People profile - Michelle Senkiw

Michelle Senkiw

Michelle Senkiw

Principal Consultant

  • Favorite quote
    “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine: It is lethal.”—Paulo Coelho
    “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”—Einstein
  • What attracted you to Slalom?
    The energy and the people who provide the energy, and the opportunity to help build something from the ground up.
  • Experience
    o Slalom – Principal Consultant
    o 10EQS – Collaboration Manager
    o Morneau Shepell – Director Strategic Initiatives
    o Accenture – Strategy Manager
    o Courtyard Group – Strategy Consultant
    o Defense Research & Development Canada – Research Associate
    o Canadian Military – Civil Military Liaison Officer
  • What makes a great consultant?
    o The ability to listen and connect with people
    o The ability to take disparate pieces of info, structure them and see the larger picture (opportunities, gaps, inconsistencies etc.)
    o The ability to work with others
  • What’s your favorite part of your job?
    Laughing and learning
  • How did you end up with a career in consulting?
    It was the closest thing to science in the business world – you identify a problem, do research to build a data set and draw conclusions – just like working the lab but without the necessity for decontamination.
  • What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever gotten?
    o I will only be productive in an environment where I can learn and grow
    o When you talk to clients, ask them how they are and how their business is
  • What was your first job?
    Shoe store salesperson
  • People would be surprised to hear that I worked as...
    Scientist and Military Liaison Office
  • I have lived/worked in the following cities:
    o Lived: Canada: Red Deer AB, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON
    o Lived: International: Lafayette Louisiana, Odessa Texas, Alkmaar Netherlands, Aberdeen Scotland, Stavanger Northway, Washington DC, Kluj Bosnia Herzegovina
    o Worked: New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, Vancouver
  • I speak the following languages:
    English and grade school/tourist French
  • Education
    o MSc in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Specialized in Bacterial Pathogenesis
    o MBA
  • Charities
    Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Hobbies
    o Travel, Cooking, Photography
    o Sports/Outdoors: Beach volleyball, mountain biking, golf, climbing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, sometimes trail runner, hiking