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: CMHC provides mortgage liquidity, assists in affordable housing development and provides research and advice to the Canadian government and housing industry.
Education: Bachelor of commerce, specialization in accounting, University of Ottawa (2003)
Charitable involvement: United Way
Biggest biz achievement: Being a successful change agent to improving the risk culture of an important financial corporation.
Biggest obstacle: Building self-confidence.
Biggest influence: My husband. He is courageous, supportive and an active listener – in short, a real role model and contributor to my leadership growth.
Biggest lesson learned: Be authentic. In leading an important corporate initiative, I was asked to stretch outside my comfort zone. In navigating in this zone, I had the opportunity to understand who I was as a leader, learning my strengths and accepting my vulnerabilities. Remaining true to myself was a key contributor to my leadership growth.
First job: Server at BeaverTails
Advice I’d give the younger me: Be courageous and curious.
What’s left to do: Make a recognizable difference as a coach to young women leaders.
Favourite pastime: Spending time with my three kids.
I’m currently reading: From Wall Street to Bay Street by Joe Martin and Chris Kobrak
Favourite movie: A League of Their Own
Favourite song: Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platform: Linkedin