Taylor Johansen, autism program director, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Taylor Johansen
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.

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: Helping CHEO’s YouthNet/RéseauAdo program triple its capacity and reach.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Becoming a mother and learning how to carry the responsibilities of parenthood while pressing forward with personal and professional growth.

Biggest influences: I worked as a frontline disability support worker in Australia and cared for an incredible young man with multiple diagnoses, significant mental health challenges, social disadvantages and the most honest heart. Ray taught me the meaning of vulnerability, inspired me to pursue graduate-level education and led me down the career path I am on today. Also, my strong, cancer-surviving, career woman mother, Faye Linseman.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: We can quickly and dramatically change systems and reinvent the way we deliver healthcare services.

Charitable involvement: CHEO Foundation

First job: Delivering Avon catalogs

Advice I’d give the younger me: Learn to cook earlier!

Favourite pastime: In summer, hiking in the Greenbelt with my husband and two daughters. In winter, curling.