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In the Spotlight with Paul Websdale

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Manitoba and moved to BC when I was 25. My girlfriend and I literally flipped a coin in deciding whether to move to Vancouver or Toronto. I moved to BC with a major in Canadian history and a minor in Canadian political science and began the transition from that background to the CPA/business mode of thinking.

I am married with 2 young children and like most people with families, I have two modes – working and dealing with the kids. I could not be happier.

Has there been anything positive you have witnessed/seen from the recent crisis?

There have been several positive things in this crisis. First and foremost, the adaptability of human beings. The whole world altered its course and while it wasn’t perfect, most people have found a way to move forward in these hard and constricting times. The same can be said for our firm. Two hundred people picked up and went home and carried on their daily lives under varying levels of pressure.

Personally, this pandemic has made my family much closer than it was pre-COVID. 

What do you value most about working at the Baker Tilly WM? 

Baker Tilly WM provides an amazing platform that creates opportunities for all of us at the firm and for our clients. Being part of the National BT Canada co-operative and part of Baker Tilly International gives us the ability to stay local and make decisions here AND have National and International reach. This means we get to experience more and grow more and service our clients more comprehensively.

What makes you excited about Mondays?

I enjoy Mondays because:

  1. I like to talk to people about business and I like to help people – I get to do both in my position so I like Mondays (and all days). This is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
  2. I get to reset and start again from the prior week.

What personality traits make a good leader?

For me a leader must

  • be able to listen well and really understand what people are saying,
  • be willing to adapt, change and alter courses,
  • have a strong stomach/be brave,
  • be fair, and
  • have a good sense of purpose.

Finding people, including myself, who have some (let alone all) of these characteristics is difficult.

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