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: Natural health products retailer
Education: Graduate certificate, advanced law enforcement and investigations, Durham College School of Justice and Emergency Services (2011)
Charitable involvement: Health First Network
Biggest biz achievement: Best Ottawa Business Award for Best Performance Sustainability
Biggest obstacle: Taking over the ownership and operation of a 35-year-old business.
Biggest influence: My husband and partner, Mischa. He is confident, hard-working and consistently strives to be a better partner, husband and father.
Biggest lesson learned: Not everyone adapts well to change. There are very few opportunities in life to learn how to be a good change manager. Most of the knowledge I’ve gained in this area has been a trial by fire.
First job: Delivering the local newspaper
Advice I’d give the younger me: Slow down and work hard.
What’s left to do: Continue growing my knowledge (of parenting, business and life) and inspire and teach our girls kindness, courage, resilience and honesty.
Favourite pastimes: Spending time with my three girls and husband and travelling
I’m currently reading: Kids’ books – a lot of them.
Favourite movie: The Killing (TV)
Favourite song: Helpless by Neil Young
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Canada Day
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram
Twitter handle: @sarahkaplan15