As the pandemic continues to throw more challenges at entrepreneurs, OBJ is once again recognizing bright young stars who are overcoming those obstacles and lifting the region’s business community to new heights.
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Forty Under 40 awards, an annual tradition organized by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management Executive MBA program.
This year marks the 25th edition of the prestigious event, which has honoured more than 900 business leaders since its inception. The 2021 class included recipients such as Kurtis Funai, the chief technology officer at trailblazing online wellness platform Fullscript, and Kailin Noivo, founder and CEO of one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing software companies, e-commerce bug detection firm Noibu.
Four years after the University of Ottawa opened its first satellite campus in Kanata North, the university is expanding its presence in the tech park.
“We’ve reached an incredible milestone with Forty Under 40,” says Ottawa Business Journal publisher Michael Curran. “To think that in 2022 we will name the 1,000th recipient is really special for us. More importantly, it directly speaks to the level of entrepreneurship and innovation in our region.”
Sueling Ching, president and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade, says the awards program is unique because it helps identify next-generation leaders across all sectors of the local economy.
“The level of diversity that we see in recipients is really key to Forty Under 40,” says Ching.
In order to be eligible, nominees must:
• Be 39 years or younger on June 30, 2022;
• Spend the majority of their work time in Ottawa-Gatineau;
• Be an owner, executive, manager, professional or person with significant business decision-making authority.
Preference is given to nominees who work in the private sector; however, nominees can also work for a public or non-profit organization. In all cases, nominees will be assessed on business-related achievements that advance the goals and objectives of their organization.
Nominations can be submitted until late March at www.fortyunder40.ca. Recipients will be named in April and honoured at the 25th celebration in June.