“Be patient and do not compare yourself to others. You are your own fiercest competition.” Meet Beedie Luminary Mentor, Mo Mojtabavi
Work Title | Company:
Industrial Leasing Manager | Beedie
Why did you decide to become a mentor with Beedie Luminaries?
It is so important to me to be able to give back to our community and positively influence the growth of future generations in some way. After volunteering for 7 years and serving on the Board of Directors for CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), I have missed having a committee of young professionals to inspire and support with their monthly goals. It was a lot of hard work, but very fulfilling to provide that leadership role to such an ambitious group of young women.
I also believe representation is very important. Growing up as part of an immigrant family from Iran, it took time to assimilate to Canadian customs. When I graduated from Simon Fraser University and eventually joined the Commercial Real Estate industry, neither of my parents knew anything about development or the industrial sector. My mother was in payroll and my father was a social worker. So, I really found value in having my own female mentor in the Commercial Real Estate industry. She provided invaluable insight and advice that I was not receiving from any other adults in my life at that time. I would like to pay that experience forward and foster that kind of relationship with my mentee. I feel fortunate to be able to provide industry relevant advice, and a different outlook to my mentee, that she may not necessarily have access to with the adults in her life.
What was your favourite subject in school?
Math and PE in high school and Abnormal Psychology at SFU.
What are the three qualities that got you where you are today?
What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
- Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
- The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
What advice would you give to post-secondary students as they prepare to transition into the working world?
- Roll with the punches, change can be good.
- Always do your homework and never stop taking notes. You never know when they will come in handy.
- Keep an open mind and be positive.
- Be patient and do not compare yourself to others. You are your own fiercest competition.
- It’s ok to say “I don’t know, let me double check for you”, instead of pretending to know an answer.
What / where is your happy place?
Fishing in a canoe with my boyfriend, Simon. Whether we are in Montreal fishing for largemouth bass or on the Sunshine Coast casting for rockfish or at Bowen Island, not catching any fish at all, it is always a relaxing and fun day together on the water.Back To Top