Ottawa, November 16, 2018: Ottawa’s premier business gala, the Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) was celebrated in a grand scale at the Westin Ottawa in the presence of 750 plus guests including VIPs, celebrities, business and community leaders.

The BOBs recognize Ottawa’s top businesses, the people behind them, and celebrate the history of innovation & entrepreneurship in the National Capital Region.

“We are honoured to recognize our 2018 BOBs recipients” said Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade. “The companies and the people behind them truly demonstrate visionary leadership, innovative thinking and play a vital role in making Ottawa the best place to live, work, study, play and invest. We are privileged to have them in Ottawa.”

BOB awards were handed out to more than 23 companies in 25 different categories, recognizing a wide range of organizations from diverse industries

“What I really enjoy about the BOBs is the story it tells about the year in business. Take, for example, Bruce Linton as CEO of the Year. We’ve seen Ottawa companies explode into the marijuana space in 2018 and Bruce helps tell that story,” says Michael Curran, OBJ publisher. “The element to the BOBs is the number of untold success stories across our city. Attendees leave the BOBs much better informed about what’s happening across our local economy.”

The Best Ottawa Business Awards are jointly presented by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal.

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2018 Best Ottawa Business Awards – Category Recipients

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Gordon Reid, Giant Tiger Stores Limited

Award Sponsor: EY

2018 CEO of the Year: Bruce Linton, Canopy Growth Corporation

Award Sponsor: Boyden

2018 CFO of the Year: Steve Spooner, Mitel

Award Sponsor: Deloitte

Best Business

  • Giant Tiger
  • Martello Technologies
  • MDS Aero Support Corporation

Award Sponsor: BDO Canada

Best New Business

  • 1VALET
  • PureColo Inc.
  • Slice Labs Inc.

Award Sponsor:  Hilton Lac-Leamy


  • Desk Nibbles
  • Rewind
  • Wicket

Award Sponsor:  Invest Ottawa & RBC

Best Performance: Co-op

  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Award Sponsor:  Algonquin College

Best Performance: Customer Experience

  • DS Plumbing

Award Sponsor:  Janet LeBlanc + Associates

Best Performance: Export

  • OPIN Software

Award Sponsor:  Strader-Ferris International

Best Performance: HR

  • Fullscript

Award Sponsor: TAG HR

Best Performance: Marketing

  • Assent Compliance

Award Sponsor: Algonquin College

Best Performance: Sales

  • RE/MAX Affiliates Realty

Award Sponsor: Desjardins Business

Best Performance: Social Entrepreneurship

  • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Award Sponsor:  La Cité Collégiale

Best Performance: Sustainability

  • Regional Group

Award Sponsor:  Hydro Ottawa

Best Not-for-Profit

  • RA

Award Sponsor:  Commissionaires Ottawa

Deal of the Year: Real Estate

  • Broccolini

Award Sponsor:  Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Deal of the Year: Private Equity

  • Assent Compliance

Award Sponsor:  Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Deal of the Year: Tourism

  • First Air

Award Sponsor:  Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Deal of the Year: Finance

  • Martello Technologies

Award Sponsor:  Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Kanata North Company of the Year

  • Intouch Insight

Award Sponsor: Kanata North BA

Kanata North Team of the Year

  • Syntronic Research & Development Canada

Award Sponsor: Kanata North BA

Newsmaker of the Year

  • Amazon-Broccolini

Award Sponsor: MNP