James Ciesielski, chief technical officer and co-founder, Rewind

James Ciesielski
James Ciesielski
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.



Business: Rewind is a data-recovery solution for business cloud services.

Education: Bachelor of mathematics in computer science and software engineering, University of Waterloo (2003)

Biggest business achievement: I co-founded a company that reached $2 million in annual revenue within four years.

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Biggest obstacle overcome: Convincing myself to leave a “safe” job and go for it on my own.

Biggest influence: My wife; she is all the things I am not but aspire to be.

First job: I was the backup Ottawa Citizen delivery boy for my street.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Relax ​– it’s not as bad as you think; everything works out in the end.

I’m currently reading: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass boss without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Favourite movie: Back to the Future

Favourite song: To Be Safe, Loved & Home by Craig Cardiff

Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Redblacks

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day


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