Shifters

SHIFTer [ˈSHif-tər] noun

  1. an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay.
  2. a young person who believes in their own potential and wants to connect with others to get things done.

SHIFTer of the Month

Anuar Iskhakov

Anuar Iskhakov 

My name is Anuar and originally, I am from a country called Kyrgyzstan, born in its capital city Bishkek. At the age of 9, I immigrated to Toronto, Canada with my immediate family, including my mother, father, and my sister living here for 8 years together. I spent another 4 years of my life in Toronto prior to reconnecting with my family in Thunder Bay. During those years I had the opportunity to work closely with a few small business owners who inspired me to pursue my curiosity in the business world.

I graduated from Confederation College with an advanced diploma in Business Accounting – Administration and thereafter from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Administration in Business. Currently, I am pursuing my designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant.

While attending College, I worked in their Finance Department starting as a summer student and soon after as an Accountant Assistant. During my third semester at the College, I had a co-op placement at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as an Accounts Payable Clerk which matured into an Accounting Assistant and later a Junior Accountant position for the 3.5 years prior to taking on a position at Grant Thornton as an Accountant.

I am currently an Accountant at Grant Thornton. Mostly, I spend my time working with our Assurance clients and seldom with Private Held Business clients. I enjoy my time at Grant Thornton because I am provided with the opportunity to grow and expand my potential as an accountant and a business advisor. I am honored that I have worked amongst such talented individuals dating back from my experience in Toronto, at the College and at the Hospital. I continue to feel this way at Grant Thornton, conquering new challenges every day.

Grant Thornton truly wants to move Thunder Bay forward. We have developed partnerships with various organizations committed to bringing Thunder Bay’s economy forward by looking out for the community. This year, the Grant Thornton’s Thunder Bay office was chosen out of all the offices across Canada to receive a pallet of toys to donate to a worthy cause as part of the GT Foundation Gift Giving Initiative. We are thrilled to announce that we have donated over 200 toys to the Dilico Christmas Wish Campaign!

Every year our Grant Thornton office collaborates with the Children’s Aid Society to “adopt” a family in need and previously we raised enough funds to help a family of 9 get clothing, household goods, food and toys.

We also sponsor the “Conquer the Tower” Event to support “Pro Kid’s Thunder Bay” who help kids get active and involved in our community.  Our staff raised additional funds for two of our brave team members that volunteered to jump off a 10 meter platform at the Canada Games Complex.

To help make Thunder Bay streets a little cleaner, Grant Thornton rounds up teams to participate in the Stash the Trash Cleanup event put on by EcoSuperior. Each year we dedicate an entire day on the weekend to this event.

Lastly, this past year we introduced a new service line of cloud accounting, which is an innovative new offering that combines personalized accounting advisory services with the latest accounting software and applications from leading providers. Our Grant Thornton advisors help to automate and organize client data and processes such as invoicing, cash receipts, accounts receivable and payable tracking, generating accounting records and collecting customer information more efficiently and accurately. Cloud accounting is a more effective, efficient way to deliver accounting and business advisory services.

I was always interested in becoming a member of shift and now am truly honored that I was chosen to be SHIFTer of the month. To me, SHIFT means doing something out of your comfort zone, sharing experiences and keeping up to date with new trends and events all with the intent to move Thunder Bay forward. I appreciate this network as it reminds me of a family that supports one another to keep thriving, keep growing and evolving to become better than we were yesterday.

My mother, for example, was an Anesthesiologist in Kyrgyzstan but was not eligible to practice here in Canada without a local medical license and had to start the medical licensing process from scratch. This created many challenges that my family and I had to face, but with everyone’s efforts we were able to provide the support for our mother and for each other to get where we are today.

After approximately eight years of hard work and dedication, with English as her second language, my mother finally completed her path to becoming a Family Doctor.  The reason why I am giving such a back story of my mother is because if it wasn’t for her, my family would not be where we are today.

Not too long after, my father and I had graduated from Confederation College.  My father with a Medical Radiation Technologist Diploma and myself with the Business Accounting – Administration Diploma. My sister was inspired by our mother’s path and also chose a career in medicine. She was recently accepted to a Medical Residency Program specializing in Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine, Western University in London, Ontario. I believe we all thrived from my mother’s success and I would proudly say that she is our SHIFTer. With that being said, I believe that “if there is a will, there is a way”, just recognize your own SHIFT that motivates and inspires you to become one for yourself and others.

Relocating from a big city like Toronto, I’ve learned that Thunder Bay creates a great city/outdoor balance for me. I feel that I can truly enjoy the outdoors with our long summer days and hit the hills during our heavy winters, all in short proximity. This city has a great downtown district, crawling with bars and restaurants. The district makes great efforts to collaborate with the community, for example, with Operation Red Nose which in turn makes for eventful nights during the holidays. But most of all, I appreciate the variety of outdoor activities that Thunder Bay has to offer, and that I have yet to try.

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SHIFTer Information

Shift is an incredibly diverse group of young people representing many professions and backgrounds. From business owners, entrepreneurs and trades people; to students, health specialists, and government employees, the uniqueness and connectedness of our members sets us apart. We offer three different types of membership to ensure that everyone can receive the benefits of becoming a SHIFTer. Not sure which membership you fall under? Send us an email under the CONTACT tab at the top of the page! Join SHIFT today.

SHIFTer - SHIFT Annual Membership

Are you an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay? Do you want to connect with others to get things done? SHIFT aims to retain and attract young professionals in Thunder Bay and support those #YPs to realize their goals while making an impact in the community. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Annual Membership to connect with like minded individuals in our community. 

Benefits of becoming a SHIFTer include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFTer you receive 20% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • Have the opportunity to become the SHIFTer of the Month that gets recognized on our website and our social media
  • Have the opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event
  • Have the opportunity to vote for SHIFT's board of directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Have the opportunity to partake in discussions and surveys that represent young professionals
 
SHIFT Ambassador

Are you over the age of 40 but still want to support young professionals in our community? Do you still want to be able to network with those #YPs that could potentially be your employees? We want your wisdom and for you to continue to stay involved and engaged with SHIFT. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Ambassador membership to continue to network and support young professionals within our community.

Benefits of becoming a SHIFT Ambassador include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFT Ambassador you receive 10% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • The opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event

Please note: SHIFT Ambassadors will be ineligible to vote during SHIFT's board of director elections as well as they will not be able to partake in surveys and discussions where the young professional demographic is being represented. 

SHIFT Corporate Partner - Corporate Membership

Register up to 5 members of your young talent through our new Corporate Membership for cost savings and the opportunity to connect your organization with our coveted list of members. Each member must be registered with an employee name and those individuals will be able to access the full range of individual membership benefits. Want to register more than 5? Access the corporate discount of $50 per additional member when registering today. E-mail info(at)shiftnetwork.ca to arrange for more than 5 employees under your corporate account.

EXCLUSIVE Corporate Membership Benefit: Opportunity to send out one e-mail to SHIFT members at a cost of $100.

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