Ray del Cojo, engineering director, Lightenco

Ray del Cojo

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.

 

See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out OBJ’s coverage of the 2018 gala here.

Birthplace: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Company: Lightenco implements tailored energy saving and lighting enhancement projects.

Education: Master of science, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004)

Charitable involvement: Carbon613

Biggest biz achievement: Being named one of OBJ’s fastest-growing companies in 2018 with three-year revenue growth of 223 per cent.

Biggest biz obstacle: Strong differences between partners

Biggest influence: My parents, because I learned from them the importance of doing things right, being fair to everybody (including myself) and always pushing to have a balanced life.

Biggest lesson learned: Don’t be fooled by appearances – the smallest lead may be the jackpot.

First job: Airbag testing engineer

Advice I’d give the younger me: Take skiing lessons – don’t learn on your own.

What’s left to do: I want to have grandkids, and I would like to be able to receive a realistic offer for our company – not that we would sell, but it would mean an achievement for me.

Favourite pastimes: Listening to music and golfing

Favourite movie: The Matrix

Favourite song: Pain by The War on Drugs

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Linkedin

Twitter handle: @RaydelCojo