Employee Spotlight: Valentina Li

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Valentina Li, our Controller. Valentina is originally from Moscow, Russia, and moved to Toronto almost 14 years ago. Prior to working at Rimrock, Valentina worked at ASSA ABLOY as an accountant. In her spare time, Valentina loves spending time with her daughter. She also loves dogs, traveling, drawing, cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Read on to learn more about Valentina. 

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?

I have only been working for Rimrock for 2 months, but I can already tell I am very lucky to be a part of such an incredible and welcoming team of professionals. Every day is new and exciting and I am looking forward to being part of an organization that truly values its team members and customers.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?

I have mostly travelled to the Caribbean so far and my favourite place is probably St Maarten. My dream vacation spot is Hawaii – natural beauty beyond words.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Travel blogger! But I don’t think one day is enough.

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed
with right now?

TV shows: Game of Thrones, Chernobyl – I don’t really have much time for TV so my list is very short.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

I am Korean, but Russian is my first language.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead,
famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

With my past self. I would tell myself to worry less and enjoy every day, time truly flies.

Any pet peeves?

Road construction, traffic, and my morning alarm!

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Employee Spotlight: Azair Sheikh

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Azair Sheikh, our Client Services and Operations Manager. Azair was born in Saudi Arabia but his background is Pakistani. He first visited Canada at the age of 5 and travelled to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

A few years later his family returned and settled in Kitchener, Ontario. Azair came to Toronto 8 years later, and has been an unsatisfied sports fan ever since (unless the Raptors win it this year!).  Prior to working at Rimrock, Azair worked at another ERP Consulting firm as well as in the accounting industry as a Financial Analyst.

In his free time, Azair likes working out, spending time with family, reading, writing, playing guitar, and gaming.

Read on to learn more about Azair.  

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here? I love the culture that Jonathan has created here, as well as the autonomy and trust to get a task done without micromanagement. In my career, I have always treated the company I’ve worked for as my own – which has not always played out well. Feathers can be ruffled, and toes can be stepped on. However, Rimrock has been the only firm that has fully embraced that. Jonathan has empowered me and all of the Rimrock staff to feel like owners of the business.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot? I unfortunately have not traveled much for leisure – but am hoping to change that in the coming years. My favourite place that I have visited so far would have to be Muree, Pakistan. It’s a mountain resort town that is surrounded by incredible natural beauty.

My dream vacation would be having a guided expedition of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. A close second is an all-inclusive resort anywhere in the Caribbean where I can lay around and revert back to habits I had as a five-year-old in Nova Scotia.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would want to be a stand-up comedian or a professional fighter. Less risk in the former than the latter but both require a lot of courage!

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now? There are too many to list, but here are a few:

Podcasts: The Tim Ferris Show, The Mindvalley Podcast, Kwik Brain, Consulting Success Podcast, Managing Up, Microsoft Business Applications Podcasts

Apps: Amazon Kindle, RedFlagDeals, Tasker, Microsoft Flow, Duolingo, Headspace, Aware, SkiptheDish and Uber Eats

TV Shows: Arrested Development, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Kings and American Gods – new season was disappointing.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why? I would have a drink with Roger Bannister – first athlete/Olympian to run a sub 4-minute mile, which was considered impossible. After he broke that record, it was broken 46 days later and a sub 4-minute mile is now common among athletes. He is a fantastic example of achieving the “impossible” and how a shift in perspective can completely change your limitations. He was also a very accomplished neurologist and performed tests on Anthony Burgess – the writer of the Clockwork Orange.

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Employee Spotlight: Ellen Nybida

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Ellen Nybida, our project manager. Ellen was born in Thamesford, just outside of London, Ontario. Prior to working at Rimrock, Ellen worked as a data manager at a marketing company, and before that for a software company called Angus Systems, a property management software company.

When Ellen is not carting her son around to his karate, ninja and other sports, she enjoys working out, playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

Read on to learn more about Ellen.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?

I have been here for almost 3 months. I enjoy the ownership of my role within the company, the ability to learn while growing with the company. The team here is amazing, helpful and very welcoming.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?

I really enjoyed Hawaii where I got to visit Maui & Kona (my future retirement dreams). My dream vacation requires a lottery win where I would start in Japan, visiting my husband’s family and work my way down the coast visiting a few places I have been, and continue down through Malaysia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand and finishing in Hawaii before heading home.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

HA! But if that should happen…maybe Sandra Bullock?

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?

I don’t have much time for TV, but I enjoy either comedy or thought inducing thrillers when the opportunity to watch is available. The music I listen to in the car is usually rock/alternative rock to get me through the traffic. I change it up when I am running to something more upbeat and use classical or something with a good base tone to calm and relax.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

My grandfather. He passed away when I was just under a year old and I want to know more about how he started his own garage (Three Bridges Automotive aka Pelton’s Garage), teaching my father his passion for that trade, his love for racing and other stories I have heard about.   

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

I have a birthmark that looks like a chocolate chip cookie… and I can bake some pretty good chocolate chip cookies (which my colleagues now know).

Any pet peeves?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone litters. There are garbage receptacles everywhere…why litter?! 

