Melissa Pascal

Country representing

Trinidad and Tobago

Languages

English
Spanish

Education

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

Current organisation

ScotiaBank

Current role

Manager

Skills and Expertise

Economics
Human resources
Management
Resource management
Retail

Areas of interest

Business
Leadership
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.

Actions

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.