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 entered the profession of management consulting after discussing it with Ken Davies of Lumina Consulting Ltd., while I was trying to start the Professional Consulting Program for undergraduate students at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. What started out as a desire to start a program for students to gain experience at the undergraduate level turned into passion for a profession in which I never stop learning and continue to meet people who enhance my knowledge and experience.

Q2 What do you love most about consulting?

I love the diversity of consulting. No two days are alike; no two clients are the same; and no two consulting engagements follow the same path. The challenges and new learning opportunities result in an energy that I have not experienced in other professions.

Q3 What do you like the least?

As an independent sole practitioner consultant, it is difficult to plan an even workload out, often resulting in taking on many more assignments than I should. But then, that is also the key to building a great, in-depth consulting resume.

Q4 What has been your most satisfying engagement and why?

My most satisfying consulting engagement has involved a collaborative effort amongst First Nations. There is satisfaction in learning culture, becoming aware of norms, and gaining a shared understanding of the goals and integrating these in the consulting methodology to meet deliverables.

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

Conscientiousness and openness. Being dependable, disciplined, and achievement focused has helped to ensure excellence in providing deliverables. Being open to learning new things, understanding different perspectives by listening, and absorbing varying viewpoints has enabled me to be innovative.

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

Book: Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. Luxury Item: My best friend (not really an item but nonetheless a luxury).