Business Development Manager, Business Banking at CIBC
I am a Business Development Manager with CIBC supporting the city of Ottawa and surrounding area. While I work with a wide variety of companies, I focus primarily on growing, privately owned businesses, in operation for 2 or more years.
A common challenge I find growing businesses face is outgrowing their systems and controls. This can lead to cash shortfalls due to timing differences between collections and payments. I specialize in helping these businesses by suggesting options that they didn’t know they had to more effectively manage their daily cash flow and structure debt to efficiently grow their business.
I will take the time to develop an in-depth understanding of my client’s business and industry and, in partnership with a team of experts at CIBC, as well as the owner’s professional advisors such as their Accountant or Lawyer, will recommend and implement customized strategies and solutions to help them reach their short and long term goals. I am also actively involved with our community, as a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade, BIA, Women’s Business Network and Special Education Advisory Committee.
What is your favourite part of being a member of the WBN? If you are a newer member, what do you hope to give or receive from your membership in the WBN?
I was inspired to join the Women’s Business Network as this group is motivated to help improve the work environment, boost employee confidence and improve the talent pipeline by providing a venue for women to support each other. WBN goes the extra mile to provide a space for gender issues and equality discussions without judgments.
What’s the business advice you would give today to your younger self?
Believe more in yourself: We all have strengths and weaknesses. There is no need to be intimidated by weakness you perceive because life is always about the middle ground. It is helpful to have a level of self-awareness, which will lead to an increase in our confidence, and in turn allows us to embrace opportunities. I don’t believe in fate, but if you keep trying, I do believe things have a way of working out. Build on your strengths and work at minimizing weaknesses, be bold, strong and believe more in yourself.
Who would be invited to your dream dinner party?
To my dream dinner, I would invite Richard Branson and Madonna.
Richard Branson began his first business venture at the age of 16. In the face of adversity, he took the lead, he followed his gut and believed in himself. Like him, I believe that the ability to inspire others is the single most important leadership skill. The ability to infuse energy, passion, commitment, and connection to any organization is essential to its growth.
Madonna is one of the most influential and iconic female recording artists of all time. Madonna gave women power: the ability to do more than what was acceptable for women, to question the boundaries of gender. Her influences can be found in arts, food, science and in each branch of entertainment and is frequently associated with the feminist movement.