Class of 2021
Entrepreneur, Ahmed Jouda, hails from London, Ontario, but now calls Fort McMurray home where he runs his business, Alberta Masonry.
He sat down and chatted with YMM about the importance of family, and how that theme is weaved throughout his life.
YMM: For what are you most grateful for?
AJ: I am most grateful for my heritage and upbringing. I wouldn’t have wished it to be any different than what I’ve had.
YMM: What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
AJ: I quit a good paying job and moved 3,600 km to start a new career with no leads or prospects.
YMM: How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?
AJ: My family is my absolute priority. Self-achievement is important – I strive for personal success everyday – but the main priority is my family.
YMM: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?
AJ: Having my two youngest brothers live with my partner Laurita and me; they are 19 and 20 years old. It was very satisfying mentoring them and teaching them masonry and the value of hard, honest work. It was satisfying to know that they recognized the opportunity here and they will be coming back next year to work and live in Fort McMurray.
YMM: Who is your hero?
AJ: My father – he’s a champ! God rest his soul. He came out of a war-torn country with nothing, emigrated to the United Arab Emirates. He worked really hard and moved our family to the best country in the world (Canada). He did his very best to give my seven brothers and me the best chance to succeed.
YMM: Describe your perfect day in YMM.
AJ: Saturday morning espresso at home listening to Fairouz, the greatest Lebanese singer ever, and then head to a 9:30 a.m. yoga class with Olivia at The Studio at MacDonald Island Park. Then brunch at Earls, head home for a nap and then take a drive to inspect job sites. End the day with Laurita and me figuring out dinner plans with friends.