Who are Ot­tawa’s in­dus­try lead­ers?

In­sights into the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s top com­pa­nies and eco­nomic trends

Ottawa Business Journal - Book of Lists - - Editor's Note - Peter Kovessy Edi­tor Ot­tawa Busi­ness Jour­nal's Book of Lists

Ot­tawa’s econ­omy, the oft- re­peated nar­ra­tive goes, is suf­fer­ing un­der the strain of fed­eral cuts.

But upon closer ex­am­i­na­tion, one sees that such think­ing is a gross over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion that misses the sto­ries of the many com­pa­nies and sec­tors that are not only sur­viv­ing, but thriv­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal. Busi­ness lead­ers need de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal econ­omy to cap­i­tal­ize on these op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ot­tawa Busi­ness Jour­nal’s 2014

Book of Lists is the only pub­li­ca­tion that pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive snap­shot of key eco­nomic trends, backed by de­tailed data and eas­ily nav­i­ga­ble di­rec­to­ries of top lo­cal firms.

We’ve or­ga­nized all this in­for­ma­tion into five key eco­nomic sec­tors. Each sec­tion opens with an in­dus­try over­view, fol­lowed by pro­files of key lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives. More than 600 of the re­gion’s top com­pa­nies are then ranked by size in dozens of spe­cific in­dus­try cat­e­gories.

New this year is a list of the city’s largest cater­ing com­pa­nies (page 61) to help those or­ga­niz­ing busi­ness lunches, re­cep­tions and galas im­press their at­ten­dees. There’s also a new rank­ing of the city’s big­gest film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion firms (page 66).

We’ve also added a list of the re­gion’s high­est- paid ex­ec­u­tives (page 81), so you can see the com­pen­sa­tion pack­ages of those in C-suites across the city.

We’ve con­tin­ued to in­clude pop­u­lar fea­tures such as the re­gion’s largest ac­count­ing firms (page 9), meet­ing and con­ven­tion spa­ces (pages 56-60) and pri­vate-sec­tor em­ploy­ers (page 72).

OBJ’s Book of Lists also con­tains de­tails about the top deals from the last 12 months. Which high- tech firms are catch­ing the at­ten­tion of ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists? Turn to page 34. What com­pany landed the largest con­tract with the fed­eral govern­ment? Check out page 76. Who are the con­trac­tors be­hind the city’s big­gest con­struc­tion projects? Flip to page 79.

A full in­dex of lists ap­pears on the fol­low­ing page.

All this in­for­ma­tion is or­ga­nized by in­dus­try, mak­ing the lead­ing ref­er­ence guide on the top com­pa­nies in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion even eas­ier to use.

This pub­li­ca­tion is a con­stant work in progress, with the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in its pages be­ing up­dated through­out the year. That’s only pos­si­ble thanks to the co-op­er­a­tion of all the com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions that re­sponded to our re­quests for in­for­ma­tion.

With­out their will­ing­ness to pro­vide ac­cu­rate and up-to-date data, the Book of Lists would not be pos­si­ble.

Another huge thanks goes out to OBJ’s re­searcher, Patti Mo­ran, who spent count­less hours send­ing out sur­veys and or­ga­niz­ing the re­sults. Ja­cob Sere­brin com­piled the in­for­ma­tion ap­pear­ing in the Who’s Who bio pages. The

Book of Lists is pro­duced by OBJ creative direc­tor Tanya Con­nolly-Holmes.

This pub­li­ca­tion is also avail­able for pur­chase in a dig­i­tal for­mat, with our data­bases or­ga­nized in an Excel file, at OBJ.ca.

Whether you pre­fer the print or dig­i­tal edi­tion, the Book of Lists is a use­ful busi­ness di­rec­tory, buyer’s guide and re­search tool that will be a ver­sa­tile re­source for your or­ga­ni­za­tion through­out the year.

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