We believe in fostering culture and creating vibrant, connected places for people—so it’s only fitting to get to know a little more about the person behind Junction Co. Introducing Junction Co. founder, Ameet Johal.
Q: How do you typically like to start your day?
A: With a hope and a prayer! Literally. It only takes a few minutes, but as I’m getting the gears going on waking up, I like to think about my hopes for the day and set my intention on how to achieve it. Then I reach for the coffee and fire up one of many ‘go to’ daily podcasts like — The Times Daily, CBC’s Front Burner, or NPR’s Fresh Air while getting ready to start the work day.
Q: That was an easy question to ease us in. Let’s get right to the hard stuff: Name your top five book recommendations.
A: That’s like asking for my top five rappers of all time! But since you’re making me pick…My latest favs are:
And one more because I can’t narrow it down to just five…
6. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Q: What’s the most surprising fact about you?
A: I’m not sure if it's surprising to others, but it was to me - and that’s that I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert. I learned this later in life. As I get older and get to know myself on a deeper level, I think that’s a trait that I had ignored for a long time. I’m outgoing by nature, which is a good thing, but learning that I need time and space to think and be left with my thoughts/feelings is something I’ve learned to appreciate and acknowledge as a superpower.
Q: What’s your biggest fear?
A: Taking life for granted.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Be yourself. Fully. All the time. It’s not easy but it’s something I really try to live by and also something I greatly admire in others.
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: What’s the saying? People don’t remember what you did but how you treated them. I’d like to be remembered for always being encouraging and supportive.
Q: Who is your dream collaboration partner?
A: My dreams and aspirations are constantly evolving and I’ve been lucky to have already checked a few folks off my wishlist. The vision board dream is to collab with the likes of Jay Z, or Diddy. They’re moguls that have come up in the hip-hop culture but have grown into global brands and are among the most successful business people in the world. It’s only a matter of time until they get into the real estate development/hospitality space - and I’d like to be there for it! Hopefully, I’ve just spoken that into existence. Until then - my ideal collabs are with groups and individuals that are focused on diversity, curating culture, and having a positive impact on the cities we work in.
Q: What are three things you can’t live without?
A: Easy: Music, travel, and people (and dogs) to love.