Gordon Cudney, partner, Gowling WLG

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Gordon Cudney

Age: 38

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: Law firm

Education: Bachelor of laws, Dalhousie University (2007)

Charitable involvement: Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health

Biggest biz achievement: Making partner at Gowling WLG.

Biggest obstacle: My mother died in 2003, leaving me without parents at a young age.  

Biggest influence: My mother. She was a genuine and compassionate person and when I feel lost as a person, I try to gravitate back to her core values.  

Biggest lesson learned: Always take the meeting, because you never know what will come of it. My best friend, client and mentor came out of a coffee meeting in 2010 that I wanted no part of. You just never know when something special is going to happen.

First job: Tennis pro

Advice I’d give the younger me: Don't take things too personally. There should be a healthy disconnect between who you are and what you do.

What’s left to do: I would like to be a part of the team at the Royal that changes the way mental illness is treated the world over.  

Favourite pastime: Tennis

I’m currently reading: The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

Favourite movie: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Favourite song: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platform: Facebook