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: Chartered professional accounting firm
Education: Bachelor of business administration, major in marketing, St. Francis Xavier University (2007)
Charitable involvement: Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Biggest biz achievement: Raising the brand profile for Welch LLP to the point that we were the recipients of the Best Business award at the 2017 Best Ottawa Business Awards.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Growing up with social media and not letting it ruin my professional career.
Biggest influence: Welch managing partner Micheal Burch, he’s been a mentor and true leader.
Biggest lesson learned: Hire people that are smarter than me.
First job: Counsellor at Canadian Hockey Enterprises (hockey camp)
Advice I’d give the younger me: Just keep doing you (except for the baggy pants).
What’s left to do: Enjoy family time with my wife and kids and go swimming with the sharks.
Favourite pastimes: #dadcertified and waterskiing with Garth Steele
Favourite movie: Role Models
Favourite song: Wins & Losses by Meek Mill
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Snapchat, Instagram
Twitter handle: @kyleaturk