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t’s one thing to achieve a breakthrough in the lab and quite another to woo the interest of investors and partners who can help take it further. Now in its 10th year, the University of Ottawa’s Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Poster Competition helps students bridge this gap. It’s a forum through which students can communicate their ideas, and demonstrate their talents and expertise, to a broader audience of research organizations and industrial companies in search of bright minds. In other words, connect talent with opportunity. “We are providing visibility for our graduate students and showcasing what is going on in our labs,” said Michel Labrosse, Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies. “Engineers change the world so it is good to be known. This competition can be the start of a snowball effect, to generate contacts and create opportunity for our grads.” Most of the judges for the competition come from industry and Ottawa’s world-class R&D organizations. They challenge students to do more than demonstrate expertise in their chosen fields – students must also master the communication skills to sell an idea and defend their research.

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Wowing a judge can lead to internships, job placements, capital investments, government research grants and entrepreneurial support. With this year’s crop of 60 posters, many students have moved beyond fundamental research to projects with ready market applications. Through a variety of initiatives throughout the year, the Faculty of Engineering encourages students to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path, or at least develop an appreciation of what it takes to turn a discovery or proof of concept into a commercial product. Another priority for uOttawa is increasing the representation of women in the engineering sciences and other technology fields. The level of participation by female students continues to grow – more than a third of the projects this year are by women. Here are three posters that demonstrate the variety of innovative research undertake by graduate students:

A SERIOUS GAME FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN

Computer Science student Alejandra Ornelas Barajas has developed a Lego-like building game for young children on the Autism Spectrum, to help them develop cognitive and social skills. The game combines a tangible user interface (actual building blocks) with a graphical user interface (the blocks are duplicated on screen with an app that turns it into a computer game). Barajas has already investigated the effects of using this game as a play therapy tool and the results so far are promising. Children participating in the study demonstrated an improvement in social interaction, collaborative play and exercise performance, and a decrease in solitary play. Barajas will soon present a paper on her research at a conference in Australia.

DECONTAMINATING OUR WATER SUPPLY

Canada uses over 1.4 million metric tonnes of phosphorus fertilizer every year – all imported from other countries. This phosphorus causes significant environmental damage to our waterways and aquatic ecosystems. Current methods to remove this phosphorus only create more waste. For example, a single City of Ottawa water treatment facility uses 1,200 kgs of iron every day in its process to extract phosphorus from waste water. Most of the resulting compound ends up in landfill. Chemical and Biological Engineering students

Jessica Ross and her team have come up with a way to precipitate phosphorus out of waste water using calcium carbonate. This process reclaims the phosphorus for use again as a fertilizer, allowing Canada to create its own domestic supply. The team has been working with the City of Ottawa to see how this system could be integrated into a conventional water treatment facility.

A NEW REVENUE MODEL IN THE AGE OF ECOMMERCE

Canada Post and other postal delivery services are facing a paradigm shift. Letter mail is in steep decline, while people are purchasing more things online. But parcel delivery is a costly business. Postal services are struggling to adjust to a very different business model in which the costs of processing and delivering parcels often outstrip any increase in revenue. They are either paying penalties to retailers because demand is too high to deliver on time, or they don’t have enough parcel traffic to pay all the bills. The solution to date has been cutting costs, cutting staff and investing in more plants that rely on automated processes. But E-Business Technology student Ahmad Teymouri doesn’t consider this to be a sustainable solution. Instead, he has looked at the models of other industries, like airlines and car rental companies, and developed a formula to help postal services reduce volume pressures from their operations and create a new flexible pricing strategy.


And the winners are …. Students competed for first, second and third prizes of $500, $300, and $100, as well as other sponsored awards by professional and scientific organizations. For the first time this year, a new award has been added in each category, the Peer Choice Award. This is a best of show award determined by participants within each category. In the end, the judges had to make some hard choices. In many cases, it came down to how well a student could articulate real-world applications for their research.

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING First place Taisa Stumpf, Patrick Fournier Fabrication and characterization of a novel system for local drug release to the brain after stroke Second place Owen A. Melville Commercial dye (Red GG) as low cost semiconductor in organic thin-film transistors Third place Trevor Grant A multifunctional ternary additive for increased light absorption and stability in organic photovoltaic devices Peer Choice Dean Kennedy Adsorption & diffusion screening of CH4 and N2 using cation exchanged clinoptilolite: Implications for natural & biogas recovery Alexandra Ouzas, Elina Niniivaara, Emily D. Cranston Cellulose nanocrystals in polymer composites for application in adhesives

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Peer Choice Narges Gheisari Groundwater vulnerability assessment sing a Gis-based modified drastic model in agricultural area Saeideh Kheradmand Evaluation of adaptation options to flood risk in a probabilistic framework

COMPUTER SCIENCE First place Alejandra Ornelas Barajas A serious game for children with autism spectrum disorder as a tool for play therapy Second place Salman Hooshmand D-FORENRIA: A distributed tool to recover user/browser interactions from HTTP logs of Rich Internet Applications Third place Fatemeh Cheraghchi Outlier detection in high-dimensional big data Peer Choice Qian Cui Iterative publication of phishing sites Fatimah Alzamzmai City Digital Pulse (CDP): A cloud-based data analysis and visualization system

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Calà, Guillaume Côté, Jaspreet Walia, Graham Killaire, Meagan Ginn Applications of metals Colorization using picosecond laser pulses

First place Ahmad Teymouri A conceptual model to theorize the revenue management application in postal services

Second place Taisa Stumpf, Patrick Fournier Fabrication and characterization of a novel System for local drug release to the brain after stroke

