Three Ottawa businesses were announced as being among Canada's 50 best managed companies Thursday.

Veritaaq, Desjardins Health Care and the N. Harris Computer Corporation were among the Ottawa companies that made the cut, while seven others requalified to be on the list.

"Ottawa has long been a hot spot for high tech because we have the highest educated workforce in the country," said Chamber of Commerce executive director Erin Kelly. "I don't think it's a surprise that Ottawa is winning these awards."

 

The designation opens doors for companies, including creating jobs and helping them export products abroad.

"It's quantifiable and has an effect on business," said Kelly.

The companies are judged on several criteria, including strategy and culture.