Samantha is a graduate of Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business with an honors bachelor degree and also holds a masters in data analytics from Esade University in Barcelona. Samantha worked at a digital bank in Toronto for a year and a half as a rotational analyst in Treasury, FP&A, digital banking and commercial mortgages departments. In 2019 she moved to McCain Foods, spending 2 years in Revenue Management as a senior financial analyst after which she spent 15 months in Spain for her master’s degree and upon graduating delved into studying for the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exams, passing both. Moving back to Toronto, Samantha is now a manager on the Global Data & Analytics team at McCain, leading advanced analytics and AI initiatives including the launch of the company’s AI Committee, “Digital Garage”, and education and upskilling programs to support change management in this high-tech space.
Samantha has always been an active learner and participant in international relations, law, and mentoring opportunities. In university Samantha was a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters program and co-president of both Model United Nations and the Ivey Law Club. She continued building her leadership skills during her master’s through leading the Data Analytics Association (Datahub) as president, bringing the first Datathons to campus, procuring guest speakers in the field, and executing coding workshops for students. Most recently, she participated in Conflict Women’s Survivor Entrepreneurship program as a mentor, placing third in the pitch competition.
Samantha is also a co-founder with her mother of Act to Change T&T, a non-profit organization established in 2020 with a focus on primary education and gender-based violence initiatives in collaboration with other NGOs with a similar vision. Having strengthened her interest in anti-corruption during her experience with launching Act to Change T&T and getting initiatives off the ground, Samantha enjoys listening to podcasts on anti-corruption, particularly “Kickback”.