About   /   News & Updates   /   Take Our Kids to Work Career Mentors Series   /   Cynthia Oakden, CIBC Mellon
October 15, 2021

Cynthia Oakden, CIBC Mellon

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title:

Business Development and Communications Manager

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

succeed based on my hardcore work ethic.  I may not have always been the fastest to pick up different subjects, but I was always going to put in the most work to try. Also, “most likely to work in fashion”.

Skills I rely on most in my role:

The skill I rely on most in my role is communication; to be able to clearly and concisely communicate in writing, using as few words as possible to explain highly complex details. This is a skill that I will never stop working to enhance because there will always be more to learn and evolve with.  It’s also a skill that isn’t restrictive to work on – it’s universal, transferrable, and accessible.
I’ve always worked in communications, starting in the non-profit industry working for registered charities before transitioning to finance. 

Q: What inspired you to be in your current career?

Jordan Davenport, McCain Foods
October 15, 2021
Jordan Davenport, Senior Manager Potato Product Supply at McCain Foods, shares course selection tips and advice for handling mistakes at work
Jennifer Bird, SAFE Work Manitoba
October 15, 2021
Jennifer Bird, Lawyer at SAFE Work Manitoba, shares some of her law school experience
Jennifer Dyck, SAFE Work Manitoba
October 15, 2021
Jennifer Dyck, Prevention Consultant at SAFE Work Manitoba, shares how workplaces keep employees safe at work