Graham, what did envision your adult career to be when you were a child?
I aspired to be a scientist when I was a child. I had and still hold a desire to understand how and why the world works. From science shows, volumes of the encyclopedia to observing nature, I was always eager to learn and understand more about things. Like most children I was very interested in dinosaurs and I liked the idea of digging in a giant sandbox all day to find fossils. While growing up I found that I also like to design and build things, so I naturally progressed into the applied science of engineering.
What are you looking forward to completing while in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
While in the Telfer Executive MBA program, I am most looking forward to completing the Signature Series of Six Business Consulting Projects. I am excited to be pushed outside of my comfort area into areas that I am not familiar with and learn how to better interact with clients while having the mentorship of the faculty behind me. I am also excited to apply my new skills both in my career and in my personal life.
Is there any not-for profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
I have recently joined the Belleville Shrine Club, which is part of an international organization of men who wear funny hats and drive small cars in parades, but also support a network of 22 children’s hospitals. Their mission statement is “Having fun and helping kids.” The Shriners really take this mission to heart and I feel very fortunate to be part of such an organization. They do indeed have a lot of fun together at their various social functions but finding ways to help children in need is an ever-present motivation. It was amazing to get to meet some of the children that they have helped while on a tour of their brand new, state of the art hospital in Montreal.