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.
Company: An AI document composer that builds winning proposals.
Education: Bachelor of engineering (electrical), McGill University (2005)
Charitable involvement: Professional Engineers Ontario
Biggest biz achievement: Raising over $2 million of capital for reDock.
Biggest biz obstacle: Turning a vision into a sustainable business.
Biggest influence: My co-founder, Amlan Gupta, on the importance of spending more time analyzing before acting. I’ve learned the hard way that hasty business decisions cost significantly more than the effort of thinking the situation through.
Biggest lesson learned: The importance of focusing on a single thing you can become a world leader at. I used to be very opportunistic about chasing business opportunities, but each push was in a different direction and didn’t contribute momentum to our flywheel. To get from good to great, each effort has to synergize with the others.
First job: Selling beauty products on the streets of London
Advice I’d give the younger me: Start your business with a sales and marketing co-founder and don’t start scaling before having validated your product and market fit.
What’s left to do: Find inner peace amid the relentless stream of challenges that life throws at entrepreneurs.
Favourite pastimes: Spending time with my three boys and playing video games.
I’m currently reading: Getting Things Done by David Allen
Favourite movie: The Founder
Favourite song: What Else is There? by Röyksopp
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Redblacks
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Jazz Festival
Preferred social media platforms: Facebook, Linkedin
Twitter handle: @pocharlebois