Occupation: Corporate finance professional at Deloitte
Iliana works in a global finance advisory firm, specializing in corporate finance for M&A transactions and litigation disputes with major clients in the mining, forestry, and tech industries. After successfully pitching a business plan her team won the 2nd place prize in the Deloitte Canada CEO’s challenge and has received seed funding. As a result, she is leading an innovative project embracing the disruptive potential of crypto currency and blockchain technology – a game changer in the traditional business sector. Iliana is a Chartered Accountant and is currently working towards the CBV designation.
She has lived in Russia, Cuba, and Denmark and is fluent in 4 languages. Since moving to Vancouver in 2014 she has been involved in a number of tech and finance organizations, is the co-Director of a scotch club supporting charity, part of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and is involved with a ballet NPO. In her spare time she enjoys golf, yoga, and travel (25 countries + counting).
This year has seen the launch of a scotch club, Club Wise, that brings together a love of whisky and the community for a charitable cause. I’m really excited to get the initiative off the ground and see it grow. I’ve also recently joined the Ballet Productions Canada Society, where I look forward to contributing to the key strategy and making the arts more accessible to the public. From a professional angle – I’m focused on growing the new business line at the firm.
I’m really passionate about investing in young people though teaching them real life skills, especially giving them the opportunity to learn the basics of financial literacy. In my experience it’s such a fundamental skill that can really make a meaningful impact to future quality of life.
At a dinner it came up that I had never learned to fish. Unexpectedly, the following week I was treated to a full day fishing adventure in the woods and we didn’t call it quits until I had actually caught some trout. What a lovely example of being attentive to detail, picking up subtle cues, and thinking outside the sushi bento box!
There are two qualities I look for: what I call “quiet arrogance” and the ability to adapt. There’s nothing more attractive than a man that is accomplished in his chosen field but doesn’t feel the need to loudly proclaim it, letting the accomplishments speak for themselves, but their presence alone exudes confidence. As for adaptability, feeling equally comfortable on a hike at Whistler or attending a formal black tie gala with me, perhaps all in the same day!
As a believer of being in the right place at the right time, it would be great to have spaces that provide young professionals with a chance to connect in a more casual setting. For example, a casual space that could be used on weekends to blend a work space with an opportunity to mingle (for all of the career driven folks out there that typically find themselves working on the weekend to get ahead!)
He’s not a scotch drinker, or at least willing to try (unless they can convince me of a great reason not to)! In all seriousness though, it really boils down to being open minded to experiences and having that desire to explore new things.
It’s easy to get wrapped up or consumed in the busy hustle and bustle of every day. I appreciate someone who can understand when to hit the “pause” button and take a deep breath of fresh mountain air, reminding me to do the same.
Blackbird for after work drinks with the team or Clough Club for live music and an old fashioned
A bad pick-up line is a bad pick-up line: whether it comes from a book or not! Instead, why not lead with a comment that’s relevant given the situation? If I’m holding a book or newspaper, ask me about the subject. Not only could that lead to a conversation, but it also allows for a graceful exit in case the interest is not mutual. Far more comfortable for all involved (except maybe less amusing for on-lookers)!
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