Katie Black, partner, Caza Saikaley LLP

Katie Black
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.

Education: Bachelor of laws, University of Ottawa (2009) 

Biggest business achievement: Co-creating the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program in the same year that I made Partner at Caza Saikaley LLP. 

Biggest obstacle overcome: Despite being a single parent, I graduated second out of 168 students completing their third year of the English bachelor of laws program in the Faculty of Common Law.  

Biggest influences: My kids. They made me who I am today. In law school, they inspired me to work hard. In practice, they have kept me humble and taught me how to listen.  

Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Communication is key: who is going to do what and by when? Effective litigation requires clear project management.

First job: Cook at the Green Door restaurant.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t care about the opinions of everyone, only the opinions of those you respect.

Favourite pastime: Reading.

I’m currently reading: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Favourite movie: Miller’s Crossing

Favourite song: Strangers by the Kinks

Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Senators