Career Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse
Education Harvard University
Location Boston, New York, Toronto
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and spent my childhood looking up to a lot of people: David Copperfield, Wayne Gretzky, Chris Hadfield, Bernard Kouchner… the list goes on. Each of these icons brought a sense of wonder and hope to my life – and forever changed my outlook on the world.
Thanks to my childhood heroes I grew up wanting to do things – to change things for the better.
But I had – and still have – a lot to learn: about the world, about people, about the types of problems I want to help solve. So I mowed lawns and cleaned houses for the elderly at the age of 12, performed street magic to strangers at 13, volunteered in an emergency department at 14, competed at a national science fair at 15, studied at NASA at 16, got elected to serve on Canada's largest school board at 17, started a non-profit at 18, advised a provincial finance minister at 19, ran a dry cleaner at 20, worked on Wall Street at 21, and became a management consultant at 22.
At one point I wanted to be a doctor to save lives so worked in an emergency room. But then my school board experience showed me that there are ways to help people beyond the patient-doctor relationship so I decided to work in the government. Then I realized that effective policymaking required an understanding of not only the public sector but also the private sector so I ran a dry cleaning business, at which point I recognized my lack of understanding of finance so worked in investment banking. On Wall Street I uncovered my desire to work in a more interdisciplinary environment so took up a job in management consulting.
This was my way of figuring out who I want to be – and what I want to change.
I'd be lying if I said I were sure, but a few themes are already emerging and I'm excited to see the next adventure that awaits.
I AM HAPPIEST WHEN...
When I make someone smile or laugh!