Whether I am managing operations, overseeing support of the Grants and Contributions program or compiling financials, all my tasks involve connecting and collaborating in some way with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders. This sense of connecting and collaborating was heightened during the pandemic with the roll-out of the Innovation Assistance Program. This wage subsidy program resulted in a substantial workload for many of us; yet we all pulled together and worked hard to ensure that Canadian firms affected by the pandemic had the help they needed at the time they needed it.
There is a shared passion to support each other and our clients that is felt throughout IRAP. What has added depth to my enjoyment in being part of IRAP is the culture, one that strives to promote equity, diversity and inclusion. I am proud to be part of our cultural commitment to listening, educating, validating and taking positive action towards creating an environment of respect and equal opportunity for all employees to achieve career goals.