Sarah Lynne Howard, manager, WSP Canada Inc.

Sarah Lynne Howard
Sarah Lynne Howard
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
Click here to see the full list of the 2021 recipients and click here to watch the special broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.

2021-06-09

Business: Innovative, high-quality buildings

Born: Toronto

Biggest business achievement: Mobilizing and leading a team of structural engineers and technologists from offices across Canada to deliver building structures associated with a nearly $2 billion project to construct and revitalize heating and cooling plants and distribution systems in the National Capital Region.

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Biggest obstacle overcome: Equal opportunity in the construction industry does not necessarily equate to an equitable experience. I challenge this social stereotype by ensuring the validation of efforts by others, lifting up the women I work with by highlighting their achievements and creating a culture of respect.

Biggest influences: My father never questioned my abilities to succeed at anything I put my mind to. Learning and creating motivates him; he’s passed that on to me.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Slow down and create space for yourself to live, apart from your identity of who you are in your business.

Charitable involvement: Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance

First job: Junior ski instructor

Advice I’d give the younger me: Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Favourite pastime: Being outside

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