2018 Best Ottawa Business Awards: Who Won What

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November 19, 2018
Ottawa’s premier business gala, the Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) was celebrated in a grand scale at the Westin Ottawa in the presence of 750 plus guests including VIPs, celebrities, business and community leaders. 
The BOBs recognize Ottawa’s top businesses, the people behind them, and celebrate the history of innovation & entrepreneurship in the National Capital Region. 
“We are honoured to recognize our 2018 BOBs recipients” said Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade. “The companies and the people behind them truly demonstrate visionary leadership, innovative thinking and play a vital role in making Ottawa the best place to live, work, study, play and invest. We are privileged to have them in Ottawa.” 
BOB awards were handed out to more than 23 companies in 25 different categories, recognizing a wide range of organizations from diverse industries.

"What I really enjoy about the BOBs is the story it tells about the year in business. Take, for example, Bruce Linton as CEO of the Year. We've seen Ottawa companies explode into the marijuana space in 2018 and Bruce helps tell that story," says Michael Curran, OBJ publisher. "The element to the BOBs is the number of untold success stories across our city. Attendees leave the BOBs much better informed about what's happening across our local economy."

The Best Ottawa Business Awards are jointly presented by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal.
2018 Best Ottawa Business Awards – Category Recipients 
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Gordon Reid, Giant Tiger Stores Limited 
Award Sponsor: EY
2018 CEO of the Year: Bruce Linton, Canopy Growth Corporation 
Award Sponsor: Boyden 
2018 CFO of the Year: Steve Spooner, Mitel 
Award Sponsor: Deloitte
Best Business 
Giant Tiger 
Martetllo Technologies 
MDS Aero Support Corporation 
Award Sponsor: BDO Canada 
Best New Business 
PureColo Inc.
Slice Labs Inc.
Award Sponsor: Hilton Lac-Leamy 

Desk Nibbles 
Award Sponsor: Invest Ottawa & RBC
Best Performance: Co-op 
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 
Award Sponsor: Algonquin College 

Best Performance: Customer Experience 
DS Plumbing 

Award Sponsor: Janet LeBlanc + Associates 

Best Performance: Export
OPIN Software

Award Sponsor:  Strader-Ferris International
Best Performance: HR
Award Sponsor: TAG HR
Best Performance: Marketing
Assent Compliance
Award Sponsor: Algonquin College

Best Performance: Sales
RE/MAX Affiliates Realty
Award Sponsor: Desjardins Business 
Best Performance: Social Entrepreneurship 
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation 
Award Sponsor:  La Cité Collégiale
Best Performance: Sustainability 
Regional Group 
Award Sponsor:  Hydro Ottawa 
Best Not-for-Profit
Award Sponsor:  Commissionaires Ottawa 

Deal of the Year: Real Estate
Award Sponsor:  Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Deal of the Year: Private Equity
Assent Compliance 
Award Sponsor: Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Deal of the Year: Tourism 
First Air 
Award Sponsor: Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Deal of the Year: Finance
Martello Technologies
Award Sponsor: Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Kanata North Company of the Year
Intouch Insight
Award Sponsor: Kanata North BA
Kanata North Team of the Year
Syntronic Research & Development Canada
Award Sponsor: Kanata North BA
Newsmaker of the Year 
Award Sponsor: MNP 
Kenny Leon