I grew up in a family that provoked constant education. As a young kid, our family “outings” meant spending the day at a local bookshop – and leaving with a new book each time. My local elementary school had one solitary bookshelf and between the ages of 5 and 10 I devoured every book in the school’s “library.” I went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Literature and Creative Writing, teaching Literature in the Undergraduate program at Concordia University, but quickly abandoned academia for the world of business and entrepreneurship.
Growing up in a tiny bubble in Montreal’s Italian community, I saw so many people settle for a life of mediocrity and status quo. I have seen people with incredible potential who give up any hopes of personal or professional development for “stability” and complacency. I believe – in fact, I know – that given the right tools and the right context, absolutely anyone is capable of real change and fully transforming the course of their personal and professional lives.
Equally passionate about business as I am about early twentieth-century literature, I come from an interdisciplinary perspective, mixing art and commerce on the regular – because we are all so much more than just one thing.
What does Les Labs mean to you?
For me, Les Labs signifies opportunity for change. I believe that it’s not about where you’re from, but about where you’re going. Labs allows an opportunity for individuals to create a new level to be “going” to – and that, to me, is more than just a business, more than just a job; it’s a philosophy for living each day.