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Wesley Clover leads $5M investment in Kanata’s ThinkRF
Oct 18, 2017
Firm's technology can “listen in” on wireless signals and determine if they come from a “friendly” device such as an iPhone or something potentially more nefarious such as a surveillance bug.
Ottawa-Gatineau set for two big years of economic growth: Conference Board
Oct 17, 2017
Ottawa-Gatineau’s economy is expected to create an average of 9,100 new jobs this year and next, the Conference Board said, a significant boost from the five-year annual average of 5,900. That growth…
Small business week: MediaStyle’s CEO shift ‘a chance to shake things up’
Oct 16, 2017
Faced with founder’s departure, Ottawa public relations firm took fresh look at its reason for being and reaffirmed its core mission.
Updated: Autonomous vehicle drives down Ottawa’s Legget Drive in a Canadian first
Oct 12, 2017
A self-driving car made its way down a public street in Kanata on Thursday afternoon – a Canadian first that puts Ottawa in the driver’s seat when it comes to being an autonomous vehicle
Free Form Fitness founder puts entrepreneurial muscle behind new incubator
Oct 11, 2017
Former fitness biz boss Jean-Luc Boissonneault’s newest venture, Miyagi School, is aimed at giving aspiring business owners a lift
Ottawa’s Sprott School of Business to get new home in $48M Wes Nicol Building
Oct 6, 2017
Well-known Ottawa entrepreneur and Carleton alumnus Wes Nicol, who died late last year, later served on Carleton’s board of governors and donated $10 million to kickstart funding for a new business…
Ottawa developer and philanthropist John Ruddy named 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Oct 5, 2017
The award will be officially presented during the Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) gala at the Westin Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Calian’s $1B deal: Ottawa firm secures 12-year health-care contract
Oct 2, 2017
CEO says deal means there’s 'definitely' an upside for jobs at Ottawa-based firm.
Ontario-IBM incubator partnership sets up in Bayview Yards
Sep 29, 2017
A new program that will see local startups tap directly into the computing power of Big Blue to develop cutting-edge technologies in fields such as artificial intelligence and big-data analytics made…
Nearly 80 per cent of Ottawa Airbnb revenues from entire-home rentals: CBRE report
Sep 27, 2017
The head of Ottawa’s hotel association is renewing his call for tighter regulations on Airbnb and services like it after a new study revealed the vast majority of hosts are turning their entire pro
Light rail, LeBreton Flats will attract big Ottawa commercial real estate investments: Avison Young
Sep 27, 2017
The record-breaking $480-million sale of Constitution Square is “a harbinger of things to come” for Ottawa’s commercial real estate market as investors get ready to ride light rail’s momentum, a new…
Algonquin College names Mercury Filmworks' Jerry Popowich alumnus of the year
Sep 27, 2017
Today, the 53-year-old is a partner and vice-president at Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada’s most recognized animation studios. Over a 25-year career, he’s had a hand in some of the most…
Ottawa firm’s ‘passwordless’ system lands $1M in funding
Sep 26, 2017
With the Equifax scandal and other high-profile corporate security breaches making headlines around the world, an Ottawa firm believes its “passwordless” digital authentication technology is an idea…
Porter Airlines adds non-stop Florida flights from Ottawa airport
Sep 25, 2017
The new international flights continue the upward trend in the number of routes operating out of Ottawa International Airport.
Law firms turning the page on paper
Sep 21, 2017
Driven by client demand, old-fashioned legal files are going the way of the typewriter – a move that could have a significant impact on the legal industry’s bottom line.
Want Amazon? Build a more liveable city, says Ottawa’s chief planner
Sep 20, 2017
With a task force working on a bid to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to the capital, Ottawa’s top planning guru said Tuesday it’s time for the city to step up its game when it comes to going…
European connections paying off for Shaw Centre
Sep 20, 2017
Percentage of international delegates to downtown convention facility on the rise thanks to aggressive marketing efforts with Ottawa Tourism, CEO says
Ottawa aircraft engine testing firm MDS Aero firing on all cylinders
Sep 13, 2017
Firm has no local customers, but that’s no problem – its reputation for cutting-edge engineering has gained it clients in all corners of the world.
It’s official: Ottawa’s Constitution Square sells for $480M
Sep 12, 2017
Buyers include Greystone Managed Investments, Canderel and Canstone Realty Advisors.
Ottawa firm reDock makes bid to rid clients of RFP drudgery
Sep 7, 2017
Company's cutting-edge proposal-writing software earns company coveted spot in Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups accelerator
One year after mall’s expansion, Rideau at the centre of Ottawa retail
Sep 6, 2017
Addition of Simons, H&M and other big names has helped boost customer traffic ‘significantly’ at downtown shopping centre, GM says
Ottawa tech firm GaN Systems revved up about BMW investment
Aug 25, 2017
Kanata company’s next-generation semiconductor technology attracts multimillion-dollar injection of equity led by German automaker
Co-CEOs a ‘Better’ approach to managing Kanata software firm?
Aug 24, 2017
Local software firm decides to share chief executive duties between two tech veterans
Ottawa serial entrepreneur Cody back in startup mode
Aug 22, 2017
A tireless entrepreneur who has founded no fewer than 15 businesses, Mr. Cody told OBJ he’d achieved all of his “key objectives” at the Better Software Company, which now employs about 30 people and…
New Brookstreet Hotel GM sees plenty of room for growth
Aug 21, 2017
Longtime staffer Nyle Kelly believes best is yet to come for Kanata resort, thanks to hotel’s new banquet and meeting facilities and beefed-up marketing efforts
Ottawa’s InterRent REIT buys $14.2M stake in Bayview Station high-rise development
Aug 18, 2017
Development proposal calls for three highrise buildings of 59, 55 and 50 stories that would feature a mix of office, retail and residential space.
