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and part­ners, gor­don­group YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: Mr. Chitty started the busi­ness in 1987. Mr. Whit­taker be­came his busi­ness part­ner in 1989. ED­U­CA­TION: Mr. Chitty has a mas­ter's de­gree in cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and abo­rig­i­nal stud­ies from the UGSM-Monarch Busi­ness School Switzer­land and a de­sign diploma from St. Lawrence Col­lege in Kingston. Mr. Whit­taker has an hon­ours BA from the Univer­sity of Wind­sor in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and a mas­ter’s de­gree in Cana­dian stud­ies from Car­leton Univer­sity. PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Mr. Whit­taker pre­vi­ously worked as direc­tor of mar­ket­ing for the Cana­dian Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Mr. Chitty worked for a bou­tique mar­ket­ing and de­sign firm. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Mr. Whit­taker han­dles op­er­a­tions and fi­nance while Mr. Chitty fo­cuses on mar­ket­ing. CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS: Re­main­ing busi­ness part­ners for 25 years. For Mr. Chitty, “the priv­i­lege of work­ing in a very in­ten­sive way with Cana­dian in­dige­nous so­ci­ety,” to help make films for a North­ern Que­bec Cree na­tion has also been a high­light. AWARDS/RECOG­NI­TION: Rec­og­nized for cus­tomer aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram de­signed for Hy­dro Ot­tawa; won na­tional awards for real es­tate and cor­po­rate an­nual re­ports. COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: The com­pany ac­tively sup­ports the Ot­tawa Sym­phony Orches­tra as well as the Ot­tawa Pub­lic Li­brary Foun­da­tion. It also un­der­takes pro bono work and pro­vides men­tor­ship and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: 17 ED­U­CA­TION: Creative writ­ing de­gree from Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: “Af­ter a stint as creative direc­tor of the By­town Group, I took off for New York, where I worked for an agency on, you guessed it, Madi­son Av­enue.” CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS/NO­TABLE PROJECTS: The re­brand­ing of Siemens En­ter­prise Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to Unify in 2013. AWARDS/RECOG­NI­TION: Won two awards for Unify re­brand­ing. COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: “Opera Lyra Ot­tawa, West­fest and the Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val are our cur­rent pro bono ac­counts.”


pres­i­dent and chief creative of­fi­cer,

pres­i­dent and founder, Acart Com­mu­ni­ca­tions YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: 39 KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Pub­lic face of the agency. In­volved in all as­pects of Acart, specif­i­cally busi­ness devel­op­ment, creative con­sul­ta­tion and strate­gic plan­ning on ma­jor ac­counts. AWARDS/RECOG­NI­TION: Mas­ter Ad­ver­tis­ing Prac­ti­tioner for long-stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the ad­ver­tis­ing agency busi­ness by Trans Canada Ad­ver­tis­ing Agency Net­work. COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: Past chair of Big Broth­ers, Big Sis­ters Ot­tawa Art Gala, past-pres­i­dent of T-CAAN in 1995 and 2008, past-pres­i­dent of the Italo-Cana­dian Club.

vice-pres­i­dent of ben­e­fits, Cowan In­sur­ance Group YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: Eight ED­U­CA­TION: Bach­e­lor's de­gree in in­dus­trial re­la­tions from the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa, cer­tifi­cate in global ben­e­fits man­age­ment from In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion of Em­ployee Ben­e­fits. PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Other ben­e­fits con­sult­ing roles. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Ex­pand­ing the Cowan In­sur­ance Group’s na­tional and in­ter­na­tional prac­tice; man­ag­ing a team of over 110 peo­ple COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: Ot­tawa Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, other char­ity boards

pres­i­dent, Cough­lin and As­so­ciates YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: 12 ED­U­CA­TION: Busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate from Red River Col­lege in Win­nipeg. PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Vice-pres­i­dent of Cough­lin and As­so­ciates for 15 years. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Still works with clients, over­sees con­sult­ing staff and op­er­a­tions. CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS/NO­TABLE PROJECTS: Since he moved to the Ot­tawa of­fice from Win­nipeg in 1979, he’s helped grow it from 20 em­ploy­ees to more than 140. AWARDS/RECOG­NI­TION: Com­pany has re­ceived an award for phi­lan­thropy and the Vi­sion Award for hu­man re­sources prac­tices. COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: Com­pany is very ac­tive with the Boys and Girls Club and sup­ports the United Way. Mr. Bock­stahl sits on the board of the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Heart In­sti­tute Foun­da­tion.

pres­i­dent, Crain & Schooly Fi­nan­cial YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: 10 ED­U­CA­TION: Hon­ours B. Comm from Car­leton Univer­sity. PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Other ben­e­fits con­sult­ing roles. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Ac­count man­age­ment CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS/NO­TABLE PROJECTS: “Built in­sur­ance pro­gram for three-quar­ters of a mil­lion kids play­ing hockey.” Took a provin­cial as­so­ci­a­tion’s in­sur­ance plan from a deficit po­si­tion to be­ing well-funded, main­tained as­so­ci­a­tion as a client for 26 years. COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: Been on the Ot­tawa Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion board for six years. Pres­i­dent’s Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion for a num­ber of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

CEO, Com­mis­sion­aires Ot­tawa YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: 10 ED­U­CA­TION: Po­lit­i­cal science de­gree from Dal­housie Univer­sity. PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Naval of­fi­cer, com­manded sev­eral dif­fer­ent naval ships and fa­cil­i­ties. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: I’m “where the buck stops,” grow­ing Com­mis­sion­aires Ot­tawa and mod­ern­iz­ing the com­pany. CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS/NO­TABLE PROJECTS: Grow­ing Com­mis­sion­aires Ot­tawa three-fold over the past sev­eral years. AWARDS/RECOG­NI­TION: Com­mis­sion­aires Distin­guished Ser­vice Medal, awarded by deputy chief of de­fence staff for work in Hal­i­fax in the af­ter­math of Hurricane Juan. But “feed­back from the peo­ple that you work with beats any medal.” COM­MU­NITY IN­VOLVE­MENT: Pres­i­dent of As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Se­cu­rity Agen­cies. Com­pany works to raise money for mil­i­tary fam­ily re­source cen­tres, sup­ports vet­er­ans through fundrais­ing and so­cial mis­sion of the com­pany.

re­gional man­ager for Ot­tawa, Eastern and North­ern On­tario, Gar­daWorld YEARS IN CUR­RENT PO­SI­TION: Five PRE­VI­OUS PO­SI­TIONS: Owned own se­cu­rity com­pany, has held other se­cu­rity-re­lated roles in­clud­ing work­ing as a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor. KEY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­I­TIES: Man­ag­ing and grow­ing Ot­tawa branch. CA­REER HIGH­LIGHTS/NO­TABLE PROJECTS: Since 2006, when Mr. McCor­mack joined Garda, rev­enue at the Ot­tawa branch has grown from $4.3 mil­lion to $16.7 mil­lion, and the cus­tomer re­ten­tion rate is high­est in the coun­try at 99.7 per cent. Staff re­ten­tion, mean­while, stands at 85.7 per cent.

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