Kent McCrea, chief operating officer, Procom Group of Cos.

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Kent McCrea

Age: 37

Birthplace: Toronto

Company: Technology services and staffing for organizations across North America.

Education: MBA, Rotman School of Management (2008)

Charitable involvement: Sigma Chi fraternity – house corporation for the University of Ottawa undergraduate chapter

Biggest biz achievement: I am most proud of my contributions to redeveloping Procom's back-office platform as a modernized multi-tenant software-as-a-service offering. This platform powers all of Procom's engagements across North America and stands to make a meaningful difference across our consultant workforce.

Biggest obstacle: My family and I are living it right now. Our daughter was diagnosed with leukemia last fall, and our battle with cancer is under way, with great care and support from the team at CHEO.

Biggest influence: My wife, Ruth York McCrea, is my largest influence and a source of great inspiration and support. Together we find balance in our careers and share the adventures of our young family.

Biggest lesson learned: I have had many teachers and am constantly learning of the value of humility in my business dealings. Many times I have seen the best idea of a session come from the most junior member of the team. Likewise, I have lived through the truth that it is a small world and a long life, and that capable leaders will show respect to people at all levels of an organization. It is the right thing to do, but what’s more, none of us know what the future may bring.

First job: Fast food french fry cook

Advice I’d give the younger me: Slow down, maybe take a gap year before university. Life only speeds up from here.

What’s left to do: Professionally, I'd like to invest more time to help develop the young leaders of our organization. Personally, I've had a long-term ambition to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Favourite pastime: Family time and the great outdoors

I’m currently reading: The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Favourite movie: Bull Durham

Favourite song: Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa RedBlacks

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, LinkedIn

Twitter handle: @kentmccrea