Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
Click here to see the full list of the 2020 recipients and click here to watch the special Ottawa Stronger Together broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.
Brandon Bignell’s career started in the public sector, where he served in multiple roles, including a special adviser to the First Nations-Crown Joint Task Force on Economic Development.
Working with the Assembly of First Nations, Bignell says he had the chance to deal with “truly amazing people” on a project that ended with the tabling of a report on First Nations and natural resource development that he says has gone on to inform and empower positive change for First Nations economic development.
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Bignell adds he left the role “inspired to do more and do better,” and soon left the public service to pursue new challenges.
He joined BDO in 2016. The move from the public sector to the private sector came with learning curves, namely the additional requirement to conduct business development and sales. Despite entering the role never having sold anything before, Bignell successfully jumped in with both feet and was named regional sales leader after only a year.
At BDO, Bignell developed a focus on Indigenous consulting in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces. In early 2020, he launched the first BDO consulting/accounting sales team focused exclusively on expanding the organization’s local market presence in the private and not-for-profit sector.