Ottawa's Assent Compliance packs quite a punch with investors
Aug 16, 2017
Software firm raises $40M in latest financing round in growing enterprise’s drive to become a ‘truly global company’
Ranovus putting Ottawa tech back on the hardware map
Aug 11, 2017
Kanata firm recently landed $5.5 million in funding.
Canderel-led consortium close to purchasing Ottawa’s Constitution Square
Aug 8, 2017
Tenants began receiving Estoppel Certificates last week, which is generally considered a sign that a sale is on the path to completion.
Kontinuum sound and light show a glittering achievement for Ottawa 2017 team
Aug 4, 2017
Multimedia exhibit in unfinished LRT station makes history – thanks in large part to renowned Montreal entertainment firm with strong Ottawa connection.
Ottawa-based Ackroo climbs closer to profitability with 17% jump in revenues
Aug 4, 2017
“Hitting cash-flow positive is an important goal for the company, and we are now very much in reach of doing so.”
Internship with Adecco Canada boss a sweet summer gig for University of Ottawa student
Aug 3, 2017
Last-minute decision to apply for national competition pays off with ‘unique opportunity’ for 22-year-old Alana Couvrette.
DavidsTea founder goes green with new fast-food salad venture in Ottawa
Aug 2, 2017
A decade after bringing tea retailing to the masses, Ottawa native David Segal is back home with an ambitious new plan to make salads the next big thing in fast casual dining.
Not your run-of-the-mill makerspace
Jul 28, 2017
High-tech 3D printers, the latest VR equipment – even a water jet that cuts through steel. It’s all part of what makes the new $5M MadeMill facility at Bayview Yards unlike anything else in Ottawa
Update: Investors applaud Mitel's $430M ShoreTel acquisition
Jul 27, 2017
“We’re growing the company by about 30 per cent overnight."
Tributes pour in for former Cognos CEO Ron Zambonini
Jul 25, 2017
2002 CEO of the Year remembered for "incredible ability to get people onto his team"
Ottawa’s Assent Compliance raises $40M in series-B financing
Jul 14, 2017
Latest cash injection comes just over a year after the 225-employee firm received $20 million in series-A equity investment
Hotel, rental tower planned for former Alterna Savings site in west Centretown
Jul 5, 2017
An Ottawa builder’s revamped plan to build three mixed-use towers at a coveted downtown development site could include a supermarket, a consultant who worked on the proposal says.
Sponsorships boost budgets of Invest Ottawa, innovation centre by $1.3M
Jun 26, 2017
The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards has received a $1.3-million boost to help fund services such as
Ottawa hoteliers still waiting for Canada 150 boost
Jun 25, 2017
Wet weather, perception that rooms are sold out have tempered what many hoteliers felt would be a record year, industry leaders say.
Federal contracts a ‘lost opportunity’ for too many SMEs, Telfer study says
Jun 23, 2017
Most small Canadian firms don’t see government as a potential client, according to new research from University of Ottawa professors.
Analytics firm CENX hires former Newbridge executive Ed Kennedy as CEO
Jun 22, 2017
Software firm employs 210 staff at main R&D facility in downtown Ottawa
Feds to fill long-empty space in EDC tower in downtown Ottawa
Jun 20, 2017
The federal government is set to expand its downtown footprint after subleasing long-vacant space in the head office of the Export Development Corp.
Do women entrepreneurs innovate differently than men?
Jun 15, 2017
Ottawa researchers set to follow up landmark report on female business owners with in-depth look at how women-owned companies in Canada approach innovation
Veteran Ottawa broker Bruce Wolfgram takes ownership stake in upstart firm Proveras
Jun 9, 2017
A local commercial real estate firm specializing in tenant representation has brought one of the city’s more experienced brokers on board as a new partner.
Gatineau skateboard apparel merchant on quite a roll
Jun 7, 2017
At an age when many Canadian kids are slinging burgers at fast-food joints to earn spending money, Adrien Lavoie was busy educating himself on the finer points of online retailing.
Ottawa defence groups praise feds’ industrial benefits policy
Jun 2, 2017
The federal government took a lot of heat earlier this year for its decision to strip billions of dollars in near-term spending out of the national defence budget.
Safety first: Analyst praises Calian’s $8M acquisition of Ottawa’s ISR
Jun 1, 2017
Ottawa professional services firm says deal for smaller local competitor will shore up training offerings in nuclear sector and expand geographic reach
Ottawa's Gastops gaining altitude with high-tech aircraft maintenance tools
May 31, 2017
$4.7M investment from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin latest win for industry-leading Ottawa firm
As CANSEC defence show opens, industry takes note of Ottawa ‘success stories’
May 31, 2017
MMIST, WR Davis Engineering, Thales Canada, Gastops and cybersecurity firms among companies worth watching, experts say
FRAMOS feels right at home in National Capital Region
May 25, 2017
2017 Fastest Growing Companies: Honourable mention
Solink making gains in loss-prevention software space
May 24, 2017
2017 Fastest Growing Companies: #8
Big data leads to big growth for Klipfolio
May 19, 2017
2017 Fastest Growing Companies: #5
Bellefleur on a mission to find ‘better way’ to serve clients
May 19, 2017
2017 Fastest Growing Companies: #4
‘Sky’s the limit’ for Ottawa's two-time fastest-growing champ Fullscript
May 17, 2017
2017 Fastest Growing Companies: #1
Artificial intelligence startup Fluent.ai secures $1.8M in seed funding
May 16, 2017
“Why can’t we talk to our technology?” asks Niraj Bhargava, the CEO of Fluent.ai and former chief executive of Ottawa-based Energate.
