 50 years of steady growth, Telesat has been providing services from satellites that soar thousands of kilometres above Earth. Mr. Goldberg has been with the company for 13 years, and has a bold plan for the organization, spearheading a drive to make the downtown Ottawa tech firm the world leader in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that will deliver high-speed internet service to even the most remote areas of our planet. The recipient of the 2019 CEO of the Year, believes the LEO satellite program is poised to lift Telesat to new heights.

“In being named the 2019 CEO of the Year, Dan joins a stellar group of recipients. First established in 2000, this award is about recognizing the calibre of chief executives in our region. Dan’s achievements at Telesat and his contributions to the growth of the local economy are remarkable” said Michael Curran, Publisher of the Ottawa Business Journal.

Earlier this year, Telesat announced a deal with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos space flight company Blue Origin to use its rockets to send its LEO satellites into space. The federal government said in July, that it will bring millions of dollars of research funds into the new technology and pay Telesat $600 million over the next ten years to produce bandwidth aimed at providing high-speed internet service to rural customers in Canada. Mr. Goldberg praised the talent in the National Capital, as Telesat expects to double the size of its workforce over the next few years, leading up to the launch of its LEO program.

Prior to joining Telesat, Mr. Goldberg was CEO of the Luxembourg-based satellite firm SES New Skies. He and his wife, Whitney Fox, are both well-known community volunteers. From growing up south of the border, and now living in Ottawa, Mr. Goldberg considers himself a proud Ottawan.

The CEO of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Goldberg at the Best Ottawa Business Awards Gala on November 22, 2019 at the Westin Hotel Ottawa.

For further information and for tickets to the gala click here.