100 Million Reasons to Smile: Ottawa’s Finance Deal of the Year

After launching Canada’s biggest tech IPO in the past four years – not to mention the country’s largest software-as-a-service public offering ever – Kinaxis is an easy choice for Ottawa’s finance deal of the year. © Cole Burston Kinaxis CFO Richard Monkman Kinaxis, which has its headquarters and R&D operations in the capital, specializes in…

Bringing the World of Impressionism to the Prairies

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, The Hudson River (n.d.), oil on burlap, 50.6 x 40.9 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift from the Estate of Arnold O. Brigden, G-73-328 There are two ways in which Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) is typically remembered: as the last artist to join the Group of Seven or, as Montreal…

The Concrete Hip-Hop Poetry of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat, A Panel of Experts (1982), acrylic and oil paintstick and paper collage on canvas with exposed wood supports and twine 152.4 x 152.4 cm. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Gift of Ira Young. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / SODRAC (2014). Licensed by Artestar, New York We’ll never know if the name “Madonna”…

Canadian Ensemble of the Italian Baroque

Ciro Ferri, Joseph Turning Away from Potiphar’s Wife (c. 1675), oil on canvas, 75.6 x 104 cm. Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queen’s University, Kingston, Gift of Alfred & Isabel Bader Shining a spotlight on twelve Italian Baroque masterpieces from prominent Canadian art institutions, the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) has put together an ensemble cast…

Ottawa’s Green Machine Kicks Into Gear

A group dedicated to making Ottawa’s downtown more ecologically friendly is planning to launch a trio of major projects in conjunction with local developers, landlords and other businesses. The Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict has signed up 31 new members known as “champions” that are located downtown and are committed to making the central business district greener…

World of Possibilities Opens for Mitel in 2015

Mitel Network’s friendly acquisition of southern Ontario-based Aastra Technologies created a billion-dollar company with 60 million customers around the world, making it the city’s biggest tech deal this year. “(Mitel) started some 41 years ago as two entrepreneurs in a little strip mall in Kanata,” says Steve Spooner, Mitel’s chief financial officer. “To look at…

Telfer Helps Battle Corruption

After 30 years working overseas assignments in emerging markets, Marvin Hough has learned a thing or two about spotting corruption in international markets.  Now, as executive-in-residence and academic director at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, he is part of a team offering a one-day seminar on anti-corruption tactics. The seminar, which takes…

FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES: NewFound Success for Recruiters

The owners of NewFound Recruiting haven’t wasted any time. © Photo by Cole Burston. Steve Stanley (left) and Todd LeSage of NewFound Recruiting. Slightly more than three years after it launched, the professional staffing and recruiting firm now has clients from coast to coast and rapidly growing annual revenues. “It’s beyond my wildest expectations what we’ve…

Contemplating Time with Les Filles de la Croix

Dominique Rey, Sr Carmen (2009), colour photograph, 61 x 91 cm. Courtesy of the artist  Continuing her exploration of the concepts of sisterhood and women who live on the margins of the dominant culture, Winnipeg artist Dominique Rey spent a decade immersing herself in the lives of a disappearing order of nuns: Les Filles de…

FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES: Diversification Key to KTL’s Success

KTL Group is no stranger to OBJ’s Fastest-Growing Companies list, making the cut for the fifth time in six years. “The market for us right now couldn’t be better,” says CEO Matthew Harding. “That’s ironic because the government is consolidating and there’s doom and gloom in the marketplace and on the news. I think for…

Japan’s Influence on Inuit Printmakers: The Untold Story

Lukta Qiatsuk, Owl (1959), stonecut. © CMH. Photo: Marie-Louise Deruaz Inuit prints have become an iconic part of Canadian art. Yet few know the origins of the craft, or the role played by an artistic tradition from the other side of the world. Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration explores the meeting of two graphic arts traditions…

Espial CEO Helping Power the Smart TV Revolution

After 17 years at the helm of Espial Group, Jaison Dolvane has seen his share of ups and downs in the high tech world. But with shares of the Ottawa-based digital TV and Internet protocol television software and solutions provider trading near a five-year high and the company’s executives predicting positive cash flow for the…