Risham Hanif

1. What does an Accountant do?
As an accountant, I keep track of the sales billing process, collections and cheque deposits. This also involves interacting regularly with the sales team to make sure our monthly revenue in the accounting books matches with their sales pipeline and we’re all on the same page in terms of numbers.

2. What attracted you to Bookmark?
Bookmark is my first employer in Canada! Being a recent immigrant and struggling with finding a relevant position, they believed in my abilities and gave me an opportunity to prove myself. So when I was offered a position again, I didn’t think twice.

3. What aspect of your new job are you most looking forward to?
Everything! Working with my favorite people is something I look forward to every day.

4. What’s the last thing you read/saw that inspired you?
A TEDx talk by Ziauddin Yousafzai (Nobel-Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s father). He gives insight into how daughters in many tribal societies are not given the same treatment as sons. Nobody congratulates a father when a daughter is born rather the whole neighborhood sympathizes with the parents and prays in hopes that the next child be a son. The inspiration to take from his talk is the fact that he raised his daughter in an extremely closed community which does not favor education and equal rights for women, yet his daughter rose to global fame as a women’s rights activist.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Frankly, I would love to nap in whatever spare time I ever get. But sadly that rarely happens as studying on the side leaves little or no spare time at all.

6. Tell us something surprising about yourself?
I cannot think of anything surprising about me, which in itself is surprising.

7. What are your top 5 must-see destinations?
Paris
Bali
India
Rome
Iceland

8. What is your favorite thing to do in Toronto?
I am fairly new to Toronto, so I have yet to explore it fully. I love walking around the streets in downtown, trying different restaurants since I’m a foodie, Toronto is the perfect place to cater to this. Being home to diverse ethnicities, you can find just about any cuisine here and I must say I’m rarely disappointed.

9. What’s been your career highlight so far?
Getting an opportunity to work with Bookmark!

10. What is the one piece of advice that has helped you get where you are today?
My dad always told me to put all my heart and efforts in whatever I do. So, even when you don’t see the expected outcome or feel dejected by failure at some point, always be resilient, never chase shortcuts and keep striving for better.