The judging process is managed by the Ottawa Business Events, a joint venture of the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal.

OBJ's publisher chairs various committees responsible for the selection of awards, such as CEO of the Year, CFO of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Newsmaker of the Year and Deals of the Year.

OBoT's president and CEO chairs various committees for the selection of company awards, such as Best Business, Best New Business, Best Performance and others.