Ottawa’s Sundae School sweetens Beechwood retail mix
May 10, 2017
Eatery is already earning top grades from local tech entrepreneurs.
Ottawa's Pythian to bolster European operations with $15M financing round
May 4, 2017
Fast-growing Ottawa IT services firm Pythian has landed a new round of investment to help fund its ambitious expansion plans, announcing this week it closed a $15-million mezzanine financing deal…
New role for Startup Canada ambassador in Ottawa
Apr 17, 2017
Janice McDonald has just added another leadership role to her already impressive résumé.
Ottawa’s CIRA seeking Net gains from new verticals
Apr 13, 2017
With boom phase over, Canada’s website domain name registry is banking on new products to help reverse recent trend of declining revenue growth.
After 65 years, Canadian Tulip Festival still a blooming attraction
Apr 4, 2017
Iconic celebration of Dutch gift to Canada welcomes back former director with new events to mark historic anniversary.
Online Ottawa grain marketplace FarmLead sowing seeds of growth
Apr 4, 2017
Local firm lands $6.5M financing round for app that allows buyers and sellers of crops to directly negotiate their own deals
Veteran executive Jon Milne leaving Invest Ottawa for new role at Klipfolio
Mar 31, 2017
One of Invest Ottawa’s most recognizable faces is leaving the organization to join one of the city’s fastest-growing sof
Engineering a change in Ottawa attitudes toward STEM
Mar 30, 2017
Marie Fiala believes she has a solution to Ottawa’s chronic shortage of tech talent that doesn’t require looking beyond
51 years after mother of eight buys business, Ottawa’s Glover Customs Brokers continues to thrive
Mar 28, 2017
Nancy-lee Glover still remembers her reaction when her mom told the family she was buying a business.
Ottawa’s Contextere takes on the urban jungle
Mar 22, 2017
Don’t count Gabe Batstone among those who believe automation is the enemy of the blue-collar worker.
Invest Ottawa ups efforts to recruit U.S. tech talent
Mar 16, 2017
Ottawa’s main economic development agency is joining forces with the city’s largest BIA in an effort to lure tech workers from other North American hot spots such as Silicon Valley.
How fast is the Internet in Ottawa?
Mar 15, 2017
If you suspect your “high-speed” Internet service is regularly stuck in a traffic jam, the City of Ottawa and the agency
Delayed greatness: Ottawa author defends procrastination
Mar 14, 2017
March 5-11 was National Procrastination Week, but if you never quite got around to celebrating it, don’t worry – you’re probably not alone.
Kanata video firm Epiphan Video's products out of this world
Mar 10, 2017
As product endorsements go, NASA’s seal of approval likely ranks right up there with the best of them.
Ottawa’s Rideau Carleton Raceway slots privatization bid to soon have a winner
Mar 6, 2017
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s drive to find a private operator for the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino is heading closer to the finish line, with the agency expected to announce this
Solacom names Lazenby chairman, adds veteran executive Ronayne to board
Feb 27, 2017
Bruce Lazenby didn’t waste time making his presence felt on Solacom Technologies’ board of directors.
Ottawa’s GBatteries Energy lands $1.2M in federal cash
Feb 17, 2017
An Ottawa startup that says its battery system allows electric cars to be recharged almost as quickly as gas vehicles can be refuelled has landed $1.2 million in federal funding.
Ottawa-area distillers tap into growing craft spirits market
Feb 16, 2017
Cole Miller might be majoring in cognitive science at Carleton University, but the 21-year-old entrepreneur has really been a student of business for most of his life.
Ottawa e-signature firm Signority has what it takes to ‘be a leader’: new CEO
Feb 14, 2017
A spacious new headquarters in Hintonburg is just one more sign of bigger and better things to come from Ottawa startup Signority in 2017, the firm’s new CEO says.
NHL’s Bettman books ticket to Ottawa as optimism over outdoor game increases
Feb 13, 2017
The final event in Mayor Jim Watson’s much-touted “hat trick” of marquee Canada 150 spectacles appears close to being a reality.
Ottawa firms look to score big with celebrity endorsement deals
Feb 6, 2017
One of the NHL’s most gifted offensive defencemen, Erik Karlsson is known to hockey aficionados everywhere as the engine that drives the Ottawa Senators’ attack.
Ottawa's locally owned retailers fighting a losing battle to stay viable
Feb 3, 2017
Much like the store they’re in, the Ottawa Lynx throwback hats on sale at Elgin Sports are a stark reminder of a bygone era.
Ottawa retail resurgence in store for 2017
Jan 10, 2017
After a flurry of activity in 2016 that saw the Rideau Centre unveil a $360-million expansion and Costco open a new outlet in Barrhaven, the Ottawa retail sector is set to experience steady if unsp
Five Ottawa tech firms to watch in 2017
Jan 9, 2017
With employment surging and funding announcements already emerging, 2017 is shaping up to be another big year for Ottawa's tech sector.
Ottawa condo revival a no-go for 2017: Experts
Jan 3, 2017
Although the city’s glut of unsold condos is easing and local realtors reported a sharp jump in November sales compared with a year earlier, Ottawa real estate experts don’t see a great condo comeb
Ottawa clean-tech firms charged up about new VC fund
Dec 22, 2016
GaN Systems believes it’s on the verge of becoming a clean-tech industry powerhouse, and Larry Spaziani can barely contain his own energy when talking about it.
Ottawa shines at Startup Canada gala
Dec 21, 2016
An Ottawa-based company that uses groundbreaking laser technology to restore sight to people with impaired vision has been named the latest winner of the Startup Canada Innovation Award.
