Sobey School of Business > People Profiles > Sarah Jamer & Amy Reid

Two Career Stages, One Company

Sarah Jamer and Amy Reid Excelling at David Aplin Group

  • David Aplin Group
  • BComm Graduates, '98 and '16

The September 2016 issue of Business Voice Magazine features a face familiar to faculty, students and staff of the Sobey School. Sarah Jamer was president of the Sobey School of Business Commerce Society in the 2015-2016 year and secretary the year before. She was actively involved in the SMU Enactus team, and various other activities during her four years at Saint Mary’s.

Wooed by employers prior to graduation, Sarah has joined the David Aplin Group as Business Development Consultant, focused on cultivating new and existing client relationships. The Sobey School has a connection to her current employer -- Sarah was hired by Amy Reid, a 1998 BComm alumna, who is now the VP Atlantic Region with David Aplin Group.

Amy Reid, BComm, 98 (HR Mgt)

Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
July 2016

I was very fortunate to have participated in the Junior Achievement Company program in junior high and high school.  That program really helped influence me and it propelled my decision to pursue a business path at Saint Mary’s.  

Reflecting back today, those years spent in SMU’s commerce program really helped me build the foundation I would need to enter the real business world, although I didn’t know it at the time!  It was more than just the class time, but certain professor’s guidance and encouragement that really supported me and helped to shape my experience. 

I chose to major in Human Resource Management largely because I was interested in learning more about its role in business, and at the time, the concept of human resources was just taking hold and getting some well-deserved attention. Since graduation, my career has been dominantly focused on recruitment and human capital management. Today my team and I at David Aplin Group have the opportunity to positively impact the careers of professionals and help clients build strong teams.  I absolutely love what I do and owe much of my time at Saint Mary’s for this direction that my career has taken me.

I have been very fortunate to have strong women role models support me throughout my career, and not only from a work support and career development standpoint, but to offer me guidance on how to balance career and a young family. I definitely draw inspiration from women in executive roles and would encourage every young woman beginning their professional journey to look for a mentor or role model who can support them with their leadership and experience.

Sarah Jamer, BComm, 16

Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
July 2016

Now that I have started my career, my biggest takeaway from my education at the Sobey School of Business was how important it is to be involved within your community. The Sobey School of Business really encourages their students to get involved outside of the classroom and that had a huge impact on me. I was able to develop meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and community leaders through various leadership roles I held while on campus. Being able to demonstrate those soft-skills and have a fantastic formal education, really gave me that competitive edge when I was searching for the right career path.

Choosing a career path can be a tough decision, but I’ve always loved people and consulting with businesses. When I connected with Amy and learned about the opportunity with David Aplin Group it just seemed like the perfect fit. I have joined the Aplin Office division, specializing in the placement of temporary and full-time administrative professionals. In my role as a Business Development Consultant, I focus on cultivating new and existing client relationships, which allows me to do what I love every day!

My advice to anyone taking their first step into a career is to look for strong mentors and an inclusive company culture. After being chosen to represent the Sobey School of Business on the BMO Millennial Advisory Council in partnership with Catalyst Canada my eyes were opened to the barriers facing women in business. When I was taking my first step, I was really focused on finding an inclusive work environment with strong leadership and an abundance of growth opportunities. It was great to see Amy as VP Atlantic for a national firm, leading a strong team here in Halifax. I’m excited to be working with one of Canada’s Best Managed companies and a team in Halifax that has some of the top performers in the company!