MELISSA KENNEDY

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EVP & Chief Le­gal Of­fi­cer and Pub­lic Af­fairs SUN LIFE FI­NAN­CIAL

From par­lia­men­tary page to award-win­ning ex­ec­u­tive, leader and con­sul­tant, Pe­tra Kuret was the first Cana­dian fe­male part­ner in re­sources and has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as a “chief fix-it of­fi­cer.” In 2013, she was ap­pointed lo­ca­tion man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Bri­tish Columbia, help­ing grow the busi­ness and build em­ployee en­gage­ment. Kuret is pas­sion­ately in­volved with sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions such as B.C. Women’s Hospi­tal and Free the Chil­dren.

“Seek out op­por­tu­nity: In my early years, I seized op­por­tu­ni­ties to live abroad. These ex­pe­ri­ences gave me per­spec­tive, taught me tol­er­ance for oth­ers and in­formed a more global view. Take risk: Try­ing new roles and tak­ing on ex­panded re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have al­lowed me to dis­cover strengths and pas­sions I didn’t know I had and added skills to my tool kit. Work hard: Grow­ing up in an im­mi­grant fam­ily and work­ing in our fam­ily busi­ness on week­ends helped me de­velop a strong work ethic.”

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