Second place Waeal Obidallah A taxonomy to characterize web service discovery approaches – Looking at five perspectives

Third place Johnny Farah Gail phase detection from thigh kinematics using machine learning techniques

Third place Eman Walabe The influence of culture in Saudi online learning delivery

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Peer Choice Channarong Intahchomphoo Facebook and urban Indigenous youth at risk in Ontario: A social computing research framework

MECHANICAL AND BIOMEDICAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING First place Johnny Farah Gail phase detection from thigh kinematics using machine learning techniques

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Second place (tie) Adefemi Adeyemi Microlfluidic device for sorting encapsulated cells using dielectrophoresis

First place Shayan Saeidi, Kashif Awan Quaternary III-V semiconductor compounds for nonlinear photonics-ona-chip

Huan Huang Time-frequency curve extraction from vibration signal for fault diagnosis of rotating machinery with varying speed

Second place Maryam Hezaveh Privacy preservation for nearby-friend location-based services

Peer Choice Brandon Fournier, Andrew Smith Modelling and simulation of lower extremity-powered exoskeleton

Third place Faisal Arafsha Cloud-based tactile health system in foot

Olivier Miguel Soft-tissue Artefact modelling using mechanical vibration theory

Second place Sanaz Mehrzad Numerical and experimental study of scour and erosion around structures due to tsunami-like bore

Peer Choice Daniel Shapiro, Hamza Qassoud What a neural network sees in a computer screen

Third Place Penghai Yin Predicting the depth of desiccation-

Kashif Awan, David Sanchez Design and fabrication of optimized aluminium gallium arsenide waveguides

Franck Tchuente Classification and recognition of aggressive movements using smartwatches

IEEE AWARDS First place Jean-Michel Guay, Antonino Lesina

First place Jessica Ross Closing the phosphorus loop: Our future’s food security - Precipitation of carbonated apatite from municipal wastewater Second place Taisa Stumpf Fabrication and characterization of a novel system for local drug release to the brain after stroke Third place Behnaz Ghodoosipour Experimental and numerical modeling of hydrodynamic loading on pipelines due to extreme hydrodynamic conditions

CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING (CSCE) AWARDS Mechanics / Materials Anis Roshani Drying behaviour of mature fine tailings pre-dewatered with super-absorbent polymer (SAP) Structural Design Behnaz Ghodoosipour Experimental and numerical modeling of hydrodynamic loading on pipelines due to extreme hydrodynamic conditions Environment and Sustainable Development Narges Gheisari Groundwater vulnerability assessment using A Gis-based modified drastic model in agricultural area GET INVOLVED To learn more about graduate studies in engineering and computer science at uOttawa and how you can join its 1,400+ master and doctoral students, please visit: engineering.uOttawa.ca

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LAUNCH PAD into their owners’ arms. Anyone who finds a pet wearing one of the company’s QR-coded tags can scan it using their smartphone and pull up the pet’s complete profile, including contact information and any dietary and medical information needed to feed and care for the animal while waiting for the owner to come pick it up. Initially formed by a group of experienced entrepreneurs in Brazil and later incorporated in Canada, the company launched just over a month ago and says it’s already on a fast-track to becoming the largest network for lost pets in the world. “To people who own pets, this is their family,” says CEO George Borovec, an established Ottawa tech entrepreneur. “The devastation when someone loses their pet is incredible.” Calling it a “next-generation” service, he explains that the firm chose to develop QR-coded tags because they see them as being more user-friendly and accessible than micro-chips and less costly than a subscription-based GPS collar. “It’s super quick and easy, and it’s highly effective.” What differentiates TokenPet from its competitors also selling similar QR-coded pet tags, though, is that the Ottawa startup is focusing lots of attention on building a thriving online community of pet owners that the company’s founders anticipate George Borovec is CEO of Ottawa-based startup TokenPet, which uses high-tech hardware to help owners find lost pets. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON will encourage customer loyalty and boost its brand visibility, Mr. Borovec says. The company’s website includes or will include a breed guide, adoption pages, diet and ownership advice, product reviews and other resources for pet owners. “The tags are our entry point into the platform itself,” Mr. Borovec says. “Our absolute mission is that we’re going to be able to help pet parents at every stage of their petparenting journey.” In its first month, TokenPet added more than 400 users; the goal is to reach the 50,000user mark by the end of the firm’s first year. With a multi-pronged approach to strategic BY ADAM FEIBEL company that helps people’s lost furry by the American Society for the Prevention of partnerships, Mr. Borovec says he has no adam@obj.ca friends get safely back to their homes. Cruelty to Animals, 15 per cent of pet owners doubts that the company can achieve that There are an estimated 16.4 million pet reported a lost dog or cat in the last five years. goal. group of serial entrepreneurs with dogs and cats in Canada and 163.6 million Ottawa-based startup TokenPet uses a The first priority is to land deals with retail a shared love of pets have come more in the United States. Some are bound combination of tech hardware and social distributors, gaining wider distribution locally together to form a technology to get lost from time to time; in a 2012 study engagement to help get those lost pets back and then expanding across the country and

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eventually into the United States. “We’re moving as fast as we can, and to be honest it feels like we can’t move fast enough to keep up,” Mr. Borovec says. “We have had lots of discussions with stores, so now it’s just a matter of getting them out.” Meanwhile, TokenPet has been working on an employee perks program whereby a company can buy tags and give them to its pet-owning employees for free. “That program has really taken off,” he says. “It’s a really great way to bring on a whole bunch of users.” TokenPet also wants to establish partnerships with pet-food and pet-insurance brands. The company projects revenues of $1.5 million in the first 18 to 24 months. And through strong strategic partnerships, Mr. Borovec says he and his co-founders believe they can get to between $100 million and $150 million by the firm’s fourth or fifth year. Mr. Borovec says for pet owners’ peace of mind, this kind of simple technology is worth it. “For $9.99, the safety of your pet is huge.”

