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Kyle Taplay

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

My parents brought home our first computer when I was 13. My dad read through the manuals while I sat at the keyboard and began playing. My interest grew over time as I learned how to connect with computers across town using the modem. Before long I was building and hosting electronic community bulletin boards that enabled others to chat, send and receive mail and share files. As the technology changed it kept me interested and challenged. It was much later that I realized that this was a career choice!

There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?

I reached a crossroads in my life this year where I need to make significant changes if I am to achieve personal and professional growth consistent with my passions and purpose. My goal in the Program is to embrace all that it has to offer and challenge myself to be more, to do more, and to give more; to be the best that I can be. My hope is that through this experience I will develop the toolkit and confidence to take action and make a difference as a leader at home, in business and in my community.

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

I admire people who have a strong sense of purpose, good character and lead by example. Most recently I have found a most unexpected mentor- my father-in-law. He has taught me how to accept the help of others gracefully and inspired in me a desire to help others. He leads by example; a spiritual man, a family man, a handy-man, an engineer, and a community leader. He is patient, humble and has a genuine sense of humour. I have most admired that he leads every day by serving others.

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