+ 1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
EVERYTHING! Right now, all the newspapers, plus current magazines. I am finding Rolling Stone magazine a source of great writing and excellent stories.
+ 2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
I could never leave Toronto, as I truly love this city. But if I had to move somewhere, I would love to try London, England as it has a diversity and excitement that keeps you on the edge.
+ 3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
Medicine. Patient care is currently undergoing incredible transition and there are areas, including senior care, emergency medicine and end-of-life issues that I would truly like to learn more about and perhaps offer expert advice and opinion, not to mention hands-on experience.
+ 4 Most coveted superpower?
Apart from flying effortlessly through the air, I’d like a super power to immediately stop a bad moment in its track, and turn it into a positive experience (e.g. stuck in traffic, and all of a sudden traffic moves! Stuck in a long lineup at the supermarket, and all of a sudden two cashiers open up right near you. Animal stuck up a tree, and you manage to coax it down with no problem. Date didn’t call back? Expect that call! Lost your luggage? There it is!) Actually, not a bad superpower when you think of it.
+ 5 Looking back, of which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
Not so much as proud of, but the turning point in my career: I took a little boy dying of cancer to meet the actor Michael Landon, on the set of Highway to Heaven, in Los Angeles. The fact we managed to meet the famous actor in the first place was unbelievable. And on his home turf was, indeed, amazing. I raised the needed funds and coordinated the whole event with the help of the community. It was an astonishing experience. It taught me a life lesson that only you limit yourself, and there truly is nothing you cannot do — if you want to. I’ve had many memorable experiences, but this one was defining in the truest sense of the word.