Christopher Thompson, president and co-founder, Whitewater Brewing Company

Christopher Thompson
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.


In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out photos of the 2019 gala here.


Education: Bachelor of science in international business and entrepreneurship, Cardiff University

Biggest business achievement: Providing year-round employment to a rural area. 

Biggest obstacle overcome: Lack of experience. 

Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Cash is king. 

First job: Retail clerk in a cellphone store

Advice I’d give the younger me:

Go for it. 

Favourite pastimes: Basketball, kayaking, golf

Favourite movie: Toy Story

Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Fury FC

Favourite summer event: Canada Day