Education: MBA, concentration in international development management, Carleton University (2013)
Biggest business achievement: Since I became CEO in 2014, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s build numbers have increased from an average of two per year to eight per year in 2019.
Biggest obstacle overcome: I was 24 when I became executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Halifax. I had no experience with construction, leadership or management. What I had was a passion for the cause and an entrepreneurial drive to succeed. The organization was building a home every two years when I joined, and when I left four years later we were building five homes per year and had opened a social enterprise, the ReStore.
The research won’t just improve surgery in Ottawa, but also help people avoid it altogether by simulating injury patterns to find a way to prevent them.
Biggest influence: Mark Rodgers, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. He is a strong leader who isn’t afraid of change and is constantly looking for ways to improve our organization.
First job: I started my first “business” in Grade 6, making and selling scrunchies and hair bands.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Lao Tzu said: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” I have a high sense of urgency and still need to remind myself to exercise patience in accomplishing goals.