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Employee Spotlight: JP Sebastian

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on JP Sebastian, our Dynamics GP Account Manager. JP was born in Manila, Philippines, but moved to the GTA when he was 2 years old, and has been living in Toronto since 2010. Prior to working at Rimrock, JP worked as a Finance Manager at ESKA Water.

In his free time, JP enjoys running, golfing, fishing (he can let you in on some of the best fishing spots in the city!), trying new restaurants, and attending as many sporting events as he can.

Read on to learn more about JP.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?

I’ve been with Rimrock for 3 months. I think the most enjoyable part of the job is helping identify solutions to make our clients jobs easier.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?

Port Antonio Jamaica. The food, the culture and the vibe of the people is contagious. 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Professional Fisherman like Bob Izumi. Being paid to travel to fish is kind of amazing!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Tough choice, but it would be Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.  Of course, the resemblance is almost uncanny!

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?

I really got into the show “A Million Little Things” this year. I am also a big fan of The Walking Dead.  

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

I would love to have a drink with LeBron James.  He is an athlete who has been in the spotlight since he was 18 years old, and is always being compared to basketball greats, Jordan and Kobe. I would love to hear about how he deals with juggling the demands of being a high-profile athlete, his family, reputation and legacy.  All in his own words- unplugged.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

A few years ago, when I worked for Toronto FC, I had to stand in for a player who was injured and back home in France for the annual team picture.  One of the other players asked if I was a new player and why the team would sign someone so fat ☹

Any pet peeves?

Slow drivers in the passing lane, people who do not shovel or salt their sidewalks, and people that place large food/drink orders in the drive-through.

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Employee Spotlight: Erez Yaron

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Erez Yaron, our software engineer. Erez was born in Israel, then lived in the US, before moving to Toronto in 2013. Prior to working at Rimrock, Erez was coding professionally since 1998. Before that, he manufactured jeans.

In his free time, Erez loves learning new things, jumping out of planes, scuba diving, rock climbing, and slacklining.

Read on to learn more about Erez.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?
I’ve been here since June, so about nine months. I love the balance between office and working remotely. It’s just right.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?
Palau is my favorite, and Iceland is high on the list for the next vacation spot.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would be an astronaut taking a trip to the moon.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Jason Statham

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?
Joe Rogan would make for interesting conversation.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.
I am writing a book, if I ever find the time.

Any pet peeves?
Stubbornness.

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Employee Spotlight: Stuart Taub

Stuart TaubThe Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Stuart Taub, our development tester. Stuart was born and raised in Toronto. Prior to working at Rimrock, Stuart worked as a Senior Buyer in the Automotive and Food Industries. He was also a procurement officer at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Read on to learn more about Stuart.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?

I have been with Rimrock for about 4 years in the testing role. What I like most about my job is pointing out the errors in the program done by others (hey, it’s part of the job).

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I stay away from the computer as much as possible. I like reading, taking care of my dog, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?

My favorite TV shows are Big Bang Theory, Survivor, and Brooklyn 99.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

I am a member of IPMS Toronto (International Plastic Modelers Society) and AMPS (Armor Military Preservation Society).  These groups mainly assemble scale models and help restore recovered military equipment from the past.  I also enter my completed build projects in competitions and have won several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in show categories.  The next show we are doing is March 24th at the Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.  We usually get about 700 entries amid the backdrop of WWII and modern jets in the Museums hanger. Next time you see me, ask me what I am working on and I will likely have a picture of it.

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Employee Spotlight: Manoj Kumar

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Manoj Kumar, our new technical consultant. Manoj was born and raised in India. He lived in Montreal for the last six years, and recently made the move to Toronto. Prior to working at Rimrock, Manoj worked as an IT administrator and systems analyst.

In his free time, Manoj enjoys watching the news, comedy shows, and movies. He also likes spending time with friends and exploring new places.

Read on to learn more about Manoj.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?
I’ve worked at Rimrock for a month. I like the team collaboration, collaborating with my friendly colleagues, the challenges of the role, acquiring knowledge that adds value, and the work-life balance Rimrock provides.

What is your favorite place and where is your next dream vacation spot?
My favourite place is my hometown in India where I was born and raised. Norway is my dream vacation spot!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would love to be a pilot for a day.

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?
I’m enjoying Stranger Things and Game of Thrones.

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?
I would have a drink with former Indian cricketer, Sourv Ganguly (Dada). He completely changed the face of Indian cricket by adding new talents to the team.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.
Before becoming a software engineer, I wanted to be a mechanical/electrical engineer.

Any pet peeves?
People who don’t signal before turning.

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Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Park

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Jacqueline Park, our Director of Consulting.  Jacqui was born and raised in Sarnia, and went to university in London, Ontario. Before moving to Toronto, she lived in Burlington for 10 years. Jacqui now lives in Toronto, and loves it!

Prior to working at Rimrock, Jacqui worked in various IT roles- as a programmer, developer, systems administrator, project manager and business analyst. She also did some independent contracting work.