both the Lead to Win incubator program and the Startup Garage entrepreneurship program as the young company chases further growth. The firm sells athletic apparel marketed toward powerlifters while partnered with WaterAid Canada, a nonprofit organization that provides clean water to communities in need. LVD Fitness ended its first year with more than $100,000 in sales and has been growing its sales targets quarterly, according to co-founder Mallory Rowan. In this year’s first quarter, the company already reached 75 per cent of last year’s revenue total; the firm expects to triple that number by the end of 2017. Ottawa ranked top tech hub in Canada Canada’s capital leads the country’s list of desirable cities for tech entrepreneurs, according to a report by analysts at Expert Market. Their survey found that 71 per cent of respondents would set up their new tech business in Ottawa. It weighed four factors: employment in the tech sector, average wages, salary growth and diversity in tech employment. Ottzawa was ranked first in diversity and second in average wages, along with being ranked first overall. Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax rounded out the top five Canadian tech cities.

EVENTS CALENDAR CHANGE LOG FileFacets oversubscribed in Series-A round Legal tech startup FileFacets got a top-up on its Series-A financing round with an undisclosed investment from Nextlaw Ventures. The $4-million funding round held in November was led by Celtic House Venture Partners and also included Wesley Clover and GCI Ventures. FileFacets, a data analytics and content migration software platform that came through the L-Spark accelerator program, is the third Canadian company to win investment from the investment arm of Nextlaw Labs, a venture development firm launched in 2015 by Dentons.

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aving lived in both countries, I know Canada and Australia share many traits in common – strong historical ties to Great Britain, language, culture, high standards of living and vibrant economies are among the most obvious. So I was flabbergasted to learn recently from my oldest son Andrew, an economist who works for the Australian government in Canberra, that Aussie productivity has outstripped Canada’s. According to nationmaster.com, the average GDP per capita in Australia was $67,035.57 (in U.S. dollars) in 2012, which ranked fifth in the world. Canada, by contrast, sat in eighth spot at $52,218.99 – a difference of 28 per cent. Other numbers reinforce the argument that Australia has surpassed Canada when it comes to worker productivity. According to a 2016 study by the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards, business labour productivity in Australia increased at an annual rate of 2.33 per cent between 1994 and 2013, more than a full percentage point above the rate in Canada during the same period. Australia’s relative labour productivity level jumped from 96 per cent of Canada’s mark in 1995 to 108.6 per cent nearly two decades later. What might account for such a dramatic shift? I believe several factors are at work. Climate: Canada’s weather is much more extreme, with temperatures in many parts of the country ranging from minus-30 degrees Celsius in the dead of winter to plus-30 in the heat of summer. That impacts our economic output in a myriad of ways, from straining our transportation networks to driving up infrastructure costs. Bureaucracy: Canadian governments at all levels don’t seem to be able to do anything without first conducting lengthy and costly studies, which, at least in my experience, hardly anyone ever bothers to read. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Australia also has lower product market regulation and fewer barriers to trade and investment than Canada. Fitness: From my observations, Australians are far more focused on making physical activity a priority in their daily lives. Dependence on the U.S. market: Canada is largely a branch plant economy that exports more than 70 per cent of its goods to a single trading partner, the United States. Our federal government has

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at play as well. So how can Canada go about closing this gap with Australia, not to mention its neighbour to the south? Here are my suggestions. Get fit: If Canadians did nothing other than increase their average levels of physical fitness and cut out smoking as well as abuse of alcohol and drugs, this would improve their personal productivity and significantly lower national health care costs. Reform the education system: Develop more apprenticeship programs starting in middle school and teach kids much more about finance and entrepreneurship, starting when they are young. We should create high schools for the arts, for the technological arts and for apprenticeships, with curricula tailored to the interests and capabilities of individual students to get their imaginations and innovation engines running from an early age. Improve on-the-job training: At most companies in Canada right now, training seems to go something like: “Welcome to Acme Inc. Here’s your chair, this is your computer, good luck!” Eliminate government red tape: Simply cutting the number of bureaucrats by 30 per cent at all levels would be a good start in my view. Make tertiary education free: This

“Sponsor” every would-be Tobias Lütke with $5,000 to create a business, no questions asked. It doesn’t take many entrepreneurs to radically change the prospects of a village, town, city, county or nation. Develop a national mentoring/coaching program for entrepreneurs. Make capital more accessible to everyone, not just the rich, so more folks can build businesses and own their own property. Reduce the complexity of municipal zoning regulations, which are paralyzing development of Canada’s cities. Register every business and organization with Google Maps and Google Search. Create more affordable housing through methods such as legalizing coach houses and tiny houses in municipalities across Canada. Take a page from many firms in Silicon Valley and give employees at least one threeday weekend a month where they learn a new skill or work on a project of their choosing. Create 1,000 new festivals across the nation by sponsoring every fledgling Mark Monahan with $5,000, again no questions asked. Develop a real international marketing program to attract more experiential tourists to our beautiful country. Build on a Canada brand that is as safe as it is cool and interesting.

is something the Australians used to do. In fact, they paid me to pursue my PhD at the Australian National University. Overhaul our national transportation, communications and energy infrastructure: The fact that in much of the country the Trans-Canada Highway is a dangerous two-lane goat trail is a disgrace; in addition, our Internet speeds are abysmal compared with, say, South Korea’s; plus, we need a national energy grid extending gas, oil and hydro power across the entire nation. Tear down inter-provincial barriers to trade and services: With the new Canada Free Trade Agreement, the provinces appear to be heading in the right direction. Combat inefficient marketing boards and “supply management” systems: The Australian dairy industry abolished its milk production quotas nearly 20 years ago, resulting in greater economies of scale and a jump in exports. Put round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes: That is, improve labour mobility to put people in jobs they are passionate about and actually know how to do. Some additional ideas: Launch programs on how to start and manage a personal business for life.

