Archives by Tag 'challenges'

“What are we waiting for?”

By - Last updated: Friday, October 30, 2009

"Things to do while you're alive:" Visit as many countries as years you have lived; Go to the Stanley Cup final; See a Broadway show, front-row centre; Eat dinner prepared by a world class chef; Straddle the international dateline; Heli-ski in British Columbia; Stay at a five star hotel and upgrade your room; Send yourself flowers; Have Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues; Renovate your kitchen; Go to a Shakespeare festival; Drink a mint julep at the Kentucky Derby; Go to the Olympic Games; See Napa from a hot air balloon; Ski first tracks at Whistler; Get a personal chef; Learn to tango in Buenos Aires; Cruise Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible; Paraglide; See the NHL draft live; Have ...

What obstacles did you face?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Well appearance was one obstacle. I had long blonde hair which I refused to cut, even though I was advised that "my career would advance more quickly if I did!" It was very clear that grey haired men, or men generally, had instant credibility whereas I was typically starting from a lesser first impression. I suppose I could have taken the advice, but my hair was a part of the "authentic" me that I felt I needed to retain. There were also many systemic obstacles, that today in hindsight seem ridiculous.....ie the company paying for memberships at clubs where women were not allowed, senior jobs being filled by colleagues of other senior men because there was no real fair ...

How did you end up in your current position?

By - Last updated: Monday, October 19, 2009

Well that is an interesting question! As a little girl, I always wanted to be a veterinarian - I love dogs and cats in particular. I studied sciences at the University of Western Ontario and got an interview in front of the board at the University of Guelph vet school after my first year. I was turned down as they said I didn't have enough large animal experience. I was told to go work on a farm for the summer and try again next year. Well I am actually afraid of large animals like horses and cows so I was devastated at their response. I often joke that ultimately I went on to work on Bay Street where I did ...

Olivia. Relationships, Role Models, Mentors and Heroes

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Relationships   I asked Olivia to tell me about the relationships in her life which she believed had the greatest impact on her and in particular her work life and career. She says when she left the accounting world she went back to the University of Western Ontario where she had obtained her undergraduate business degree and looked at all of the job postings for  that year, both undergraduate and MBA postings, wrote all of the company names down and sent letters to each of them and went to see all of them. At the time, the Schedule B banks were all coming to Canada and one in particular was hiring and Olivia went to see them.  She says she wrote ...