Siddhartha (Sid) Kumar, director of strategic development, Access Healthcare Services

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Siddhartha (Sid) Kumar

Age: 39

Birthplace: Gaya, India

Company: Health care for clients at home and in communities around Ontario

Education: Master of social work, University of Delhi (2000); bachelor of arts honours degree in psychology, University of Delhi (1998)

Charitable involvement: Network of Indian Professionals Canada

Biggest biz achievement: I advocated for a “solution model” which represented a shift from the traditional “service model.”

Biggest biz obstacle: Inertia is always difficult to break, especially if big aspirations are sought. Breaking major goals up into smaller chunks helps others to understand the motivation and process behind the ideas.

Biggest influence: My grandfather, Dr. D.D. Das. He is a retired professor of psychology who earned his PhD in a time when people in India were mostly illiterate and achieving a college degree was a rare accomplishment. His unconditional support and encouragement, especially during tough times, has made my willpower very strong.

Biggest lesson learned: Persistence pays off, but it takes time and a lot of effort!

First job: Researcher

Advice I’d give the younger me: Be more confident and celebrate your success!

What’s left to do: A lot

Favourite pastime: Thinking

Favourite movie: Many, but one of them is 12 Angry Men.

Favourite song: It’s not a song, but an expression that inspires me is “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Twitter handle: @Sid_Ottawa