What is your favourite vacation destination, Kim? Do you have any suggestions on local cuisine, accommodations or landmarks that one should visit?
At twenty-years old I moved to Japan to teach English where I spent a year living outside of Tokyo. During my time there I travelled to various parts of the country including Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagano. Any visitor to Japan must visit Kyoto to see the many historic landmarks and temples throughout the city. I highly recommend Kinkakuji (The Golden Temple). Visitors to Japan must also climb Mount Fuji. This climb was one of my most memorable experiences in Japan - everyone climbs over night to arrive at the summit for sunrise! I hope one day to return to Japan as a tourist.
What would you say was the turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA?
What set the Telfer Executive MBA program apart from other programs for me were the Business Consulting Projects and the international trip. I am looking forward to showcasing my new skills to my employer, Parkland Fuel Corporation, through the Individual Business Consulting Project next summer. Not only will the project provide me the opportunity to show off my development, it will also allow me to learn about an area of our business that I may not otherwise have at this point in my career. Having had an experience living internationally, I am so excited by the opportunity to do business internationally. I am so looking forward to starting the process of selecting the international destination for the Class of 2016 – I cannot wait to see what our destination will be! The international component really brings to life a dream I’ve always had of doing business on an international level.
Is there any not-for-profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
For the past two years I have sat on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Halifax. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. As a bit of a feminist, I have loved supporting an organization that helps build confidence and community for women. I am looking forward to joining the organization’s Ottawa chapter following completion of this program!
Originally Posted: November 3, 2014