I am an entrepreneur, former theatre actor, triathlete, and family man. To find happiness, I seek to balance the different spheres of my life. I live to explore, to try (and fail!). The purpose of my life is to help and inspire others to live out their dreams.
I am first and foremost an entrepreneur, a builder. I started out with no money and no connections, nothing but an insatiable drive to change the world.
I started by dedicating several hours every day to learning about business. When I was 16, I founded my first company. From offering my services as a tutor, I saw an opportunity to work with my friends and offer high quality services to high school students. By the time I moved on to college, we had become a network of 12 tutors, and I had made enough money to fund my future ventures.
I went on to build an interior renovation company. Needless to say, I knew nothing about construction. Through hard work, we grew our company and employed over 25 people. I had to part with that company when I separated from my former spouse and business partner. I had become financially independent, so I made the decision to "retire."
It wasn't long before I was bored - and back in the ring. I founded a technology startup, with the goal of disrupting and fundamentally changing the legal services industry. More and more lawyers partner with us everyday, and we have received several venture capital offers.
When issues with anxiety made me end up in the hospital early on in my career, I quickly understood medication was not a universal solution. I started meditating daily and committed to running a marathon. Thousands of miles (and a marathon) later, I am on my way to qualify for the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon next season, and I plan on breaking the 3:00 mark next summer. I will also be participating in an Ironman triathlon next year. I not only beat anxiety: I also set myself on a path to a healthier and happier life.
On a part-time basis, I am pursuing a law degree at McGill University's Faculty of Law. I serve as a Senior Editor on the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and I work closely with James McGill Professor E. Richard Gold and The Honourable Louise Otis.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, discovering new restaurants with friends, and playing the piano. I have a deep interest in people's stories and the way in which their unique experiences led them to become who they are. I relentlessly fight for access to justice and to mental health treatment, and raise awareness about domestic violence and autism.
I try to be a valued member of my community. I donate to local charities, volunteer some of my time every week, and attend church every Sunday. I think making a difference starts with the people closest to us.
My parents instilled in me a sense of awe at the beauty of the world. I have travelled to over 50 countries worldwide and met people from all cultures and religions. They have challenged my views and humbled me time and again. I’ve fasted for Ramadan in Morocco, met the sacred cows of India, and slept among cockroaches of Costa Rica.
I am also one who has failed, many times and in many ways. As impressive as my resume might look, it is but the tip of the iceberg. For every success, I have experienced a dozen setbacks. There are countless things I deeply desired, but failed to obtain. Without my failures, I would not be the man I am today, and I would certainly not have achieved what I have achieved. I thank failure every day for teaching me the way to success and for reminding me that I am far from invincible.
I am further defined by what I was supposed to be, but chose not to be. I was born with a cocktail of anxiety ''disorder,'' obsessive-compulsive ''disorder,'' and attention deficit ''disorder'' that statistically disqualified me from achieving what I have achieved. I wasn't diagnosed as a kid, so I was never told what I could not do. I had the privilege of learning about my limitations after I had shattered them, to be told that what I did "should have been impossible." I have become a fierce advocate for access to mental health treatment and for the alternative forms of treatment that can outperform medication: meditation, therapy, and exercise. I remain convinced that none of what I have accomplished would have been possible were it not for my "disorders."
I was also a victim of domestic violence for over a year. As a male and an entrepreneur, I was the most unlikely candidate (or so I was told) to be a victim of such violence. I chose to move on within several months, and I chose to share my story so that others would not have to go through what I went through. I chose to be survivor, not a victim. I chose to rise again and to inspire.
Having determined the purpose of my life is to help and inspire others to live out their dreams, it was not sufficient to live out mine and hope others would be inspired in the process. This past year, I have set out to further fulfill my purpose. I started mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and set aside hours every week to dedicate to consulting to help businesses grow. In the process (and somewhat accidentally), I became a life coach and motivator to several high-profile individuals.
That's it! A snapshot of my life and career. Don't hesitate to reach out. For more information on consulting, check out our consulting page. I personally reply to every request we receive, so shoot us an e-mail. Our contact information is on your right (at the bottom of the page if you're using a mobile device). Also check out my blog, where I share in greater detail the failures, trials, and decisive moments of my personal and professional life that shaped the person I am today.