Steve Lavigne, director of technology, OPIN Software

Steve Lavigne
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade 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 photos of the 2019 gala here.

 

Education: Computer programmer analyst diploma, Canadore College

Biggest business achievement: Becoming an executive at OPIN and being given the opportunity to help the company grow.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Being a husband and father, I have always had to find the right balance between my professional life and my personal life. I am a bit of a workaholic and work doesn’t always feel like work, so finding that balance is something I have had to overcome.

Biggest influences: There have been two main ones. First, my family has always encouraged me to follow my intuition and has pushed me to achieve greatness in my professional life. Second, my CEO at OPIN, Chris Smith. He continues to challenge me in my role, while at the same time allowing me to learn and mature.

Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: The importance of learning from everyone around me, from interns to CEOs. Everyone in an organization has something different to offer and, in most cases, has a different perspective on any given topic.

First job: Gymnastics and trampoline coach

Favourite pastime: Fishing.

I’m currently reading: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari