Forty under 40
2015 Forty Under 40 recipients unveiled
One of Canada’s top craft brewers, a sculptor who is helping to restore the Parliament Buildings, the founder of a leading bioscience firm and a nationally known political pundit are among this year’s Forty Under 40 recipients.

The 2015 awards again saw an impressive number of people engaged in the nomination process. More than 240 applications were started, half that number were submitted and 80 were sent the finalist stage, where all the judges spent a total of about 100 hours in review.

“It speaks volumes about the depth of business people in Ottawa that we continue to see so many quality nominees come forward,” says OBJpublisher Michael Curran, who has chaired Forty Under 40 for more than a decade. “On the one hand, Forty Under 40 is such a big undertaking. And on the other hand, it’s so fascinating to see how nominees are achieving success. It’s a rewarding process.”

Forty Under 40 recognizes accomplished leaders who are under the age of 40 and also give back to their community. The awards are co-hosted by Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

“Ottawa strives to be the centre of talent attraction and innovation, and the 2015 Forty Under 40 recipients are the economic trailblazers our community needs to meet this objective,” said Ian Faris, the chamber of commerce’s president and CEO. “These young entrepreneurs and business leaders demonstrate a commitment to community development, industry expertise and business accomplishments that distinguish not only themselves, but reflect our business and civic capacity to be a global leader.”

Besides Mr. Curran and Mr. Faris, the judging panel included Sophia Leong of Telfer Executive MBA, past recipients Marie Boivin of Accu-Rate and Patrick Dion of Greenbridge Consulting Group, Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada and OBJ print editor David Sali.

Each judge spent a dozen or more hours individually assessing the finalists on a 40-point system. Recipients received a maximum of 20 points for business accomplishments, 10 points for professional expertise and 10 points for community involvement.

The 2015 recipients will get together in early June at the Telfer Executive MBA facility for an afternoon of introductions and sharing.

OBJ will profile each recipient in a special issue of its newspaper on June 8.

On June 18, the group will be celebrated at a gala at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, an event that will also raise funds for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health through a charitable draw.

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

2015 Recipients:

  • Obaid Ahmed, OAK Computing
  • Omar Allam, Allam Advisory Group
  • F. Shawn Argue, Argue Construction
  • Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s All Natural Brewing
  • Tim Beaulieu, Maplesoft Group
  • Brian W. Boucher, Lee Valley Tools
  • Yanick Brule, Aqua Drain
  • Greg Burwell, Fusebill
  • Roberto Campagna, Roca Homes
  • Ian Capstick, MediaStyle
  • Ian M. Charlebois, RE/MAX Citywide Realty
  • Michael Crichton, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Gyneya Dicks, Lago/Hooley’s/Booster Juice
  • Andrew Emmans, Corporate Housing Interiors
  • Brittany Forsyth, Shopify
  • Pat Gilbert, OPIN Software
  • Marie-Claire Holland, Santé Universelle
  • Jonathan Hughes, Assent Compliance
  • Neil Kennelly, First Aid 4 U
  • Martin Kratky-Katz, MicroMetrics
  • Alice Lafferty, Canada Post
  • Shawn Lamarche, Lamarche Electric
  • Paul Lem, Spartan Bioscience
  • Adam Mallory, QNX
  • Jennifer McAndrew, Mastermind Events
  • Derek Miller, Next Generation HKY & FIT
  • Aydin Mirzaee, FluidReview by SurveyMonkey
  • Joelle Parenteau, Epic Perks
  • Natalie Raffoul, Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul
  • Andrew Reeves, Linebox Studios
  • Charles-Antoine Rozon, KPMG LLP
  • Steve Schmalz, PCL Constructors Canada
  • Denise Siele, Equal Voice
  • John-Philippe Smith, Smith & Barber Sculpture Atelier
  • Martin St-Onge, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
  • Jenna Sudds, Kanata North BIA
  • Rebecca Trueman, Algonquin College
  • Gordon Wadley, Dream Office REIT
  • Brandon Waselnuk, Tattoo Hero
  • Amy E. Yee, Nonlinear Creations