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People
December 14, 2011

When Paulette Rennie, President of Valley First, took her first banking job as DDA clerk 35 years ago, she was fresh out of grade 12 and thought it was a short term gig. Paulette intended to pursue nursing, but when she discovered she had a knack for numbers and an inspirational mentor as manager, she stuck with the financial industry.

“When you’re a kid and you’re excelling at something you really enjoy, why not make a career of it? I absolutely loved working at the...

 
People
December 12, 2011

New generation of women entrepreneurs ready to grow small business into big business

Out of necessity or passion, women throughout history have been active entrepreneurs. In Canada today, it’s reported that up to 50 per cent of small businesses are women-owned. But as plentiful as women-led small businesses may be, there are challenges. A 2009 University of Ottawa survey sums it up like this: women-owned businesses are “significantly smaller, less...

 
People
November 22, 2011

For Lee Rhodes, having to explain his role as senior-vice president of People Services is a common occurrence even after 24 years leading change initiatives, recruiting talent and furthering team development in world class organizations. In short, he is a man who wears many hats.

“It’s a profession that everyone thinks they can do,” says Lee. But the key word is profession, for which specialized knowledge is an intrinsic demand. “People in business want the...

 
People
November 10, 2011

Tom Webster is the marathon-running CFO of First West Credit Union. As is often the case with long distance runners, their experience overcoming obstacles can be applied off the track. As such, during the recent economic turbulence Tom was the cool head guiding First West to calmer skies.

Victoria-born Tom, 53, graduated from UVic with a BA in economics and became a chartered accountant (CA) in 1987. Moving to Vancouver that year, he began public practice, but what he really craved...