James Nguyen, Co-Founder and CEO, Quantropi

 James Nguyen
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: Quantum communications

Born: Hull

Biggest business achievement: Co-founding Quantropi, raising more than $5 million in seed funding, employing more than a dozen “cyber heroes” and being recognized globally.

Biggest obstacle overcome: The pandemic forced me to upgrade, grow stronger and pivot to ensure the company’s survival, while being present to my family’s needs.

Biggest influences: My parents taught me being successful is being a happy person. They instilled in me to do good, as only through doing good can one truly be happy.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Be kind and strong enough to do the right thing, especially in the worst of times.

Charitable involvement: OCCSC, In-TAC, and Ottawa Community Foundation

First job: Started a carwash business with my brothers and friends at nine, but my first real job was a Harvey’s garnisher when I was 13.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Always leap forward and the only thing that can ever stop you is your mindset. Change your mindset to where you want to go and do it sooner than later.

Favourite pastime: Travelling and seeing the world