Darren, what did envision your adult career to be when you were a child?
As a kid I always wanted to be a ninja. I was passionate about martial arts and all things Japanese, always hoping to visit there one day. Into my late teens I still harboured the idea of spending 20 years in Japan to become a ninja.
What would you say was the turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA?
The turning point for me in deciding to pursue my MBA was the realization that in offering consulting services to clients of a certain size, I would benefit from having a recognized credential beside my name. In addition, I had never taken business studies during my undergraduate years and felt there were certain segments of my education that needed shoring up.
Is there any not-for-profit organizations or clubs which you support? What draws you to this cause?
I am a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement (JA) in delivering their program entitled Economics of Success in several grade 8 classes. In addition I am the President of the Governor General’s Foot Guards Regimental Association. I feel it’s important to give back to our community and to organizations that have made a difference in my life. In the case of JA it’s great to see so many kids engaged in learning the basics of business and personal finance while supporting my old regiment is a great way to keep lasting ties.