Chris Murray, principal, FoxNRTH

Chris Murray
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: Helps businesses get started, change direction and focus.

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: Successfully creating both the first commercial supply chain of cannabis into the U.S. in 2017 and the first commercial supply chain of psilocybin in 2021.

Biggest obstacle overcome: When the Trump administration closed the doors on the cannabis industry, I refocused on key criteria in controlled substances law, established key relationships and received approval from the same administration to import controlled substances.

Biggest influences: My father taught me the importance of always learning and critical thought. My mother taught me the importance of relationships and empathy.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Health literacy should be taught in schools.

Charitable involvement: My core work with FoxNRTH encompasses involvement in social justice and equity work.

First job: Videoflicks, renting out movies

Advice I’d give the younger me: It’s going to get weird. Stay the course.

Favourite pastime: Spending time with my partner and kids