FORTY UNDER 40
Region’s brightest biz stars feted
“It’s a nice feeling to be recognized. I think seeing the other 39 people, you get to realize how similar you are. Hearing the stories of all the other people is pretty cool.” —
CAREY ASSAF, 34, CO-OWNER OF KARDISH HEALTH FOOD CENTRES
Ottawa’s young business trailblazers were honoured during a gala ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy on June 16 when OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce presented their annual Forty Under 40 awards. Top row, hosts Lianne Laing and Ian Mendes share a laugh; Invest Ottawa’s Blair Patacairk presents OSEG’s John Mathers with his award; Mayor Jim Watson greets recipient Jeff Clarke of Inflector Environment Services; second row, Tasico Hospitality Group’s Fayez Thawer receives his award from OBJ publisher Michael Curran; Joe Clark poses with daughter Catherine, a Forty Under 40 recipient this year; another winner, Wipebook’s Frank Bouchard, poses with presenter Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada; this year’s recipients celebrate in a group photo; bottom row, presenter Marie Boivin high-fives winner Richard Isaac of RealDecoy; Mr. Watson chats with recipient Dr. Safeena Kherani; winner Carey Assaf of Kardish Health Food Centres is congratulated by presenter Sophia Leong; the Hitmen Drumline group performs for the crowd.