Ottawa’s Mxi Technologies acquired by IFS; CEO Slangerup departs
Dec 13, 2016
Aviation software maker Mxi Technologies announced Tuesday it is being acquired by Swedish enterprise software firm IFS, calling the deal a springboard for growth that will allow the Kanata-based c
New $10M Innovation Centre lab to help Ottawa startups test IoT, smart city tech
Dec 7, 2016
Ottawa’s recently completed Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards will be receiving millions of dollars worth of advanced communications equipment that proponents say will help local startups break in
Tartan Homes founder Wes Nicol ‘left his mark’ as champion of Ottawa entrepreneurship
Dec 5, 2016
When entrepreneur Wes Nicol addressed students at Carleton University’s convocation ceremony in 2006, he offered words of wisdom that couldn’t have been more appropriate coming from a man so humble
HostedBizz’s acquisition of ITUtility.Net helps Ottawa firm expand beyond the capital
Dec 5, 2016
One of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies has acquired a Toronto firm in a bid to expand its cloud-based services.
Ottawa medical software firm Cliniconex readies for expansion
Dec 2, 2016
With health-care spending eating up nearly half of the provincial government’s annual budget, an Ottawa company says its software can help stop the bleeding when it comes to soaring medical costs.
FileFacets lands $4M in financing to cap off November to remember for Kanata startup
Nov 29, 2016
Of all the entrepreneurs who took the stage at this month’s Best Ottawa Business Awards, probably none had a bigger grin than FileFacets co-founder Chris Perram.
Good call: Ottawa firm's U.S. election prediction not far off mark
Nov 21, 2016
In the aftermath of a U.S.
Web design startup PageCloud lands $5.4M in Series-A funding
Nov 16, 2016
Craig Fitzpatrick is on a mission to “fix the Internet” – one he hopes just got a little easier thanks to millions of dollars in new funding.
Ottawa tech mentor urges feds to reduce risks for venture capital investors
Nov 15, 2016
A veteran entrepreneur and mentor to a host of successful startups, Leo Lax has no doubt that Canadian tech enterprises can thrive head-to-head against competitors from around the world.
A lifetime of achievements: Q&A with Ottawa’s Michael Potter
Nov 9, 2016
One of the true titans of Ottawa’s “golden generation” of high-tech leaders, Michael Potter took a small consulting company named Quasar Systems, renamed it Cognos and built it into the city’s pree
Hilton-branded hotels planned for Morguard’s Queen Street site in Ottawa
Nov 7, 2016
Real estate developer Morguard has scrapped its original plan to build a new hotel and apartment complex at 361 Queen St.
Ottawa biotech startup Turnstone Biologics raises $41.4M
Nov 2, 2016
An Ottawa biotech startup has received a US$41-million injection of venture capital to further develop its groundbreaking treatments that use the body’s own immune system to battle cancer.
Ottawa's CEO of the Year: David Ross turns family firm into a dominant video technology force
Oct 28, 2016
Eight years ago, David Ross decided he needed to do something dramatic to shake his company out of the doldrums.
Better Software Co. staff ‘pinching themselves’ after landing spot in Lazaridis Institute
Oct 26, 2016
In what’s been a roller-coaster year for Ottawa’s Better Software Company, founder Steve Cody and his team have received perhaps their
Four years after acquisition, Ottawa tech firm still on the march
Oct 26, 2016
When March Networks CEO Peter Strom tells people what he does for a living, the response is usually not what the head of the video-surveillance technology company is hoping for.
Nortel ‘did not need to fall apart as it did’
Oct 21, 2016
Fifteen years ago this month, fall brought a blast of chilly news through the halls of what was then Ottawa’s largest technology company.
Pivot to SME market a signature move for Ottawa-based software startup
Oct 18, 2016
Bolstered by a solid product and $1 million in fresh funding, it appeared that Ottawa startup Signority was set for a breakout year at the beginning of 2016.
Hintonburg’s Meat Press taking a bite out of Ottawa’s lunch market
Oct 17, 2016
To celebrate Small Business Week, OBJ will publish stories of the successes and challenges faced by some of the
Technology in fashion at Maker Faire Ottawa
Oct 14, 2016
The term “wearable technology” usually conjures up images of devices such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch, but organizers of this weekend’s Maker Faire Ottawa say the concept is about to go to a whole
Rising costs turn up heat on ByWard Market eateries
Oct 7, 2016
News that another acclaimed ByWard Market restaurant is closing its doors is a further indication of a shift in the city’s culinary landscape, industry observers say.
Tablo cutting into cable’s market share
Sep 21, 2016
While Canada’s major cable companies were taking heat over their $25 skinny basic TV packages at CRTC hearings this month, an Ottawa company was stepping up its efforts to promote a local product t
Canopy Growth Corp. aiming to 'dominate' the world marijuana market, CEO says
Sep 15, 2016
The head of Canada’s largest medical marijuana producer had a message for Ottawa businesspeople Thursday morning at city hall: legalized weed is coming soon, and his company is ready to be No.
Mxi Technologies hires former FedEx Canada president as new CEO
Sep 13, 2016
In a bid to “further strengthen its market position and drive corporate growth,” local aviation software maker Mxi Technologies announced Tuesday it has tapped the former president of FedEx Canada
Fusebill books $6-million venture capital infusion
Sep 12, 2016
When Greg Burwell and Tyler Eyamie were laid off as part of a purge at Ottawa tech firm Protus in 2010, they found themselves with plenty of time and a “little bit of a nest egg” to start the next
Ottawa fashion entrepreneur really truckin’ along
Sep 2, 2016
Every entrepreneur knows there will inevitably be a few bumps on the road to success. But Lainie Towell is feeling them a little more tangibly than most.
