Former OJCS student and entrepreneur Pablo Srugo was kind enough to share his story with the grade 8 class.
Mr. Srugo wanted to be a lawyer as a student but after realizing it wasn’t for him he and his business partner Lee Silverstone (another OJCS alumni!) decided they wanted to start a company of their own.
The creativity, working for themselves, and following their passions were reasons why entrepreneurship appealed to them. His first company was a tutoring company called MyTutor. His next venture, Gymtrack, raised over 5 million dollars, had 35 employees working for them and was featured in the Ottawa Citizen as a local startup company that focused on tracking activity at the gym to family the experience and make it more fun for participants. He now
Students learned about the process of starting a company from scratch, how one idea can change the world, the importance of timing, and how your preconceptions of a job may change once you actually start in the job field.
“You have to be creative.” Srugo repeated. The idea that jobs are changing, jobs are being replaced or automated are forcing students to keep doors open, and to explore your interests.