May 25, 2015

I got an email out of the blue from my old friend Sam yesterday. In his former life he was a stand up comedian, flat broke but completely happy. And now, many years later, in a lucrative and highly demanding corporate career he confessed to feeling completely overwhelm...

May 14, 2015

Is it just my perception (possibly my age) or does bad behaviour seem to be on the rise?  We see it in social media where terribly nasty things are said behind the protection of the screen.  We see it on the road where middle fingers fly for any perceived wrongdoing....

May 12, 2015


"An unexamined life is not worth living”- Socrates


My daughter's Montessori class spent the better part of the last month researching Greece for their International Day. That meant we spent the better part of the last month at home immersed in Kalamata olives, worry b...

May 4, 2015

I discovered early in my career that I did not know everything and if I wanted to succeed I would need the help of others.  I also learned, much to my surprise and delight that:  if thou ask…thou shalt receive.


And so I asked.  Early and often.  I asked for help i...

April 30, 2015

I am a staunch pro-vaxer. 


I have witnessed my own child turn blue and struggle for breath after contracting whooping cough (pertussis) from an unimmunized person. It was terrifying and infuriating.


I was vigilant and made sure my entire family, especially my daughter...

April 30, 2015

Okay, now that I have your attention let me tell you why I think every aspiring leader should attend Dog Obedience training.  Well, what did you think this post was about?


Late last year, my husband and I decided to expand our family.  Enter Maggie.  The gorgeous girl...

April 14, 2015



On a late August day in 1987, I found myself on the second floor of the Arts building at McGill University with a crumpled yellow sticky note clenched in my sweaty palm. As I searched  the dark hallway for my new academic advisor's office, the sound of a bad frosh we...

April 6, 2015

Do you ever try to imagine your own funeral and what people will say about you? While it may sound maudlin, it can be a useful exercise in adjusting perspective.


Recently I was honoured to join in the celebration of a wonderful man named James (“Jim”) Gardner who sadly...

March 30, 2015

One morning in the middle of our 82 day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I was hit with some pretty difficult news.


The previous twenty four hours had been rough for my very preterm daughter. Her monitor alarms became more frequent, her body more lethar...

March 26, 2015


I have been very lucky in my career.  For the past twenty years I lived the corporate dream that my younger self could never have imagined – great jobs at even greater organizations, continual learning and progressively senior positions. 


The opportunity to...

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