Melissa Pascal

Country representing

Trinidad and Tobago




  • York university , and Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business , UWI
  • BSc Economics , Master of International business development and Innovation

Current organisation


Current role


Skills and Expertise

Human resources
Resource management

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am a firm believer of the power and positive consequences of attaining personal equilibrium. Once one understands her balance and what are its triggers they can now influence, guide and lead others. I am fond of using sport, wellness and entrepreneurship to teach and solidify discipline, commitment, integrity and honesty. These characteristics are the corner stone of my existence. I firmly believe that a solid understanding and execution of these universal truths will always be your compass on the journey of life. I have discovered that creating and teaching others these foundational life skills through critical thinking , entrepreneurship and innovation is my absolute calling in life. I have started two companies while at York University (Toronto) both importing from China and re-selling to the 40,000 university population. This process has taught me the importance of unrelenting hard work regardless of whether literally. I took the profits and open a café in Trinidad and Tobago within my family’s bakery. This venture was my biggest at age 25. I was brought to my knees and many lessons have been etched soundly into my being. These lessons of a young woman entrepreneur, the daughter of a baker needs to be formulated to many can learn from my mistakes and successes.


I have represented Trinidad and Tobago at the International Hockey Federation; the motto was to give youth a voice. My main goal when I was the representative was to host tournaments for the Under 21 and Under 15. This forum was organized and executed by a youth committee for youths. It provided an outlet for underprivileged youth to play the game. I volunteer at my alma mater and other local NGO’s , mostly at underprivileged area in Trinidad . I specifically provide role modeling, motivation sessions and overall leadership guidance to the children at the primary and secondary level. I was also invited to speak at the country's leading business school on the topic if ' Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Business '. I worked in the family bakery business, which I am the second generation that is very conservative. I implemented best human resources practices and in order to implement and sustain change hired an HR specialist. This resulted in staff concerns increasing in priority and their needs meet within a timely fashion. This improved morale and has reduced the curtailed the high turnover especially in production department.