Each year the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce hands out a young professional of the year award. The Chamber Board was AMAZED by the six young professionals that were nominated in 2018 and wanted them to be recognized.
First up is William Thomson! William opened his own business, Techtutors, five years ago. In 2018 he won the Paul Boivin Leadership award for entrepreneurs. He is always willing to help out a community cause, and has partnered with the Brockville Police to run an invention contest for youth. He has also been a part of the Stingers After School program to introduce youth to different technologies.
1. In 280 characters or less, tell us what you do.
I help people use technology to connect with friends, family and people all around the world. Technology is an amazing tool to connect people, and I enjoy being able to help them use technology without the stress, and frustration. We do this with our 3 main “ing” services: Repairing, Maintaining and training.
2. Why Brockville?
Brockville is such a beautiful city, and the demographics line up perfectly with the service our business offers. Our business has been so well received and supported in the community. Brockville geographically is pretty spectacular; 1 hour from our nation’s capital, and 3 from our provinces, it’s amazing. The St-Lawrence river is just icing on the cake.
3. What is most important right now, to you as a young professional?
Not getting comfortable; I feel that as you mature, get to know your role, and your environment, it’s natural to get complacent, and even lazy. I feel that the best way to avoid that is aim for continual growth, the easiest way to do that is to get uncomfortable, try new things. For me it’s not really about growing the business as much as growing personally.
4. If you could give any piece of advice to 17-year old you, what would it be?
Never stop learning, and don’t under value the personal touch. In a world of atomization and AI, it will be the soft skills not the hard skills that set you apart and keep you relevant in today’s job market. These are not taught and school, but they are very very valuable skills to have.
5. What’s your most visited website/social media page?
Not a big social media guy but I would say for websites it would likely be Home Depot & Home Hardware’s. We are currently in the process of renovating/gutting our house and I am always checking prices and referencing items so I can try to stay on budget. Next to that maybe my fantasy Hockey Pool.
6. Do you have any advice for other yp’s hoping to get into your field/career?
Be polylingual. Obviously, your chances of being successful in this shrinking world is exponentially increased by being able to communicate with as many people as possible, so removing language barriers is a natural advantage. Furthermore, in my industry, being fluent or even just proficient in multiple programming languages is almost mandatory.
7. What hidden gem of/in Brockville would you love to share with others?
It’s not hidden but it is over(under) looked or maybe underutilized and that would be the St-Lawrence River; it’s world class, and the barrier to entry is negligible. Go see a sunrise from Centeen (in January it happens at about 7:30AM, so you don’t even have to be a morning person), get a canoe or kayak, go for a swim, drive the parkway, take a boat cruise. I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit and the St-Lawrence River, and Brockville’s waterfront is world class. I try to get down to the river everyday even if it’s just walking the dog.