Partner at Leaders
Career General Electric, CIBC, Research in Motion, Bell
Education Ryerson University
For as long as I can remember, I always thought I was going to grow up to become a doctor and save the world. This all changed in my senior year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma where I discovered my passion for business and people, and disdain for all things math and science. I found myself in a conundrum where I no longer knew what I wanted to be but only that I was going to be successful. Thus, I had applied to numerous universities and varying programs but ended up at the Ryerson University’s School of Management in Toronto, Canada where I felt I had the most flexibility to make that decision.
I had always anticipated that attending a non-target school would result in recruiting challenges but my philosophy was if I worked my hardest, regardless of my school brand, I would be a competitive candidate. Thus, I balanced a double major course load in Marketing and Finance to maximize my career options whilst pursuing my academic strengths. Despite multiple scholarships, I juggled part-time jobs and summer internships to expand my experience repertoire and tried to find the industry where I best fit in. By the time I was recruiting in my fourth year, my resume was quite extensive and diverse. I had been a teaching assistant for several senior Marketing courses since my second year, worked at CIBC for over almost two years, completed internships Bell Canada in Finance and Research in Motion in Marketing, and was highly involved in setting up a start-up brand consultancy in Toronto. Still, I was not one step closer to determining what and where I wanted to be, the possibilities seemed both endless and limited.
The tipping point in my recruiting journey was attending one of the inaugural Leader’s workshops in 2011. It not only inspired me to pursue new industries and lucrative opportunities but also provided me with the resources and networks to be the best candidate for those roles. The mentorship I received was vital to my success in securing multiple offers that year. I chose to join GE’s Financial Management Program for its renowned global reputation as a world-class leadership development program designed for accelerated career growth and four-month long assignments that meant I could continue exploring the industries around me. I’ve since been promoted into GE’s Corporate Audit Staff, a training ground for the company’s future leaders working on advisory and audit engagements for GE Capital & GE businesses around the world. I’m still searching for what my ideal career means to me but through my journey, I have learnt that you don’t need to have the answers to everything but if you are great at everything you do, the opportunities are infinite.
I AM HAPPIEST WHEN...
I’m surrounded by my family and friends. We all work hard and travel often but for me, none of which would have been possible without a supportive network at home.