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You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers: Darrell Nimchuk, VP of Finance and CFO for Flexpipe Systems, on the Value of Mentorship
Darrell Nimchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he attended the University of Manitoba and subsequently achieved his Certified Management Accountant designation (CMA). Before joining Flexpipe Systems in late 2002, his experience included mergers and acquisitions, internal auditing, investor relations and business development for companies varying in size from $10 MM to $4.3 BB. Darrell attained his Masters of Business and Administration from Athabasca University.
My name is Darrell Nimchuk. I’m currently the VP of finance and CFO for Flexpipe Systems.
Where I got to today? There was an opportunity back in 2001 to get joined up with a startup company. I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I liked being involved with an organization where we started from the ground up. When I got involved with Flexpipe, there were five of us. Through that initiative and doing my MBA at the same time, I was able to take my career to another level in that I was able to help the company strategize, develop cultures, price-setting points, markets… things of that nature, which is where I really wanted to be from day one.
Unfortunately I was mentorless for much of my career. It wasn’t until I came to Flexpipe where I had my first real mentor. I’ve had some great bosses along the way, but I would hazard to say that it was my lack of patience and not staying with the company long enough that didn’t allow me to explore the mentorship that was there for me at the time. But at Flexpipe I had a mentor that taught me a lot of things. He taught me patience, he taught me sometimes it’s good to listen rather than have all the answers, he taught me about public reporting, he taught me about evaluations, he taught me about things I had no knowledge base or experience in prior to. So, I looked at that as an opportunity to take his knowledge base and expand mine because I came to a point where I realized what I didn’t know – and that’s a hard thing for people to understand, to realize what you don’t know. And, I think when you get to that point in time, where you have that realization, the mentorship idea becomes very easy for you to accept, that you don’t have to have all the answers.
Keys to Being a Good Mentor
The Roles and Responsibilities of a Mentor
Fostering a Good Mentorship
You need to broaden your horizon by listening to what other people have as ideas and that’s where you’re going to grow as a person. Sometimes what they say to you may be in opposition to what you say, but sometimes you need time to reflect on it, mull it over, chew on it if you will, let it resonate within you before you understand their perspective.
Creativity, the Essential Ingredient to Mentorship
Rachel Singh is unlimited’s web editor. She sat down with Darrell Nimchuk in October 2008 in Calgary.