Q1 In brief, describe how you entered the profession of management consulting, or when did you decide that management consulting was a profession that you wanted to enter?

I always knew I wanted to become a consultant but thought it would be later in my career. While I was in an unhappy job, I decided to hang out my shingle and start slowly entering the consulting market. Within days I had enough work to leave my job, and I haven’t looked back!

A professional designation such as CMC has always been a dream, and I am so proud to have joined CMC-Canada. 

Q2 What do you love most about consulting?

I love projects! I am a project person and always need new horizons and fresh ideas. Being a consultant matches my personality perfectly.

Q3 What do you like the least?

Spinning plates! When I get several projects going at the same time, they all need to be advanced a little bit each week. Sometimes there are meetings with multiple clients on different projects all in the same day. Thank goodness for Venn diagrams and Gantt charts!

Q4 What has been your most satisfying engagement and why?

Tough question. I have enjoyed some aspect of pretty much everything I have undertaken. Potentially the most rewarding was a 3-year community mobilization project I did for the regional poverty reduction alliance. It was a wonderful learning experience and I was so gratified to be an advocacy voice for such an important issue.

Q5 What personality trait has helped you the most in your career?

Tenacity. I can easily say that, far and away, just getting up and putting one foot in front of the other, never giving up, and refusing to quit in the face of obstacles has served me well.

Q6 Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island - What is one book and one luxury item you would take with you?

A lifetime supply of Cabernet Sauvignon.
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