Ruby Williams, senior manager, Deloitte LLP

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Ruby Williams

Age: 39

Birthplace: Edmonton

Company: Professional services firm providing audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services.

Education: Bachelor of commerce, Carleton University (2000)  

Charitable involvement: Dovercourt Recreation Association, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Biggest biz achievement: Every transaction I’ve completed is a great achievement on its own. I  get to have fun using my financial and M&A expertise to help my clients achieve their business goals, whether it’s evaluating and advising on a cross-border, multimillion-dollar investment or selling a local business for an owner who is ready to retire.      

Biggest obstacle: At one point in my career, I found that I was becoming stagnant. I took a chance to switch gears and venture into a new field. Since then, I have been having fun and have not looked back. My obstacle proved to be a great opportunity for me.

Biggest influence: My mom, who shows me that hard work and perseverance are the foundation of everything, and my dad, who teaches me to take risks and be open-minded to whatever life throws at us.

Biggest lesson learned: To surround myself with talented and fun people I can lean on. Success can never be a one-man show.

First job: Support staff at the sales department of a homebuilder

Advice I’d give the younger me: Remember to pause and celebrate the little victories in life, because they are what make us grateful and give us the strength to fight the difficult challenges.

What’s left to do: Personally, watching my kids grow up and helping them find their own passion for life and a career they can excel in. Professionally, to continue to grow Deloitte’s M&A practice in Ottawa.

Favourite pastime: Volleyball and golf

I’m currently reading: The Spark by Kristine Barnett and Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Favourite movie: Before Sunrise

Favourite song: Someone Who Understands by Tara Shannon

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day

Preferred social media platform: LinkedIn