With over 20 years of diverse experience in the corporate industry, Luc Brunet has established a reputation as an adaptable, performance-driven, and bilingual business leader. Throughout his career, he has consistently been recognized as a relationship builder and team motivator with the ability to deliver against challenging and complex business matters. Recently, Luc transitioned into the small business arena as the new owner of OKO Bagels in Oakville, Ontario.
As a Montreal-style bagel shop, OKO strives to provide customers with a satisfying and authentic experience. “Through our selection of top quality and fresh ingredients, we aim to redefine comfort food as a part of everyday nutrition, both for the body and the soul.” says Luc. The company’s bagels are baked fresh daily in a wood-fired oven, creating a unique texture that is crispy on the outside while chewy and dense on the inside. Luc explains, “Montreal-style bagels area a little different from the New York-style bagels because those are less sweet than ours.” OKO’s bagels are popular because of the strong brand awareness for offering quality products and great service.
Although the wood-fired oven already helps to create an artisan feel, Luc hopes to evolve OKO toward an even more European style, complete with a sit-down café area in future locations. “The OKO brand is strong, so we are now looking to expand our product suite to include other unique and premium offerings,” says Luc. In the future, he hopes to not only expand his current business venture in the West end of the Great Toronto Area, but to also eventually franchise into other areas throughout Canada and even internationally.
Prior to purchasing OKO Bagels, Luc held a variety of professional positions, primarily in the corporate space. His approach to career progression has always been to broaden his skill set as much as possible in order to successfully take on whatever challenge comes his way. He first entered the workforce as a high school teacher but eventually went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor, including a semester abroad in Sweden. Upon his graduation, Luc was hired into a finance rotational program where he earned his stripes in all things accounting, budgeting, planning, and analysis.
Luc later entered the banking space, where he specialized in card payments. He held various roles in product management, overseeing the bank’s co-branded portfolio, and eventually led the innovation team, which was responsible for launching North America’s first EMV contactless chip cards among other accomplishments. Luc gained additional valuable leadership experience by becoming chief of staff to the President of the merchant services business before moving on to take on senior roles at MasterCard. He has since offered consulting services in addition to running the OKO business.
According to Luc, it is his ability to gain success in a variety of roles within different businesses and industries that sets him apart from most other professionals. He has garnered experience in many areas, particularly strategic planning, business development, and product management. From the beginning, his mission was to have a broad set of skills to rely upon, and he has certainly accomplished that.
Owner, OKO Bagels, Company 11718355
499 Cornwall Road, Suite H2
Oakville, Ontario L6J 7S8 Canada
Download the Top 100 Canadian Professionals magazine and check out Luc's feature on page 65.