FORTY UN­DER 40

Re­gion’s bright­est biz stars feted

Ottawa Business Journal - - Events - PHO­TOS BY MARK HOLLERON

“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.

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