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.
Business: Purveyors of fine kitchenware.
Education: Bachelor of arts in film studies, Carleton University
Biggest business achievement: Becoming part-owner of a 100-year-old business while simultaneously starting an independent design company.
Biggest obstacles overcome: Fear and self-doubt.
Biggest influence: Pierre Paradis. He has taught me invaluable business lessons which cannot be learned on paper and has supported both my professional and personal growth.
Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Transparency, integrity and humility will win every time.
First job: I started working in clothing and giftware retail at 13.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Embrace the unknown and learn to listen to the universe.
Favourite pastime: Listening to music and dancing like no one is watching.
I’m currently reading: Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Jeff Howe and Joi Ito
Favourite movie: Little Miss Sunshine
Favourite song: No Scrubs by TLC
Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Redblacks
Favourite local summer event: CityFolk