What is your favourite vacation destination, Daniel? Do you have any suggestions on local cuisine, accommodations or landmarks that one should visit?
My favourite vacation spot is an old, romantic town of under 7000 people located south of Germany, called Zwingenberg. This town is rich in history, architecture, rustic German restaurants and most importantly good German beer. Located on a scenic mountain, the town is surrounded by a stone wall built during the Protestant Reformation. Having been born in Germany, I may be a little biased, but this is an ideal vacation destination for anyone that appreciates a fine balance of history and beautiful architecture with the majority of the buildings surviving the Second World War. Also, while on your way to Zwingenberg, you can test the capacity of your vehicle on the famous Autobahn. With regard to accommodation, I recommend Die Jugendherberge hostel.
What would you say was the turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA?
Prior to choosing the Telfer Executive MBA, my ambition for pursuing an Executive MBA was largely motivated by personal career aspirations. However, the responsibilities of juggling a large branch, being a newlywed, launching a business and travelling had held me back from pursuing it. However, upon meeting with the director and the team at the Telfer Executive MBA Program, I had a newfound revelation. I realised the positive impact that this program could have on myself as a leader, and in turn on my team, my clients, and my family. This revelation was both the turning point and motivation for choosing the Telfer Executive MBA Program.
Is there any not-for-profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
I have been involved in numerous charity and community events, ranging from the Red Cross, to Compassion Canada, Sun Youth and over five years with the Montreal General Hospital. Compassion Canada is a child sponsorship organization that is dear to me, as I have been both an advocate and child sponsor myself. The main initiative is to raise awareness and encourage sponsorship of underprivileged children from all parts of the world, so that their essential needs are met. At a corporate level, I have recently collaborated with Vanier Beautification to provide financial and employee support to help rebuild some of the local parks in the Vanier community. It was a successful venture, as we also received support from RBC to support the cause. I have also shared the privilege in helping the launch of Ablaze Canada. A non-for-profit organization geared towards establishing a bridge between the various churches in Canada. Community work and supporting non for profit organizations is an important privilege that has given me an opportunity to keep my moral compass focused on the higher purpose.
Originally Posted: October 31, 2014