Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 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.
Company: EY provides advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services.
Education: Bachelor of commerce, Carleton University (2003)
Charitable involvement: Habitat for Humanity
Biggest biz achievement: Becoming a partner at EY.
Biggest obstacle: I have two young boys, so balancing the personal and professional aspects of my life is always something that I am focused on.
Biggest influences: My family has had a very positive influence on me. I learned the value of hard work from them. I have also been very lucky to have a number of great mentors at EY. The people who have helped and guided me throughout my career are truly exceptional individuals in all aspects of their lives. I really do believe the quote that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
Biggest lesson learned: The importance of teamwork. Over time, I have realized how important focusing on the team is to achieving goals and objectives. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so getting the balance right is important. Having the right culture around the team is critical.
First job: Delivering papers
Advice I’d give the younger me: Stay hungry and stay focused.
What’s left to do: So much. My children are still young, so I am really looking forward to spending time with them to help them grow. Professionally, I am always focused on new challenges and opportunities.
Favourite pastime: Playing golf
I’m currently reading: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Favourite movie: The Lord of the Rings
Favourite song: Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram