We’re excited to welcome you to the CoLab team, Rena! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a business graduate with a passion for travelling and everything that comes with it: trying new food, meeting new people, and exploring new places. This past year I've been doing my best to explore our beautiful province. I love pretty much anything outdoors: running, hiking, camp fires, and BBQs. When I'm not outside or at a local brewery, I am probably convincing my sister to let me babysit my niece. :)
How did you first get into business development?
I think on some level I've been into business development since I started working for my family business when I was only young. As I got older and finished university, I started helping out more and interacting with customers and clients. From helping my Dad grow his business, I then moved into the tech space here in NL working for Verafin and D2L. I took a little hiatus and entered the fashion marketing scene, working for Lululemon after they opened their first store here in 2016! I continued to learn so much about the sales process as the team established our own little community here in St. John's. Now I couldn't be happier to re-enter the tech space in a sales role with a company like CoLab!
Why did you join CoLab and what are you most excited about?
I’ve been keeping an eye on CoLab for the better part of a year and I wanted to join the team because it seemed like they were a company that invests in—and cares about—their people (while also making a killer product!). I've been so lucky to work for companies who are people-first and I've seen firsthand how that affects results. So far the energy is contagious and I'm most excited about working with the team to show potential customers the value and success we can achieve together with CoLab!
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Likely a camera and a computer, so I could take photos and start a blog or something? Even if I wasn't able to communicate with anyone, I'm sure a computer is some form of cheating—but I am thinking I’d want some way to document experiences, recipes, and all the fun I was uncovering!