“A thorough and curious Canadian who loves animals, the outdoors, travel, and great cheese!”

Hometown: Kitchener, Canada

Fun fact about yourself: I started riding when I was 7 years old and then competed in show jumping for almost 20 years. Plus, I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life!

Basic studies and major: McGill University, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

Last employer and job title: TAS, Senior Development Manager, Canada

IMD classes are referred to as the “Mighty 90” because of their talent and versatility. What was the best part about being in a small class with this group of classmates? The best part was interacting with each of my classmates. With lots of group work and lots of different social activities, we had the opportunity to spend time with everyone; This would not be possible in a larger class. We were also able to get in closer contact with our professors, with more intimate class discussions and opportunities to meet them over lunch and work with them on various projects.

Apart from classmates, What part of the IMD’s MBA programming made you choose this business school and why was it so important to you? What attracted me most was the small class size, the diverse class profile and the leadership stream. My main goal for my MBA is personal development, so it was important to me to be challenged from a leadership perspective and gain practical experience. With immersive and leadership-oriented learning, regular coaching and optional sessions with a psychoanalyst all year round, the program offers a truly unique experience. The affiliate program is also a unique aspect of IMD and provides a valuable experience for MBA families as well.

What was the most popular tradition or event at IMD? My favorite event so far has been International Women’s Day, when three female IMD alumnae spoke to our class and each shared their very honest and sincere personal stories. The discussions were not only inspiring, but also very emotional and thought-provoking. The day made us all aware of the challenges we face and motivated us to contribute to change in terms of gender equality.

Describe your greatest success so far in your career: My greatest professional achievement has been the influence I have had in shaping the culture and environment of each of my teams. I’ve always valued the team culture and worked hard to cultivate meaningful relationships in each of my roles. My efforts have been recognized and valued by my colleagues and managers, and I am proud to be able to contribute in this way.

Describe your greatest achievement so far at IMD: One of my favorite parts of the IMD MBA program so far has been the opportunity to work with local startups during the first module. With our heavy workload, it was difficult to find enough time and energy to focus on this project and we were working on challenging issues in unfamiliar industries. Even if the work sometimes seemed insurmountable, I am very proud of what our team has achieved; Each of us brought our own unique perspectives, and in the end our start-up team was very happy with our end result. I am proud that we were able to provide this start-up with useful and effective tools to be successful in its future.

What made you decide to do an MBA at this point in your career? After 8 years growing in the real estate development industry, I realized that my biggest impact lies in the cross-functional leadership and comprehensive project management aspects of my roles. I wanted to continue investing in my general management skills and decided that an MBA would help me further develop transferability and enable me to switch to other industries in the future.

What has been your best memory at IMD so far? My best memories include several outdoor adventures and exploring Switzerland with new friends from the MBA program. It was a great experience getting to know my classmates and their families, and it’s exciting to see through this year of transformation together.