Congratulations to Linebox’s own Melissa Reeves for making Ottawa 2016’s Forty under 40 list! We’re so proud!

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More than 160 applications were completed this year, making the selection process even more difficult than usual for the panel of judges.

“I’ve judged the award for 17 years,” said OBJ publisher Michael Curran, who has chaired the awards for more than a decade. “I found this year to be a mountain of work. The number of recipients and, generally speaking, the across-the-board quality made it very difficult to pre-screen applicants. As evidence of that, we passed along more than 100 finalists to be judged by our seven-person committee. That’s never happened before.”

Forty Under 40 recognizes accomplished business leaders who are under the age of 40 and give back to their community. The awards are co-hosted by Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

“These young business leaders exemplify the enormous amount of talent we have in this city,” said chamber president and CEO Ian Faris. “Their pioneering nature and visionary thinking will generate economic benefits in the years ahead as we strive to become the centre of talent attraction and innovation.”

Besides Mr. Curran, the judging panel included past recipients Iwona Albrecht of Soloway Wright, Marie Boivin of Accu-Rate, Patrick Dion of Greenbridge Consulting Group and Robert Rheaume of BDO Canada as well as Dirk Bouwer of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP and OBJ print editor David Sali.

Recipients were assessed on a 40-point system, with a maximum of 20 points for business accomplishments, 10 points for professional expertise and 10 points for community involvement.

The recipients will meet in early June at the Telfer Executive MBA facility for an afternoon of introductions and sharing. OBJ will profile each recipient in its June 6 issue, and the group will be celebrated at a gala at the Hilton Lac-Leamy on June 16.