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Attract more entrepreneurs to our towns and cities, develop more homegrown entrepreneurs and find ways to either keep them or get them to return when they have their own families. Go green for real – don’t just pay lip service. Plant edible urban forests in every city, town and village. Make better use of public lands. Give every working woman 12 months off and a full year’s salary (or, if she’s unemployed, $50,000) when she has a baby. Sweden has introduced a similar program and has experienced a baby boom as a result. Change the earth’s orbital mechanics so it’s always summer in Canada (just kidding). I’m sure many other things can and should be done to make Canadians more productive, but this is my list. Many of these recommendations are already within the power of towns and cities themselves; they don’t have to wait for a fairy godmother to come along and make it happen. Bruce M. Firestone is a founder of the Ottawa Senators, a broker with Century 21 Explorer Realty, real estate investor and business coach. Follow him on twitter @ProfBruce or email him bruce.firestone@century21.ca

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nalysts say Ford’s decision to hire hundreds of former BlackBerry employees and set up shop in Ottawa will lead to more business for the QNX division and bolster the city’s credentials as an autonomous vehicles hub. The Michigan-based auto giant announced March 30 that it would spend $337.9 million to create an Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre focused on developing autonomous driving technology. As part of this investment and through its partnership with BlackBerry, the Waterloobased software company transferred 300 of product division. its Ottawa employees to Ford. Many of the While some of those employees are sutransferred employees were part of Blacking their former employer over the transfer, Berry’s handset team, a now-discontinued BlackBerry says the transfer is a “win-win” for

both companies. “The move enables us to focus all our resources on the new strategy … The BlackBerry QNX engineers continue to develop core

technology for the automotive industry. This transfer allows Ford to double its connectivity engineering workforce and accelerate its efforts to build in-house solutions,” a company spokesperson wrote in an email.

MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics says Ford’s investment in Ottawa and its acquisition of BlackBerry employees is a clear sign of its commitment to the QNX platform. “Ford is basically getting into the QNX business,” he says. The automotive company has installed QNX’s operating system in Ford’s SYNC3 technology, which provides drivers with a headsup display of the car’s various apps. Before transitioning to QNX, Ford used Microsoft Windows as the provider for its SYNC system. Mr. Lanctot says Ford’s decision to bring former BlackBerry engineers on board shows a commitment to the company’s software and the need to have in-house support for the next generations of SYNC. Jeremy Carlson, a senior analyst with IHS Automotive, says investments of this scale are more and more common from automotive companies as capturing the emerging autonomous drive market becomes increasingly critical. Both Mr. Lanctot and Mr. Carlson agree

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that companies such as GM and Ford are putting their money in BlackBerry QNX because of the company’s track record. “The pedigree of BlackBerry QNX is safety and security,” Mr. Lanctot says. From early days of BlackBerry’s handsets, the company sold itself on being a secure platform for messaging. As concerns about cybersecurity in connected cars arise, the QNX division now seeks to pivot to provide a secure operating system capable of providing the heads-up display but also able to securely connect instrument clusters. “If there’s anything that has endured with that brand, it’s security,” Mr. Lanctot says. “And obviously security is a big challenge in the automotive industry.” Adds Mr. Carlson: “There is expertise to be found there.”

BUILDING A HUB Though the net jobs added to Ottawa following this investment may end up being relatively few, observers are encouraged by how the move impacts the city’s automotive reputation. Reflecting on Ford’s investment, as well as the success of BlackBerry QNX and Apple’s decision to open an office in the city, Egil Juliussen of IHS Automotive says the talent market in the capital is increasingly attractive

to the industry. “Ottawa (has) become a fairly strong centre for software development and moving into autonomous driving,” he says. Barrie Kirk, executive director for the Ottawa-based Canadian Autonomous Vehicles Centre of Excellence, says Ford’s move will help spur momentum to create a hub for autonomous vehicles in Ottawa. As a long-time Ottawan, Mr. Kirk compares the climate today with the late 1960s, when the city was first sowing the seeds of the telecom boom with companies such as Northern Electric and the Communications Research Centre fuelling each other’s success. “Most of the high-tech sector in Kanata goes back to those early roots and the synergy those two organizations had,” he says. “Once you get critical mass here, other people come here for that synergy.” Mr. Kirk says he’s encouraged by the level of support shown from the federal and Ontario governments for building Ottawa’s autonomous vehicles sector, as well as from the private sector. As one of the organizers of the Kanata North Business Association’s Autonomous Vehicles Summit in January, he says he was expecting 100 attendees but was pleased to see nearly 200 people showed up to find out more about developments in the city’s autonomous driving sector.

