What does inclusion mean to you?
To me, inclusion means everyone is accepted and appreciated for who they are, and have the opportunity and support to live their life to the fullest.
Where do you live? Tell us about your family.
I grew up in Saint John, but have lived in Fredericton for the past 21 years. I am married (Elizabeth) with two precious children – my 9 year old son John (who loves sports, especially soccer, and Lego) and 5 year old daughter Sarah (a budding gymnast and Barbie fan).
What path did you pursue? Did you attend school, have a career outside your home, support a family, work or volunteer in community? Any notable achievements, promotions, projects you would like to highlight?
Although I was interested in computers and technology at a young age, a visit to Ottawa when I was 13 influenced me to want to pursue a career in government. So, after graduating high school I went to Carleton University in Ottawa to get a degree in political science (and psychology). After having worked for Canada Immigration for a year, I decided to go back to take a technology program and ended up starting my career in eLearning as an instructional designer. While in the eLearning industry I discovered project management – which would become my focus and career foundation for years to come. I obtained my PMP project management professional designation in 2001, became involved in the Project Management Institute (various roles including President PMI-NB) and worked as a project manager, program manager and portfolio manager across multiple industries. I am currently the Head of Power Technologies International for Siemens Canada – a leading energy and utility consulting business. I am also in my 19th year as a University Lecturer (Technology Management and Entrepreneurship) at the University of New Brunswick.
What values or principles guide your life? Are there any specific leadership or teamwork experiences that have left an impact on you?
I would say my values and principles coincide with my Christian faith, so love others, treat people the way you would want to be treated, and forgive.
What are your interests and hobbies? Do you have any unique talents or skills you’d like to share?
Photography would be one of my hobbies, something I’ve been into for more than 30 years. At one time I was member of the Fredericton Photo Club, and will often try and get out for the annual Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.
I’m also interested in the sport of triathlon, having trained for a number of years and completed a handful of races (though not since the pandemic). I was also on the board (various roles, including President) of Triathlon New Brunswick from 2017-2023.
What are your aspirations for the future, both professionally and personally? Are there any upcoming projects, initiatives, or personal milestones you’re looking forward to?
My 20th year of teaching at the university is coming up next year, I’m pretty stoked about that milestone. I have not been active in Triathlon since the pandemic, but I have set a goal to get back to participating in a local race in 2024.
What’s something about you most people wouldn’t know? Any quirky habits or interesting anecdotes? Is there a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?
Most people wouldn’t know that I’m a huge fan of mixed martial arts and have attended a number of UFC events.
While in an executive oversight committee meeting a few years ago, a customer’s Senior VP made a comment that she had “a strong opinion loosely held”. I loved that, I often reflect back to that in situations when I feel I have the knowledge or evidence to be ‘right’ about something, I need to be open to new evidence or alternatives.