Profile with Emily Claire Poupart

Emily Claire Poupart (Quebec & Oxford Brookes 2003) is currently Business Development Manager at Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd. Previously, she was Director of Business Development at CIDE. She holds an L.L.M. in International Law from Oxford Brookes University, a M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. in Political Science and Government from McGill University.

Rhodes Project: Where do you call home?

Emily Claire Poupart: Right now I live in Ottowa, but I feel more at home in places where I have a tighter network of family and friends: Montreal, New York, or London.

Rhodes Project: What was your first job?

Emily Claire Poupart: A ski instructor in a tiny center up in northern Quebec, near where I grew up.

Rhodes Project: What was the last book you read for pleasure?

Emily Claire Poupart: I read a lot for pleasure outside of work reading, and I have several books on the go right now. The most recent one I picked up was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I seem to come back to every couple of years.

Rhodes Project: When you were a kid, what did you aspire to be later in life?

Emily Claire Poupart: For the longest time I wanted to be a judge. My uncle, who was a lawyer, kept on explaining to me you had to be a lawyer first, but I just wanted to go straight on through.

Rhodes Project: What is the best part of your job now?

Emily Claire Poupart: There are a lot of great parts about my job! I work with capable and intelligent people and I get to work in partnership with a lot of different organizations. The best part though is that I work with ideas and concepts, putting different frameworks together to create something new and ultimately—hopefully—constructive in the development field.

Rhodes Project: What is the most challenging part?

Emily Claire Poupart: The most challenging part is not letting my job take over my life. I’m lucky to do something that I really love, in a company that I believe in, with people that I appreciate a lot, so I can get caught up and let it all take over.

Rhodes Project: What advice would you give to a young woman in your field?

Emily Claire Poupart: To begin. Start. Throw herself into something and find her way. While career planning is important, finding your way through experience is equally valid.

Rhodes Project: Is there anything that consistently frustrates you in life?

Emily Claire Poupart: Lack of consideration. That applies to everything: personal relationships, professional work.

Rhodes Project: If you could have lunch with one female historical figure, who would it be and why?

Emily Claire Poupart: Catherine the Great. From what I understand, she would have some amazing stories.

Rhodes Project:  What do you do to relax?

Emily Claire Poupart: The diversity of things that I do outside of work allows me to relax. That ranges from being an avid reader, to doing roller derby, yoga, cooking, and calligraphy.

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