THEY ARE 40 of the most diverse and successful young businesspeople from the national capital region. They are the recipients of the Ottawa Business Journal's 2005 Forty Under 40 Awards.
The judging panel has selected 40 recipients from the list of nominees that embody the region's entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, while at the same time giving something back to the community.
All nominations were assessed using a 40point system, with a maximum of 20 points for professional accomplishments, 10 points for professional recognition and 10 points for community and charitable involvement.
The judging panel included OBJ publisher Michael Curran and OBJ editor Leo Valiquette and three guest judges that are to be congratulated for their efforts: Stephen Daze, director of OCRI's Entrepreneurship Centre; Robin McIntyre, Rogers Cable's vice-president and general manager for Ottawa; and Cellwand president Nick Quain.
This year's recipients hail from a variety of fields, including a martial arts instructor, a restaurateur, a dive shop owner, a hotel manager, a contractor specializing in luxury home renovations and a television producer. Needless to say, professional services firms and the high tech sector are also well represented on the list.
Robert Abboud - president of Wealth Strategies
Andrew Amott - account manager, commercial banking, RBC Royal Bank
Rudi Asseer - president of Farallon USA
Jacqueline Belsito - campaign director for Ketchum Canada Inc.
Jennifer Camelon - vice-president of finance and CFO at QNX Software Systems Co.
Chris Courneya - president of prairieFyre Software Inc.
W. Paul Davis - associate partner at KPMG LLP
Kristine Dempster - general manager at Holiday Inn Select Hotels & Suites Ottawa-Kanata
Peter Dillon - president-at-large of BigTime Productions
Rene Faucher - president and CEO of neuroLanguage Corp.
Mark Fazio - vice-president and area manager for .Ottawa and Eastern Ontario at EllisDon Corp.
Pauline Fleming - professional coach and owner of PRO-Active Possibilities Coaching
Colleen Francis - president of Engage Selling Solutions Inc.
James Frodsham - senior vice-president of the Broadband Access Group at Ciena Corp.
Bill Gatchell - president of 100% Martial Arts and Fitness
Mia Hempey - managing partner and director of operations at CTE Solutions
Joseph P. Hickey - president and CEO of TenXc Wlreless Inc.
Andrea C. Johnson - attorney at Fraser Milp.er Casgrain LLP
Vmcent Kadar - chief technology officer of Airwide Solutions Inc.
Jason Kelly - general.manager of Monterey Inn Resort & Conference Centre
Derek Kuhn Sr., director marketing and business development at Alcatel Canada
Robert A. Lee - vice-president of instrumentation at Instantel Inc.
Robert A. Lewis - president and CEO of Wrapped Apps Corp.
Gavin Lumsden - executive producer for Rogers Television
Jennifer Lee Markey - vice-president of marketing at Semiconductor Insights
Jennifer MacKinnon - owner of Fenix Solutions Inc.
Michael J. Martin - owner and president of Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations
Neil Milton - managing partner at Milton Geller LLP
Scott Murdoch - partner at Welch & Company LLP, Chartered Accountants
Sreedhar Natarajan - founder and CEO of Emerging Memory Technologies Inc.
Krista Nicholds - co-president and owner of Dollco Printing
Joseph Nour - CEO of Protus IP Solutions
Elisabeth Preston - general counsel and corporate secretary at Allen Vanguard Corp.
Bruce F. Raganold - client services director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Penny Southam - president of Southam Design lnc.
David Swift - managing director of RFP Solutions .
Paul R. Vaillancourt - senior executive financial consultant at Investors Group
Robert P. Valente - co-owner of Fratelli Restaurants
Paulina Yee - vice-president of finance at Symbium Corp. .
Monique Zoutendijk - owner and program director of Prolates and Linga Longa
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