Nick McRae, president, Roxborough Bus Lines Ltd.

Nick McRae
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.
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Business: Passenger transportation

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: Taking Roxborough Bus Lines into its third generation as a family-owned business and expanding the company from a two-location, 120-employee operation to five facilities that employ more than 650 people.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Navigating major labour shortages. During these instances we never once compromised our service commitments or safety protocols.

Biggest influences: My father. He taught me that a strong work ethic makes it possible to achieve your goals and that leading by example brings out the best in your team and attracts the best team players.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Life can change in an instant and employers must use tools that work best for their team. Despite being apart, we learned that a well-informed team is a resilient team.

Charitable involvement: School Bus Ontario

First job: Bus washer

Advice I’d give the younger me: Never be afraid to ask questions. Listen to the opinion of others. Above all, once you make a choice – stand by it!

Favourite pastime: Golfing, skiing and spending time with family