Jordan O'Leary, owner, Morning Owl Coffeehouse

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Jordan O'Leary

Age: 35

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: Morning Owl is a gourmet sandwich and coffee bar. We serve thousands of customers all over Ottawa every day.

Education: Bachelor of commerce, Carleton University (2006)

Charitable involvement: Canadian Blood Services

Biggest biz achievement: In 2016, four Morning Owls opened as well as my new little baby, RAW, a juice and smoothie bar.

Biggest obstacle: Opening five stores in a one-year span was a tough go. It was very successful but definitely had its rough patches. It's hard to be in five places at once.

Biggest influence: I have lots of influential people in my life, starting with my wife, who is my biggest fan. My parents never stop believing in me and I look up to my new partners every time we get together.

Biggest lesson learned: There is nothing more satisfying than working for yourself. My days are long, but seeing my business thrive keeps me fuelled. Mondays blend with Sundays.

First job: Bussing tables at a banquet hall. I was 13 and got paid under the table because I wasn't legal age.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Remember that work-life balance is important.

What’s left to do: Family planning is looking like it's in the near future. Same with more Owls and RAWs.

Favourite pastime: I like having morning coffee with my wife on the weekends.

I’m currently reading: I'm not a big reader. It requires too much stillness.

Favourite movie: The Boondock Saints

Favourite song: Birthday Song by Ben Lee

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day

Preferred social media platform: Instagram