Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 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.
Company: Adjeleian Allen Rubeli offers structural engineering consulting services
Education: Master of applied science in civil engineering, University of Ottawa (2007)
Charitable involvement: Professional Engineers of Ontario and Scouts Canada
Biggest biz achievement: Reaching a senior leadership position in my firm and encouraging continued business growth.
Biggest biz obstacle: Combining the aspects of business development, technical performance and leadership to establish a balance that supports creativity and innovation.
Biggest influence: Being involved in a firm that’s more than 60 years old, the knowledge base and experience of all the senior leadership over the years has been priceless. Their mentorship, guidance and advice have brought me to this point.
Biggest lesson learned: The learning never ends. In fact, I’m a big believer that higher education, although providing a firm base of knowledge and background, teaches the student HOW to learn, so we can be better prepared for the reality of life.
First job: Food delivery and preparation at the Canadian Tire Centre during hockey games.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t be afraid to try!
What’s left to do: It’s a constant search to better myself and encourage others to be better. As long as I can bring up those around me, family, friends and colleagues, I’ll consider that a success.
Favourite pastimes: Downhill skiing and snowboarding with my children.
I’m currently reading: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
Favourite movie: Office Space
Favourite song: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Facebook, Linkedin