Emilie Macfie

(McGill)

The Events Coordinator | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020

FAST FACTS

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    Not to be predictable, but Elle Woods. She’s proof that being proudly 100% yourself is part of success.
     

  • Favorite Food
    A Montreal-style bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
     

  • Favorite Color
    Pink (this may or may not have anything to do with Gamma Phi Beta)!

GET TO KNOW EMILIE

The events cordinator…of the Senate of Canada! No one day of Emilie’s looks the same, as she is responsible for planning different events that connect senators with youth across Canada. Learn more about this compassionate, curious and bubbly sister in her extended interview. 

EXTENDED INTERVIEW

What inspired you to go into this line of work?

My very first real job before college was an internship at the Canadian Senate. I showed up to the interview knowing approximately nothing about our system of government, miraculously got the job and fell completely in love with all things Canadian Parliament. I couldn’t get enough of it, so I decided to major in Political Science in school. Five years later, I wound up full circle back at the Senate. I completely believe that some things are meant to be, and that one internship really set the course for my life so far!

 

Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor?

Every step of the way, I’ve had the good fortune of working for people who dedicate effort to creating an open and encouraging environment where I’ve felt comfortable asking questions, stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. The people who invested time, energy and faith in my growth most definitely got me to where I am today.

 

What do you love most about your job?

As someone who discovered a passion for our Parliament after a chance encounter with the Senate, I am so excited to connect young people with the Senate every day, potentially creating one of these magical chance encounters. I live for the moments when you see a real connection during a senator’s meeting with students, when you can practically see the “Wow! This is really cool” thought bubble.

Early Bird or Night Owl

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Describe yourself in three words.

Compassionate, curious and bubbly.

 

If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why?

On a girls’ trip with sisters from Gamma Phi! We still talk every day online, but nothing compares to the fun we have when we’re all together.

 

What’s something you cannot live without?

My family’s traditions, like watching a specific lineup of Christmas movies every holiday season for as long as I can remember.

 

Name a book you read that positively shaped you.

“The Education of an Idealist” by Samantha Power. In addition to being a living example of my wildest career goals, she is extremely real in reminding us all that behind the scenes, nobody is perfect. This book really backs up an expression she’s cited as one of her favorites: “Never compare your insides to somebody else's outsides.” In the book, she contrasts the stories about her award-winning books and her landmark accomplishments at the United Nations with instances like getting lost in the White House on the way to her very first meeting in the Oval Office. The book is the ultimate antidote to imposter syndrome, and her story always keeps me on track when I start to let dwelling on my mistakes derail my progress.

 

If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?

Living on a sailboat in the Caribbean.

 

How do you unwind or relax after a long day?

I have two modes of relaxation: sweat it out at an intense spin class or watch “The Office” until I become a part of my couch and Neflix has to ask if I’m still there.

 

The most rewarding aspect of your job is…

The chance to share something I’m passionate about with people all over my country, every day.

 

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?

I’ve got to leave this one to the Legendary Ferris Bueller and go with: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

The energy you put out into the world is the energy you’ll receive back from the world. I believe you choose the lens you see life through, and a positive approach can do a lot for you.

 

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I always feel completely re-energized and refocused after an intense spin class with an awesome playlist.

 

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.)

Every Christmas I make a calendar for my parents and my grandma with photos that capture our best memories of the year. I also save every little item while I’m traveling and create detailed scrapbooks after big trips. Sitting down with friends and family to relive all the memories is really special and I’m always glad I invest the time in those projects.