Where are you from originally? What motivated you to work in Toronto?
I grew up in Richmond, BC. While at Sauder I decided I really wanted to start my career in strategy consulting, which didn’t really exist in Vancouver. With help from some Sauder alumni, I was fortunate to land an offer at the Boston Consulting Group.
How do you enjoy living in Toronto? What are your interests outside of work?
I love it. And that surprised me. I’m ashamed to say I had the stereotypical Vancouverite’s dislike of Toronto. But there’s so much variety close by. My fiance and I love to act like old folks and go for drives in the country. We try to find quaint little cafes where we can read a book. There’s a lot more history and older architecture in Ontario.
What do you think is Toronto’s best kept secret?
Algonquin Park - it’s stunning. And Lola’s Kitchen for brunch. I don’t like Eggs Benny, but here, it's amazing. Plus, it’s inexpensive and healthy.
What inspires you most at work and in your personal life?
That's a tough one. The honest answer is that I’m not sure right now. I became a father two months ago adn it has really changed my perspective on life.
What book have you read recently that you find compelling?
I recently finished The Last Lion, a biography of Winston Churchill. It was really fascinating. He was such a flawed, yet brilliant man. He was very egotistical, yet idealistic; the perfect man for the times. On another note, Too Big to Fail paints a sobering picture of the rot at the core of the financial system.
What’s your daily “must-visit” blog or website?
I always read at least the first few pages of the Globe & Mail. Paper edition. I'm old-fashioned like that.
How would you describe your experience as a Sauder grad?
I really feel like I'm part of a community. A lot of my friends here are Sauder grads, there's been an increase in the number of new grads moving here for work over the last five years. But I’ve also found that the broader Sauder community—people I don’t know well or even at all—have also been very supportive.
Do you have any advice for recent Sauder graduates?
Look at your boss and your boss’s boss. If you decide you don’t want to be like those people, don’t stay in your job too long. What was is that Einstein said about doing the same thing and expecting different results?