Mayor Jim Watson has recognized four local entrepreneurs for their significant contributions to Ottawa’s economy. The winners were presented with Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards yesterday at TiE Ottawa’s virtual entrepreneurship conference, TiECon Canada.
The 2021 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award winners are:
- Dr. Aali Alizadeh
Co-Founder, President of Giatec Scientific Inc.
- Ihsan (Sam) Habbal
Owner, Lunch Lady Ottawa West & Sweet Hits
- Maryam Yazdani
Founder of GenesisLink Consulting Services.
- Dragan Veljovic
Maplesoft Consulting; Managing Director of Fontana NBG
For more information about each award recipient, please visit ottawa.ca/IEAwards.
After a one year hiatus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards return to recognize the success and contributions of individuals who were born outside of Canada and now make Ottawa their home. The awards have been presented annually since 2012.
The individuals we are honouring today are innovators who demonstrate both entrepreneurial and community spirit. They represent the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in our community and demonstrate that Ottawa continues to be a great place to start a business.
Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa