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.”
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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.