Company: Condominium restorative, maintenance and investigatory engineering
Education: Bachelor of applied science in civil engineering, University of Ottawa (2006)
Charitable involvement: YMCA-YWCA
Biggest biz achievement: Working with a very dedicated and passionate team to transition from an established generalist engineering firm to a firm focused on condominium service, all while undergoing a management overhaul, without losing a single team member or client.
Biggest biz obstacle: Promoting a new culture and updating the systems and processes of an established company following a management buyout. Although the company had functioned well in the past, updating 30 years of existing processes proved quite challenging.
Biggest influence: My wife, Meighan, and my parents, Doug and Laurelle, for their consistent support of my work, their belief in my capacity to achieve and for always challenging me to see a whole problem and bigger picture even if the best solutions are not the easiest.
Biggest lesson learned: How we deliver projects to our clients can always be refined. Constantly finding ways to improve our methods or products and readily integrating changes into our work has allowed us to more efficiently deliver value to our clients and decrease internal headaches associated with doing things “the way they’ve always been done.”
First job: Filling the skeet machine at a gun club.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Vigorously challenge any explanation that sounds like “that's just the way it's always been done.”
What’s left to do: To go from a good father of two to a great father of three, while looking to complete an MBA. Literally 100 other things too.
Favourite pastime: Skiing
I’m currently reading: But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
Favourite movie: Jurassic Park
Favourite song: Black by Pearl Jam
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Canada Day
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, LinkedIn
Twitter handle: @jtudoreng