with Bruce Poon Tip

Open Jaw

Where were you born? In Port of Spain, Trinidad. We moved to Calgary when I was 3.

How long have you been in the business? For 28 years, starting with a nature touring company in Canada.

How many people work for G? Almost 3,000.

What’s the best part of the job? The people that we get to impact positively within the organization and on the ground.  

What did you want to be as a kid? I was always an entrepreneur, and started three businesses before I was 16 - a newspaper contract delivery business, then a bookmark business, and then I imported the first dwarf rabbits to Canada from Holland.

Did you not want to be an employee? The other thing you have to know is that I got fired at McDonalds during the training program. I raised questions about the role of a hairnet when I actually had a shaved head.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? Probably having children. They are now 15 and 13.  It was touch and go sometimes!

Any guilty pleasures? I’m a news junkie. And not going anywhere on a vacation. Does liking Mariah Carey and ABBA count? That’s more embarrassing than a guilty pleasure I guess.

How many countries have you visited? 154.

What’s your favourite airline? I love Air Canada I have to say. I’m a big defender of them.

Favourite hotel chain? A toss-up between Hilton and InterContinental. Whoever has the fastest internet gets my vote.

What’s on your tablet? Music, a wide array but a lot of 80s and 90s. A ton of news - BBC, CBC, newspapers, The Economist magazine. Cash converters, translators and now books. 

What do people not know about you? People think I’m outgoing when I’m actually a loner.

Any hobbies or interests? I’m really into sports both as a fan and a participant. I play volleyball and basketball, do yoga and run.

What was the last thing you bought (apart from something to eat)? A piece of blown glass art when I was in Noosa, Australia, last week.

When were you happiest? I had the happiest summer this year because I didn’t travel and had the family all together.

What would you tell your 20 year old self? That business is not black and white, and it can be emotional.

Who do you most admire in the industry? Max Ward [late founder of the Canadian carrier Wardair].

What skill or talent do you admire in someone? People who are detailed and organized.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?  The Trans Siberian railway  – in winter.

Ever had a brush with fame? Many. I once ran on a treadmill next to Michael Jordan!

What keeps you awake at night? Nothing really. I’m a really good sleeper.

How do you spend your frequent flyer points? With great difficulty because I am a bad planner - but I did recently buy the most impressive toaster.

What is your greatest extravagance? Probably concert and sports tickets. I go around the world to them.

If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be? I think we need better industry leaders especially in Canada.

If you could sit next to anyone on a long-haul flight, who would it be? Jack Welch who is former chairman and CEO of GE.

Do you have a favourite charity? Our G foundation Planeterra, and the World Wildlife Federation.

What will be the biggest challenge for the industry in the next 12 months? Navigating around the decisions of a maniacal leader in the United States.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? I’ve been thinking in units of 10 years, so I hope that I’ve accomplished what I’ve wanted to do. I see myself somewhere else in the world relaxing and enjoying my life, painting or doing something creative.    




Comments

ELISA OSSIA - November 28, 2017 @ 10:11
Hummm my feeling is that Bruce's" relaxing , painting" will somehow make it's way into the market place. I think he'll always be a step away from another venture.

Ivanna - October 25, 2017 @ 12:10
Steve, dahrling, you apparently have never read mine!
http://www.openjaw.com/bitingquestions/1297/ivanna-gabbalot

Steve - October 25, 2017 @ 11:10
That has to be one of the best "biting questions" I have ever read - now I want to meet him!

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