The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal are pleased to announce the 2017 Forty Under 40 recipients, one of Ottawa’s most prestigious business awards recognizing accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40.

More than 200 applications were completed this year, a record-smashing number that made the selection process even more difficult than usual for the panel of judges.

This year’s winners have excelled in many fields of commerce – not to mention on the playing field.

Among the newest crop of recipients is former CFL receiver Pat Woodcock, who was named the most outstanding Canadian in Montreal’s 2002 Grey Cup victory after catching a record 99-yard touchdown pass. Today, Mr. Woodcock is co-owner of Elite Performance Academy, an athletic training facility in Kanata that counts several CFL and NFL players among its clients.

Other recipients include Escape Manor co-founder Chris Bisson. The local company now boasts escape rooms in Cornwall, Regina and Brisbane, Australia in addition to two locations in Ottawa.

“The level of talent in Ottawa is second to none, as these awards once again demonstrate,” said chamber president and CEO Ian Faris. “The entrepreneurial spirit of this year’s recipients is sure to pay major dividends for our region in terms of continued economic growth and prosperity.”

“I think that it’s terrific to see such interest in this awards program as we celebrate our 20th group of recipients,” said OBJ publisher Michael Curran. “We were overwhelmed with the response, having more than 200 people nominated. I think it’s fair to say this might have been the toughest competition we’ve seen in two decades. The recipients should feel particularly proud.”

Besides Mr. Curran, the judging panel included past recipients Iwona Albrecht of Soloway Wright, Patrick Dion of Greenbridge Consulting Group and Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada as well as Dirk Bouwer of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP and OBJ print editor David Sali.

Recipients were assessed on a 40-point system, with a maximum of 20 points for business accomplishments, 10 points for professional expertise and 10 points for community involvement.

The recipients will meet in late May 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 16.

The Forty Under 40 awards are co-hosted by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal. A special edition of the Ottawa Business Journal will feature the 2017 recipients.

Twitter users are encouraged to tweet their congratulations to the group using #OTT40.

  1. Eddy Abou-Nehme, seoplus+
  2. ​Aali Alizadeh, Giatec Scientific
  3. Janice Ashworth, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op
  4. Laura Behzadi, Bicycle Craft Brewery
  5. Chris Bisson, Escape Manor
  6. David Bouchard, PureLogic IT Solutions
  7. Rachel Caven, Caven Nutrition Group
  8. Martin Cloake, Raven Telemetry
  9. Gordon Cudney, Gowling WLG
  10. ​Haissam Dahan, Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic
  11. Jordan Danger Kent, DANGER Communications
  12. ​Sebastien Dignard, FRAMOS Technologies
  13. Kevin Grimes, RE/MAX Affiliates Realty
  14. Emily Gruenwoldt Carkner, Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
  15. Brock Higgins, Leaders International
  16. Catherine Horvath, Ottawa Centre for Resilience
  17. Steve Hubbard, Lightenco
  18. ​Hedyeh Javidnia, Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Surgery & Cosmetic Centre of Ottawa
  19. Vanessa Kanu, Mitel
  20. Stephanie Karlovits, EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle
  21. Caitlin Kealey, MediaStyle
  22. Briana Kim, Cafe My House
  23. Mara Klammrodt, FLUX Lighting
  24. Siddhartha Kumar, Access Healthcare Services
  25. Sarah Lyons, MNP LLP
  26. Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism
  27. Kent McCrea, Procom and Keous Solutions
  28. Craig O’Brien, Nelligan O’Brien Payne
  29. Jordan O’Leary, Morning Owl
  30. Chris Pulfer, Posterity Group
  31. Aaron Smith, EY
  32. ​Jean-Sylvain Sormany, Snowed In Studios
  33. Mark Steele, OCCO Kitchen
  34. Jennifer Stewart, Syntax Strategies
  35. ​Trevin Stratton, BDO Canada LLP
  36. Justin Tudor, Keller Engineering
  37. Megan Wallace, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall
  38. Greg Wetmore, Entrust Datacard
  39. Ruby Williams, Deloitte
  40. Pat Woodcock, Elite Performance Academy


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