Emilie Wilcox, managing partner, Baiame Consulting

Emilie Wilcox
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: Professional services

Born: Peterborough, Ont.

Biggest business achievement: Joined Baiame Consulting in 2016 as its second employee and grew revenues by approximately 450 per cent since then. 

Biggest obstacle overcome: Although COVID-19 caused uncertainty around business development and the company’s sustainability, revenues increased by 60 per cent and the workforce grew by around 150 per cent.

Biggest influences: My dad always taught me that I could do anything a man could do and do it better. My business partner, Claire Lake, offered me a partnership in Baiame before I had proven I was ready. Without either, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: The continued mental health of employees should be in the top three objectives of all organizations.

Charitable involvement: Blue Sky School and Impact Hub

First job: Assistant at the local library, shelving books two nights a week

Advice I’d give the younger me: You don’t have to be perfect at everything – just live your values and the rest will fall into place.

Favourite pastime: Travel, hiking, exploring beaches and outdoor concerts