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Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal Celebrating Young Leaders in the National Capital Region

(OTTAWA) – Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT) and the Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ) are proud to announce the 2024 cohort of Forty Under 40 award recipients. Recognized as one of the most distinguished business awards, the Forty Under 40 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 2024 judging panel, chaired by OBJ publisher Michael Curran, included Gregory Richards from Telfer EMBA, Jeffrey Johnson of BDO, and past recipients Joelle Hall from Richardson Wealth, Jennifer Cross from MARANT Construction.


“Each nominee was separately assessed and ranked by our four-member selection committee. Members of that committee spent many hours poring over the nominations. When we came together with aggregated results, it was a tough decision as always,” said Michael Curran, publisher of OBJ. “There were many great nominations. I want to thank everyone who took the time to apply.”


“I am thrilled to see the wonderful diversity in this year’s Forty Under 40 recipients. We have, for example, entrepreneurs in health care, finance, construction, and social services. In addition, we’ve noted exceptional contributions from leaders in established businesses that include high tech, retail, and community services,” said Gregory Richards, Vice Dean, Graduate Professional Programs at Telfer School of Management. “It is a testament to the deep talent pool in the City of Ottawa that we are witness to such a breadth of exceptional contributions across a spectrum of different organizations. Congratulations to all recipients.”


“Celebrating the young leaders in our region through the Forty Under 40 Awards remains an important recognition program as we look to the next generation of leaders to build up Ottawa and shape the future of our city,” said Sueling Ching, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade. “Congratulations to each recipient and thank you for your continued dedication to our community and the economic growth of our city.”


The awards gala is scheduled for Friday June 21st at the Hilton Lac-Leamy. OBOT and OBJ will continue to produce a TV show to recognize the recipients.


Congratulations to the 2024 Forty Under 40 recipients:

Kate Agyemang Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Eric Agyemang Maple Bridge Ventures
Jason Anbara Northlend Financial Inc.
Richard Beranek Brash Inc.
Matthew Blostein CIBC Private Wealth Management
Neel Chadha Lanark Lifestyles Ltd
Shea Cole Field Effect
Laura Dionne Ottawa Senators Hockey Club
Fares Elsabbagh Ottawa General Contractors
Yasser Ghazi Meridian Credit Union
Nicolas Gosselin Nomad Telecom
Geoff Howe PCL Construction
Heather Jeffery Re4m Design and Fabrication
Agatha Krajewski Shopify Inc.
Breanne Lapointe Lanark County Paramedic Service
Bonnie Martell Colonnade BridgePort
Chris McCluskey The McCluskey Group
Victoria McGlone Three Cliffs Inc
Christine McGuire Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Stacey McMillan KPMG LLP
Karim Merani Carleton Place IDA Drugmart Inc
JP Michel SparkPath inc.
Jacob Milosek Hendry Warren LLP
Michael Montone Firon Roofing
Patrick Moore 176026 Canada Inc / Amor Construction
Jonathan Murray Heartee Foods
Tony Paciocco Edelson Foord Law
Lisa Paul, MStJ St. John Ambulance National Office
Magnolia Perron National Aboriginal Capital Corp. Assoc.
Wendy Ramsey Pirate Cove Marina/RBK Distribution Inc.
Jeremy Reeds Windmill Development Group, Ltd.
Alexandre Rizk Groupe Loyal
Eric Saumure Zenbooks
Conal Slobodin Walmart Canada
Kyle Smendziuk WebMarketers Inc.
Dr. Red Thaddeus D. Miguel Thera-Business Inc.
Branavan Tharmarajah Growcer
Megan Van Rijt Deslaurier Custom Cabinets
Tiffani Westerman WCS North America
Jordi Wills Wills Transfer Limited




About the Ottawa Board of Trade

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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