Meet our Team
President & CEO
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
– Maya Anjelou
I remember meeting professionals I admired in my youth and asking them, “How did you get here?” The answers were never what I expected. There are so many paths to success. My own path to Henry & Harvey starts with my family, a family of hardworking Polish immigrants and entrepreneurs who carved out a life for themselves in Canada and instilled in me the drive to work hard and succeed. After high school, I followed my creative instincts into photography. I was interested in fashion and I wanted to share that beauty with the world. But it didn’t feel like quite the right fit. I was stuck in the knowledge that I needed to move forward but I wasn’t sure where to go and it weighed on me.
It’s always been important to me to love what I do. When I left photography, I thought long and hard about what truly makes me feel fulfilled and all roads led back to the animal companions who I shared so much of my life with. For as long as I could remember I had been surrounded by pets. We always had animals in our family home and when I moved out on my own that never changed. There was always at least one dog in my life. I decided I wanted to work with animals and before long I found myself at the bottom of the corporate ladder in a large pet industry organization. Within five years, I had climbed my way to the position of National Sales Director in Canada where I discovered my second true passion: business. A few years after that and here I am, President & CEO of Henry & Harvey, a relationship-based sales organization driven by my passion for pets, helping other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and chasing the thrill of a good sale.
I feel humbled and fortunate to be in the position I am today and grateful for the opportunity to thrive.
“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”
– Bob Marley
After high school choosing a career path was challenging, I was so unsure what my calling in life was. I chose to attended hairdressing school with some friends but found myself feeling like something was missing. Following leaving the beauty industry I started a job at a pet store in my hometown as a part time cashier. I expected to work there just until I had found another career choice to pursue but instead I found my true passion. I was surrounded by so many people who shared my love for animals. My manager at the time taught me all she knew about animal care and I found myself loving work everyday and feeling so fulfilled. I enjoyed being able to help customers find ways to enrich their bond with their pet and I found pet nutrition to be fascinating.
I purchased my first sphynx cat Colin at 24 and fell in love with the breed. Shortly after I started a small hobby cattery called “The Gentleman’s Sphynx”. I successfully raised three lovely litters of kittens and found them all the perfect families. Today I still stay in touch with all of my kittens’ families who I have become great friends with along the way. My 3 sphynx cats are my best friends and they continue to make me laugh everyday!
I continued to work at the pet store for 8 years, moving up into the assistant manager position. I continued to develop my pet knowledge and was immersed in the pet sales industry by having the opportunity to attend PIJAC and other pet expos. I am grateful for the years I spent with the lovely owners of that local pet store and all the amazing staff, who quickly became family.
I came upon the Henry & Harvey position and after looking at their website and just knew I had to apply! I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back. I am excited for the future and am so thankful for the chance to be able to travel and meet new people who are also in the pet industry. Can’t wait to see what life brings!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
– Mark Twain
A Rough Collie purchased by my parents when I was eight years old sealed a passion for dogs, which has remained with me throughout my life. Sally was a bright and responsive pet who became a constant companion. Throughout my childhood, I was also introduced to cats, fish and even a turtle.
My love of dogs led to an interest in the history of canine breeds and later encompassed pet care and nutrition. After earning a degree in English and Political Science at the University of Toronto, I pursued a two-year diploma at Humber College. It was at this point in my life that my knowledge of pet care became a springboard for a part-time job at a local pet food store.
The experience broadened my knowledge and led me to some wonderful customers and their pets. I accepted a managerial position at the store and enjoyed solving nutritional issues and matching products with the particular needs of customer pets. During this time, I acquired my two border collies, Paris and London, and began participating in competitive agility with them.
Becoming a sales representative in the pet industry is thrilling and a natural career progression. I am very excited to represent brands that I am extremely familiar with and believe in.
“Everything I know, I learned from dogs.”
– Nora Roberts
I’ve worked a few jobs in my lifetime… Only to realize that my true calling was to work in the pet industry. After leaving my 8-year long career at a major bank, I pursued my love for dogs and went on to become a full-time groomer. I learned so much about dogs doing this, and have since opened up my own small business out of my home grooming dogs and cats.
As much as I love grooming, this work can be inconsistent and led to irregular pays, so I sought out a job at my favourite local pet store. I started off as a part timer, then moved on to full time, then full time staff manager, and eventually became the purchasing manager. This opened up so many doors for me and introduced me to some incredible people within the pet industry that I can confidently call my friends. When the opportunity came up for me to join the Henry & Harvey team, I knew I had found my life long career.
Dogs are a huge part of my every day life, and always have been, I grew up on a horse farm and was a professional trainer. Moving on to dogs was an easy transition, and I now enjoy various dog sports such as Flyball, agility, barn hunt, and scent detection. My dogs are my family, and their happiness and well being is everything to me.