Amy Friesen, founder and CEO, Tea & Toas

Amy Friesen
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade 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 photos of the 2019 gala here.

 

Education: Bachelor of arts in social sciences, concentration in psychology, University of Ottawa (2004); business marketing diploma, Algonquin College (2002)

Biggest business achievement: Becoming the go-to senior living adviser in Ottawa. 

Biggest obstacle overcome: Learning to be confident in my vision and my abilities. 

Biggest influence: My nanny. I only had a short while with her in my life, but it was impactful enough that I believe that’s where my love of seniors comes from.

Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Not everyone gets you. When you take the leap to not only start a business but develop a brand new industry, many people won’t be on board. However, what you learn is to seek out the people who believe in you and your vision and build like you’ve never built before. 

First job: Cashier at a drugstore

Favourite pastimes: I love cooking and food photography.

I’m currently reading: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Favourite movie: Dirty Dancing

Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Fury FC