My name is Laura and I am a manager in PwC’s downtown Toronto office.
I graduated from Queen’s University in June 2008 and started as a new associate in the Audit & Assurance Group (AAG) in the fall of that same year. I’ve had an amazing 5 years at the firm, with really varied experiences.
After I successfully passed my CA exams, I took an internal secondment to the Talent Acquisition team for 6 months and loved it. Being on the other side of it all, meeting and networking with bright and talented students (like you!) from across the country was invigorating and exciting.
When I returned to the audit practice, I started to focus my audit work on technology clients; specifically, start-ups. I have a huge passion for the start-up community, and absolutely love working with early stage tech companies. PwC has an amazing group that specializes in this field called the Emerging Company Services (ECS) team. In 2010, with some great mentoring, I made the decision to join the team permanently. As my audit career began to flourish, recruiting always held a special place in my heart.
My unique role at PwC
In 2012, my two passions aligned when I was given the opportunity to become the new AAG Talent Acquisition Manager for the Greater Toronto Area. In my role, I get to lead the hiring strategy and execution for the GTA AAG for half of my year, and I get to manage the ECS team for the other half of the year. The 50/50 split, though sometimes hectic, allows me to work in two areas that truly align with my passions, and I couldn’t be happier with how the firm has flexed to accommodate me.
What I do when I’m not at PwC
Another passion of mine is health and wellness. Growing up in a small town that placed a large emphasis on team sports, I was always active. I’ve carried this with me through university and now into my working career – a few years ago, I became a certified fitness instructor, and I now teach a few different disciplines of group fitness during the week. It is something I’m really proud of, and the support and flexibility that the firm has given me to pursue this has really solidified that PwC is the right fit for me.
I’m really excited to share my advice and lessons learned from my experiences over the past 5 years at PwC with you, as well as some recruiting best practices from what I’ve seen on campus in my role. I hope to make this an interactive experience, and cover topics that matter most to you.
I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter!
Love and laughter,