Tell us an interesting fact that we do not know about you Stephane. Do you have a unique talent or hobby?
I don’t know that I have any unique talents but I do have a shady past. Growing up I always had a passion for arts and crafts- I was obsessed. In fact, for as far back as I can recall I always loved to draw, paint and sculpt. I would love to make something out of anything. I am not talking Legos here, I’m talking paper plates, plastic piping, throw-away fruit trays … but most of all I loved to draw. I drew on paper, cardboard, wood, rocks and, much to my parents’ chagrin, walls and furniture (this is where the shady past comes in - sorry Mom). My love for the arts has been with me my entire life and today I continue to find the time to draw, paint, take photos, and instead of drawing on walls, I hang my pictures on them!
Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I chose to join the Telfer Executive MBA Program to acquire a wider view of the business world and to get a better understanding of the impact it has on the delicate balance of global economies. I believe that this critical understanding will provide me with the deeper knowledge that I seek to negotiate and debate concepts and public policies with my peers and colleagues. I also believe that the Telfer Executive MBA program will provide me with opportunities to meet, connect and network with talented people from who I can learn and exchange professionally - this is critical to my learning experience.
What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong leader or mentor within your life?
To me a strong mentor is someone who strikes the right balance between mastering their craft while at the same time recognizing the human capital that drives and aids to deliver their vision. It is difficult to put my finger on what I feel makes a good mentor simply because for me a mentor is someone who I admire for their overall raison d’être, their perspective and approach to life in general; someone that I can emulate. I admire mentors who can effortlessly inspire others and create a sense of unity.
I have had many mentors throughout my career and in some cases I have never even met them! My most recent mentor also happens to be my former boss, Laurent Marcoux – even in his retirement, I often find myself ‘channeling my inner-Laurent’. He is a thoughtful man with a deep appreciation for the simple things in life and he approached difficult issues and problems with patience, deep knowledge and clarity - how nice is that?