Winston, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?
Destiny is sweet. It is a power that determines the course of events to a particular person. My view of destiny began early. I grew up reading the local newspapers and gazing over the enormous billboards and in several cases I would come upon a familiar face staring back-‘hey that’s me’! Growing up has been filled with many opportunities for me. I have been in advertisments for many organizations but the most enlightening experience was with the Edmonton Public School Board. I was randomly selected over tens of thousands of kids in and around Edmonton, and finally chosen among the few to be posted in local advertisements. I was disguised as ‘Brian’, the child who aspired to be a businessman. My path was predetermined in this ad, and this is the direction I have continued in toward to persevere and succeed in my career. It has been my destiny and will continue to be my preferred choice.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I have had the opportunities to expand my horizons over the years. I have managed teams and core projects, established networks and friendships, and published several business documents. Despite all my successes, in order to be an effective leader I need to improve upon my weaknesses. The Telfer Executive MBA Program gives me this opportunity. Not only will I be able to expand my network to the eastern provinces of Canada but most importantly I will be able obtain the skills and tools I need to be an effective leader within future teams and eventually leading an organization. This Program has to offer me, and by actively participating and involving myself, the Program will provide my classmates and I the optimal Telfer Executive MBA experience.
Is there any not-for profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
Leadership is a key element to have in a successful organization. It is a soft skill that is often mistaken for managing, and isolated managers; however, leadership is more. It is about taking charge and setting examples. It is about creating an atmosphere of influence, or aiding others to accomplish a common vision. I have supported the World Vision organization for over 12 years. This humanitarian group works with children, families, and their communities to overcome poverty. Their vision is strongly shared across the nations and has an impact on the lives of the individuals they serve. As it is my goal to be an effective leader, I model my ideologies after this organization.
Originally Posted: October 29, 2014