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2004 Forty Under 40: Work hard, play hard By Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Fri, Jun 11, 2004 9:00 AM EST

It's hard not to be impressed by this year's crop of Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 recipients.

As a judge, I certainly found the task of picking the winners particularly difficult. And as someone of the same age as many of the recipients, I could not help but be awed by how much these businesspeople have accomplished in their young lives. From high-flying entrepreneurs who have started, grown and, in some cases, already sold their own business, to consummate professionals who excel as part of a larger organization, all the stories motivated me personally to do my best at work each day.

But what makes these awards even better is that these businesspeople aren't just about work. They're about play, they're about family and they're about compassion. In their personal profiles, a significant number of recipients stressed the importance of making time for fun, friends and family in their busy working lives. And, when asked to name the businessperson they most admire, many recipients looked to their parents, their siblings, their colleagues or their supervisors as sources of insight and inspiration.

I was also intrigued by the fact that, when asked to name what one skill has helped get them where they are today in their careers, virtually all recipients pointed to the oft-forgotten "soft skills": communication, relationship-building, passion, determination and commitment, to name a few.

But what sets these recipients apart from the many young achievers in Ottawa's business community is their dedication to their communities and to causes dear to their hearts. As one recipient stressed, "It is in giving that we receive". This lesson has obviously been learned well by all our recipients and it's one we hope they will pass on to the next generation of young business professionals.

- Anne Howland, Editor Ottawa Business Journal

Join us on June 9 to celebrate Ottawa's best and brightest!

They are 40 of the most diverse and successful young businesspeople from the national capital region. They are the recipients of the Ottawa Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Awards.

Recipients hail from a variety of businesses, including a used car salesman, a music school teacher, a photographer, a dot-com grocer, a spa operator and a tanning salon owner. The recipients also come from more traditional backgrounds, such as high-tech executives, lawyers, bankers, consultants, HR professionals and marketing specialists.

The 2004 Forty Under 40 recipients will be feted at a gala reception June 9 in the ballroom of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Position your company as a strong supporter of the business minds of the future by purchasing tickets or a corporate table. Single tickets are $145 plus GST, corporate tables (including signage) are $,1500 plus GST.

To purchase your tickets, call Sue Perry at (613) 744-4800 ext. 225 or e-mail

2004 Forty Under 40 Recipients

Mahendra Agrawal, 35
Vice-President, Technology, Xstream Software Inc.

Vikas Arora, 36
CTO, Nakina Systems Inc

Steve Barkhouse, 39
Founder/President, Amsted Construction Ltd.

Francois Bouchard, 36
President/Owner, The Country Grocer Inc.

Frederic Boulanger, 32
Founder/President, Macadamian Technologies Inc.

Donna-Lee Brayton, 38,
Manager, MDU & Commercial Sales, Rogers Cable Inc.

Pierre Caron, 39
President/Owner, Car-On Auto Group

Yvonne de Lint, 37
Director of Business Management, Calian Technology Ltd.

Mary Dila, 36
Vice-President, Gordongroup

Kirk Dudtschak, 38
Regional Vice-President, Eastern Region, RBC Royal Bank

Harold Geller, 39
Partner, Milton, Geller LLP

John Gorman, 36
Founder & Senior Partner, PACE

Mike Greenley, 37
President/CEO, Greenley & Associates Inc.

Toni Guimaraes, 38
Recruiter/Co-Founder/Partner, Excel Human Resources Inc.

Hany Guirguis, 39
President, EOD Performance Inc.

Randy Hughes, 39
Founder/Vice-President, Sales & Strategic Alliances, Amiga Inc.

Mary Jaekl, 25
President, Phibian Technologies Inc.

Krista Kealey, 37
Director, Communications, Ottawa International Airport

Andrew Lister, 39
Partner, Mann & Partners LLP

Jay Litkey, 30
Founder/Board Member/Director of Product Management, Symbium Corp.

Peter MacDonald, 38
Owner/Production Manager, Nutshell Music Inc.

Siobhan MacDonald, 35
Director, Consulting Services, Brainhunter

Tu Mach, 39
Owner/Director, Tutti Muzik

Melanie Martin, 30
Founder/Designer, Distinctive Designs

Rick McMullin, 36
Vice-President/Co-Founder, bitHeads

James Mills, 36
Partner, Intellectual Property Law, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Colleen Morris, 39
Project Manager/Acting VP, Engineering, Seprotech Systems Inc.

Simon Nehme, 36
Founder/Chief Technology Officer, Protus IP Solutions

Bayo Odutola, 35
Principal/Director, Odutola Law Chambers

Jim Pedersen, 39
President/CEO, Ellistar Sensor Systems Inc.

Charles Perron, 39
Office Managing Partner, Deloitte

Susan Robbins-Parsons, 37
Vice-President, Finance, Webplan Inc.

Caroline Robertson, 32
President, Caroline Robertson Strategic Marketing

Frank Saab, 35
Artistic Director/Proprietor, SAAB Salon.Spa

Mike Sandler, 38
President & CEO, Epiphan Systems

Jean-Mathieu Sigouin, 33
President, I4C Consulting

Peter Thompson, 37
Vice-President, Commercial Banking, National Bank of Canada

Michaela Tokarski, 27
Co-Founder/Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Coastal Contacts

Michelle Valberg, 39
President & Owner, Valberg Imaging

Anita Vallati, 30
President & CEO, iTAN Advanced Tanning Studios Inc.


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