Ottawa entrepreneur sees suite growth in high-tech hotel tablets
Aug 19, 2016
The way Kevin Bidner sees it, the hotel industry has been stuck in the ’60s for far too long.
CENX taking on the world out of downtown digs
Aug 19, 2016
Jim Watson might not know everyone in the nation’s capital, but it often seems like it.
Ottawa a natural fit for Vancouver-based VC's new office, CEO says
Aug 19, 2016
In a 20-year business career that has seen him tackle a variety of roles at various tech firms – including guiding a company from a startup to a successful IPO – Hugh Chow figured he had crossed ju
Rideau Centre expansion a sign Ottawa's downtown is 'coming into its own,' mall manager says
Aug 11, 2016
The Rideau Centre officially cut the ribbon on its $360-million expansion project on Thursday, a massive redevelopment designed to bring a more “sophisticated” shopping experience to the city’s dow
Simons says Rideau Centre is the place to be
Aug 9, 2016
From his vantage point overlooking the ByWard Market in what will soon be the Rideau Centre’s newest department store, Peter Simons sees a different Ottawa than the one he used to know.
Shopify partners have designs on greatness
Aug 5, 2016
Half a dozen years ago, Chris Pointer was a website designer trying to make a name for himself like legions of others, working out of his condo and landing contracts where he could.
Former District Realty employee launches new brokerage
Aug 2, 2016
Ottawa’s newest independent commercial leasing broker knows he has his work cut out for him, but he says he’s up for the challenge.
Doors wide open to downtown deals
Jul 21, 2016
The crowd at the opening of Morguard’s state-of-the-art Performance Court at 150 Elgin St.
Ottawa’s brand needs a boost, tourism summit told
Jul 15, 2016
Ottawa rates high as an overall travel destination in a new survey, but the city lags behind other many major Canadian cities in air access and needs to better define its identity in mark
Rechan leaning on 30 years of experience in drive to make Halogen worldwide force
Jun 21, 2016
After a globetrotting high-tech career, Les Rechan would seem to be just the right person to lead Halogen Software’s quest to become an international software powerhouse.
Life sciences firm Avivagen raises $3.6M in private placement
Jun 3, 2016
Avivagen CEO Cameron Groome was sounding an upbeat tone Friday morning after his company announced it had secured $3.6 million in new funding in a private placement.
McBee a consolidation king: latest acquisition makes Mitel a global leader, analysts say
Jun 3, 2016
Buying up companies is getting to be old hat for Mitel Networks CEO Rich McBee.
Colliers names Wilkinson new managing director of Ottawa office
May 27, 2016
Colliers International has turned to a veteran broker to fill the post of managing director at its Ottawa office.
Scaleup woes stunting Canadian tech sector's growth, leading academic says
May 27, 2016
Canada is falling behind in the global innovation race because its tech sector too often fails to scale startups into sustainable companies, the head of one of Ontario’s leading business sc
Fastest Growing Companies #1: Continued innovation sparks healthy growth at Fullscript
May 20, 2016
Fullscript CEO Kyle Braatz will never be accused of lacking ambition – a drive that is reflected in his vision for his company.
Engineering a new approach to app design: Grad students set to learn hands-on development and marketing skills
May 20, 2016
When Natalie Baddour and her University of Ottawa colleague Edward Lemaire first began researching wearable devices nearly a decade ago, watches that tracked a user’s every step and smartph
Fastest Growing Companies #2: HostedBizz founders riding high on the cloud
May 19, 2016
When tech veterans and longtime friends Paul Butcher and Jim Stechyson each found themselves looking for a new business challenge a few years ago, it didn’t take them long to hit upon the perfect b
Costco readying for move to Shoppers City East
Apr 28, 2016
After nearly a year of speculation, it’s finally official: Costco is planning to move its Gloucester location to Shoppers City East.
CurrentWare making name for itself in growing field of employee Internet monitoring
Apr 18, 2016
When Kevin Porsche kept getting requests from his company’s human resources department to find out what websites employees were visiting, he knew there had to be a better way than checking
Ottawa’s next ‘it’ neighbourhood? Real estate experts say Trinity’s plan for O-Train intersection could spark Bayview development wave
Apr 5, 2016
Trinity Development Group’s proposed mixed-use complex that would span the O-Train tracks near Bayview station could become the centrepiece of Ottawa’s next great urban gentrification project, real
Province’s affordable housing proposal rankles builders’ group
Apr 4, 2016
The Ontario government’s plan to allow municipalities to mandate affordable housing in new developments will hurt homebuyers by jacking up prices, a key local industry advocate says.
Clean-tech execs call for national strategy: Time for feds to step up, local CEOs say
Mar 21, 2016
When Kevin Loiselle needed a partner to help finance the installation of his company’s water management and sanitation systems, he had to jet across the Atlantic to find one.
Can Ottawa become a fintech force?
Mar 14, 2016
Fintech is “one of the most exciting categories in tech investing at the moment,” industry veteran Marwan Forzley says, and he believes his hometown could play a prominent role in its growt
Stars aligned for banking industry shakeup, fintech titan says
Mar 2, 2016
Even as a young computer science student at the University of Ottawa, Marwan Forzley was fascinated by the world of business – and in particular by enterprises that were turning established
Ex-convention centre CEO travels new path
Feb 24, 2016
For nearly a decade, Pat Kelly tried to entice business to Ottawa’s downtown convention centre as its CEO. Now, he’s on the other side of the table.
