At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Jason connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
You’ll be successful at BCG if you have the following three qualities: you like bringing new, creative approaches to problem solving, you thrive in a highly collaborative environment, and you are very open to receiving and acting on feedback.
When I first joined BCG in 2012, following my MBA at Kellogg, I really didn’t have a strong view on which specific industries I wanted to work in. I was really excited for the opportunity to try different sectors, as long as I was working on the biggest problems that our clients were facing. Over the past four and a half years, I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some of Canada’s most iconic companies on their most strategic topics across seven different sectors.
My focus recently has been in the media, telecommunications, and consumer goods sectors, primarily working on corporate development topics. I am able to work directly with boards, CEOs, and CFOs on some of their most challenging topics, including corporate strategy, value creation programs, and mergers and acquisitions. The learning and development that comes with this exposure is truly unparalleled, not to mention a lot of fun!
Jason first joined BCG as a summer consultant in 2011 and returned full-time in 2012. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he graduated with distinction. He also holds a bachelor’s of commerce degree from Queen’s University, where he graduated with First Class Honours.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to work at BCG for two reasons. First, I truly appreciated BCG’s customized, clean-sheet approach to problem solving. I knew that working in this environment would really push me to be a better strategic thinker, and I loved learning about BCG’s heritage as a pioneer in the strategy consulting field. Second, the BCG culture really resonated with me. BCGers are humble, friendly, and collaborative, and they have a quiet confidence that is second to none. I couldn’t imagine a more supportive and conducive environment to develop myself as a leader.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: In my view, sustainability starts by having a crystal-clear view on your priorities, both personal and professional. Once you know what’s truly most important to you, it’s easy to decide what to take on and what to say no to, a key driver of sustainability. I believe that this mindset, combined with effective time management, open communication about my priorities with my colleagues, and supportive programs such as PTO (predictability, teaming, and open communication), has allowed me to make what can be a highly demanding career both sustainable and incredibly fulfilling.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: My favorite case experience at BCG was when we helped an iconic Canadian company develop its long-term corporate strategy and growth plan. I was responsible for developing the international growth strategy, helping our client identify which markets to target, how much capital to deploy in each market, and how it needed to adapt the offering to meet the needs of consumers in different geographies. The most fulfilling aspect was listening to the CEO articulate the strategy during the company’s investor day, using many of the same words, descriptions, and turns of phrase that I had coined during the five months on the case!