Sarah Lerner

Senior Investor Relations Advisor, Enbridge

Describe a typical day

There is no typical day in investor relations. Each day is something new and different. I could be working on a presentation and scripting for an investor call with senior management, or spending the day pouring through financial disclosures from twenty years ago, looking for an answer to an investor question. The only common theme from one day to the next, is that I’m always learning something new!

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

The best thing about my job is that I get to be in some great meetings. I’ve had the opportunity to listen to our executive team debate key issues, which has been a great learning experience, as I’ve seen first-hand how they approach problems and make decisions. In the two years that I’ve been in the Investor Relations department Enbridge I feel as though I’ve gained the equivalent of 10 years of work experience.

I think challenging times like we’re facing in the industry have the potential to bring out the best in people and encourage new and innovative ways of doing business. I feel it’s an exciting time for Enbridge and I’m pumped to be a part of where we’re going.

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

I’m definitely proudest of completing my MBA through the Queen’s Accelerated MBA program, while working full time and being a mom. I graduated in May and my husband and kids traveled to Kingston with me in support, which was an incredibly special experience.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

I think that as the industry’s focus on sustainability becomes more pronounced, so will investors. We’re seeing it to an extent already with socially responsible investment managers and investors who focus on ‘softer’ elements of the business, but I think that down the road there will be less focus by investors on whether or not a company met quarterly financial result expectations and more focus on a company’s longer term performance and the sustainability of their strategy.

Current community involvement efforts.

I coach soccer in my community, as I think it’s a great way to get kids outside and provides an opportunity for them to learn some valuable life lessons through sport. Surprisingly, it’s a great experience for me too! Working with 5 and 6 year olds has taught me a lot about patience, compromise and how to motivate people.

Why YWE?

I think that the most powerful thing in the world is a group of people that are committed to creating positive change. That’s what I see in YWE - a community of people that are engaged, passionate and can inspire each other to make a difference.

What are you reading?

I have a couple of books on the go right now. I’m reading the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I read another of his books last year, East of Eden, and I loved the story and his message. I’m also reading a book called “Change the culture, change the game”. I’m fascinated by corporate culture.