What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Geena Davis. She has elevated the presence of strong female characters and is tireless in her work fighting for gender-parity.
What is your favourite song? Anything by Keith Richards.
Your biggest career thrill? Making the leap from the big corporate world to the uncharted waters of entrepreneurialism.
What is your favourite book? Wade Davis’ The Wayfinders was the focus of the 2009 CBC Massey Lectures. This is a celebration of the unique and profound contributions to humanity by the diverse cultures of our world. Davis is a Canadian anthropologist who posits that every culture deserves a place at the council of the human experience. It is an exploration of the deleterious impacts when the knowledge that is encompassed in the more than 7,000 languages of our world is lost.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A glass of wine, a good book and watching the sun set over the ocean.
What is your greatest fear? Losing the people I love.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Betrayal.
Which living person do you most admire? Her Excellency, Governor General Mary Simon.
What is your greatest extravagance? Travel. My most memorable trips include trekking in the Himalayas, rafting the Grand Canyon and hiking the Camino in Spain.
What is your current state of mind? Gratitude.
On what occasion do you lie? To avoid hurting another unnecessarily.
When and where were you happiest? Whenever there is an opportunity to talk with my son about the world, politics, business and humanity.
Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To improve my short game!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising a thoughtful, compassionate, socially conscious, feminist son.
What is your most treasured possession? A little clay rose in a vase that my son made for me in kindergarten.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Injustice. Inequality.
What is your favourite occupation? In another life, I would have been a talk show host … but one who actually listens to guests, without constantly interrupting.
What is your most marked characteristic? Tenacity.
What do you most value in your friends? Laughter and great conversation.
Who are your favourite writers? Anything by Paulo Coelho. And, for pure science fiction escapism, Michael Crichton.
Who is your hero of fiction? Wonder Woman, Agent Carter … I grew up reading comic books and still love the female heroines of DC and Marvel.
What is it that you most dislike? Racism, bigotry, xenophobia, misogynism. And people who are chronically late and disrespect the time of others.
What is your greatest regret? Not being able to spend more time with my mother in her later years.
How would you like to die? Hitting a tree while skiing out of control in my late 90s!
What is your motto? I never really had a plan … it was mostly serendipity.