Kelsey Ramsden, 35
President, Belvedere Place Development
Ramsden has building in her blood. Her grandfather owned a dump truck. Her first job at 15 was for her dad’s civil construction firm, directing traffic around roadwork on the Alaska Highway. But her growing construction and development group, with revenues of more than $15 million, is all hers.
After completing her MBA at the Ivey School of Business, she went into management consulting—and hated it. “You make a recommendation and nothing happens,” she says. “I like making things happen. I like seeing dirt move.” So six years ago, she founded Belvedere Place Development, a construction firm that builds roads and other infrastructure in B.C. and the Caribbean, and Tallus Ridge Development, a residential project management company in Kelowna, B.C. Expecting her third child this fall, Ramsden divides her time between homes in Kelowna and London, Ont., and somehow finds time to sit on the board of the Urban Development Institute.
On setting goals: “Something a year out is achievable. Beyond that, you can’t see. Be prepared to pivot.”