Each week we sit down with one of our talented Co-op Students from a variety of majors and discuss their experience working as part of the Birchwood Team.
Shane Moulton, Special Projects Manager
Q: Why did you decide to work at Birchwood?
A: “There were a number of practical reasons why I decided to work for Birchwood during my first term: I was referred by another term student who really enjoyed his time here, but I also needed the money to afford my Europe trip at the conclusion of my term.
This, however, evolved into reasons why I STAYED at Birchwood for my second (and now third term, part-time) as a student: Birchwood has quickly climbed the ranks to number one on my desired companies to work with post-grad. Birchwood utilises my major (Finance) but nurtures a passion for my second major (Entrepreneurship). This company has embraced my weaknesses and addressed them as opportunities for growth, and has provided me with a “playground” to put my practical knowledge to the test. My favourite part about Birchwood, is I’m always provided with room for failure, as long as I address my failures and learn from them.
In my opinion, Birchwood challenges the conventions of a traditional student internship. We don’t feel like “trained monkeys” here, for a lack of better terms… We are able to contribute on a much larger scale than most internships would provide!
Not to mention… Birchwood is locally owned and operated, so we are able to contribute to our local economy!”
Q: How does the nature of your job at Birchwood relate to your degree and/or career of choice?
A: “I’ve been very impressed with the amount of classroom knowledge I’ve been able to utilise and expand upon on the job, whether it’s statistical analysis, or acquisition valuation methods, I’ve enjoyed the real world applications relative to my degree as a whole.
What I’ve been most impressed with is my ability to come in with an entrepreneurial mindset, and look for opportunities to add value to the company. I’ve been able to take an idea presented to me, look at both qualitative and quantitative metrics, decide whether or not the idea is feasible, and then expand upon how it might fit into the bigger picture for Birchwood.
Quite simply, the experience I’ve received here goes well beyond what we are able to achieve in the classroom. Birchwood is providing me with the tools to “hit the ground running” post-graduation.”
Q: What have you found valuable from your time here?
A: “Expanding upon the previous two answers: It’s been really interesting to see how each of the departments within the company interact and coexist. There seems to be a very obvious trend in the company, where each department looks to create value within the company, by first providing value to both its customers and its employees. I was originally a customer before I was an employee, and bought my first car just 6 months before my employment here. There is a certain level of prestige I have felt in dealing with Birchwood both as a dealer and as an employer.”
Q: What did you/have you enjoyed the most from being at Birchwood?
A: “What I’ve enjoyed most about Birchwood is the company’s ability to provide a family dynamic to its employees. It feels like your classic “Ma & Pa” business, but on a much larger, more successful scale. It’s impressive to me that they’ve been able to maintain that dynamic, and it’s shocking to me how greatly my network has been able to grow from other students like myself, all the way to the top with Mr. Chipman himself! To put it plainly, I feel valued here.”
Q: Share something about yourself as a student, and more importantly, as an individual that we should know about you.
A: “I ran a campaign called “Bring Back the Winnipeg Jets” for a couple years in high school until their return in 2011, where we had a massive Facebook following and 11 volunteer writers from all over Canada and the US analysing Winnipeg as a potential market. After catching a bunch of attention, we were able to start generating advertising revenue and paying our writers. The goal was if I could get the people of Winnipeg to believe that we were a legitimate hockey market, that soon enough, investors would believe it too! Little did I know, Mark Chipman was already on it! So naturally, my dream job at the beginning of my degree was to end up working somewhere in Hockey Ops for the Jets/TNSE, so it’s interesting that my end goal has been eclipsed by Birchwood, TNSE’s sister company! Score one Steve, Mark zero!”
Q: Are there any funny stories from your time at Birchwood?
A: “During my second term, I was moved from my office at Jaguar over to the “Student Bullpen” at Head Office, where I was afforded the opportunity to work alongside two guys I referred to the company (A very good friend of mine from Asper, as well as my childhood best friend). One Friday, we got a little off topic and had a little too much fun, and decided it would be best if we kept ourselves accountable with a little bit of “adult supervision”, so we found a Steve cut-out in the stairwell, and added a speech bubble to his mouth saying “Great work interns!”. Steve has since walked by many times, and has seen the cut-out, but has never verbally acknowledged it, so to this day, even with new students in the Student Bullpen, Mr. Chipman stands on lookout!”
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