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October 15, 2021

Trevor Rowsell, McCain Foods

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:

Director of Operations, McCain Produce Inc. & General Manager, McCain Farms

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

Succeed based upon my urgency to complete tasks. There are many types of individual talents that people possess. Some are strategic, some are action oriented, and some are philosophers. It is necessary in business today to have a combination of all three. Coming out of high school I would have only had a strength in action, which at that age would likely seem to give an individual an edge. I have always been a task-oriented person. Learning other life skills as I progressed throughout my career definitely has helped me become the employee that I am today.

The skills I rely on most in my role:

The business world truly needs a leader who can fill all the management gaps in order to be successful. Organization, structure, communication, patience, work ethic, mentoring, financial acumen, creativity, loyalty. These are all major components in being successful at a career and leading an organization.
 
The biggest component to all of this is communication. Leaders have to be able to paint the picture, evaluate the losses and celebrate the wins. Communication is a broad term. Learning how to navigate through life's obstacles is not easy but definitely can be accomplished with the lead of a good communicator.

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