Hats off: Lee Valley executives honoured by Retail Council of Canada

Lee Valley president and CEO Robin Lee and company founders Leonard and Lorraine Lee are the recipients of the Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a family or an individual in retail who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service and has left an indelible mark on the industry through innovation and commitment to customers and employees.

Walter McGinn and Simon Wood, owners of Allegra Marketing Print Mail, received a Sales Excellence Award from Alliance Franchise Brands network, recognizing excellence in the international network of marketing and print services providers. Allegra sales representative Jane Desrosiers was also recognized with a Silver Milestone Award. The awards are presented annually to the top sales professionals in North America and are based on customer service and sales volume.

Hydro Ottawa has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, marking the seventh time the utility has won the award. Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project to recognize employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

Ottawa entrepreneur Janice McDonald has been named an inaugural winner of the Inspiring Fifty Canada award. Inspiring Fifty is a Netherlands-based organization that highlights inspirational female role models in the tech and innovation sectors and advocates for increased diversity and gender parity in these fields. McDonald is the founder of The Beacon Agency and co-founder of This Space Works.

The Council for Experiential Learning recognized eight Ottawa employers for their contributions to engaging students in experiential learning opportunities. Four local organizations received the Experiential Learning Employer Champion Award: Assured Concordia Collision West, Beacon Heights Retirement Residence, Tucker’s Marketplace and Lord Elgin Hotel. In addition, four Ottawa organizations received the Experiential Learning Employer Excellence Award: Montfort Hospital, Ottawa Police Service, Algonquin College and the City of Ottawa.

Restaurateur and philanthropist Moe Atallah received the Key to the City in a ceremony in late April. Atallah, who opened Newport Restaurant in Westboro in 1988, has been recognized as a United Way Ottawa Community Builder, Ottawa Businessman of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year and a St. Joe’s Women’s Centre Champion. He has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Ottawa.

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Marketing agency McMillan has promoted Christine Mikhail to director of strategic services. Mikhail joined the agency in 2017 after working with Landor, Siegel+Gale and Fitch. The company also announced that Michael McDonald-Beraskow, who joined the firm in 2016, has been promoted to senior strategist. McDonald-Beraskow previously worked at Leo Burnett in Toronto. In addition, Ottawa native Sam Mabey has joined McMillan as a senior strategist. Mabey has almost a decade of experience in corporate marketing, most recently at Entrust Datacard.

The newly created Cannabis Canada Council has elected two local executives to its board of directors: Jeff Ryan of Canopy Growth Corp. and Sebastien St-Louis of Hydropothecary. The Cannabis Canada Association, Canadian Medical Cannabis Council and Canopy Growth Corp. joined together to create the new industry association.