Tell us an Interesting fact that we do not know about you Mathieu, Do you have a unique talent or hobby?
My whole childhood was spent immersed in music. From the age of 8 and until I was 22, I participated in multiple musical activities and groups such as the Laval Boys Choir and the Harmonie Laval. I spent my weeknights and weekends singing and playing percussion instruments. I attended an intensive music program during my high school years through which I had the opportunity to learn and master different classic percussion instruments such as the marimba and the timpanis, among others. After graduating from high school I applied to be part of a percussion program within a music course at CEGEP Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Thérèse, Québec. At the time they did not have a percussion program but based on my audition, the school authorities decided to reinstate the program. This gave me the opportunity to choose my personal teacher as well as work with new instruments. I still occasionally sing on television or shows, filling in for friends when needed.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I am a constant learner and I am always seeking opportunities to acquire new knowledge and techniques as well as new challenges in order to improve my performance as a professional. Following my extensive research, I feel that the Telfer Executive MBA Program will provide me with many opportunities to grow, to push my limits further and to become a better person. One of my main objectives is to gain experience working with private companies through the Signature Series of Six Business Consulting Projects in order to broaden my understanding of the different corporate dynamics.
What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong leader or mentor within your life?
The qualities I admire the most in a leader are respect, humanity, honesty and the capacity to mobilize, to create efficient teams out of groups of people that would not naturally work together. I am very much impressed by someone who is able to elevate others as employees, colleagues or supervisors and make them. That is the main qualities I strive to improve as a manager and most importantly, as a leader. There are things to be learned from each person you work with, at all levels of the hierarchy and even from those who are less-efficient. Consequently, I always make my best effort to identify the strengths of my colleagues and team members and learn from them.
Originally Posted: October 28, 2014