With the recent launch (and success!) of our first ever Suitcase Party, the Foundation was honoured to have Notable — Canada’s largest online publication for young professionals — on board as a sponsor.
Launched in 2008, Notable strives to connect trend-setting, young visionaries with outlets that will advance both their professional and social lives. Founder and CEO Julian Brass, a young professional himself, created this site to cater to Canada’s biggest cities including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Each lifestyle guide provides local tips and insight on noteworthy people, places, and events across Canada. The company doesn’t just stick to the online realm; they’ve also organized and executed some major events that among others include the 2014 Notable Awards, TEDxToronto After Party, Fusion Icon Series, Apothic Wine Tour, and the Official Advertising Week Young Professional Schmooze.
Named Youth Entrepreneur Under 30-years-old in 2010, we briefly caught-up with Brass to not only discuss his noteworthy business and Generation Y, but also the company’s involvement in the CAF Suitcase Party.
Children’s Aid Foundation: What are some of the biggest challenges facing young professionals in the 21st century?
Julian Brass: It’s up to us as driven and determined young professionals to make the most out of our lives. There are only 24 hours in a day – young professionals can sometimes feel like it’s not enough to accomplish everything that we want to do. It’s those people who can make the most out of those 24 hours that will ultimately succeed.
CAF: What do Gen-Y’ers bring to the workforce?
JB: Gen-Y’ers believe that the world is in the palm of our hands. Data suggests that we are a generation of extremely driven and hopeful individuals. Who we are meant to be and what we can achieve is completely up to us.
CAF: What attracted you to supporting the first ever Suitcase Party?
JB: Firstly, the Children’s Aid Foundation is an incredible organization that does amazing work in the community. We wanted to get involved because we thought this might be a cause that Notable readers would support but perhaps didn’t really know much about. We wanted to get behind it, help create awareness, and give back to the community.
CAF: Why is it crucial for young professionals to network?
JB: Networking unlocks doors and provides opportunities for business. Being successful in business has a lot do with being in the right place, at the right time and getting your name out there. In a day and age where we are constantly bombarded by emails, phone calls, and social media, there is a lot to be said for having face-to-face time with people, looking them in the eye and making connections.
CAF: What compels you to give-back to your community?
JB: Young professionals often get stuck on the idea of wanting to change the world – it’s important to consider the impact of just changing one person’s day, mood, or life.