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 journalism, Carleton University (2006)
Biggest business achievement: Helping to create an amazing work culture built on bravery and contribution, and leveraging that culture to grow business and further Rebel.com’s mission.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Fear of being vulnerable as a leader. Leading with vulnerability and heart (especially in the tech industry) took courage and is the backbone of the work I’m most proud of. Supporting other leaders to do the same is a big part of my path ahead.
Biggest influence: My six-year-old daughter. More than anyone, she’s challenged me to evaluate how I spend my time and energy – and that’s driven me to do and be and create more for her and our world than I ever imagined possible.
Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: As in life, the only thing we truly control in business is how we show up and react to whatever is in front of us. I’ve been lucky to work with amazing leaders and mentors who’ve shown incredible grace, guts and resiliency in tough times.
First job: I washed horse blankets. Yep.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Dare to fail spectacularly – that’s what it takes to become the best that we can become.