Forty Under 40

Now in its 25th year, Forty Under 40 is one of the most sought-after and distinguished business awards for young business leaders in the National Capital Region. Its 1,000+ recipients include some of the region’s most successful and community minded executives. The Forty Under 40 Awards are jointly organized by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade.

Winning a Forty Under 40 award is not only an honour for Ottawa entrepreneurs and community leaders, it is an invitation to an exclusive club of established and emerging leaders in our community. Nominate yourself or a young leader in the city for this annual award that recognizes those who show great business acumen and a passion for community development.

For more information, please visit Nominations typically open in January. Recipients are selected in April and announced in May. A gala celebration is planned, usually the third week of June.

Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs)

The Best Ottawa Business Awards (The BOBs) is an annual award program that celebrates Ottawa’s history of innovative, successful and progressive companies.

Four special awards are also given to the CEO of the Year, CFO of the Year, Lifetime Achievement recipient and Newsmaker of the Year. Nominations typically open in August. Recipients are selected in October. A gala celebration is usually held the third week of November. It’s the highlight of the city’s busy fall event season, attracting 600+ business and community leaders.

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Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work invites local companies to launch employee engagement surveys to determine the best employers in the National Capital Region. Could you be one of the top-10 employers?

The application process requires a nominal fee and is managed by Workforce Research Group. Researchers will guide your company through an employer survey and help launch the employee consultation. All participants are provided with a confidential report that contains valuable insights into your workforce. Applications typically open in January. Surveys are launched in June. The top-10 employers are celebrated in September.

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Fastest Growing Companies

The Fastest Growing Companies awards program invites local companies to nominate their organization for recognition of their revenue growth. If, over the course of the past three years, you’ve achieved monumental revenue growth, this is the platform for you. It’s an opportunity to mark your status as a company to watch to the Ottawa community and beyond. No matter what industry you’re in, if you’re a start-up or a seasoned player, your company may qualify for the prestigious Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies award.

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