My educational background (B.Comm) is in finance and economics, and my work background is primarily in small business (up to ten employees). I am a Canadian who keeps up to date on micro and macroeconomic news, both for North America and the world. Having lived and worked in several countries, I highly recommend "boots on the ground" research, as well as taking advantage of contacts in other countries, who often have valuable input and a slightly different perspective on issues. I speak much better Spanish than I do French, despite French being Canada's other official language. Languages are an enormously valuable asset, and I think more people should make an effort to learn other languages, as it provides great insight into cultures. My work experience ranges from running a startup entertainment company to developing investment portfolios for institutional investors.