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Running, like my professional career, has been a journey of continuous learning, growth, and resilience. In the summer of 2017, I registered for my first running event, the Scotiabank Rat Race (5k). The exhilaration I felt upon crossing the finish line for the first time was akin to the thrill of a successful project implementation. It was a moment of achievement, a testament to hard work and dedication.

As I delved deeper into the world of running, the discipline, commitment, and perseverance required to train for a marathon mirrored the qualities required for professional success. The process of setting goals, devising a plan, and working diligently towards achieving them is common to both running and leading global strategic initiatives at Scotiabank.

Running has taught me the importance of pacing, knowing when to push hard and when to conserve energy, an invaluable skill when managing high-performing teams and driving operational efficiencies. It has also instilled in me a deep sense of resilience, the ability to keep going even when the road ahead is challenging, a trait that has been crucial while navigating complex business problems.

Moreover, running has significantly contributed to my personal growth, which in turn has enhanced my leadership skills. The journey from running my first 5k to completing several marathons has provided unique learning experiences about strength, endurance, and the power of a positive mindset. These lessons have been instrumental while completing my MBA at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, enabling me to further develop my strategic thinking and leadership skills.

In my career at Scotiabank, I lead global strategic initiatives, applying the same discipline and perseverance I learned from running. Managing high-performing teams, driving operational efficiencies, and navigating complex business problems with resilience and a positive mindset. My professional experience spans across various industries including financial services, academia, and telecommunications, with a proven track record in strategy development, enhancing customer and employee experiences, and improving operational efficiencies.

Running has been a physical endeavor and emotional journey that has enriched my personal and professional life. It has shaped me into a stronger leader, a resilient problem-solver, and a lifelong learner. However, it is the love and support from my family that has been the backbone of my success, both personally and professionally. As I continue my journey, I am excited about the road ahead, filled with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

James Durling

“I believe no human is limited in their ability and that we all have unfulfilled potential we can unlock if we dare.”

Eliud Kipchoge