André O’Bonsawin

40 Under Forty
2010 Award Winner

André O'Bonsawin, 35, is a graphic designer and partner/account manager with Sofa Communications Inc. He is a Rotarian, a volunteer with the Youth Justice Committee, and a minor baseball coach. He is married and has two children.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: One of my accomplishments would have to be the formation of Sofa Communications. When I asked this question to my wife and friends, they told me that they don't know of too many people who would quit a good-paying job to start up a business. Today, Sofa Communications Inc. is a successful advertising agency.

Q: Who is your most valued mentor?
A: My mom. At the age of 12, my widowed mother told my brothers and I we would have to start working to have the extra stuff she couldn't afford. I started working at car washes, then moved on to selling shoes to help pay for college. This life lesson has made me the man I am today.

Q: What do you love most about North Bay
      and area ?

A: North Bay is a community where it is easy to operate a business, raise a family, and enjoy outdoor amenities. North Bay is a place where you can get up in the morning and say, "I have a business meeting at 11, one at 2 and another at 3:30," then you call up your buddy to go fishing at 5:30.

Q: What else would you like to accomplish?
A: I would like to start up another business...Working in marketing and meeting interesting business people, I realize that there are so many opportunities out there if I am willing to take the chance. again.


2010 Award Recipients
Jennifer Baxter
Tanya Bédard
David Bugo
Jerri Clout
John Crescenzi
Claude Daigle
Amy Dickerson
Lynn Dolbeck
Ryan Farquhar
William Ferguson
Jenn Galan
Holly Garnett
Brad Gavan
Nicole Graham
Dr. Nick Green
Scott Hayne
Samuel Howard
Anna Iati
Karen Jones
Crystal Kaufman
Jacques Craig Lacourse
Sean Lawlor
Khouri Long
Theo Margaritis
Beverly Martin
Catharine Mayne
Alison McGraw
André O’Bonsawin
Christian Prost
Heather Ryman
Kyle Selle
Chetna Sharma
Andrew Staniforth
Claude St-Pierre
Kurt Tempelmans Plat
Laura Twigg
Michelle Walker
Anne Marie Welsh
Virginia Willms
Tara Young
Presented By
North Bay
JS Redpath
BestWestern North Bay
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
TV Cogeco North Bay
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