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Susie Ho

Describe the role you play professionally:

I provide technical and regulatory guidance for the nuclear industry.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

High barriers to entry make the nuclear industry pretty niche. A lot of the companies I’d like to provide services for have been around for a long time and I find it difficult to convince them of the value I can create for them. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that being a young Asian woman doesn’t make it more challenging to be successful in this industry. Energy is very much an old boys club. I hope to change that and help pave a way for more women in nuclear.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment?

Transitioning from public healthcare to the private energy sector and starting my own company.

Why did you decide to do an EMBA?

To learn business skills that would allow me to grow and scale up my business as well diversify my service offerings to include digital marketing and management consulting. Ideally, I would like to grow beyond my current industry and eventually enter tech.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned at Ivey?

So far, the most powerful tool I’ve learnt is optimization in Competing with Analytics. I have a passion for data and analytics and love how management and organizations have pivoted from using their guts and hunches to using data to drive decisions.

The most significant lesson that I’ve learnt is how crucial it is to build your network and identify your supports early on. Without them, I would not be able to be successful in this program.

What’s been the most surprising aspect of the Executive MBA journey to date?

It has been a long time since I’ve been a student and I can honestly say how shocked I am by how much I am enjoying it again. The case method is an amazing way to dive in and learn concepts and real-world examples. A truly enriched and effective way to learn.

What books are on your bedside table right now?

  • Zero to One – Peter Thiel
  • Plutocrats – Chrystia Freeland
  • The Runaway Bunny – Margaret Wise Brown

How do you manage stress (i.e. sports, exercise, meditation etc)?

I run and hit my yoga mat pretty regularly. Since covid, I’m a huge fan of fitness apps like Beachbody and Asana Rebel. I am also a new mother and started my EMBA shortly after my daughter was born, so I have lots on my plate. To mitigate emotional breakdowns, I make sure to find balance by scheduling time with my family and friends and honouring my time with them. When I do carve out time for school work, I make sure to stay focused and get it done in that time frame. I don’t let it bleed into my “me” or “family” time. Time is our most precious resource so I make sure to spend it wisely!

Industry: Nuclear

EMBA '21

Ivey Business School

Susie Ho

Susie Ho

Founder, Gamma Tech Consulting

Ottawa, Canada