OBJ celebrates Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies with in-person event

After leading their ventures to new heights despite the pandemic, the founders of some of Ottawa’s top-performing companies took time out to kick back, relax and celebrate their accomplishments this week.

OBJ feted the winners of this year’s Fastest Growing Companies competition at a cocktail party Monday evening at the Mill St. Brew Pub on Wellington Street.

Executives from most of the 10 recipients as well as dozens of other movers and shakers from the capital’s business community gathered on the pub’s cozy “Ruins” patio near the Ottawa River to toast the success of the winning firms, which represent industries from skin care to construction.

The event was originally scheduled for May 24, but was postponed in the wake of the devastating windstorm that ripped through the region on May 21. On Monday night, OBJ publisher Michael Curran said the delayed gathering was worth the wait.

“After such a long time, when thousands of businesses struggled through a pandemic and then a convoy, it is fantastic to be here to celebrate some companies that are thriving,” Curran told the crowd.

This year’s winners are:

1. Bushbalm Natural Skincare

Three-year revenue growth: 5,570%

Last year’s rank: 3

PROFILE: Bushbalm is the bikini line skincare company, specializing in all-natural and vegan products. What makes it different is where the products are meant to be used: the ever-so-bashful pubic region.

2. Noibu

Three-year revenue growth: 1,721%

Last year’s rank: 4

PROFILE: The e-commerce error-monitoring platform powering the world’s best e-commerce experiences. Originally conceived as a vehicle for offering 3D virtual tours of brick-and-mortar stores, the startup changed focus in 2019 to become a bug-detection platform for e-commerce sites.

3. GoFor Delivers

Three-year revenue growth: 1,382%

Last year’s rank: 1

PROFILE: GoFor provides small to big and bulky last-mile delivery services in the retail, construction and supply chain industries across North America.

4. Ottawa Deck and Rail

Three-year revenue growth: 1,185%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Ottawa Deck and Rail supplies and installs aluminum powder-coated railings for decks, balconies and front steps.

5. Ottawa Valley Meats

Three-year revenue growth: 450%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Farm-to-plate e-commerce, specializing in high-quality locally produced meats. Direct-to-consumer Amazon model of ordering farm meats.

6. Food Cycle Science

Three-year revenue growth: 425%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Food Cycle Science is changing the way businesses and consumers handle food waste with its FoodCycler technology, which reduces food waste by 90 per cent at the source in hours.

7. Sidi.io

Three-year revenue growth: 422%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Sidi.io is a digital marketing agency specializing in demand generation strategy and execution, primarily for companies in the B2B technology, SaaS, arts and entertainment and health-care industries.

8. Sampford Advisors

Three-year revenue growth: 342%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Provides mergers and acquisitions advice for technology companies.

9. Keynote Group

Three-year revenue growth: 244%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Keynote Group is the parent company of Keynote Search, which is an executive search firm with operations in both Ottawa and Toronto.

10. Purecolo

Three-year revenue growth: 243%

Last year’s rank: New to the list

PROFILE: Purecolo is a carrier-neutral co-location company hosting some of Ottawa’s best-known tech darlings.

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