Early in my career, I worked in the private sector and had a drive to support entrepreneurs, which stemmed from my own interest in wanting to run a business. When I began working at NRC IRAP in 2003, I took my passion for entrepreneurship and applied it to government administration. I was invested in leveraging my experience for the benefit of the program and have always looked for opportunities to get more involved. It is in branching out, year in and year out, in different ways that has granted me the opportunity to connect with so many colleagues. I have been involved in 15 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaigns, have provided support to NRC IRAP’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector Team since its inception and am currently the lead for NRC IRAP’s 75th Celebrations Team. For nearly 2 decades, I’ve worked in many areas across NRC IRAP to learn, contribute and build relationships—all of which have made my job interesting and fun. I have also seen how connecting and collaborating across the program has made us stronger both internally and in our relationships with clients and partners. I may not be on the frontline, but I am going to do everything I can in the background to make NRC IRAP a success.