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Connie McKeage is group chief executive of OneVue – an independent financial services organisation that specialises in investment platform, portfolio administration and unit registry solutions.

Why did you get into the financial services sector? 

I got into the financial services sector by accident. I had originally studied arts and science, and when I first moved to Australia from Canada in September 1982 to do Commerce at Melbourne University, I thought I would get a summer job before the course began in February. I was sent to “BT” which due to the Australian accent I thought was “BP”. Needless to say when I arrived for an interview with Terry Power and he asked me what I knew about financial services, the silence was deafening, so he changed the subject and asked me about other things completely unrelated. The next day he tracked me down and offered me a temporary job, which turned out to be six to seven days a week for a number of years. I did my studies in “my spare time” but I couldn’t have been with a better organisation at a better time in its history. Everything I learned working as a member of a small team of like-minded, challenging and intelligent individuals has continued to benefit me all these years later.

How would you sum up Australia’s financial services profession in three words? 

Diverse.  Challenging.  Stimulating.

Who do you look up to? 

Nelson Mandela for his ability to forgive despite the unjustness of the situation he found himself in.

If you could do anything other than work for the next month, what would you do? 

There isn’t enough time in this interview for me to list everything. There are many things I love to do, but ultimately they all come down to spending time with the people I care about and a month would be far too short.

What are you most excited about in the next 12 months? 

Personally, seeing the house renovations finished. Professionally, seeing those around me and our partners flourish in a challenging environment. I think the industry needs the competition. Ultimately clients and the standard of service they receive benefit from it.  I would also like to see some of the organisations that have challenged the status quo get rewarded for daring to be different.

What’s your favourite meal?

Shepherd’s pie, accompanied by love and laughter.

If you were stranded on an island what three things would you want in your suitcase? 

My suitcase could be empty as long as I had faith in my ability to get off the island; felt loved therefore knew someone would be looking for me; and was still able to appreciate the beauty in the stars and value the alone time to think about things despite the situation I found myself in.

What would you like to have the final word on? 

Sometimes having the last word is not what it is cracked up to be. The on-going dialogue is often much more important.

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