Business: Business consulting firm
Born: Tehran, Iran
Biggest business achievement: The network of people around me.
After decades of success in his business, Dr. Vijay Jog’s Corporate Renaissance Group was acquired by Quisitive. These are the top five lessons he wants other business owners to know.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Re-starting my life as an immigrant – adjusting to the new culture, language, values and rules has been a fun, yet tough, curve.
Biggest influences: My PhD supervisor, Prof. Georges Zaccour, at HEC Montreal. He showed me how to be a better person and was the reason I kept going in difficult times.
Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Seeing how the world changed overnight reminded me of all the things that are sometimes taken for granted.
Charitable involvement: Cornerstone Housing for Women
First job: A data entry clerk at a small company. It forced me to practice patience on a daily basis!
Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t take life too seriously. And that it’s OK to be different and go off the typical and proven path for success and happiness.
Favourite pastime: Reading books, especially novels by Jane Austen, plays by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt and poems by Rumi. I also enjoy keeping a diary of my random thoughts and life events.