Tenacity. Innovation. Inspiration. This year’s recipients of the ASPIRE awards, which honour business people under the age of 40, may come from different industries and backgrounds, but they share a passion for business, a commitment to their community, and an ability to inspire the people around them. On September 29, the Markham Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Networking (YPN) honoured those qualities in three deserving recipients at Seneca College’s Markham campus.
Igor Klibanov’s passion for fitness has taken him from his first martial arts class at the age of nine to being the CEO and owner of his own personal training company, Fitness Solutions Plus. Based in Markham and serving the GTA, the company has grown 40% in the last three years. While pushing his business to new heights, Klibanov has continued to volunteer and write books to inspire others.
In the past 10 years, Igor Momot has risen from summer student to Senior Manager of Audit & Assurance at BDO Canada LLP, but he’s never forgotten where he came from, mentoring students through BDO’s Top 200 Program. That commitment to helping others extends beyond the workplace, where he volunteers with a number of organizations including Markham Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Awards Committee, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, and Parasport.
In 2012, WPIC-certified event planner Phoebe Lo took the plunge…and started her own wedding planning company. Since then, she has planned and managed over 40 events and been featured in wedding magazines like Wedding Star, as well as Toronto Life. She spreads the love with a paid co-op program that provides students with full training and mentorship, and by donating 5% of all profits to charity.
(Back row, from left) Steve Carruthers, RBC Royal Bank (Nominee); Jason Wilton, Boundless Productions (Nominee); Michael Fin, MIT Consulting (Nominee); Mark Rizk, Juvo (Nominee); Adriana Scali, Link HR (Nominee); and Phoebe Lo, Phoebe Lo Events (Award Recipient).
(Front row) Igor Momot, BDO Canada LLP (Award Recipient).
(Missing from photo) Igor Klibanov, Fitness Solutions Plus (Award Recipient).