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As part of Rogers Youth Fund Day celebrations, Canadian Business reporter Kate Wilkinson interviewed five prominent Canadian business executives who describe the role education played in their lives.
Nadir Mohamed: Pushed by parents and peers
Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Nadir Mohamed can sum up the role education played in his upbringing and personal success with one word:
Born in East Africa, Mohamed grew up during a time of political and economic unrest in an area that would become the new nation of Tanzania. His parents raised their children with the knowledge that the world outside their young country’s borders might be a better place for them to find successful careers, and that working hard at their education would enable them to do so.
Anne Golden: Fighting City Hall…and winning
Over the course of three university degree programs, Anne Golden (Order of Canada) studied everything from political science and art history, to English literature and the role of the press during the Cold War.
On the surface, it can be difficult to see how these subjects helped her become a professional fundraiser as the head of the United Way of Greater Toronto, or a public policy specialist at the helm of the Conference Board of Canada.
John Risley: Learning from your mistakes
As the co-founder of one of the world’s largest seafood suppliers, with a reported personal wealth of nearly $1 billion, you might expect that John Risley has a typical list of qualifications that got him to where he is today—a degree in business or commerce perhaps, or even an MBA.
But instead, Risley has spent his life taking the path less traveled. A Nova Scotia native, after two years as a young student at Dalhousie University he decided that the post-secondary education route wasn’t for him.
Jeff Hauswirth: Global education for global talent scout
Jeff Hauswirth just might be the definition of a jet-setter.
As CEO of global headhunting firm Spencer Stuart’s Asia Pacific operation, Hauswirth splits his time between Toronto and Sydney, Australia, finding the best talent the world has to offer for some of the globe’s top organizations.
Such an arrangement might be a lot to handle for some, but this isn’t the first time Hauswirth has crossed international borders for his career. In fact, he credits a year spent learning in Switzerland as a teenager with giving him an appreciation for what the world has to offer to those who go out and explore it. He had the chance to complete his grade 13 year at the Canadian Junior College in Lausanne, Switzerland, which opened his eyes to the opportunities that living and working abroad can offer.
Ann Stewart: Learning never stops
Some people might spend decades trying to figure out what career path suits them best, but Ann Stewart was lucky.
As a grade nine student, she happened to enroll in a marketing class taught by a favourite teacher, Mr. Everett, who introduced his students to the media theories of Marshall McLuhan and organized tours of various ad agencies and publications. Stewart still remembers the “bustle” and dynamic atmosphere of the Globe and Mail newsroom on one of her school tours, and the dawning realization that she was meant for the media industry.