Cynthia Benoit, CEO, CB Linguistic Services Inc.

Cynthia Benoit
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Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
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Business: Sign language linguistic services

Born: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.

Biggest business achievement: Founding a consulting firm that has grown annual revenues by 750 per cent over the past four years and employs four full-time deaf employees, three part-time deaf employees and more than 60 deaf and hard-of-hearing freelancers across Canada.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Being agile and making my business grow while facing a highly unpredictable environment when the pandemic hit.

Biggest influences: Dr. Alex Iantaffi, who literally changed my career trajectory. He inspired me to be my best, and showed me what a healthy working environment should look like.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Agility and the team’s mental health and overall well-being truly matters.

Charitable involvement: Canadian Deaf Sports Association

First job: Dishwasher at a cafeteria

Advice I’d give the younger me: Never stop learning, find yourself different types of mentors, stop holding yourself back and enjoy the journey!

Favourite pastime: Kayaking