Project Leader, Toronto
At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Dan finds clarity in a complex world.
No matter what path I’ve chosen at BCG I’ve always felt incredibly supported by my mentors, managers, and peers.
I’m from a small town in Northern Ontario, and I’m a chemical engineer by training. I’d never even heard of consulting when I wandered into a campus information session nearly a decade ago. Now I can’t imagine my career without the experiences I’ve had working at BCG.
I’ve worked on three continents with clients across a wide variety of sectors including consumer goods, retail, and technology. I’ve helped Japanese companies launching in the US market and supported North American companies seeking growth in Asia. Seeing the different ways business is approached globally has been eye-opening and incredibly rewarding. The opportunity to develop a more global perspective is a key benefit of working at BCG that I encourage everyone to take advantage of at some point in their career.
Dan holds a chemical engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His personal interests include cooking, basketball, musical theater, and video games.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I learned that even if the answer seems obvious, ask your question anyway. If you’re curious about it, chances are someone else in the group is as well—and the conversation that gets sparked by asking “why” is (almost) always insightful. Challenging the status quo is an important part of the role that new consultants play on their case teams and with clients.
Q: What international experiences have been the most interesting for you?
A: I had the opportunity to spend a year living in Japan working in BCG’s Tokyo office. Spending that time in Asia was by far the most interesting international experience I’ve had to date. I’ll admit I landed in Japan and felt completely overwhelmed by the culture, the language, and the challenge of working in a completely new environment. The BCG office was incredibly supportive, however, and I felt right at home working with my Japanese colleagues. I made some incredible friends, gained invaluable perspective, and had a ton of fun. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Q: If you could compare what you do with any other job, what would you say?
A: My father and my brother are both medical doctors, so I’m forever trying to explain what I do in medical terms at family gatherings. In doing that, the best I’ve come up with so far is that a consultant is much like a family doctor, with your clients as patients. It’s a trusted, confidential relationship that you build over time, centered on the health of your client’s business. Sometimes you go to the doctor with a specific complaint—for us, a project with a specific key question—and other times it’s just a general checkup, or a diagnostic project in consulting. That said, it’s important to remember that what we do isn’t life or death!