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Gala Events

The BOBS: The Best Ottawa Business Awards


The Best Ottawa Business Awards (The BOBs) is an annual award ceremony and gala that celebrates Ottawa’s history of innovative, ethical & profitable business and recognizes its innovation & entrepreneurial spirit.

These premier business awards are an opportunity for your business to be honoured for its achievements and milestones. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award and the CEO of the Year Award, there are multiple award categories that provide a platform for your company to be recognized.

Forty Under 40


The Forty Under 40 is a prestigious and sought-after award honouring the achievements of forty business professionals under the age of 40, who epitomize business success, professional expertise, entrepreneurship and community building.

Nominate your colleague, a client, a friend, your spouse or even yourself. The process is short and effortless and open from January to the end of March. After the recipients are announced, join the fun as they are celebrated at a glamorous awards ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy.

Networking Breakfasts


The Local Breakfast Series provides attendees the opportunity to make new connections, learn from inspiring speakers and to grow your business. The events are hosted at locations throughout the City of Ottawa and include networking over coffee, a buffet breakfast and content from a topical speaker or panel discussion focusing on the issues that drive your business. These events are open to the business community and provide a discounted ticket price for members of the Board of Trade.

More details about specific dates and speakers for future breakfast events can be found on our Upcoming Events page.

Mayor's Breakfast Series


Join Mayor Jim Watson in this high-profile breakfast series, where issues vital to Ottawa’s prosperity and quality of life are presented. Focusing on issues such as economic development, transportation and the environment, this breakfast series provides an opportunity to network and stay informed.

Presented nine times annually, the Mayor’s Breakfast Series is a popular event, where guest speakers include high-profile political, business and community leaders. Mayor Jim Watson also updates attendees on recent City Hall issues and initiatives.

More details about specific dates and speakers for future Mayor’s Breakfast events can be found on our Upcoming Events page.

Post-budget breakfast


This highly anticipated breakfast event takes place the morning after the Canadian federal budget is released. The event delivers a detailed breakdown of the budget and what it means for the business community.

A panel comprised of economic experts and guest speakers provide insight into the budget and give an in-depth analysis on how the federal budget will affect the local economy for the year ahead.

Lunch and Learn Events

CEO Talk


Ever wish you could peek inside the mind of a local CEO? Join the business community as CEOs, past and present, talk about various business-related topics, and listen as they share their personal stories of success.

This stimulating series aims to provide a forum for participants to gain valuable insight on achieving growth and advancement in their own professional activities.

Ottawa's Economic Outlook


This luncheon event examines the trends and opportunities in the city’s business sector and provides insight into Ottawa’s economic future.

A panel of economic and business experts provide an in-depth analysis of Ottawa’s economy. The Mayor of Ottawa also provides an update on the state of the economy.


Want to learn more about business fundamentals? This Board of Trade workshop series offers a hands-on learning experience for attendees on popular topics that empower you to sharpen your professional skills or even learn new skills, while growing your business.

This is a complimentary event for Business Associate members or higher.

Networking for Results: The Power of Personal Contact


Complimentary event for Business Associate members or higher, this workshop will offer you the necessary tools to connect more quickly and effectively with high-level decision makers.


Whether you’re a brand-new member of OBoT or are looking to get more out of your membership, join us for Coffee & Commerce! Connect with our Member Experience Team in a causal setting and ask questions about your membership and the future of the Board of Trade. This event will be held weekly in different areas of the city from 2-4pm!

Business After Hours

Business After 5


Keep the day’s momentum with an after-business hours networking experience in a casual setting that’s sure to engage. Enjoy complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and drinks as you network with your peers, establish new working relationships and get a better understanding of the challenges facing businesses in Ottawa.

Special Events

Ottawa Business Growth Survey


The Ottawa Business Growth Survey will take centre stage as we release results of the annual survey at this event.

Hear a break down of results from the comprehensive survey findings from hundreds of local businesses revealing everything from Ottawa’s business confidence to the economic outlook for the future.

Each guest will receive a complimentary copy of the survey findings, providing a valuable resource on key findings.

Don’t miss out! Be the first to hear the survey results and what they mean for you!

Ottawa's Best Networking Golf Tournament


This annual golf tournament attracts Ottawa’s top business leaders and covers two exclusive 18-hole private courses. This tournament is one of the largest in Ottawa and provides ample opportunity for networking and business development.

Attracting top corporate executives, entrepreneurs, local politicians and community leaders, chamber members and their guests will be privy to unique entertainment and networking while playing one of Ottawa’s best courses.

Employees' Choice Awards


The Employees’ Choice Awards (ECAs) program invites local companies to launch employee engagement surveys to determine the best employers in the National Capital Region.

Could you be one of the top 10 employers in the Ottawa Business community? The ECAs want to honour you as an organization that recognizes your employees for the true assets they are.

Join the fun as we celebrate some of Ottawa’s very best employers at a cocktail and awards reception.

Ottawa's Fastest Growing Companies


The Fastest Growing Companies awards program invites local companies to nominate their organization for recognition of their achievements. No matter what industry you’re in, if you’re a start-up or a seasoned player, your company may qualify for the prestigious Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies award.

The event includes an awards reception that celebrates and honours the year’s winners and their business accomplishments.

Plaza of Honour


This event honours the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from our annual Best Ottawa Business Awards (The BOBs), inducting them into the “Plaza of Honour”.

The Plaza of Honour, located in the amphitheatre steps at the World Exchange Plaza was created to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding business leadership and who have contributed to the growth and success of the Ottawa business community.

Recipients are celebrated each June, with the unveiling of a marble plaque affixed to the Business Hall of Fame. The ceremony is followed by a luncheon to honour the individual.

Women, Wine & Wisdom


This women focused event is uniquely designed to enlighten, inspire and empower women of all ages who are determined to grow, lead and make a difference in our community and the world. We highlight and celebrate the amazing women among us, reaching their potential and reaching new heights.

The evening includes an exhibition, a dinner and a panel of women engaging on a variety of topics. Who knows where the conversations will go?