Session 1A: Personal & Professional Development

Career Mobility in the 21st Century

Time and Date: 10:15-11:15 AM on Saturday May 6th
Session Type: Panel
Panelists: Marg Latham (Moderator), Fiona Douglas-Crampton, Sheryl Peters, Elaine Grotefeld, Rhylin Bailie and Alex Read

Most people will work at multiple companies and take on many different roles throughout their professional lifetimes. Incorporating mobility within your career can be an effective method of stepping up the career ladder. Whether a workplace transition or lateral move is initiated by you or your employer, there are many ways you can capitalize on career mobility, including developing new skills and competencies, engaging in self-assessment and being able to explore alternative methods of achieving professional satisfaction.  How do you recognize these opportunities to reinvent yourself? How do you navigate your career along a constantly changing path? What are the best ways to maintain connections and not burn bridges?

Marg Latham, P. Eng., CMC, is a professional engineer and certified management consultant with a passion for leading people and change. She is President of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm. Since starting her business in 2010, she has helped engineering organizations in the public and private sector improve professional practice, quality management and project delivery. From 2000 to 2009, Marg was a Vice President with consulting engineering firms UMA and AECOM, where she implemented management systems to improve frontline delivery to clients. She spent the first 20 years of her career managing institutional, residential and infrastructure projects in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Marg graduated in civil engineering from Queen’s University in 1974. She is currently Vice Chair on the board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and actively volunteers her time to encourage and increase the number of women in SETT careers.

Fiona Douglas-Crampton’s has been an unexpected and interesting journey, including careers as a Gaming Investigator, Stay-at-home Mom, Sales & Marketing professional, and Non-Profit CEO. When talking of her current role, she says “It seems like the universe moved me here” and feels she was meant to become the President & CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education.

Her previous roles have been as CEO of the Minerva Foundation, Acting Director of Fund Development at YWCA Metro Vancouver, and prior to that, as the Director of Membership Marketing at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

She began her affiliation with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education as a Strategic Consultant, and took over the role of President & CEO a few months later in April 2014.

This organization focuses on promoting and nurturing “Heart-Mind well-being” in children through the adults in their lives. A focus on social and emotional development is a hallmark of Fiona’s leadership philosophy, and the opportunity to work in the arenas of women’s leadership and children’s emotional lives at the same time is a perfect culmination of her career so far.

Fiona’s current volunteer work includes her role as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Circle at the Vancouver Board of Trade, and she has been a mentor in the Board’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program for 8 years. These roles serve her passionate interest in supporting women in business and promoting leadership in the next generation.

Sheryl Peters' 18 year career spans a diverse portfolio that includes affordable housing projects, multi-residential developments, master planned communities, hotels, neighbourhood shopping centres, and regional retail centres.  Her current role is with BC Housing as Land Development Manager, leading the land administration and development planning for the 244-acres Riverview Lands in Coquitlam, BC.

Her past roles have included marketing and project management - working with private and commercial developers such as Polygon, Smart Centres and the Holborn Group of Companies prior to coming to BC Housing.

Sheryl is an active member of ULI BC overseeing the annual Emerging Trends event and holds a PMP designation. Sheryl holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Geography from UBC and a Diploma in Building Technology from BCIT.

Elaine Grotefeld is a Partner in the Vancouver office of Odgers Berndtson, an international executive search firm that helps recruit and develop top leaders.  Elaine’s focus is on organizations with a net positive impact mandate; this could include those in clean tech, certain areas of tech, sustainability and environmental advocacy.

Elaine has 18 years of international executive search experience from working in the UK, Asia-Pacific and North America. Before stumbling into a career in search, Elaine worked with IBM for 8 years in London and Vancouver.  She then worked in executive search in Asia for 14 years, mostly in the tech sector.

 Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is a Career Advisor with Dress for Success, which helps women in challenging circumstances to re-enter the workforce.  In the spirit of Creating Connections, Elaine set up the networking group Women in Clean Tech two years ago, and hosts several informal events each year.  New members welcome!

Rhylin Bailie brings a diverse skill set and more than 20 years of mining experience to her current position as Vice President, Investor Relations of Luna Gold Corp., a Canadian resource company with a gold mine in Brazil. From 2011 to 2016 Ms. Bailie managed all aspects of investor relations for a number of resource companies, including Southern Arc Minerals, Eagle Hill Exploration, New Zealand Energy and Sandspring Resources. Previously, Ms. Bailie was Director of Investor Relations for NovaGold Resources from 2006 to 2011, and prior to that held various positions in the Treasury group at Placer Dome from 1995 to 2006. Ms. Bailie is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree. She is a director on the National Board of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Alex Read: As a seasoned entrepreneur and recipient of the Business In Vancouver “40 Under 40” award, Alex owns several successful businesses across North America. These include a number of high-growth franchises with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me in the New Jersey area, and the boutique small business consulting firm “Make Anything Work”. Currently, Alex is also dedicated to leading the charge at Movarie Capital Ltd (TSX-V: MOV), where they are executing an industry consolidation in the Health & Wellness sector.

Alex brings to everything a wealth of international business and leadership experience, having worked in several countries around the world. These include such places as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain and Canada. Previously in his career, he has worked in a variety of senior leadership roles for companies such as American Express and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

His primary career focus has revolved around rapidly scaling privately held companies across multiple markets. During this time, Alex has developed a passion for increasing organizational effectiveness through clear and transparent leadership. With an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurial hyper-growth enterprise, Alex is able to create calm out of chaos and lead an organization to new plateaus of success.

Alex holds an honors degree in Marketing and is a former ski coach. He is the current Global Chair for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (, and also a past Canadian Regional Director for the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global organization uniquely for entrepreneurs.