Remains of missing Shopify CFO Brett O’Grady found in Ottawa’s east end


Human remains were found last Saturday in the water in the area of ​​the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier promenade and CH-Aéroport-Marina road.

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Ottawa police say they have found the body of Brett O’Grady, the father and chief financial officer of Shopify who has been missing since October.

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The Ottawa Police Service said in a news release Thursday that it responded to a call for service on Saturday regarding human remains that were found in the water in the area of ​​Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway and the CH Airport-Marina road.

The coroner attended the scene, according to the news release, and the Marine, Diving and Trails Unit recovered the remains.

“A forensic identification process was initiated and yesterday afternoon it was confirmed to be Brett O’Grady, who has been missing since last October,” the statement read.

Police investigators and the coroner’s officer concluded that no foul play was suspected.

“We would like to thank everyone involved for all of their efforts to locate Brett,” police wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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O’Grady’s disappearance prompted a wide deployment of police resources and community searches to find him.

Becky O’Grady, Brett’s wife, told this newspaper in October that the morning he was last seen was like any other morning. When she left for her nursing shift at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, Brett was preparing their two-year-old son for daycare. He dropped the boy off at daycare, but did not show up for the 4:00 p.m. pick-up.

Friends and family then found Brett’s bike on a path about a mile from his house. They also found her sweater, a pillow and a bag.

Brett, an accountant who was born and raised in Ottawa, was chief treasury officer at Shopify.

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