Jonathon Ennis, BCom’05, AMBA'17

May 31, 2017

Jonathon and wife Kat Ennis
Jonathon and wife Kat Ennis

Why did you choose Smith Commerce?  Smith's AMBA?

Coming from a small town in eastern Ontario, I was interested in Smith Commerce’s international exchange opportunity. I chose the Accelerated MBA program at Smith as it offered the unique opportunity to complete my MBA in 12 months while I continued to work, with minimal time away from my wife and two young boys. I have both a personal and corporate connection with Smith, Queen’s and Kingston, so it was an easy decision to choose Smith again.

What is your favourite memory at Smith? 

Being part of the Track & Field team was the most memorable part of my Smith experience. I met most of my best friends on the track team. I also met my wife there - I was in the distance group and she was in the sprint group, but we made it work!

What do you enjoy most about working for Mackenzie?

The part of my job that I have enjoyed most is the opportunity to meet with CEOs and CFOs and learn about their company and their industry. I have enjoyed many development opportunities at Mackenzie including mentoring and the leadership development program. Mackenzie has supported me as I pursued my CFA, and now, my MBA.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I am proud of working on a project team that developed our Mackenzie “Leading Edge” rotational internship program. Now that we have hired eight (soon to be 12) Queen's University graduates to participate in the two year program, we are starting to see the benefit of hiring top talent from a top business program. It will be fun to watch them grow into leaders at Mackenzie.

What impresses you most during an interview?

Initiative. Prepare something of value for the interviewer -  a stock pitch that is customized to the hiring manager (possibly a growth stock for the manager of a growth fund), for example.

Any advice to future Smith students?

Find classes, clubs, and activities that you enjoy outside of Goodes Hall. This will give you a more comprehensive Queen’s experience and will introduce you to a range of different people and ideas.

Has finance been something you’ve always wanted to do?

Yes – I saved $20k in high school at a rate of $5 to $10 per hour and invested the money in mutual funds and cows (I grew up on a dairy farm).  When I was 14 years old, I remember researching different funds and portfolio managers and thinking this is going to be me when I grow up!