As managers and executives at Stratford, we’ve led departments, divisions and whole organizations through growth and change. We have the “stars and scars” to offer meaningful, practical guidance or serve hands-on if that’s required.
Beyond our credentials, what sets us apart are the values we share and the ways we work. Every member of our team has a passion for giving back and helping organizations reach their goals. It’s why clients often tell us that when they met our people, they knew they wanted to do business with us.
To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down with some of our team members and interviewed them on everything from professional experience and obstacles to extracurricular activities and playlist recommendations. We thought you may appreciate seeing the personal side of our team through their shared personal insights, recommendations and hobbies.
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🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?
I don’t typically listen to music while working but if I did, it would be Motown or The Beatles.
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
I am a very avid read. My recent favourites include:
🌟 Who are you most influenced by?
After her, historical politicians and business writers.
💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
Strategy is important but execution is key.
🙋 How do you add value to your clients?
I add value by bringing a holistic perspective to a challenge.
My sociable approach combined with my analytical investigations lead to practical actions that fit with the culture of the business.
👀 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
Stratford has a broad bench of managers with deep, practical experience that can lean in and provide value across all functions.
🤝 What is your favourite type of client engagement?
I truly enjoy when I get to work with a company that is underachieving their potential but know they can grow and are therefore highly engaged and open to innovative ideas.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
I am currently a volunteer mentor for MBA students at the Telfer Business School of Management, located at the University of Ottawa.
My wife and I are also very involved in fund raising activities for the Canadian Cancer Society.
🚴♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?
Sports – particularly EPL, NHL and NFL.
I also enjoy spending my time cross training, reading and watching movies.
🍿 Any recommended movies or TV programs?
I guess one of my favourite movies would be The Sting
……however, I am happy to watch pretty much any movie!
👩💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts?
I follow an eclectic group, so I’d have to recommend……me!
I put out a pretty good post each week 😬
🤦♂️ What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
All obstacles talk back!
I have worked with some wonderful people in my time, but my biggest obstacles have been of the human variety.
❓What GIF best describes you?
📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
If there is one thing I hope my clients gain from working with me, it’s value that exceeds expectation.
We look forward to introducing you to others here at Stratford and we’d love the chance to get to know you better too. If you’d like to connect with David or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.