40 Under Forty Award Recipient 2013!

Eliza Bennett (35)

Manager, Corporate Communications and French Language Services
City of Greater Sudbury

Born in Australia, educated in France, and now a new Canadian citizen, she is manager of corporate communications and French Language Services for the City of Greater Sudbury. She worked previously with UNESCO. For the city, she helped redesign and develop its social media strategy.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge?
A: In my professional life, learning to let things go and stop worrying about everything. My mantra now is: do your research, make a decision, move on, learn from your mistakes, and be flexible (no, it's not very catchy). In my personal life, my Dalmatian is definitely my biggest challenge.

Q: What was your toughest decision?
A: I was living in France, working for the United Nations, when I met my partner, Jo, who was living in Toronto. We spent six months doing the long-distance thing, and finally I decided "love conquers all." I moved to Toronto, even though I didn't have a job or a permanent visa. A leap of faith for sure but I wouldn't change a thing.

Q: What are three things you can't live without?
A: My partner; my iPhone; and hockey.

Q: How do you unwind after a long day at work?
A: I like to play video games, think World of Warcraft, Star Wars the Old Republic, Skyrim, with my partner. I read a lot. And I watch a lot of hockey although I can't say it always results in unwinding, depending on how my team plays.

Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I'm a big fan of e-reading because I tend to read a few books at a time and it makes it easier for me to switch between them. Right now, depending on my mood, I'm reading 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I'm also re-reading for the tenth time the Dennis Lehane detective noir series.

Q: Who is your most valued mentor and why?
A: I learn new things every day from each member of a really dedicated staff team.

2013 Award Recipients
Charlie Andrews
David Anselmo
Stephane Aube
Dr. Adam Ball
Samantha Baulch
Brandon Beeson
Eliza Bennett
Monica Bretzlaff Nearing
Tiffany Cecchetto
Craig Ceppetelli
Frank Chartrand
Christina Chicoine
Nathalie Depatie
Don Duval
Richard Eberhardt
Tom Fenske
Christian Fortin
Alain Gauthier
Kari Gervais
Angela Gilmore
Alison Godwin
Kristin Green
Matthew Heiti
Jennifer Horgan
Tracy Horgan
Nadim Kara
Shannon Katary
Dr. Suman Koka
Megan Kolppanen
Michael Lamoureux
Jamie Macleod
Marc Morin
Dr. Allan Price
Jean-Paul Rains
Stacey Ritz
Todd Robson
Kristy Rousseau
Amber Salach
Caz Taback
Nicole Tardif
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