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president and CEO of CARAS and the Juno Awards. His chosen attire, worn as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, honoured the 59 years since his parents came from Scotland to Canada in search of a better life. “Like many new Canadians back then and now, they were welcomed with open arms and encouraged to live out their Youngblood on the red carpet at the Juno gala on April 1. dreams,” Mr. Reid said later on stage. “Their story is probably very similar to JUNO AWARDS many of your family stories: We all came from somewhere.” Mr. Reid said he was very happy with how the Juno Awards were being received. “Ottawa has rolled out the red carpet for us,” he told OBJ.social. “We have a packed house tonight. Canadian music couldn’t be hotter than right now. Our Unless you neglected to remove your chairman of the board of the Canadian country couldn’t be more exciting than earbuds last week, you’d have heard Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences right now, globally.” the Juno Awards were coming to town, (CARAS). For city councillor Mathieu Fleury, bringing some of our country’s best artists Rob Baker, lead guitarist for The the 2017 Juno Awards seemed to have an together to celebrate Canadian music. Tragically Hip, said he looks forward to the authentic feel in Ottawa, compared with On April 1, music industry players Juno Awards because the event allows him when they last blew through town in 2012. and special guests gathered at the to connect with other musicians, who, like A variety of concerts and high-profile Shaw Centre for a private awards dinner himself, are often busy touring. events, along with a welcome reception at ceremony, presented by SOCAN and “It’s a great celebration of the music the National Gallery, were hosted in the held on the eve of the 46th annual Juno industry in Canada,” he told OBJ.social. days leading up to Sunday’s splashy main Awards at the Canadian Tire Centre. This “The way I look at it, it’s a chance to get event. year, there were 183 nominees, including together with all these people who are Mr. Fleury, co-chair of the city’s task 74 first-timers representing 16 genres. out there doing what I’m doing. We don’t force on Canada’s 150th anniversary, said Many of the stars, from The often get a chance to be in one room to he’s received rave reviews from visiting Strumbellas to Buffy Sainte-Marie to schmooze and have fun and have a drink musicians on how cool Ottawa has become. July Talk, did the red carpet thing, striking together.” He already knew that, of course. “But, it’s playful poses, flashing big smiles or playing There was no shortage of trendy looks fun to be reminded.” it cool for the cameras before ascending to and designer gowns (soul singer Tanika the third floor for an evening of big awards Charles donned Lucian Matis, one of FOR MORE ON THE EVENT, CHECK and live performances. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s go-to Canadian OUT CAROLINE PHILLIPS’ VIDEO Also on the carpet were Heritage designers). AT OBJ.CA Minister Mélanie Joly and Mark Cohon, Rocking the kilt was Allan Reid,

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of standing on her feet and tediously peeling more cherry tomatoes than she could have imagined, she now has a greater respect for her husband, Duane Lepine, who is the executive chef of The Rideau Club. “But we’re not going to tell him that,” she added with a sly smile. The winners were Gowling WLG. The team credited Mr. Thottungal for being the brains behind the seared duck with butternut squash mash, blackberry chutney, beet slaw and sago crisp. The lawyers had trained earlier in the week with Mr. Thottungal at his restaurant and, on the big day, were each assigned a specific cooking task in order to pull together the perfect dish. Mr. Thottungal was really proud of his team but stopped short of offering its members a position at Coconut Lagoon, insisting that he already has many good people working for him.

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With bragging rights at stake, a group of Ottawa lawyers swapped their advocacy for aprons to participate in United Way Ottawa’s fun new Food Fusion cooking competition, held March 30 at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute. Nelligan O’Brien Payne, BLG and Gowling WLG all entered teams. So did Edelman, a global communications marketing firm with an office in Ottawa. The first-time event raised roughly $18,000 through pledges, ticket sales and silent auction proceeds. Organizers had come up with the concept of creating a cooking competition to appeal to the professional sector’s competitive side while also giving participants an exciting new challenge. “People want to do things that are experiential nowadays,” explained one of the organizers, Ryan Clarke, a government relations consultant at Edelman and a volunteer with United Way. “We also realized that we’re dealing with a group of people in Ottawa, sort of that professional class that often want to issue you a cheque, but then it’s hard to get them engaged.” The idea for Food Fusion remained on the proverbial backburner until lawyer and United Way volunteer Craig O’Brien became a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne and was able to secure sponsorship from his firm. He sees the fundraiser as the ideal networking event for young professionals as well as for the restaurateurs, who volunteered their time to mentor the amateur cooks and judge their dishes. Participating chefs included Jesse Bell (The Albion Rooms), culinary consultant Ilan Dagan, Kyle Fewtrell (Tulips & Maple Catering), Jon Svazas (Fauna, Bar Laurel), Joe Thottungal (Coconut Lagoon) and Julie Vachon (Le Cordon Bleu). From the reception areas, attendees – including United Way Ottawa CEO Michael Allen – could watch a livestream of the budding chefs in their respective kitchens located in the bowels of the building. In one of the kitchens, Erin Lepine, a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, was seen helping to plate her team’s octopus dish. She recalled how her husband had reacted with eye-popping surprise when she told him they were cooking octopus, which can be particularly challenging to prepare. Ms. Lepine was happy with how the dish turned out, but after hours

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Big Art comeback One of Ottawa’s oldest charity auctions has been brought back by popular demand. Following a 10-year hiatus, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa decided to revive its venerable art auction while

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Ottawa artists as Tim Desclouds, Jerry Grey, Christopher Griffin, Michael Sproule and Gerald Trottier. Susan Ingram, executive director of BBBS of Ottawa, said she often hears from people who used to be connected with the non-profit about how much they’ve missed the art auction. “I run into alumni all the time,” she told OBJ.social. “Always the first thing they say to me is, ‘I used to go to Big Art. I have some pieces from it hanging at home. You should bring it back’.” Lawyer and long-time supporter Lawrence Greenspon returned to entertain the crowd as charity auctioneer. Mayor Jim Watson dropped in to mingle and check out the artwork

(the event was the fourth of six events he attended that night). Also seen were Elspeth McKay, executive director of Operation Come Home (OCH); Michael Scrivens from Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions; BBBS board president and lawyer Tina Hill; and OCH board member Robin Ritchie, senior counsel at PerleyRobertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, with his wife, interior designer Ester. She headed up the committee that chose the artworks for the show, from a selection of more than 60. The roughly $22,000 raised will help support BBBS’s mentoring program and OCH’s school, employment and housing programs.

