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October 13, 2022

Get to know Junction Co.

Junction Co.

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:

  1. White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  2. Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
  3. The Ideal City - Exploring Urban Futures by Space 10
  4. Feminist City: A Field Guide by Leslie Kern
  5. A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

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.