Nadine Leblanc, deputy chief risk officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Nadine Leblanc

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

 

In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.

 

See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out OBJ’s coverage of the 2018 gala here.

Birthplace: Winchester

Company: CMHC provides mortgage liquidity, assists in affordable housing development and provides research and advice to the Canadian government and housing industry.

Education: Bachelor of commerce, specialization in accounting, University of Ottawa (2003)

Charitable involvement: United Way

Biggest biz achievement: Being a successful change agent to improving the risk culture of an important financial corporation.

Biggest obstacle: Building self-confidence.

Biggest influence: My husband. He is courageous, supportive and an active listener – in short, a real role model and contributor to my leadership growth.

Biggest lesson learned: Be authentic. In leading an important corporate initiative, I was asked to stretch outside my comfort zone. In navigating in this zone, I had the opportunity to understand who I was as a leader, learning my strengths and accepting my vulnerabilities. Remaining true to myself was a key contributor to my leadership growth.

First job: Server at BeaverTails

Advice I’d give the younger me: Be courageous and curious.

What’s left to do: Make a recognizable difference as a coach to young women leaders.

Favourite pastime: Spending time with my three kids.

I’m currently reading: From Wall Street to Bay Street by Joe Martin and Chris Kobrak

Favourite movie: A League of Their Own

Favourite song: Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platform: Linkedin