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Maureen Sabia
Maureen Sabia

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Maureen Sabia: She means business Add to ...

Favourite pastime: Reading. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (“my little bible” that sits on her bedside table for inspiration). Loves English mysteries and biographies; recently read ones on the Queen Mother and Frank Sinatra, one of her favourite singers.

Career highlights

• Began career with the Ontario Securities Commission.

• Assistant counsel to the Ontario Law Reform Commission and later director of research and policy and solicitor to the board of OMERS.

• Worked for Canadian Pacific; served as general counsel for Redpath Industries.

• Has run her own consulting practice since 1986, advising on organizational and strategy issues.

• Appointed chairman of Canadian Tire Corp. in March, 2007, after serving as chairman of the audit committee; director of Canadian Tire Bank.

• Has been director of O&Y Properties Corp.; Gulf Canada Resources Ltd.; Hollinger Inc.; Skyjack Inc.; and Laurentian General Insurance Co.

- Appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in June, 2011, for her role in supporting the advancement of women in the corporate sector, and for strengthening corporate governance.

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IN HER OWN WORDS

On the need for change at Canadian Tire:

“I’m an impatient person. I always wanted to move faster than is probably more prudent to move.”

On work:

“I don’t do much else except work because I’m a work freak … I’m not sure what else I’d do with my life if I didn’t work. I don’t have this balanced approach to life … I think it’s in my upbringing.”

On her siblings and family life:

“We were brought up with a huge sense of responsibility that you had to achieve … If you worked hard enough and you were smart enough, there was no end to what you could achieve.”

On her advice to other women:

“Life is more complicated for women. Discipline is a tool that can help you navigate those complexities.”

On feminism:

“The feminist movement of recent times – not my mother’s brand – told women they could have everything, they could have it all. Nobody can have it all. Life is choices.”

On men:

“I met lots of men in my life that I would have thought about marrying … I never spent enough time at it and I should have. When you’re younger and trying to get ahead and working on your career, if you’re me - that’s more important. At a time when I should have been nurturing these relationships, I didn’t.”

On having children:

“It’s a scary responsibility. It’s not like a new BMW in the driveway. Kids are for life. I had to make choices. I don’t like to do things by half-measure.”

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