Today’s Notable Young Professional: An Interview With Canada

Today’s Notable Young Professional is Canada.

Every day for the past four years, we’ve interviewed one outstanding Canadian young professional or entrepreneur every single day to showcase the people who make our country great.

And today, on our nation’s birthday, we’re asking Canada the questions. The interview format also serves as a preview to what you can expect from future young professional/entrepreneur profiles, featuring eight questions each on both work and life.

Take it away, Canada…


1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I’m a mass of rock, fields, ice and trees. I allow people to live within my borders and offer them the best quality of life in the world.

2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
I certainly didn’t choose this path; years of raping and pillaging laid the groundwork for this route, and decades of monumental civic rights victories, political reforms, and resource exploitation shaped who I am today. Pretty standard stuff, as far as forming countries goes.

3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Confederation, hands down. Shoutout to the original Fathers. Nunavut was the cherry on top.

Abolishing the penny was pretty dope too.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
I see myself legalizing marijuana in five years, cleaning up our tar sands in 10 years, and hopefully restoring glacial expansion in 20 years.

5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Never trust anyone who won’t share a Caesar with you over brunch.

6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
Yes, the CBC. People tell me it’s important, which is all the convincing I need.

7. What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Well, I was invaded once. I overcame it by setting fire to the White House, remaining loyal, and resisting colonialism for a second time. My neighbours to the South never bothered me again.

8. What does the word notable mean to you?
Might I suggest reading my Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
Tough choice. When I’m not diving into a plate of poutine anywhere I can get it, you’ll find me at one of these 40 hot spots nationwide.

2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?, by far. Small talk about the weather is a national sport; it’s what separates us from the Germans.

‘The Hockey Song’ by Stompin’ Tom Connors.

3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Valentine Thomas. She’s a spearfishing celebrity.

4. What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
The United States is always a great place to get inspired and rip off some ideas.

I plan on travelling to Turks & Caicos next – I have some unfinished business there.

5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
This year’s Women’s World Cup final. And the men’s World Cup in general. Kyoto Protocol conferences also have this incredible salmon tartare, so it’s been tough to miss out on that the past few years.

6. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
The Royal family. No one gets it, but I don’t care.

7.  What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
Toronto. It’s like a spoiled child, that city – always wants more. Aren’t the Pan Am Games enough!? Montreal, on the other hand, could probably do with a few extra dollars.

8. And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success looks like two gold medals in Olympic hockey. Exactly like that.