Ashley Hopkins, president and CEO, Paradigm Properties

Ashley Hopkins
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In only nine years, Ashley Hopkins worked her way up from a temporary administrative assistant at an Ottawa property management firm to become the company’s CEO.

A key turning point in Hopkins’ career came in 2016, when Paradigm Properties’ then-owner decided it was time to retire and wind down the business. Those plans changed when Hopkins negotiated a deal to keep the company running and purchase it several years later.

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Hopkins restructured the business, a process that included reassigning and retraining staff and doubling the company’s headcount to 10 employees. During that time, the company achieved significant year-over-year revenue growth. She also secured several new contracts, including an agreement to manage the city-owned buildings at historic 55 ByWard Market Square and nearby 70 Clarence St.

Her work on enhancing one of the city’s most popular destinations for residents and tourists goes beyond her work at those two properties. She sits on the board of the ByWard Market BIA (as well as the board of the Wellington West BIA) and is a volunteer with the ByWard Market Security Council.