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: WDS is a boutique investment management firm providing tailored service for private clients.
Education: Master of science (finance), Kansas State University (2015)
Charitable involvement: The Financial Planning Foundation
Biggest biz achievement: Obtaining my CFA charter and portfolio manager registration.
Biggest obstacle: Having ADHD.
Biggest influence: My parents. I cannot imagine a better possible example in all aspects of life.
Biggest lesson learned: Find balance. What good is success in business if it comes at a cost to those you love most? The little moments in life matter more than we think.
First job: Go-kart track operator
Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t fear failure.
What’s left to do: Have a beach volleyball court in my backyard and become a partner at my firm.
Favourite pastime: Volleyball
I’m currently reading: Fearless by Eric Blehm
Favourite movie: The Big Short
Favourite song: One Day Soon by the Vocal Few
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Canada Day
Preferred social media platforms: Facebook, Linkedin
Twitter handle: @derekwilliam03