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Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal to celebrate rising business leaders in Canada’s Capital Region

(Ottawa - Jan. 9, 2023) - Nominations are now open to determine the 27th cohort of Forty Under 40 recipients in the national capital region. 


The Forty Under 40 awards are organized by the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT) and Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ) in partnership with the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Executive MBA. With more than 200 nominations received each year, the award program helps identify Ottawa’s next generation of leaders across all sectors of the local economy. 2023 recipients included leaders at companies such as Calian, Youth Ottawa, the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. 


Business leaders in Canada’s Capital Region who demonstrate remarkable business accomplishments, expertise and community involvement are encouraged to apply at Nominations can be submitted until March 24, 2024. Recipients will be named in April and celebrated at the annual gala on June 21, 2024, at the Hilton Lac-Leamy. 


“It’s amazing to see that, after almost 30 years, this awards program is going strong,” said OBJ publisher Michael Curran. “Forty Under 40 has become the most sought-after award for young entrepreneurs,” he said. “In fact, I would say that it’s getting more competitive than ever. The selection committee spends 100 hours in total reviewing and ranking all nominations. It’s really not easy to select the recipients, which speaks to the quality of young entrepreneurs in our region.” 


Sueling Ching, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade, recognizes this awards program as an important part of our region’s economic growth agenda. “We know that many past recipients have become top leaders and changemakers in our community,” said Ching. “Now, perhaps more than ever, we must encourage strong leadership among those who will shape our future – young entrepreneurs and professionals. It is an honour to recognize them.” 


To be eligible, nominees must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be 39 years or younger on June 30, 2024; 
  • Spend the majority of their work time in Ottawa-Gatineau; 
  • Be an owner, executive, manager, professional or person with significant business decision-making authority. 


Preference is given to nominees who work in the private sector; however, nominees can also work for a public or non-profit organization. In all cases, nominees will be assessed on business-related achievements that advance the goals and objectives of their organization. 


Find more information on the nomination process here. 



About the Ottawa Board of Trade 

The Ottawa Board of Trade is the voice of business in Ottawa. We advocate for collaborative and sustainable community prosperity, and build support for local businesses as they launch, pivot, or grow. We are champions of the city of Ottawa as the best place to live, work and invest. For information, visit 


About the Ottawa Business Journal  

The Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ) is an independently owned media organization in Ottawa, Ontario, owned and operated by Great River Media Inc. OBJ 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. Since its inception, OBJ has engaged its audience through a variety of platforms, including its quarterly newsmagazine, specialty magazines, events, digital and broadcasts. For information, visit