In her spare time, Jacqui loves hitting the gym. A self-proclaimed gym rat, Jacqui spends a lot of free time running, swimming, cycling, and doing crossfit. She even manages to do a few triathlons in the summer. She’s also been teaching yoga for over 10 years and still teaches weekly. She practices most days along with breathwork and meditation every morning – which she credits for keeping herself grounded and focused.

Read on to find out more about Jacqui.

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?

I have been here for about 6 weeks now – I am learning so much from everyone! I am so grateful and inspired to be working with such a talented group of people. I am quite comfortable in an entrepreneurial environment and I really appreciate the inclusive culture and work life balance that we have here.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?

I don’t have a favourite. Every place I have visited holds a special memory for me. My most recent trip was to India. I travelled there last fall for the first time; any concerns and fears that I had completely vanished once I arrived in Rishikesh. The people, food, culture, markets, temples – and all the bright colours – it was magic! I would go back in a heartbeat. My next big trip will be Vietnam and Cambodia or Bali.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would love to be a sound engineer at a massive music festival or rock concert.

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?

I’m a huge music/concert junkie – I go to shows every week. Lately I’ve gotten into Rainbow Kitten Surprise and really excited that I was able to get tickets to an upcoming show in TO. My absolute favourite band is Alt-J. I drove to Cleveland last summer to see them – great road trip!

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?

Buddha – but I don’t think he drinks…maybe a tea?

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

Some of you may know this already but I dedicated many years of my life to boxing – both amateur and pro. In 2008 I was ranked top 5 in the world in my weight class. I got to travel and compete all over the world with Team Canada as an amateur and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything else.

 

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Employee Spotlight: Saadia Zakki

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Saadia Zakki, our Project Coordinator. Saadia was born and raised in Pakistan. She spent 7 years studying and working in England before moving to Toronto in 2012. Prior to working at Rimrock, Saadia worked in various administrative and Project Management roles in several industries from Business to Food and IT services.

In her spare time, Saadia loves music, painting, baking and long nature walks.

Read on to find out more about Saadia:.

 

What do you love most about working at Rimrock & how long have you been here?
It’s just been over a month now and I am loving it here! Wonderful team to work with. I love the work life balance that Rimrock offers.

 

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?
We had some friends in Leominster (South Wales, UK) and I loved visiting them. They had a lovely 18th century cottage at the bottom of the hills. It was always refreshing to take a break from fast paced city life and rediscover my own self.

Dream vacation spot is Bali!

 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

A Fire Fighter.

 

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

I would like to cast myself as ME 😊

 

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?
None! I hardly get any time for these with two little young ones.

 

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

I am a good cook! (I think…..lol)

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Employee Spotlight: Susan Bali

The Rimrock Corporation team is made up of many hard working, talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do, and how they keep Rimrock exciting and fun.

This month we shine the light on Susan Bali, our Marketing Manager. Susan was born and raised in Toronto, although she did live in Montreal for 4 years while attending McGill University. Prior to working at Rimrock, Susan worked in the industry as a Marketing Associate at Canada-wide Contracting. Before that, she worked for RBC Dominion Securities.

In her spare time, Susan loves being active. She enjoys hiking with friends and family, swimming, biking and jogging. Susan also loves exploring Toronto and finding new places to eat and walk around.  If there is any time left over, she tries to do something creative like dancing, painting, or drawing.

Read on to find out more about Susan.

What do you love most about working at FB & how long have you been here?
I’ve been here for just over a month now. I obviously love the people here. I love how dynamic the role is. There’s always a new problem to solve, and that keeps things interesting.

What is your favorite place that you have visited and where is your next dream vacation spot?
It’s hard to pick one place. Visiting the Italian Coast (Sorrento and Capri) and Monaco, were out-of-this-world experiences for me. I went to Hawaii a few years ago, and I think that was my favourite place. The people there, their laidback, island culture, and the amazing sites and activities, make it my favourite spot to visit. I would eventually love to visit the Greek Islands, Portugal, and Morocco.

What TV shows/music/apps/Podcasts are you currently obsessed with right now?
I love the OneNote app on my phone! I love how it links to the OneNote notebook on my desktop, so I can update my notes if I think of anything when I’m not at my computer. The Carrot app is also fun- you earn Scene points by taking steps.

I’m just getting back into Podcasts, but I’ve been watching a lot of interviews with Scooter Braun. He’s a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, yet so humble.  He’s famous for being Justin Bieber’s manager, but he’s really an excellent businessman who I think people can learn a lot from.

The last TV show that I watched was Fauda. I highly recommend it!

If you could have a drink with anyone (fictional, alive, dead, famous, non-famous) who would it be and why?
It’s hard to pick just one person! I would love to have a drink with Elon Musk or Jacqueline Kennedy. He’s such a visionary and I would love to pick his brain. She was such a larger-than-life figure in her own right, and I would love to hear about her time in the White House.

Tell us a “fun fact” about yourself or your “secret talent” that your colleagues might not already know.

I won a photography contest when I was 14 years old. Me and ten other teenagers from Toronto were awarded a free two-week trip to Milan to photograph the city and connect with ten teenagers from Milan. It was the most interesting trip I’ve ever taken because it was so out of my comfort zone.

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