Odgers Berndtson is pleased to announce that Michael Williams, a partner in the firm’s Ottawa office, has been named a 2018 Forty Under 40 recipient – one of the city’s most prestigious business awards. Co-hosted by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal, the award recognizes accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40 in the National Capital Region. Applicants are assessed based on business accomplishments, professional expertise and community involvement.

Michael Williams Top Forty under 40

Promoted from Principal to Partner at Odgers Berndtson in 2017, Michael has played an instrumental role in growing the Ottawa business. The youngest partner at the firm, Michael has worked on a number of high-profile projects for clients such as The National Gallery, the Minto Group, Carleton University, The Mining Association and the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

He is also a member of Odgers Berndtson’s National Diversity Committee and an active volunteer with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, supporting the Canadian Compassionate Companies campaign.

“Michael is a great example of the kind of leader and search professional we look for to help our clients take their organizations to the next level,” said Carl Lovas, Chairman & CEO of Odgers Berndtson in Canada. “He really understands the issues facing leaders and their teams today. He has made a significant impact on our business in Ottawa, where revenues have more than doubled over the last two years.”

Selected by a panel of independent business leaders from the National Capital Region, this year’s 40 award winners were selected from 290 applications, representing various industries from craft brewing to technology.

“These young business leaders demonstrate the enormous amount of talent we have in this city,” said Ottawa Chamber President and CEO Ian Faris. “Their pioneering nature and visionary thinking will generate economic benefits in the years ahead as Ottawa is fast becoming the centre of talent attraction and innovation.”



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