Devcore boss ‘confident’ Senators will play at LeBreton
Feb 22, 2016
Before a gag order was imposed on the two groups vying to redevelop LeBreton Flats, Devcore president Jean-Pierre Poulin told OBJ the process was “fair” and he was confident the Senators wi
Ottawa firm’s anti-corruption tools a worldwide hit
Feb 18, 2016
From a modest office on Carling Avenue, Joe Gerard and his colleagues are running a global business helping companies around the world stop corporate corruption in its tracks.
Kanata North a "magnet for innovators and entrepreneurs," says report
Feb 12, 2016
Companies in Kanata North generate $7.8 billion in economic activity each year and employ more than 30,000 people, according to a new study.
Defining moment for Ottawa's SDN sector: Local firms making waves in field poised for explosive growth
Feb 3, 2016
Among the three local firms on Deloitte’s annual Canadian Companies to Watch list released in November is one that garners few headlines but is ready to make a big splash.
Ottawa chamber backs RendezVous LeBreton bid
Feb 1, 2016
Calling both plans to redevelop LeBreton Flats “very impressive,” the head of one of Ottawa’s most influential business organizations nonetheless didn’t hesitate to endorse the RendezVous L
Top brokerage team leaves Colliers to join Cushman & Wakefield
Jan 19, 2016
In a development that is sure to shake up the local real estate scene, one of Ottawa’s top office leasing teams announced this week it has left Colliers International to join rival brokerage Cushma
Apple to open facility in Kanata, sources say
Jan 19, 2016
Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, several sources have confirmed to OBJ.
‘Room to grow’ in the core: Industry observers say higher downtown vacancy rates not necessarily a bad thing
Jan 11, 2016
Most analysts agree 2015 was a year of uncertainty in Ottawa’s commercial real estate sector, with a federal election and a topsy-turvy economy leaving everyone wondering where the market was heade
You.i partners with European firm in landmark deal
Jan 8, 2016
Befitting a city that buzzes with energy 24 hours a day, You.i TV’s suite at the sprawling Encore casino resort complex in Las Vegas was a whirlwind of activity this week.
Deals of the year: The Force is with Ottawa's Gigataur
Dec 31, 2015
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens triggering a new wave of interest in George Lucas’s enduring sci-fi saga, a small Ottawa mobile gaming company is hoping to cash in.
Ottawa tech community bullish on PageCloud
Dec 1, 2015
A who’s-who of Ottawa tech heavyweights broke out the bubbly at PageCloud’s ByWard Market headquarters Monday night to celebrate the city’s most-anticipated software launch in years.
Commercial real estate market still sluggish: report
Nov 26, 2015
Ottawa’s commercial real estate market continued its slump in the first nine months of 2015, reflecting skittishness over the economy and the federal election, according to a new report from Collie
BridgePort, Colonnade to merge, become city's largest landlord
Nov 24, 2015
Two of the city’s leading property managers announced Tuesday they are joining forces to become the largest commercial landlord in Ottawa.
Maker Faire organizers thrilled about move to Aberdeen Pavilion
Nov 6, 2015
Remco Volmer sounded awfully excited Friday about the big happenings at Lansdowne Park this weekend.
Ottawa Business Journal>Technology Tech group praises Grits' new science and innovation ministry
Nov 4, 2015
A major high-tech trade association’s call for a beefed-up science and technology ministry was answered on Wednesday.
Ross takes centre stage at Emmys: Video equipment platform earns local firm prestigious honour
Oct 23, 2015
As the CEO of one of Canada’s leading tech companies, David Ross is a regular at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every January.
East-end market feeling the pinch with vacancy rate more than doubling in last year
Oct 21, 2015
When Mxi Technologies vacates more than 50,000 square feet of class-A office space at Blair Place in November, an east-end commercial real estate market that has already seen its vacancy rate soar
Drone industry gaining altitude: Experts say Ottawa can play role in expanding their commercial
Oct 6, 2015
When Ian Glenn was in charge of the Canadian army’s unmanned aerial vehicle program nearly two decades ago, drones were strictly the domain of the military.
You.i TV cashes in with $15-million funding round
Sep 14, 2015
You.i TV’s banner 2015 got even better on Monday, when the Ottawa software company announced it has landed $15 million in venture capital funding.
Algonquin dropout becomes Hollywood tech star thanks to groundbreaking editing software
Aug 20, 2015
Rand Peppler still remembers how, as a young man in Ottawa in the mid-1980s, he felt “inspired” after reading a newspaper article about an entrepreneur who made it big south of the border.
Sizing up Ottawa’s wearables scene: Local entrepreneurs must act soon or risk being left behind
Jul 28, 2015
About 100 of the city’s brightest business minds gathered in a ByWard Market office in late June, cloaked in excitement and curiosity about a sector many are calling a potential game-changer: weara
Eastern promise: Loiselle needed patience to crack the Indian e-learning market
Jul 16, 2015
The first time Brad Loiselle visited India, he didn’t think he would ever go back.
3D printing startup brings former Tweed boss on board as adviser
Jul 3, 2015
A local startup that created the world’s first 3D-printable hydroponics system is looking to a pioneer of the medical marijuana industry to help take its business to the next level.
Ross Video’s winning playbook: Smart acquisitions, clear strategy makes Ottawa firm global powerhouse
Jul 3, 2015
When rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the dying seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots clinched their fourth NFL title in fr
Feature: Move over silicon, hello gallium nitride
Jun 15, 2015
GaN could be the beginning of ‘Gallium Valley North’ It’s fitting that GaN Systems is suddenly growing at what feels like lightning speed.
Sowing the seeds of success: Local students rave about Chinese trip sponsored by Huawei
Jun 10, 2015
New York is famous for being the “city that never sleeps.”