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The luxury boutique hotel partnered with Ottawa Foodie Girlz to host a ladies’ night. It raised more than $8,000 for Harmony House, a second-stage shelter that helps women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence by providing a transition period from crisis shelter service to safe and affordable transitional housing. Ms. Campbell is a long-time supporter of shelters for abused Arwen Bobyk, Jennifer Innes, Meghan Innes and Jeri women. Campbell. “They’re at a point where they’re finally getting their life back together,” she told OBJ.social at the party, which she attended with her girlfriends. “It’s so important that there are these types of shelters, for them to be able to get back out in the world and continue on with their lives.” A $65 ticket to the event included cocktails, canapés, charcuterie, desserts, spa services and chair massages. There was also a fashion show presented by the designer dress rental boutique Rent frock Repeat as well as a miniSandra Pedersen, Cassandre Marcelin and Jessica O’Dacre. marketplace featuring local businesses. On hand were the hotel’s executive chef, Stephen La Salle, and food blogger and volunteer fundraiser Judy Hum-Delaney, founder of Ottawa Foodie Girlz (it has more than 10,000 social media followers). By day, Ms. Hum-Delaney is a production manager at Canadian Science Publishing. By night, she’s a volunteer event planner. At age 32, she had a life-changing experience: open heart surgery at the Seungyeon Hong and Megan McCandless. University of Ottawa Heart Institute. To show her gratitude, Ms. Hum-Delaney started raising money for the Heart Institute and has continued to plan FUNDRAISER food-related events with the culinary community for local causes. Harmony House will be getting another philanthropic boost this month when the Ottawa RedBlacks host their third annual Women’s Night at TD Place for a crowd of 200 on April 20. A portion of each $75 ticket is going to the women’s shelter. The evening includes a welcome reception, door prizes and swag. Mr. Campbell and some of his coaching staff and players volunteer their time to tour the women around the locker room (he also gives a little pep talk, just like he does on game nights). As well, the RedBlacks take the women out on the field to run through some of the drills. The evening is a pet project of the Campbells. “It’s basically just to get women Jeri Campbell, wife of Ottawa involved in football and to not feel RedBlacks head coach Rick Campbell, intimidated about the game,” said Jeri, was among roughly 100 women helping while emphasizing that it’s a womento raise money for victims of domestic only event. “I get a lot of men who are abuse during a party on March 24 at so mad that they don’t get to come that Andaz Ottawa Byward Market. they threaten to come in drag.”


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He went to the same high school, Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, as the members of The Tragically Hip. The musicians had just graduated when Mr. Conrad started there, but they returned to play regularly at his school dances and he’s been a lifelong fan of the band.

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third-largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario. “I love this company,” he says, speaking in the boardroom, where, hanging on its walls, is a series of paintings of workers repairing hydro lines. Some of them were actually done by a Hydro Ottawa employee. Mr. Conrad says his greatest source of inspiration is his employees, of which there are about 700. “When the weather is shitty and storming out, when it’s minus-40C or plus40C, when the power goes out, my team responds. Everyone else tucks into bed and

waits for the lights to come back on, but my team does what they need to do.” Not only that, he adds, but when Hurricane Sandy swept through the U.S. east coast, more than 70 employees from Hydro Ottawa volunteered to go down and help. “If that doesn’t motivate you as a boss, then you’re in the wrong job.” Mr. Conrad was a military kid. His father was in the air force and his family moved around a lot. He lived in Kingston from his teenaged years right through to his time

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anice McDonald has just added another leadership role to her already impressive résumé. Last month, Ms. McDonald began a oneyear term as Startup Canada’s 2017 Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship. In her new role, she’ll work with business and government officials to help raise awareness of issues important to female-owned companies such as lack of capital, financial literacy and access to government procurement contracts. In addition to running the Beacon Agency, the serial entrepreneur is the cofounder of This Space Works, a firm that matches businesses that have excess office capacity with clients who need short-term workspaces. The company now operates in Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area. “She was our No. 1 choice,” says Startup Canada chief executive Victoria Lennox. “She’s in it for the right reasons, and she wants to see change. In addition to that, she has an amazing level of political acuity. She can interact with CEOs the same as she can interact with ministers and senior public servants, and that’s what it’s going to take in order to really advance the agenda for women entrepreneurs. “She is herself a woman entrepreneur who’s gone through all these struggles, and she’s invested her time and resources in research to make sure that all of her recommendations are evidence-based. This is a great platform for her to be able to make a difference.” Named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women four years in a row by the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network, Ms. McDonald was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame last fall. “It’s very nice to get that kind of recognition and share that with the other women who were honoured,” she says. Ms. Lennox calls her friend a person with a “keen sense of public service,” and Ms. McDonald’s commitment to the cause of advancing female entrepreneurship bears that out. A member of the Women’s Leadership

