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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.



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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