Chris Pulfer, principal, Posterity Group

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Chris Pulfer

Age: 36

Birthplace: Guelph

Company: We provide energy advisory services for governments, utilities and the private sector.  

Education: Bachelor of science, University of Ottawa (2006); bachelor of engineering, Carleton University (2003)
Charitable involvement: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Biggest biz achievement: Being able to attract a team of incredibly bright and dedicated people, typically by offering fewer dollars and more risk than their other options.

Biggest obstacle: Getting Posterity Group moving from a total standstill. On day one, Alex Tiessen and I were a two-person consulting company with no clients, offering a combined 10 years of experience and operating from our spare bedrooms.

Biggest influence: There have been many, but I'll go with David Oke, my grandfather. He encouraged me to experience the world more broadly: science, art, business, nature, everything. Shortly before he died, he sold his farm and gave his grandchildren a portion of the proceeds. My share was used as seed money for Posterity Group.

Biggest lesson learned: Treat people well, no matter the immediate situation or relationship. Arch-nemesis competitors become future colleagues; failed job applicants become future clients.

First job: Labourer on the family farm

Advice I’d give the younger me: Spend more time with the people who matter most to you.

What’s left to do: On the personal front, help my kids become strong, confident, kind adults. Make sure my career doesn't get in the way. On the career front, Posterity Group has done lots of good work. However, we’re a nine-person operation in a $10-billion industry, simultaneously fighting climate change and giant multinational competitors, so pretty much everything is still “left to do.”

Favourite pastime: Visiting the dinosaurs at the Canadian Museum of Nature with my kids.

I’m currently reading: Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life by James William Daschuk

Favourite movie: Dr. Strangelove

Favourite song: I'm more of a podcast person these days, mostly about politics in the U.S. I'm trying to wean myself.

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa RedBlacks

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Chamberfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Company Twitter handle: @PosterityGroup