Thinking back to your childhood, was there a particular profession you dreamed of entering when you were an adult?
When I was between the ages of 5 and 7 my mother wrote down in a scrapbook what I wanted to be when I grew up: a military officer, a doctor, and an astronaut. I became a flight surgeon and then a combat trauma surgeon in the Canadian Armed Forces. My attempts to apply to the Canadian Space Agency were rejected because I was two inches too tall and could not fit into the Soyuz space capsule. I remain passionate about space exploration. I share this passion with my children and my haemorrhage control invention has been shown to work amazingly well in zero gravity.
Why did you decide to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA?
I chose the Telfer Executive MBA because of the three key words the program identifies with: GLOBAL. PRACTICAL. RELEVANT. The medical device company, Innovative Trauma Care, I started 8 years ago embodies these sentiments. The company produces a small, portable, life-saving haemorrhage control device that can be used by anyone (first responders, military, hospitals, etc) who encounters bleeding from open wounds and is being sold around the world. I would like to expand my skillset and network to make a difference in the world.
What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong leader or mentor within your life?
I feel strongly that a leader serves those whom they lead. This means that the leader prioritizes the needs of the team over personal ones and actively promotes team development. I am fortunate that my spouse, an exemplary and accomplished leader, teacher, and executive coach, embodies these qualities that I most admire in leaders and freely shares her knowledge, insights, and experience to enable me to continue my personal growth.