MY CAREER AS A FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL
I’ve been a financial professional for the past twenty years. My most challenging and rewarding role was the five years I served as the Investment Officer of a local private equity firm.
Our opportunities ranged from early stage investments in biotechnology and high tech companies, to start-ups in oil and gas, service industries, mining, real estate development, and public equity trading. Direct involvement in resource development and new technology advancements provided a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry and the economic environment required for its success.
It also provided critical perspectives on what it means to achieve successful innovation – which is so vital to the future of Calgary’s, Alberta’s and Canada’s future economic strength and prosperity.
WORKING THROUGH OBSTACLES IN CHALLENGING MARKET ENVIRONMENTS
That experience has since led to more focused career opportunities, but what stays the same is that all investments require significant effort to make the opportunity perform to plan.
When you spend time working through obstacles with your management teams, and finding solutions in challenging market environments, you get a sense of the people involved who can turn a business concept into a profitable reality. We’ve faced those challenges in Calgary – particularly over the past three years -- and strong leaders have come through and will continue to build our economy.
I think my background is incredibly valuable for a role in Parliament. There are too few politicians who really understand what it takes to invest, to risk, to build, and to succeed. I’ve seen that up close through my work.
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE …
I have previously served as a director of a public...