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: Consulting firm specializing in commercial interior design.
Education: Interior design advanced diploma, Algonquin College (2004)
Biggest business achievement: The purchase and ownership of an established local business.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Completing the business succession within seven months of returning early from maternity leave and balancing being a new business owner and mother of two young children under the age of three.
Biggest influences: My parents. They taught me the importance of hard work, discipline and compassion. Most importantly, they taught me to embrace every moment with the constant reminder that “life is beautiful.”
Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Challenges in business are critical to keep learning and growing. It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you put into your business, you’re nothing without a great team.
First job: Dishwasher at a restaurant
Advice I’d give the younger me: There will always be people questioning your decisions. Be confident and don’t be afraid to take calculated risks.
Favourite pastimes: Snowboarding, golf, yoga, dancing
I’m currently reading: Confessions of a GirlPreneur: Life, Love, Business and Babies by Fiona Gilligan