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(OTTAWA) – Thursday, April 27 2023 – The Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal are proud to announce the 2023 cohort of Forty Under 40 award recipients. Recognized as one of the most distinguished business awards for young business leaders, it celebrates the region’s rising young business stars.

This year’s awards competition attracted hundreds of applicants, who were assessed and ranked based on business accomplishments, professional experience and community involvement.

The 2023 judging panel, chaired by OBJ publisher Michael Curran, included Jeffrey Johnson of BDO, Robert Rheaume from the Ottawa Board of Trade, and Joelle Richardson from Richardson Wealth.

“Having passed the 25-year mark, we continue to be surprised and inspired by the nominees. Selecting recipients was a tough job in 2023,” said Curran. “I always find the diversity really interesting. Diversity in the business sector and diversity in the recipients. To me, this signals a very balanced economy where many people are contributing to our prosperity and social wellbeing.”

Greg Richards, vice-dean of graduate professional programs at the Telfer School of Management, congratulated the 2023 recipients. The Telfer Executive MBA has supported Forty Under 40 for most of its existence.

“Each of our recipients has shown tremendous professional and personal leadership abilities and strong commitment to our local community. Our objective is to support the growth of these local leaders who are helping to build a greener, healthier, happier, wealthier and more prosperous Canada from here in our nation’s capital.”

“Forty Under 40 continues to be an important recognition program and we hear again and again from past winners how much this opporunity has impacted their career trajectory,” says OBOT President and CEO Sueling Ching. “We look forward to celebrating them and encourage all business and community leaders to join us. Congratulations to each recipient and thank you for your dedication and community involvement, you are an inspiration to us all.”

The awards gala is scheduled for Friday June 23rd at the Hilton Lac-Leamy. OBJ and the Board of Trade will continue to produce a TV show to recognize the recipients.

Congratulations to the 2023 Forty Under 40 recipients:

Hani Al AnidCalian Ltd.
Elizabeth Audette-BourdeauWelbi
Jessica BarrowPerley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Ginger BertrandGab Group Inc
Pavel BogdanovOttawa Flowers
Jacqueline BonisteelCorporate Immigration Law Firm
Jesse CardYouth Ottawa
Dr. Michèle CorriveauCURAVITA Health Group
Derick CotnamMy Catering Group
Bradley CrepeauFood Cycle Science
Brendan Du VallOttawa Senators Hockey Club
Andre FernandezInvert
Dave HaleCraft&Crew Corp.
Julia HeintzmanSoloway Wright LLP
Matthew HenleyAI Talos
Natasha Hope MoranoNHM Connect
Adel JawharyRydel Roofing
Victoria La ValleCityscape
Greg MacdonaldBathorium Inc
Dr. Jessie McAllisterMcAllister Dentistry
Connor McGarryWelch Capital Partners Inc.
Nitin MehraEast India Company
Emma MohnsKinaxis Inc.
Michael NelsonTACTIQL
Joseph PamicPower-Tek Group
Ryan Corp.
Devan PennellFlow Beverage Corp.
Kelly RuskKelly Rusk Consulting Inc.
Marc SauvéDavid | Sauvé LLP
Mahima SharmaForest Products Association of Canada
Candice ShawOttawa Rape Crisis Centre
Tristan SmythWarshield
Kyle SoutarBetter Group
Patrick TailleferTaillefer Plumbing & Heating
Rohan ThakarBrash Inc.
Thomas TripletBluWave-ai
Adam Van CleeffFullscript
Mary YazdaniGenesislink Consulting Services
Piriya YoganathanBiotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


About the Ottawa Board of Trade

The Ottawa Board of Trade is the voice for business in the Ottawa region, acting as an independent, non-partisan association representing the interests of all businesses at every level of government to ensure a competitive business climate, economic growth and community prosperity. For information, visit

About the Ottawa Business Journal 

The Ottawa Business Journal is the leading source of business news and information in Canada’s national capital region. For more than 25 years, readers have turned to OBJ for the business news they can’t find anywhere else – unique and relevant articles and features tailored to local business managers, owners, professionals and executives. For information, visit