Irene Serrano

1. What does a Project Manager do?
A web developer I once worked with, used to call me ‘captain.’ I think that’s probably the best way to define a project manager: someone who leads the boat and makes sure it’s moving in the right direction, battling all winds, and ensuring it arrives at its destination on time.

2. What attracted you to Bookmark?
I have always been a huge fan of in-flight magazines. During an Air Canada flight and after reading enRoute from cover to cover, I found out it was produced by an agency based in Montreal, the city I had just moved to. When I came back home from that trip, I did some research about the agency, at the time Spafax, and learnt more about all the awesome content-related projects they were involved in. I added the name to the list of places I wanted to work at, and waited for the right moment to join them.

3. What aspect of your new job are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to working on big editorial websites, and managing all the crazy moving pieces that these projects entail.

4. What’s the last thing you read/saw that inspired you?
I recently finished watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, which inspired very interesting conversations and Facebook threads about feminism, Canadian literature and movie adaptations.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a news junkie, TV series addict and book collector.

6. Tell us something surprising about yourself?
I have one dog and two cats but I don’t particularly like animals.

7. What are your top 5 must-see destinations?
Valle del Cocora (Colombia)
Holbox island (Mexico)
Chicago (US)
Lisbon (Portugal)
La Rioja (Spain)

8. What is your favorite thing to do in Montreal?
I really enjoy Montreal’s cultural scene, but the thing I love most is going for walks after work with my dear dog Lola around Parc Lafontaine. Especially during the fall, when the leaves change colours.

9. What’s been your career highlight so far?
It has nothing to do with project management or creative digital projects. I interviewed Julian Assange when he wasn’t responding to other journalists’ requests. I will always wonder why he accepted mine.

10. What is the one piece of advice that has helped you get where you are today?
Patience is the key to everything.