Junction Co Logo
October 13, 2022

Get to know Junction Co.

By
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.