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Isabelle Blondeau

Isabelle, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?

All I wanted to do when I was a child was save animals. My perception of the best way they should be rescued was to keep them in my room, door closed and feed them "human" food. Luckily for them I always got caught. My dream of becoming a veterinarian and helping animals fell apart when I became allergic to animals and I had no choice but to consider other careers. Which is a good thing for the sake of cats and dogs.

There are many options when considering a Master’s degree program. What would you say was a turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA?

While moving through the application process I had the opportunity to sit in on a Telfer Executive MBA class. I knew I wanted in once I observed the interactions within the class. I was thrilled and energized by the high level of participation; I felt a strong connection within the teams but also, among the teams. To top it off the quality of the teachings and support of the staff is one you cannot find anywhere else. For me this is not just a program; it’s a way of life!

What qualities do you admire in a mentor? Do you have someone you consider a strong mentor in your own life?

What I admire in a mentor is openness about their own experience, authenticity and willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise. I am grateful for being surrounded with great mentors and friends. To name only one I would have to say Jan Saint-Macary who was one of my professors at UQO in project management. On top of sharing his strong expertise, he helped me (and still does) open my eyes on different ways of thinking and most of all, bring out the best of myself.

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