nav aggarwal, DIRECTOR
Owner, A&A Pharmachem Inc.
For Nav Aggarwal, work, family, and community have always been deeply intertwined. His father immigrated to Canada in 1964 and started the family on a path towards business success, where Nav would eventually use his knowledge as a CPA/CA to build businesses in the field of Pharmaceuticals and Real Estate.
Nav holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He first began supporting the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as a donor, and by attending the Cancer Champions Breakfast. His good friend Michael McFaul had introduced him to the Foundation’s work, but Nav’s connection to the cause deepened when his cousin sadly passed away from cancer in 2017; she had just turned 50. When Nav was able to partially retire in January of 2019, he quickly joined the Board of Directors at the request of Linda Eagen.
Nav’s work as an entrepreneur allows him to bring a unique perspective to the Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. He understands the various challenges of generating funds, whether in business or in community philanthropy, and is acutely aware of how costs and returns can affect an organization’s operations. He is well connected in the business community and aims to spend his coming years making a difference, including by helping the Cancer Foundation to grow its impact.
Nav is the President of A&A Pharmachem Inc., which he founded in the early 1990s. He has spent the past 30 years of his career building businesses as an entrepreneur: he has built two pharmaceutical companies during his career, one of which successfully sold in 2015. He has also been involved with the Board of Directors for Ottawa’s Hindu Community for five years, and even founded his own charitable foundation, the Mona & Nav Aggarwal Foundation, to ensure he could always prioritize support for his community.
In his spare time Nav likes to stay busy, whether through volunteering, sports, or travel. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys golf and hockey, especially since his boys share his passion for sports. When his children were younger he served on the Board of Nepean City Soccer for 9 years and Scouts Canada Nepean for 2 years and also managed 14 hockey teams, many at the competitive level. Nav is also currently serving on the board of the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton, where he oversees finances, donations and budgets.