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Forty under 40 Award winner profile: Angie Lamarsh

Head of sustainable finance, commercial banking, HSBC Bank Canada

BIV is proud to recognize Angie Lamarsh, head of sustainable finance, commercial banking, at HSBC Bank Canada, and 39 exceptional business leaders with 2022 Forty under 40 Awards.

Each recipient is featured in BIV's annual Forty under 40 Magazine, and will be celebrated at an awards gala Feb. 22. Profiles of each award recipient – originally published in the magazine – will be available at in the days ahead.

Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?

I have always looked up to my brother William. Throughout my life he has set the example of applying yourself to every challenge without losing sight of having fun along the way.

What drives you?

Curiosity. I am energized by how much there is to learn and discover. A highlight of my career has been the opportunity to work with clients across various sectors and get an inside view of their businesses and industries.

A favourite book you would recommend?

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport.

Now that you are (or are close to) entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself?

I have a passion for leveraging governance and leadership to drive impact and leave lasting change. I hope to reach an executive leadership position while serving on diverse non-profit and corporate boards to advance these values.

What was your childhood career dream?

Marine biologist – inspired by countless trips to the Vancouver Aquarium.

What was your toughest business or professional decision?

Pursuing a career in a field where I had no formal education. My degrees are in the humanities and working in banking was initially intimidating. In the long run it has taught me the value of learning on the job and asking for help.

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Growth and opportunity often come from complex, messy challenges.

What is your best habit?

Saying “Yes” to opportunities. If something seems exciting I tend to jump in with both feet and iron out the details along the way.

Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.

I played soccer competitively growing up and won the Canadian Championship representing B.C.

Best piece of advice ever received?

Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?

No matter how overwhelming something may seem, it can always be broken down into manageable increments. Being able to see progress (no matter how small) along the way can make all the difference to achieving a stretch goal.

What career highlight are you most proud of?

Being elected chair of the Simon Fraser University board of governors. The university has been a constant in my life and it is an incredible honour to be able to serve in this role.

What’s left to accomplish?

Everything! To make up for lost time by travelling, meeting new people and attending every in-person event I can.

Read the profiles of all 40 award recipients in BIV's annual Forty under 40 Magazine. Register to recognize this year's winner at the Forty under 40 Awards gala on Feb. 22.