Centre of attention: New Shaw Centre CEO believes Ottawa can live up to title of 'Canada's meeting place'
May 28, 2015
The Shaw Centre’s new boss definitely can’t be accused of setting the bar too low.
Planning committee approves Barrhaven business park development
May 26, 2015
The city’s planning committee on Tuesday approved a local builder’s proposal for a Barrhaven business park that could include developments such as a hotel and a medical facility.
Developer confident west-end condo will meet 'landmark' standard
May 14, 2015
The developer behind a proposed west-end condo tower says he intends to work with city officials to create an “iconic” top for the building so it meets the Ontario Municipal Board’s standard for “l
DragonWave revenues up 75 per cent in fiscal 2015
May 13, 2015
Buoyed by the company's direct sales growth, executives at Ottawa’s DragonWave told investors on a conference call Wednesday morning they expect the firm to be cash-flow positive by the middle of f
Software maker Mxi moving to new west-end office
May 13, 2015
After years of flying under the radar – metaphorically speaking – local aviation software company Mxi Technologies is hoping a change of scenery will help raise its profile.
OMB's west Ottawa condo ruling opens door to height violations, councillor says
May 12, 2015
The Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to allow a Toronto developer to go ahead with a 12-storey west-end condo tower if it features “landmark architecture” could give builders a loophole to circum
Ciena to move to new Kanata North campus
May 8, 2015
Calling Ottawa “a thriving technology hub and a great place to do business,” networking equipment maker Ciena Corp.
Family, friends bid fond farewell to tech giant Adam Chowaniec
May 8, 2015
Renowned entrepreneur Adam Chowaniec had a simple approach to life: “Always look forward, never look back.”
Capital primed for a rental revival
Apr 30, 2015
When Toronto’s “condo king,” Brad Lamb, raves about the opportunities in the Ottawa market these days, he’s actually not talking about condos.
Sun Life towers set to get new look for LRT's arrival
Apr 24, 2015
One of downtown Ottawa’s prime office complexes is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation in an effort to attract new tenants and accommodate a major LRT station.
Ottawa's CloudLink purchased by U.S.-based EMC
Apr 16, 2015
Local cybersecurity firm CloudLink has been acquired by international data storage giant EMC Corporation, the companies announced on Thursday.
Boardspace time management app wins top prize at Algonquin research day
Apr 14, 2015
As a busy college professor, entrepreneur and part-time employee of the National Hockey League, Chris Elliott knows the importance of time management.
Ottawa commercial real estate market on the rebound: Colliers
Apr 14, 2015
Much like the mid-April weather, the Ottawa commercial real estate market appears to be warming up after a prolonged cold spell.
Wipebook cuts a deal in the Dragons' Den
Apr 2, 2015
There was plenty of fire in the Dragons’ Den when a couple of Ottawa entrepreneurs made their pitch on the popular CBC program Wednesday night – most of it directed right at them.
Conventional Wisdom: Pat Kelly on the challenges of putting the capital on the meeting planner map
Mar 31, 2015
When Pat Kelly was named CEO of the Ottawa Congress Centre in 2007, one of the first things he did was find out how many conventions would have to be relocated while the archaic facility was torn d
Local startup expects boost from TV appearance
Mar 27, 2015
Frank Bouchard and Toby Maurice are expecting an opportunity to come their way on April 1 that could triple their company’s sales practically overnight.
Tarion chair says confidence in firm steadily building
Mar 25, 2015
The Ottawa lawyer who chairs the private corporation that protects buyers of new homes in Ontario says the organization has boosted consumer protection dramatically in his 10 years on the b
Friends, colleagues pay tribute to tech pioneer Adam Chowaniec
Feb 19, 2015
In the early days of the personal computer, Adam Chowaniec made such an impact on Silicon Valley he was ultimately hailed as one of the founding fathers of the industry.
Algonquin launches cutting-edge construction research facility
Jan 30, 2015
The business of construction is going high-tech at a new Algonquin College research facility.
City's commercial real estate market to improve in 2015: Colliers International
Jan 27, 2015
After a forgettable 2014 for the city’s commercial real estate market, a major Ottawa appraisal firm says there’s nowhere to go but up.
Kelly stepping down as Shaw Centre CEO
Jan 9, 2015
When Pat Kelly arrived in Ottawa to become GM of the Westin Hotel in 1988, the main topic of conversation in the local tourism industry was the need for a larger downtown convention centr
Jackpine founders fired up, feel right at home in heart of Chinatown
Jan 6, 2015
Much like the tree for which it is named, marketing and design firm Jackpine Digital was born out of less-than-ideal circumstances.
Kivuto's coming out party
Jan 5, 2015
It’s a cutting-edge local tech company that has drawn comparisons with its much more famous e-commerce counterpart, Shopify, and even occupies the same downtown office its bigger, brasher cousin on
Kivuto's coming out party
Jan 5, 2015
It’s a cutting-edge local tech company that has drawn comparisons with its much more famous e-commerce counterpart, Shopify, and even occupies the same downtown office its bigger, brasher c
High Hopes: Q&A with Tweed Marijuana co-founder Bruce Linton
Dec 28, 2014
In its first year of operation, Smiths Falls-based medical marijuana grower Tweed has been creating quite a buzz – and not just among the users of its product.
Wipebook starts second crowdfunding campaign
Nov 27, 2014
From their rapidly growing startup’s new headquarters in the Byward Market, Frank Bouchard and Toby Maurice are rewriting the book on business success.
Fluidware co-founder happy three months after acquisition
Nov 13, 2014
If Fluidware co-founder Aydin Mirzaee were to rate his online survey company’s acquisition by SurveyMonkey after the first three months, it would be close to a perfect 10.
