Inside Look

Busy livin' with Paolo Berard

Paolo BerardWhere did you grow up?  
Toronto.

University attended and degree earned?  
Queens University, BA; University of Ottawa, LLB

Favourite class/subject in university?
Philosophy.

What was your first job?
Dishwasher at Mother’s Pizza.

What did you spend your first paycheck on?
Likely a guitar.

Who’s your role model?  
Richard Branson. A perfect balance of business, adventure, and philanthropy.

Name one business that you truly admire.  
Google. Their ambition knows no bounds.

What is your biggest weakness?  
I need sleep (and caffeine).

Best advice you ever received (and from whom)?  
“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”—my parents, quoting none other than Dolly Parton.

Favourite day of the workweek?
Friday. Is there any other day?

Your biggest pet peeve?
Rudeness.

Proudest professional achievement?  
Passing the New York State Bar on my first attempt.

Proudest personal achievement?
Persuading my wife to marry me.

Describe yourself in three words.
Husband. Father. Lawyer.

Blog or website that you follow religiously?  
BuzzFeed.

What’s better: Twitter or Facebook?  
Twitter. As someone once put it, Facebook is a collection of people you’ve met along the way; Twitter is the collection of people you wish you’d met.

How long is your commute?
Twenty minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic gods.

Favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Favourite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption

Favourite book?  
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favourite TV show?
Three-way tie: Hockey Night in Canada, The Walking Dead, and Modern Family.

Favourite band or album?
I’ll give you both: U2’s The Joshua Tree

If you weren’t in your current profession, what profession would you be in (or like to be in)?
I would be a sommelier in Tuscany.

Your idea of a relaxing weekend?
Sipping Pimm’s by the pool.

Favourite place you’ve travelled to?
Maldives.

What’s your personal motto?  
Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.

Would your childhood self be surprised at how you’ve turned out?  
Not at all. So far, it’s all been part of the plan. He might be sad that he didn’t end up being a little taller, however.