Hats off: Awards and new hires have Ottawa's ADGA Group buzzing

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ADGA Group CEO Françoise Gagnon. Photo by Caroline Phillips.

Hats off

ADGA Group CEO Françoise Gagnon was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network at a Top 100 awards gala.

Several Ottawa businesspeople were among the 16 residents inducted into the Order of Ottawa. They include Julian Armour, artistic and executive director of Music and Beyond, former Ottawa Senators and OSEG executive Bernie Ashe, planning and development consultant Graham Bird, Leikin Group president Barbara Farber, philanthropist Elizabeth Graham – who also helped build the Tony Graham Automotive Group – Greenspon Granger Hill senior partner Lawrence Greenspon and Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards director Inderpreet Singh.

People on the move

ADGA Group has recently welcomed several new members to its team. Daniel Crossman has joined the firm as vice-president of defence, bringing more than 25 years of executive and management experience at Thales Canada, Pacific Safety Products, Med-Eng Systems and Impakt Protective, among others. Laurie Parent has been named director of ADGA Group's proposal development centre. Parent brings more than 20 years of proposal management experience, including recently serving as senior proposals manager at Calian Group. Karen Ellis has been appointed to ADGA Group's strategic advisory council. She has held many senior public service roles and was most recently an associate deputy minister at Veterans Affairs Canada.

Regan Mathurin has been named CEO of Alphabet. She was previously vice-president of the Ottawa-based creative agency and has more than 15 years of industry experience.

Anatoly Tulchinsky joins SMITH as VP of Analytics & AI. He previously worked at IBM, where he was head of technology for Watson AI and analytics. He holds 16 patents and has served a variety of clients including Toyota, GM, HBO, Universal and Live Nation. 

Sean Sykes has been named CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting. Prior to joining Peak, Sykes was the managing director, Americas for Avast, the global leader in digital security products for businesses and consumers. He also served in senior sales and marketing roles at a number of other private companies, including bitHeads.

LiveWell Canada has appointed a pair of new executives. Gary Sidhu has been named master grower after serving as director of production with a large-scale licensed cannabis-growing operation. Sajjad Ahmad is the firm’s new quality assurance and compliance manager. He brings credentials in the fields of molecular biology, plant breeding and genetics and agronomy, as well as experience developing and leading quality assurance at two licensed producers of medical cannabis. He has also worked at DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred and FMC.

Lytica has hired a new vice-president of customer engagement and product solutions in Dory Meynert. Meynert most recently served as director of product for MyArrow, the B2B commerce platform of Arrow Electronics. While he will work for Lytica out of Vancouver, Meynert's career has seen him spend years at companies in Ottawa's tech sector such as Alcatel.