Where are you from?
I was born and raised in St. John’s, N.L.
Where, and in what area, did you do your undergraduate?
I completed my bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (honours) at Memorial in 2006.
Why did you choose to get a MBA?
It was always was a lifelong goal of mine to get a graduate degree and the MBA is a huge asset in the management consulting industry. I strive to help my clients make meaningful improvements in their organizations, and the MBA grew my knowledge to achieve that goal.
Why did you choose Memorial for your MBA?
Around 2012 I was living in Toronto and was thinking about my MBA. Universities in the area were charging more than 10-times that of Memorial. I knew that the programs at Memorial are comparable to others across the country in quality – my fellow graduates have done amazing things since 2006. For me, Memorial had the best combination of high-quality programming and affordability.
How would you describe your experience as a graduate student at Memorial?
It was a great experience from several angles: the top-notch professors with industry experience, the breadth of course offerings, the chance to meet a diverse group of classmates, the ability to conduct research reports on topics of interest, and the flexibility to allow me to complete it while working full-time.
The best experience I had was participating in the John Molson International Case Competition where my team and I won the Concordia Cup in 2017. It was a great program, and I would recommend it for many reasons.
How well do you believe the MBA degree has prepared you for your career, and what are the important characteristics of the degree that help you in your current work?
I’m a senior manager at BDO in the strategy consulting group. The MBA program challenged me to explore interesting topics that I wouldn’t have focused on otherwise. Topics such as sustainability, change management and risk management are areas I hadn’t explored in my career. It made me understand and appreciate a much wider range of topics, skills and abilities, which is critical in my role supporting clients through a wide range of issues they may face.
Do you have any advice for current and/or future graduate students?
Explore topics that you haven’t been exposed to before. Challenge yourself to learn something new and appreciate the value that this can bring to whatever career path you choose.