Shawn Gandhi, world wide head of AI/ML solutions, Amazon Web Services

Shawn Gandhi
Shawn Gandhi
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.


Business: Cloud platform

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: After growing the AWS enterprise business in New York and Boston, I returned to Canada as the first AWS Canada employee tasked with building out the AWS Canada business and solutions architecture practice coast to coast.

OBJ360 (Sponsored)

Biggest obstacle overcome: Building out the global AI/ML solutions program, hiring a new team and opening up an office partnered with Invest Ottawa at Bayview Yards.

Biggest influences: My kids are slowly becoming my biggest influence. Seeing the world through their eyes really helps me focus on what really matters, understand what’s really possible and be grateful for what I have.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: We don’t really have to fly around the globe as much as we used to in order to drive meaningful business and impact.

Charitable involvement: Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

First job: Delivering the Pennysaver door to door

Advice I’d give the younger me: Your choices are your most powerful weapon; choose wisely.

Favourite pastime: There’s nothing better than building Lego with Thing One and Thing Two!

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