At Interac, we celebrate diversity and believe bringing our authentic selves to work drives the best results and allows us to learn from one another. We are a diverse group of people and are committed to creating an environment for diversity of thought and experience, where unique ideas, perspectives and voices are not only welcomed, but encouraged.
What is your name and job?
My name is O’Tega Uko and I am a Project Manager at Interac.
What is some of the work you do on a day-to-day basis?
I manage projects of varying sizes and complexities ensuring that key programs at Interac are delivered within scope, on time, and within budget while managing project risks and resources. As part of my daily activities, I also get to collaborate with cross-functional teams as I work through project deliverables.
What is your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of my job is collaborating with my project team, including internal and external stakeholders. I enjoy being part of strategic projects/initiatives that add value to our business as we continue to enhance and develop for the future. Working on different projects allows me to learn more about other functional areas within Interac and helps me build stronger relationships with my colleagues.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I love designing spaces! The thought of creating something from nothing or redesigning a space is very satisfying. I also enjoy watching basketball.
What inspired you to want to work at Interac?
When I moved to Canada two and half years ago, I researched FinTech companies to see which ones would be a good fit for me. Interac stood out immediately because of its culture and its innovative solutions. Every time I heard about Interac and the work that they did, I was convinced more that it was the kind of organization I wanted to be part of. I am glad I finally had the opportunity to work at Interac.
What comes to mind when you think about your journey at Interac?
Support and growth. Interac is place where you can grow and develop your career and be supported throughout your journey.
How has your journey been as a Black professional in Toronto and navigating Bay Street?
My journey as a Black professional in Toronto has been a roller coaster ride, but through it all I always get support from friends and family which keeps me going. I have also been able to learn from my experiences which have driven me to develop myself even more.
What advice do you have for others who may be facing a similar situation?
Believe in yourself because you have what it takes to succeed. Do not give up, keep pushing. Lean on the support system you have around you and know it’s okay to ask for help.
What advice would you give to young Black professionals looking to start a career in FinTech?
Keep looking for ways to keep developing and network with other professionals. Apply for roles that match your interests and skills and reach out to organizations in FinTech that you may be interested in working for.
What is your proudest moment?
The day I completed my master’s degree program. It was a very intense program, and I was also working part-time. I am glad I was able to complete it successfully.
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