Josh Garellek, founder and CEO, Arctic Leaf

Josh Garellek
Editor's Note

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: We take e-commerce companies from mid-market to enterprise.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, Yeshiva University (2006)

Biggest business achievement: Scaling Arctic Leaf from a three-person games development company to a 40-person digital development agency.

Biggest obstacle overcome: One of my ventures in which I invested a significant amount of my time and money failed in November 2018. I needed to step away from it for my own sanity. I had to learn to accept that failure and learn from it.

First job: Sales and marketing co-ordinator

Advice I’d give the younger me: Follow your gut!

Favourite pastime: Playing street hockey with my brothers.

I’m currently reading: The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman

Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest