Shannon Malovec

Q&A, Forty Under 40 Winner 2021,, chief digital innovation officer, Provincial Health Services Authority, 39

Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?

My mom. She has always been such an inspiration with her optimism and bountiful energy.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Dark chocolate at the end of the day.

What is the best book you would recommend?

I read Only One You by Linda Kranz nearly every night to my two small children. I love the encouragement it provides both them and me. Professionally, I’ve enjoyed Shannon Byrne Susko’s The Metronome Effect: The Journey To Predictable Profit which offers input from great business leaders.

Now that you are (or are close to) entering your forties, what goals have you set for yourself?

To keep learning and challenging myself professionally, while enjoying time with my family and living life in the moment.

What was your childhood career dream?

To run a hospital for people. After visiting the hospital when I was about five years old and finding it fascinating, I’d tell my parents frequently that I’d like to run the hospital.

Name your happiest place.

My home.

What was your toughest business or professional decision?

To leave my comfort zone in B.C. and join a new company out east. It was one of the toughest yet best career decisions I made. I gained incredible experience working out east and in other countries, which I’ve applied now being back in beautiful B.C.

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

To do it all again.

What is your best habit?

My work ethic, taught to me by my figure skating coach in my school years.

Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.

I learned how to master the balance of new motherhood with work at the same time. I chose to enjoy time with a newborn while contributing to my work environment (twice). The best learning was how to realign my top priorities and values to what was most important.

Best piece of advice ever received? 

Your career is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Biggest learning (about life or business) during the pandemic?

Collaboration around a common purpose can achieve incredible results.

What career highlight are you most proud of?

Providing leadership to our B.C. COVID-19 provincial digital health response.