Board at Harvard University’s Harvard Kennedy School, from 2013-15 she also chaired the Ottawa chapter of Women in Communications and Technology, a non-profit group that provides mentorship to female professionals in those fields. A passionate advocate for giving female entrepreneurs a stronger voice, Ms. McDonald laments that women remain woefully underrepresented on most corporate boards in North America. A sample of 677 companies collected by provincial securities regulators last year found that women occupied just 12 per cent of total seats on their boards. Meanwhile, a recent report from Boston-based Vell Executive Search determined that 66 per cent of the nearly 600 public tech firms it surveyed in Canada and the United States had fewer than two women on their boards. Those figures disappoint Ms. McDonald, who first wrote about the issue 25 years ago for her master’s thesis in Canadian Studies at Carleton University. “We haven’t seen as much progress as you might have predicted and hoped for,” she says. “When I did that work, I never thought that I’d still be talking about that same issue over two decades later and that (change) would be as slow as it’s been. Frankly, it’s a competitive advantage, those (companies) that recognize that diversity of thought. It’s surprising to me that this is still a conversation that we need to have, but frankly it is a conversation that we still need to have.” Ms. McDonald says she’s encouraged by some of the Liberal government’s new initiatives to aid female-owned companies announced in last month’s federal budget – particularly its pledge to invest $50 million in a new program that will make it easier for companies led by women and other “underrepresented groups” to bid on government procurement contracts. “It’s opening up the space for greater possibility, and I think that’s really exciting,” Ms. McDonald says. “If barriers exist and you eliminate them, that enables those firms to grow faster, to hire more people.” She says being a Startup Canada ambassador will provide yet another vehicle for her to shine a spotlight on the vital role women


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entrepreneurs play in the Canadian economy and allow her to mentor a new generation of female business leaders. “It’s hard to be it if you can’t see it,” she explains. “If you can see those who are succeeding, it kind of gives you that inspiration to go for it yourself.”

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Byron Holland, CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, says the non-profit agency had to change its business model in order to ensure its long-term survival. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

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phase is over,” Mr. Holland acknowledges at the agency’s headquarters in a new office tower at Lansdowne Park. “Only a few years ago, we were experiencing double-digit growth – 12, 15 per cent year-over-year – whereas now many mature registries are approaching zero per cent growth. They continue to have a significant base, but there’s very little growth.” Since becoming the country’s official .ca registry in December 2000, CIRA has registered nearly 2.6 million domain names. Echoing a worldwide trend, its growth rate of new domains has slowed from 15 per cent in 2012 to about four per cent last year – still ahead of the downward global curve, but a decline steep enough that it would keep many a C-suite executive awake at night. Luckily for CIRA, Mr. Holland says his organization saw this trend coming a long time ago. “That wasn’t a surprise to us,” he explains. “As a management team, when we looked to the future four or five years ago, we could see that growth curve coming off where it was. That’s when we started to make plans about ‘What are we going to do when that time comes?’” CIRA’s answer was to become more than just a domain name registry. Tapping into its in-house expertise in how the underlying infrastructure of the Internet works, the agency began rolling out new products to augment its core base of revenue. Rather than just continuing to man-

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For more than 15 years, CIRA had a straightforward mission: register Canada’s .ca domain names and make sure that when people typed in the name of a website, they ended up where they were supposed to go. That’s changed. “We were really good at what we did and we did one thing,” says CEO Byron Holland. “Now we’re asking our team, not only do we continue to do that, we also want to invest in new products and services. By definition, not every one will be successful. We’re going to try new stuff. Not all of it’s going to work.” That shift in the organization’s mandate has also required many of its employees to alter the way they think about how they work. “Cultural transitions in organizations … are really challenging,” Mr. Holland says. “They always take longer than you think. Stuff happens you couldn’t have predicted. And getting folks to adopt and accept what in essence are two fairly different perspectives on how to do business has definitely been an interesting challenge for the organization.” Through it all, CIRA has maintained an enviable record as a great place to work. For three years running, human resources firm Aon has named the agency one of Canada’s top 40 employers among small and medium-sized companies. “We deliver something meaningful for all Canadians,” CIRA’s chief executive says. “How many companies can say every single Canadian is my customer? That’s a pretty powerful motivator for our staff.” His main piece of advice to any firm contemplating a significant change in mandate? Be “wildly transparent” about the whole process. Changing a company’s culture “always takes longer than you think,” he says, and it’s important to explain to employees why you’re doing what you’re doing, every step of the way. When the organization moved from its former headquarters on Queen Street to its new office at Lansdowne Park, it made many employees anxious, Mr. Holland adds. He held town hall meetings with staff, giving them a chance to offer input and suggestions on the design, many of which were implemented. The physical layout of the office was specifically designed to help the organization become more cohesive, he says. For example, CIRA’s new digs have a single eating area and only one photocopier room, creating natural gathering places for employees from different departments and fostering a deeper sense of collaboration.

