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: Executive search and leadership services
Education: Bachelor of social sciences, University of Ottawa (2006)
Charitable involvement: The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Champions Council
Biggest biz achievement: In 2017, I was named the youngest partner at Odgers Berndtson Canada
Biggest biz obstacle: Odgers Berndtson’s Ottawa office is relatively new and has had to compete with firmly established competition and some brand confusion following an acquisition. As an office, we have had to adjust our approach and re-introduce ourselves to the Ottawa market.
Biggest influence: My family. Growing up, my parents provided excellent examples and taught me the values of hard work and how much effort, focus and dedication is required for success. I want to set the same example for my sons.
Biggest lesson learned: Clear communication is essential to success.
First job: Retail clerk at Canadian Tire
Favourite pastime: Spending time with my family.
Favourite movie: Jurassic Park
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Fury FC
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Linkedin
Twitter handle: @mwilliams613