Cyril Leeder and Bernie Ashe have reemerged in the Ottawa business landscape thanks to the acquisition of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets. The two well-known Ottawa sports executives have been announced as key parts of a new ownership group for the 36-ye

In the end, exhaustion. And, one likes to believe, some shame on the part of the professionals who fed for so long off Nortel’s estate. Ernst & Young, the consultants in charge of Nortel’s nine-year long bankruptcy proceedings, began

It’s a fact: we know that diverse companies breed better products, better service and more resilient businesses. And still, barriers to entry remain, and inequality persists, preserving cultures that perpetuate inequity in the workplace. This realit

It has been a bizarre couple of years for Masha Krupp, the outspoken head of the Ottawa translation company that bears her name. Major business dealings with the federal government have been abruptly terminated twice. She fought back successfully in

Given the sheer scale and continuing growth of Amazon, it was only a matter of time before the electronic commerce Leviathan made a serious move into the national capital region. This is a $177.9-billion global juggernaut (2017 revenues) that last y

It’s official. Amazon is setting up shop in the capital. After weeks of speculation, the construction company hired by Amazon to build a behemoth distribution centre in the east end issued a news release Tuesday morning confirming the deal. “W

It was the day that everything changed for Mitel Networks, the catalyst at the heart of Kanata’s tech industry. On April 9, 2018, the directors of the 45 year-old firm — led by chairman and co-founder Terence Matthews — logged in one by one to

It’s a perennial pattern in the National Capital Region. Tourists scramble to find hotel rooms on Canada Day and are willing in most cases to pay full price. The following weekend? Not so much. During last year’s Canada Day weekend, for

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson dropped into an Ottawa real estate firm Wednesday morning to get a glimpse of the industry’s new virtual reality technology that is allowing potential buyers to “explore” available properties without leaving their home. Watso

The capital region’s jobless rate has been a steady 4.4 per cent for three straight months, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The federal agency said this was despite a net drop of 1,200 jobs from May to June. The region’s labour force,

Perhaps it was just a matter of time, but some of the steam has gone out of the housing market in Ottawa’s western districts — from Tunney’s Pasture to Britannia. While homeowners in these areas still registered year-over-year gains of f

The Capital Region’s jobless rate remained at a historically low 4.4 per cent in May, the same as in April, Statistics Canada reported Friday. It’s the lowest unemployment rate in at least 31 years. Data compiled prior to 1987 reflects d

High quality employees, aka “top talent,” are the most sought-after commodity for tech companies today. In many global economies, including Canada, there is a shortage of skills and therefore talent is at a premium. This begs the question, how are y

Sandro “Sam” Giannetti was known as the quiet brother, the one who presided over Little Italy’s Preston Hardware with a smile and a ready contribution for any good cause. “He could never say ‘no’ to anyone, if a t

In honour of Canada Day, we bring you the top 10 things you might not know about Canada’s businesses. North America’s oldest brewery? We’ve got that one nailed.  

Magna International has announced its intention to close its Grenville Castings unit in Perth by June 2019. The closure of the plant, which is a subsidiary of Magna’s Cosma International Unit, will affect as many as 380 employees. John Fenik,

A longtime owner of the historic Rockcliffe Boathouse says she feels as though she’s locked in a “David and Goliath” legal battle that’s forced her to postpone her retirement and clean houses to make ends meet. Shirley Kent i

This blog is part of our AccelerateOTT: Scale or Fail Speaker Series. View the full series here. Speaker: Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur In Residence, Techstars Title: Founders, Startups and Communities Lessons Learned from a Serial Entrepreneur Chris H

At AccelerateOTT, the Early-Stage Investor Panel was so popular, during the talk you could hear a pin drop! Attendees walked away armed with the knowledge of what to look for in an Angel or VC, how to pitch, when to seek investment, how to discern b

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Starting our program bright and early, Andrew and Franco woke up the crowd of 500+ with inspirational tales of serendipity and success. There was so much quality content it was a challenge to isolate our favourite top take aways, but we did it. Here

Keynote speaker Saalim Chowdhury, Partner at 500 Startups, took to the stage at AccelerateOTT to deliver Going for Growth: 10 Things Every Founder Should Know About Growth but We Don't Talk About. What he really shared were lessons he learnt the har

This blog is part of our AccelerateOTT: Scale or Fail Speaker Series. View the full series here.  Speakers: Ryan Hoover, Founder, Product Hunt and Weekend Investor and Robleh Jama, Product Lead, Shopify Title: The Rise and Impact of the Maker Cultur

When you are a startup in full-blown raise mode, running the gauntlet of investor meetings can be overwhelming. It feels like an endless cycle of research, one-on-one's, demo days, elevator pitches, "tire-kicking" and more pitches. Founders understa

After nine years of investigation and litigation, the bureau couldn’t make its case that Barney Shum had indirectly enabled bid-rigging at Library and Archives Canada. It’s the bureau’s second major trial loss in three years. Still