Annette Verschuren of North Sidney, Nova
Scotia is a remarkable Canadian Achiever. She is living proof that
in Canada you don’t have to come from a big city to achieve big
things. I first met her shortly after her 1996 appointment to the
position of President, Home Depot, Canada. She was keynote speaker
at a Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference I attended in Toronto. When
I read her bio and heard her speak, I said to myself "Wow, I just
have to meet that dynamic person." Not surprising I found her to have
the same comfortable qualities that seem a hallmark of most self
made achievers born and raised in Atlantic Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St.Francis
Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. A testament to her
management ability is the fact that Annette was the first female
senior executive with the Cape Breton Development Corporation. Coal
mining. Prior to her appointment it was an established fact that
coal mining was a man’s business. She changed that in a hurry. Prior
to joining Home Depot Annette had made a series of corporate moves
which included President and co-owner of Michael’s, the Canadian
arts and crafts chain.
Over the years she has collected a shelf full of prestigious retail
On December 13/06 Home Depot announced they were acquiring a chain
of twelve stores in China, Annette was appointed to oversee their
expansion into China.
I contacted her to congratulate her and ask to what she credits her
success. "Dick, I credit my success primarily to my parents. They
showed me the meaning of hard work and the results it can generate."
Her advice to others wishing to achieve: "I suggest they work hard
and take chances. You have to take risks to achieve great things.
They should seek out the best leaders to work for and learn from
them. Leadership is the skill that has become the most coveted by
successful corporations and will continue to be in the foreseeable
Solid advice from a Canadian Achiever. Learn more about Annette