Meseret Haileyesus, CEO, Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment

Meseret Haileyesus
Editor's Note

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.
Click here to see the full list of the 2021 recipients and click here to watch the special broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.

Born: Ethiopia

Biggest business achievement: Reached more than 10,000 people on how to identify and respond to economic abuse, financial abuse and post-separation violence in the context of IPV.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Learning how to get out of my own way by letting go of what I think others expect of me and focusing on being myself. Also, learning how to juggle priorities as a working mother.

Biggest influences: My mother has taught me that hard times can be overcome and that losing battles can be won. She is my inspiration and my role model.

Charitable involvement: Ambassador of Meaningful Business – a curated global network of progressive leaders who are combining purpose and profit to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

First job: Midwife

Advice I’d give the younger me: To find the power of knowledge, aspire to inspire and set periodic goals. Look for mentors and invest in relationships.

Favourite pastime: Mesicho