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The D-Zone product has already gained a loyal following at institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities across the country, Mr. Holland says, and several municipalities have also signed on as customers, including the City of Hamilton. CIRA has only begun to reap the benefits of its diversification strategy, he says. In the fiscal year ending in March 2016 – before it launched its Fury platform – the organization brought in $19.9 million from registration fees and renewals. Other revenues totalled just $304,000, up from about $212,000 a year earlier. Mr. Holland says he’s confident the agency’s efforts will pay off in the long run. “Getting that first customer is the hardest thing to do,” he says. “Once you knocked down that, then you start to see more traction. I would say that’s kind of the phase that we’re in right now. It’s very early days for us, but the signals from the market are good. Now it’s a question of, how do we make sure that we follow the best path forward to really reap the benefit of the things that we’ve built, the expertise we have, the transitions that we’ve made.” Expanding its focus, he says, required the agency to shift its collective mindset away from being mostly a maintainer of Internet infrastructure to a broader perspective that includes being a producer and seller of webrelated services. “In the old version of CIRA, we didn’t have any business development or sales (staff),” says Mr. Holland, an Ottawa native who joined the agency in 2008 after a tech career that included launching Futura Rewards, a highly successful brand loyalty program. “There were lots of people here who’d done that in past careers, but as an organization, that wasn’t in our DNA at all. Just trying to build out some of those skills and flex those muscles – muscles that we’d never used before – that was part of the journey, part of the cultural transformation of the organization.” The transition hasn’t always been smooth. Some of the organization’s privatesector partners, including domain registrars, questioned why a non-profit entity created to strengthen Canada’s Internet infrastructure was suddenly operating like a money-making enterprise. Even some of CIRA’s more than 80 employees wondered if the agency was straying too far from its core mandate, Mr. Holland concedes. The CEO isn’t afraid to meet the critics head on, arguing CIRA’s long-term survival requires him to look for other sources of income. If he didn’t do that, he says, he wouldn’t be doing his job. “We have a responsibility to do what’s right for .ca, first and foremost, and a mandate for .ca,” Mr. Holland says. “That mandate doesn’t say, ‘Don’t do anything else.’ The mandate says, ‘Make sure you run .ca really well.’ A high-growth environment is a completely different world than a near nogrowth environment. By definition, we can’t behave the same. The biggest risk we could take is taking no risk at all.”


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J. Denis Seguin principal and senior vice-president 1996

WND

Strategic facility planning; compliance roles; master planning; architecture and interior design; feasibility studies; programming; consolidation planning

5

7

Emmanuelle Van Rutten, Tobias Fellow, Mohammed Al Lissai senior architects 2005

WND

Large-scale institutional; university; multi-unit residential

5

18

Robert C. Matthews, principal Vlad Popovic, Nathalie Routhier, Gary Wentzell partners 2014

WND

All aspects of planning; institutional; educational; office/ corporate; retail; sports and recreation; custom residential architecture and interior design; charitable projects

4

8

Christopher Simmonds principal 1997

The Eddy Condominums, 1000 Wellington; OCISO Social Housing, 140 Den Haag; Tomlinson head office; Full architectural services; interior design; landscape design Citigate Nepean

4

20

Diane E. Phillips director 2002

PWGSC; University of Ottawa; Carleton University; Minto Developments; Bank of Nova Scotia; Sunlife Financial; CBRE; Sakto Corp.; District Realty; Chateau Laurier; Evonik Oil; Museum of History

4

35

Guy Cormier president and CEO Stephen Parenteau executive director, vice-president and secretary Georges Quirion executive director and chief architect 1955

Architecture; consulting engineering; urban planning; Trillium Public Transportaion, UK Headquarters; Living project management; integrated multidisciplinary design with Lakes, College Boréal Campus; Correctional services; perimeter and building security; project Services office building; HGS Health Centre management

4

10

Andrew Reeves principal, partner and owner 2007

Shopify head office

Architectural; interior design; landscaping; LEED; lighting; sound

4

8

Matt Johnston associate principal 2008

WND

Higher education; health care; sports and recreation; corporate and civic work; sustainability; urban design and transit; interior design

Feasibility studies; master planning; building condition assessments, building envelope science; heritage conservation; barrier-free design; sustainable design; building information modelling; tenant fit-ups; interiors; commercial; residential Seniors and long-term care facilities; research and teaching laboratories; heritage conservation and adaptive re-use; interior design and space planning; university facilities; data centres; physical security; programming and feasibility studies; strategic analysis; P3 consulting

Educational; high tech; health care; institutional; government and design-build collaborations; sustainability and accessibility; small and large renovations and fit-ups

WND = Would not disclose. *Did not respond to 2016 survey – using data from previous years. Should your company be on this list? If so, please send details to research@obj.ca This list is current as of Aug 11, 2016. © 2016 by Ottawa Business Journal. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced by any method in whole or in part without written permission by Ottawa Business Journal. While every attempt is made to ensure the thoroughness and accuracy of the list, omissions and errors sometimes occur. Please send any corrections or additions by e-mail to research@obj.ca. OBJ lists are primarily compiled using information provided voluntarily by the organizations named. Some firms that may qualify for the list are not included because the company either failed to respond to requests for information by press time, because the company declined to take part in the survey or because of space constraints. Categories are drawn up in attempt to gather information of relevance to the Ottawa market. Research by Patti Moran. Please send questions and comments to research@obj.ca.


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Jill Sparling joined McRobie Architects + Interior Designers as a partner of the firm. Ms. Sparling is a 1996 graduate of the McGill School of Architecture. She joined McRobie in 2005, becoming an associate in 2011. Micheál Kelly, former dean of the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, joined ADGA Group’s strategic advisory council. Also joining the council are Richard Fadden, Richard Giguère, Raymond R. Henault and Carolyn Hurst. Chris Carsen and Jason Wesbecher have joined the executive team at Corel. Mr. Carsen will serve as general counsel and will lead the company’s contracting, intellectual property, litigation and compliance operations globally. Mr. Wesbecher joins as executive vicepresident of sales and marketing after more than 20 years working in the B2B software industry.

The West Ottawa Board of Trade announced its 2017 Business Excellence Awards recipients: business leader, Kevin Ford; new business, Keynote Group; small business, Unposed Photography; medium business, Rhapsody Strategies Inc.; large business, Welch LLP; young entrepreneur, James Baker; community development, Children at Risk, Ottawa; customer service, Brookstreet Hotel; restaurant full serve, Papa Sam’s Kanata; restaurant fast serve, Luna Crêpes and Café. Feenics Inc. won the Security Sales and Integration Most Valuable Product award in the access control category for its new Keep by Feenics enterprise platform. Keep by Feenics is a scalable, cloud-based access control system for managing security infrastructures.

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