Keeping My Focus on “We”

Of course I am proud of my career, but my greatest accomplishments really come outside the office.

I currently work as the Executive Vice-President, Managing Director, Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group at National Bank.

In addition to my responsibilities at work, I try to share my time and energy with the community, in both Toronto-based and national non-profit organizations.

Perhaps my favorite quote will offer some insight into what drives me. In the documentary about Mohammed Ali called When We Were Kings, my favorite scene was when Ali was asked to share a poem with a graduating class.

Ali’s choice–albeit very short–inspires me to this day: “Me? We.” I try to live my life like that, with curiosity, and humility, and a need to keep learning.

For example, this year I co-chaired Right To Play’s The Heroes Gala honoring Louis Vachon (National Bank’s CEO). We raised a record-breaking $2.8 million for the organization this year, a success that I am very proud of.

I’ve also chaired the annual Scotiabank “Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer” event at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and have been doing that since the event began eight years ago. This year, we raised $2.7 million to support cutting-edge cancer research for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

As a cancer survivor myself, the Princess Margaret Hospital is near and dear to my heart, not just because of the impact the organization makes in the area of cancer treatment and research, but also because it is where I received my own treatment. The experience I had at the Hospital was nothing but positive, and if I can make someone else’s experience going through cancer treatment that much easier, then I want to be part of that.

I will admit that finding the right work-life-charity balance requires intentionality and commitment. I think a lot of people engulf themselves in work, tending to neglect life outside of the office.  But we all know the important aspects of life are family, friends and community.

Taking time to get out there, help others in the community, being involved – are all part of a full life. Success is about connection.