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Longtime Cognos chief executive ‘dreamed big’ and turned company into global software juggernaut, former colleagues say
One of the true titans of Ottawa’s “golden generation” of high-tech leaders, Michael Potter took a small consulting company named Quasar Systems, renamed it Cognos and built it into the city’s pree
Eight years ago, David Ross decided he needed to do something dramatic to shake his company out of the doldrums.
Michael Potter has held many titles in his career: Chief executive, Philanthropist of the Year and even Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
With preparations for one of the largest celebrations of local businesses underway, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce are asking firms in the region to share their success stories.