Getting to Know…Our Planner Member
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)
Joined MPI Ottawa in 2014
I was born in Toronto, but the Ottawa area has been home for over 15 years. I currently live in Russell, a small town south east of the city, with my husband and 7.5 month-old son. I have loved my time off with my new baby, baking, watching movies, and spending time with my family.
I have had a very lucky career path in the events industry. During my time in the Event Management program at Algonquin College, I did some of my volunteer hours with AFMC, my current employer. After graduation, I worked in the supplier world for a little but was soon offered a position back at AFMC, and I couldn’t be happier.
What do you recommend following on social media?
I love the Tasty cooking series on Facebook and Instagram. They create the most delicious looking food in short videos. It’s a really nice break from all the negative things that can come up on my news feed, and it’s a great inspiration source for meal planning.
What do you want to accomplish before your next birthday?
My husband is currently training for his third half marathon, which he’s running in January, and while I think that’s a little too much for me I’d love to learn to run so that I’m comfortable while doing it. It’s not something that has ever come easily to me, but appeals to me so much as a way to keep in shape. It would be so nice to be able to put my baby in the stroller and go for a run.
What is your best way to tame your nerves before a work event?
I like to think about all the hard work everyone has put into the event. When I consider what my team has done, it makes me feel much more confident about the outcome.
What is the advice you would give to your younger self?
I would encourage myself to feel more confident in my decisions. I left university after three semesters without a game plan. I knew that I was unhappy with what and how I was learning, and that I was on the wrong path. It felt like such a huge risk to leave, but if I had had more confidence in following what felt right to me, I might have found this path a little sooner.
What’s your favourite ‘icebreaker question’ at a networking event/best conversation starter?
It’s fun to ask how long people have been in the industry. It allows people to tell their story, and I always like to hear about how people ended up in their current position.
I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
– Emily Ley
Article Written By Alison Peverley, The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
Article Edited By Cynthia Beaudin, Canada Foundation for Innovation