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: Software platform for management and dispensing of natural health protocols.
Education: Bachelor of commerce, University of Ottawa, specializing in accounting, co-op (2006)
Charitable involvement: typicallycanadian.com
Biggest biz achievement: Overseeing the growth at Fullscript from five to 100 people over the last four years.
Biggest obstacle: Making the leap of faith to leave a great job and take a risk on Fullscript.
Biggest influence: My friend and business partner Kyle Braatz has transformed me from being absolutely risk-averse to having an entrepreneurial mindset. This has elevated me from having a good accountant mindset to a strong business mindset.
Biggest lesson learned: Knowing the solution is only a small part to process. It’s more about having the confidence and experience to know how to present your ideas. After hiring a new CFO at my own request, this is the lesson I’ve learned more than any from shadowing someone with success in this role.
First job: Operating a merry-go-round.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Even if you don’t want to be a developer, learn to code.
Favourite pastime: Golf
Favourite movie: Interstellar
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Redblacks
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platform: Facebook