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John Hastings, MBA
Socially Responsible Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities - Ottawa, ON, Canada

John Hastings

John Hastings started kayaking at the age of 6. When he was 12 years old, he won his first national championships. Being the only one is his category may have helped him, but at that moment, he knew that he was hooked and he wanted to achieve more. At the age of 16, after seeing Team Canada parade into the opening ceremonies in Sydney, Australia, he was so filled with pride that competing in the Olympics became his dream. So he decided to set forth on that journey. In 2010 and 2011, he was ranked first in Canada, and was top 12 in the world. This year, he has the opportunity to race in Canada in front of a hometown crowd at the Pan Am Games on the river where he learned how to kayak.

When John is not kayaking, he is working as an investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities specializing in socially responsible investing. In his sport, he witnessed firsthand the impact of climate change on the rivers he raced and the communities he’s had the privilege to visit. Along with his team, he helps identify and create socially responsible investment strategies for foundations, non-profits, and private clients. They conduct positive and negative environmental, social, and governance screens to identify those companies that are not only good corporate citizens, but also those trying to make our world a better place.

John says that completing his MBA at the Telfer School of Management has provided him the tools to run this business effectively. “Whether it’s through logically building a business plan or managing people; going through that mental process of everything you need, these were all things that I learned during my MBA at Telfer,” he says.

Telfer was an easy choice for John. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Carleton University, with a focus on finance and marketing, he wanted to complete an MBA program that focused on strategy. He knew that at Telfer, he wouldn’t just be a number. “Our class was small and this provided a very intimate experience,” he says, “I got to know everyone in the class!”

John says that being part of the case competition team was amongst his best memories at Telfer. “Competing at both the John Molson School of Business Inter-collegiate Case Competition and the Van Berkom Small-Cap Case competition stand out as the most memorable experiences for me.” In both competitions, his teams reached a level of high-performance, which was truly a great experience for John.

As a mentor, the best advice that John would give to students is simple: do what makes you happy and what you are passionate about. “It’s amazing what you are able to accomplish when you really like what you are doing, and who you are working with. Life is more than just a pay cheque!” he says.

John enjoys what he does so much, that he also sits on a number of boards such as the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, One Change, Canadian Athlete Now Fund, CoPower and Global Asset Management Group at RBC. He believes that volunteering, advising and giving back is one of the ways we can make this world a better place: “If I can inspire someone to chase their passion, or, do better than me… then my job is complete,” he says.

Cheer John on in the Pan Am Games, taking place in Toronto from the 10th to the 26th of July 2015.

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