Describe your first and last jobs My first job was synthesising maple syrup during the infamous Canadian maple syrup crisis of 1995. Although young I was full of national pride and didn’t want to let the world down. After all, according to totally made-up figures from the Institute of Maple Syrup, Toronto, the amazing substance makes up 57% of Canada’s exports. It’s damn tasty too, especially at breakfast time. Bingo bango!
What have you done in between?
I studied acting with the intention of having a big career in Hollywood and winning an Oscar. But then I said to myself come on LSB, it’s time to stop settling for second best and pursue my real dream of working in the UK mortgage market. And here I am. Reach for the stars kids, anything is possible.
How do your jobs to date compare with your career aspirations when you were younger?
I studied politics in my homeland and my ambition was to implement policies to save the world. As a result of working on Strategy I feel, in a weird way, that I’m doing just that. Hey, if Prime Minister Gordon Brown can say it, so can I.
What has been the defining point of your career to date and why?
Getting the Strategy gig. Learning how to survive the strain of boozy mortgage lunches while retaining a semblance of control has given me confidence that my liver can survive the slings and arrows of outrageous boozing. For this I’d like to thank editor extraordinaire Robyn Hall, who taught me everything I know about drinkies – except the stuff I knew before.
And the most embarrassing?
The day I accidentally shot my neighbour’s horse after I mistook it for a moose. It was so embarrassing and hiding the carcass was a nightmare.
What work ambition would you like to achieve by retirement?
After working on Strategy I feel I’ve achieved everything a girl could dream of. Let’s be frank, after this the rest of my life will be a bit of a letdown. In the words of Ron Jeremy, the best is behind.
How many mortgage payments do you have left?
My boyfriend pays the mortgage and I pay him rent. Trust me, I was not aware that this would be the arrangement when I moved in.
He is a great landlord though, although we argue over the remote control. He doesn’t like Sex and the City, the silly sausage. Men!
Where do you live?
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I like to go back to Canada, ride huskies, play ice hockey, sing O Canada, eat poutine and complain about the US.
What’s your tipple?
Double vodka with a dash of cranberry juice and soda water.
What one thing would you take to a desert island and why?
Dogs. I am obsessed with them and will stop their owners in the street to ask if I can pet their pooch. This can be awkward.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Paul Gross. He played Constable Benton Fraser in Due South, one of my favourite TV shows.
What’s the most embarrassing album you own?
Canadian Anthems: O Canada and other classics.
What’s the craziest hobby you’ve ever attempted?
Trying to keep up with Robyn Hall in the drinking stakes – ouch!