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Head of Product and Canadian ETF Services
In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:
Be an accountant
Skills I rely on most in my role:
There are a number of skills I rely on in my role but the ones that I most rely on are critical thinking & problem solving and self-directed learning. These skills have helped me throughout my career and have helped me progress through many different roles. Without those skills I would not have been able to run a company or help build a successful business line resulting in CIBC Mellon being the leading ETF service provider in Canada. Those same skills have helped CIBC Mellon also become the leader in supporting cryptocurrency products in Canada.
Q: What are the different areas / careers to choose from in finance? What should you look for after university to pursue a career in finance?
My advice for Grade 9 students preparing for the future of work, which has worked for me throughout my career, is to develop a skill set. It started early with having a part-time job and working summers throughout high school, and taking advantage of the co-op program at the post-secondary institution I attended. This helped in a number of ways including developing a strong work ethic and developing key skills needed in any work environment, which goes beyond your educational background, such as:
- Time management
- Problem solving
I believe by having work experience it helped me when I was applying for positions after I had completed post-secondary since it showed employers that I had developed key skills that employers are looking for in potential candidates, especially those fresh out of school. These skills I believe can be a differentiator between two candidates with similar educational backgrounds.
Q2: What courses, volunteer activities or extracurriculars did you take in high school that have helped you in your career?
I took three specific courses in high school that I believed helped me in my career. They were: accounting, law and – something that I don’t believe exists today – typing.
Each course provided me with skills I still use today in my career. Accounting led me to pursue becoming a CPA and has allowed me to be able to analyze financial data. Law has been helpful in understanding some of the agreements I need to deal with and typing has made a world of difference in my ability to work in an office environment, which requires me to use a keyboard for almost 90% of the work I do.
Many of my extracurriculars were team-based sports, including hockey, soccer and baseball. Participating in team sports helped in my career by developing skills such as teamwork and time management.