Luc Levesque, 33
TravelPod; Founder / General Manager
TravelPod offers travel blogging services that enable travelers to share their experiences online and operates travel applications on social networks such as Facebook.
Education: Honours in computer engineering, Algonquin College (1995)
Biggest Business Achievement: Grew TravelPod.com from an idea into an award-winning product which culminated in an acquisition by Expedia.
Biggest Business Obstacle: Finding and hiring the right people.
Biggest Lesson Learned: Hire the best people for the job and the rest will work itself out.
Three Words That Describe You: Passionate, determined and dedicated.
Charitable Involvement: Foster Parents Plan
Biggest Influence: My parents. Both of my parents poured themselves into their businesses. Both were entrepreneurs who owned flower stores, courier companies, a post office and a Sears outlet. Throughout my youth I learned the value of working hard, taking care of business and the importance of focusing on bottom-line results.
First Job: Working in my parent's flower store.
Favourite Pasttime: Travelling
Favourite Travel Destination: Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Favourite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Favourite Movie: Baraka