Hesam Mahdavi, co-founder and chief technology officer, Zodiac Light Waves

Hesam Mahdavi
Hesam Mahdavi
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When Hesam Mahdavi came to Canada at age 14, he could barely speak a word of English. His entrepreneurial drive and talent was such that barely three years later, he’d launched a tutoring business that was so successful it paid for his first year of university.

After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in electrical engineering in 2006, Mahdavi joined the family business, Zodiac Light Waves. He spearheaded a major new direction for the firm, transforming a company that installed security camera systems into a major provider of IT managed services for the health-care industry.

Thanks to Zodiac’s technology that integrates IT systems at retirement and long-term care homes under one platform, the firm has achieved triple-digit revenue growth. Under Mahdavi’s watch, the company has also branched out to provide phone services to its clients and recently launched a voice-activated nurse call system.

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Away from the office, Mahdavi is an active member of the community. In addition to being a board member with the Orl​éans Chamber of Commerce for the past three years, he’s also volunteered with the Ottawa Police Service’s crime prevention program and helped organize events for the city’s Iranian community.

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