Cindy MacKay, fund development and marketing co-ordinator, Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

Cindy MacKay
Cindy MacKay
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: Developmental services worker diploma, Algonquin College (2008); undergraduate studies in psychology with a minor in sociology, Carleton University

Biggest business achievement: In 2012, I negotiated a partnership with Paul Rushforth Real Estate to join our two golf tournaments and create the “must-attend” charity tournament of the summer for Ottawa. This event now provides the OCCRC with 80 per cent of the annual funds it raises. 

Biggest obstacle overcome: We are a very small organization with a small geographic service area. Finding ways to grow our donor database and community support without creating donor fatigue is always an issue. 

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Most important lessons I’ve learned in business: Surround yourself with people who challenge you to do more and be better. Ensure you take time to think things through before committing. 

First job: Babysitting.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Listen more. Also, don’t wait ​– complete that assignment early, go on that trip and explore the world while you are young. And even though you do not think you are qualified, apply for that job ​– you just might surprise yourself! 

I’m currently reading: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama


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