SHIFTer of the Month
I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, but I spent a year in Southern Ontario working at a small boutique law firm because that’s the direction I thought I was heading. Kaitlyn Ford, Human Rights Lawyer (think Amal Clooney, sans Clooney).
I was accepted into the Post Graduate Program at Confederation College in International Business and Trade and moved back to Thunder Bay. With my HBA in Political Science, it seemed like a good fit and great experience - especially to have on a resume in an exceptionally competitive hiring pool.
Currently I work at Bombardier Transportation in Supply Management, specifically Purchasing for the BiLev Projects. It’s one of the most challenging places I’ve worked, but I thrive in the fast pace environment. I’m also a part of the Women in Leadership Committee, which was formed by women at Bombardier to help support women in their professional and personal lives. I’ve had the pleasure this past year to attend the Leadercast Women Event, a day filled with inspirational female speakers who touched on issues we face every day as women. How can you not be inspired when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter is telling you to be the best - the world needs you.
I always wanted to “get out” of Thunder Bay, as one does, but after meeting my fiancé and working at a company that has a profound impact on our local economy, the need to “get out” slowly faded.
Thunder Bay is not the same city I left behind 6 years ago. The food scene is unreal, I swear the drinks at Tomlin are magic. The people are always pushing for better and hold a higher standard for what Thunder Bay is capable of.