The Fifth Annual ASPIRE Awards: Celebrating Markham’s Young Business Leaders

On October 5th, the Markham Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Networking series (YPN) presented the 5th Annual ASPIRE (Achieving Social and Professional Ideals, Reaching Excellence) Awards to three deserving candidates. The prize honours outstanding Markham business professionals under 40. The recipients of this year’s award are not just excellent businesspersons but also community leaders and role models active in mentorship, social engagement, and charity work throughout the Markham area.

Chris Jones began working as a business advisor and chartered professional accountant at Williams & Partners LLP in 2015 after being invited to the firm. An expert in accounting, business valuation, and corporate finance, Chris was promoted to partner at Williams & Partners LLP at only 35 years of age. Chris also does charity work, including work with Victim Services Toronto, and employs his experience and business-savvy to empower the next generation of business professionals, enthusiastically working as a part of Williams & Partners’ human resources team aiming to find promising future CPAs, helping clients with succession planning, and working with a number of mentorship programs.

Lucia Mariani brings her enthusiasm, creativity, and 15 years of digital marketing experience to her work as digital director at Feast Interactive Inc., an award-winning digital advertising company that she co-founded in 2011. At Feast Interactive, Lucia helps clients implement interactive, efficient, and highly effective marketing strategies, allowing them to boost their companies’ profiles. Lucia is also passionate about community involvement and applies her creativity and diverse experience to worthy causes, such as working to organize an annual TEDxWomen event in Toronto and managing events for Girls in Tech Toronto, which she co-founded.

Jonathan Greenbaum has accrued a wealth of knowledge and experience in accounting, tax, and related services over the last 13 years. He is currently senior manager of Assurance & Accounting Services at BDO Canada LLP, where he has worked for over ten years. Jonathan will soon be made partner at the company, effective January 1. He is also an active speaker and mentor in Markham’s business community, advising startups and small businesses on best accounting practices on a volunteer basis and giving a very popular no-fee “Tax Tip” seminar at the Markham Small Business Centre.