Ottawa businessman says new online classified service a step above Kijiji, Craigslist
Nov 11, 2014
From his humble desk at Invest Ottawa, George Borovec is hoping to turn the online classifieds business on its head.
Feds boosting incubator, accelerator programs in eastern Ontario
Oct 31, 2014
The federal government announced Friday it is contributing up to $7.7 million over the next five years to fund incubator and accelerator programs for small businesses in eastern Ontario.
Kanata-based firm carves out niche with apparel designed to prevent lacerations in athletes, high-risk workers
Oct 27, 2014
While the NHL season is just beginning, an Ottawa-based manufacturer of safety products for hockey and other high-risk endeavours is already celebrating its own Stanley Cup of merchandising
Willis College's Fortinet-backed advanced network security program opens
Oct 20, 2014
A private Ottawa post-secondary college has launched a new certificate program it says will make the city a leader in training and employing network security professionals.
Micro-condos make big splash
Oct 16, 2014
The arrival of Ottawa’s first “micro-condo” development is another sign housing has become out of reach for many local buyers, a leading industry advocate says.
Local startup pumped about firm’s potential
Oct 14, 2014
Building a successful business usually requires a lot of heavy lifting, but the young entrepreneurs behind a new Ottawa startup are taking that analogy more literally than most.
New Medical Devices Commercialization Centre will draw investment, top talent to region, officials say
Sep 29, 2014
A new Ottawa-based facility designed to find ways of bringing cutting-edge medical technology to market faster will give the local life sciences sector a shot in the arm, industry insiders
Tech firm faces tough assignment to find talent
Sep 29, 2014
A California-based network security firm with a significant local presence says it might have to scale back growth projections for its Ottawa operations because it can’t find enough qualifi
Beyond the Code to celebrate the women of tech
Sep 12, 2014
Since beginning her career at Shopify a couple of years ago, Anna Lambert has attended her share of technology conferences.
Ottawa high-tech CEO named Woman of Influence
Sep 4, 2014
As one of only a few women who run high-tech companies in Ottawa, Sue Abu-Hakima has become known as a bit of a trailblazer.
New rink to add value to Accora Village: Ferguslea
Aug 20, 2014
A new outdoor rink at Bayshore Park might mean more fun for residents, but the company that funded the project says it will ultimately be good for its bottom line as well.
Cutting-edge technology on display at Maker Faire
Aug 15, 2014
Michael Golubev doesn’t temper his enthusiasm when asked where the business of 3-D printing is headed.
Ex-Nordion employees fear pensions could take hit after takeover
Jun 16, 2014
When Daniel Levesque retired in 2010 after a three-decade career as an engineer at Nordion, the last thing he ever thought he’d need to worry about was his pension.
Tech takeovers leave mixed legacies
Jun 13, 2014
Ian Curry is a happy man, and with good reason.
Builders eye office projects outside core
Jun 9, 2014
A pair of planned new office buildings at Tunney’s Pasture and the Ottawa Train Yards could be a signal that developers believe the federal government is ready to shed more real estate in the downt
Ottawa a city of gamers, conference spokesman says
May 23, 2014
Most people still think of Ottawa as a city of civil servants. Kyle McInnes has a different view, one that might be surprising.
Shopify gets read on growing bricks-and-mortar market
May 2, 2014
Shopify’s foray into bricks-and-mortar business is still in its early stages, but it’s building into something big, the company says.
Security firms eye profits in push to privatize police services
Apr 16, 2014
When it comes to skyrocketing policing costs, Eli El-Chantiry points his finger squarely at fingerprinting.
Ottawa’s digital movers shepherd in new world of online transfers
Apr 3, 2014
Listen up, all you Sens fans: the next time you’re admiring a replay of an Erik Karlsson end-to-end rush on the big screen at the Canadian Tire Centre, you might want to spare some thanks f
Nortel’s failure was years in the making, Telfer study finds
Mar 18, 2014
Management blunders, market changes and a “black cloud” of eroding customer confidence were just some of the factors that ultimately led to Nortel’s epic collapse, a new report from the Uni
Ottawa mobile app firm brings technology to local taxis
Feb 24, 2014
Ottawa’s main taxi dispatcher is about to give the green light to technology that will let local residents book and pay for cabs on their smartphones.
Local VC fund Mistral plays key role in $1.7M financing round for software firm
Feb 18, 2014
Ottawa’s Mistral Venture Partners fund gets its name from a fierce northerly wind.
Uptick in 2013 fuels optimism for new year of investments
Jan 14, 2014
Shopify’s recent success in securing $100 million in venture capital should help Ottawa step out of the shadows of more-hyped technology centres such as Waterloo when it comes to landing ca
Condo market players expect fewer new developments in 2014
Jan 6, 2014
That chill in the air Matthew Sachs felt in late December had nothing to do with the arctic-like temperatures gripping the capital.
Infill projects find a home in capital
Sep 20, 2013
Developer Fred Carmosino might live in Dunrobin, but he knows all about the benefits of downtown living.
Ottawa landscaping firm gets $2.13M contract for Gatineau street work
Sep 10, 2013
The National Capital Commission on Tuesday awarded a $2.13-million contract to Ottawa’s Exel Contracting to upgrade a section of Laurier Street in Gatineau in front of the Canadian Museum o
Carleton considering privately run student residence
Aug 7, 2013
Carleton University officials want to find out if allowing the private sector to build and manage a new student residence will pay off in the long run.
Ottawa architect prepares Chaudiere Island redevelopment vision
Jul 26, 2013
Imagine letting the Crown Jewels gather dust in an attic. As far as Mark Brandt is concerned, that’s pretty much what’s happened to Chaudiere Island.
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