BA 2008: Asian Studies

Head of North Asia – Search, Assistant and Web Partnerships, Google

For Duncan, co-op opened doors that directly led him to his current position with Google Japan. Over four work terms, he was able to develop skills in project and stakeholder management that are essential to his current work as Head of Product Partnerships. During one of his terms with what is now Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Duncan landed funding from a variety of Government and industry partners in order to produce a 120-page publication outlining BC’s mining service and supply industry – all in four months! Even with this accomplishment, Duncan credits a conversation with his supervisor as one of his most memorable co-op experiences. Duncan recalls, “He told me that I should never introduce myself as ‘the intern,’ because I was truly a valuable part of the team and in charge of some significant projects.” After graduation, Duncan continued to work with GAC before being posted to the Canadian Embassy in Japan, which ultimately led him to his current position. Duncan’s experience highlights, in his words, “what co-op is all about” – the opportunity to become an integral part of an organization and do work that is beyond the scope of a typical intern.