Mentorship award to honour memory of Ottawa business leader Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

An Ottawa business leaders will have his name and memory honoured in a new mentorship award sponsored by numerous local organizations.

The Peter Stewart Business Mentor of the Year Award will celebrate the longtime Orléans business leader’s contributions. The award will be given to a member of the newly-merged Ottawa Board of Trade who has proven to be a leader and mentor in the community for a number of years.

The nature of the award is meant to reflect Stewart’s extensive mentorship of local companies during his time as executive director of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and as a business advisor at Invest Ottawa predecessor OCRI. His contributions earned him the Orléans chamber’s lifetime achievement award in February.

Stewart told OBJ then that more businesspeople in the city should recognize the value of spending time with other companies.

“Too many businesspeople don’t get involved in their community and miss out on opportunities. They miss out on talking to other businesspeople and they miss out on hearing how other businesspeople are having the exact same struggles that they are,” he said.

Stewart died earlier this year after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Nominations are open until Sept. 23 for the award, which is sponsored by eSax, Invest Ottawa, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, Collabspace and the Ottawa Public Library.

The inaugural recipient will be announced at eSax on Oct. 17.