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: Ontario high school diploma (2002)
Biggest business achievement: Receiving an Immigrant Entrepreneur Award from the City of Ottawa in 2018.
Biggest obstacle overcome: As many (if not most) companies have experienced, not all customers are quick to pay. As the owner of a mostly self-funded company (I have received some financing for large-scale purchases), I have needed to scale my business very carefully and protect my cash flow. For this reason, purchases for new equipment or to expand my office or team have been more gradual than I would ideally like. Given that demand for our services is growing so quickly, we are all working long hours.
Biggest influence: My dad. He has told me to never aim for second place and to treat everybody with the same respect regardless of their social standing or race. He always challenged me and encouraged me to aim higher and higher.
Most important lesson you’ve learned in business: If you consistently provide quality work with great customer service, your business will not only grow but flourish. Also, treat your employees and partners with the utmost respect and always over-deliver.
First job: Delivering pizza flyers.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Keep pushing and never give up.
Favourite pastime: Flying my drone.